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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.

Ashley Townshend

News.com.au reports a new publication from the United States Studies Centre says that China’s recent conflict with India is just the latest sign of aggression in the region and the Prime Minister needs...

24 June 2020

The Australian mentions a report published by the United States Studies Centre in this article about the cybersecurity skills shortage.

24 June 2020

Finfeed.com refers to new research published by USSC saying that Australia and the US must strengthen their ability to counter disinformation campaigns.

24 June 2020

The COVID-19 pandemic has accelerated and escalated the risk to Australia from cyber attacks and disinformation a new report from the United States Studies Centre (USSC) warns. Multilateral partnerships to counter these risks while...

23 June 2020

Australia and the United States have been urged to jointly name and shame state-backed actors looking to steal health research during the coronavirus pandemic, as the Morrison government battles an escalation in cyber...

23 June 2020

The Australian Financial Review writes that Australia and the US need to step up co-operation to safeguard their health and research computer networks and to counter disinformation as China goes on the cyber...

23 June 2020
Ashley Townshend

The Guradian reports on new research published by USSC that calls on Australia and the United States to strengthen ability to counter others’ disinformation.

23 June 2020

The South China Morning Post reports on research by the United States Studies Centre that comes ahead of the annual Australia-US Ministerial Consultations amid a difficult time for China-Australia relations as the balance...

23 June 2020
Ashley Townshend

High-level cyberattacks on facilities researching Covid-19 vaccines have alarmed Australia and the United States, with defence strategists urging them to confront China, the nation widely believed to be responsible for them. The United...

23 June 2020
Brendan Thomas-Noone

Technology is now a central weapon in the Trump administration’s self-professed “strategic competition” with China and the battle between the two giants has the potential to cause major problems for Australian tech companies...

22 June 2020
Brendan Thomas-Noone

US Studies Centre Research Fellow Brendan Noone told Sky News that the cyberattack on Australia – revealed by the Prime Minister today – has occurred at such a time as to direct all...

19 June 2020

The United States Studies Centre at the University of Sydney (USSC) is very pleased to announce the appointment of Jane Allen, Brendan Nelson AO, and Ian Saines to its board.

Chairman of the...

18 June 2020
Brendan Thomas-Noone

Defence Connect reports that as tensions ratchet up between the world’s two economic powerhouses, Australian diplomats are seeking to chart a course through the centre of the storm. But as USSC research fellow Brendan...

18 June 2020

Former US National Security Advisor and inaugural holder of the Japan Chair at the Hudson Institute Lieutenant General H.R. McMaster will join an online panel discussion with the United States Studies Centre on...

17 June 2020
Bruce Wolpe

As protests against racial injustice grip the US, presumptive Democratic nominee Joe Biden is under pressure to pick an African-American woman as his running mate. Mr Biden has already committed to choosing a...

17 June 2020
Ashley Townshend

Australian Foreign Minister Marise Payne has hit out at China for spreading disinformation during the COVID-19 outbreak, saying it is “troubling that some countries are using the pandemic to undermine liberal democracy”.

Speaking...

17 June 2020

Australia is positioned to be significantly affected by Washington’s attempts to unravel its technological relationship with Beijing, according to new research from the United States Studies Centre.

The research finds that Australia’s deep...

16 June 2020
Brendan Thomas-Noone

The Australian reports on research published by USSC that finds that Australia will face growing pressure from the United States to halt science and technology co-operation with China in critical fields, including artificial...

16 June 2020
Brendan Thomas-Noone

The Guardian reports that China now ranks above the United States when it comes to collaboration with Australian researchers, but new research by USSC research fellow Brendan Thomas-Noone finds that co-operation will come...

16 June 2020

The Daily telegraph writes that Australia risks becoming collateral damage in a technology war between the US and China according to a new report from USSC calling on the government to intervene.

16 June 2020