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About the centre

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.

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Shaun Ratcliff

Donald Trump has consistently made his opposition to immigration the centre of his politics and recent polling suggests that the US public are far more polarised by party on attitudes to immigration, compared...

16 August 2018
Media release

As the least digitised industry in the world, agriculture is on the cusp of the next technological wave with implications for investors, entrepreneurs, governments and farmers. The United States is leading the way in the...

16 August 2018
In the news

In Australia there is an increasing understanding of the potential opportunities promised by digital agriculture and its importance to the future of Australia’s food and fibre industries. But is Australian agriculture ready for...

16 August 2018
Interview
Brendon O'Connor

SBS News spoke to Associate Professor in American Politics Brendon O'Connor about the release of secretly recorded tapes of President Donald Trump speaking to former staffer Omarosa Manigault-Newman. The tape shows an apparent...

15 August 2018
Media release

The United States Studies Centre at the University of Sydney (USSC) is pleased to announce the appointment of two Alliance 21 Fellows for 2018.

Madelyn Creedon, former Principal Deputy Administrator of the National Nuclear...

13 August 2018
Media release

Partisanship has become the dominant driver of social and political conflict in the United States and state-federal relations are increasingly conducted in the same vituperative style as Capitol Hill partisanship. This will have...

9 August 2018
Interview
Stephen Kirchner

The Director of the USSC's Trade and Investment Program Dr Stephen Kirchner spoke to Bloomberg Television about the scope for the tit-for-tat trade war between China and the United States to continue to...

6 August 2018
In the news
Jared Mondschein, Stephen Kirchner

The Australian takes an in-depth look at Stephen Kirchner and Jared Mondschein's new report on regulating Australia's foreign direct investment.

The article particularly highlights two of the recommendations of the report. Those being...

1 August 2018
In the news
Stephen Kirchner

Australia is joining forces with the United States and Japan to pull more private infrastructure investment into poor countries in Asia and the Pacific in what will be a rival vision to China’s...

1 August 2018
In the news

ABC News visualises results from a USSC-YouGov poll looking at anxiety.

1 August 2018
Interview
Stephen Kirchner

Director of the Trade and Investment Program, Dr Stephen Kirchner spoke to Bloomberg about what the recently announced Australia-Japan-US Indo-Pacific investment fund means for the region and China's presence in it.

Dr Kirchner...

31 July 2018
Interview
Gorana Grgic, Ashley Townshend

In late July the infamous former Secretary of State Henry Kissinger referred to the "grave, grave times" the world is facing. Director of the Foreign Policy and Defence Program Ashley Townshend and Lecturer...

30 July 2018
Media release

Both the United States and Australia rely on foreign direct investment (FDI) as a major source of capital to fund domestic investment and economic growth. But while most foreign acquisitions do not raise...

26 July 2018
In the news
Stephen Kirchner

In the latest move in the US-China trade war, the American government has announced it will spend $12 billion dollars to help farmers cope with huge tariff increases, but Australia's national farm lobby...

25 July 2018
Media release

Australians report higher levels of anxiety than Americans on issues like climate change, and virtually identical levels of anxiety about the affordability of healthcare despite Australia’s stronger social safety net, according to new...

24 July 2018
Media release

Minister for Foreign Affairs Julie Bishop and Minister for Defence Marise Payne will today meet with their US counterparts, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Secretary of Defense James Mattis, for the Australia-US Ministerial...

23 July 2018
Interview
Gorana Grgic

Lecturer in US Politics and Foreign Policy Dr Gorana Grgic spoke to ABC Radio's 'The World Today' program about the affect that President Trump's about-face on his statements about Russia meddling in the...

23 July 2018
Interview
Simon Jackman

The CEO of the United States Studies Centre Professor Simon Jackman spoke to The Australian Financial Review about the changing discussions regarding the status of the Australia-US relationship.

Professor Jackman says the behaviour...

23 July 2018
Media release

The funding allocated in this year’s federal budget and administered by the American Australian Association Ltd. will assist the United States Studies Centre at The University of Sydney and the Perth USAsia Centre...

23 July 2018
In the news

The Guardian Australia reports on the Hon. Senator Penny Wong's USSC address on the role of the United States in Asia.

The article notes that the Shadow Minister for Foreign Affairs and Leader...

19 July 2018