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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.

Australia is well-placed to shape the Biden administration’s evolving approach to deterrence challenges in the Indo-Pacific, according to new research from the United States Studies Centre (USSC). Washington has proposed a new concept...

15 October 2021

China’s geoeconomic tactics are stymieing its bid for influence in the Indo-Pacific and presents a strategic weakness that Australia and the United States need to exploit, according to new research from the United...

30 September 2021

This week, Foreign Minister Payne and Defence Minister Dutton travel to Washington for the Australia-United States Ministerial Consultations (AUSMIN), the first cabinet-level meetings between the two countries’ foreign and defence policy principals since...

13 September 2021

As Australia continues to navigate the costly impact of Beijing’s economic coercion and increasing supply chain disruptions, Washington has pledged that it was “not going to leave Australia alone on the field”. But...

2 September 2021

Just 200 days into its first term, the Biden administration’s approach to the Indo-Pacific is already suffering from a lack of focus and urgency, which new research from the United States Studies Centre argues is...

27 August 2021

Former prime ministers Julia Gillard and John Howard will be guests of the United States Studies Centre (USSC) on 1 September 2021, in a special virtual event coinciding with the 70th anniversary of...

20 August 2021

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