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Obama overhauls US-Cuba relations

18 December 2014

ABC News 24

US President Barack Obama has proclaimed a "new chapter" in US relations with Cuba, announcing moves to normalise diplomatic and economic ties. Lecturer Thomas Adams discusses what the changes mean and their historical significance. Watch online

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A happy anniversary for Sony-slayer Kim Jong Un

17 December 2014

Bloomberg Businessweek

The North Korea–directed hacking of Sony Pictures has threatened the release of a movie produced by the studio mocking the nation's leader Kim Jong Un. CEO of the Perth USAsia Centre Gordon Flake says the last three years have been more volatile than during the rule of Kim Jong Il. Read article

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Sydney siege - what can we learn?

17 December 2014

ABC Radio National Religion and Ethics Report

Was Man Haron Monis an unstable man with only a loose connection to Islamist ideology, or a foot soldier in a religious war? Research associate Leah Farrall looks at the lessons we can learn from the Sydney siege. Listen online

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Could we see a third President Bush?

17 December 2014

ABC NewsRadio

Former Florida governor Jeb Bush has announced that he will officially explore a presidential run in 2016, confirming what many commentators had already predicted. Lecturer David Smith looks at the likelihood of another Bush in the White House and the current shape of the race. Listen online

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We're all Dick Cheney

16 December 2014

US News & World Report

Since the Senate Intelligence Committee released its report on CIA torture, Dick Cheney has been one of its fiercest critics. Research associate Nicole Hemmer says the former vice president's brazen endorsement of torture is an indictment of every American. Read article

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The role of religion in the Sydney siege

16 December 2014

Radio New Zealand

Lecturer David Smith looks at the complex intersection of religion and politics visible in the Sydney seige, which ended with the death of two hostages and the gunman in Martin Place. Listen online

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Torture in the age of terror

14 December 2014

ABC Radio National Sunday Extra

A recent US Senate report into the Central Intelligence Agency's detention and interrogation program, details a brutal program of torture run by the CIA for six years after the 9/11 attacks. Research associate Tom Switzer looks at the report and the political debate that has surrounded its release. Listen online

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Good country loses its moral authority over interrogation program

13 December 2014

The Australian

America is basically a good and decent country with powerful self-correcting mechanisms, says research associate Tom Switzer. But the practices revealed in the Senate's report on CIA torture, along with other abuses, has had the effect of depriving the US of moral authority. Read article

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Notes on America: Alliance 21, Info Day, and Energy Security

11 December 2014

In this edition:

  • New Alliance 21 director announced
  • Student info day
  • Securing our energy future
  • Events and commentary
  • Read online

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James Brown Appointed Alliance 21 Director

11 December 2014

The United States Studies Centre at the University of Sydney is pleased to announce the appointment of James Brown as Director of the Alliance 21 project examining the Australia-US alliance. James Brown is a distinguished security analyst, author and former serving Australian Army Officer and will join the Centre from the Lowy Institute for International Policy where he has been Military Fellow since 2010. Read more

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