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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.

As the United States federal government works to mobilise against the COVID-19 pandemic, the United States Armed Forces are set to assume an increasingly higher role in the response.

In a new research...

3 April 2020
James Brown

America's early response to the coronavirus has been "completely uncoordinated" according to the US Studies Centre's non-resident fellow James Brown in this interview on Sky.

2 April 2020
Simon Jackman

The US Studies Centre's chief executive officer Professor Simon Jackman believes US President Donald Trump's handling of the coronavirus pandemic will impact and determine the outcome of the upcoming presidential election in November...

2 April 2020
Ashley Townshend

USSC director of foreign policy and defence Ashley Townshend is quoted in this article published by Forbes Japan discussing the USSC report Averting Crisis and its recommendations for regional security cooperation between the...

1 April 2020
Stephen Kirchner

Comments made by USSC director of trade and investment Stephen Kirchner appear in this article published by The Australian Financial Review.

1 April 2020
Brendon O'Connor

Until a few weeks ago, most of the headlines covering the United States had to do with the primary elections but Covid-19 took them all by surprise. Still, a few months down the...

31 March 2020
James Curran

USSC non-resident senior research fellow James Curran is quoted in this article by The Australian's Paul Kelly.

28 March 2020
David Smith

In an interview for 9 News online, Dr David Smith discussed how President Donald Trump is giving Americans a false picture of the seriousness of the COVID-19 crisis, saying he's seen the pandemic...

28 March 2020
James Brown

In an interview with Sky News Australia, James Brown discussed growing tensions between New York Governor Andrew Cuomo and the White House as the state "struggles to cope" with an influx of coronavirus...

26 March 2020

The COVID-19 pandemic sweeping the world brings more than illness, death and economic chaos; it also brings existential and ethical dilemmas about how to provide care for the elderly, who are most at...

25 March 2020
Stephen Kirchner

Quantitative easing has many forms but essentially it is all about increasing the amount of money circulating in the economy. In this article published by the Australian Financial Review, USSC director of trade...

23 March 2020
John Lee

John Lee was quoted in the Australian, where he weighed in on China's knowledge of the novel coronavirus and how it witheld information regarding the threat level of the virus.

In the...

21 March 2020
John Lee

Dr John Lee was quoted in an article in the South China Morning Post, highlighting how the global coronavirus pandemic is more likely to aggravate rather than repair "already fraught relationships" between the...

20 March 2020
Kim Hoggard

In an interview with Sky News Australia, Kim Hoggard discussed Joe Biden's "sweeping victory" in the Florida, Illinois and Arizona primaries, which placed him far ahead of his Democrat rival Senator Bernie...

19 March 2020
Gorana Grgic

In an interview with CNBC, Gorana discusses the American response to the coronavirus pandemic and how the outbreak could impact the 2020 presidential election.

19 March 2020
David Smith

In this article in GQ, USSC senior lecturer David Smith is quoted about the support President Donald Trump receives from Pentecostals.

18 March 2020
Stephen Kirchner

Dr Stephen Kirchner was quoted in an article by Josh Butler, Senior News Reporter at 10 daily, on the market impact of coronavirus in both Australia and the US.

He highlighted the "fragmented"...

17 March 2020
David Smith

Dr David Smith was interviewed by ABC Radio's David Sparkes on PM to weigh in on President Trump's national address which ordered a suspension of travel from Europe to the US for a...

12 March 2020
Stephen Kirchner

USSC director of trade and investment Dr Stephen Kirchner joined a group of five experts to discuss the Coalition's economic response to the coronavirus outbreak in an article in the Guardian.

12 March 2020
Charles Edel

USSC Senior Fellow Dr Charles Edel spoke with The American Interest about coronavirus, the shifting strategic landscape in Asia, and the future of American involvement in the region.

12 March 2020