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

After two years of negotiations, the US and China have signed a "phase one" economic and trade agreement that has forestalled further increases in US tariffs on imports from China. Equity markets rallied...

22 January 2020
 
Molly Opinsky

It is easier to buy a gun than it is to vote in Florida. There are many proposed solutions to the United States’ gun problem, but gun licensing is one that has correlated...

21 January 2020
 
Mia Love

If ever there was a target any president was justified in taking out, Qasem Soleimani was it. Like many of my fellow citizens, I am baffled by the American left's rush to criticise...

17 January 2020
 
Stephen Loosley

This is one of the great American political biographies of recent years, an extraordinary work that captures the mercurial American diplomat at his inspiring best and appalling worst. Internationally, only Andrew Roberts’s magnificent...

17 January 2020
 
Bruce Wolpe

Get ready for the split-screen presidency: televised proceedings in Congress to remove Trump from office occurring with near-simultaneous video of Trump exercising the powers of the presidency.

The first hint of what is...

16 January 2020
 
Stephen Kirchner

Predictions of the US dollar’s demise are a recurring staple of financial market commentary. The equally routine failure of these predictions reflects widespread misunderstanding of the sources of the US dollar’s role in...

9 January 2020
 
Aaron Nyerges

USSC lecturer in American Studies Aaron Nyerges reviews Adina Hoffman's biography of Ben Hecht, one of the most accomplished and prolific American screenwriters. The review was published by The Australian Book Review.

7 January 2020
 
Bruce Wolpe

Iran has broken an American president before. In 1979, Iranians under the aegis of the supreme leader Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini stormed the US embassy in Tehran, taking 52 diplomats hostage.

All of president...

6 January 2020
 
Remy Hammes

In the 19th century, North American settlers pushed the American Frontier westward by forming collaborative caravans, which provided safety and mutual support during their journeys, ultimately allowing them to collectively reap the benefits...

5 January 2020
 
Shaun Ratcliff, Zoe Meers

Since the 1990s, violent crimes and homicides have declined substantially in the United States. However, mass shootings have defied this trend.

In 2019, there has been more than one mass shooting per day...

31 December 2019
 
Brendan Thomas-Noone

Research Fellow for the Foreign Policy and Defence Program Brendan Thomas-Noone wrote an article for Breaking Defense about changing how updating the International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR) for US allies could help...

29 December 2019
 
John Lee, Rebeccah Heinrichs

North Korea’s Kim Jong-un has given President Trump an ultimatum: Come up with a deal by the end of this year that includes the relaxation of sanctions or we will resume testing nuclear...

23 December 2019
 
Jared Mondschein

According to United States Studies Centre research published this week, Australians who voted for the Coalition in 2019 have far more ideological overlap with Americans who voted for Hillary Clinton in 2016 than...

20 December 2019
 
Brendon O'Connor, Daniel Cooper

The US House of Representatives has voted to impeach President Donald Trump, making him the third president in the history of the United States to be impeached.

Last week, the House Judiciary Committee...

19 December 2019
 
Simon Jackman, Shaun Ratcliff, Jared Mondschein, Zoe Meers, Elliott Brennan

Australia has a great deal in common with the United States. Both are settler societies, originally founded as British colonies, with a similar cultural heritage, with political systems valuing personal freedoms and democratic...

18 December 2019
 
Simon Jackman

US President Donald Trump's impeachment will pose no significant threat to his presidency.

Despite never being impeached, Richard Nixon nonetheless remains the sole example of an American president being forced from office by...

18 December 2019
 
Stephen Kirchner

American and Chinese negotiators have reached an in-principle "phase one" trade deal that will be signed in early January. The deal offers some relief from US tariffs in exchange for increased Chinese purchases...

16 December 2019
 
Charles Edel

Senior Fellow Charles Edel expands on his essay in Impeachment: The insiders' guide for Lawfare. He examines the greater history of impeachment, how the framers of the Constitution intended it, and the...

12 December 2019
 
David Uren

Chinese and European aspirations to weaken the dominance of the US dollar as the global currency of choice have come to naught, with the latest global survey showing the greenback is on one...

10 December 2019
 
Gorana Grgic

Since the election of Donald Trump as US president, NATO summits have assumed a somewhat familiar template – a growing discord among the allies, compounded with the drama and theatrics at the margins...

9 December 2019