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The United States Studies Centre at the University of Sydney is a university-based research centre, dedicated to the rigorous analysis of American foreign policy, economics, politics and culture. The Centre is a national resource, that builds Australia’s awareness of the dynamics shaping America — and critically — their implications for Australia.

David Smith

With less than four months before the November 3 United States election, Kanye West has tweeted that he's running for president. Experts say he can technically join the race but it won't be...

6 July 2020
David Smith

Kanye West, American rapper and partner to Kim Kardashian, has confirmed he's planning to run for president of the United States. He was once a vocal supporter of President Donald Trump, but he...

6 July 2020
Ashley Townshend

The Australian government has ordered the military to focus mainly on Australia’s backyard, to acquire longer-range missiles to build up its own ability to deter threats from countries such as China, and cautioned...

5 July 2020
Ashley Townshend

The list of China's international spats is rising daily, but what is driving Beijing's increasingly assertive stance on the world stage, and will it backfire? In this analysis published by the Australian Financial...

3 July 2020
John Lee

Critical components underpinning the rollout of Australia's 5G network are being manufactured by a company with close ties to the Chinese military and North Korean Government. This article by The Daily Mail quotes...

3 July 2020

The University of Sydney’s Associate Professor Adam Kamradt-Scott has joined the United States Studies Centre (USSC) as a non-resident fellow.

Professor Kamradt-Scott’s research and teaching explores how governments and multilateral organisations cooperate and...

2 July 2020

Chairman of the US Senate Armed Services Committee, Jim Inhofe, and Chairman of the US Senate Foreign Relations Asia Subcommittee, Cory Gardner refer to research published by USSC — Averting Crisis: American strategy...

2 July 2020
James Brown

USSC non-resident fellow James Brown has told Sky News that the Australian government has essentially acknowledged the end of the post-World War security order which has been replaced by an uncertain global landscape...

2 July 2020
Ashley Townshend

In an interview with ABC Radio's The Signal, Ashley Townshend, Director of Foreign Policy and Defence, weighed in on the Australian government's recently announced $270 billion defence strategy.

2 July 2020
Ashley Townshend, Brendan Thomas-Noone

Three experts — Allan Behm, head of the international and security affairs program at the Australia Institute; Ashley Townshend, director of the foreign policy and defence program at USSC; and Brendan Thomas-Noone, research...

1 July 2020
Gorana Grgic

Wearing a mask or face covering in the US has become about more than just slowing the spread of COVID-19 — some experts say it's a political statement, signalling another layer in the...

1 July 2020
James Brown

Allegations Russia offered bounties to the Taliban for the lives of US soldiers in the Middle East would be an "ironic" and "major escalation" of tensions between the two nations, said USSC non-resident...

30 June 2020
Gorana Grgic

Gorana Grgic of the United States Studies Centre told CNBC that President Donald Trump’s unilateral policy actions have chafed the Europeans over the past few years.

30 June 2020
Ashley Townshend

Director of Foreign Policy and Defence Ashley Townshend is quoted in this Business Insider article saying China’s effort to “recast Australia’s independent call for a COVID-19 inquiry as ‘doing Washington’s bidding’ is designed...

28 June 2020
Ashley Townshend

Director of Foreign Policy and Defence at the US Studies Centre Ashley Townshend told Sky News that Australia “needs to be very sensitive to the way China is using both cyber and disinformation...

26 June 2020
Gorana Grgic

USSC lecturer Gorana Grgic is quoted in this article published by news.com.au.

26 June 2020
James Brown

A recently released New York Times/Siena College poll has placed Democratic nominee Joe Biden well ahead of US President Donald Trump among voters. The poll placed Joe Biden's primary vote at 50 per...

25 June 2020
Charles Edel

Senior Fellow Dr Charles Edel joined the Australian Airforce's podcast "Conversation on the Runway," with host Mark Forbes and Dr Andrew Carr from ANU's College of Asia and the Pacific to discuss the...

25 June 2020
Ashley Townshend

News.com.au reports a new publication from the United States Studies Centre says that China’s recent conflict with India is just the latest sign of aggression in the region and the Prime Minister needs...

24 June 2020

The Australian mentions a report published by the United States Studies Centre in this article about the cybersecurity skills shortage.

24 June 2020