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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

President Biden is “confident he’s got legal advice” that vaccinations can be made compulsory for federal government employees, according to Non-Resident Fellow at the United States Studies Centre James Brown. He spoke to...

29 July 2021
Bruce Wolpe

Bruce Wolpe, Non-Resident Senior Fellow, appeared in an interview on AusBiz TV, to discuss the state of Joe Biden's presidency as it passes the six-month hurdle. Though Biden's approval rating has maintained a...

23 July 2021
James Brown

Australia has joined a US-led collective of countries blaming China for a massive cyberattack on the Microsoft Exchange mail server back in January.

Chinese security agencies and other criminal groups alleged to have...

22 July 2021
David Smith

A recent report found the percentage of white evangelicals in the United States has dropped from a little over 20 per cent down to 14 per cent between 2016 and 2020. Speaking on...

20 July 2021
John Lee

Backed by the federal government, telecommunications giant Telstra is in talks to buy mobile networks in six Pacific nations which foreign policy experts believe is designed to block China from acquiring the strategically...

19 July 2021

The United States Studies Centre (USSC) is delighted to announce the addition of Ambassador Jane Hardy and Dr Frank Smith to the Centre’s Foreign Policy and Defence Program.

Ambassador Hardy joins the USSC...

15 July 2021
John Lee

USSC non-resident senior fellow John Lee is quoted in this article published by The Guardian.

14 July 2021
Ashley Townshend

The Australian reports that the Morrison government has moved to accelerate the creation of a $1bn domestic missile production project, issuing a call for industry and academic partners. The article quotes USSC director...

14 July 2021
Ashley Townshend

The Australian government has moved to accelerate the creation of a A$1 billion domestic missile production enterprise, suggesting a growing confidence that Australia can secure the agreement of the Biden administration to share...

13 July 2021

In 2020 Australia experienced the most significant outflow of US direct investment in 15 years according to new research from the United States Studies Centre (USSC).

In his latest report, Australia-US bilateral investment in...

5 July 2021
Simon Jackman

In this interview on Sky News, US Studies Centre CEO Simon Jackman says Joe Biden is having a longer than normal honeymoon as the president heads towards six months in office. President Biden’s...

5 July 2021
Stephen Loosley

The Guardian reports that, according to a new paper by Federation University’s Cameron Coventry, former Australian PM Bob Hawke regularly informed for the United States when he was a unionist. The article quotes...

3 July 2021
John Lee

Defence Connect quotes USSC non-resident senior fellow John Lee throughout this article.

30 June 2021
Stephen Loosley

The Australian reports on a new study of declassified diplomatic cables that claims Bob Hawke acted as an “informer” to the US government while boss of the Australian trade union movement and president...

28 June 2021
Bruce Wolpe

Bruce Wolpe, a non-resident senior fellow at the United States Studies Centre, spoke to AusBiz about US President Joe Biden signing off on a bipartisan agreement that will pump hundreds of billions of...

27 June 2021
Ashley Townshend

President Joe Biden’s first defence budget request suggests the growing military imbalance in the Indo-Pacific is being viewed as a “future challenge” not an “urgent problem”, according to Ashley Townshend, the USSC's Director...

25 June 2021
Simon Jackman

US Studies Centre CEO Simon Jackman spoke to Sky News about ongoing policy debates in the United States to determine how the Defense Department financially supports its ambition to meet and match China...

25 June 2021
Ashley Townshend, Susannah Patton

Defence Connect reports on commentary by Ashley Townshend, USSC Director of Foreign Policy and Defence, and Susannah Patton, USSC Research Fellow, in which they argue that Australia and its allies should avoid countering...

18 June 2021
Jennifer Hunt

Biden v Putin: strategic success or Cold War chill? In this episode of ABCs Planet America, Non-Resident Fellow Dr Jennifer S Hunt appeared alongside host Chas Licciardello for the program's "fireside chat" segment.

18 June 2021
Ashley Townshend

A two-way quarantine-free travel arrangement was high on the list of discussion topics for Prime Minister Scott Morrison and his Singaporean counterpart, Lee Hsien Loong, during the pair's recent meeting. The two leaders...

15 June 2021