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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 Uren

One of Australia's leading economic writers, USSC non-resident fellow David Uren believes India's 'self-reliant' policy might hurt Australia-India trade relations. He spoke to SBS Hindi.

25 August 2020
Jared Mondschein

United States Studies Centre Senior Advisor Jared Mondschien appeared on ausbiz and said that amping up Aussie economic diversity could be the fix to get out of our geopolitical pinch.

25 August 2020
David Smith

The US President's son, Donald Trump Jr, was one of the keynote speakers on the first day of the 2020 Republican National Convention. USSC senior lecturer David Smith tells RN Drive what he...

25 August 2020
Jared Mondschein

Former United States' top trade diplomat James Carouso says Australia is at risk of caving into economic coercion from China and should be more optimistic about its trade relationships with other countries. This...

24 August 2020
James Curran

The Australian's Paul Kelly writes that China’s targeting of Australia’s highly successful $1.1bn wine export market, the latest threat in its campaign of trade retaliation, is a small cog in the larger global...

22 August 2020
Brendon O'Connor

He's the man taking on Donald Trump for the US presidency in a crucial election - but does Joe Biden have what it takes to beat the 'Teflon Don'? USSC associate professor in...

22 August 2020
John Lee

Call it "new" or "independent" or even "accidental", but turmoil-2020 means Australia’s foreign policy is being cast in a new light, writes Andrew Clark in The Australian. From hedging on America’s future to...

21 August 2020
Gorana Grgic

Joe Biden used his Democratic presidential nomination speech to rebuke Trump's vision of America and position himself as a man who can heal the country's deep divisions, according to the United States Studies...

21 August 2020

While the Australian economy has been strong for decades, the future trajectory is grim without a pivot toward innovation, a new report from the United States Studies Centre (USSC) shows.

The report, The...

20 August 2020
Jared Mondschein

Australia should look towards the US to help address its innovation woes rather than just focusing on internal developments, a new United States Studies Centre (USSC) report urges.

Authored by USSC senior advisor...

20 August 2020
James Brown

In his address to the Democratic National Convention, Barack Obama's savage criticism regarding Donald Trump's presidency went further than most people anticipated, according to the United States Studies Centre's James Brown. He spoke...

20 August 2020
David Smith

US watchers say Donald Trump is in dangerous territory by appearing to embrace the conspiracy theory group QAnon. The group started as a fringe internet post in 2017 but QAnon believers have infiltrated...

20 August 2020
Jared Mondschein

US Studies Centre Senior Advisor Jared Mondschein says in this interview on Sky News that presidential nominee Joe Biden and his running mate Kamala Harris have gone out of their way to make...

20 August 2020

InnovationAus.com reports that the Australian government’s poorly implemented tech-focused legislation and lack of consultation with industry is damaging investment in local R&D, according to comments made by Google Australia public policy manager Alex...

19 August 2020
David Uren

Australia’s trade with India has gone down in recent months while Australia’s exports with China has risen to 46 per cent. This SBS report quoted USSC non-resident fellow David Uren.

19 August 2020
Brendon O'Connor

In an interview on Sky News, USSC Associate Professor Brendan O’Connor says the Zoom 2020 Democratic Convention has fallen flat and lacks the usual “pageantry of American politics” which would normally surround the...

19 August 2020
James Brown

The Democratic Convention – held online this year due to the coronavirus pandemic – “will be the Democrats kumbaya moment,” US Studies Centre Non-Resident Fellow James Brown says. “[It is] where they all...

18 August 2020
Charles Edel

China is becoming more aggressive in Asia, and the potential for a confrontation with the United States is growing. Kurt Campbell of the Asia Group and Ali Wyne of the Atlantic Council explain...

17 August 2020
Charles Edel

In an appearance on CNBC Street Signs Asia, Senior Fellow Charles Edel highlighted the growing questions about the danger President Trump is putting US institutions in, particularly the "integrity of the democratic vote...

17 August 2020
John Lee

August 15 marks 75 years since World War II ended in the Pacific with Japan's surrender to a group of countries that included Australia and its new superpower ally, the United States. This...

14 August 2020