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Jim Orchard

The climate and decarbonisation policies of leading Democratic presidential candidates suggests the party has become more aligned and more progressive on this topic since the end of the Obama administration.

3 March 2020
Jared Mondschein, Zoe Meers, Spencer Maughan, Elliott Brennan

This report looks at LinkedIn connections between start-ups, start-up founders, and venture capital firms in Australia, New Zealand and the United States as proxies for social network connections. The focus is limited to...

17 February 2020
Lavina Lee, John Lee

In April 2017, Japan’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs released its “Free and Open Indo-Pacific Strategy". This describes how Tokyo will broaden its worldview and strategic role under the Shinzo Abe era defined by...

4 February 2020
Simon Jackman, Shaun Ratcliff, Jared Mondschein, Zoe Meers, Elliott Brennan

Australia has a great deal in common with the United States. Both are settler societies, originally founded as British colonies, with a similar cultural heritage, with political systems valuing personal freedoms and democratic...

18 December 2019
Simon Jackman, Gorana Grgic, Charles Edel, Bruce Wolpe, Mia Love

Five USSC experts present essays on impeachment, covering US public opinion, history, foreign policy, partisan bias and political implications in their analysis.

26 November 2019
Brendan Thomas-Noone

The United States’ National Technology and Industrial Base (NTIB) is a congressionally-mandated policy framework that is intended to foster a defence free-trade area among the defence-related research and development sectors of the United...

25 November 2019
Stephen Kirchner

The US dollar exchange rate has become increasingly politicised. President Donald Trump has called for a weaker exchange rate, a move away from a long-standing and bipartisan rhetorical position favouring a "strong dollar"...

11 November 2019
David Uren

Chinese authorities have hinted that they may use their dominant position as a supplier of rare earths and associated manufactured goods to retaliate against US restrictions on high technology exports to China. China...

9 October 2019
Dougal Robinson

As the 2020 presidential election race heats up, Australia should be paying close attention to the Democratic Party’s foreign policy debates.

12 September 2019
Sarah Nolet, Cass Mao

AgTech has the potential to both benefit Australia’s agricultural sector and create direct economic benefits through commercialisation of new technology. Examining St Louis, Missouri — a mid-west city with a strong specialisation in...

22 August 2019
Ashley Townshend, Brendan Thomas-Noone, Matilda Steward

America’s defence strategy in the Indo-Pacific is in the throes of an unprecedented crisis. Faced with an ever more capable and assertive China, the US military urgently needs to refocus on the requirements...

19 August 2019
Lavina Lee

This paper argues that democracy promotion ought to be an essential component of the Free and Open Indo-Pacific strategy — a strategy that is being promoted by the United States, Australia, Japan and...

9 July 2019
Claire McFarland, Andrew Herrmann

Technological disruption is rapidly changing the nature of work and the skills needed to succeed at work. It’s estimated that around half of current work activities can be automated by adapting currently available...

4 July 2019
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
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
Hilary McGeachy

There has been a fundamental, bipartisan shift in the United States concerning the role and impact of China on the economy, especially as it relates to the future of digital and high-tech sectors...

2 May 2019
John Lee

On 4 October 2018, US Vice President Mike Pence delivered a speech at the Hudson Institute think tank in Washington DC.1 In unusually pointed remarks, Pence laid out a comprehensive list of complaints...

1 May 2019
Justin Wastnage

To the west of Sydney industry cluster components will be required if the Australian and New South Wales governments are to fulfil their vision and plan for the 1,700 hectare (4,200 acre) Badgerys...

30 April 2019
Stephen Kirchner

Subdued wages growth has been a feature of the Australian and US economies in recent years, posting the slowest growth on record on some measures. This has led some to question whether workers...

20 March 2019
Ashley Townshend, Brendan Thomas-Noone, David Santoro

Deterring the use of armed force and other forms of coercion is central to the maintenance of order in the Indo-Pacific. Yet from the Taiwan Strait and the South China Sea, to space...

8 February 2019