Centre Reports

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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