Do we need to say No to America?

We are sure all our subscribers will be relieved to know that the next public forum of the Newcastle Institute will NOT deal with the dramas arising from the federal election.  Instead, we are looking to Australia’s future directions in our international relations.

Our next speaker is James Curran, Professor of History at Sydney University, with previous senior positions in the Department of Prime Minister and with the Lowy Institute.  He argues that while Australia must maintain the strength of our alliance with the US, we must be prepared to say ‘no’ at times for this alliance to be an effective one. There is increasing tension in the South China Sea and in Korea, and increasing importance of our relationships with China, India and Indonesia. The simple certainties of the Cold War era are long gone, with new complexities of international politics.  This will be reflected in Professor Curran’s analysis.

NOTE the next forum is on Wednesday 20th (a week later than usual due to State of Origin), and back at Souths Leagues Club at 6pm


Wednesday 20 July, 2016

Souths Leagues Club

Llewellyn Street, Merewether.




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