Publications

Australia, India and the United States: The Challenge of Forging New Alignments in the Indo-Pacific

25 August 2016

Australia should lead in creating a strong partnership with India that complements our core alliance with the United States, according to a new report written by David Brewster for the United States Studies Centre at the University of Sydney. Read report

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The Dynamics of US-China-Southeast Asia Relations

22 June 2016

This new US Studies Centre report by Dr Bates Gill, Dr Evelyn Goh and Dr Chin-Hao Huang provides an in-depth assessment of the emerging and increasingly competitive strategic dynamic amongst the United States, China and Southeast Asia, and provides recommendations for the incoming US administration and Congress. This study builds on earlier research released by the USSC and is the culmination of the two-year project, Emerging US Security Partnerships in Southeast Asia, funded by the MacArthur Foundation. Read report

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Firing Line: Australia's Path to War

20 June 2016

The United States Studies Centre's James Brown is the author of Quarterly Essay 62, looking to history, strategy and his own experience to explore these questions. He examines the legacy of the Iraq War and argues that it has prevented a clear view of Australia’s future conflicts. He looks at how we plug into US military strategy, now that American troops are based in Darwin. And he examines the extraordinary concentration of war powers in the hands of the Prime Minister – and how this might go wrong. Read essay

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The Asian Research Network: Survey on America's role in the Asia-Pacific

8 June 2016

This landmark report by the United States Studies Centre at the University of Sydney analyses the data of an extensive five-country survey on attitudes towards America, China, Australia, and other major regional actors in the Asia-Pacific. The report reveals a complex picture of public attitudes in Australia, China, Indonesia, Japan, and South Korea on issues of trade, the US-China relationship, the likelihood of conflict in the region, the Trans-Pacific Partnership, and how each country views its neighbours. Read report

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‘If we had more like her we would no longer be the unheard majority’: Germaine Greer’s reception in the United States

3 June 2016

This article by Centre lecturer Dr Rebecca Sheehan published in Australian Feminist Studies examines Germaine Greer’s reception in the United States in 1971, the year that The Female Eunuch was first published there. Using hundreds of previously unexamined letters sent by television viewers after she hosted The Dick Cavett Show, the article explores the impact of Greer’s media engagement and the overwhelmingly positive reception she received from this particular audience. Link to article

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A Patriarchy of Pain: Nam Le, Don DeLillo, and the Hierarchical Cosmopolitanism of Contemporary Fiction

3 June 2016

This essay by Centre lecturer Dr Rodney Taveira examines the loop of contemporary American literary production and reception. Firstly, Taveira reads Nam Le's 'Meeting Elise,' from The Boat (2008), Le's much-awarded collection of short stories set across the globe, alongside Don DeLillo's Cosmopolis (2003), a novel that depicts the daylong journey in a limousine of a billionaire currency trader down New York's 47th St. Secondly, Taveira compares Le's and DeLillo's different cosmopolitanisms against the cosmopolitan scene of New York City book reviews. Link to article

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The US and China: a mature and interdependent relationship

10 May 2016

Despite dire predictions by some experts, the United States and China are not on a collision course according to this report by visiting professor Linda Jakobson. Professor Jakobson's report emphasises that while the US-China relationship is politically mature and based on deep interdependence, leadership matters. The United States and China have a strong record in skilfully managing crises but the risk of an incident at sea or in the air between the countries’ militaries is real and needs to be taken seriously. Read report

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Future challenges for Australia's alliance with the United States

18 April 2016

The United States alliance has been, is, and will remain, the centrepiece of Australian foreign policy for the foreseeable future. But it will change. Why? An edited version of research associate Tom Switzer's address to the the Royal United Services Institute on 23 February 2016.  Read online

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US Foundation Funding in Australia

4 April 2016

This report, conducted by Foundation Center with the collaboration of the United States Studies Centre at the University of Sydney and Philanthropy Australia, takes an in-depth look at the considerable contributions US foundations make to charitable causes in Australia, including amounts given, funding sources and recipients. It also highlights the benefits of increasing the transparency and openness of Australian philanthropy, thereby increasing its effectiveness. Read online

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Australia and the US Asian alliance network

15 March 2016

In this US Studies Centre report, Elsina Wainwright looks at the role of the US-Australia alliance in the rapidly changing Indo-Asia-Pacific region. Wainwright recommends that ANZUS becomes more enmeshed in the network of regional relationships and institutions, that Canberra be more assertive in Washington on engagement with China and that the Australian Treasurer and US Treasury Secretary be included in AUSMIN meetings. Read report

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