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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

The Biden administration’s surprise decision to share sensitive nuclear submarine technology with Australia brought a swift backlash from China on Thursday, and an angry charge of betrayal from France, which said the secretly...

17 September 2021
Ashley Townshend

This Tapei Times articles - quoted USSC director of foreign policy and defence Ashley Townshend - reports that the US announced a new alliance with Australia and Britain to strengthen military capabilities in...

17 September 2021
Ashley Townshend

Reuters reports that Australia finds itself as the common link in a new mesh of global alliances centred on the Indo-Pacific that are all but in name aimed at countering China's rising military...

17 September 2021
John Lee

USSC non-resident senior fellow John Lee was a guest on the ABC's Q+A program. The panellists discussed issues such as the AUKUS pact, the Australia-China relationship and the 'war on terror'.

16 September 2021
John Lee

Defence Connect quotes USSC non-resident senior fellow John Lee about the upcoming AUSMIN talks where Foreign Minister Marise Payne and Defence Minister Peter Dutton will look to materialise President Joe Biden’s commitment to strengthening...

16 September 2021
Ashley Townshend

Politico reports on a new pact between the United States, Britain and Australia to share advanced technologies in a bid to counter China. The article quotes USSC director of foreign policy and defence...

16 September 2021
Charles Edel

The US, Britain and Australia have forged a “historic” security alliance to strengthen military capabilities in the Pacific, allowing them to share advanced defence technologies and giving Australian forces nuclear submarine technology, reports...

16 September 2021
Ashley Townshend

The South China Morning Post quotes USSC director of foreign policy and defence Ashley Townshend in an article about China's reaction to Australia’s new defence agreement with the United States and Britain. China...

16 September 2021
Ashley Townshend

Only six countries in the world—America, Britain, China, France, India and Russia—currently operate nuclear-powered submarines. Australia may become the unlikely seventh. In a statement and joint televised appearance on September 15th, Joe Biden...

16 September 2021
Ashley Townshend

Iran Front Page report on the announcement that the US, UK and Australia are setting up a trilateral security partnership aimed at confronting China, which will include helping Australia to build nuclear-powered submarines...

16 September 2021
Ashley Townshend

Business Insider, India reports that President Joe Biden announced a new security partnership with the UK and Australia at the White House on Wednesday, joined virtually by British Prime Minister Boris Johnson and...

16 September 2021
Ashley Townshend

USSC director of foreign policy and defence Ashley Townshend is quoted by The Asia Times in their article about the announcement of a new alliance between the US, Australia and Britain to strengthen...

16 September 2021
Ashley Townshend

Australia is set to build eight submarines using sensitive nuclear technology from the US and Britain, in an agreement largely welcomed within the region, reports The South China Morning Post. The article quotes...

16 September 2021
Ashley Townshend

France 24 reports that Australia's shock decision to acquire US nuclear-powered submarines and cruise missiles helps bind a faltering alliance with Washington, but risks severely worsening an already fractious relationship with China. The...

16 September 2021
Ashley Townshend

Politico reports that the new allies' agreement will include cooperation on nuclear-powered subs, AI and cutting-edge defence technology. The article quotes USSC director of foreign policy and defence Ashley Townshend.

15 September 2021
Ashley Townshend

Australia's Foreign and Defence Ministers are on their way to Washington for their first meeting with the Biden administration since the Democratic president took office.

The US secretary of state, Antony Blinken, and...

15 September 2021
Susannah Patton

The Guardian reports that the Biden administration has confirmed climate change will be on the agenda next week when Scott Morrison arrives in Washington for a summit of Quad leaders and for talks...

14 September 2021

This week, Foreign Minister Payne and Defence Minister Dutton travel to Washington for the Australia-United States Ministerial Consultations (AUSMIN), the first cabinet-level meetings between the two countries’ foreign and defence policy principals since...

13 September 2021
Simon Jackman

Resistance to the COVID-19 vaccine in the US “falls on a political fault line”, according to United States Studies Centre CEO Simon Jackman. During this Sky News interview, Jackman referenced the state of...

13 September 2021

James Laurenceson, Director and Professor, Australia-China Relations Institute (ACRI) at the University of Technology Sydney writes in The Conversation that the Australian government hopes this week’s AUSMIN meetings between Australian and US officials...

13 September 2021