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The USSC Briefing Room is a podcast from the United States Studies Centre at the University of Sydney. It gives you a seat at the table for a briefing on the latest US news and foreign policy. Co-hosts Mari Koeck, Jared Mondschein and Victoria Cooper talk to experts to cover what you need to know and what's beneath the surface of the news.

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The USSC Briefing Room is a podcast from the United States Studies Centre at the University of Sydney. It gives you a seat at the table for a briefing on the latest US news and foreign policy. Co-hosts Mari Koeck, Jared Mondschein and Victoria Cooper talk to experts to cover what you need to know and what's beneath the surface of the news.

    State of play: Australia’s munitions stockpiles and the Guided Weapons and Explosive Ordnance Enterprise

    State of play: Australia’s munitions stockpiles and the Guided Weapons and Explosive Ordnance Enterprise

    The war in Ukraine was a wake-up call for nations around the world as they saw how quickly one crisis could consume the national supply of certain munitions. The Australian Government addressed this in both its 2023 Defence Strategic Review and 2024 National Defence Strategy through the prioritisation of the Guided Weapons and Explosive Ordnance (GWEO) and acceleration of the GWEO enterprise. However, these aspirations are a long way from becoming reality and bridging the gap from where we are now to where we want to be is a key focus of the United States Studies Centre (USSC).
     
    How depleted are munitions stockpiles after Ukraine? How does GWEO address Australia’s defence needs? What can Australia learn from others about how to stand up this new production capacity?
     
    In June, USSC brought Senior Fellow and Director with the Defense Program at the Center for a New American Security Dr Stacie Pettyjohn to Australia to speak to our Women in the Alliance Network and she joined us on the podcast to reflect on these questions and the discussions she had while in Australia. 
     
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    Produced by: Elliott Brennan
    Music by Dan Phillipson, licensed through PremiumBeat

    • 32 min
    What the 2024 election means for America’s Asian alliances

    What the 2024 election means for America’s Asian alliances

    In November, Americans will head to the polls to cast their vote for who will hold the most powerful office in the world – Joe Biden or Donald Trump. But it isn’t only Americans who are impacted.
     
    What would a Trump administration vs Biden administration 2.0 mean for allies and partners around the world? What will stay the same regardless of who wins? And, importantly, what can countries do now to prepare for the next four years?
     
    Last week, the USSC released its election-year Red Book | Blue Book: A guide to the next US administration report to answer these questions and more across everything from AUKUS to climate change. Between now and the election, we’re going to bring you episodes that take a look at different chapters in the report and give you the Red Book | Blue Book breakdown on that topic. To kick things off, we welcomed USSC CEO Dr Michael Green back on the podcast to talk about his chapter: What the 2024 election means for America’s Asian alliances.
     
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    Produced by: Elliott Brennan
    Music by Dan Phillipson, licensed through PremiumBeat

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    The “Third pillar of the alliance” one year later

    The “Third pillar of the alliance” one year later

    On 20 May 2023, on the sidelines of the Quad Leaders’ Summit, President Joe Biden and Prime Minister Anthony Albanese announced a third pillar of the Australia-US alliance: the climate, critical minerals and clean energy transformation compact.
     
    What does this compact involve? How much progress has been made in the past year? What will happen to this pillar of the alliance if former president Trump is re-elected?
     
    To discuss these issues, USSC Non-Resident Fellow Lachlan Carey joined Director of Engagement and Impact Mari Koeck on the USSC Briefing Room.
     
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    Produced by: Elliott Brennan
    Music by Dan Phillipson, licensed through PremiumBeat

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    The Scan-Share-Shape approach to economic security

    The Scan-Share-Shape approach to economic security

    Economic security is on the minds of leaders everywhere. From trade barriers to industrial policy to crackdowns on foreign investments, growing strategic competition is shaping the global economy.
     
    What is economic security? What are the trade-offs involved? And how can Australia adapt to this changing world?
     
    Director of Economic Security Hayley Channer is joined by USSC Non-Resident Fellow Helen Mitchell to discuss Helen's new report: Unlocking economic security: a strategic playbook for Australia.
     
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    Produced by: Elliott Brennan
    Music by Dan Phillipson, licensed through PremiumBeat

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    Deep dive into Trump’s Supreme Court immunity hearing with Chas Licciardello

    Deep dive into Trump’s Supreme Court immunity hearing with Chas Licciardello

    In January, the DC Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that there is no presidential immunity that would shield former president Trump from prosecution in the case against him regarding his actions to overturn the results of the 2020 election. But the US Supreme Court said they would take up the question, hearing the oral arguments on their last day of this judicial term.
    Why did the Supreme Court step in after the DC Circuit Court of Appeals had made a unanimous ruling? What is at stake for former president Trump? What are the long-term ramifications beyond President Trump?
    To discuss these issues, Chas Licciardello, co-host of ABC’s Planet America who also holds a law degree, joined us shortly after the oral arguments to discuss the issues at play and what this means not just for former president Trump’s cases, but all future presidents.
    Featured clip:
    Justice Alito questions Michael Dreeben. First posted by @TheRecount.
    Recommended reading, listening and watching:
    Planet America Fireside Chat (Friday 26/4/2024) ft. John Barron and Chas Licciardello where they talk about key takeaways from Trump’s immunity caseWas Trump benefitting from being out of the news? By Nate CohnNYT/Siena poll referred to in the By the Numbers statsTrump’s immunity argument before the US Supreme Court ft. Bruce WolpeTrump trial hears of ‘catch and kill’ tabloid scheme ft. Associate Prof. David Smith
    If you can’t get enough of US politics, in addition to Planet America, check out Chas’ 'Planet Extra Podcast with Chas and Dr Dave', featuring Chas in conversation with USSC Associate Prof. David Smith each week: YouTube, Spotify, iTunes, Google and Stitcher.
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    Produced by: Elliott Brennan
    Music by Dan Phillipson, licensed through PremiumBeat

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    What can jazz teach us about democracy?

    What can jazz teach us about democracy?

    In honour of International Jazz Day, we’re releasing a special episode of the USSC Briefing Room with the Founder and Director of The Jazz and Democracy Project® (J&D) Dr Wesley Watkins. His program integrates jazz into the study of US history, government, civics and culture, specifically, but also into the humanities more broadly, making J&D a captivating way for students to engage democratic and egalitarian ideals through a range of themes and subject areas. It has been widely popular both across the US and around the world. You may have heard Wes interviewed on ABC radio or mentioned on NPR.
    What can jazz help us understand about democracy that other musical examples cannot? How do current politics relate to this metaphor? What traits of a good jazz musician should we also look for in a president?
    Featured songs:
    “City Sunrise” by Ninety Miles, Live at Cubadisco (Concord Music Group, 2012) Stefon Harris (vibraphone solo), Christian Scott (trumpet), David Sánchez (tenor sax), Harold López-Nussa (piano), Yandy Martinez González (bass), Ruy Adrián López-Nussa (drums) and Edgar Martínez Ochoa DeZabalegui (djembe). Watch here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Hm-5n30qqtY
    "Blue Train" (J. Coltrane) from the Conrad Herwig album, The Latin Side of John Coltrane (Astor Place, 1996). The trading features Brian Lynch (trumpet) & Conrad Herwig (trombone), backed by Eddie Palmieri (piano), John Benitez (bass), Adam Cruz (drums), Jose Clausell (timbales) and Milton Cardona (congas) with Mike Ponella & Ray Vega on backing trumpets, plus Ronnie Cuber on baritone sax. 

    Learn more about The Jazz and Democracy Project® here:
    https://www.jazzdemocracy.com/
    https://www.jazzdemocracy.com.au/
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=327CfZ_ogRo
     
    Subscribe to the USSC Briefing Room on Apple Podcasts, Spotify and YouTube.
     
    Produced by: Elliott Brennan
    Music by Dan Phillipson, licensed through PremiumBeat

    • 47 min

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