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.

 
 
Commentary
Brendan Thomas-Noone

“I will accept nothing less for our nation than the most effective, cutting-edge missile defence systems,” President Trump said at the Pentagon last week. He was there to launch the Missile Defense Review...

23 January 2019
 
Brief
Bruce Wolpe

The US government may still be partially shutdown, but the 116th Congress has duly convened and Democrats are wasting no time with their new-found control of the House of Representatives and its powerful committees...

17 January 2019
 
Explainer
Elliott Brennan

The 'State of the Union' refers to the constitutionally mandated duty of the US president to keep the House of Representatitves and Senate abreast of the current conditions of the United States and...

14 January 2019
 
Explainer
Charles Edel, Bruce Wolpe

The US Senate has two more sittings this week: on New Year’s Eve (US time) and on Thursday, January 2, which is the last sitting day of the 115th Congress. In those sessions...

31 December 2018
 
Commentary
John Lee

Non-resident senior fellow John Lee writes for The National Interest about how the nature of Chinese and US strategy means that ASEAN has to make a clear choice for one or the other.

19 December 2018
 
Report
Don Scott-Kemmis

In an era of rapid and potentially disruptive change, an economy’s capacity to develop new enterprises and areas of specialisation is increasingly important. Given that innovation and entrepreneurship are so essential, what roles...

19 December 2018
 
Commentary
Ashley Townshend, Madelyn Creedon

Australian political leaders are under growing pressure to sign a new Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons.

It will be high on the agenda at the ALP national conference, since 78 per...

18 December 2018
 
Polling and public opinion
Simon Jackman, Shaun Ratcliff

In early October the United States Studies Centre and YouGov polled 1,218 respondents in the United States and 1,039 in Australia to learn what voters in these two countries thought about key issues...

14 December 2018
 
Commentary
Simon Jackman

Australia and the United States have a lot in common: liberal, democratic institutions; advanced technology; largely open economies; growing populations; infrastructure needs; and above all, abundant energy resources.

But new research published by...

12 December 2018
 
Report
Alex Robson

Why is US energy so inexpensive? Why is its electricity more reliable and pricing more transparent than Australia’s? Why are its carbon emissions declining faster relative to Australia? In this report we answer...

12 December 2018
 
Commentary
Charles Edel

Senior fellow Charles Edel looks back at Czeslaw Milosz' 1951 The Captive Mind for The Washington Post and examines the relevance of his account of the slide into authoritarianism that occurred in Poland...

10 December 2018
 
Commentary
Stephen Kirchner

The meeting between the US and Chinese presidents stole the headlines coming out of the G20 leaders’ meeting in Buenos Aires. Almost unreported was the failure of the Brisbane Action Plan that was...

6 December 2018
 
Commentary
John Lee

Non-resident senior fellow John Lee spoke to CNN about the the meeting between Donald Trump and Xi Jingping on the sidelines of the G20 Summit in Argentina where it was agreed to place...

5 December 2018
 
Commentary
Bruce Wolpe

This week, Washington is funereal. Today, the city halts, the National Cathedral in repose as a pulpit of mourning. Partisanship ebbs from Capitol Hill. A White House muted. These are the traditions, pageantry...

5 December 2018
 
Commentary
Nicole Hemmer

It’s not unusual for most of us to find ourselves at the end of the year with a little less money in our accounts than we had hoped. But for the National Rifle...

5 December 2018
 
Commentary
Charles Edel

Talks between US President Donald Trump and Chinese President Xi Jinping at the G20 summit in Buenos Aires concluded on Saturday night with applause, but no joint statement.

Chinese state television announced that...

3 December 2018
 
Commentary
John Barron

George HW Bush may have been the most underrated US president since Harry Truman, and like the haberdasher from Missouri, probably deserves to be elevated in the judgement of history beyond contemporary assessment...

3 December 2018
 
Commentary
Madelyn Creedon

Alliance 21 Fellow Madelyn Creedon spoke to Lisa Murray from The Australian Financial Review about the potential for the world to slide into a new nuclear arms race.

3 December 2018
 
Commentary
Stephen Kirchner

The World Trade Organization (WTO) last week agreed to investigate the United States’ tariffs on steel and aluminium in response to complaints from seven affected members, as well as US complaints against their...

28 November 2018
 
Commentary
Bruce Wolpe

An American president, in his first term, was crystal clear about how he saw America's strategic interests in selling arms to Saudi Arabia: ''I am convinced that providing Saudi Arabia with this equipment...

27 November 2018