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.

 
 
Sarah Hamilton

Australians believe “dealing with climate change” is a more important foreign policy goal than Americans, according to recent polling by the United States Studies Centre. In a survey conducted in late January 2021...

22 April 2021
 
Simon Jackman

On Earth Day on Thursday, US time, Joe Biden will open his two-day virtual climate change summit. Scott Morrison is one of 40 world leaders participating. The goals? To “galvanise efforts by the...

22 April 2021
 
Stephen Kirchner

There was a significant slowdown in foreign direct investment (FDI) in Australia during 2020. Gross inbound transactions fell from nearly $60 billion in the year-ended 2019 to only $33.6 billion for the year-ended...

20 April 2021
 
John Lee

Under Xi Jinping, the People’s Republic of China (PRC) has established as its paramount geopolitical objective the replacement of the free and open, rules-based order in Asia with an alternative world order, one...

19 April 2021
 
Bruce Wolpe

The passing and farewell to His Royal Highness Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, resonates much differently in the United States compared to Australia and the Commonwealth and provides an opportunity to reflect on...

16 April 2021
 
Stephen Kirchner

Australia’s regulation of inward foreign direct investment (FDI) has often drawn criticism for creating uncertainty for foreign investors, as well as for Australians looking to sell their assets to foreigners. Much of this...

16 April 2021
 
Jared Mondschein

Unlike most US presidents, Joe Biden did not come to the White House with many fixed ideological positions. He did, however, come with fixed values. Chief among them is understanding how US policies...

15 April 2021
 
Victoria Cooper

The trial of Derek Chauvin, charged with second-degree murder, third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter for the killing of George Floyd in May last year, is groundbreaking. This is the first televised trial...

14 April 2021
 
Charles Edel

Senior Fellow Charles Edel's new chapter "Extending the Sphere: A Federalist Grand Strategy," in Rethinking American Grand Strategy looks at how The Federalist Papers served as the first articulation of American grand strategy...

13 April 2021
 
John Lee

Will China’s launch of the digital currency electronics payment, or DCEP, the world’s first sovereign digital currency, threaten the ­ascendancy of the US dollar?

Beijing is hopeful and a growing group of policy...

8 April 2021
 
Bruce Wolpe

There is another lesson President Biden has taken from Obama’s epochal battles in Congress over ten years ago. His American Jobs Plan can pass Congress this year.

Here is why:

The way the...

6 April 2021
 
Gorana Grgic

If international relations in the first year of the COVID-19 pandemic was all about the politics of aid and mask diplomacy, there is no doubt the arrival of vaccines has made the second...

2 April 2021
 
Charles Edel, Hal Brands

President Biden has put the idea of deeper democratic cooperation at the centre of his statements on foreign policy. But what exactly this will entail, conceptually and operationally, and how it might overcome...

26 March 2021
 
Bruce Wolpe

President Joe Biden is going to try to do what Barack Obama could not – finally pass effective gun control in America. When 10 people were killed in Boulder, Colorado, this week, flags...

24 March 2021
 
Elliott Brennan

Last week Australia’s spy boss sent ripples through the national security community with the announcement that Asio will shift from using “rightwing extremism” and “Islamic extremism” to using “ideological extremism” and “religious extremism”...

23 March 2021
 
Charles Edel

Patrick Lawrence’s essay “Goodbye, America” (AFA10: Friends, Allies and Enemies) argues that America’s focus on Asia is based on an obsolete understanding of regional dynamics and a nostalgic desire to prolong American primacy. Believing otherwise...

17 March 2021
 
Gorana Grgic

In the flurry of analyses of Joe Biden’s early policy moves, there is a common thread that depicts the 46th president as an agent of change towards predictability in policymaking, and a much-desired...

17 March 2021
 
Stephen Loosley

At the Aspen Security Conference in the American summer of 2019, Christopher Wray, director of the FBI, told a story of life in Donald Trump's dysfunctional, sometimes dystopian Washington.

Leaving a meeting in...

16 March 2021
 

Commissioner Jonathan Coppel (Productivity Commission) joined the USSC for a panel discussion on trade policy as part of its State of the United States conference and report launch.

Commissioner Coppel appeared alongside Dr...

16 March 2021
 

Australia’s long-standing strategic relationship with the United States is transforming in response to the geostrategic change in the Indo-Pacific and a fractious debate in the United States about its role in the world...

16 March 2021