Dougal Robinson


Dougal Robinson is a Research Fellow in the Foreign Policy and Defence Program at the United States Studies Centre, where he works on the USA/Australia bilateral relationship, US foreign policy, and the US Congress.

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12 Sep 2019

The Democratic Party is adopting a tougher approach to China and moving left on many issues of great consequence to Australia, including trade and defence spending. This report suggests that Australia will likely face more difficult decisions hedging between Washington and Beijing, regardless of which...

Briefing paper

7 Mar 2019

This paper argues that from Australia’s perspective, the U.S Congress will on some issues be a useful supporter of ‘status quo’ positions and robust U.S engagement and leadership in Asia. On many others, Congress will be slow-moving, infuriating or downright depressing in its impact on...

Briefing paper

23 Mar 2018

Midterm elections are an important indicator of the national political climate that curb or enhance the power of the president’s party in Congress. If Republicans maintain majorities in the House and Senate, they will continue to pursue core policy priorities.

Journal article

5 Dec 2017

This article argues that the Trump Administration adopted a far more positive approach towards Australia in the nine months since the Trump-Turnbull telephone call, partly due to the outpouring of congressional support for Australia in early February.


25 Jul 2017

For Australia to successfully influence the Trump administration, Australian political leaders will need to invest more personal time in Washington with the figures that command the president’s attention

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