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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.

Sarah Hamilton

December 2021 saw the Consumer Price Index (CPI) grow seven per cent in the United States year on year, the highest rate since June 1982. In Australia, CPI increased by 3.5 per cent in December...

26 January 2022
Sarah Hamilton

Health experts in both New York and New South Wales are cautiously optimistic that Omicron cases appear to be peaking based on the number of test results returning positive cases. Last week New South...

19 January 2022
Sarah Hamilton

Despite the Omicron variant appearing milder than previous strains, both the United States and Australia are reporting record high hospitalisation rates due to COVID-19.

Currently, 150 per million Australians are hospitalised with COVID-19, more...

12 January 2022
Sarah Hamilton

As the Omicron variant takes over as the dominant strain of COVID, both New South Wales and New York have seen a rapid surge in daily case numbers. Just a few weeks ago...

22 December 2021
Sarah Hamilton

While President Biden's pick for Ambassador to Australia is widely rumoured to be Caroline Kennedy, she has not yet been officially nominated. Of the 80 ambassadors nominated by Biden in his first year, only...

15 December 2021
Sarah Hamilton

Just 52 per cent of Americans think laws surrounding the purchase of firearms should be stricter, down from 67 per cent in March 2018 and at its lowest point since 2014. Attitudes towards gun laws...

8 December 2021
Sarah Hamilton

The time-honoured classic Thanksgiving meal cost American families an average of six dollars more last week than in 2020 due to the high US inflation rate. According to the American Farm Bureau, which tracks...

1 December 2021
Sarah Hamilton

Despite the widespread availability of effective vaccines in the United States since the beginning of the year, COVID-19 killed more Americans in 2021 than in the first year of the pandemic. The deadliest month...

24 November 2021
Sarah Hamilton

In the United States, October 2021 brought the highest rise annual inflation in the last 30 years with the Consumer Price Index increasing by 6.2 per cent year-on-year. Last week, President Biden conceded that COVID stimulus...

17 November 2021
Sarah Hamilton

While President Biden's approval ratings continue to drop across the board, the change in sentiment from independent voters has been most stark. At the start of his presidency, 61 per cent of independents...

3 November 2021
Sarah Hamilton

Ahead of the COP26 starting this weekend, Prime Minister Scott Morrison announced Australia’s net-zero emissions target by 2050, which follows similar targets from the United States and other nations. 

27 October 2021
Sarah Hamilton

As New South Wales and Victorian pupils return to school after months of home learning, American children have faced some of the longest school closures globally since pandemic-related closures began in March 2020.

20 October 2021
Ashley Townshend

The Asia-Pacific Regional Security Assessment is published by the International Institute for Strategic Studies. It examines key regional security issues and is published each year in association with the IISS Shangri-La Dialogue. USSC...

8 June 2021
Ashley Townshend

Hosted by the Atlantic Council, this virtual public conference on the future of the bilateral US-Japan alliance and multilateral cooperation in the Indo-Pacific under the Biden and Suga administrations, featured USSC director of...

24 March 2021
Charles Edel

Senior Fellow Dr Charles Edel spoke with ASPI Senior Analyst Kelsey Munro in a podcast episode of Policy, Guns and Money about the about the current tensions between Australia and China and the...

16 May 2020

The following infographic forms part of the United States Studies Centre report, Public opinion in the age of Trump: The United States and Australia compared.

18 December 2019
Drew Sheldrick, Kim Hoggard

President Trump once referred to the press as the “enemy of the people”, yet spends a lot of his time consuming news content and broadcasting favourable items on Twitter. So, is he getting...

11 November 2019

The United States Studies Centre (USSC) was honoured to host a speech by Senator the Hon. Marise Payne, Australian Minister for Foreign Affairs. The keynote foreign policy address was on Australia’s active role...

30 October 2019
Drew Sheldrick, Mia Love

Mia Love was the first black woman to be elected to US Congress for the Republican Party, but she drew the ire of President Trump during last year's midterm elections for not paying...

22 October 2019
Drew Sheldrick, Stephen Kirchner

A tentative trade deal between the United States and China proved a welcome distraction for a White House rattled by events in Syria and the unfolding impeachment investigation. But is it worth the...

16 October 2019