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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.

James Brown

In this Sky News article, Non-Resident Fellow at the US Studies Centre James Brown says Trump’s impeachment “has not been a victory for Nancy Pelosi”. “She held back articles of impeachment trying to...

17 January 2020
Gorana Grgic

In a day of choreographed symbolism, the US House of Representatives has voted to send the articles of impeachment against Donald Trump to the Senate, paving the way for a Senate trial of...

16 January 2020

Former US Senator Jeff Flake will give a public address and take questions in Sydney tonight. For many, Flake has come to represent the Republican face of opposition to President Donald Trump. The...

16 January 2020
Jared Mondschein

United States Studies Centre senior advisor Jared Mondschein says “there has been a change in the issues afflicting Iran”. He told Sky News the Iranian protesters shifted their focus from the United States...

14 January 2020

Only a landslide loss to the Democrats will force the Republicans to reconsider the leadership of Donald Trump, says former US senator Jeff Flake. His comments come ahead of a speaking tour of...

14 January 2020
James Brown

Iranians no longer trust their government to tell the truth, according to USSC non-resident fellow James Brown. Speaking with Sky News, he said Iranians spent much of 2019 protesting about the nation's economy...

13 January 2020
Jared Mondschein

Senior Fellow Jared Mondschein spoke to Sky News Australia about the state of tensions between the US and Iran and what to expect in the coming weeks and months. He said President Trump...

9 January 2020
David Smith

Neither Donald Trump nor Iran wants war in the Middle East, experts say, but escalating revenge attacks may bring both nations to a point where "blood must be met with blood". USSC senior...

9 January 2020
Stephen Kirchner

USSC director of trade and investment Stephen Kirchner is quoted in this article publised by the Australian Financial Review.

8 January 2020
Brendan Thomas-Noone

Australia appears set to remain in Iraq, even as other US allies such as Germany and Canada pull their troops out. USSC research fellow Brendan Thomas-Noone is quoted in this article published by...

8 January 2020

The 2020s have gotten off to a rough start as China’s increasingly assertive position and ambitions in the South China Sea have drawn attention from yet another regional power: Indonesia, which is joining...

8 January 2020
James Brown

Days after a US drone strike killed a top-ranking Iranian general, Iran has retaliated, striking two US airbases in Iraq with ballistic missiles.

On ABC 7.30, Michael Rowland speaks to former Australian army...

8 January 2020

Research published in late 2019 by USSC about US defence spending is referred to in this article published by Defence Connect.

7 January 2020
Brendon O'Connor

Associate Professor Brendon O'Connor spoke to 2GB about the fallout from the assasination of Iranian major general Qasem Soleimani.

7 January 2020
Charles Edel

Senior Fellow Charles Edel spoke to CNBC and said even if there’s a phase one trade agreement, the US and China are “at the very least” headed for a “partial decoupling” because the...

29 December 2019
James Brown

In this Sky News interview, James Brown from the United States Studies Centre says US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi is trying to “carve out some space” for the Democrats to have some influence...

20 December 2019
Simon Jackman

Nixon stood down, and Clinton apologised, but President Trump is in no way contrite, continuing his attacks on Democrats, and he won't be forced from office.

So what does it all mean?

Professor...

19 December 2019
Brendon O'Connor

Is nationalism an excuse for world domination? If you have an arsenal of weapons like the US does, you need a more nuanced catch-phrase than 'America first' if you don't want to start...

19 December 2019

A comprehensive comparison of public opinion in Australia and the United States overwhelmingly concludes that Americans and Australians aren’t as similar as we might assume.

Released today by the United States Studies Centre...

18 December 2019

Buzzfeed reports on research released today by USSC that finds that attitudes about sexual harassment and assault can be divided along political lines in the United States and gender in Australia.

18 December 2019