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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.

Brendon O'Connor

The President’s approval ratings have plummeted and he faces an uphill fight in the polls but there is one major factor in his favour, writes James Hall for The article quotes USSC...

12 July 2020

Much like the rest of the world, Europe’s post-war security has been disproportionately guaranteed by the US – as the US continues to embrace isolationism and buckle under the weight of COVID, great power competition...

7 July 2020
David Smith

With less than four months before the November 3 United States election, Kanye West has tweeted that he's running for president. Experts say he can technically join the race but it won't be...

6 July 2020
Ashley Townshend

The Australian government has ordered the military to focus mainly on Australia’s backyard, to acquire longer-range missiles to build up its own ability to deter threats from countries such as China, and cautioned...

5 July 2020
Ashley Townshend

The list of China's international spats is rising daily, but what is driving Beijing's increasingly assertive stance on the world stage, and will it backfire? In this analysis published by the Australian Financial...

3 July 2020
John Lee

Critical components underpinning the rollout of Australia's 5G network are being manufactured by a company with close ties to the Chinese military and North Korean Government. This article by The Daily Mail quotes...

3 July 2020

Chairman of the US Senate Armed Services Committee, Jim Inhofe, and Chairman of the US Senate Foreign Relations Asia Subcommittee, Cory Gardner refer to research published by USSC — Averting Crisis: American strategy...

2 July 2020
Gorana Grgic

Wearing a mask or face covering in the US has become about more than just slowing the spread of COVID-19 — some experts say it's a political statement, signalling another layer in the...

1 July 2020
Ashley Townshend

Director of Foreign Policy and Defence Ashley Townshend is quoted in this Business Insider article saying China’s effort to “recast Australia’s independent call for a COVID-19 inquiry as ‘doing Washington’s bidding’ is designed...

28 June 2020
Gorana Grgic

USSC lecturer Gorana Grgic is quoted in this article published by

26 June 2020
Ashley Townshend reports a new publication from the United States Studies Centre says that China’s recent conflict with India is just the latest sign of aggression in the region and the Prime Minister needs...

24 June 2020

The Australian mentions a report published by the United States Studies Centre in this article about the cybersecurity skills shortage.

24 June 2020 refers to new research published by USSC saying that Australia and the US must strengthen their ability to counter disinformation campaigns.

24 June 2020

Australia and the United States have been urged to jointly name and shame state-backed actors looking to steal health research during the coronavirus pandemic, as the Morrison government battles an escalation in cyber...

23 June 2020

The Australian Financial Review writes that Australia and the US need to step up co-operation to safeguard their health and research computer networks and to counter disinformation as China goes on the cyber...

23 June 2020
Ashley Townshend

The Guradian reports on new research published by USSC that calls on Australia and the United States to strengthen ability to counter others’ disinformation.

23 June 2020

The South China Morning Post reports on research by the United States Studies Centre that comes ahead of the annual Australia-US Ministerial Consultations amid a difficult time for China-Australia relations as the balance...

23 June 2020
Ashley Townshend

High-level cyberattacks on facilities researching Covid-19 vaccines have alarmed Australia and the United States, with defence strategists urging them to confront China, the nation widely believed to be responsible for them. The United...

23 June 2020
Brendan Thomas-Noone

Defence Connect reports that as tensions ratchet up between the world’s two economic powerhouses, Australian diplomats are seeking to chart a course through the centre of the storm. But as USSC research fellow Brendan...

18 June 2020
Bruce Wolpe

As protests against racial injustice grip the US, presumptive Democratic nominee Joe Biden is under pressure to pick an African-American woman as his running mate. Mr Biden has already committed to choosing a...

17 June 2020