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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.

Today, the United States Studies Centre (USSC) releases a whole-of-Centre analysis: Biden vs Trump: An Australian guide to the issues. It covers the broad array of policy positions a prospective Biden or second Trump administration could take and the impact...

12 August 2020

Strategic studies expert Fiona Cunningham has joined the Foreign Policy and Defence Program at the United States Studies Centre (USSC) as a Non-Resident Fellow.

Dr Cunningham is an Assistant Professor of Political Science and...

11 August 2020
Bruce Wolpe

Newsweek reports that Joe Biden, the presumptive Democratic presidential nominee, is expected to announce his pick for vice president this week, bringing months of speculation to an end. The article quotes USSC non-resident...

11 August 2020
David Smith

USSC senior lecturer David Smith is quoted in this New Daily article saying that Joe Biden’s delay in picking a running mate isn’t out of the ordinary.

10 August 2020
Simon Jackman

Kamala Harris will bring a steel and campaign toughness to the Democratic ticket if she is picked to be Joe Biden's running mate, according to US Studies Centre CEO Simon Jackman. Jackman spoke...

10 August 2020
Simon Jackman, David Uren

On ABC's Saturday Extra, host Geraldine Doogue hosted a preview of a United States Studies Centre publication coming out next week, forecasting what direction the US might take under a Biden administration, and...

8 August 2020
Charles Edel

On ASPI's podcast, host Kelsey Munro speaks to USSC senior fellow Charles Edel about US-China tensions and the US policy approaches towards China. They discuss how the strong rhetoric on China coming out...

7 August 2020
Charles Edel

US Studies Centre Senior Fellow Charles Edel told Sky News more than half of Americans adopted hardening attitudes toward China and more than 60 per cent believed the US should take steps in...

7 August 2020
James Brown

It’s too early for Democrats to be confident about Joe Biden’s chances against President Donald Trump, according to US Studies Centre Non-Resident Fellow James Brown. “He’s stumbling over his words, he’s forgetting where...

6 August 2020
Simon Jackman

United States Studies Centre CEO Simon Jackman told Sky News that if US presidential election results are not clear on the night of the election, there will be room for candidates to “make...

4 August 2020
David Smith

There are three months to go until the US presidential election on November 3. It comes amid a full-blown coronavirus crisis that has seen the economy suffer the sharpest contraction since records began...

4 August 2020
Kim Hoggard

Presumptive Democratic nominee Joe Biden will soon announce his pick for vice president ahead of the election in November - and he's already pledged it will be a woman. USSC non-resident fellow Kim...

3 August 2020

Comments by Robert Zoellick, a former president of the World Bank, made during a USSC webinar are quoted in this article published by The Guardian.

2 August 2020
James Brown

Many middle-class suburban voters who supported President Donald Trump at the last election are beginning to turn against him, according to the US Studies Centre’s James Brown in this Sky News interview.

2 August 2020
Simon Jackman

In this article by The Australian's Greg Sheridan he asks "Is Donald Trump cooked?" Simon Jackman, head of the US Studies Centre, with a lifetime studying American polls, answers: “No, I don’t think...

1 August 2020
David Smith

President Donald Trump is facing widespread criticism for raising the idea of delaying the upcoming US election. On Thursday, Mr Trump shared a discredited theory that increased postal voting due to the COVID-19...

1 August 2020
John Lee

The Daily Mail quotes USSC non-resident senior fellow John Lee is this article.

1 August 2020
Kim Hoggard

Renowned journalist Peter Greste and former White House assistant press secretary and USSC non-resident fellow Kim Hoggard joined RN Drive to discuss the week's big stories including who might be selected as the...

31 July 2020
Elliott Brennan

ABC News reports that Joe Biden has promised to choose a woman as his running mate, with Kamala Harris, Karen Bass, Tammy Duckworth and Susan Rice among the rumoured frontrunners for the job...

30 July 2020
Brendan Thomas-Noone

The Daily Telegraph report that the United States is set to spend a ‘thumpingly’ large amount of money in Darwin, after high-level bilateral talks in Washington put the city at the centre of...

30 July 2020