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.

 
 
The Debate Papers
Bharat Karnad, Sumona Guha

Bharat Karnad and Sumona Guha argue whether India should pursue deeper military ties with the United States as it stakes out a global leadership role.

21 June 2018
 
Commentary
Zoe Meers

Recent research into the US tech industry shows that while diversity is deemed important, active involvement in ensuring its increase is less apparent. In comparison, the tech industry in Australia is ramping up...

20 June 2018
 
Commentary
Nicole Hemmer

If you want to understand the crisis unfolding on the US-Mexican border, one photograph, featured on the front page of the New York Times last week, captures it in its stark inhumanity.

19 June 2018
 
Commentary
Anthony Wicht

Sometimes the future arrives overnight. Take SpaceX's February launch, when spent sections of the rocket guided themselves back from the edge of space, settling on the pad like improbably balanced telephone poles straight...

14 June 2018
 
Commentary
Nicole Hemmer

Sinclair Broadcasting Group, the largest owner of local television stations in America, is still not a household name like, for example, Fox News. Yet it may be the truest heir to former Fox...

13 June 2018
 
Commentary
Rebecca Hinkhouse

In 1963, President John F. Kennedy believed that 25 countries would have nuclear weapons by the 1970s. Today, only nine do. Many credit the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons (NPT), which...

13 June 2018
 
Book review
Stephen Loosley

On the evening of the first day of the Battle of Shiloh in April 1862, the Union forces at Pittsburgh Landing reflected the partial rout that had been suffered. As reinforcements were ferried...

13 June 2018
 
Commentary
Brendan Thomas-Noone

In 1977, president Jimmy Carter was facing growing resistance from congress and the defence bureaucracy about a campaign pledge to draw down US military forces on the Korean peninsula.

“The essence of the...

13 June 2018
 
Commentary
Jared Mondschein

US President Donald Trump and Larry Kudlow have more in common than many realise. When President Trump selected Larry Kudlow as director of the National Economic Council, the president decided that the most...

12 June 2018
 
Report
Anthony Wicht

The space sector is undergoing rapid geostrategic, technological and industrial change and will be critical to Australian national security and economic growth in coming decades. New actors, like private commercial enterprises, are driving...

7 June 2018
 
Commentary
Stephen Loosley

Dr Strangelove or How I Learned To Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb is Stanley Kubrick’s masterpiece. Some may argue, with more than passing justification, that Kubrick’s masterpiece is either The Paths of...

6 June 2018
 
Commentary
Nicole Hemmer

Is the president above the law? That’s the question at the heart of America’s slow-moving constitutional crisis. Over the weekend, The New York Times published two letters that Donald Trump’s lawyers sent to...

5 June 2018
 
Commentary
Nicole Hemmer

In her latest article for Vox, USSC honorary associate Dr Nicole Hemmer writes that America has never treated families — nonwhite families, anyway — as sacrosanct.

4 June 2018
 
Commentary
Justin Wastnage

The stars aligned over Warwick Farm, New South Wales, this week. Sharing the stage at the Aerotropolis Investor Forum, Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull, New South Wales Premier Gladys Berejiklian and Liverpool City Mayor...

1 June 2018
 
Commentary
John Lee

On June 15, the US will release a final list of more than $US65 billion ($86bn) of Chinese imports which will be subject to a 25 per cent tariff, while details of further...

1 June 2018
 
Commentary
Don Scott-Kemmis

The United States is turning the spotlight on the commercialisation outcomes from the more than US$150 billion invested each year in research in federal laboratories and federally-funded research and development (R&D) at universities.

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30 May 2018
 
Commentary
John Lee

What a boisterous week it has been in our relationship with China. It began the previous weekend when former Australian ambassador to China Geoff Raby criticised the Turnbull government’s approach in an article...

29 May 2018
 
Report
Justin Wastnage

As Australia embarks on its first publicly-funded airport project in more than three decades with Western Sydney Airport in Badgerys Creek, there are lessons and insights to be taken from the US experiences...

28 May 2018
 
Commentary
Charles Edel

“The authoritarian will in general select those who obey, who believe, who respond to his influence. But in doing so, he is bound to select mediocrities. For he excludes those who revolt, who...

25 May 2018
 
Commentary
Elsina Wainwright

Canberra is focusing on how to sustain the rules-based order given the Trump Administration’s apparent disinclination to incur the costs required to buttress that order. Some of this Presidency’s animating principles – its...

24 May 2018