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.

 
 
Kim Hoggard

In a highly anticipated announcement this week, US Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden is expected to declare which woman will be his running mate for November's presidential election.

This choice is historic. Given...

3 August 2020
 
Ashley Townshend, Brendan Thomas-Noone

Amid the pandemic and intensifying strategic competition, the Australia-US alliance is working to adapt to myriad Indo-Pacific challenges and provide critical health security and defence support to our partners.

That’s the key message...

30 July 2020
 
David Uren

The idea that Australia faces a tension between its security alliance with the United States and its economic relationship with China overlooks the importance of its economic relationship with the United States.

While...

29 July 2020
 
Ashley Townshend

Canberra, like Washington, is moving to adopt a more active role in deterring and pushing back against China’s coercive statecraft in the Indo-Pacific. But the two countries are not symmetrically aligned on all...

29 July 2020
 
John Lee

Australian Foreign Minister Marise Payne and Defense Minister Linda Reynolds will meet their American counterparts Tuesday in Washington for annual meetings known as AUSMIN. Then they will fly home to Australia and quarantine...

29 July 2020
 
Elliott Brennan

The long, harrowing spotlight on policing in the United States is now shining on Portland, Oregon. In the past fortnight, camouflage-clad and unidentified federal officers deployed by the US Department of Homeland Security...

27 July 2020
 
Bruce Wolpe

The Democratic National Convention is approaching — in virtual form — and Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden will present his pick for vice president to the delegates for their affirmation.

In 2008, then-Senator...

27 July 2020
 
Ashley Townshend

The 30th round of the annual Australia-United States Ministerial Consultations (AUSMIN) will take place in Washington, DC on Tuesday amid immense global disruption and domestic strain accelerated by the spread of COVID-19. Our...

24 July 2020
 
Zack Cooper, Charles Edel

At the beginning of July, Australia’s Prime Minister Scott Morrison declared that “our region is in the midst of the most consequential strategic realignment since the Second World War.” He wrote that in...

22 July 2020
 
Simon Jackman

A narrative about our economic reliance on China is a mainstay of the Australian national conversation. This not just an elite perspective. Public opinion research by the US Studies Centre reveals that an...

20 July 2020
 
Bruce Wolpe

Simon & Schuster, publisher of the memoir of Mary Trump, niece of President Donald Trump, and her account of family history and associated crimes, abuses, losses and pain, is thrilled with the book's...

20 July 2020
 
John Lee

My first and only interview with the state-owned Global Times newspaper took place in May 2010. I argued China was probably the loneliest rising power in modern history — no real allies, few...

17 July 2020
 
Stephen Loosley

Governor Nelson A. Rockefeller of New York moved to the lectern. It was the Cow Palace in San Francisco in the summer of 1964 and the event was the Republican National Convention. Rockefeller...

16 July 2020
 
David Uren

The United States Studies Centre produced a landmark study of the US-Australia investment relationship three years ago, roughly a decade on from the global financial crisis. Now, in the midst of a worldwide...

16 July 2020
 
Rodney Taveira

Dave Chappelle’s latest special, 8:46, was released via YouTube less than two weeks after George Floyd was killed. Held outdoors, with socially-distanced seating and an audience wearing “Chappelle”-branded face masks, it was...

15 July 2020
 
Stephen Loosley

William Henry Harrison is largely remembered for one fact in his presidential career. Elected in November 1840, at the age of 68, Harrison is the shortest-serving US president, holding office for only 31...

14 July 2020
 
Brendon O'Connor

Curtis Sittenfeld has a knack of putting her readers in uncomfortable places in her fiction. In her short story “Gender Studies” she puts you in the middle of a hotel tryst between a...

14 July 2020
 
Bruce Wolpe

Why wait for the October Surprise to upend the US presidential election? Why not one in July? Why not the retirement of Justice Clarence Thomas? There are rumours — and denials — swirling...

14 July 2020
 
Brendon O'Connor

The great American historian Richard Hofstadter described Franklin Delano Roosevelt's New Deal as having a "social democratic tinge". However, since Roosevelt's presidency in the 1930s and early 1940s, social democratic ideas have struggled...

13 July 2020
 
Ashley Townshend

In the latest edition of Australian Foreign Affairs, Director of Foreign Policy and defence Ashley Townshend argues that likeminded nations need to transition from living under the protection of America’s security umbrella to...

13 July 2020