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.

 
 
Explainer
Bruce Wolpe

In February 2019 President Trump signed the border security spending bill – ending any threat of another government shutdown – and issued a declaration of national emergency under the National Emergencies Act of...

18 February 2019
 
Commentary
Bruce Wolpe

...that is the question (apologies: Hamlet). At deadline for this edition of The 45th there is cautious optimism in Washington that President Trump will sign the bipartisan compromise legislation that provides limited funding...

13 February 2019
 
Commentary
John Lee

When Donald Trump first threatened a trade war with China shortly after assuming the presidency, the consensus around the world was that it was typical bluff and bluster. As per the common wisdom...

11 February 2019
 
Report
Ashley Townshend, Brendan Thomas-Noone, David Santoro

Deterring the use of armed force and other forms of coercion is central to the maintenance of order in the Indo-Pacific. Yet from the Taiwan Strait and the South China Sea, to space...

8 February 2019
 
Book chapter
Charles Edel

Senior Fellow Charles Edel and Hal Brands write in The American Interest on the lessons to be drawn from the Versailles settlement a century ago. They examine why the world's democracies were so...

31 January 2019
 
Commentary
John Lee

Last week Chinese state intelligence officials detained Australian Yang Hengjun on suspicion of endangering national security.

He is not alone. Last month two Canadian businessmen, ­Michael Spavor and Michael ­Kovrig, were abruptly detained...

30 January 2019
 
Commentary
Bruce Wolpe

The partial shutdown of the US government – at 35 days, the longest in US history – was a clear political loss for President Trump.

The polls showed it. Voters rejected Trump’s connection of...

30 January 2019
 
Explainer
Freya Zemek

Net neutrality, according to its proponents, is the great equaliser: the principle that prevents Internet service providers (ISPs) from intervening – usually by offering paid ‘fast lanes’ – in how online content is...

24 January 2019
 
Commentary
Brendan Thomas-Noone

“I will accept nothing less for our nation than the most effective, cutting-edge missile defence systems,” President Trump said at the Pentagon last week. He was there to launch the Missile Defense Review...

23 January 2019
 
Brief
Bruce Wolpe

The US government may still be partially shutdown, but the 116th Congress has duly convened and Democrats are wasting no time with their new-found control of the House of Representatives and its powerful committees...

17 January 2019
 
Explainer
Elliott Brennan

The 'State of the Union' refers to the constitutionally mandated duty of the US president to keep the House of Representatitves and Senate abreast of the current conditions of the United States and...

14 January 2019
 
Explainer
Charles Edel, Bruce Wolpe

The US Senate has two more sittings this week: on New Year’s Eve (US time) and on Thursday, January 2, which is the last sitting day of the 115th Congress. In those sessions...

31 December 2018
 
Commentary
John Lee

Non-resident senior fellow John Lee writes for The National Interest about how the nature of Chinese and US strategy means that ASEAN has to make a clear choice for one or the other.

19 December 2018
 
Report
Don Scott-Kemmis

In an era of rapid and potentially disruptive change, an economy’s capacity to develop new enterprises and areas of specialisation is increasingly important. Given that innovation and entrepreneurship are so essential, what roles...

19 December 2018
 
Commentary
Ashley Townshend, Madelyn Creedon

Australian political leaders are under growing pressure to sign a new Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons.

It will be high on the agenda at the ALP national conference, since 78 per...

18 December 2018
 
Polling and public opinion
Simon Jackman, Shaun Ratcliff

In early October the United States Studies Centre and YouGov polled 1,218 respondents in the United States and 1,039 in Australia to learn what voters in these two countries thought about key issues...

14 December 2018
 
Commentary
Simon Jackman

Australia and the United States have a lot in common: liberal, democratic institutions; advanced technology; largely open economies; growing populations; infrastructure needs; and above all, abundant energy resources.

But new research published by...

12 December 2018
 
Report
Alex Robson

Why is US energy so inexpensive? Why is its electricity more reliable and pricing more transparent than Australia’s? Why are its carbon emissions declining faster relative to Australia? In this report we answer...

12 December 2018
 
Commentary
Charles Edel

Senior fellow Charles Edel looks back at Czeslaw Milosz' 1951 The Captive Mind for The Washington Post and examines the relevance of his account of the slide into authoritarianism that occurred in Poland...

10 December 2018
 
Commentary
Stephen Kirchner

The meeting between the US and Chinese presidents stole the headlines coming out of the G20 leaders’ meeting in Buenos Aires. Almost unreported was the failure of the Brisbane Action Plan that was...

6 December 2018