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David Smith

On October 14, Donald Trump held a rally attended by several thousand in Iowa, despite White House guidelines that gatherings in the state should be limited to 25. Trump visited Iowa numerous times...

21 October 2020
Bruce Wolpe

Let us suppose the Washington groupthink on the 2020 election – that US President Trump is cooked – is wrong. And Donald Trump wins a second term.

The belief that Trump may well...

19 October 2020
Charles Edel

USSC senior fellow Charles Edel and adjunct senior fellow at the Center for a New American Security (CNAS) Siddharth Mohandas write that even though US allies in the Indo-Pacific are essential to meeting...

16 October 2020
David Uren

While China is tightening its coercive campaign against Australia, now targeting the coal industry, its ambassador to the United Nations, Zhang Jun, last week led a protest of 26 nations against economic coercion...

15 October 2020
James Curran

Occasionally the mask of American officialdom drops to reveal what it really thinks of Australia.

During a discussion in Washington some years ago with Zbigniew Brzezinski, the former National Security Adviser to president...

11 October 2020
Elliott Brennan

The foiled plot by right-wing domestic terrorists to kidnap one of the United States’ most prominent governors should sound an alert for Australia. After months of crises, the tearing apart of America's social...

9 October 2020
Lesley Russell

The prevailing wisdom says that vice-presidential debates are merely sideshows to the presidential campaign and the face-to-face encounters between the two presidential candidates. People vote for the first name on the ticket, rarely...

8 October 2020
Bruce Wolpe

The President is on steroids, but we are way beyond mere October Surprises. No, America is now into shock therapy to jolt American voters into retiring Trump – and the lightning bolts keep...

8 October 2020
Jared Mondschein

In many ways, a vice president’s most important constitutional duty is simply to stay alive. Beyond breaking ties in the US Senate, the vice president essentially has no real constitutional duties beyond replacing...

7 October 2020
Brendon O'Connor, Daniel Cooper

As the 2020 US presidential election draws near, close to 209,000 Americans have died from COVID-19 and over 7.3 million have tested positive to the virus, including President Donald Trump.

The announcement of...

4 October 2020
Bruce Wolpe

It was the same shock as when US president Ronald Reagan was shot in March 1981: "Oh my God, it's the president, is he going to be OK? Who is in charge in...

3 October 2020
Bruce Wolpe

Ninety minutes is a lifetime in politics these days – and Wednesday's reality TV show let us know that it was 90 minutes of our lifetimes we will never get back. A horrible...

1 October 2020
Simon Jackman, Shaun Ratcliff, Andrea Carson, Leah Ruppanner

The United States Studies Centre, La Trobe University, the University of Melbourne Policy Lab and YouGov polled 1,060 Americans and 1,375 Australians to find out who was trusted most as a source of...

30 September 2020
Fiona Cunningham

The United States and China are entering into a period of intense strategic competition. Canberra has responded, in part, by increasing its security cooperation with Washington and other powers in an effort to...

29 September 2020
James Curran

It is now an article of faith that coronavirus has intensified existing strategic trends in world politics.

Chief among these has been the "return" of nationalism.

The globe’s most urgent issue is being...

28 September 2020
Stephen Loosley

Bob Woodward’s new book, Rage, is based on 18 taped interviews with US President Donald Trump, totalling nine hours and 41 minutes. In one of them, the author talks in terms of writing...

25 September 2020
Bruce Wolpe

Two years ago, Bob Woodward captured President Donald Trump revelling in a paroxysm of fear. ‘‘Real power is – I don’t even want to use the word – fear,’’ and that became the...

21 September 2020
Bruce Wolpe

Ruth Bader Ginsburg, one of the most respected and revered US Supreme Court justices in recent decades, has died, leaving an immense void in the lives of untold millions of Americans who were...

21 September 2020
Jared Mondschein

As the two sides in US politics begin jockeying for position following the passing of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, the similarities to the 2016 presidential election are striking.

That year, the...

20 September 2020
James Curran

Now that the Australia-China relationship has hit a new low, the timing is right for charting a way out of the current impasse.

Australia’s post-pandemic economic recovery over the next generation – not...

17 September 2020