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.

 
 
James Brown

The aerial strikes on oil facilities in Saudi Arabia last weekend offer a glimpse of the future of warfare.

The largest disruption of global oil supplies on record wasn’t caused by a bomber...

20 September 2019
 
Stephen Loosley

In the four volumes of his biography of Lyndon Johnson, begun more than four decades ago, and in his earlier masterpiece, The Power Broker: Robert Moses and the Fall of New York...

19 September 2019
 
Gorana Grgic

Bolton’s ouster makes clear the US president’s policy isn’t “America first”, but “Trump first”.

17 September 2019
 
David Smith

Prime Minister Scott Morrison’s official visit to Washington this week carries some prestige. It is just the second “official visit” (including a state dinner) by a foreign leader during the Trump presidency, and...

16 September 2019
 
John Lee

The departure of John Bolton shows precisely why Morrison's state visit to the US matters. In a Trump US, personal relations are paramount and the key to influence.

13 September 2019
 
Dougal Robinson

After decades of centrist foreign policy, the Democratic Party’s platform is getting tougher on China and growing more sceptical of the utility of free trade, high defence­ spending and US leadership in the...

12 September 2019
 
Bruce Wolpe

President Trump is savouring his must-win victory in North Carolina’s 9th congressional district (NC-9). It was a Republican win in a deep Republican state. Trump in 2016 and Mitt Romney in 2012 both...

12 September 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
 
Charles Edel

Around the world, political freedom isn’t just slipping away — it’s getting dragged down by fervent enemies, writes Senior Fellow Charles Edel.

10 September 2019
 
Shaun Ratcliff, Zoe Meers, Elliott Brennan

Polling by the United States Studies Centre shows that current NSW abortion laws are out of step with public opinion. NSW voters are no less likely than those in other states to support...

6 September 2019
 
Jack Brown

The 2020 Democratic primary debates have revived various promises of new government spending and services without mention of how to finance the subsequent deficit.

5 September 2019
 
Freya Zemek

President Trump has every reason to want a resolution to the trade war with China. But the chance of striking a deal by Christmas is more remote than ever. 

3 September 2019
 
Bruce Wolpe

Since the advent in the 1960s of the modern system of party primaries for presidential nominations, no incumbent president seeking re-election has been successful if challenged in the primaries.

30 August 2019
 
Ashley Townshend, Brendan Thomas-Noone, Matilda Steward

The United States is facing a serious crisis of strategic insolvency in which the ends of its expansive strategy for building the liberal order outstrip the budgetary and military means at Washington’s disposal.

30 August 2019
 
John Lee

There is increased appreciation by Prime Minister Scott Morrison and others that the economic tensions between the US and China were not simply driven by an irrational US President. The tariffs may be...

29 August 2019
 
Simon Jackman, Shaun Ratcliff

Only about one in five Australians prefer a second term for the Trump administration. Indeed, fewer than one third of Coalition voters want the president re-elected.

27 August 2019
 
Simon Jackman, Shaun Ratcliff

US President Donald Trump faces re-election in a little over a year in November 2020. Both the Democratic and Republican parties are preparing for their primary elections. These are within-party elections that decide...

27 August 2019
 
John Lee

Pulling out of the intelligence sharing agreement with Japan will only hurt Korea’s security.

22 August 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
 

A keynote address by Peter Varghese AO delivered at the Indo-Pacific Strategic Futures: Dialogue and Simulation dinner at PwC Sydney on 12 August 2019

21 August 2019