Publications

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Commentary
Simon Jackman

Australia will send its largest-ever political and business delegation to the United States this week. If anything, Australia has "doubled down" on its relationship with the United States since President Donald Trump began...

22 February 2018
 
Commentary
Nicole Hemmer

Honorary Associate Nicole Hemmer writes that the teens speaking up after the Parkland shooting fit into a long tradition of high school students in the US seeking places other than the ballot box...

21 February 2018
 
Commentary
Simon Jackman, Shaun Ratcliff

Compared to Australia, the United States has a trust problem. Recent polling by YouGov for the United States Studies Centre, surveying both Australians and Americans, showed Australians consistently reporting higher levels of trust...

21 February 2018
 
Commentary
Nicole Hemmer

You could feel the panic wafting off the presidential Twitter feed. In less than 24 hours, Donald Trump spit out more than a dozen tweets in response to the sweeping indictments handed down...

20 February 2018
 
Commentary
Charles Edel

USSC Senior Fellow Dr Charles Edel responds to Kurt M. Campbell and Ely Ratner’s Foreign Affairs article on a "mistaken" US confidence in its ability to mould China to its liking.

In this...

19 February 2018
 
Polling and public opinion
Simon Jackman, Shaun Ratcliff

Researchers from the United States Studies Centre (USSC) at the University of Sydney have released the results of an extensive comparison of trust in both Australia and the United States.

CEO Professor Simon...

18 February 2018
 
Commentary
Charles Edel

Senior USSC fellow Dr Charles Edel writes that there is a false dichotomy at play in discussions of Chinese and American power that sees them destined for war, forcing the rest of the...

14 February 2018
 
Commentary
Stephen Kirchner

The Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP) to be signed in Chile on 8 March is a welcome step to freer trade in the Pacific region. Yet the absence of the...

14 February 2018
 
Commentary
Stephen Kirchner

Incoming chairmen of the US Federal Reserve board often find themselves stepping into trouble. Alan Greenspan took up the role two months before the 1987 stock market crash. Ben Bernanke assumed the office...

14 February 2018
 
Explainer
Dougal Robinson

Admiral Harry Harris, the top US military commander in the Indo-Pacific, is set to be formally nominated as the US Ambassador to Australia in two weeks, when Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull meets President...

7 February 2018
 
Commentary
Nicole Hemmer

The Republican war against US intelligence agencies, which started when those agencies announced their consensus on Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election, hit an odd juncture last week with the release of...

6 February 2018
 
Commentary
Matilda Steward

Prompted by the results of elections of that year, US media heralded 1992 as the Year of the Woman. With 24 females elected to the House of Representatives, and three to the Senate...

31 January 2018
 
Commentary
Nicole Hemmer

In her latest US News & World Report column, USSC honorary associate Dr Nicole Hemmer writes that President Trump's understanding of power, and thus of politics, offers an insight into everything from his...

30 January 2018
 
Commentary
Brendan Thomas-Noone, Dougal Robinson

US Secretary of Defence James Mattis launched a new National Defence Strategy (NDS) last Friday. That night, the US Government shut down for three days.

The convergence of these two events encapsulates a...

27 January 2018
 
Commentary
Brendan Thomas-Noone

If the Cold War was one long arms race, the modern era could be accurately described as an arms jog. Countries are defined less by how many nuclear warheads they have, and more by what...

25 January 2018
 
Commentary
Shaun Ratcliff

One year into the Trump administration, Australians and Americans feel the world is more dangerous and that a weaker United States is less well-placed to deal with security threats. Exclusive survey data from...

24 January 2018
 
Report
Vafa Ghazavi

America’s innovation success is built on the back of entrepreneurs who embrace experimentalism, risk, and failure. This culture has helped make the United States the unrivalled leader of the digital revolution because it...

24 January 2018
 
Commentary
Nicole Hemmer

In this US New & World Report article, USSC honorary associate Dr Nicole Hemmer says we shouldn't let the president off the hook by blaming his anti-immigrant policies on his advisers.

23 January 2018
 
Commentary
James Brown

Two years ago, Russian Prime Minister Dimitri Medvedev announced to European security officials that the world was entering a new cold war. The message has taken some time to trickle through. Just a...

23 January 2018
 
Commentary
Nicole Hemmer

This month marks the 20th anniversary of the Monica Lewinsky scandal, an affair that resulted in Bill Clinton's impeachment. As tumultuous as the Clinton years were, in retrospect they seem a bit quaint...

22 January 2018