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.

 
 
Brendon O'Connor

US President Donald Trump’s time in the White House is coming to an end. But, as has become obvious over the past few weeks, he is unlikely to deliver a gracious concession speech.

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24 November 2020
 
Stephen Kirchner

Even before the pandemic, the United States was experiencing its slowest population growth in a century, a combination of record low fertility and an increasingly restrictive approach to immigration. Previously a source of...

23 November 2020
 
James Curran

Australian historian Neville Meaney once compared the post-war trajectories of Japan and Australia, concluding that each had been on a path towards becoming “normal” nations.

Where Japan embarked on massive reindustrialisation following defeat...

22 November 2020
 
Stephen Loosley

1968 was a year of recurring turbulence for the United States, all of it witnessed in American living rooms, courtesy of television.

Republican intellectual, George F. Will, notes that America was rocked by...

21 November 2020
 
Bruce Wolpe

Joe Biden has run this way all his life, starting in 1972, age 29, when he took on, and took down, a Senate veteran of 25 years’ service to the good people of...

20 November 2020
 
John Lee

Joe Biden is entering the White House promising to repair the enormous damage he believes his predecessor has caused. With respect to foreign policy, this includes restoring US leadership and its standing in...

18 November 2020
 
Stephen Kirchner

The outgoing Trump administration presided over one of the most dramatic tightenings in US immigration policy since the 1930s.

Along with declining fertility, this saw US population growth fall to its lowest rate...

16 November 2020
 
Lesley Russell

Tackling the health, economic and social crises wrought by the coronavirus pandemic is the first order of business for US president-elect Joe Biden and his transition team, writes USSC non-resident fellow Lesley Russell...

16 November 2020
 
Stephen Kirchner

This report argues that restoring and then exceeding pre-pandemic levels of net overseas migration will be essential to Australia's economic recovery. In the short term, Australia needs to scale up its managed isolation...

16 November 2020
 
Lesley Russell

Tackling the health, economic and social crises wrought by the coronavirus pandemic is the first order of business for US president-elect Joe Biden and his transition team.

Biden this week announced his bipartisan...

12 November 2020
 
Shaun Ratcliff

Since the first person was diagnosed with COVID-19 in the United States, more than 10 million cases have been confirmed and nearly a quarter of a million people with the virus have died.

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11 November 2020
 
Lesley Russell

USSC non-resident fellow Lesley Russell looks at what needs to happen during Joe Biden and Kamala Harris’s journey from election win to the White House in this article published by Inside Story.

10 November 2020
 
Jared Mondschein

A timeless tradition in political journalism is trying to find a narrative that explains an electoral outcome.

A widely accepted narrative to explain Barack Obama’s win over John McCain in 2008 was that...

9 November 2020
 
Gorana Grgic

Throughout the four years of Donald Trump’s presidency, Joe Biden spent significant time reassuring American allies around the world that Trump’s America is not “who we are” and pledging “we’ll be back”.

Now...

9 November 2020
 
James Curran

Joe Biden won more of the popular vote than any previous presidential candidate. An adult will return to the Oval Office.

But the grievances that propelled Trump to power, the forces that almost...

8 November 2020
 
John Lee

The electoral numbers appear to be landing in favour of Joe Biden. But there will be recounts in some states and perhaps the need for definitive adjudication by the US Supreme Court. All...

7 November 2020
 
Ashley Townshend, Brendan Thomas-Noone

Joe Biden’s apparent razor-thin victory over Donald Trump will not elicit the resounding sigh of relief from Australia’s strategic policy community many were expecting. If the opinion polls had been right, the narrative...

6 November 2020
 
Simon Jackman

This presidential election is full of mixed messages, reminding us that the United States is a diverse and divided country.

Turnout was over 67 per cent of eligible voters – the highest in...

6 November 2020
 
Kim Hoggard

Was Donald Trump the president America “had to have”? Back in 2016, this “outsider”, “anti-politician” and “disrupter” was going to shake up the capital and run roughshod over the “do-nothing” politicians that many...

5 November 2020
 
Simon Jackman

Long after midnight in the United States, President Donald Trump declared he would ask the Supreme Court to intervene in the 2020 election. As far as he was concerned, he said, he had...

5 November 2020