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Zack Cooper, Ashley Feng, Darren Lim

On September 1, 1951, Australia and the United States became formal allies. Seventy years later, they have built one of the world’s closest military alliances, with leaders from both countries often noting their...

2 September 2021
Ashley Townshend, Tom Corben, Toby Warden, Susannah Patton

In his first major foreign policy speech in February 2021, President Joe Biden vowed “America is back,” setting out a plan to correct the course of its role in the world.1 But in...

27 August 2021
Stephen Kirchner

The Australia-US bilateral investment relationship has traditionally been Australia’s single most important source of foreign financing for domestic investment and economic growth. The relationship provides Australian borrowers with access to the world’s deepest...

5 July 2021
Stephen Kirchner

Australia’s regulation of inward foreign direct investment (FDI) has often drawn criticism for creating uncertainty for foreign investors, as well as for Australians looking to sell their assets to foreigners. Much of this...

16 April 2021

Australia’s long-standing strategic relationship with the United States is transforming in response to the geostrategic change in the Indo-Pacific and a fractious debate in the United States about its role in the world...

16 March 2021
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

Every US general election carries implications for Australia. But as they say: this time, it’s different. To most casual observers, the trajectories of the United States under a second Trump administration or a...

27 October 2020
Jared Mondschein

The exact future of the global economy is uncertain, but its direction is clear: services will become more valuable, the creation of value will be tied to knowledge-intensive and automated processes and skills...

20 August 2020

This collection of short essays by USSC scholars and experts covers the broad array of policy positions a prospective Biden or second Trump administration could take and the impact for Australia with a strong consensus that even after the...

12 August 2020
David Uren

The United States Studies Centre produced a landmark study of the US-Australia investment relationship three years ago, roughly a decade on from the global financial crisis. Now, in the midst of a worldwide...

16 July 2020
Ashley Townshend, Brendan Thomas-Noone, Jeffrey Wilson, Claire McFarland, Matilda Steward

The 30th round of the Australia-United States Ministerial Consultations will soon take place amid immense global disruption and unprecedented domestic pressures accelerated by the spread of SARS-CoV-2 (also known as coronavirus or COVID-19)...

23 June 2020
Brendan Thomas-Noone

Technology is the defining element of the United States’ growing strategic competition with China which Donald Trump first announced in 2017. The slow disentangling of technological integration between the United States and China...

16 June 2020
Stephen Kirchner

The COVID-19 pandemic is a significant de-globalisation shock at a time when globalisation was already under challenge from President Trump’s trade war. Post-pandemic public policy responses can either compound or alleviate this shock.

4 June 2020
Elliott Brennan

Protest is a defining characteristic of American society. The Boston Tea Party, the subsequent Revolutionary War and the splintering Civil War all bear the hallmarks of a national spirit of protest. The First...

26 May 2020
John Lee

This report argues that lowering reliance on China as the central hub for the manufacture of parts and assembly of products for many traditional and current generation merchandise products will be difficult or...

4 May 2020
Claire McFarland, Don Scott-Kemmis

In times of economic crisis, the resilience of business is tested, often in unprecedented ways. There are always winners and losers. Right now, the United States is headed for astonishing levels of unemployment...

30 April 2020
Stephen Kirchner

Australia once enjoyed the highest standard of living and world-beating productivity well in excess of the United States, but a disastrous inward turn around the time of Federation in 1901, followed by a...

16 April 2020
Ashley Townshend, David Santoro

In an increasingly contested Indo-Pacific, the United States, Australia and their regional allies and partners face a myriad of strategic challenges that cut across every level of the competitive space. Driven by China’s...

2 April 2020
Jim Orchard

The climate and decarbonisation policies of leading Democratic presidential candidates suggests the party has become more aligned and more progressive on this topic since the end of the Obama administration.

3 March 2020
Jared Mondschein, Zoe Meers, Spencer Maughan, Elliott Brennan

This report looks at LinkedIn connections between start-ups, start-up founders, and venture capital firms in Australia, New Zealand and the United States as proxies for social network connections. The focus is limited to...

17 February 2020