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About the centre

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.

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The United States Studies Centre's (USSC) Foreign Policy and Defence Program has been awarded multiple grants from the Australian Department of Defence for projects that contribute to the national security debate in Australia.

Minister for Defence...

6 February 2019
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The US government may still be partially shutdown, but the 116th Congress has duly convened and Democrats are wasting no time after reprising their control of the House of Representatives and its powerful committees.

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17 January 2019
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Innovation capability is increasingly critical for sustaining competitiveness and for developing new options for economic growth. But a low level of research-industry collaboration has been a perennial problem for Australian innovation policy. 

Using the US...

19 December 2018
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Australian households and businesses are paying two to three times more for their energy than their American counterparts and if prices remain as they are, Australia will face serious economic consequences according to...

12 December 2018
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Following the announcement that the United States will partner with Australia on the expansion of a major naval facility in Papua New Guinea, the United States Studies Centre at the University of Sydney has...

20 November 2018
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The rapid rise of populist politics is often cited as a reaction to globalisation. But the success of campaigns like the election of Donald Trump and the Brexit referendum actually came after a...

14 November 2018
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One week before Americans vote in the 2018 midterm elections, new polling from the United States Studies Centre (USSC) suggests Donald Trump, healthcare and immigration are the most important issues for likely voters.

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30 October 2018
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The Australian agricultural technologies (AgTech) sector has expanded dramatically in recent years, with investment more than doubling between 2016 and 2017. However, an absence of sophisticated capital will impede investment in this sector from...

9 October 2018
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Donald Trump’s presidency has raised profound questions about the role the United States will play in world affairs, and whether his election and isolationist vision represents an anomaly or is indicative of deeper...

4 October 2018
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Bruce Wolpe

Bruce Wolpe, a former senior advisor in both US Congress and the Prime Minister's Office in Canberra, has joined the United States Studies Centre at the University of Sydney (USSC) as a Visiting...

14 September 2018
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The United States Studies Centre at the University of Sydney (USSC) is pleased to announce the appointment of four new directors to its board, replacing outgoing members over the previous six months. Barrister Louise...

11 September 2018
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Uncertainty about the economy and economic policy in Australia and the United States has intensified since the global financial crisis, with Australia’s high turnover in prime ministers and US political battles over the budget...

21 August 2018
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As the least digitised industry in the world, agriculture is on the cusp of the next technological wave with implications for investors, entrepreneurs, governments and farmers. The United States is leading the way in the...

16 August 2018
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The United States Studies Centre at the University of Sydney (USSC) is pleased to announce the appointment of two Alliance 21 Fellows for 2018.

Madelyn Creedon, former Principal Deputy Administrator of the National Nuclear...

13 August 2018
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Partisanship has become the dominant driver of social and political conflict in the United States and state-federal relations are increasingly conducted in the same vituperative style as Capitol Hill partisanship. This will have...

9 August 2018
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Both the United States and Australia rely on foreign direct investment (FDI) as a major source of capital to fund domestic investment and economic growth. But while most foreign acquisitions do not raise...

26 July 2018
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Australians report higher levels of anxiety than Americans on issues like climate change, and virtually identical levels of anxiety about the affordability of healthcare despite Australia’s stronger social safety net, according to new...

24 July 2018
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Minister for Foreign Affairs Julie Bishop and Minister for Defence Marise Payne will today meet with their US counterparts, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Secretary of Defense James Mattis, for the Australia-US Ministerial...

23 July 2018
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The funding allocated in this year’s federal budget and administered by the American Australian Association Ltd. will assist the United States Studies Centre at The University of Sydney and the Perth USAsia Centre...

23 July 2018
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Leader of the Opposition in the Senate and Shadow Minister for Foreign Affairs, Senator the Hon. Penny Wong will join the United States Studies Centre on Wednesday, July 18 for an address on the...

17 July 2018