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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.

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
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
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 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
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
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
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
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
Adam Kamradt-Scott

A study funded by the Victorian government found mask-wearing was the single most effective public health measure in getting Melbourne's second wave COVID-19 outbreak under control. With masked faces becoming more commonplace over...

15 June 2021
John Lee

World leaders attending the 2021 G7 summit released a communique calling for a "transparent, expert-led and science-based" second tranch of the investigation into the origins of COVID-19 to be convened by the World...

14 June 2021
Bruce Wolpe

Tensions over the US-Mexico border continue to cause backlash for the Biden administration, with remarks from Vice President Kamala Harris during an official visit to Guatemala attracting criticism.

"I want to be clear...

11 June 2021
Ashley Townshend

An internal directive was issued by US Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin calling for several initiatives to counter China, according to US officials. The announcement follows the release of the Biden administration's defense budget...

10 June 2021
Ashley Townshend

En route to the G7 summit in the United Kingdom where he is set to have his first in-person meeting with US President Joe Biden, Prime Minister Scott Morrison is stopping over in...

9 June 2021
John Lee

The Wall Street Journal reports that Chinese authorities have denied Australian diplomats access to the trial of an Australian writer accused of espionage in a case that has exacerbated tensions between the two...

28 May 2021
John Lee

Have Beijing’s bullying tactics weakened Australia’s resistance to CCP policy or strengthened Canberra’s determination to reduce dependency? According to Dr John Lee, non-resident senior fellow at the United States Studies Centre, the Chinese...

28 May 2021
Stephen Kirchner

USSC director of trade and investment Stephen Kirchner is quoted in this article published by the Australian Financial Review.

18 May 2021
Stephen Kirchner

USSC director of trade and investment Stephen Kirchner is quoted in this article published by The South China Morning Post.

14 May 2021
David Smith

The Australian Journal of Pharmacy reports on new research from USSC associate professor David Smith that found three-quarters of Australians would support a mandatory COVID-19 vaccination for work, study and travel.

11 May 2021