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The United States Studies Centre at the University of Sydney deepens Australia’s understanding of the United States through research, teaching and public engagement. Through rigorous analysis of American foreign policy, economics, politics and culture, the Centre has become a national resource, building Australia’s awareness of the dynamics shaping America — and critically — their implications for Australia.

In the news
Sarah Graham

Donald Trump has invited a host of world leaders and guests to the White House since coming to power. But some of the US president’s guests are raising more eyebrows than others. USSC...

20 May 2017
In the news
Dougal Robinson

Revelations of President Trump leaking classified information to Russian officials has some people throwing around the ‘I’ word - but how likely is a presidential impeachment? USSC research fellow Dougal Robinson is quoted...

18 May 2017
In the news
Simon Jackman

The US Department of Justice appointed former FBI Director Robert Mueller as a special prosecutor overseeing an investigation into Russia’s interference in the 2016 election. The Trump administration was given less than an...

18 May 2017
Interview
James Curran

It's being reported in the US that President Donald Trump asked then FBI director James Comey to close a probe into former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn's Russian contacts. The White House has...

17 May 2017
In the news
Simon Jackman

For the past 24 hours the question of what Donald Trump told Russia's foreign minister has reverberated around the world. But the US President says he was perfectly within his rights to disclose...

17 May 2017
In the news
Nicole Hemmer

In the United States, Fox, which has a pro-Trump vibe in prime time, usually ranks No. 1 among cable news channels with 25 to 54 year olds, a key demographic for advertisers. But...

17 May 2017
Interview
Nicole Hemmer

The recent firing of former FBI Director James Comey set off a flurry of commentary comparing President Donald Trump to another hard-nosed Republican president — Richard Nixon. USSC research associate Dr Nicole Hemmer...

17 May 2017
In the news
Kim Beazley, James Brown

In an interview with ABC Radio's PM program, former Australian Ambassador to the United States and member of the USSC's Council of Advisors Kim Beazley says he's worried by reports President Donald Trump...

16 May 2017
Interview
Simon Jackman

The White House has strongly denied a US newspaper report claiming that President Donald Trump revealed highly classified information about Islamic State to Russia's Foreign Minister and Ambassador. CEO of the United States...

16 May 2017
In the news
James Curran

President Donald Trump's alleged disclosure of highly classified information to Russia's foreign minister is unlikely to stop allies who share intelligence with Washington from cooperating, officials said on Tuesday. However, USSC research associate...

16 May 2017
In the news
Brendan Thomas-Noone

North Korean leader Kim Jong-un is on a mission to attain a missile that can reach the US. But the US has warned the screws are tightening on North Korea after they carried...

15 May 2017
In the news
John Barron, Brendan Thomas-Noone

Despite being just over 100 days old, the Trump administration has had to deal with a string of controversies. USSC research fellow Brendan Thomas-Noone and research associate John Barron are quoted in this...

11 May 2017
Interview
David Smith

In this interview on the ABC's The World Today, senior lecturer Dr David Smith says that by firing FBI director James Comey, Donald Trump has inadvertently drawn attention to allegations of Russian intervention...

10 May 2017
Media release

US Senator John McCain will visit Australia this month at the invitation of the United States Studies Centre to give a major foreign policy speech. Chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee and...

9 May 2017
In the news
James Brown

The Australian reports that US Marine Corps presence in the north of Australia could receive a funding boost under a Pentagon-endorsed plan to boost US defence spending in Asia. USSC research director Associate...

9 May 2017
Interview
James Brown

USSC research director Associate Professor James Brown is interviewed by Nikkei Asian Review about Australia's views on North Korea, China, the United States and the Trans-Pacific Partnership.

8 May 2017
In the news
Simon Jackman

US President Donald Trump and Australia Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull will meet today on the decommissioned aircraft carrier, the Intrepid, in New York, to mark the 75th Anniversary of the Battle of the...

5 May 2017
Interview
James Curran

USSC research associate Professor James Curran weighs in on Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull's meeting with President Donald Trump in New York City. Curran speaks on Bloomberg Daybreak: Australia.

5 May 2017
In the news
Brendan Thomas-Noone

The Straits Times reports that Australian PM Malcolm Turnbull and US President Donald Trump are expected to focus on North Korea in their first face-to-face meeting after a testy call in January. USSC...

5 May 2017
Interview
Brendan Thomas-Noone

USSC research fellow Brendan Thomas-Noone joined ABC Radio's The World Today to discuss whether Donald Trump and Malcolm Turnbull were genuinely making attempts to mend any fractures in their relationship when they met...

5 May 2017