Publications

Australia's post-Trump trade agenda: Making sense of limited options

16 February 2017

A new research brief on US President Donald Trump's trade agenda, its impact on the Asia-Pacific region and Australia's options following the collapse of the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade agreement. Read report

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Global Mattis: The new secretary of defense

24 January 2017

This research brief looks at one of President Donald Trump's major appointments to his new administration — Secretary of Defense James Mattis. USSC research fellow Brendan Thomas-Noone looks at the history of Mattis, areas of agreement and potential friction points with President Trump, and the impact of their potential policy directions for Australia. Read research brief

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Work in progress: Donald Trump’s Asia team

24 January 2017

USSC research fellow Ashley Townshend looks at the officials who'll be responsible for designing and coordinating President Donald Trump's Asia policy. Townshend writes that Trump's Asia team is shaping up to reflect his hawkish stance towards China on trade and security. This is one of three briefs published by the US Studies Centre looking at Trump's new administration. Read research brief

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No puppet: Rex Tillerson as secretary of state

24 January 2017

This research brief looks at one of President Donald Trump's major appointments to his new administration — Secretary of State Rex Tillerson. USSC research fellow Dougal Robinson looks at the history of Tillerson, areas of agreement and potential friction points with President Trump, and the impact of their potential policy directions for Australia. Read research brief

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Australia and the United States in Antarctica: Warm partners on the coldest continent

6 December 2016

Following an historic visit to Antarctica by US Secretary of State John Kerry and ahead of an expected visit by Australia's Environment Minister Josh Frydenberg, a new policy brief released by the US Studies Centre examines the importance of future US Antarctic research and Australia's potential role in its continuation. Read report

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Global Wallace: David Foster Wallace and World Literature

1 December 2016

David Foster Wallace is invariably seen as an emphatically American figure. USSC tutor Lucas Thompson challenges this consensus, arguing that Wallace's investments in various international literary traditions are central to both his artistic practice and his critique of US culture. Thompson shows how, time and again, Wallace's fiction draws on a diverse range of global texts, appropriating various forms of world literature in the attempt to craft fiction that critiques US culture from oblique and unexpected vantage points. Visit publisher's website

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Against complacency: Risks and opportunities for the Australia-US alliance

19 October 2016

Leaders on both sides of the Pacific must address the looming risks to the Australia-US alliance and seize new opportunities to develop the relationship, according to this United States Studies Centre report. Read report

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Women at work: Australia and the United States

5 October 2016

Australia has caught up to — and on some measures surpassed — the United States in female labour force participation and in relation to women's representation in senior and strategic organisational roles, according to a new report released by the United States Studies Centre at the University of Sydney. Read report

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Growing the Australian Innovation Economy

8 September 2016

The USSC's Future Cities Collaborative is pleased to announce the launch of its latest report, Growing the Australian innovation economy, produced in partnership with AECOM. The report is a culmination of the learnings from the United States-Australia City Exchange on Innovation Ecosystems conducted in May, which took Australian city-shapers to San Francisco, Seattle, Boston, New York, and Philadelphia to examine emerging and established innovation ecosystems and economies. Read online

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Dow Sustainability Program: Final Report

1 September 2016

The United States Studies Centre at the University of Sydney, with the support of the Dow Chemical Company, has released the final report from the Dow Sustainability Program. The report draws together the outcomes of this six-year program in five main areas: alternative transport fuels, soil carbon and soil security, sustainable management of surface and groundwater, the water/energy nexus in a carbon-constrained world, and the urban environment. Read report

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