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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.

Stephen Kirchner

News.com.au reports that the dramatic escalation of tension between Australia and China this week has raised questions about what China’s endgame is. The article quotes USSC director of trade and investment Stephen Kirchner.

2 December 2020
Ashley Townshend, Brendan Thomas-Noone

There can be no doubt, President Donald Trump’s transactional approach to alliances forced the hands of many who had long been seen to take advantage of the US. This push towards greater allied...

2 December 2020
Bruce Wolpe

SBS News reports that Donald Trump is running out of time to question the election results, with deadlines fast approaching to formally confirm the winners. SBS quotes USSC non-resident senior fellow Bruce Wolpe...

1 December 2020
John Lee

Dr John Lee is a Senior Fellow at the United States Studies Centre and a former adviser to Foreign Minister Julie Bishop. He explains the ramifications of the esacalating Australia-China tensions in this...

1 December 2020
Charles Edel, John Lee

USSC senior fellow Charles Edel and non-resident senior fellow John Lee are both quoted in this Wall Street Journal article reporting that wine is now among a growing list of Australian exports that...

30 November 2020
David Smith

US President Donald Trump has said for the first time that he will leave office if the electoral process shows that he lost to Joe Biden. Despite his refusals to concede, Mr Trump...

27 November 2020
Brendon O'Connor

US Studies Centre associate professor Brendon O’Connor told Sky News that Joe Biden’s government will have a very different approach to foreign policy, compared to President Donald Trump’s administration. Mr Biden named his...

25 November 2020
Stephen Kirchner

USSC director of trade and investment Stephen Kirchner is quoted in this article published by The Australian.

24 November 2020
Jennifer Hunt

Joe Biden has been officially designated as the apparent winner of the US election by an administrator in the Trump federal government. After the state of Michigan certified its election results, the Trump-appointed...

24 November 2020
Simon Jackman

US Studies Centre CEO Simon Jackman told Sky News that the disjuncture between the depth of the COVID-19 crisis in America and how the president is spending his days is jarring. President Trump...

23 November 2020
Brendon O'Connor

Donald Trump will remain in office until Joe Biden's inauguration on 20 January 2021. Until then, some health experts fear America's COVID-19 response may fall into jeopardy - particularly without a smooth transition...

21 November 2020
Stephen Kirchner

Diverging views on post-pandemic recovery are cited in this article which outlines recommendations put forth by Stephen Kirchner in his latest report to pursue migration for economic growth.

19 November 2020
James Brown

President-elect Joe Biden’s plan to implement a mandatory mask mandate across the United States is likely to spark further debate over coronavirus management, says US Studies Centre Non-Resident Fellow James Brown in this...

17 November 2020
David Uren

Non-Resident Fellow David Uren is quoted in this article regarding how the Australia-China economic dependence is a one way relationship.

16 November 2020
Stephen Kirchner

New research, Avoiding US-style demographic stagnation, is covered in this article including quotes from Director of Trade and Investment Stephen Kirchner about how Australia can use migration as part of post-pandemic recovery.

16 November 2020
Stephen Kirchner

Avoiding US-style demographic stagnation report by Stephen Kirchner cited in this article about post-pandemic economic recovery options.

16 November 2020
Stephen Kirchner

Just like the United States, Australia risks stagnant population growth — and economic losses — unless unless it increases its managed isolation, quarantine capacity for international arrivals, and number of permanent migrants, according...

16 November 2020
Kim Hoggard

It's been clear for more than a week that Donald Trump lost the US election, but he still hasn’t acknowledged the fact. On the contrary, he's actively denying it. And he's doing some...

16 November 2020
Shaun Ratcliff

State legislature results in the US election have heavily favoured Republicans and, ahead of a decadal redistricting cycle, increase the likelihood of gerrymandering and the GOP securing a minority win in the House...

16 November 2020
Stephen Kirchner

USSC director of trade and investment Stephen Kirchner is quoted in a Washington Post article about the world’s largest trade deal – the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership.

16 November 2020