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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.

Drew Sheldrick, Elliott Brennan

Democratic presidential hopefuls faced off in the second round of live debates over two nights in Detroit, Michigan this week. It offered a rematch for Senator Kamala Harris and former Vice President Joe...

2 August 2019
Gorana Grgic, Drew Sheldrick

Dr Gorana Grgic returns from a six-month stint at Harvard University's Center for European Studies to give us a run-through of last week's rise to political prominence for the so-called "Squad" of Democratic...

25 July 2019
Drew Sheldrick, Ellen Haring

Sexual assaults in the US military increased by almost 38 per cent last year, according to the Pentagon's own report. So, has the #MeToo movement failed to make an impact on the armed...

16 July 2019
Drew Sheldrick, Lavina Lee

The Trump administration's 2017 National Security Strategy gave an unequivocal assessment that the world has entered an era of outright geostrategic competition between “those who favour repressive systems and those who favour free...

9 July 2019
David Smith, Drew Sheldrick

The first Democratic presidential debates took place in Miami, Florida this week, with immigration, healthcare and race dominating discussions among the 20 candidates. Who came out on top and who suffered some serious...

28 June 2019
Simon Jackman, Drew Sheldrick

President Donald Trump officially launched his re-election bid in Orlando, Florida on Tuesday. But having filed his intention to run on day of his 2017 inauguration, given his love of frequent televised rallies...

20 June 2019
Drew Sheldrick, Charles Edel, John Lee

A former advisor to a US Secretary of State and a former advisor to an Australian Foreign Minister have joined forces on a new report reevaluating the future of the US-Australia alliance amidst...

14 June 2019
Drew Sheldrick, Shaun Ratcliff

The Australian federal election in May was seemingly the latest polling disaster, with political prognosticators unable to properly gauge the mood of the electorate following similar forecasting failures in 2016 with Donald Trump's...

6 June 2019
Drew Sheldrick, Peggy Grande

Ronald Reagan was the first US president to win an election campaign on a promise to "Make America Great Again" back in 1980. But is that where the similarities between the 40th and...

23 May 2019
Drew Sheldrick, Sabine Sielke

Has #MeToo brought lasting change to the US politics? Will Hillary Clinton's failed presidential campaign loom over women candidates in 2020? Director of the North American Studies Program at Germany's University of Bonn...

17 May 2019
Simon Jackman

Professor Simon Jackman speaks to ABC News Tonight about the latest events in the US-China trade war, the Mueller investigation and the awarding of the Presidential Medal of Freedom to golfer Tiger Woods.

7 May 2019
Brendon O'Connor, Drew Sheldrick

It’s been a busy week in foreign affairs for the Trump administration, with fires on multiple fronts, from Latin America, North Korea and the US trade relationship with China. Joining the podcast this...

7 May 2019
David Smith, Drew Sheldrick

Democratic presidential hopeful Pete Buttigieg found himself the subject of an elaborate hoax this week, attempting to tie him to false sexual assault allegations. Senior Lecturer in American Politics Dr David Smith joins...

2 May 2019
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
Jared Mondschein

Senior Fellow and Senior Advisor Jared Mondschein's address to the ABARES Outlook 2019 conference on benchmarking investment into Australian AgTech.

22 April 2019
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
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
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
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
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