Publications

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Brief
Rodger Shanahan, John Blaxland

Rodger Shanahan and John Blaxland argue whether Australia should maintain military operations in the Arabian Peninsula or focus on threats closer to home.

16 November 2017
 
Brief
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
 
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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
 
Brief
Gorana Grgic, R. Craig Nation

In the latest instalment of the Centre's debate series, Gorana Grgic and R. Craig Nation go head to head over whether Russia is a threat or a distraction to the United States.

10 October 2017
 
Brief
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
 
Brief
Jared Mondschein, James Laurenceson

In the first instalment of the Centre's new debate series, James Laurenceson and Jared Mondschein go head to head over who is Australia's most important economic partner, the United States or China?

29 August 2017
 
Brief
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
 
Brief
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
 
Brief
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
 
Brief
Dougal Robinson

Rex Tillerson will approach foreign policy very differently to US President Donald Trump. While Trump’s guiding principle is ‘America First’, Tillerson espouses an assertive vision of US global leadership. Unlike Trump, Tillerson believes...

24 January 2017
 
Brief
Ashley Townshend

President Donald Trump has hinted at a more muscular US foreign policy in the Asia-Pacific. In tweets and speeches since the election, he has adopted a hard-line on China’s island-building in the South...

24 January 2017
 
Brief
Brendan Thomas-Noone

The nomination of General James N. Mattis to the position of Secretary of Defense in the Trump Administration is a reassuring sign for many allies of the United States, as well as those...

24 January 2017
 
Brief
Tim Stephens

In October, 25 governments, including Australia and the United States, established the world’s largest Marine Protected Area (MPA) in the Ross Sea in Antarctica. The US Secretary of State John Kerry, who played...

6 December 2016
 
Brief
David Smith, James Brown, Ashley Townshend

Australians should be attuned to how the debates between American presidential candidates may shape the foreign and defence policies of the next US President and a new US administration in 2017. Five months...

30 September 2015
 
Brief
Andrew Stoler

Together, the United States and Australia are confronting the challenges presented by the “Asian Century.” To ensure these challenges become opportunities for long-term growth, development and prosperity, both the US and Australia must...

30 May 2014
 
Brief
Michael O'Hanlon

In comparison to Cold War norms, the size of current US military forces abroad is currently modest. Recent increases in US capacity in Asia however, are likely to be misinterpreted as either provocative...

28 February 2013
 
Brief
Andrew Davies

The Asia-Pacific is a strategically vital and complex region. As China gradually erodes America’s regional military dominance, the need for US military forces and its allies to work together becomes ever more important...

28 February 2013
 
Brief
Ann Capling

To answer the crucial question of whether the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) is in Australia’s national interests requires a review of its history. With the TPP’s emergence as a largely United States (US)-led initiative...

30 November 2012
 
Brief
Joanna Shelton

The United States must remain an active participant in the global economy, but particularly in the fast-growing and highly populated Asia-Pacific region. As the most ambitious of all US preferential trade agreements to...

30 November 2012
 
Brief
Maryanne Kelton

The AUSFTA was designed to promote both economic and political interests by increasing the investment flows between the two countries and liberalising trade. Nearly a decade after implementation the expansion of both imports...

30 November 2012