Publications

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Commentary
John Barron

In 1990, as America's first lady, Barbara Bush delivered a Commencement Address at the prestigious Wellesley women's college in Massachusetts that experts later voted one of the 50 best political speeches in history.

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18 April 2018
 
Explainer
Elliott Brennan

From the Mexican border wall to refugee swap deals from Manus and Nauru, immigration has been a recurring point of tension during the Trump administration. But debate over a group of between 700,000-800,000...

16 April 2018
 
Commentary
Rodney Taveira

When the first season of Roseanne aired across 1988–89 it was called, by some critics, “slob comedy”. Variety declared that the Conners were “appalling TV role models” in its review of the first...

11 April 2018
 
Commentary
Stephen Kirchner

Donald Trump has proposed an additional $US100 billion ($130.3 billion) in tariffs on Chinese imports, on top of the 25 per cent tariffs on $US50 billion of imports already mooted as retaliation for...

9 April 2018
 
The Debate Papers
Michelle Price, Tom Uren

In the latest instalment of our Debate Papers series, Tom Uren and Michelle Price argue whether Australia has what it takes to be a cyber power.

5 April 2018
 
Commentary
Nicole Hemmer

Spare a thought for Facebook and Twitter, two of the less-recognised casualties of the 2016 election in the United States.

For nearly two years now, they have come under fire for their role...

5 April 2018
 
Commentary
Charles Edel

The United States used to think regularly about the islands of the South Pacific. On her tour of the region in 1943, Eleanor Roosevelt had a message for Americans troops stretched out across the Pacific...

3 April 2018
 
Commentary
Dougal Robinson, Matilda Steward

This year’s midterm elections will aggravate America’s partisan warfare and polarisation. The Democratic Party is currently narrowly favoured to retake the House of Representatives on 6 November. With that, a new cohort of...

28 March 2018
 
Commentary
Stephen Loosley

Cultural milestones generally are best observed at a distance. On occasion, some of the great works of art are overlooked or dismissed, with the early conclusions being overtaken by the passage of time...

23 March 2018
 
Brief
Dougal Robinson, Matilda Steward

US President Donald Trump’s ability to achieve legislative successes in the two years before the 2020 presidential election will depend in large part on the results of this year’s midterms. On 6 November...

23 March 2018
 
Commentary
Nicole Hemmer

A blue wave is coming.

With both Donald Trump and the Republican Party's popularityina slump, Democrats feel well-positioned for the 2018 elections. They received another hopeful sign last week, when Democrat Conor Lamb...

21 March 2018
 
Commentary
Jared Mondschein

From guns to health care, Washington seems more gridlocked and politically divided than ever, yet there’s actually some fairly widespread consensus on at least one issue: China is not playing fairly when it...

21 March 2018
 
Explainer

The Australia-United States Ministerial Consultations (AUSMIN) are Australia’s principal forum for formal consultations with the United States. The talks are led by the Australian Foreign and Defence Ministers and their counterparts, the US...

21 March 2018
 
Commentary
Gorana Grgic

If Washington insiders are to be trusted, since at least mid-2017 it has been a question of when, not if, US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson would be replaced. What stunned many this...

15 March 2018
 
Commentary
Dougal Robinson, Charles Edel

In the early 17th century, three Catholic dignitaries were thrown out of a window in Prague due to doctrinal differences. The event, which came to be known as the Defenestration of Prague, sparked...

15 March 2018
 
Commentary
Thomas Adams

For more than 13 months many Americans have been looking for ways to push back against the presidency of Donald Trump. Millions have taken to the streets in protest. Millions more have channelled...

14 March 2018
 
Commentary
Charles Edel

Senior Fellow at the USSC Charles Edel revisits John F. Kennedy's 1956 Profiles in Courage. Kennedy wrote the book five years before he became president and Edel argues it has assumed significant...

13 March 2018
 
The Debate Papers
James Riley, Sandy Plunkett

Could the Australian government do more to support local innovation and grow our own American-style tech giants? We asked leading innovation commentators James Riley and Sandy Plunkett to debate the issue.

8 March 2018
 
Commentary
Nicole Hemmer

The kids are all right. That’s the takeaway from the last several weeks in the US, where teenagers have been leading a new gun-control movement that seems to have some staying power —...

6 March 2018
 
Explainer
Elliott Brennan

Gun violence remains one of the most vexing issues in the United States. Since 1968, more Americans have now died at the barrel of a gun in civilian society than the sum total...

6 March 2018