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.

 
 
Stephen Kirchner

This report argues that restoring and then exceeding pre-pandemic levels of net overseas migration will be essential to Australia's economic recovery. In the short term, Australia needs to scale up its managed isolation...

16 November 2020
 
Lesley Russell

Tackling the health, economic and social crises wrought by the coronavirus pandemic is the first order of business for US president-elect Joe Biden and his transition team.

Biden this week announced his bipartisan...

12 November 2020
 
Shaun Ratcliff

Since the first person was diagnosed with COVID-19 in the United States, more than 10 million cases have been confirmed and nearly a quarter of a million people with the virus have died.

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11 November 2020
 
Lesley Russell

USSC non-resident fellow Lesley Russell looks at what needs to happen during Joe Biden and Kamala Harris’s journey from election win to the White House in this article published by Inside Story.

10 November 2020
 
Jared Mondschein

A timeless tradition in political journalism is trying to find a narrative that explains an electoral outcome.

A widely accepted narrative to explain Barack Obama’s win over John McCain in 2008 was that...

9 November 2020
 
Gorana Grgic

Throughout the four years of Donald Trump’s presidency, Joe Biden spent significant time reassuring American allies around the world that Trump’s America is not “who we are” and pledging “we’ll be back”.

Now...

9 November 2020
 
James Curran

Joe Biden won more of the popular vote than any previous presidential candidate. An adult will return to the Oval Office.

But the grievances that propelled Trump to power, the forces that almost...

8 November 2020
 
John Lee

The electoral numbers appear to be landing in favour of Joe Biden. But there will be recounts in some states and perhaps the need for definitive adjudication by the US Supreme Court. All...

7 November 2020
 
Ashley Townshend, Brendan Thomas-Noone

Joe Biden’s apparent razor-thin victory over Donald Trump will not elicit the resounding sigh of relief from Australia’s strategic policy community many were expecting. If the opinion polls had been right, the narrative...

6 November 2020
 
Simon Jackman

This presidential election is full of mixed messages, reminding us that the United States is a diverse and divided country.

Turnout was over 67 per cent of eligible voters – the highest in...

6 November 2020
 
Simon Jackman

Long after midnight in the United States, President Donald Trump declared he would ask the Supreme Court to intervene in the 2020 election. As far as he was concerned, he said, he had...

5 November 2020
 
Kim Hoggard

Was Donald Trump the president America “had to have”? Back in 2016, this “outsider”, “anti-politician” and “disrupter” was going to shake up the capital and run roughshod over the “do-nothing” politicians that many...

5 November 2020
 
Kim Hoggard

I Voted! It’s a badge issued after voting in a United States election and in 2020, Americans are acquiring them in historic numbers. Never in the USA has voting been so fraught with...

4 November 2020
 
Bruce Wolpe

American baseball great Frank Robinson got this election night right: "Closeness doesn't count in baseball. Closeness only counts in horseshoes and hand grenades."

Joe Biden was playing hardball – to take out the...

4 November 2020
 
Lesley Russell

The United States has just been through one of the most dramatic of all presidential campaigns against a backdrop of vicious partisanship, growing unrest and a largely uncontrolled pandemic that has killed around...

4 November 2020
 
Elliott Brennan

Truth has been under assault in the United States for longer than Donald Trump has been the in the Oval Office. However, this election campaign has quickened the rate of truth decay to...

3 November 2020
 
Simon Jackman, Shaun Ratcliff

How fair do Americans believe their elections are? Do they think votes are counted properly, or that fraudulent mail-in ballots are cast? Will Americans accept the election outcome if their candidate loses?

There...

3 November 2020
 
Bruce Wolpe

Theodore H. White captured JFK's election day 60 years ago. His The Making of the President 1960 was a breakthrough: the authoritative account from the inside. "It was invisible as always," he wrote...

1 November 2020
 
Simon Jackman, Shaun Ratcliff

New survey data collected by the United States Studies Centre suggests that in virtually every demographic and political group in Australia, the Democratic candidate Joe Biden is overwhelmingly preferred to President Donald Trump.

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31 October 2020
 
John Lee

The common wisdom is that allies, including Australia, will feel much more comfortable if Joe Biden wins the election.

Donald Trump’s important legacy is that countering China is now a bipartisan mindset in...

30 October 2020