Publications

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Commentary
Richard Marles

There is no doubt the aspiration to a world free of nuclear weapons is a good one. For Australia, it’s the right thing to aim for, but it’s also in our national interest...

15 October 2018
 
Book review
Stephen Loosley

In the terminal phase of Richard Nixon’s presidency, in the American summer of 1974, defence secretary James Schlesinger worried that Nixon’s mental decline would lead to a nuclear incident. By this point, secretary...

15 October 2018
 
Commentary
Bruce Wolpe
1. The politics of hurricanes

Hurricanes can also blow ill political winds, as George W. Bush found out with Katrina in 2005. The horrific loss of life, especially in New Orleans, and the...

15 October 2018
 
Commentary
Stephen Kirchner

With the yield on 10-year US Treasury bonds rising to a seven year peak of nearly 3.25 per cent, many bond market bears will be feeling a sense of belated vindication. But the...

15 October 2018
 
Commentary
Charles Edel

Donald Trump's presidency has raised profound questions about the role America will play in the world, and whether his election and his vision of an isolationist America are an anomaly or are indicative...

11 October 2018
 
Commentary
Madelyn Creedon

US Secretary of Defense James Mattis has done an excellent job ensuring congressional support for a much increased defence budget, strengthening alliances, building partnerships and being an inspirational leader for US defence forces. Nevertheless...

11 October 2018
 
Report
Jared Mondschein, Claire McFarland, Zoe Meers, Benjamin Saling, Spencer Maughan, Andrew Herrmann

Innovation in agricultural technologies, or AgTech, is rapidly changing the world’s least digitised industry. Unprecedented global investment in AgTech reflects this growth, having quintupled from 2013 to 2017. This report analyses the volume...

9 October 2018
 
Commentary
Nicole Hemmer

Donald Trump tweeted on Friday that the women protesting about Brett Kavanaugh’s nomination to the Supreme Court were “paid professionals” and “#Troublemakers”. He was echoing a sentiment that has become common in Republican...

8 October 2018
 
Commentary
Bruce Wolpe

Associate Justice Brett Kavanaugh will take his seat on the Supreme Court this week. What started out as a relatively conventional confirmation battle in the style of President Trump’s first successful pick –...

8 October 2018
 
Brief
Charles Edel

Donald Trump’s presidency has raised profound questions about the role the United States will play in world affairs, and whether his election and isolationist vision represents an anomaly or is indicative of deeper...

4 October 2018
 
Commentary
Bruce Wolpe

A week in politics can feel like a lifetime – and last week was no exception. The fierce urgency of Dr Christine Blasey Ford’s testimony to the Senate; the vehemence of Judge Brett...

2 October 2018
 
Commentary
Stephen Kirchner

As the United States and China escalate their trade war, the costs of rising tariff protection loom increasingly large for the world economy. But these costs are just the start of the economic...

30 September 2018
 
Commentary
Ashley Townshend, Matilda Steward

During his bombastic speech at the United Nations, Donald Trump reiterated his "America First" promise to back away from supporting the liberal international order. He rejected "globalism" in favour of "the doctrine of...

27 September 2018
 
Commentary
Nicole Hemmer

Confirmation hearings will begin this week for Brett Kavanaugh, the conservative jurist chosen to replace Justice Anthony Kennedy.

His appointment, would radically alter the composition of the US Supreme Court, shifting it sharply...

24 September 2018
 
Commentary
Bruce Wolpe

As MidtermMatters goes live today, the Senate confirmation of Judge Brett Kavanaugh to sit on the US Supreme Court is as supercharged as you can get – and his prospects will change multiple...

24 September 2018
 
Book review
Bruce Wolpe

After Donald Trump was inaugurated, Washington speculated: Might we see from Bob Woodward, given the volcanic eruption of power and chaos that engulfed Trump from the moment he took the oath of office...

21 September 2018
 
Commentary
John Lee

China takes the long view and is assiduously planning its Great Rejuvenation while democratic governments think only as far as the next election. Chinese leader Xi Jinping is a master strategist who has...

19 September 2018
 
Explainer
Zoe Meers, Matilda Steward

The 2018 midterm elections are a record-breaking year for women in American politics, with more women running for US Congress and state-wide office than any previous election. This year’s wave of women candidates...

19 September 2018
 
Commentary
John Lee

Non-resident senior fellow John Lee argues in this Nikkei Asian Review article that turmoil in Canberra comes at a time when Australia's region needs it to be a democratic leader.

18 September 2018
 
Commentary
Thomas Adams

When the news broke over the weekend of Dr Christine Blasey's accusations of sexual assault against US Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, the immediate reaction was to think back 27 years to the...

18 September 2018