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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.

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
James Brown

US Studies Centre Non-Resident Fellow James Brown says in this Sky News interview that it is a challenging time for law enforcement officers in the United States as they are required to navigate...

16 June 2020
David Smith

In a watershed moment for LGBTQI+ rights in the United States, the country's Supreme Court has ruled that employers can no longer discriminate against workers because of their sexual orientation. USSC senior lecturer David...

16 June 2020

Yahoo! reports that new analysis has revealed that Australia needs to develop its own national research and development strategy if it is to hold its own against the simmering rift between China and...

16 June 2020
David Smith

USSC senior lecturer Dr David Smith is quoted in this Sydney Morning Herald article.

12 June 2020
Simon Jackman

USSC chief executive Simon Jackman is quoted in this article in The Australian.

11 June 2020
James Brown

The US Studies Centre’s non-resident fellow James Brown says US President Donald Trump has been remarkably consistent with his policies and has time before the 2020 election to shape his strategy. “Every time...

9 June 2020
Elliott Brennan

Research associate Elliott Brennan is quoted in this CNN article about the reputational rammifications the United States could face as a result of President Donald Trump's handling of both the coronavirus pandemic and...

6 June 2020
James Brown

US President Donald Trump’s photoshoot in front of St John’s Church has contributed to the deterioration of his relationship with the military, according to US Studies Centre Non-Resident Fellow James Brown in this...

5 June 2020

The COVID-19 pandemic is a significant de-globalisation shock at a time when globalisation was already on the backfoot from President Trump’s trade war while not fully recovering from the global financial crisis according...

4 June 2020
James Brown

The former US Defence Secretary James Mattis has launched a blistering attack on President Donald Trump's leadership in the wake of the President's controversial threat to deploy the military to quell ongoing unrest...

4 June 2020
Simon Jackman

US Studies Centre CEO Simon Jackman told Sky News he has never been more pessimistic about the prospects of a free, fair and peaceful election in the United States as protests rage across...

4 June 2020
Elliott Brennan

In an interview on Bloomberg Daybreak, Research Associate Elliott Brennan described President Trump’s response to the anti-racism protests unfolding in the United States as a continuation of how the President has approached much...

4 June 2020
Elliott Brennan

Donald Trump is trying to play the law and order card — a strategy that has worked for Republicans in the past. But will it work this time? USSC research associate Elliott Brennan...

4 June 2020
Elliott Brennan

Speaking to Doug Krizner and Paul Allen on Bloomberg Daybreak Asia, Research Associate Elliott Brennan says it is pertinent to remember the Black Lives Matter protests came up during the Obama administration, something...

4 June 2020
David Smith

It’s been just over one week since African American man George Floyd was allegedly killed by police while held in custody in Minneapolis USA. Black lives Matter protests have started all over the world...

3 June 2020
Brendon O'Connor

US Studies Centre Associate Professor Brendon O’Connor told Sky News that President Donald Trump displayed a terrible overreaction to Black Lives Matter protests, particularly those in Washington.

3 June 2020
James Brown

US Studies Centre Non-Resident Fellow James Brown says in this Sky News interview that it feels like “watching the end of an empire” as President Donald Trump fights a battle on twin fronts...

2 June 2020
Simon Jackman

US Studies Centre CEO Simon Jackman told Sky News that the political element of George Floyd’s death is extremely delicate as Donald Trump responds to ongoing protests. Jackman said public sentiment toward the...

2 June 2020