Doing Ourselves Wrong: The Prices Women (and The World) Pay For Our Silent Leadership

17 September 2015

The first report produced as part of the W21 History Collection, authored by lecturer in US history at Penn State Abington and 2015 Centre visiting fellow Sharon Holt. Using historical examples from an exceptionally pro-woman Quaker community in Maryland, this essay examines how the epithet “public woman”, accompanied by threats of retaliation and scorn, silenced and discouraged women from assuming strong leadership positions. The essay argues that creating gender balance in public leadership requires creating a public realm in which women leaders are highly visible, not isolated, and not endangered. Download report

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American foreign policy ideology and the rule of international law: Contesting power through the International Criminal Court

9 September 2015

American engagement with international law (IL) is regularly criticised as fraught with contradiction and distorted by beliefs in “exceptionalism.” That raises a puzzling question: Why is American international legal policy framed by commitment to the “rule of IL” when this systematically provides a benchmark for challenging the legitimacy of American global power? This thesis by Malcolm Jorgensen argues that the very meaning of the rule of IL is contested according to competing foreign policy ideologies: between American policymakers and their global counterparts, and among American policymakers themselves. Read thesis

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Low Carbon Transport on the Move Conference Report

20 August 2015

Hosted by the US Studies Centre in partnership with the NSW Government, the conference brought together experts from the US and Australia from the military, business, government and the scientific communities to address the progress being made towards delivering sustainable alternatives to fossil fuels to the transportation market. Read report

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Beyond food - the rise of the bioeconomy

31 July 2015

Director of the US Studies Centre's Alternative Transport Fuels Initiative Dr Susan Pond contributed a short article for a report on Australia’s Agricultural Future by the Australian Council of Learned Academies. Pond wrote about the increasingly important role of agriculture for the production of building blocks for renewable chemicals, materials and fuels. Read article

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Soil security for a competitive agricultural future

31 July 2015

Director of the US Studies Centre's Soil Carbon Initiative Andrea Koch contributed a short article about soil security for a report on Australia’s Agricultural Future by the Australian Council of Learned Academies. Read article

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How digital infrastructure can substitute for physical infrastructure

14 July 2015

Today digital technology is viewed as additive to the physical world: something that enhances but does not replace the use of physical infrastructure. However, this paper by Hugh Bradlow and Arjun Jayachandra, presented at the Low Carbon Transport on the Move Conference in May 2015, discusses the next wave of digital technology adoption that can potentially be substitutive for physical infrastructure. In particular, the authors examine the impact of emerging information and communications technologies on the demand for roads over the next three to four decades. Read report

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2014 Annual Report

12 June 2015

Read about the Centre's 2014 achievements in our Annual Report. Read report

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Free-Trafe Ideology and Transatlantic Abolitionism: A Historiography

4 June 2015

This essay by Marc-William Palen seeks to trace the many—and often conflicting—economic ideological interpretations of the transatlantic abolitionist impulse. In particular, it explores the contested relationship between free-trade ideology and transatlantic abolitionism, and highlights the understudied influence of Victorian free-trade ideology within the American abolitionist movement. By bringing together historiographical controversies from the American and British side, the essay calls into question long-standing conceptions regarding the relationship between free trade and abolitionism, and suggests new avenues for research. Read article

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Monitor Soil Degradation or Triage for Soil Security? An Australian Challenge

29 April 2015

In this issue of SustainabilityAndrea Koch, Adrian Chappell, Michael Eyres and Edward Scott propose the adoption of a triaging approach to soil degradation using the soil security framework, to prioritise treatment plans that engage science and agriculture to develop practices that simultaneously increase productivity and improve soil condition. They argue that this will provide a public policy platform for efficient allocation of public and private resources to secure Australia’s soil resource. Read article

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Australia Matters for America

24 March 2015

The Australia Matters for America/America Matters for Australia report is part of the Asia Matters for America initiative at the East-West Center in Washington. This edition was produced in partnership with the United States Studies Centre at the University of Sydney and the Perth USAsia Centre at the University of Western Australia. Read online

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What to expect from Obama-Xi meeting

Centre CEO Bates Gill looks at the issues that define the China-US relationship, including military buildup in the South China Sea and cyber espionage.

Melissa Grah-McIntosh

More flexibility required for working women

Director of the Centre's W21 initiative Melissa Grah-McIntosh discusses how to create flexibility in the workplace for women, saying that there are potential models to emulate in the United States and Scandinavia.

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