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.

 
 
Jim Golby

Watching the US government's response to the June 1 protests in Washington, DC made my mind wander to 2004, when my soldiers and I were tasked with preventing Iraqi citizens from entering the...

15 June 2020
 
Jim Orchard

This is the first in Jim Orchard's three-part series on the formulation of Joe Biden’s climate change agenda. Part two and part three are also available.

Joe Biden struggled to raise campaign funds...

15 June 2020
 
Stephen Loosley

The Innocence Project in the US and elsewhere has become ­famous for addressing miscarriages of justice. Its legal teams challenge wrongful convictions that often are based on inadequate defence, false confessions or witness...

13 June 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
 
Gorana Grgic

It is hardly surprising that many foreign policy developments that would normally feature in the news have lately been demoted well below the headlines, as domestic turmoil in the United States has dominated...

12 June 2020
 
Lesley Russell

The Covid-19 crisis is subsiding in America’s major cities and the nation is beginning to open up, but the Trump administration’s response to the pandemic has left behind at least one time bomb...

11 June 2020
 
Stephen Loosley

US president Ronald Reagan, negotiating with Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev, came to popularise an old Russian declaration: “Trust, but verify.” This was sometimes the key to successful disarmament treaties.

Trust is almost entirely...

9 June 2020
 
Charles Edel

In case anyone was in doubt, the extraordinarily painful events of the past few weeks should remind the world that America is a land of contradictions. In the words of Abraham Lincoln, America...

8 June 2020
 
Stephen Kirchner

The COVID-19 pandemic is a significant de-globalisation shock at a time when globalisation was already under challenge from President Trump’s trade war. Post-pandemic public policy responses can either compound or alleviate this shock.

4 June 2020
 
James Brown

In war, urban military operations are exceedingly difficult. At home, during times of peace, they can be appallingly tragic. In 1967 a national guardsman deployed to help Detroit police maintain law and order...

4 June 2020
 
Elliott Brennan

For the past four nights, the United States has been in flames. While the anarchy has unfolded, more than 80,000 more Americans have tested positive to COVID-19, with many more to be announced...

1 June 2020
 
Bruce Wolpe

The brutal killing of George Floyd was bad enough. How many instances can we recall in a litany of grief, from Rodney King, whose beating in Los Angeles spawned riots in 1991, through...

1 June 2020
 
Bruce Wolpe

The day after Twitter had the temerity to fact check Donald Trump, who has been found to lie and mislead over 18,000 times in the more than 1200 days he has held office...

31 May 2020
 
Simon Jackman

Australia’s Sunday morning current affairs programs have been making news lately. A few weeks ago it was Australia’s minister for foreign affairs, Marise Payne, proposing an independent, international inquiry into the origins of...

28 May 2020
 
Elliott Brennan

On April 17, President Donald Trump issued a series of calls on Twitter to "LIBERATE" Michigan, Minnesota and Virginia.

Within three days the number of protests in the country had doubled and nearly...

27 May 2020
 
David Uren

The rules of global trade went out the window between February and April as nations fought like cats to secure supplies of personal protective equipment (PPE). It was each for themselves and the...

27 May 2020
 
John Lee

Australia was never for turning our position, including on the South China Sea, Huawei, foreign interference and calling for an international investigation into the origins of COVID-19.

Why then does the Chinese Communist...

27 May 2020
 
Bruce Wolpe

At age 77, in his twilight years, the third time was the charm for Joe Biden. He prevailed over a field of 24 Democrats from across the political spectrum and has emerged as...

26 May 2020
 
Elliott Brennan

Protest is a defining characteristic of American society. The Boston Tea Party, the subsequent Revolutionary War and the splintering Civil War all bear the hallmarks of a national spirit of protest. The First...

26 May 2020
 
Stephen Kirchner

Rising trade frictions with China underscore the potential tension between Australia's economic and foreign policy interests. Beijing wants to dramatise these tensions to intimidate Australia and undermine our alliance relationships, while Canberra wants...

25 May 2020