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
Shaun Ratcliff

Polls had long shown Australians supported same-sex marriage, yet the results of the national postal survey have generated intense discussion. In commentary for the BBC, USSC political scientist Dr Shaun Ratcliff explores how...

17 November 2017
 
Brief
Rodger Shanahan, John Blaxland

Rodger Shanahan and John Blaxland argue whether Australia should maintain military operations in the Arabian Peninsula or focus on threats closer to home.

16 November 2017
 
Report
Jared Mondschein, Claire McFarland, Zoe Meers

Is Australia an inefficient innovator? In this interactive report, we use the Global Innovation Index to compare Australia and the United States' innovation performance, identifying three major areas that Australia lacks in its...

13 November 2017
 
Commentary
Charles Edel

China’s sophisticated infiltration of Australian politics is a troubling example of how authoritarian states can subvert open societies. The United States should heed the lesson, writes USSC senior fellow and visiting scholar Dr...

13 November 2017
 
Commentary
Ben Flatgard

Cyber-crime is now a billion-dollar industry for North Korea. Cracking down on this criminal enterprise presents a strategic opportunity to apply further pressure on the Kim Jong-un regime.

Hard currency generated from cyber-crime...

10 November 2017
 
Report
Simon Jackman, Shaun Ratcliff, Luke Mansillo

The United States Studies Centre commissioned surveys with YouGov PLC to compare public opinion on same-sex marriage in the United States and Australia.

9 November 2017
 
Commentary
Ashley Townshend

Aside from reiterating his commitment to key Asian allies, President Trump's main mission during his visit this week is to drum-up support for “maximum pressure” tactics on North Korea and place his “reciprocal...

8 November 2017
 
Commentary
Ashley Townshend

As Donald Trump jets around Asia this week, US allies and partners across the Indo-Pacific will be looking for signs that his administration has a vision for strengthening America's commitment to regional leadership.

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8 November 2017
 
Commentary
Ashley Townshend

Since Donald Trump entered the White House with an “America first” agenda, the shape of United States’ strategic policy in Indo-Pacific Asia has become a pressing concern for regional allies and partners. His...

8 November 2017
 
Commentary
Ryan Hawkins

Donald Trump sows a great deal of uncertainty, but there’s every indication that he’ll see less of the Australian prime minister than did his two immediate predecessors, Presidents George W. Bush and Barack...

7 November 2017
 
Brief
Jeffrey Wilson

A rising anti-globalist current in the United States has fundamentally changed the trade agenda in the Asia-Pacific. Since 2010, competition has been building between two emerging mega-regional trade agreements with different visions about...

2 November 2017
 
Commentary
Ryan Hawkins

This reference guide documents all in-person interactions between Australian prime ministers and US presidents since the beginning of the George W. Bush administration. It details the location of meetings, main topics of discussion...

2 November 2017
 
Commentary
Anthony Wicht

Senator Simon Birmingham’s September declaration that Australia would establish a space agency created a buzz across the space sector.

The announcement was unexpected. Few anticipated any government commitment until after Dr Megan Clark’s...

2 November 2017
 
Commentary
David Smith

In White-dominated societies, nearly any demand for equality by people of colour is met by a backlash couched in terms of White victimhood. This has been as true for Black Lives Matter as...

1 November 2017
 
Commentary
Anthony Wicht

With the announcement of an Australian space agency, the space start-ups of Australia must feel like the Hollywood hopefuls who became an overnight success after ten years of hard work. These companies have a...

1 November 2017
 
Book review
Charles Edel

Jeremi Suri’s The Impossible Presidency grounds contemporary debates about the presidency in a historical understanding of the office — and shows why its recent occupants don’t measure up.

26 October 2017
 
Report
David B. Shear

In an era of rising Chinese power and ambition, America’s position in Indo-Pacific Asia is at risk of decline not through war but due to inattention. Washington’s “strategic distraction” and political dysfunction at...

26 October 2017
 
Commentary
Brendan Thomas-Noone, Ben Flatgard

The Australian government has made a public display of announcing its capacity and intent to use cyber operations as a tool of foreign policy. First, as part of the 2016 cybersecurity strategy, Prime...

25 October 2017
 
Commentary
Nicole Hemmer

They never mentioned Trump's name, but in the past week, two former presidents began building the case for Donald Trump as a growing problem for American democracy. "We've seen nationalism distorted into nativism,"...

24 October 2017
 
Commentary
Claire McFarland

In late September, the White House announced President Trump had signed a presidential memorandum to increase access to high-quality science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) education with US$200 million to be directed to...

18 October 2017