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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.

Bruce Wolpe

Joe Biden will call for unity in his inauguration speech as the US braces for possible political violence on Inauguration Day. So can the president-elect tackle extreme division in America? USSC non-resident senior...

20 January 2021
Elliott Brennan

The popularity of encrypted messaging and "free speech" apps has soared following the deadly violence at the US Capitol and mainstream social media platforms' purge of Donald Trump and his prominent followers, reports...

20 January 2021

Australians are far more likely to get vaccinated against COVID-19 than their American counterparts, according to a new survey released today, reports The West Australian. The article refers to polling published by the...

20 January 2021
Elliott Brennan

The US is days away from a new president but the extreme violence is only going to get worse - and it’s putting Australia at risk too, reports The Daily Telegraph. The article...

19 January 2021
Brendon O'Connor

What can we expect on Inauguration Day? How does the transfer of power work? How do the nuclear codes change hands? And when do the Bidens move into the White House? USSC associate...

19 January 2021
Jennifer Hunt

As US security officials grapple with the joint threats of riots and the pandemic, former presidents and rockstars are still expected to attend Thursday's presidential inauguration, reports SBS News. The article quotes USSC...

19 January 2021
Brendon O'Connor

US politics experts say Donald Trump and the brand of Trumpism he has created will continue to have an impact on the country and the Republican Party for some time after he is...

18 January 2021
Simon Jackman

With many of President-elect Biden’s top national security appointees former members of the Obama administration, Australian government officials don’t feel as though they're starting from scratch this time, reports the Sydney Morning Herald...

17 January 2021
Stephen Kirchner

For all the histrionics leading up to Donald Trump’s narrow defeat in November, and the despair of his last few ignoble weeks in office, Joe Biden’s impact on Australian policy will be tone...

16 January 2021
Bruce Wolpe

The storming of the Capitol, the United States’ most sacred and symbolically important building, failed in its aim to stop Congress confirming Joe Biden’s election victory and, to the disappointment of the nation’s...

16 January 2021
Brendon O'Connor

USSC associate professor Brendon O'Connor is quoted in this ABC News article.

15 January 2021
James Curran

There's an urgent need for a fresh approach as Australia is tossed by America's convulsions during the last days of the Trump presidency and China's resurgence, writes Andrew Clark for The Australian Financial...

15 January 2021
Jared Mondschein

Ten Republican members of Congress broke party ranks to vote for Donald Trump’s impeachment, including several who had not previously said they would do so. The Daily Telegraph quotes USSC senior research fellow...

14 January 2021
Jennifer Hunt

232 members of the US House of Representatives including 10 Republicans have voted to impeach the outgoing US president Donald Trump. The vote came after a timed debate in which some of Mr...

14 January 2021
Claire McFarland

America’s tech giants face a challenging year ahead, and it’s not just about halting conspiracies and controversial voices, reports The Daily Telegraph. The article quotes USSC honorary associate Claire McFarland.

13 January 2021
Bruce Wolpe

In this news.com.au article Bruce Wolpe, a non-resident senior fellow at the US Studies Centre, is quoted saying that he believes President Trump has been damaged by last week’s riot in Washington DC.

12 January 2021
Brendon O'Connor

In the waning days of Donald Trump's presidency, American authorities are bracing for more potentially widespread violence. In this report on ABC's PM program, USSC Associate Professor in US Politics Brendon O'Connor is...

12 January 2021
Brendon O'Connor

With calls for Donald Trump’s impeachment intensifying, so are fears about what the US president will do to cling on to the most powerful office in the world, reports Yahoo! News. The article...

11 January 2021
David Smith

Experts have warned that the Pro-Trump Capitol riots are just the start for the US, reports news.com.au. The article quotes USSC associate professor in US politics David Smith.

10 January 2021
Elliott Brennan

USSC research associate Elliott Brennan is quoted by The Canberra Times.

9 January 2021