Some of you might know and have been taught by Professor James Curran. James teaches Australian and American political and foreign relations history, and has a fortnightly column on foreign affairs in the Australian Financial Review (AFR) and serves on the DFAT Historical Documents Advisory Committee. James has written for major US foreign policy journals and drafted policy briefs and reports for prominent think tanks. His latest book, Australia’s China Odyssey: From Euphoria to Fear is a study of the history of the relationship from 1949 to the present. You can read more about James’ work here.
James regularly weighs in on current foreign policy issues across various media. Some of his latest engagements are listed below – but it is hard to keep up so just google him for the latest.
You can listen to James on a short podcast produced by the Australian Book Review (ABR) on the response of Asia-Pacific nations to the government’s decision to retain AUKUS, the major foreign affairs initiative of the Morrison government. In seeking to shape this response, Foreign Minister Penny Wong’s message is necessarily complex, argues James. Here he is reading ‘Exorcising the Ghosts: Australia’s new, old foreign policy’, which appears in the April issue of ABR.
James has also recently finished a report for UTS on Hawke’s China visit in 1986, which was extracted in the AFR this week
If you would like copies of any of James’ articles in the AFR (some of which are behind a paywall), James has offered to share them. Simply contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org
Starting in July, James will be seconded to the Australian Financial Review to beef up their Australian Foreign Policy writing, though he will maintain an active presence in the Discipline and at the University. So stay-tuned for further events featuring his work.
- Australian Financial Review (AFR) column 6 March on Why America’s New Cold War has China on the back foot
- Appearance at Adelaide Writers Festival on 7 March on a panel with Prof John Keane, Fintan O’Toole and chaired by Bob Carr, on ‘Whither America’
- Radio interview on ABC’s, The World Today on AUKUS, Wednesday 8 March
- TV Interview on Sky news on AUKUS, Wednesday 8 March – a clip of this was on ABC Mediawatch on Monday night
- Australian Financial Review column in ‘Perspectives’ last Saturday: on ASIO Annual threat assessments and the question of loyalty in Australian public life
- 3 x 600 word each Comment pieces in the AFR on 10, 13 and 15 March: these comment pieces were all on AUKUS and all flagged on page 1 of the newspaper
- Radio Interview on BBC Newshour, on the BBC World Service on Sunday evening 12 March, on AUKUS
- Radio Interview on JJJ ‘The Hack’ on Wednesday 13 March on AUKUS
- TV interview on SBS News Wednesday 13 March on AUKUS, for their 630pm news bulletin
- Interview today, 16 March, on ABC World Today on AUKUS
- Australian Book Review feature on Labor’s Foreign policy (2,500 words) to be a feature in their April issue, accompanied by P.Adams produced podcast