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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 Loosley

Guests on this week's Saturday Extra discussion on foreign affairs were Stephen Loosely, Non-Resident Senior Fellow, United States Studies Centre, Amanda Hodge, South East Asia correspondent for The Australian and Alex Oliver, Director...

30 May 2020
Elliott Brennan

Anger has escalated in the US city of Minneapolis, with a police station becoming overrun by protestors three days after the death of George Floyd. The African-American man's death in police custody has...

29 May 2020
John Lee

The Australian government has asked China to grant Australia the same reduction in bureaucratic trade barriers that Beijing has promised the United States. The request emerged as experts warned that US allies such...

29 May 2020
Charles Edel

With Donald Trump and Xi Jinping both focused on ramping up domestic support in the wake of the pandemic, the bottom is rapidly falling out of US-China relations. And few in either Washington...

28 May 2020
Jared Mondschein

US Studies Centre Senior Advisor Jared Mondschein told Sky News in this interview that Australia has been sticking with its principles amid rising trade tensions with China but the situation is becoming more...

28 May 2020
David Smith

As Donald Trump looks for pathways through an increasingly tough re-election campaign, he has turned to a familiar issue. At the weekend, he asked places of worship to reopen. Most religious leaders have...

27 May 2020

Protests in the United States against COVID-19 social distancing and lockdowns have captured the world’s attention. New research from the United States Studies Centre reveals the political and strategic underpinnings of the LIBERATE...

26 May 2020
Ashley Townshend

USSC director of foreign policy and defence Ashley Townshend is quoted in this article in the Australian Financial Review about new national security laws imposed on Hong Kong by China.

26 May 2020
Elliott Brennan

In this interview on Sky News, USSC Research Associate Elliott Brennan says that despite broad support among Americans for lockdown orders, anti-lockdown protests are gaining momentum in the United States, particularly in Republican...

26 May 2020
Ashley Townshend

US ambassador to Australia Arthur Culvahouse hosed down suggestions from Secretary of State Mike Pompeo that the US might "disconnect" from Australia under the Five Eyes intelligence-sharing partnership because of Victoria's participation in...

24 May 2020
Aaron Nyerges

America’s mishandling of the coronavirus pandemic will tarnish its reputation as a cultural mecca, writes Rosemany Neill in The Australian. USSC lecturer Aaron Nyerges is quoted in the article.

22 May 2020
Ashley Townshend

Concerns are mounting that China's targeting of Australian exports could spread to include the resources sector after Beijing announced changes to inspection protocols for iron-ore shipments. But some have drawn links between the...

21 May 2020
Stephen Kirchner

China has slapped an 80 per cent tax on all barley grain imported from Australia. Some say it is retaliation for Australia's push for an inquiry into the origins of COVID-19. But others...

21 May 2020
Bruce Wolpe

With almost 40 million Americans seeking unemployment benefits and more than 90,000 dead, Mr Trump seems fixated on accusations that his predecessor Barack Obama was involved in a wide-reaching conspiracy to derail his...

21 May 2020
John Lee

President Donald Trump upped his attacks on the World Health Organisation on Monday, writing in a letter to its director-general that he would end US funding and membership if the agency did not...

20 May 2020
Ashley Townshend

USSC director of foreign policy and defence Ashley Townshend is quoted in this article published by The Australian Financial Review.

19 May 2020

The results of a recent poll conducted by USSC are discussed in this article published by news.com.au.

18 May 2020
David Smith

Despite the United States being in the midst of a catastrophic pandemic, President Donald Trump has spent the past week fixated on a conspiracy theory about his predecessor Barack Obama. Dubbed 'Obamagate', Mr...

18 May 2020
Lesley Russell

USSC non-resident fellow Lesley Russell told Business Insider how Australia managed to get ahead of the coronavirus while the United States continues to lag behind.

18 May 2020
Brendan Thomas-Noone

US President Donald Trump has sparked concern for Australian defence companies after he threatened to pull back international supply chains for parts of the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter program in favour of domestic...

16 May 2020