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.


Filtered by: Commentary

Stephen Kirchner

Predictions of the US dollar’s demise are a recurring staple of financial market commentary. The equally routine failure of these predictions reflects widespread misunderstanding of the sources of the US dollar’s role in...

9 January 2020
Bruce Wolpe

Iran has broken an American president before. In 1979, Iranians under the aegis of the supreme leader Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini stormed the US embassy in Tehran, taking 52 diplomats hostage.

All of president...

6 January 2020
Remy Hammes

In the 19th century, North American settlers pushed the American Frontier westward by forming collaborative caravans, which provided safety and mutual support during their journeys, ultimately allowing them to collectively reap the benefits...

5 January 2020
Shaun Ratcliff, Zoe Meers

Since the 1990s, violent crimes and homicides have declined substantially in the United States. However, mass shootings have defied this trend.

In 2019, there has been more than one mass shooting per day...

31 December 2019
Brendan Thomas-Noone

Research Fellow for the Foreign Policy and Defence Program Brendan Thomas-Noone wrote an article for Breaking Defense about changing how updating the International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR) for US allies could help...

29 December 2019
John Lee, Rebeccah Heinrichs

North Korea’s Kim Jong-un has given President Trump an ultimatum: Come up with a deal by the end of this year that includes the relaxation of sanctions or we will resume testing nuclear...

23 December 2019
Jared Mondschein

According to United States Studies Centre research published this week, Australians who voted for the Coalition in 2019 have far more ideological overlap with Americans who voted for Hillary Clinton in 2016 than...

20 December 2019
Brendon O'Connor, Daniel Cooper

The US House of Representatives has voted to impeach President Donald Trump, making him the third president in the history of the United States to be impeached.

Last week, the House Judiciary Committee...

19 December 2019
Simon Jackman

US President Donald Trump's impeachment will pose no significant threat to his presidency.

Despite never being impeached, Richard Nixon nonetheless remains the sole example of an American president being forced from office by...

18 December 2019
Stephen Kirchner

American and Chinese negotiators have reached an in-principle "phase one" trade deal that will be signed in early January. The deal offers some relief from US tariffs in exchange for increased Chinese purchases...

16 December 2019
Charles Edel

Senior Fellow Charles Edel expands on his essay in Impeachment: The insiders' guide for Lawfare. He examines the greater history of impeachment, how the framers of the Constitution intended it, and the...

12 December 2019
David Uren

Chinese and European aspirations to weaken the dominance of the US dollar as the global currency of choice have come to naught, with the latest global survey showing the greenback is on one...

10 December 2019
Gorana Grgic

Since the election of Donald Trump as US president, NATO summits have assumed a somewhat familiar template – a growing discord among the allies, compounded with the drama and theatrics at the margins...

9 December 2019
Bruce Wolpe

As if we need to witness the lesson once again, politics can be harsh and cruel. A candidacy that began with such promise in Oakland California barely 11 months ago with 20,000 people...

4 December 2019
David Uren

In principle, its the perfect match. The US military has a great need for critical minerals and is concerned that too many of its supplies are sourced from China and Russia. Australia has...

28 November 2019
Stephen Kirchner

Last night, in a much-anticipated speech broadcast live on the Reserve Bank’s website, Governor Phil Lowe laid out in very clear terms the circumstances in which the bank would resort to quantitative easing...

27 November 2019
Bruce Wolpe

It has been clear for some time that the House Intelligence Committee will recommend at least two articles of impeachment against President Trump: 

For bribery and abuse of power, in terms of Trump’s...
20 November 2019
Stephan Frühling, Andrew O'Neil, David Santoro

Speaking at the Hudson Institute in Washington two weeks ago, Defence Minister Linda Reynolds affirmed Australia’s readiness to play a more active role in supporting US deterrence in the Indo-Pacific. Her remarks come...

15 November 2019
Bruce Wolpe

Michael Bloomberg has two dominant obsessions: defeating Donald Trump and becoming the 46th president. He will not head the effort to attain either.

13 November 2019
Charles Edel

However much countries worry about Donald Trump's erratic White House, the more pressing question is how to deal with a rising and increasingly assertive China.

8 November 2019