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.

 

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Jim Golby

Although the US federal government was slow to mobilise resources to confront the novel coronavirus, President Donald Trump and the Department of Defense on March 17 began taking several significant steps – including...

3 April 2020
 
Lesley Russell

The COVID-19 pandemic sweeping the world brings more than illness, death and economic chaos; it brings existential and ethical dilemmas about how to provide care for the elderly who are most at risk...

25 March 2020
 
Lesley Russell

As the novel coronavirus sweeps around the world, public health systems and political leaders in every country are put to the test – literally in the case of testing capacity and figuratively in...

18 March 2020
 
Bryden Spurling

For those interested in the long-term prosperity and strength of the United States, Australia and their like-minded partners, and in the success of democracy as a model, current trends should be of serious...

3 February 2020
 
Stephan Frühling, Andrew O'Neil, David Santoro

In August 2019, the United States withdrew from the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty, paving the way for development of longer-range conventional and, possibly later, nuclear cruise and ballistic missiles that could target...

7 November 2019
 
Leigh Dayton

The Australian Research Council’s research in Bionic Vision Science and Technology initiative — the so-called bionic eye initiative — offers a productive way to explore the barriers to successful innovation in Australia. It...

24 July 2019
 
Lindsay Gorman

As artificial intelligence (AI) and robotics technologies progress, the increasing autonomy of unmanned military systems will drive new operational concepts with the potential to transform modern war. The Indo-Pacific’s contested littoral sandboxes and...

25 March 2019
 
Dougal Robinson

The US Congress plays an important albeit limited and context-dependent role shaping US foreign policy in Asia. During President Donald Trump’s first two years in office, the Republican-majority Congress appropriated two major increases...

7 March 2019
 
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
 
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
 
Sarah Nolet

Barriers exist in Australia that are limiting the development and the widespread diffusion of digital agriculture technologies, and therefore the maturation of the sector. Overcoming these barriers by bridging the disconnect of expectations...

16 August 2018
 
Sarah Graham

Partisanship has become the dominant driver of social and political conflict in the United States and state-federal relations are increasingly conducted in the same vituperative style as Capitol Hill partisanship. This will have...

9 August 2018
 
Elsina Wainwright

For the first 18 months, Donald Trump’s administration has systematically deprioritised human rights — driven largely by the president’s disinterest, ‘America first’ transactionalism, and ‘pattern of appreciation for strongman-type leaders’. This is a...

9 July 2018
 
Dougal Robinson, Matilda Steward

US President Donald Trump’s ability to achieve legislative successes in the two years before the 2020 presidential election will depend in large part on the results of this year’s midterms. On 6 November...

23 March 2018
 
Jeffrey Wilson

A rising anti-globalist current in the United States has fundamentally changed the trade agenda in the Asia-Pacific. Since 2010, competition has been building between two emerging mega-regional trade agreements with different visions about...

2 November 2017
 
Michael J. Biercuk

Australia’s defence innovation community is undergoing a once-in-a-generation reform of its research and development activities, offering a unique opportunity to maximise domestic capabilities. Recent changes[^1] to the Defence Science Technology Group (DSTG) —...

12 October 2017
 
Ashley Townshend, Brendan Thomas-Noone, Dougal Robinson

Washington’s inability to increase the US defence budget is having a serious impact on America’s global strategic presence, according to a new brief by the United States Studies Centre.

22 September 2017
 
Elsina Wainwright

As with much of this highly atypical presidency, the Trump administration’s United Nations (UN) policy is still taking shape. But for the past six months, Ambassador Nikki R. Haley has been a vocal...

3 August 2017
 
Erum Jilani

The Asia-Pacific region is facing a raft of geopolitical challenges. North Korea is ascending the nuclear ladder, China’s influence in Southeast Asia is growing, as is uncertainty about China’s commitment to the international...

22 May 2017
 
Jeffrey Wilson

The Trump Administration has shown a surprising amount of clarity on its intentions for trade policy in the Asia-Pacific. During the presidential campaign, Trump outlined a series of trade initiatives which, in comparison...

16 February 2017