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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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Comments made at a USSC event by former US trade official Glen Fukushima are the focus of this article published by the Australian Financial Review.

19 April 2018
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Charles Edel

Senior Fellow at the United States Studies Centre Charles Edel spoke to the Sydney Morning Herald about the ongoing debate about China's role in the South Pacific that has centred on Vanuatu.

16 April 2018
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Elsina Wainwright

After giving a speech on global governance last week at Duke University, US ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley was asked whether the US would have a female president in the not-too-distant...

16 April 2018
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Gorana Grgic

Lecturer in US Politics and Foreign Policy Gorana Grgic spoke to FBi Radio about the intricate diplomacy surrounding reprisal strikes in Syria for the use of chemical weapons.

16 April 2018
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Brendon O'Connor

The White House says Donald Trump has the power to fire special counsel Robert Mueller. In this SBS News article, USSC associate professor Brendon O'Connor says if Trump did so, "he's really risking...

12 April 2018
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Bloomberg reports on the United States Studies Centre's event with President of the Peterson Institute for International Economics Adam Posen, and his comments on the prospects of a US-China trade war.

11 April 2018
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Charles Edel

Senior fellow and visiting scholar at the United States Studies Centre Charles Edel is quoted in this world exclusive from the Sydney Morning Herald about China's intention to establish a permanent military presence...

10 April 2018
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Charles Edel

Senior fellow and visiting scholar at the United States Studies Centre Charles Edel is quoted in this Guardian Australia report on Chinese denials of an intention to establish a military base in Vanuatu...

10 April 2018
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Shaun Ratcliff

Shaun Ratcliff, political science lecturer at the United States Studies Centre is quoted in this article for ABC News looking at links between socio-economic status and politics in Australia.

6 April 2018
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Dougal Robinson, Matilda Steward

In this article, SBS News refers to a USSC research paper on the forthcoming US midterm elections.

5 April 2018
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Charles Edel

Charles Edel, a senior fellow and visiting scholar with the United States Studies Centre, writes for War on the Rocks on US interests in the South Pacific.

4 April 2018
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Dougal Robinson, Matilda Steward

News.com.au spoke to Matilda Steward and Dougal Robinson about their latest research brief on the upcoming US midterm elections.

3 April 2018
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Stephen Kirchner

SBS News takes a look at what Australia's imports and exports bring to the country. Director of the USSC's Trade and Investment program Dr Stephen Kirchner is quoted in the article.

28 March 2018
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David Smith

Dr David Smith spoke to Triple J's Hack about how the #MarchForOurLives movement will impact lawmakers in the US and about the interview with an adult film star who allegedly had an affair...

27 March 2018
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Brendan Thomas-Noone

The Telegraph spoke to USSC Research Fellow Brendan Thomas-Noone about Donald Trump's appointment of new National Security Adviser John Bolton. Bolton has been a prominent voice in Washington for decades with his hawkish...

27 March 2018
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Dougal Robinson, Matilda Steward

The Australian Financial Rveiew reports that Australia's foreign policy interests and ties with leading US politicians face significant disruption from looming congressional elections, with major Democratic victories likely to see Washington and Donald...

23 March 2018
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Thomas Adams

SBS News spoke to Dr Thomas Adams about the realities of the US-Mexico border and the impact President Donald Trump's proposed border wall will have.

21 March 2018
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Ashley Townshend

USSC director of foreign policy and defence Ashley Townshend is quoted in this report by The Australian Financial Review about the Labor party's strong support for the Quadrilateral Security Dialogue.

16 March 2018
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Stephen Kirchner

News.com.au reports that China has hit out at US president Donald Trump’s tariffs, warning his country is making a huge mistake. Director of the USSC's Trade and Investment Program Dr Stephen Kirchner is...

9 March 2018
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Stephen Kirchner

US President Donald Trump’s steel tariffs have sent reverberations around the world leading many to announce the beginning of a ‘trade war’. To make sense of it all, SBS News spoke to a...

7 March 2018