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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.

Interview
Shaun Ratcliff

Dr Shaun Ratcliff is a lecturer at the US Studies Centre teaching in the fields of public opinion, political strategy and quantitative research methods. Shaun has been involved in a recent survey of...

19 June 2019
Interview
Charles Edel, John Lee

The Australia-US relationship dates back to the early 20th century when Teddy Roosevelt’s Great White Fleet sailed into Sydney Harbour, and it was cemented with the ANZUS treaty.

But China’s growing regional power...

19 June 2019
Media release

It is possible the Reserve Bank of Australia (RBA) will need to lower the cash rate by more than its current level of 1.25 per cent to maintain nominal stability if there is...

18 June 2019
In the news
Stephen Kirchner

The Reserve Bank of Australia should learn from the financial crisis mistakes of the US Federal Reserve and swiftly shift to "quantitative easing" stimulus if the RBA runs out of space to cut...

18 June 2019
In the news
Stephen Kirchner

We're told the economy is in reasonable shape, so why then are there are growing calls for the Reserve Bank to consider injecting billions of extra dollars into the economy by way of...

18 June 2019
In the news
Stephen Kirchner

Economists say the policy of large-scale money printing by the Reserve Bank is now on the table, and it needs to be discussed more openly.

18 June 2019
In the news

Senator Arthur Sinodinos has signalled defiance in two conflicting directions in his most extensive comments since being appointed ambassador to the United States.

17 June 2019
Media release

A former advisor to US Secretary of State John Kerry and a former advisor to Australian Foreign Minister Julie Bishop have collaborated on a special report published today by the United States Studies...

13 June 2019
In the news
Charles Edel, John Lee

After more than 70 years of close co-operation, an assessment by Sydney University's United States Studies Centre says Australia and the US risk complacency in the bilateral relationship without a stocktake of differences...

13 June 2019
In the news
Charles Edel, John Lee

In a paper published by the United States Studies Centre at the University of Sydney, two top foreign policy thinkers say Australia must get used to its chief ally having a "sharper, broader...

13 June 2019
In the news
Charles Edel, John Lee

China’s emergence as an economic and geopolitical power in the Asia-Pacific is causing tensions between traditional allies the U.S. and Australia, according to Sydney-based think tank, United States Studies Centre.

13 June 2019
Interview
John Lee

Senior Fellow John Lee is interviewed by Andrew Greene on AM.

13 June 2019
Interview
John Lee

Australia's next ambassador to the US, Arthur Sinodinos, will tonight launch a report into the state of the US-Australia alliance that calls for a more honest and critical review of the relationship. The...

13 June 2019
In the news
Ashley Townshend

In this article in ASPI's The Strategist, Nick Bisley quotes Foreign Policy and Defence Director Ashley Townshend.

12 June 2019
In the news
Ashley Townshend

Director of Foreign Policy and Defence Ashley Townshend is interviewed in Defense One on the Shangri-La Dialogue.

11 June 2019
Interview
Brendan Thomas-Noone

Research fellow Brendan Thomas-Noone is interviewed by the Sydney Morning Herald

11 June 2019
In the news
Rodney Taveira

Rodney Taveira from the United States Studies Centre is undertaking a major research project on James Ellroy’s life and work, and talked to Radio National about Ellroy's new book This Storm.

7 June 2019
In the news
Stephen Kirchner

China has ruled out compromising on Donald Trump's trade demands, insisting it will not agree to a deal until all additional tariffs on Chinese exports are removed. Investors are bracing for a prolonged...

3 June 2019
Interview
David Smith

Robert Mueller has spoken for the first time about his Russia investigation. He’s effectively told US Congress to re-read his report and think again about impeaching the President. So what exactly would an...

31 May 2019
Interview
Charles Edel

The US and China are engaged in an increasingly belligerent trade war. At the heart of the dispute is a fundamental mismatch in the way the two economies are run. ABC Radio's Phillip...

30 May 2019