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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.

David Smith

The Trump train is pulling out of Washington DC for the final time, but the legacy of The Donald’s four chaotic years in power could linger over Australian politics for a while to...

21 January 2021
Elliott Brennan

Joe Biden’s inaugural address marked just the first act in the most challenging start to an American presidency in centuries, reports The Herald Sun. The article includes analysis from USSC research associate Elliott...

21 January 2021
David Smith

After weeks of pro-Trump demonstrations, failed legal battles, a deadly riot at Capitol Hill and a second impeachment, it’s finally happening. Joe Biden has taken over as the 46th President of the United...

21 January 2021
Brendon O'Connor

USSC Associate Professor of American Politics Brendon O’Connor praised Joe Biden’s inaugural address and described it as an optimistic and very typical American speech. “It was a speech obviously with a theme of...

21 January 2021
Jared Mondschein

Western Australia’s peak business body has used the start of the new Biden administration to call for the establishment of a trade and investment office in the US, arguing it will help boost...

21 January 2021
Bruce Wolpe

Bruce Wolpe, a non-resident senior fellow at the United States Studies Centre, told ABC News that President Trump's mishandling of the COVID-19 pandemic response played a big role in the election outcome.

21 January 2021
Jared Mondschein

The vast majority of Donald Trump's supporters believe he made the Republican Party better, according to US Studies Centre Senior Research Fellow Jared Mondschein. In this interview on Sky News Mondschein said 96...

21 January 2021
Jared Mondschein

As the United States heralds a new political era, Donald Trump's final act as president is raising some eyebrows. ABC News reports that in the lead up to Joe Biden's inauguration, Mr Trump...

21 January 2021
Gorana Grgic

The US Studies Centre’s Dr Gorana Grgic has spoken to Sky News about how the Biden administration will address aspects of its foreign policy agenda and issues relating to the challenge posed by...

21 January 2021
Bruce Wolpe

New US President Joe Biden and Vice-President Kamala Harris have sworn the oath of office at Washington DC's Capitol building on "a day of history and hope, of renewal and resolve". Bruce Wolpe...

21 January 2021

As the responsibility for the vaccine rollout in the United States transitions from the Trump administration to the Biden administration, new polling from the United States Studies Centre (USSC) at the University of...

20 January 2021
John Lee, David Uren

Joe Biden is expected to restore a sense of order to the White House. But his administration will be tougher on Australia, reports The Daily Telegraph. The article quotes USSC non-resident senior fellow...

20 January 2021
Gorana Grgic

On the eve of the changing of the political guard in the US, Labor has accused Prime Minister Scott Morrison of damaging the US-Australia alliance. In a foreign policy speech on Wednesday, Opposition...

20 January 2021
Brendon O'Connor

In his final hours of office, outgoing President Donald Trump is expected to issue more than 100 pardons. USSC Associate Professor Brendon O'Connor spoke to 6PR about the Trump's final acts as president.

20 January 2021
Elliott Brennan

While Donald Trump is leaving office, experts say his departure isn't the end for QAnon. Exactly where the movement goes from here, however, is harder to predict, reports SBS News. The article quotes...

20 January 2021
Bruce Wolpe

Donald Trump pardoned and commuted the sentences of 143 people in his last few hours as President today, capping a dizzying four-year term in office, reports Triple J Hack. The article quotes USSC...

20 January 2021
John Lee

With Joe Biden's inauguration taking place this week, political experts say Australia should be prepared to be pressured on climate action and supported on China, reports SBS News. The article quotes USSC non-resident...

20 January 2021

The United States has had nearly as many COVID-19 cases as Australia has people. More than 400,000 have died of the virus in America, compared to just 909 in Australia. If you thought...

20 January 2021
Bruce Wolpe

Joe Biden will call for unity in his inauguration speech as the US braces for possible political violence on Inauguration Day. So can the president-elect tackle extreme division in America? USSC non-resident senior...

20 January 2021
Gorana Grgic

As the countdown to the inauguration of US President-elect Joe Biden continues, there are already high expectations about what the new commander and Chief will be able to achieve. Now the results of...

20 January 2021