Centre Reports

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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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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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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