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Palin the entertainer

27 January 2015

US News & World Report

Research associate Nicole Hemmer says the decline of the former vice-presidential candidate Sarah Palin's political fortunes was fully evident at a recent event for Iowa conservatives. Read article

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Julie Bishop hears case for forces to stay in Afghanistan beyond 2016

27 January 2015

Fairfax Media

The new Afghanistan president Ashraf Ghani urged Australia's foreign minister Julie Bishop to support a continued Western presence in the country beyond 2016. Alliance 21 director James Brown, however, says Australia needed a debate about whether it should remain a part of the US-led campaign. Read article

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Despite Obama’s G20 shenanigans, US alliance in good shape

23 January 2015

The Australian

Moving beyond the platitudes that can dominate discussion of the Australia–US alliance, a recent Alliance 21 conference in Washington DC underlined the strength of the relationship, writes project director James Brown. Read article

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Notes on America: State of the Union, Alliance 21, and New Academic

23 January 2015

In this edition:

  • State of the Union 2015
  • Australia–US alliance in focus
  • New academic joins the Centre
  • Events and commentary
  • Read online

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Asia's take on the State of the Union

22 January 2015

Channel NewsAsia

An assertive Barack Obama may have ruffled some feathers in his State Of The Union Address, but also gave new wind to a regional trade deal. Associate professor Brendon O'Connor looks at how the Asia-Pacific region recieved the US President’s policy blueprint. Watch online

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Sarah Graham on studying the United States

22 January 2015

In this Interview, lecturer Sarah Graham discusses the Centre undergraduate units she will be teaching in 2015 and the benefits of studying the United States. She begins by discussing her research interests and her current project into the US-India relationship. Watch online

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State of the Union: Barack Obama in a fight for his legacy

22 January 2015

The Sydney Morning Herald

After Republican victories in the midterms, Barack Obama looked set to spend the remainder of his term as a lame duck. Editor of the Centre's blog Jonathan Bradley says the President's State of the Union address was designed to revitalise Democrats' agenda for the next two years and beyond. Read article

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China key to US view of Asia-Pacific

22 January 2015

The Australian

As an address written with a domestic audience in mind, the 2015 State of the Union had little to reassure international observers that the rank among America's priorities. Nevertheless, says lecturer Malcolm Jorgensen, the President's discussion of China hints at how the US views the Asia-Pacific. Read article

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Obama’s oratory is faint-hearted on trade and the Pacific

22 January 2015

The Australian Financial Review

Barack Obama's lack of attention to the 12-nation Trans-Pacific Partnership trade pact in his State of the Union address portends poorly for his ability to bring recalcitrant members of his own party around on the deal, writes research associate Tom Switzer. Read article

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Barack Obama: "We’ll hunt down terrorists"

22 January 2015

The Australian

Barack Obama pressured US allies, including Australia, to upgrade their military commitment to fight the Islamic State terror group during his 2015 State of the Union address. However, research associate Tom Switzer said he was surprised the President did not spend much time on the Trans-Pacific Partnership. Read article

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