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TV cliffhangers are sexual excitement frustrated

2 March 2015

The Conversation

The Hollywood cliffhanger thrills most intensely when action moves towards foregone conclusions. Lecturer Aaron Nyerges explains why the dramatic device mirrors frustrated sexual excitement. Read article

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China 2015

28 February 2015

ABC Radio National Saturday Extra

With warnings emerging from China that economic conditions may be increasingly unstable and gender equality slipping backwards, visiting professor Linda Jakobson joins an expert panel to take the pulse of China and look ahead to 2015. Listen online

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Is this the man with the cure for Republicans in 2016?

27 February 2015

ABC The Drum

If Ben Carson's prominent role in Republican politics resonates with even a fairly small section of the African-American community as well as Tea Party conservatives, it could just tip the balance the GOP's way in 2016, says research associate John Barron. Read article

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Hip hop, race relations, and "black" TV

27 February 2015

ABC Radio National The List

The American TV show, Empire, following the dramas of a family-run hip-hop music empire, debuts in Australia this week. Using the African-American dominated hip-hop industry, lecturer Rebecca Sheehan dissects the issues of race, class, masculinity and domestic violence raised by the show. Listen online

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Disputes over the Keystone XL pipeline

27 February 2015

2SER Friday Daily

Honorary professor Edward Blakely discusses the latest on the controversial Keystone XL pipeline system that continues to divide politics in the US. Listen online

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The legacy of George W. Bush

26 February 2015

ABC Radio National Between The Lines

How will history remember the presidency of George W. Bush? Author and historian James Mann speaks to research associate Tom Switzer, arguing that the verdict won’t be favourable, given most of his far-reaching and important initiatives turned out disastrously. Listen online

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Australia to boost troop numbers in Iraq

26 February 2015

ABC Radio National Breakfast

Political leadership is lagging behind the commitments that the Australian army is making to supporting the United States in it's fight in Iraq. Alliance 21 director James Brown looks at why Australia is increasing its troop comitment. Listen online

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Blame Jon Stewart for MSNBC's woes

24 February 2015

US News & World Report

The left-wing alternative to Fox isn't liberal-minded cable news, says research associate Nicole Hemmer. Comedians like Jon Stewart and John Oliver are already doing the job. Read article

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The new special relationship

19 February 2015

Foreign Affairs

The intensified US–Australian relationship in recent years has attracted little congressional attention and awareness among the American public. Nevertheless, CEO Bates Gill and research associate Tom Switzer say Australia now figures more prominently in US foreign policy than at any time since the Second World War. Read article

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War of ideas in the Middle East

19 February 2015

ABC 24 The World

Barack Obama has used a foreign policy address to cast jihadists and Islamic State militants as outsiders and ideological extremists in an attempt to build a coalition of allies in the Middle East. Associate professor Brendon O'Connor analyses the speech, contrasting it with Republican Jeb Bush's tough talk on the issue. Watch online

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VIDEOS & INTERVIEWS

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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