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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.

Jared Mondschein

The death of Supreme Court judge Ruth Bader Ginsburg has created a hotly contested vacancy at a critical moment in US history. In this Sydney Morning Herald article, Heath Gilmore explains what's at...

25 September 2020
Simon Jackman

ABC News reports on the latest in the US election with comments from USSC CEO Simon Jackman.

24 September 2020
Kim Hoggard

The death of Ruth Bader Ginsberg, the only woman on the supreme court has thrust women’s issues back into the spotlight. SBS Dateline has taken a look at where the presidential front runners...

23 September 2020
Stephen Kirchner

Investment from the major trading partner has halved as experts declare “there’s no question” the diplomatic breakdown is a leading factor. USSC director of trade and investment Stephen Kirchner is quoted in this...

15 September 2020
Simon Jackman, Zoe Meers

Donald Trump, after another weekend of frenetic big-crowd campaigning, could be sitting on a greater than one-in-three chance of winning the US presidential election seven weeks from now. The Australian Financial Review reports...

15 September 2020
Simon Jackman, Zoe Meers

The Australian reports that a new analysis published by the United States Studies Centre of swing-state polling in the US finds Donald Trump is likely to lose the upcoming US election but could...

15 September 2020
Simon Jackman, Zoe Meers

7news.com.au reports that one of Australia's leading American politics experts has found Joe Biden is leading the race for the White House but cautions against discounting Donald Trump. Professor Simon Jackman, the head...

15 September 2020
Simon Jackman

Donald Trump could win re-election if polls in key battleground states are as inaccurate as they were in 2016, according to the United State Studies Centre CEO Simon Jackman in this Sky News...

15 September 2020

This Sydney Morning Herald article refers to research published by USSC that concluded that “America no longer enjoys military primacy in the Indo-Pacific”.

14 September 2020
Brendon O'Connor

After experiencing political nightmare after political nightmare, it may seem like a second term as US President would be far-fetched for Donald Trump, reports The New Daily. USSC associate professor Brendon O'Connor is...

11 September 2020
James Curran

A contested US election result would have a negative effect on Australia’s relationship with the world's two big powers at a dangerous time, writes Andrew Clark in The Australian Financial Review. He quotes...

11 September 2020
David Smith

SBS News reports that key global players are scrambling for a COVID-19 vaccine, hoping to be the first to find the silver bullet that saves lives and wins influence. USSC senior lecturer David...

10 September 2020
David Smith

SBS News reports that experts have cast doubt on President Donald Trump's ability to produce a safe coronavirus vaccine before the upcoming US election. Mr Trump has repeatedly hinted that a vaccine could...

9 September 2020
Simon Jackman

The New Daily reports that major American investment manager Bill Ackman is calling for the adoption of an Australian-style super system in the US to tackle inequality and protect the capitalist system. The...

4 September 2020
Simon Jackman

USSC CEO Simon Jackman is quoted in this Daily Telegraph article.

29 August 2020
James Curran

USSC non-resident senior fellow James Curran is quoted in this article in The Australian.

27 August 2020
Stephen Kirchner, David Uren

Personality politics, tribalism, congressional brinksmanship, even the real possibility of a contested result. Yes, this US presidential election is a burger with the lot. It makes for entertaining, albeit high-stakes, viewing. But this...

27 August 2020

The Australian Financial Review refers to a survey published by USSC that found Australians wanted the country locked down during the pandemic.

27 August 2020
David Smith

The Kennedys. The Bushs. The Clintons and their dashed hopes. Americans are no strangers to political dynasties, and some pundits are predicting the next one will be the Trumps. This New Daily article...

26 August 2020
Jared Mondschein

Former United States' top trade diplomat James Carouso says Australia is at risk of caving into economic coercion from China and should be more optimistic about its trade relationships with other countries. This...

24 August 2020