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
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
 
Book review
Stephen Loosley

This is a moving book in which the defeated­ Democrat, Hillary Rodham Clinton, muses on the outcome of last year’s US presidential election. It’s about the success of Donald Trump as well as...

14 October 2017
 
Brief
Michael J. Biercuk

Australia’s defence innovation community is undergoing a once-in-a-generation reform of its research and development activities, offering a unique opportunity to maximise domestic capabilities. Recent changes[^1] to the Defence Science Technology Group (DSTG) —...

12 October 2017
 
Commentary
Nicole Hemmer

In her latest article for The Age, USSC research associate Dr Nicole Hemmer says the Republican Party has abandoned its core values in its pursuit of power, putting in place policies that predominantly...

12 October 2017
 
Commentary
Stephen Loosley

Occasionally, a movie continues to speak with insight and clarity to generations well beyond the time of its original release. Such a movie is Citizen Kane, the classic 1941 film which is inextricably...

11 October 2017
 
Brief
Gorana Grgic, R. Craig Nation

In the latest instalment of the Centre's debate series, Gorana Grgic and R. Craig Nation go head to head over whether Russia is a threat or a distraction to the United States.

10 October 2017
 
Commentary
Nicole Hemmer

Bob Corker's Twitter spat with Donald Trump showed GOP leaders that courage up has an upside, writes USSC research associate Dr Nicole Hemmer for U.S. News and World Report.

10 October 2017
 
Commentary
Dougal Robinson

Foreign capitals go into a frenzy when President Trump tweets and makes outlandish comments that upset longstanding norms and complicate bilateral relationships with Washington.

The capricious nature and decisions of the 45th president...

10 October 2017
 
Commentary
Richard Holden

The Trump administration announced Wednesday what may be its signature piece of domestic policy – a plan to reshape both corporate and personal taxes. The plan, which contains significant tax cuts, was greeted...

3 October 2017
 
Commentary
Benjamin Saling

On Monday morning, the Australian government announced its commitment to establishing a national space agency, as the “anchor for our domestic coordination and the front door for our international engagement”. It follows last...

27 September 2017
 
Commentary
Nicole Hemmer

The US needs less partisanship, not a leftist media bubble to counter the right, writes USSC research associate Dr Nicole Hemmer for The Sydney Morning Herald.

22 September 2017
 
Brief
Ashley Townshend, Brendan Thomas-Noone, Dougal Robinson

Washington’s inability to increase the US defence budget is having a serious impact on America’s global strategic presence, according to a new brief by the United States Studies Centre.

22 September 2017
 
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
Nicole Hemmer

In her latest article for Vox, USSC research associate Dr Nicole Hemmer writes about women who fight to empower white men.

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
Nicole Hemmer

Bad policy decisions must get part of the blame for the devastation that hit Texas, writes USSC research associate Dr Nicole Hemmer for The Sydney Morning Herald.

5 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