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.

 
 
Report
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
 
Commentary
John Lee

Back in 2014, then foreign minister Julie Bishop raised eyebrows when she described the US, not China, as our most important economic relationship. The argument was that one ought to consider foreign direct...

8 July 2019
 
Commentary
Ashley Townshend, Brendan Thomas-Noone

Australian strategists must plan for worst-case scenarios. Yet we must also consider what strategic challenges are most likely to arise – and weigh up the opportunity costs that Canberra will incur if it...

4 July 2019
 
Commentary
Charles Edel

Today, as our democracy comes under pressure at home and from hostile actors abroad, the Declaration is as relevant as ever.

4 July 2019
 
Report
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
 
Commentary
Bryden Spurling

Except for US national security adviser John Bolton, this latest fracas with Iran is a crisis nobody wants. Not the US, which is thoroughly fatigued with the Middle East, and has less need...

3 July 2019
 
Commentary
Brendon O'Connor, Dan Dixon

An unprecedented 24 Democrats are currently running to be their party’s 2020 presidential nominee. Why are so many well-qualified, ambitious and smart people in the race?

2 July 2019
 
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
 
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
 
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
 
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
 
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
 
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
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
 
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
 
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
 
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
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