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Going after Islamic State fraught with traps for US

27 August 2014

Fairfax Media

Research associate Tom Switzer says US President Barack Obama was right to order limited air strikes to stop jihadists from carrying out a genocide in northern Iraq. But that does not mean the US should broaden its capaign against the group known as Islamic State. Read article

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The rise of right-wing pseudo-history

26 August 2014

US News & World Report

Will new US educational guidelines expose students to a "dark retelling of US history"? Research associate Nicole Hemmer explains why conservative critiques threaten to turn the teaching of American history into an ideological battlefield. Read article

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America's militarised police

26 August 2014

Triple J Hack

The unrest in Ferguson following the shooting of African-American teenager Michael Brown has put the focus on America's militarised police force. Lecturer David Smith discusses how high-tech weaponry has ended up in the hands of local cops and what, if anything, might change. Listen online

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Alliance 21 Fellowship launched in wake of AUSMIN

26 August 2014

The U.S. Embassy in Canberra, the United States Studies Centre at the University of Sydney (USSC), and the Perth USAsia Centre at the University of Western Australia (USAC) today announced the establishment of the “Alliance 21 Fellowship.” This new exchange will build on the Australia–U.S. Ministerial (AUSMIN) Consultations earlier this month in Sydney, where a joint communiqué reaffirmed the importance of people-to-people ties in the Australia-U.S. relationship. Read online

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Bias in the media

25 August 2014

ABC Radio National Big Ideas

Claims of political bias have been levelled at news outlets around the world for years, but is there any truth in the claims? Research associate Tom Switzer, a participant in the Centre's Public Knowledge Forum, joins an expert panel exploring objectivity and the media. Listen online

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China-US relations strained by jet encounter

25 August 2014

Bloomberg TV

CEO Bates Gill discusses the growing rift between China and the US sparked by a close encounter between American surveillance planes and Chinese fighter jets over the South China Sea. Watch online

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The musical impact of Courtney Love

25 August 2014

FBi Radio Up For It

American singer-songwriter Courtney Love, who has been touring Australia this week, has maintained her image as the bad girl of alternative music since she first appeared on the hardcore and grunge scenes in the 1990s. Lecturer Rebecca Sheehan and tutor Anwyn Crawford discuss her band Hole and her legacy. Listen online

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Notes on America: Violence in Ferguson, US reflections, and New role

22 August 2014

In this edition:

  • Violence erupts after Ferguson shooting
  • WPI fellow reflects on US
  • New role for Centre research associate
  • Events and commentary
  • Read online

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Domestic and foreign challenges for Obama

22 August 2014

2SER Friday Daily

It's been a challenging week for Barack Obama, with ongoing riots in Ferguson, Missouri, and the beheading of US journalist James Foley in Iraq by ISIL militants. Honorary professor Edward Blakely discusses these events and what they could mean for US policy and society. Listen online

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Why the West needs to fight the Islamic State

21 August 2014

ABC The Drum

Middle Eastern extremist group the Islamic State is the greatest threat to international peace and security since al Qaeda was at its deadly peak. Visiting professor Adam Lockyer and Macquarie University associate professor George Milad argue greater US intervention is the best available solution. Read article

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