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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.

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Gorana Grgic, Ashley Townshend, Brendan Thomas-Noone, Charles Edel, John Lee

US President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un will today embark on their second summit, this time in Hanoi, Vietnam. Singapore hosted the first Trump-Kim summit in June 2018 where the...

26 February 2019
Media release

Just days before the likely completion of Special Counsel Robert Mueller's report into Russian interference in the 2016 US election, a new United States Studies Centre-YouGov poll shows whether Australians and Americans believe there was cooperation between...

26 February 2019
In the news

The Australian newspaper references the Centre's AgTech report. Pratt Industries' Anthony Pratt also quotes figures from the report in his speech at the EvokeAG Conference, which is covered by the article.

25 February 2019
Interview
Ashley Townshend

The United States Studies Centre’s Ashley Townshend has warned the chances of achieving North Korea nuclear dismantlement at the second summit with US President Donald Trump and Kim Jong Un is ‘very low.’...

25 February 2019
Interview
Simon Jackman

USSC CEO joined Ticky Fullerton on Your Money to talk about the implications of President Trump's decision to declare a national emergency over the issue of border wall funding and the challenges it...

20 February 2019
Interview
Brendan Thomas-Noone

Foreign Policy and Defence Program Fellow Brendan Thomas-Noone spoke to the Sydney Morning Herald about protecting elections from cyber threats. He said "if you know how to target through platforms like Facebook, you...

20 February 2019
In the news
David Smith

President Donald Trump will declare a national emergency in order to build his wall. News.com.au spoke to David Smith about the implications of his decision to bypass Congress on the funding.

15 February 2019
Interview
James Brown

In this interview on Sky News, the US Studies Centre’s non-resident fellow James Brown says China is not offering any significant concessions as trade talks between the two superpowers continue in Beijing. Senior...

15 February 2019
Interview
David Smith

Senior lecturer in US politics and foreign policy Dr David Smith spoke to Patricia Karvelas on Radio National's Drive program about the compromise on funding for border security that falls well below the...

13 February 2019
Interview
John Lee

Non resident fellow John Lee writes in The Hill about US frustration towards Australia's equivocation over how to deal with threats from China. He says The onus is on the Trump administration to...

7 February 2019
Interview
Jared Mondschein

Senior fellow and advisor Jared Mondschein joined Patricia Karvelas on ABC New's Afternoon Briefing to discuss the president's second State of the Union address and what his call for unity actually means going...

7 February 2019
Interview
Charles Edel

Senior fellow Dr Charles Edel joined the ABC News team to commentate and preview the preparations for President Trump's second State of the Union Address. Edel said while the White House said Trump...

7 February 2019
In the news
Jared Mondschein

US National Security Adviser John Bolton is considered one of the most powerful figures inside the Trump administration – and he is reportedly planning a visit to Australia. Senior Fellow Jared Mondschein spoke...

7 February 2019
In the news
Ashley Townshend

While the Trump Administration is pushing ahead with its plans to withdraw troops from Syria, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo says his Administration will soon be making requests for more support from...

7 February 2019
Media release

The United States Studies Centre's (USSC) Foreign Policy and Defence Program has been awarded multiple grants from the Australian Department of Defence for projects that contribute to the national security debate in Australia.

Minister for Defence...

6 February 2019
Interview
Gorana Grgic

Gorana Grgic from the United States Studies Centre is in the United States preparing to watch the speech.

She told the ABC's The World Today the State of the Union address was a...

6 February 2019
In the news
Charles Edel

Senior Fellow Charles Edel previews President Donald Trump's 2019 State of the Union address on CNBC.

4 February 2019
In the news
Brendan Thomas-Noone

Foreign Policy and Defence Fellow Brendan Thomas-Noone spoke to The Telegraph in the UK about the 'escalating cold war' between China and the US.

30 January 2019
In the news
Stephen Kirchner

BlueScope - Australia’s biggest steel company - has suffered a multibillion-dollar battering, losing 35 per cent of its value in six months, as the boost from US President Donald Trump’s protectionist trade policies...

29 January 2019
In the news
Stephen Kirchner

In a ramping up of tensions, US President Donald Trump has threatened that if China does not sign up to a free trade agreement by March 1, he will order more tariffs to...

26 January 2019