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.

 
 
Simon Jackman

Australia’s Sunday morning current affairs programs have been making news lately. A few weeks ago it was Australia’s minister for foreign affairs, Marise Payne, proposing an independent, international inquiry into the origins of...

28 May 2020
 
Elliott Brennan

On April 17, President Donald Trump issued a series of calls on Twitter to "LIBERATE" Michigan, Minnesota and Virginia.

Within three days the number of protests in the country had doubled and nearly...

27 May 2020
 
John Lee

Australia was never for turning our position, including on the South China Sea, Huawei, foreign interference and calling for an international investigation into the origins of COVID-19.

Why then does the Chinese Communist...

27 May 2020
 
Elliott Brennan

Protest is a defining characteristic of American society. The Boston Tea Party, the subsequent Revolutionary War and the splintering Civil War all bear the hallmarks of a national spirit of protest. The First...

26 May 2020
 
Bruce Wolpe

At age 77, in his twilight years, the third time was the charm for Joe Biden. He prevailed over a field of 24 Democrats from across the political spectrum and has emerged as...

26 May 2020
 
Stephen Kirchner

Rising trade frictions with China underscore the potential tension between Australia's economic and foreign policy interests. Beijing wants to dramatise these tensions to intimidate Australia and undermine our alliance relationships, while Canberra wants...

25 May 2020
 
Ashley Townshend

Australia is the new frontline for China’s use of disinformation and economic coercion amidst COVID-19. Following Foreign Minister Marise Payne’s call for an independent review into the origins and spread of the pandemic...

20 May 2020
 
Lesley Russell

In both the United States and Australia, the first major outbreaks of coronavirus infections were in aged care facilities. Despite the early warnings, today in both countries the residents and staff in these...

19 May 2020
 
Gorana Grgic

This article argues for a more nuanced approach to distilling the Dayton legacy, particularly when it is employed as a historical analogy. It highlights the usefulness of the Dayton Peace Agreement (DPA) as...

19 May 2020
 
Charles Edel

That US-China relations have plummeted over the course of the pandemic is no secret. An internal Chinese government think tank report, which leaked this week, even warned China’s top leaders that there was...

18 May 2020
 
Shaun Ratcliff, Andrea Carson, Leah Ruppanner

The New York Times passed an impressive milestone this month, with more than 6 million paid subscribers globally. Our latest research suggests it’s no coincidence it achieved this feat during the COVID-19 crisis.

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18 May 2020
 
Simon Jackman, Shaun Ratcliff

Americans have a problem with trust in institutions and experts. During the current pandemic, this lack of trust could be costing them lives. A recent survey of more than 2000 Americans and Australians...

18 May 2020
 
Stephen Kirchner

China’s threatened anti-dumping duties on Australian barley exports may well be without merit and even a form of economic coercion in retaliation for the call for an investigation into the COVID-19 pandemic, among...

14 May 2020
 
Charles Edel, James Carouso

If Australian-Chinese relations weren’t already rocky enough, Beijing just gave Canberra 10 days to explain why China shouldn’t impose tariffs of up to 80 per cent on Australian barley exports.

China claims that...

12 May 2020
 
Gorana Grgic

COVID-19 is a challenge that needs to be addressed at the global level, despite the very real differences in the strategic aims and domestic politics of the major players in the international system.

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12 May 2020
 
Lesley Russell

Coronavirus has spread rapidly in prisons across the world, where people are locked up, not locked down. Ubiquitous overcrowding means people are unable to self-isolate, provided with little in the way of protective...

12 May 2020
 
Claire McFarland

Most of the politics of the pandemic have pitted health outcomes against the economy. In health terms, Australia is doing well in avoiding the full brunt of the global pandemic. However, we have...

11 May 2020
 
Gorana Grgic

The United States helped topple an allied state's government. While that sounds like an anachronism better suited to the Cold War era, it is in fact a summary of events that transpired in...

11 May 2020
 
Simon Jackman, Shaun Ratcliff, Andrea Carson, Leah Ruppanner

While most Australians believe government lockdown measures to tackle the COVID-19 pandemic “are about right”, new public opinion research from the United States Studies Centre finds Americans are deeply divided.

Polling of 2,000...

10 May 2020
 
James Curran

China deserves serious and sustained scrutiny for its missteps and lack of transparency. But the latest political pile on is unproductive.

8 May 2020