Publications

Religious Persecution and Political Order in the United States

4 January 2016

Religious freedom is a foundational value of the United States, but not all religious minorities have been shielded from religious persecution in America. This book by USSC academic Dr David Smith examines why the state has acted to protect some religious minorities while allowing others to be persecuted or actively persecuting them.  Read more

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Vietnam and the United States: an emerging security partnership

1 December 2015

In a new report released by the US Studies Centre, Bill Hayton reviews Vietnam's foreign policy as it cements itself as an emerging leader in South-East Asia. Hayton looks at Vietnam's attitudes towards its northern neighbour China and its efforts to revitalise the relationship with the US, despite a wariness to be dragged into entanglements that might threaten its independence. Read report

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Admiration, ambivalence, antipathy: the past and future for US–China relations

30 November 2015

The Handbook of the Politics of China is a comprehensive resource on the latest research on Chinese politics. US Studies Centre visiting professor Dr Bates Gill contributed the chapter "Admiration, ambivalence, antipathy: the past and future for US–China relations" to this new publication edited by David S.G. Goodman. Visit publisher's website

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4 per 1000 - Soil carbon to mitigate climate change

25 November 2015

Andrea Koch, Alex McBratney and Budiman Minasny investigate the viability of a call by the French Government in the lead up to COP21 to increase carbon in the global soil stock by 4 per cent per annum, based on Australia’s world leading regulatory approach to carbon farming. Read article

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Indonesia: Balancing the United States and China, aiming for independence

24 November 2015

In this report, Dr Natasha Hamilton-Hart and Dr Dave McRae review Indonesia's foreign policy as it seeks to pursue enhanced bilateral ties with both the United States and China. Hamilton-Hart and McRae look at Indonesia's foreign policy, how the middle power has reacted to the rise of China and the country's emphasis on strong regional infrastructure. Read report

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Myanmar and the United States: Prospects for a limited security partnership

11 November 2015

In this US Studies Centre report Jürgen Haacke reviews opportunities to strengthen security-related ties between Myanmar and the United States. Haacke examines developments in Myanmar–US relations under President U Thein Sein and the Obama administration since 2011 and Myanmar's efforts to improve bilateral relations with a range of international and regional powers. Read report

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Doing Ourselves Wrong: The Prices Women (and The World) Pay For Our Silent Leadership

17 September 2015

The first report produced as part of the W21 History Collection, authored by lecturer in US history at Penn State Abington and 2015 Centre visiting fellow Sharon Holt. Using historical examples from an exceptionally pro-woman Quaker community in Maryland, this essay examines how the epithet “public woman”, accompanied by threats of retaliation and scorn, silenced and discouraged women from assuming strong leadership positions. The essay argues that creating gender balance in public leadership requires creating a public realm in which women leaders are highly visible, not isolated, and not endangered. Read report

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American foreign policy ideology and the rule of international law: Contesting power through the International Criminal Court

9 September 2015

American engagement with international law (IL) is regularly criticised as fraught with contradiction and distorted by beliefs in “exceptionalism.” That raises a puzzling question: Why is American international legal policy framed by commitment to the “rule of IL” when this systematically provides a benchmark for challenging the legitimacy of American global power? This thesis by Malcolm Jorgensen argues that the very meaning of the rule of IL is contested according to competing foreign policy ideologies: between American policymakers and their global counterparts, and among American policymakers themselves. Read thesis

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Low Carbon Transport on the Move Conference Report

20 August 2015

Hosted by the US Studies Centre in partnership with the NSW Government, the conference brought together experts from the US and Australia from the military, business, government and the scientific communities to address the progress being made towards delivering sustainable alternatives to fossil fuels to the transportation market. Read report

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Beyond food - the rise of the bioeconomy

31 July 2015

Director of the US Studies Centre's Alternative Transport Fuels Initiative Dr Susan Pond contributed a short article for a report on Australia’s Agricultural Future by the Australian Council of Learned Academies. Pond wrote about the increasingly important role of agriculture for the production of building blocks for renewable chemicals, materials and fuels. Read article

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