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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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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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Lessons to be learnt from Ferguson

21 August 2014

Hope 103.2

As the dust begins in settle in Ferguson, Missouri, honorary professor Edward Blakely looks at some of the lessons that can be learnt around America from the tragedy, the police reaction and media commentary surrounding the event. Listen online

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Is China the indispensable nation?

21 August 2014

Australian Financial Review

Australian ties with the United States are closer than ever, but the nation's view of China has shifted dramatically in recent times. Research associate Tom Switzer says the reaction to two comments about the ANZUS alliance, made 10 years apart illustrates the change. Read article

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US racial tensions story ripples abroad

20 August 2014

Voice of America

The violence and racial tension in Ferguson, Missouri, has attracted international attention, with observers from around the world weighing in on the story. Lecturer David Smith says Australians believe the US criminal justice system discriminates against African Americans, but are less willing to see racism in their own society. Read article

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US marines up north spark debate

20 August 2014

ABC 24

With the latest AUSMIN talks cementing an agreement to base 2,500 US marines in Darwin by 2017, Australia's north has become the focus of a debate around defence spending and priorities. Adjunct professor with the Centre's Defence and Security Program Russell Trood joins an expert panel to discuss the issue. Watch online

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Ferguson violence exposes America's political decay

20 August 2014

The Age

Throughout its history, America has seen far too many events like those over the past week-and-a-half in Ferguson, Missouri. Lecturer Thomas Adams says the problem lies in a politics incapable of changing the immediate and underlying facts that led to the killing of Michael Brown. Read article

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Libertarians face a Ferguson challenge

20 August 2014

US News & World Report

The shooting of an unarmed black man by police in Ferguson, Missouri, has stoked both civil rights and civil liberties concerns. The crisis, says research associate Nicole Hemmer, marks a point at which libertarians like Republican Senator Rand Paul must choose between libertarian means and libertarian ends. Read article

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Race, America and the shooting of Michael Brown

19 August 2014

Sky News Reporting LIVE with Stan Grant

The shooting of unarmed African-American teenager Michael Brown and the protests inspired by it have laid bare the racial divides that still persist across the US. Lecturer David Smith discusses the complex issues at play in Ferguson, Missouri. Watch online

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Malls fight back against shopping centre giants

19 August 2014

The Sydney Morning Herald

Honorary professor Edward Blakely says that in the United States, more than 100 indoor shopping malls have closed down. Here in Australia, town centres are also increasingly rediscovering the value of outdoor, walkable shopping areas.  Read article

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VIDEOS & INTERVIEWS

David Smith

Race, America and the Michael Brown shooting

The shooting of unarmed African-American teenager Michael Brown and the protests inspired by it have laid bare the racial divides that still persist across the US. Lecturer David Smith discusses the complex issues at play in Ferguson, Missouri.


Russell Trood

US marines in Australia spark debate

With the latest AUSMIN talks cementing an agreement to base 2,500 US marines in Darwin by 2017, Australia's north has become the focus of a debate around defence spending and priorities. Adjunct professor with the Centre's Defence and Security Program Russell Trood joins an expert panel to discuss the issue.

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