Royal United Services Institute for Defence and Security Studies Australia

NSW: Lunchtime Lectures and Events - Professor James Curran - "Australia and Trump's America: Problems and Perspectives

  • 27 Feb 2018
  • 13:00 - 14:00
  • Sydney Mechanic's School of Arts, Level 1, 280 Pitt Street Sydney

Tuesday 27 February 2018 Speaker:

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Department of History, Sydney University


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.

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