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Tuesday 27 February 2018 Speaker:
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PROFESSOR JAMES CURRAN BA PhD Professor,
Department of History, Sydney University
Subject: AUSTRALIA AND TRUMP'S AMERICA: PROBLEMS AND PERSPECTIVES
This talk will examine the nature of Australia's response to Donald Trump's first year in the White House.
It asks whether the heavy emphasis on sentimentalism has delivered real benefits to Australia, and how Canberra might respond to increased pressure from Washington to do more in the region, particularly in the light of the announcement that Harry Harris
will serve as the new US Ambassador to Australia.
The talk will also assess the ongoing debate within the TrumpAdministration on the direction of US foreign policy and itsimplications for Australia and the Asia-Pacific.
James Curran specialises in the history of Australian andAmerican foreign relations. In 2013 he held the Keith Cameron Chair at University College Dublin, and in 2010 was a Fulbright scholar at Georgetown University. Prior to joining academia, Curran worked in The Department of Prime Minister and
Cabinet and the Office of National Assessments.
A non-resident fellow at the Lowy Institute for International Policy, he is also a regular commentator on radio and television, and his opinion pieces on foreign affairs and political culture have appeared in major Australian newspapers as well as the Lowy Interpreter, China-US Focus, the East Asia Forum and the Council on Foreign Relations ‘Asia Unbound’ series.
For more information about the professor, see these links,
Speaker: Richard Price, CEO of Defence SA
The Impact of Australian Defence Industry Policy on Australia and particularly South Australia.
RUSIQ Evening Lecture
Tuesday, 6 March 2018, 1800hrs, RUSI Hall, Victoria Barracks, Brisbane
“Never Forget Australia! The Little French Digger, one of six poignant stories from the upcoming documentary based on Vikki Bennett’s recent book.”
Last year, Vikki Bennett spoke to RUSI about her children’s book : “The Two Pennies”, Another story which she mentioned was that of a very young French orphan boy who was adopted by an Australian unit. The soldiers became so attached to their young charge that they decided to smuggle him from France to England and then from England to Australia.
This they managed to do, not without some excitement.
In Australia, he was “formally adopted” by Air Mechanic Tim Tovell. None of the soldiers, or this little boy knew his real name, so he was universally known as “The little Digger”. Vikki has just written a book on this story, entitled “The Little Stowaway” This will be published in March, so Vikki will have copies available on the night for us to purchase
Presenter: Back by popular demand! Ms Vikki Bennett, well known motivator and author.
Vikki will be accompanied by Ms Sally Elliott, a granddaughter of Tim Tovell, who will give an appreciation of this extraordinary story from the Australian side.
SBS will be screening the documentary: “Never Forget Australia” on Monday 23 April at 8.30pm
To register to attend this lecture, please phone Mr Bob Hume 0409 49 82 11, or email to firstname.lastname@example.org, by close of business, Monday, 05 March 2018
Access to Victoria Barracks requires that all attendees be registered for the lecture and to have their names checked off a list at the entrance to RUSI Hall. Names will also be registered with Base Security
The cost is $10.00 for RUSI Members; and $15.00 for non-members (which includes supper)
Please note: Registration is essential for Catering and Security purposes.
The Battle of Marawi
Professor Clive Williams, MG
The Council is delighted to announce another presentation by USI of the ACT Life Member, Professor Clive Williams.
Friday 16 March 2018
The Institute, with the assistance of the Sydney Harbour Federation Trust, will be holding a presentation on the:
“JAPANESE ATTACKS ON SYDNEY HARBOUR in 1942” by Military Historian LTCOL Peter
Sweeney, RFD (Retd).
The presentation will be followed by a
TUNNEL INSPECTION OF HISTORIC ARTILLERY EMPLACEMENTS AT GEORGES HEIGHTS” by Military Historian and
Sydney Harbour Federation Trust Guide, MAJ ChrisBallantine (Retd).
When: Friday 16 March 2018 Timing: 1115h to1400h
Where: Headland Park at Georges Heights, off MiddleHead Road, Mosman
Transport: Options include driving to and parking in Best Avenue, off Middle Head Road OR in Suakin Drive, off Middle Head Road; or catching
the B244 Bus direct from Carrington Street, near Wynyard and alighting at the Cobbittee Street bus stop. Buses leave Carrington Street at 0935h, arriving at 1009h, or 1037h, arriving
at 1110h. Other public transport options can be accessed on NSW Government Trip Planner on transportnsw.info
Conduct of the Event: A power point presentation will be given in Trust’s Board Room,
followed by a short walk to a vantage point over Sydney Harbour where an oral presentation will take place. This will be followed by a tunnel inspection of the historic artillery emplacements near the Gunners’ Barracks.
Where to Meet: Meet at Frenchy’s Café in Best Avenue off Middle Head Road at 1115h.
What to Bring: Walking shoes, hat, water and umbrella should the weather be inclement.
Cost: Cost for members will be $10.
Fitness Levels: A moderate amount of walking is involved. Some vehicles will be available to assist our less mobile members.
Booking: It is essential that you book with the RUSI NSW Office (Phone: 02 93932325) by Wednesday 14 March 2018.
Lunch: Lunch and coffee can be purchased from Frenchy’s Café.
Toilets: Toilets are located on site.
Tuesday 27 March 2018 Speaker:
Deputy Commissioner, Mandy Newton APM Deputy
Commissioner, Support of the Australian Border Force
Subject: The Australian Border Force
This is open to any interested person and will be held at Sydney
Mechanics’ School of Arts, Level 1 280 Pitt Street, Sydney – start
Attendance fees are: Members $10.00; Non-members$15.00.
Pre-event registration is unnecessary. Tea/coffee is
available before the lecture at no cost. A sandwich lunch is also
available from 12 noon (cost: $8.00), but it must be ordered
through the office (9393 2325) by 2 pm on the day before the
The Council is delighted to announce a presentation by the Chief of Army, Lieutenant General Angus Campbell AO, DSC, to be held in the Spender Theatre, Weston Creek, on Thursday 12 April, commencing at 1800 hours.
In 2016, General Campbell addressed members and guests on the Ryan Review, which concerned training, education and doctrine in the Army. On this occasion, he will speak on The current and future Army. As General Campbell has now been Chief of Army for almost three years, this promises to be a rich and insightful session, not to be missed.
Entry to this event is free but registration is required, either on the website here, or by contacting our office (E: email@example.com; T: 02 6266 3446).
Members and guests are reminded that photo ID is required for access to the Weston Creek campus.
The Leo Mahony Bursary is a significant element of the USI program. It is awarded annually to a doctoral scholar enrolled in an ACT university and studying in the field of national security and defence. It commemorates the memory and service of Founding National Secretary of RUSI-A and long-time USI member and Counsellor, Mr Leo Mahony.
Connecting recipients with USI members is an important element of the Bursary. We achieve this in a number of ways: recipients are presented with their award at our Annual Members Dinner; appointed Honorary members for 12 months; and invited to attend our events and functions. They are also asked to give a presentation on their work.
The Council is delighted to announce that our 2017 winner, Ms Deborah Jeppesen, will present on her work on Thursday 10 May 2018.
Deborah is investigating the attributes of military advisors that lead to success in Train Advise and Assist (TAA) roles. Her focus is predominantly on Afghanistan and Iraq, but she has also interviewed Vietnam veterans and allied security force advisors and senior commanders commanders in order to expand the applicability of her research. Deborah is focused on how interpersonal factors and emotional self-regulation can assist in building mentoring relationships. Concurrently, Deborah has designed and delivered bespoke performance optimisation training to Australian Special Forces based on her research. This training is aimed at improving commando capacity to regulate emotion & physiological responses to improve performance under pressure while building resilience.
Please join us for what promises to be a fascinating evening.
Members and guests are reminded that photo ID id required for access to the Weston Creek campus.
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