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.

 
 
Stephen Kirchner

Friday’s release of US non-farm payrolls for the month of March was a disastrous starting point for the downturn in the US labour market. The survey was expected to show a decline in...

5 April 2020
 
Stephen Kirchner

Economic policy uncertainty is at unprecedented levels due to the COVID-19 pandemic. In previous research, I highlighted the role of economic policy uncertainty in driving cross-border trade and investment, but also exchange rates...

4 April 2020
 
David Uren

Coming from one of Australia's leading economic journalists author of The Kingdom and the Quarry: China, Australia, Fear and Greed, and co-author, with Lenore Taylor, of Shitstorm: Inside Labor's Darkest Days...

3 April 2020
 
James Curran

Anyone trying to predict the precise contours of the geopolitical landscape in the wake of the coronavirus crisis would do well to remember the warnings of the Italian poet Dante. In the 20th...

3 April 2020
 
Jim Golby

Although the US federal government was slow to mobilise resources to confront the novel coronavirus, President Donald Trump and the Department of Defense on March 17 began taking several significant steps – including...

3 April 2020
 
Ashley Townshend, David Santoro

In an increasingly contested Indo-Pacific, the United States, Australia and their regional allies and partners face a myriad of strategic challenges that cut across every level of the competitive space. Driven by China’s...

2 April 2020
 
Zoe Meers

In a period of isolation, many Australians and Americans are having fewer and fewer interactions with the outside world. When a person's visual horizons have largely shrunk to boundaries of their home and...

2 April 2020
 
Bruce Wolpe

Death is on the President’s mind. On Tuesday in the White House briefing room, Donald Trump said: “Our country is in the midst of a great national trial unlike anything we have faced...

1 April 2020
 
James Brown

President Trump's response to COVID-19 has been rambling, chaotic, and petty. Lagging rather than leading international efforts to fight the virus, the US is grappling with crippling deficiencies in its political and health...

31 March 2020
 
Brendan Thomas-Noone

With the COVID-19 disease sweeping the world, a global race is underway to develop therapies to help alleviate the illness, but more importantly, a vaccine to cure it. Amidst the crisis, the Defense...

30 March 2020
 
Stephen Kirchner

Tonight we will get one of the first official reads on the impact of COVID-19 on the US economy, when the Labor Department releases initial jobless claims (unemployment insurance) for the week of...

26 March 2020
 
Bruce Wolpe

The hyper-partisan warriors on Capitol Hill began laying down their arms on Tuesday in Washington, with agreement in reach on a US$2 trillion economic relief and stimulus package to combat the brutal pain...

25 March 2020
 
Lesley Russell

The COVID-19 pandemic sweeping the world brings more than illness, death and economic chaos; it brings existential and ethical dilemmas about how to provide care for the elderly who are most at risk...

25 March 2020
 
Stephen Kirchner

The Reserve Bank pulled its punches last week, leaving on the table powerful tools that could have been deployed to amplify the effectiveness of monetary policy. The RBA should have followed the Fed’s...

25 March 2020
 

Over the coming weeks and months, the United States Studies Centre will bring you a new series of research briefs and reports titled COVID-19: The Big Questions. 

COVID-19 is impacting all of us, changing the...

25 March 2020
 
Simon Jackman

War, natural disasters and pandemics thrust attention onto incumbent politicians, those charged with responding to catastrophes with the command of the resources of the state. As the coronavirus pandemic sweeps the United States...

25 March 2020
 
Mia Love

Americans who last month fixated on the dynamics of a presidential primary and the excitement of playoff basketball have had a rude awakening in the last two weeks. The United States has now...

25 March 2020
 
Stephen Kirchner

The extreme volatility and losses seen in stock markets in recent weeks has seen calls for financial markets to be closed and short selling restricted.

But shutting them down would be a mistake...

23 March 2020
 
Zoe Meers

Five primary elections in five US states were delayed due to the COVID-19 pandemic this week. The governors of Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, and Ohio postponed upcoming elections to determine the Democratic candidate...

21 March 2020
 
Claire McFarland

First-hand accounts from the front line of the battle against COVID-19 at ground zero have shown the critical role both local and large Chinese technology companies played in containing and minimising the spread...

19 March 2020