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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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The 'Conspiracy' of Free Trade: The Anglo-American Struggle over Empire and Economic Globalization, 1846-1896

18 February 2016

Following the Second World War, the United States would become the leading 'neoliberal' proponent of international trade liberalisation. Yet for nearly a century before, American foreign trade policy was dominated by extreme economic nationalism. What brought about this pronounced ideological, political, and economic about face? How did it affect Anglo-American imperialism? What were the repercussions for the global capitalist order? In answering these questions, USSC research associate Dr Marc-William Palen offers the first detailed account of the controversial Anglo-American struggle over empire and economic globalisation in the mid- to late-nineteenth century. Link to publisher website

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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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