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
Stephen Loosley

The political potential of Donald Trump was first noticed by a prominent member of a presidential family. On December 21, 1987, Richard M Nixon wrote to Trump in the following glowing terms:

“Dear...

18 September 2017
 
Commentary
Charles Edel

This past December, President-elect Trump tweeted that “the United Nations has such great potential but right now it is just a club for people to get together, talk and have a good time...

13 September 2017
 
Commentary
Nicole Hemmer

In her column for Fairfax Newspapers, Nicole Hemmer discusses the deal President Trump made with Democratic leaders for a quickie extension of the debt limit. She argues that the notion of Trump as...

11 September 2017
 
Commentary
Ashley Townshend

Rumors that tough-talking US Pacific Command chief, Admiral Harry Harris, is being considered as President Trump’s ambassador to Australia captivated policy thinkers and Asia watchers last week. His appointment would likely sharpen US-Australia...

6 September 2017
 
Commentary
Dougal Robinson

The US Congress will return from its summer recess on Tuesday for a supercharged September sitting that will be a major test of the Republican Party’s capacity to govern the United States.

September...

30 August 2017
 
Brief
Jared Mondschein, James Laurenceson

In the first instalment of the Centre's new debate series, James Laurenceson and Jared Mondschein go head to head over who is Australia's most important economic partner, the United States or China?

29 August 2017
 
Commentary
Nicole Hemmer

In her latest opinion piece for U.S. News and World Report, USSC research associate Dr Nicole Hemmer writes about the troubling aspects to President Donald Trump's decision to pardon ex-sheriff Joe Arpaio who...

29 August 2017
 
Commentary
Ashley Townshend

Chief Strategist Steve Bannon's dismissal from the White House last week removes one of the most hawkish voices on China within the Trump Administration. But his departure won't lead to major reversals in...

25 August 2017
 
Commentary
Nicole Hemmer

Donald Trump let the alt-right into the mainstream, but Silicon Valley is pushing it back, writes USSC research associate Dr Nicole Hemmer for U.S. News.

22 August 2017
 
Commentary
Simon Jackman

Dichotomies are intellectually seductive, making a complex world easy to navigate. Good and bad, left and right, or – as we often encounter in debates about Australia's future – values versus interests, or...

21 August 2017
 
Commentary
Nicole Hemmer

"We will not be replaced!" It sounds like the rallying cry of Luddites smashing machines, fighting the inevitable forces of progress. Instead, it was the chant ringing out over Charlottesville, Virginia, this weekend...

16 August 2017
 
Commentary
Elsina Wainwright

USSC senior research fellow Associate Professor Elsina Wainwright writes for The Strategist about the Trump administration’s evolving UN policy.

15 August 2017
 
Commentary
Dougal Robinson

President Trump’s reaction to weekend violence in Charlottesville, Virginia is the latest example of a growing rift between Trump and the Republican Congress that portends months of dysfunction in Washington. 

Deepening distrust between...

15 August 2017
 
Commentary
Nicole Hemmer

From a distance, Charlottesville looks like a smooth blue bubble in a sea of red, a university town abutting Virginia’s rural foothills and farmland. Up close, it’s a mass of conflicts and contradictions...

15 August 2017
 
Commentary
James Curran

Prime Minister Turnbull's pre-emptive invocation of the ANZUS treaty during a radio interview last Friday was not only extraordinary and unprecedented, it was also premature and unnecessary.

Two problems in particular stand out.

...

14 August 2017
 
Commentary
Jared Mondschein

One of the biggest turnoffs for US investment and workers is also the biggest pet peeve for locals – housing affordability. Our research finds lifestyle factors are what makes Australia stand out from...

14 August 2017
 
Commentary
Nicole Hemmer

Three people are dead after violence erupted at a gathering of white nationalists in Charlottesville, Virginia. USSC research associate Dr Nicole Hemmer was in Charlottesville and writes of her experiences for U.S. News.

14 August 2017
 
Commentary
Jared Mondschein, Richard Holden

No single country plays a larger role in Australia's economy than the United States. The United States is not only Australia's second largest trading partner, it is by far the largest investor in...

14 August 2017
 
Report
Jared Mondschein, Richard Holden
Executive summary

Australia enjoys a remarkable benefit from its multi-faceted, two-way investment relationship with the United States. And while Australia’s trade relationships, particularly in the region, are vital to continued growth and prosperity...

13 August 2017
 
Commentary
Elsina Wainwright

President Trump’s disdain for multilateralism has profound consequences, as other states look elsewhere for solutions and leadership on pressing global issues, and powers such as China and Russia seek to fill the vacuum...

9 August 2017