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Commentaries by James Curran

James Curran

Professor & Historian, Sydney University

James Curran is Professor and historian at Sydney University and a research associate at its US Studies Centre. He is the author of The Power of Speech: Australian Prime Ministers Defining the National Image (2004) the co-author (with Stuart Ward) of The Unknown Nation: Australia After Empire (2010) and Curtin’s Empire (2011). He is currently writing a history of the US/Australia alliance in Asia from 1969-present
  • Apr 27 , 2017

    The tendency to retreat into the comfort that the past provides will only be reinforced when the President and the Prime Minister meet on May 4 aboard a U.S. warship docked in New York Harbour to commemorate the 75th anniversary of the Battle of the Coral Sea. On the one hand, the symbolism is powerful: two close, longstanding allies marking a pivotal moment in which the threat of Japanese imperialism was turned back. On the other, it projects a view of the relationship that is literally moored to memory, failing to engage in the more difficult conversations about what the American posture in Asia will look like in the years ahead, and what that means for Australia.

  • Jan 11 , 2012

    Amidst all the symbolic gestures of President Obama’s recent visit to Australia, perhaps none was more powerful than his remarks to US and Australian service m

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