Publications

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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Book Review: Sino–US Relations and the Role of Emotion in State Action

3 February 2015

PhD candidate David Howell reviews Sino–US Relations and the Role of Emotion in State Action: Understanding Post–Cold War Crisis Interactions by Taryn Shepperd. Read review

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The Imperialism of Economic Nationalism, 1890–1913

13 January 2015

by Marc-William Palen

Debunking the common laissez-faire myth surrounding turn-of-the-century American foreign relations allows for a reconceptualisation of American imperialism from 1890 to 1913. The Republican Party, the party of protectionism, found itself riven by internal disagreements over the future of the protectionist system and US imperial expansion. From within Republican protectionist ranks arose a progressive wing that increasingly looked beyond the home market for the country’s growing American agricultural and manufacturing surpluses. They did so against staunch anti-imperial opposition not only from American free-trade independents, but also from the Republican Party’s isolationist home-market protectionists, who yet feared or disdained foreign markets and colonial acquisitions. These progressive Republican proponents of empire combined coercive trade reciprocity with protectionism—an expansive closed door—and worked hard to extend American imperial power through informal means of high tariff walls, closed US-controlled markets, and retaliatory reciprocity if possible, by formal annexation and military interventionism when necessary. The American Empire thus arose owing to the imperialism of economic nationalism, not the imperialism of free trade. Read article

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2014 World Press Institute Fellowship Final Report

3 December 2014

The World Press Institute Fellowship each year gives a group of mid-career journalists the chance to visit iconic, well-regarded and successful media outlets while immersing themselves in the American culture and way of life. In 2014, Shalailah Medhora, previously at SBS and now at The Guardian Australia, was one of nine journalists from around the world to undertake this inspiring program. Read the full report on her experience here. Read more

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Resolving the Difference between Evolutionary Antecedents of Political Attitudes and Sources of Human Variation

4 November 2014

by Adam Lockyer and Peter K. Hatemi

Humans, despite the country they inhabit, the social structures they constitute, and the forms of governments they live under, universally possess political attitudes; that is, those attitudes towards sexual norms, out-groups, resource allocation, cooperation and fairness. It has been proposed that this near universal manifestation across societies remains ingrained in the psychological architecture of humans because of human evolution. However, there is enormous variation in political attitudes within and across populations, and this variation is not merely a function of social differences but derives, in part, through neurobiological differences within human populations. Thus, there is great confusion on the difference between what has evolved as universal, and what is due to individual variation. This confusion, results, in part on the lack of integration of the theoretical mechanisms that addresses how humans vary within evolutionarily adaptive universals. Here we seek to fill this lacuna by explicating how evolutionary biology and psychology account for the universal need for humans to have political attitudes while neurobiological differences account for variation within those evolved structures. Link to publishers

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The Arabs at War in Afghanistan

3 November 2014

A former senior mujahidin figure and an ex-counter-terrorism analyst cooperating to write a book on the history and legacy of Arab-Afghan fighters in Afghanistan is a remarkable and improbable undertaking. Yet this is what Mustafa Hamid, aka Abu Walid al-Masri, and Leah Farrall have achieved with the publication of their ground-breaking work. The result of thousands of hours of discussions over several years, The Arabs at War in Afghanistan offers significant new insights into the history of many of today’s militant Salafi groups and movements. By revealing the real origins of the Taliban and al-Qaeda and the jostling among the various jihadi groups, this account not only challenges conventional wisdom, but also raises uncomfortable questions as to how events from this important period have been so badly misconstrued. Link to publishers

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Michael J. Green on ANZUS Alliance report

Michael J. Green of the Centre for International and Strategic Studies, who has co-authored a report on the ANZUS Alliance in an Ascending Asia, says Australia and the United States must work together to best respond to China's rise. The report was launched at the US Studies Centre.


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Australia–US Free Trade Agreement ten year anniversary conference

Watch full video of the sessions from the Centre's conference marking ten years of the US–Australia Free Trade Agreement.

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