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Brendon O'Connor

Brendon O'Connor

Associate Professor in American Politics at the United States Studies Centre, University of Sydney
Brendon joined the United States Studies Centre in 2009 as Associate Professor in American Politics. He was previously with the Department of Politics and Public Policy at Griffith University.

Brendon was the Australia Scholar at the Woodrow Wilson Centre in Washington DC in 2008 and in 2006 he was a Fulbright Fellow at Georgetown University. He is the editor of seven books on anti-Americanism and has also published articles and books on American welfare policy, presidential politics, US foreign policy, and Australian-American relations. He has taught courses on American domestic politics and foreign affairs, and supervised theses on a variety of topics such as anti-Americanism, neoconservatism, the Iraq War and presidential politics.

US under Trump Series

Donald Trump has become the third president in US history to be impeached

Dec 19, 2019 03:49 am UTC| Insights & Views Politics

The US House of Representatives voted today to impeach President Donald Trump, making him the third president in the history of the United States to be impeached. Last week, the House Judiciary Committee approved two...

Two dozen candidates, one big target: in a crowded Democratic field, who can beat Trump?

Jul 03, 2019 21:01 pm UTC| Insights & Views Politics

An unprecedented 24 Democrats are currently running to be their partys 2020 presidential nominee. Why are so many well-qualified, ambitious and smart people in the race? The answer is Trump. The triumphant Democrat will...

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Economy

CNY unlikely to recover solidly given overnight risk-off sentiment, says Commerzbank

Given the risk-off sentiment overnight, it is hard to expect to see a solid recovery in the Chinese yuan, after the currency touched lower due to somewhat improving virus headlines, according to the latest research report...

PBoC avows more rate cuts to offset coronavirus impact, says ANZ Research

The deputy governor of the Peoples Bank of China (PBoC), Chen Yulu, elaborated on recent monetary policy measures at a press conference held by the State Council on Monday, February 24. He outlined three measures to shore...

Surge in coronavirus cases fuels growth risks in South Korea, says Oxford Economics

The coronavirus outbreak is expected to dampen South Koreas exports and industrial production due to weaker Chinese demand. This is mainly due to the lockdowns in several Chinese cities and delays in economic activity...

Australian ANZ-Roy Morgan consumer confidence declines on weakness in financial conditions

Australias ANZ-Roy Morgan consumer confidence declined 0.7 percent last week, driven lower by weakness in financial conditions. Current finances fell 4 percent compared to the prior week, while future finances declined...

Australian bonds tad up in silent session tracking U.S. Treasuries amid decline in S&P500

Australian bonds remained tad higher on Tuesday tracking a similar movement in the United States Treasuries amid a silent trading session that witnessed data of little economic significance. However, the SP500 index...

Politics

Hillary Clinton recalls ‘very unusual experiences’ while she was still the FLOTUS

Only a handful of people could say what its really like being in the White House. One of these is Hillary Clinton, who became the First Lady of the United States when her husband Bill Clinton became the 42nd president of...

Melania Trump debunks the myth that she isn’t participating enough to her husband’s campaign

Ever since the Trumps won the election in 2016, various claims have been made that Melania Trump was not totally on board with her husbands presidential candidacy. The first lady has since denied those speculations, and...

Everything Ivanka Trump’s husband Jared Kushner does is ‘positive,’ says Indian PM

Jared Kushner, Ivanka Trumps husband and senior advisor to his father-in-law President Donald Trump, has been praised by Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi during their visit to the South Asian country. Indias head of...

Melania Trump mocked on social media after Twitter update about her award

First Lady Melania Trump was announced as the recipient of the Woman of Distinction award at the Palm Beach Atlantic University in Florida. After sharing photos and her thanks to the award-giving body, the internet had...

Donald Trump revelation: Former DOJ prosecutor says attorney general Bill Barr may be stepping down soon

The Department of Justice was under fire in the days leading up to Roger Stones sentencing as attorney general William Bill Barr stepped in to handle the case. However, due to the backlash from the events prior to the...

Science

SpaceX Starlink satellites to take part in US Air Force live-fire exercise

Because of the number of asteroids that have been coming close to the Earth, space agencies all over the world, and particularly in the United States like NASA, have begun developing defenses against otherworldly objects...

Archaeologists find secret chamber behind King Tutankhamun's tomb

King Tutankhamun is one of the most famous Egyptian royalties in history, with his golden tomb making him even more famous after his death. A discovery made by a group of archaeologists reveals that there is more to King...

Buzz Aldrin reveals he had his own moon landing strategy in mind during iconic moon landing mission

Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin are known for being the first two people to ever set foot on the moon following the historic Apollo 11 mission. An old interview back in 2016 reveals that Aldrin had his own ideas as to how...

Asteroids: Study reveals that asteroid collisions can be beneficial for the environment

Asteroid collisions are mainly seen as a cause of concern and understandably so. However, a new study suggests that these space rocks can actually help the environment. Researchers from the University of Tsukuba studied...

Technology

‘The Sims 5’: 3 things to expect from its gameplay features

EA and Maxis are still all-out in pushing for new content and expansions packs for the current installment of their popular life simulation game. However, the rumor mill has been rife with expectations about the release...

Microsoft Surface Book 3 with 32GB of RAM could be announced this Spring

Microsoft will be launching the Surface Book 3 and the Surface Go 2 this coming Spring based on recent reports. There wont be major design changes to the exteriors of both devices, according to Petri. However, buyers can...

‘GTA 6’ news: Rockstar Games job listing spawns speculations that title might already be in its testing phase

At the moment, Rockstar Games has not confirmed that it is working on the GTA 6, the sequel to its highly successful Grand Theft Auto V title. But fans of the franchise are pretty convinced that its only a matter of time...

Sony Xperia 5 Plus launch to push through despite MWC cancellation

The Sony Xperia 5 Plus was expected to be launched at the Mobile World Congress this year. Unfortunately, the event was canceled over fears of the novel coronavirus in Wuhan affecting a lot of planned launches of a handful...
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