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Brendan Thomas-Noone

Technology is the defining element of the United States’ growing strategic competition with China which Donald Trump first announced in 2017. The slow disentangling of technological integration between the United States and China...

16 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
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
John Lee

This report argues that lowering reliance on China as the central hub for the manufacture of parts and assembly of products for many traditional and current generation merchandise products will be difficult or...

4 May 2020
Claire McFarland, Don Scott-Kemmis

In times of economic crisis, the resilience of business is tested, often in unprecedented ways. There are always winners and losers. Right now, the United States is headed for astonishing levels of unemployment...

30 April 2020
Stephen Kirchner

Australia once enjoyed the highest standard of living and world-beating productivity well in excess of the United States, but a disastrous inward turn around the time of Federation in 1901, followed by a...

16 April 2020
Ashley Townshend, David Santoro

In an increasingly contested Indo-Pacific, the United States, Australia and their regional allies and partners face a myriad of strategic challenges that cut across every level of the competitive space. Driven by China’s...

2 April 2020
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