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.

 
 
Commentary
Nicole Hemmer

Donald Trump let the alt-right into the mainstream, but Silicon Valley is pushing it back, writes USSC research associate Dr Nicole Hemmer for U.S. News.

22 August 2017
 
Commentary
Simon Jackman

Dichotomies are intellectually seductive, making a complex world easy to navigate. Good and bad, left and right, or – as we often encounter in debates about Australia's future – values versus interests, or...

21 August 2017
 
Commentary
Nicole Hemmer

"We will not be replaced!" It sounds like the rallying cry of Luddites smashing machines, fighting the inevitable forces of progress. Instead, it was the chant ringing out over Charlottesville, Virginia, this weekend...

16 August 2017
 
Commentary
Elsina Wainwright

USSC senior research fellow Associate Professor Elsina Wainwright writes for The Strategist about the Trump administration’s evolving UN policy.

15 August 2017
 
Commentary
Dougal Robinson

President Trump’s reaction to weekend violence in Charlottesville, Virginia is the latest example of a growing rift between Trump and the Republican Congress that portends months of dysfunction in Washington. 

Deepening distrust between...

15 August 2017
 
Commentary
Nicole Hemmer

From a distance, Charlottesville looks like a smooth blue bubble in a sea of red, a university town abutting Virginia’s rural foothills and farmland. Up close, it’s a mass of conflicts and contradictions...

15 August 2017
 
Commentary
James Curran

Prime Minister Turnbull's pre-emptive invocation of the ANZUS treaty during a radio interview last Friday was not only extraordinary and unprecedented, it was also premature and unnecessary.

Two problems in particular stand out.

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14 August 2017
 
Commentary
Jared Mondschein

One of the biggest turnoffs for US investment and workers is also the biggest pet peeve for locals – housing affordability. Our research finds lifestyle factors are what makes Australia stand out from...

14 August 2017
 
Commentary
Nicole Hemmer

Three people are dead after violence erupted at a gathering of white nationalists in Charlottesville, Virginia. USSC research associate Dr Nicole Hemmer was in Charlottesville and writes of her experiences for U.S. News.

14 August 2017
 
Commentary
Jared Mondschein, Richard Holden

No single country plays a larger role in Australia's economy than the United States. The United States is not only Australia's second largest trading partner, it is by far the largest investor in...

14 August 2017
 
Report
Jared Mondschein, Richard Holden
Executive summary

Australia enjoys a remarkable benefit from its multi-faceted, two-way investment relationship with the United States. And while Australia’s trade relationships, particularly in the region, are vital to continued growth and prosperity...

13 August 2017
 
Commentary
Elsina Wainwright

President Trump’s disdain for multilateralism has profound consequences, as other states look elsewhere for solutions and leadership on pressing global issues, and powers such as China and Russia seek to fill the vacuum...

9 August 2017
 
Commentary
Julio Capó

This week, as President Trump comes out in support of a bill that seeks to halve legal immigration to the United States, his administration is emphasising the idea that Americans and their jobs...

5 August 2017
 
Brief
Elsina Wainwright

As with much of this highly atypical presidency, the Trump administration’s United Nations (UN) policy is still taking shape. But for the past six months, Ambassador Nikki R. Haley has been a vocal...

3 August 2017
 
Commentary
Andrew Chen

On 17 July 2017, the US Department of Homeland Security (DHS) issued a memo delaying the Obama-backed International Entrepreneurship Rule until 14 March 2018. The rule was meant to increase and enhance entrepreneurship, innovation...

2 August 2017
 
Commentary
Nicole Hemmer

The White House is about to get a whole lot meaner. In recent weeks, Donald Trump has started cleaning house, shedding his chief of staff Reince Priebus and press secretary Sean Spicer. Jeff Sessions...

1 August 2017
 
Commentary
Stephen Loosley

The Russians have never left the stage in Washington DC, merely being off in the wings, but remaining ever present. Now they are back singing in the spotlight, courtesy of a former FSB...

26 July 2017
 
Commentary
Nicole Hemmer

Watergate has emerged as the preferred historical scandal for understanding the Trump administration in its first sixth months. There are plenty of good reasons for this, but they come with an unfortunate side...

25 July 2017
 
Commentary
Nicole Hemmer

Senator John McCain's vote on the GOP health care bill will play a big role in defining his legacy, writes USSC research associate Dr Nicole Hemmer for U.S. News and World Report.

25 July 2017
 
Commentary
Dougal Robinson

Australian political leaders need to change how they engage with the US. The US congress has demonstrated overwhelming goodwill towards Australia this year. But it has not been reciprocated.

Australia’s engagement with the...

25 July 2017