Centre News

Students say G'Day USA

20 February 2015

United States Studies Centre students have just returned from a two-week tour of the United States, meeting major players in the Australia–US relationship. The trip was part of the inaugural American Insights Tour, held in association with the Australian government's G'Day USA program, which promotes Australian capabilities and interests in the US. Read more

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US Secretary of Defense at Centre roundtable

11 August 2014

On 11 August, the US Studies Centre co-hosted a roundtable discussion in Sydney with US Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel and Australian Minister for Defence David Johnston as a prelude to this year's AUSMIN consultations between the two allies. Read online

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Robert Hill delivers keynote speech at the 20th World Congress of Soil Science

24 June 2014

The Honourable Robert Hill AC, Adjunct Professor in Sustainability at the US Studies Centre, was a keynote speaker at the 20th World Congress of Soil Science convened by the International Union of Soil Science in Jeju, Korea. He spoke about Securing the World's Soils. Read speech

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Sydney prepares for Major League Baseball's first pitch

17 February 2014

Major League Baseball opens its season in Australia this year, and Sydneysiders readying for game day will have the opportunity to connect with industry professionals and baseball experts thanks to the Australian Baseball League, the United States Studies Centre, and online publication Sports Business Insider. Read more

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Mitt's List

20 November 2012

Barack Obama wasn't the only winner in US presidential election. Three University of Sydney students will fly to Washington DC in January to see the re-elected leader's 2013 inauguration, thanks to competitions run by the  Centre. Read more and watch our interview with the winners

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Winners are grinners

13 November 2012

Re-elected president Barack Obama said it all in what has become the most retweeted message of all time. “Four more years”.

Last Wednesday, over 700 US politics junkies crammed into Manning Bar to watch the results live at the United States Studies Centre’s Election Day Spectacular. The highly Democratic leaning crowd was not disappointed.

Barack Obama ended up with 332 electoral college votes, well above the 270 he required to win, and beat his Republican rival Mitt Romney by nearly 3 percent in the popular vote.

“By all criteria, this was a very impressive performance by Obama and the Democrats,” said research associate at the Centre Tom Switzer on ABC 24’s The World after the result was confirmed. Read more

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US Studies Centre congratulates Bob Carr

2 March 2012

US Studies Centre head Geoffrey Garrett has congratulated member of the Centre’s Board of Directors and former NSW Premier Bob Carr on his appointment as Australia’s Minister of Foreign Affairs. Professor Garrett said Mr Carr has made invaluable contributions to the Centre and his deep knowledge of American history, politics and foreign policy will be a great asset in his new role. Read Online

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Enriching the world

29 November 2011

Sydney Alumni Magazine

This feature by Jane Raffan profiles Professor Margaret Levi, chair in US politics and director of research and research training at the US Studies Centre.  Read article

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The United States Studies Centre - World Press Institute Media Fellowship Report

28 November 2011

Siobhan Heanue reports on the rigorous program of interviews, study and reporting that spanned a dozen cities including New York, Washington DC, Los Angeles and Chicago. Siobhan Heanue is the recipient of the US Studies Centre's inaugural Media Fellowship, in partnership with the World Press Institute. Read report

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Media briefing about Obama visit

14 November 2011

Australia's Public Affairs Channel

Professor Geoffrey Garrett leads this media briefing about US President Barack Obama's impending visit to Australia. Featuring in the discussion is an analysis of what the Obama visit to the Asia-Pacific region means as well as a particular focus on the significance of the US-Australian alliance. Listen Online

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Brendon O'Connor

War of ideas in the Middle East

Associate professor Brendon O'Connor analyses the latest foreign policy speech by Barack Obama, contrasting it with Republican Jeb Bush's tough talk on the Islamic State extremists.

Tom Switzer

Obama asks Congress for war powers

US President Barack Obama has asked Congress to back a global war against the Islamic State group, but with caveats on sending in US ground forces. Research associate Tom Switzer looks at the motivation for seeking this authorisation



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