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The United States Studies Centre at the University of Sydney deepens Australia’s understanding of the United States through research, teaching and public engagement. Through rigorous analysis of American foreign policy, economics, politics and culture, the Centre has become a national resource, building Australia’s awareness of the dynamics shaping America — and critically — their implications for Australia.

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The Sydney Morning Herald reports on a new research brief from the Centre which warns that Washington's budget gridlock could affect Australia if the United States' military leadership starts to "atrophy", including in...

23 September 2017
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Brendan Thomas-Noone

North Korea's provocative missile test over Japan this morning sends a defiant message to the rest of the world. Brendan Thomas-Noone told nine.com.au that North Korea is trying to drive a wedge between...

15 September 2017
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Brendan Thomas-Noone

Officially known as Spartan 3000, South Korea hopes this unit comprised of highly-trained elite soldiers will intimidate its northern neighbour and deter it from attacking first. Brendan Thomas-Noone told News.com.au that decapitation strikes...

13 September 2017
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Anna Lebovic

The resignation of Vanity Fair editor Graydon Carter comes at important time for the magazine industry. Magazine publishers, along with the rest of the print industry, are coming to terms with changes in...

9 September 2017
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Brendan Thomas-Noone

Russian President Vladimir Putin said imposing tougher sanctions on North Korea over its nuclear missile program would be counter-productive and spoke out against “military hysteria” after the United States called for the “strongest...

5 September 2017
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Brendan Thomas-Noone

North Korea is rapidly getting closer to completing a nuclear warhead capable of travelling across the Pacific and hitting the US mainland, but is the South Korean capital of Seoul the most likely...

5 September 2017
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Elizabeth Ingleson

President Donald Trump's “return” to manufacturing is eroding US health, schooling and social support structures, according to Elizabeth Ingleson in her column in The Washington Post's 'Made By History' section.

1 September 2017
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Ashley Townshend

Admiral Harry Harris, the commander of US forces in the Pacific, is tipped to become the next US ambassador to Australia, a long-awaited appointment that remains vacant seven months into the administration of...

30 August 2017
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Ashley Townshend

President Donald Trump is considering tapping one of the US defence force's biggest China hawks to be the next Ambassador to Australia, a potential personnel move that would send an assertive message to...

30 August 2017
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Brendan Thomas-Noone

Preventing North Korea from developing nuclear-capable intercontinental missiles is now more-or-less an impossible task, experts say. USSC research fellow Brendan Thomas-Noone is quoted in this 9news.com.au article.

30 August 2017
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Brendan Thomas-Noone

North Korea has fired an “unidentified ballistic missile” over Japan’s northern island of Hokkaido, sparking warnings for its citizens to take precautions. USSC research fellow Brendan Thomas-Noone is quoted in this News.com.au report.

29 August 2017
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In remarks made at a USSC-Center for Strategic and International Studies event in Sydney today, former Australian PM Paul Keating said that the United States under Donald Trump was turning away from its...

22 August 2017
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The Daily Mail reports on remarks made by former Australian PM John Howard at a US-Australia relations conference in Sydney on Monday evening. Howard said the American president's actions universally justified cause 'for...

22 August 2017
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Dougal Robinson

Seven months into his presidency, Donald Trump has already forced out a national security adviser, a chief of staff, a press secretary and two communications directors — in addition to firing the FBI...

21 August 2017
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Ashley Townshend

The departure from the White House of Steve Bannon, one of China’s strongest critics within the Trump administration, is likely to provide only temporary relief to Beijing, say China foreign policy analysts including...

20 August 2017
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David Smith

Political analysts believe US President Donald Trump has ‘reverted to type’ after he again blamed ‘both sides’ for the deadly violence at a white supremacist rally in Charlottesville. USSC academic director Dr David...

17 August 2017
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Brendan Thomas-Noone

North Korea may have eased off on its threat to target Guam in a missile attack. But if Kim Jong-un does decide to launch an intercontinental ballistic missile at the US territory, the...

16 August 2017
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Brendan Thomas-Noone

Kim Jong-un will probably defy Donald Trump and soon try to land missiles in waters near the US Pacific island of Guam to show off strength and test the US President's resolve, according...

14 August 2017
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Australia's property bubble, corporate tax levels, and the Turnbull government's talent-hindering crackdown on 457 visas have been identified as major barriers for US direct investors trying to lure workers to Australia.

The warning, in a...

14 August 2017
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Richard Holden

SBS reports on new research from the US Studies Centre on the US-Australia investment relationship.

14 August 2017