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
John Lee

The geopolitical chaos caused by Donald Trump simply highlight the US dollar's attractions over any of its rivals.

26 June 2019
 
Commentary
Bruce Wolpe

For President Trump, there is no more important international meeting in his presidency than this weekend’s G20 summit in Osaka. For a man who has mastered “the art of the deal”, he's regularly...

26 June 2019
 
Commentary
Jared Mondschein

US President Donald Trump put a last-second halt to what would have been his third military action against targets in the Middle East, after hitting Syria twice. As bombastic as his Twitter account...

24 June 2019
 
Book review
Bruce Wolpe

Is Donald Trump going to destroy himself? Will Jared and Ivanka eventually complete their takeover of the White House and rule the world? Will Steve Bannon – the Trump whisperer and chief political...

24 June 2019
 
Book review
Thomas Adams

In the introduction to Working, his monumental 1972 collection of oral histories on how Americans think about work, the great journalist Studs Terkel wrote that work ‘‘is, by its very nature, about...

24 June 2019
 
Commentary
Mia Love

With Democtatic frontrunner Joe Biden's announcement reversing his position on taxpayer-funded abortions, moderate voters in the US are left with few centre-left alternatives to Donald Trump, according to Mia Love.

21 June 2019
 
Commentary
Charles Edel, John Lee

Australia and the United States have fought side-by-side in every major conflict for the past 100 years and remained treaty allies since 1951. But while the two nations have been close for so...

20 June 2019
 
Explainer
Isaac Reese

Democratic Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s Green New Deal resolution has quickly pushed its way to the front of the climate action debate in the United States. Many question how such a radical and sweeping...

20 June 2019
 
Commentary
Bruce Wolpe

There has never been a Trump honeymoon. Nor any meaningful period of national unity under the 45th president’s leadership. He is the most unpopular president in modern American history, with poll approval ratings...

19 June 2019
 
Commentary
Stephen Kirchner

With its official cash rate now expected to fall below 1%, it is increasingly likely the Reserve Bank will have to change its monetary policy instrument from interest rates to outright asset purchases...

19 June 2019
 
Report
Stephen Kirchner

It is possible the Reserve Bank of Australia (RBA) will need to lower the cash rate by more than its current level of 1.25 per cent to maintain nominal stability if there is...

18 June 2019
 
Commentary
Stephen Kirchner

With its official cash rate now expected to fall below 1% to a new extraordinarily low close to zero, all sorts of people are saying that the Reserve Bank is in danger of...

18 June 2019
 
Explainer
Elizabeth Ingleson

The ongoing attacks on abortion reveal the deep and enduring power of a patriarchal system in the United States designed to control women and their bodies; especially women of colour and of lower...

17 June 2019
 
Commentary
Charles Edel, John Lee

More than half the Australians surveyed in a Pew Research Centre poll of global attitudes and trends last year expressed increased concern over China's growing power and influence. This is hardly surprising given...

17 June 2019
 
Report
Charles Edel, John Lee

This report, co-authored by seniors fellows Dr Charles Edel and Dr John Lee, examines the future of the US-Australia alliance amidst increasing tensions with China. Edel and Lee offer a comprehensive set of recommendations for how...

13 June 2019
 
Commentary
Ashley Townshend

This sobering gathering blended the Thucydidean logic of US-China tensions with the reality of the Indo-Pacific's collective action problem.

11 June 2019
 
Commentary
Stephen Kirchner

The experience of the US Federal Reserve shows the Reserve Bank of Australia (RBA) has plenty of options when it comes to easing monetary policy. After 30 months of sitting on its hands...

5 June 2019
 
Commentary
Charles Edel, Hal Brands

How should Washington deal with an authoritarian regime that is expanding its influence abroad and repressing its citizens at home? That is the question the United States faces today in dealing with Xi...

2 June 2019
 
Commentary
Jared Mondschein, Don Scott-Kemmis

Bob Hawke helped make Australia’s economy globally competitive by making the tough but necessary choice of opening it up to the world. 

There is no denying that, more than three decades after Hawke...

30 May 2019
 
Commentary
Jared Mondschein, Elliott Brennan

The man once labelled "the real deputy PM" will now occupy the most important Australian ambassadorship in the world.

The Morrison Government's decision to appoint Liberal stalwart Arthur Sinodinos as Australian ambassador to...

28 May 2019