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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.

We are on the precipice of only the third presidential impeachment in United States history. No US president, however, has ever been removed from office. After a marathon fortnight of congressional impeachment hearings...

26 November 2019

The United States’ defence industrial base is failing to draw upon one of Washington’s greatest strengths: its global network of trusted allies.

A new report, released today by the United States Studies Centre, argues...

25 November 2019

The US dollar remains the dominant currency for international trade and investment. Its role in the world economy reflects the unrivalled depth and liquidity of US dollar capital markets, backed by America’s high quality...

11 November 2019

In an increasingly contested Indo-Pacific region, the United States and Australia must consider the evolving requirements for conventional and nuclear capabilities to deter a potential conflict with China – an issue that raises difficult geopolitical questions for both countries and for their relationship...

7 November 2019

As US Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross travels to Australia for discussions on rare earths security, a new report from the United States Studies Centre at the University of Sydney looks at how the...

9 October 2019

As Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison prepares for the rare honour of a state dinner at the Trump White House on Friday (US time), a new poll shows Americans believe they have no better friend...

20 September 2019

As the top 10 Democratic presidential hopefuls prepare to take to the stage for their next debate in just over 24 hours time, the United States Studies Centre has released a new report examining...

12 September 2019

Polling by the United States Studies Centre (USSC) and YouGov shows that current New South Wales abortion laws appear to be out of step with public opinion.

To learn more about American and...

6 September 2019

Just over a year out from the next US presidential election, a new poll released by the United States Studies Centre and YouGov has provided the first major insight into who Australians want...

27 August 2019

AgTech — the wave of emerging technologies such as robotics, artificial intelligence, machine learning and biotechnology coming to food and agriculture — has the potential to both benefit Australia’s agricultural sector and create...

22 August 2019

America’s defence strategy in the Indo-Pacific is in the throes of an unprecedented crisis. Faced with an ever more capable and assertive China, the US military urgently needs to refocus on the requirements of...

19 August 2019

The Australian Research Council's bionic eye initiative – funded from 2010-2014 – offers a productive way to explore the barriers to successful innovation in Australia: it is a lesson in how not to innovate.

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24 July 2019

In December 2017, the Trump administration released its first National Security Strategy and issued an unequivocal assessment that the world has entered an era of outright geostrategic competition between “those who favour repressive systems and...

9 July 2019

Technological disruption is rapidly changing the nature of work and the skills needed to succeed at work. It’s estimated that around half of current work activities can be automated by adapting currently available...

4 July 2019

It is possible the Reserve Bank of Australia (RBA) will need to lower the cash rate by more than its current level of 1.25 per cent to maintain nominal stability if there is...

18 June 2019

A former advisor to US Secretary of State John Kerry and a former advisor to Australian Foreign Minister Julie Bishop have collaborated on a special report published today by the United States Studies...

13 June 2019

The United States Studies Centre has announced Bryden Spurling as the 2019 Alliance 21 Fellow. During his fellowship, Bryden will be based in Washington, DC at the Center for a New American Security...

23 May 2019

US-China technology competition is now playing out across multiple standards bodies as an expanded arena of contest. While national security considerations have become the main entry point for the wider policy community to...

2 May 2019

NSW Minister for Jobs, Investment, Tourism and Western Sydney the Hon. Stuart Ayres, MP will tonight launch a new report from the United States Studies Centre (USSC) detailing the US experience in industry development around...

30 April 2019

As artificial intelligence and robotics technologies progress, the increasing autonomy of unmanned military systems will drive new operational concepts with the potential to transform modern war.

A new policy brief released today by the...

25 March 2019