Publications

The United States Studies Centre prides itself on providing independent analysis in the form of research reports and briefs, academic publications, books and commentary. All USSC publications are viewable free of charge.

 
 
Brief
Sarah Nolet

Barriers exist in Australia that are limiting the development and the widespread diffusion of digital agriculture technologies, and therefore the maturation of the sector. Overcoming these barriers by bridging the disconnect of expectations...

16 August 2018
 
Commentary
Lucas Thompson

It might seem frivolous to point out, given the far more dramatic developments during the current administration, but President Trump is still yet to award any National Medals of Arts or National Humanities...

15 August 2018
 
Commentary
Brendan Thomas-Noone, Daniel Kliman

The outcome of the recent AUSMIN meeting—the annual gathering of the secretaries of state and defence from the United States and the foreign and defence ministers from Australia—was a signal of the alliance’s...

13 August 2018
 
Commentary
John Lee

Twenty-one years ago, US president Bill Clinton stood alongside his counterpart Jiang Zemin at a press conference and brazenly told his guest that when it came to political reform and respect for human...

13 August 2018
 
Commentary
Nicole Hemmer

Over the last week, US tech companies expelled Alex Jones, a conspiracy theorist, and his site InfoWars from their platforms. Facebook and YouTube kicked him off, and Apple stripped his podcast from iTunes...

13 August 2018
 
Brief
Sarah Graham

Partisanship has become the dominant driver of social and political conflict in the United States and state-federal relations are increasingly conducted in the same vituperative style as Capitol Hill partisanship. This will have...

9 August 2018
 
Explainer
Matilda Steward, Lucy Nason
The economic arm of the US’ Indo-Pacific strategy

In a speech to the Indo-Pacific Business Forum on 30 July, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo unveiled the first new economic offerings of the Trump...

7 August 2018
 
Commentary
Jared Mondschein, Stephen Kirchner

When Australia and the United States were negotiating their free-trade agreement in the early 2000s, Australia's regulation of foreign direct investment was a key stumbling block that nearly sank the deal.

One of...

7 August 2018
 
Commentary
Stephen Loosley

The silent and pivotal reality of today’s US politics is the continuing strength and resilience of Don­ald Trump’s electoral base.

Reg­ardless of whatever controversy or fiasco engulfs the Trump White House, the base...

6 August 2018
 
Explainer
Rodney Taveira

Spike Lee’s latest film BlackKklansman, which won the Grand Prix prize at the Cannes Film Festival, is based on real-life African American police officer Ron Stallworth (played by John David Washington, son...

2 August 2018
 
Commentary
Stephen Kirchner

Revelations that foreign and domestic intelligence agencies penetrated the communication networks of leading Australian mining firms, including Rio Tinto, provides an important lesson in how Australia should secure its vital interests in regulating...

1 August 2018
 
Commentary
Nicole Hemmer

Sacha Baron Cohen is back, with a new series called Who is America?. The British comedian, best known for his in-disguise interviews and political pranks, has set his sights on the United...

1 August 2018
 
Commentary
Brendan Thomas-Noone

Research fellow in the Foreign Policy and Defence Program, Brendan Thomas-Noone and senior fellow at the Center for a New American Security, Daniel Kliman wrote an article for Defense One providing a few...

30 July 2018
 
Report
Jared Mondschein, Stephen Kirchner

This report outlines some of the national security issues raised by recent changes in the sources of foreign direct investment (FDI) in Australia and the United States. The regulatory regimes for screening FDI...

26 July 2018
 
Commentary
Julia Gleason

On September 20, 2017, Puerto Rico was hit by Hurricane Maria, a Category-4 storm likely killing thousands and costing an estimated US$90 billion in damages to an already financially-struggling island. A study from...

25 July 2018
 
Commentary
John Lee

Yesterday, Julie Bishop and Marise Payne met their US counterparts in Palo Alto, California, for the annual AUSMIN talks between foreign and defence ministers from the two countries. It took place a week...

25 July 2018
 
Polling and public opinion
Simon Jackman, Shaun Ratcliff, Jared Mondschein, Claire McFarland

Australians report higher levels of anxiety than Americans on issues like climate change, and virtually identical levels of anxiety about the affordability of healthcare despite Australia’s stronger social safety net, according to new...

24 July 2018
 
Commentary
Ashley Townshend, Brendan Thomas-Noone

Never in AUSMIN's 33-year history have Australian decision-makers been less confident about the president's willingness to carry out the wishes of America's national security bureaucracy. For Australia, this presents a formidable challenge.

23 July 2018
 
Book chapter
Rodney Taveira

USSC lecturer in American studies Dr Rodney Taveira authored the chapter The Divine Violence of Underworld USA in the book The Big Somewhere: Essays on James Ellroy's Noir World.

James Ellroy's identity as...

20 July 2018
 
Speech

Shadow Minister for Foreign Affairs and Leader of the Opposition in the Senate, Senator the Hon Penny Wong, joined the United States Studies Centre for an address looking at the role of the...

19 July 2018