Centre Interviews

Jeffrey Bleich on trade and the alliance

15 August 2014

In this interview, visiting professor Jeffrey Bleich discusses the US–Australia relationship, saying that trade, technology, and cultural exchanges are just as important to the region as the defence partnership. Professor Bleich was formerly the US ambassador to Australia. Watch online

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Celine Shimizu on Asian American experiences in film

1 August 2014

In this interview, Centre visiting fellow Celine Shimizu discusses her work on the representation of Asian Americans and gender in film. She begins by discussing the research she is pursuing while at the Centre. Watch online

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Kathleen Burk on the US-UK relationship

17 July 2014

Centre guest Kathleen Burk is the professor emerita of modern and contemporary history at University College London. In this interview, she discusses the shared history of the United States and the United Kingdom, beginning by considering whether the relationship should be considered a special one. Watch online

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Heather Zichal on boosting energy productivity

9 April 2014

In this interview, Obama's former lead advisor on energy and climate change and Centre guest Heather Zichal discusses how shifting the focus to improving energy productivity can be a win-win for consumers and the environment. Zichal was in Australia for the 2XEP Forum on Doubling Energy Productivity. She begins by explaining the benefits of focusing on this new area. Watch online

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Dan Arvizu on generating renewable energy

9 April 2014

In this interview, chief executive of the US National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) and Centre guest Dan Arvizu, discusses the future of renewable transportation fuels and the new push for energy productivity. Arvizu was in Australia for the 2XEP Forum on Doubling Energy Productivity. He begins by discussing what sets his organisation apart from other sustainability labs. Watch Online

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Tom Brunell on partisan redistricting in the US

25 March 2014

In this interview, professor of political science at the University of Texas at Dallas and 2014 Centre visiting fellow Tom Brunell discusses the challenges of and potential solutions to partisan redistricting in the US. He begins by explaining how gerrymandering has become synonymous with redistricting and the undefined legal status of the process. Watch online

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Sanford Schram on Social Impact Bonds

18 March 2014

In this interview, professor of political science and public policy at Hunter College at the City University of New York and 2014 Centre visiting fellow Sanford Schram, discusses an emerging funding model for social welfare policy known as Social Impact Bonds. He begins by describing how these public-private partnerships (PPPs) work and what they could mean for the future of social welfare. Watch online

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Carol Giacomo on US-Russian tensions over Ukraine

12 March 2014

In this interview, New York Times editorial board member Carol Giacomo discusses the Russian invasion of Ukraine and how it will impact the already strained relationship between Vladimir Putin and Barack Obama. She begins by discussing the importance of Crimea to both the Ukraine and Russia. Watch online

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Micol Seigel on America's transnational police force

11 March 2014

In this interview, associate professor of American Studies and History at Indiana University, Bloomington and Centre 2013-14 visiting fellow Micol Seigel discusses her upcoming book Beyond the Beat: Cold War Cops and the Nature of State Power. She begins by explaining how American cops who were sent overseas dramatically impacted domestic US policin when they returned home. Watch online

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Gordon Flake on the new Perth USAsia Centre

4 March 2014

In this interview, the new CEO of the Perth USAsia Centre at the University of Western Australia L. Gordon Flake outlines his vision of the newly established institution as well as the strategic importance of Perth and the role of the US Studies Centre. He begins by outlining the need for research into the US-Australia-Asia Pacific triangle.  Watch online

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VIDEOS & INTERVIEWS

Brendon O'Connor

Australia, the US, and the War on Terror

With Australia raising its terror alert level to high and Obama announcing a plan of action in the Middle East, debates about the alliance and its role in the War on Terror are re-emerging. Associate professor Brendon O'Connor joins an expert panel to discuss the next steps in Iraq and Syria.


Tom Switzer

Obama lays out plan for Iraq and Syria

Barack Obama's major address on his Islamic State strategy promised air strikes but can a satisfactory resolution be reached without ground troops? Research associate Tom Switzer joins a panel to read between the lines of the President's speech.

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