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The United States Studies Centre at the University of Sydney deepens Australia’s understanding of the United States through research, teaching and public engagement. Through rigorous analysis of American foreign policy, economics, politics and culture, the Centre has become a national resource, building Australia’s awareness of the dynamics shaping America — and critically — their implications for Australia.

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David Smith

Every Tuesday, academic director Dr David Smith is interviewed on ABC Radio Sydney about what's happening in the world of President Trump. This week: what has President Trump said about London Mayor Sadiq...

6 June 2017
Podcast
Brendon O'Connor, Michael Williams

Professor Michael Williams (University of Ottawa) and Associate Professor Brendon O'Connor (United States Studies Centre) discuss the different branches of the American Right and their impact on US foreign policy.

26 May 2017
Podcast
Adam Lockyer

In Australia’s Defence Strategy: Evaluating Alternatives for a Contested Asia (Melbourne University Press, 2017), Adam Lockyer, a senior lecturer in security studies at Macquarie University and a USSC research associate, explores how to...

14 May 2017
Podcast
Simon Jackman, Kim Beazley, Gorana Grgic, Ashley Townshend, Stephen Loosley

It's been 100 action packed days of the Trump presidency. After a slew of campaign promises, how much has been delivered—and what can be gleaned in terms of future foreign and domestic policy...

30 April 2017
Podcast
Kim Beazley, Gordon Flake, Ian Satchwell

In a new report from the Perth USAsia Centre, Trumping Trade: Understanding the Australia-United States Economic Relationship, author Ian Satchwell together with Gordon Flake and the Hon Kim Beazley AC have brought...

4 April 2017
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David Smith

Senior lecturer Dr David Smith is interviewed by the American Chamber of Commerce's Duff Watkins.

27 March 2017
Podcast
Ashley Townshend

Research fellow Ashley Townshend talks to Professor Nick Bisley, Executive Director of La Trobe Asia, about Trump's 'America First' approach and what it means for Asia, for La Trobe's Asia Rising podcast.

21 March 2017
Podcast
Brendon O'Connor, Tom Switzer

In a special Race to the White House episode, Brendon O'Connor and Tom Switzer talk with Emma Lancaster about President Donald Trump’s inaugural address, what we can expect from a Trump administration on...

25 January 2017
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Brendon O'Connor, Tom Switzer

This week on Race to the White House, Brendon O’Connor, Tom Switzer and Emma Lancaster digest the news that Donald Trump will be the 45th President of the United States of America. They...

10 November 2016
Podcast
Brendon O'Connor, Tom Switzer

This week on Race to the White House, the Centre's Brendon O’Connor and Tom Switzer speak with 2ser's Anthony Dockrill about how the re-emergence of the email scandal has come to hurt Hillary...

3 November 2016
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Gorana Grgic

Lecturer Gorana Grgic on ABC TV's Planet America.

30 October 2016
Podcast
Brendon O'Connor, Thomas Adams

Listen to Episode 7 of Race to the White House featuring Thomas Adams and Brendon O'Connor.

27 October 2016
Podcast
Simon Jackman, Brendon O'Connor, Tom Switzer

This week on Race to the White House, Brendon O’Connor, Tom Switzer and Emma Lancaster are joined by Simon Jackman to track the history of public opinion polls and how they have come...

20 October 2016
Podcast
Brendon O'Connor, Tom Switzer, Nicole Hemmer

This week on Race to the White House, Brendon O’Connor, Tom Switzer and Nicole Hemmer and Emma Lancaster examine the second presidential debate, one labeled by many as the most vicious debate in...

13 October 2016
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Simon Jackman, Gorana Grgic

Lecturer Gorana Grgic and CEO Simon Jackman on ABC TV's Planet America.

9 October 2016
Podcast
Brendon O'Connor, Tom Switzer

The Centre's Tom Switzer and Brendon O'Connor join Emma Lancaster to discuss the Vice Presidential debate. Although it was anticipated by social media to be a 'vanilla thriller', the debate turned out to...

6 October 2016
Podcast
Brendon O'Connor, Tom Switzer

This week on the Race to the White House, Brendon O’Connor, Tom Switzer and Emma Lancaster are joined by Jennifer Hochschild from Harvard University to dissect the first Presidential debate. Who won and...

29 September 2016
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Tom Switzer

Senior fellow Tom Switzer on ABC TV's Planet America.

26 September 2016
Podcast
Brendon O'Connor, Tom Switzer, Gorana Grgic

This week on the Race to the White House, Brendon O’Connor, Tom Switzer and Emma Lancaster are joined by Gorana Grgic to discuss the very real foreign policy disputes between Donald Trump and...

22 September 2016
Video
Gorana Grgic

Lecturer Gorana Grgic on ABC TV's Planet America.

16 September 2016