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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.

Megan H. MacKenzie, Drew Sheldrick

It’s been a rocky start to Iraq War veteran and Democratic congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard's presidential campaign. This week on the podcast we look at what's gone wrong and discuss President Trump’s trans military...

15 February 2019
Simon Jackman, Drew Sheldrick

Professor Simon Jackman joins the podcast this week to discuss accusations of voter suppression in the United States, as well as his expert testimony in US court cases challenging so-called partisan gerrymandering. He...

7 February 2019
Rebecca Sheehan, Drew Sheldrick

This week on the podcast we look at some of the female Democrats in contention for 2020 and also examine the idea of "unlikeable women" in politics with Macquarie University's Gender Studies Program...

30 January 2019
Drew Sheldrick, Jared Mondschein

We return in 2019 in the midst of an historic US government shutdown. Meanwhile, a steady stream of new Democratic candidates are putting up their hands for the 2020 race and the White...

22 January 2019
Drew Sheldrick, Bruce Wolpe

What were the moments that defined US foreign policy, domestic politics and the unfolding Russia investigation this year? Former Democratic Party advisor and chief of staff to Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard, Bruce...

11 December 2018
Gorana Grgic, Drew Sheldrick, Charles Edel

In the inaugural episode of 2020Vision, Charles Edel and Gorana Grgic help unpack the results of the 2018 midterm elections, their impact on US foreign policy, the reactions around the world, and the...

9 November 2018

The following infographics form part of the United States Studies Centre report, Australian AgTech: Opportunities and challenges as seen from a US venture capital perspective.

9 October 2018
Nicole Hemmer

USSC honorary associate Nicole Hemmer has released a new podcast that takes a deep dive into what locals dub Charlottesville's 'Summer of Hate'.

The series explores the city's history, the alt-right, and the...

8 August 2018
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
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
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
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
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
David Smith

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

27 March 2017
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
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
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
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
Gorana Grgic

Lecturer Gorana Grgic on ABC TV's Planet America.

30 October 2016
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