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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.

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Drew Sheldrick, Bruce Wolpe

Special Counsel Robert Mueller's report finally saw a public – though heavily redacted – release late last week. Bruce Wolpe, a congressional advisor to the Democratic Party during President Obama’s first term, returns...

24 April 2019
Podcast
Drew Sheldrick, Claire McFarland

Will the 2020 race be lost or won on social media? And what is the future role of traditional forms of media in politics and elections? Claire McFarland was previously an assistant secretary...

10 April 2019
Podcast
Drew Sheldrick, Charles Edel

Former advisor to US Secretary of State John Kerry, Dr Charles Edel, returns to the podcast to discuss his new book, The Lessons of Tragedy: Statecraft and World Order (Yale University Press). Charles...

3 April 2019
Podcast
Drew Sheldrick, Stephen Loosley

Former ALP National President and Australian senator Stephen Loosley, AM joins the podcast and gives us his thoughts on Attorney-General William Barr's summary of the Mueller Report, rising Democratic stars Beto O'Rourke and...

26 March 2019
Podcast
Rodney Taveira, Drew Sheldrick

Late night comedy programs have become a popular platform for candidates running for political office and for politicians looking to shape or reshape their image. But it wasn’t always this way – and...

21 March 2019
Podcast
Drew Sheldrick, Freya Zemek

The proposed break-up of big tech and treatment of workers at Amazon dominated discussion among 2020 Democratic candidates this week. Freya Zemek joins the podcast to discuss Elizabeth Warren's latest salvo in the...

15 March 2019
Podcast
Drew Sheldrick, Shaun Ratcliff

What happens if the Mueller report into Russian interference in the 2016 US presidential election is released and no one believes it? Political scientist and polling expert Dr Shaun Ratcliff joins the podcast...

6 March 2019
Podcast
David Smith, Drew Sheldrick

The historic second summit between the United States and North Korea has taken a back seat to explosive testimony from President Trump’s former lawyer Michael Cohen to Congress. Senior Lecturer in American Politics...

28 February 2019
Podcast
Drew Sheldrick, Van Jackson

Former Pentagon official and advisor to the Obama White House on North Korea Dr Van Jackson joins the podcast this week to preview the second summit between US President Donald Trump and North...

21 February 2019
Podcast
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
Podcast
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
Podcast
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
Podcast
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
Podcast
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
Podcast
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
Interactive

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
Podcast
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
Podcast
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