27 August

Going after Islamic State fraught with traps for US

Fairfax Media


Research associate Tom Switzer says US President Barack Obama was right to order limited air strikes to stop jihadists from carrying out a genocide in northern Iraq. But that does not mean the US should broaden its capaign against the group known as Islamic State.


31 August 

Appease Putin

Festival of Dangerous Ideas

Appease Putin

Does the US have any choice but to accommodate Russian President Vladimir Putin's expansionist action in the Crimean peninsula? Research associate Tom Switzer will debate this question with journalist Masha Gessen.

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26 August

America's militarised police

Triple J Hack


The unrest in Ferguson following the shooting of African American teenager Michael Brown has put the focus on America's militarised police force. Lecturer David Smith discusses how high-tech weaponry has ended up in the hands of local cops and what, if anything, might change.


3 September 

Trends Shaping the Future of Philanthropy

San Francisco and New York

Brad Smith

Bradford K. Smith, president of the Foundation Center, the leading source of information about philanthropy worldwide, discusses the trends shaping the future of philanthropy in the US, Australia and around the world. 

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Bates Gill

China–US relations strained by jet encounter

CEO Bates Gill discusses the growing rift between China and the US sparked by a close encounter between American surveillance planes and Chinese fighter jets over the South China Sea.

Russell Trood

US marines in Australia spark debate

With the latest AUSMIN talks cementing an agreement to base 2,500 US marines in Darwin by 2017, Australia's north has become the focus of a debate around defence spending and priorities. Adjunct professor with the Centre's Defence and Security Program Russell Trood joins an expert panel to discuss the issue.

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