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About the centre

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

Donald Trump is attempting to consolidate his hold on evangelical Christian voters with a clear opposition to abortion.

On the Democratic side, all candidates are pro-choice, but billionaire candidate Michael Bloomberg is under...

19 February 2020
James Brown

USSC non-resident fellow James Brown provided comments for this ABC 7.30 report about extradition proceedings for Australian Julian Assange.

18 February 2020

A joint project between the United States Studies Centre (USSC) and LinkedIn has found that Australia's agricultural technology (AgTech) networks are less dense and less connected to the United States than New Zealand's.  

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17 February 2020

Startup Daily reports on research published by USSC which finds that Australia’s agricultural technology (agtech) sector is falling behind New Zealand and the United States when it comes to connecting on social networks...

17 February 2020
James Brown

US Studies Centre Non-Fellow James Brown told Sky News “it is hard to see any of Trump’s base leeching to a Democratic party led and run by Bernie Sanders with the kind of...

13 February 2020
James Brown

Democratic candidate Joe Biden must have a good showing in the New Hampshire primary or risk his presidential campaign falling into "deep, deep trouble," according to the US Studies Centre's James Brown when...

11 February 2020
Elliott Brennan

Research Associate Elliott Brennan spoke to Macleay College's 'Hatch' about the implications of President Trump's acquittal in the Senate and how it will figure in his campaign for re-election.

7 February 2020
Gorana Grgic

A surreal week in US politics, with a huge debacle counting votes at the Iowa caucus to select a Democratic presidential candidate. But was the strongest candidate even on the ballot?  Also, Trump...

6 February 2020

This article published by The Australian Financial Review refers to results of a poll conducted by USSC that showed Australians were far less polarised than Americans both in their propensity to believe in...

6 February 2020
Elliott Brennan

Research Associate Elliott Brennan spoke to 'The Wire' about the implications of President Donald Trump's impeachment in the United States Senate.

6 February 2020
Gorana Grgic

Lecturer in US Politics and Foreign Policy Dr Gorana Grgic spoke to Bloomberg News about the Trump strategy for re-election and where the president's State of the Union and impeachment trial fit in.

6 February 2020
Charles Edel

Democrats are likely to vote based on who they think will be the most viable candidate to defeat Donald Trump, and not so much over core policy issues in the run up to...

5 February 2020
Charles Edel

Senior Fellow Charles Edel spoke to ABC News' Ros Childs about a huge week in US news: The Super Bowl on Sunday, Iowa Caucuses on Monday, the State of the Union on Tuesday...

5 February 2020
Gorana Grgic

Not every US citizen can identify with President Donald Trump’s glowing assessment of their national economy during his 2020 State of the Union speech. Dr Gorana Grgic from the University of Sydney’s United...

5 February 2020
David Smith

USSC senior lecturer Dr David Smith spoke to Triple J's Hack program about what the partial results of the Iowa Caucus will mean for the state of the Democratic race for president. He...

5 February 2020
Elliott Brennan

The first openly LGBTQI+ person to seek the Democratic nomination could be on his way to the White House. USSC research associate Elliott Brennan spoke to SBS News about Mayor Pete's prospects and...

5 February 2020
Brendon O'Connor

2ser speaks to USSC associate professor Brendon O'Connor about the proceedings of President Donald Trump's impeachment trial.

4 February 2020

Growing concerns about the capacity of the US to act as a strategic balancer in the region have prompted emerging and established allies to scramble for continued certainty, paving the way for Australia...

4 February 2020

The world is awash with challenges to democracies.

Climate change, rapid technological expansion and the rise of illiberal powers are long-term challenges for democracies like Australia and the United States. But how can such...

3 February 2020
Ashley Townshend

While Australia and the UK have each committed ships and are part of the US-led International Maritime Security Construct, others such as Japan, India and South Korea have sent vessels to the Middle...

1 February 2020