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.

 
 
Gorana Grgic

In the second of two policy briefs with the NATO Defense College as part of her 2021 NATO Partners Across the Globe Fellowship, Dr Gorana Grgic assesses the value of NATO’s Partners Across...

20 October 2021
 
Bruce Wolpe

In his first press conference as president back in March, Joe Biden said “We have to prove democracy works” by proving that the institutions of government work.

This week, two branches of the...

18 October 2021
 
Jane Hardy

Australia and the United States have entered a new era of strategic competition with China. Following decades of US military supremacy in the Indo-Pacific, Washington’s approach to regional defence strategy is being re-evaluated...

15 October 2021
 
Stephen Kirchner

Policy issues at the intersection of international security and international economics loom increasingly large for Australian and United States policymakers. Geoeconomic statecraft is the use of economic policy instruments to further geopolitical, foreign policy, and security objectives...

14 October 2021
 
Brendon O'Connor

In Samuel Huntington’s controversial 1996 book The Clash of Civilizations he claimed that Australia was a “torn country.” Torn between its Anglosphere history and alliances on one side and its movement into deeper...

8 October 2021
 
John Lee

The world has been watching as the Chinese real estate giant Evergrande flails, and some have been asking whether Beijing will soon have a moment akin to 2008’s collapse of Lehman Brothers in...

6 October 2021
 
Bruce Wolpe

For a journalist as thorough and exacting as Bob Woodward, the coda to Rage, his second book on the Trump presidency, was stunning. The greatest threat to the presidency “was Trump himself”...

5 October 2021
 
John Lee

USSC non-resident fellow John Lee has published a report for the Hudson Institute about troubled Chinese property group Evergrande. The company is facing one of China's largest-ever defaults as it struggles with more...

1 October 2021
 
Ashley Townshend, Tom Corben, Susannah Patton

Before the AUKUS announcement, evidence that the Biden administration was prioritizing the Indo-Pacific region was scant.

Sure, the administration talked a lot about China, but President Joe Biden mostly cast this as a...

1 October 2021
 
Ashley Townshend, Toby Warden, Thomas Lonergan

Australia’s recent decision to acquire nuclear-powered submarines through the new Australia-United Kingdom-United States (AUKUS) defense technology partnership has put its efforts to deter China’s rising military power on the global stage. But as...

30 September 2021
 
Bruce Wolpe

Votes on President Biden’s agenda in Congress may be imminent – and at stake is the future of Biden’s presidency. Issues Australia cares about are in the balance too.

Democrats in the United...

30 September 2021
 
Stephen Kirchner
Executive summary Geoeconomics is a way of conceptualising the relationship between geopolitics and framing the policy issues that arise at the intersection of international economics and international security. It is also often defined...
30 September 2021
 
Ashley Townshend, Thomas Lonergan

Canberra’s momentous decision to acquire nuclear-powered submarines through the new Aukus arrangement with London and Washington is an unmistakable sign of Australia’s commitment to balance China’s military power in the Indo-Pacific region.

But...

28 September 2021
 
Stephen Loosley

Jack Kennedy put it best. The 35th president of the United States once observed ruefully: “Too often we … enjoy the comfort of opinion without the discomfort of thought.”

Lamentable, but true.

Washington...

27 September 2021
 
Ashley Townshend, Tom Corben

Unlike last week’s AUKUS surprise, the Quad Leaders’ Summit in Washington, DC, is set to focus on geoeconomics, critical technology, health security and climate change. These are pressing regional issues over which Australia...

24 September 2021
 
Charles Edel

USSC non-resident senior fellow Charles Edel writes in Foreign Policy that the trilateral partnership was an inevitable result of Beijing’s military growth.

24 September 2021
 
Ashley Townshend

Canberra’s announcement that it will acquire nuclear-powered submarines through its new defence pact with London and Washington, AUKUS, has generated considerable scrutiny. The decision to expand the basing and rotational presence of US...

24 September 2021
 

The United States Studies Centre hosted a virtual address and in-conversation event with Senator the Hon Penny Wong to launch the United States Studies Centre report “Correcting the course: How the Biden administration should compete...

23 September 2021
 
Jennifer Jackett

The Quadrilateral Security Dialogue will build more momentum when leaders from Australia, Japan, India, and the US meet on Friday, Washington time, for their second meeting this year.

There are strong strategic imperatives...

22 September 2021
 
Susannah Patton

When Australia announced the AUKUS pact together with the United States and United Kingdom, it knew that China would be hostile and France would be disappointed. Predicting the reaction in Southeast Asia would...

22 September 2021