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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.

Elliott Brennan

The popularity of encrypted messaging and "free speech" apps has soared following the deadly violence at the US Capitol and mainstream social media platforms' purge of Donald Trump and his prominent followers, reports...

20 January 2021

Australians are far more likely to get vaccinated against COVID-19 than their American counterparts, according to a new survey released today, reports The West Australian. The article refers to polling published by the...

20 January 2021
Elliott Brennan

The US is days away from a new president but the extreme violence is only going to get worse - and it’s putting Australia at risk too, reports The Daily Telegraph. The article...

19 January 2021
Gorana Grgic

The US Studies Centre’s Dr Gorana Grgic says Donald Trump’s legacy will ultimately be determined by the events which have occurred in the last few weeks. “The very fact that he goes into...

19 January 2021
Brendon O'Connor

What can we expect on Inauguration Day? How does the transfer of power work? How do the nuclear codes change hands? And when do the Bidens move into the White House? USSC associate...

19 January 2021
Brendon O'Connor

US Studies Centre’s Associate Professor Brendon O’Connor says President-elect Joe Biden’s relationship with China is something which many will be “watching closely”. “Biden is surrounded by people who are foreign policy experts, long-time...

19 January 2021
Jennifer Hunt

As US security officials grapple with the joint threats of riots and the pandemic, former presidents and rockstars are still expected to attend Thursday's presidential inauguration, reports SBS News. The article quotes USSC...

19 January 2021
Brendon O'Connor

US politics experts say Donald Trump and the brand of Trumpism he has created will continue to have an impact on the country and the Republican Party for some time after he is...

18 January 2021
Jared Mondschein

US Studies Centre Senior Research Fellow Jared Mondschein told Sky News there really is no limit to the extent that a US president can use their presidential "pardon power". US President Donald Trump...

18 January 2021
Simon Jackman

With many of President-elect Biden’s top national security appointees former members of the Obama administration, Australian government officials don’t feel as though they're starting from scratch this time, reports the Sydney Morning Herald...

17 January 2021
Stephen Kirchner

For all the histrionics leading up to Donald Trump’s narrow defeat in November, and the despair of his last few ignoble weeks in office, Joe Biden’s impact on Australian policy will be tone...

16 January 2021
Bruce Wolpe

The storming of the Capitol, the United States’ most sacred and symbolically important building, failed in its aim to stop Congress confirming Joe Biden’s election victory and, to the disappointment of the nation’s...

16 January 2021
Brendon O'Connor

USSC associate professor Brendon O'Connor is quoted in this ABC News article.

15 January 2021
James Curran

There's an urgent need for a fresh approach as Australia is tossed by America's convulsions during the last days of the Trump presidency and China's resurgence, writes Andrew Clark for The Australian Financial...

15 January 2021
Stephen Kirchner

Director of Trade and Investment at the United States Studies Centre, Dr Stephen Kirchner, told ABC News that Biden's mass vaccination plan is unprecedented and reflects the seriousness of the public health emergency...

15 January 2021
Stephen Loosley

Stephen Loosley, a non-resident senior fellow at the United States Studies Centre, explained in this interview on A Current Affair what today's impeachment of President Donald Trump may mean for his future.

14 January 2021
Jared Mondschein

Ten Republican members of Congress broke party ranks to vote for Donald Trump’s impeachment, including several who had not previously said they would do so. The Daily Telegraph quotes USSC senior research fellow...

14 January 2021
Jennifer Hunt

232 members of the US House of Representatives including 10 Republicans have voted to impeach the outgoing US president Donald Trump. The vote came after a timed debate in which some of Mr...

14 January 2021
Simon Jackman

President Donald Trump is in a precarious position after Congress voted to impeach him for a second time as he needs to remain onside of Republicans to avoid being removed from office, says...

14 January 2021
Claire McFarland

America’s tech giants face a challenging year ahead, and it’s not just about halting conspiracies and controversial voices, reports The Daily Telegraph. The article quotes USSC honorary associate Claire McFarland.

13 January 2021