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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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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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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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Business of killing to be treated as such

22 January 2015

The Courier Mail

Dismantling the corporate structure of the Islamic State terror group is as important as capturing and killing their leaders, James Brown, the director of the Centre's Alliance 21 project, will tell a Centre conference in Washington DC. Read article

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Obama projects domestic strength in address

22 January 2015

ABC TV News Breakfast

Director of the Alliance 21 James Brown discusses the feeling in the US after President Barack Obama's State of the Union and looks at the implications of Foreign Minister Julie Bishop's remarks at the Alliance 21 conference in Washington DC. Listen online

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VIDEOS & INTERVIEWS

James Brown

State of the Union and the Australia-US alliance

Director of the Alliance 21 James Brown discusses the feeling in the US after President Barack Obama's State of the Union and looks at the implications of Foreign Minister Julie Bishop's remarks at the Alliance 21 conference in Washington DC.


Charles Shipan

Obama delivers hopeful State of the Union

Visiting fellow Charles Shipan analyses Barack Obama's seventh State of the Union address, which called for tax reform, paid parental leave, and free community college as part of a "middle-class economics" platform.

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