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.

 
 
Polling and public opinion
Simon Jackman, Shaun Ratcliff

Trump, healthcare, immigration and partisanship are the most important issues for Americans going into the November midterm elections. The latest results from a survey of 1,218 respondents fielded in the US by the...

30 October 2018
 
Commentary
Bruce Wolpe

Until Friday, Trump felt he was on the verge of pulling off another stupendous upset – keeping both the House and Senate in Republican hands – and therefore banking, once again, what the...

29 October 2018
 
Commentary
John Lee

Dr John Lee writes for CNN that the US was right to pull out of the INF, but not because of Russia. He says it is further indication that America will no longer...

23 October 2018
 
Commentary
Bruce Wolpe
1. The Russians Are Coming, the Russians Are Coming!

The 1966 Cold War slapstick parody is back – not off the coast of Maine, but on social media platforms and computer screens near...

22 October 2018
 
Commentary
Nicole Hemmer

In two weeks, Americans will go to the polls for the first national election of the Trump era. The midterms will be a pivotal election. As the two major parties grow further apart...

22 October 2018
 
Commentary
John Lee

Common wisdom was that Chinese President Xi Jinping’s ruthlessness, guile and patience would allow him to run rings around Donald Trump.

This is not how it is turning out, according to Vice-President Mike...

18 October 2018
 
Commentary
Charles Edel

The results of the US midterm elections in early November will either validate President Donald Trump's policies or provide a check on them, but the direction of American foreign policy will only partially...

18 October 2018
 
The Debate Papers
Madelyn Creedon, Malcolm Davis

During a meeting of the National Space Council in June, President Donald Trump announced a new branch of the US armed forces — the United States Space Force. So, is it a good...

18 October 2018
 
Commentary
Benjamin Saling

Agricultural technology, or AgTech, is crucial to the future of Australian agriculture and continued economic prosperity in Australia. AgTech start-ups will create high-skilled jobs across our cities and regions, as new cutting-edge technologies...

17 October 2018
 
Commentary
Stephen Kirchner

With the yield on 10-year US Treasury bonds rising to a seven year peak of nearly 3.25 per cent, many bond market bears will be feeling a sense of belated vindication. But the...

15 October 2018
 
Book review
Stephen Loosley

In the terminal phase of Richard Nixon’s presidency, in the American summer of 1974, defence secretary James Schlesinger worried that Nixon’s mental decline would lead to a nuclear incident. By this point, secretary...

15 October 2018
 
Commentary
John Barron

US President Donald Trump has vowed "severe punishment" if agents of Saudi Arabia's rulers killed Washington Post columnist Jamal Khashoggi.

But what would that punishment look like? Would it involve sanctions, as suggested...

15 October 2018
 
Commentary
Bruce Wolpe
1. The politics of hurricanes

Hurricanes can also blow ill political winds, as George W. Bush found out with Katrina in 2005. The horrific loss of life, especially in New Orleans, and the...

15 October 2018
 
Commentary
Richard Marles

There is no doubt the aspiration to a world free of nuclear weapons is a good one. For Australia, it’s the right thing to aim for, but it’s also in our national interest...

15 October 2018
 
Commentary
Charles Edel

Donald Trump's presidency has raised profound questions about the role America will play in the world, and whether his election and his vision of an isolationist America are an anomaly or are indicative...

11 October 2018
 
Commentary
Madelyn Creedon

US Secretary of Defense James Mattis has done an excellent job ensuring congressional support for a much increased defence budget, strengthening alliances, building partnerships and being an inspirational leader for US defence forces. Nevertheless...

11 October 2018
 
Report
Jared Mondschein, Claire McFarland, Zoe Meers, Benjamin Saling, Spencer Maughan, Andrew Herrmann

Innovation in agricultural technologies, or AgTech, is rapidly changing the world’s least digitised industry. Unprecedented global investment in AgTech reflects this growth, having quintupled from 2013 to 2017. This report analyses the volume...

9 October 2018
 
Commentary
Nicole Hemmer

Donald Trump tweeted on Friday that the women protesting about Brett Kavanaugh’s nomination to the Supreme Court were “paid professionals” and “#Troublemakers”. He was echoing a sentiment that has become common in Republican...

8 October 2018
 
Commentary
Bruce Wolpe

Associate Justice Brett Kavanaugh will take his seat on the Supreme Court this week. What started out as a relatively conventional confirmation battle in the style of President Trump’s first successful pick –...

8 October 2018
 
Brief
Charles Edel

Donald Trump’s presidency has raised profound questions about the role the United States will play in world affairs, and whether his election and isolationist vision represents an anomaly or is indicative of deeper...

4 October 2018