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.

 
 
The Debate Papers
Elizabeth Ingleson, David Brewster

The Belt and Road Initiative represents a fundamental play by China to reshape the world around it. In the latest instalment of The Debate Papers, we asked David Brewster and Elizabeth Ingleson whether...

13 November 2018
 
Book review
Stephen Loosley

Doris Kearns Goodwin is a first-class American presidential historian. Her new book, Leadership: Lessons from the Presidents for Turbulent Times, could not be better timed. American voters went to the polls this...

12 November 2018
 
Commentary
Bruce Wolpe

Their principal objective was to capture the House — and they did. A lot of analysts have questioned the margin — currently a gain of 32 seats that may edge up to 35...

12 November 2018
 
Commentary
Simon Jackman

Let's start with the good news. Above all, this election was a reaffirmation of American democracy, a signal contrary to much commentary, that neither Trump — nor the Russians, the Chinese, nor the...

12 November 2018
 
Commentary
Jared Mondschein

The Democrats have taken back the House of Representatives, "turned blue" a number of governorships and state legislatures, and already started discussions about investigations into President Trump and even impeachment.

9 November 2018
 
Commentary
Stephen Loosley

In the end, the verdict of the American voter in the US mid-term elections was neither a blue wave nor a red wave: more of a restless wave.

As anticipated, the Republicans appear...

8 November 2018
 
Commentary
Tom Corben

After sitting vacant for more than two years — the longest stretch in the history of bilateral relations — the Trump administration has nominated a new US ambassador to Australia.

8 November 2018
 
Commentary
John Lee

Foreign Minister Marise Payne’s meeting with Chinese counterpart Wang Yi is good news. It may even pave the way for a leaders’ summit within weeks.

Is it a genuine breakthrough and a new...

7 November 2018
 
Explainer
Jared Mondschein

Donald Trump may be the most unconventional president the United States has seen in generations, but he has just made an overwhelmingly conventional choice to be the next US ambassador to Australia, and...

7 November 2018
 
Explainer
Shaun Ratcliff

Elections in the United States are big business. Candidates have to pay for staff, travel, advertising, get out the vote activities and office space. However, there is very little in the way of public funding for...

6 November 2018
 
Commentary
Thomas Adams

In my American legal history unit at the University of Sydney, after a couple of weeks of contextualising the legal, political, social, and intellectual world in which it was written, we spend a...

5 November 2018
 
Commentary
Nicole Hemmer

On the eve of the midterm elections, the American economy is humming. Another quarter-million jobs in October have pushed unemployment down to 3.7 per cent, and, for the first time in a long...

5 November 2018
 
Commentary
Brendon O'Connor, Dan Dixon

From afar, the US midterm elections might seem to be all about Donald Trump, and there is some truth to this. The man, as has been the case for some years now, is...

5 November 2018
 
Commentary
Bruce Wolpe

The capital is eerily quiet – has been all week. No traffic, light activity on the streets, hill staff out in their districts working campaigns, lobbyists doing the same for members they want...

5 November 2018
 
Explainer
Simon Jackman

Virtually every politically relevant, leading indicator points to the Democrats winning a majority of seats in the US House of Representatives on November 6. Public opinion polls have long suggested an 8-9 point...

5 November 2018
 
Explainer
Zoe Meers, Andrew Herrmann

In the lead up to the US midterm elections, political campaigns across the nation focus their efforts on ensuring supporters show up at the ballot box on November 6.

In the United States...

2 November 2018
 
Commentary
Mats de Rooij

Europe is starting to do what the United States has long wanted. It’s just not doing it the way the United States wants.

Following decades of US military presence in Europe, US tolerance of overseas...

31 October 2018
 
Polling and public opinion
Simon Jackman, Shaun Ratcliff

Trump, healthcare, immigration and partisanship are the most important issues for Americans going into the November midterm elections. The latest results from a survey of 1,218 respondents fielded in the US by the...

30 October 2018
 
Commentary
Bruce Wolpe

Until Friday, Trump felt he was on the verge of pulling off another stupendous upset – keeping both the House and Senate in Republican hands – and therefore banking, once again, what the...

29 October 2018
 
Commentary
John Lee

Dr John Lee writes for CNN that the US was right to pull out of the INF, but not because of Russia. He says it is further indication that America will no longer...

23 October 2018