As the United States Studies Centre (USSC) counts down the final days of 2020, I want to thank you for engaging with our work and supporting us as we continue our mission to provide “Analysis of America, Insight for Australia”. In my nearly five years with the Centre, I can say without a doubt that this took on a deeper and more poignant meaning this year.

Demand for the Centre’s expertise reached record levels in 2020, driven by three factors: (1) the 2020 US election; (2) the impact of COVID-19 in the United States; and (3) ongoing, rapid strategic change in the Indo-Pacific and the corresponding growth in scope and intensity of co-operation between the Australia and American governments.