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Tom Corben, Peter K. Lee, Alice Nason

The US Congress wields considerable influence over US engagement with the world. Though US foreign policy is primarily directed from the White House, it is Congress that has oversight and final approval of...

26 October 2022
Victoria Cooper, Ava Kalinauskas

On 8 November, Americans will cast their vote to decide who will represent them in Congress and in various roles at the state and local levels. Unlike Australia, where state and federal elections...

19 October 2022
Peter K. Lee, Alice Nason

The announcement of the Australia, United Kingdom and United States (AUKUS) security partnership on 16 September 2021 transformed Australia’s perceptions of its capacity, capability and the role of its oldest allies. Few announcements...

14 September 2022
Victoria Cooper

After two years of negotiation, Congress passed the CHIPS and Science Act of 2022 which was signed into law by President Biden on 9 August 2022. The act authorises US$280 billion (AU$410.6 billion)...

11 August 2022
Victoria Cooper

On 24 June 2022, the US Supreme Court’s 5-4 ruling in the case Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization revoked the constitutional right to an abortion in the United States guaranteed nearly 50...

7 July 2022
Victoria Cooper

In early 2020, and many months away from his nomination as the Democrat's presidential candidate, Joe Biden promised, if elected, to appoint the first-ever Black woman to the US Supreme Court. Of...

14 February 2022
Victoria Cooper

On 1 September 2021, the Texas Heartbeat Act effectively banned abortions in Texas and launched a monumental challenge to constitutional guarantees in the United States. The new law, now in front of the...

9 November 2021
Ashley Townshend, Tom Corben, Susannah Patton

AUKUS is a new trilateral partnership featuring Australia, the United Kingdom and the United States. Though it aims to deepen diplomatic, security and defence cooperation between the three states, AUKUS will focus specifically...

16 September 2021
Jim Orchard

Throughout the campaign, transition, and the first working days at the White House, addressing climate change remained a top priority for Joe Biden. But the success of his ambitious climate plan will depend...

27 January 2021

On 6 January 2021, pro-Trump protestors violently stormed the US Capitol in Washington DC as Congress was meeting to certify the 2020 presidential election results. Proceedings were suspended as the mob occupied both...

15 January 2021
Lesley Russell

The isolation and anxiety prompted by the coronavirus pandemic and the associated social and economic fallouts have led to an increase in substance abuse even by people who have not previously had problems...

31 August 2020
Zoe Meers

During the peak of the COVID-19 pandemic, the United States Studies Centre collated the number of cases, tests and deaths attributed to COVID-19 in Australia and the United States.

The Australian statistics were...

28 August 2020
Mari Koeck

Current position: US Senator from California

Previous role: Attorney General of California from 2011-2017

DOB: 20 October 1964 – She is 55 and will be 56 at the time of the election

Race: ...

12 August 2020
Jim Golby

As protestors flood the streets of the United States following the killing of George Floyd, some reports suggest President Donald Trump wants at least 10,000 active-duty troops to pour into the capital as...

12 June 2020
Zoe Meers

Five primary elections in five US states were delayed due to the COVID-19 pandemic this week. The governors of Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, and Ohio postponed upcoming elections to determine the Democratic candidate...

21 March 2020
Elliott Brennan

The 'State of the Union' refers to the constitutionally-mandated duty of the US president to keep the House of Representatives and Senate abreast of the current conditions of the United States and the...

3 February 2020
Rodney Taveira

Halloween is considered a distinctly American phenomenon but its traditions, such as carving vegetables and jack-o’-lanterns and dressing up in scary costumes, came over with Irish and Scottish immigrants in the late 19th...

28 October 2019
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
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
Beau Magloire

Disney now holds a large amount of new intellectual property, as well as an extensive backlog of Fox content. Disney and Fox were already two of the major players in the “Big Six”...

10 May 2019