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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.

The United States Studies Centre (USSC) is delighted to announce the addition of Ambassador Jane Hardy and Dr Frank Smith to the Centre’s Foreign Policy and Defence Program.

Ambassador Hardy joins the USSC...

15 July 2021

In 2020 Australia experienced the most significant outflow of US direct investment in 15 years according to new research from the United States Studies Centre (USSC).

In his latest report, Australia-US bilateral investment in...

5 July 2021

Today, the United States Studies Centre (USSC) releases Key players in the Biden administration, an overarching analysis of the key appointees in the Biden administration and their significance for Australia. After passing the...

12 May 2021

The United States Studies Centre (USSC) at the University of Sydney is pleased to announce the appointment of our latest non-resident experts: former Chief of Staff to President Trump Mick Mulvaney, former Director General...

27 April 2021

As the United States turns up the pressure ahead of the Biden administration’s virtual Leaders Summit on Climate, Australia is already drawing attention as a high-income economy without a net zero emissions target...

22 April 2021

National security concerns and increased government restrictions loom large over foreign direct investment (FDI) in Australia and the United States, according to a new Index developed at the United State Studies Centre (USSC). 

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16 April 2021

Today, the United States Studies Centre (USSC) and Perth USAsia Centre have released their inaugural annual report: State of the United States: An evolving alliance agenda.

The flagship report explores critical questions...

16 March 2021

As the responsibility for the vaccine rollout in the United States transitions from the Trump administration to the Biden administration, new polling from the United States Studies Centre (USSC) at the University of...

20 January 2021
Stephen Kirchner

Just like the United States, Australia risks stagnant population growth — and economic losses — unless unless it increases its managed isolation, quarantine capacity for international arrivals, and number of permanent migrants, according...

16 November 2020

On the brink of the next US presidential election the United States Studies Centre at the University of Sydney has released new polling data collected in the leadup to the 2020 elections which...

3 November 2020

Today, the United States Studies Centre (USSC) releases Red Book/Blue Book: An Australian guide to the next US administration, an in-depth handbook to help Australia traverse the policy terrain post-US election. While...

27 October 2020

Australian National University Lecturer in national security Dr Jennifer Hunt has joined the United States Studies Centre (USSC) as a non-resident fellow.

USSC CEO Professor Simon Jackman says, “We are thrilled to welcome...

12 October 2020

While the risk of a deliberate nuclear exchange is still small between the United States and China, there is a growing risk of inadvertent nuclear use according to new research from the United...

29 September 2020

The United States Studies Centre at the University of Sydney (USSC) is pleased to announce the appointment of Duncan Ivison and Chelsey Martin to its board.

Chairman of the USSC Board, Mark Baillie...

22 September 2020

President Trump is trailing in the polls with under two months until the US presidential election. But presidential election polling performed poorly in 2016. So what do the polls really indicate about the state...

15 September 2020

While the Australian economy has been strong for decades, the future trajectory is grim without a pivot toward innovation, a new report from the United States Studies Centre (USSC) shows.

The report, The...

20 August 2020

Today, the United States Studies Centre (USSC) releases a whole-of-Centre analysis: Biden vs Trump: An Australian guide to the issues. It covers the broad array of policy positions a prospective Biden or second Trump administration could take and the impact...

12 August 2020

Strategic studies expert Fiona Cunningham has joined the Foreign Policy and Defence Program at the United States Studies Centre (USSC) as a Non-Resident Fellow.

Dr Cunningham is an Assistant Professor of Political Science and...

11 August 2020

The United States Studies Centre at the University of Sydney (USSC) is delighted to announce the appointment of former Australian Ambassador to the United States The Hon Joe Hockey as a Distinguished Ambassadorial...

28 July 2020

More than one out of every four dollars invested in Australia from overseas comes from the United States, 12 times higher than the investment from China, according to new research from the United States...

16 July 2020