Publications

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James Curran

The government response to this week’s tensions with China was understandable, and while it marks a new low in relations, it also confirms what was an existing trend.

Hawks in both capitals, already...

4 December 2020
 
Gorana Grgic

Set against some of the gravest political, economic, and social challenges in modern America, Joe Biden’s early cabinet picks are both conventional and historic. Diversity appears to be the order of the day...

2 December 2020
 
Bruce Wolpe

This is a presidential memoir that was perfectly timed, even though it was reportedly a year late.

If A Promised Land had landed in 2019, it would have had an undue influence on...

28 November 2020
 
Simon Jackman, Shaun Ratcliff

Donald Trump is refusing to go quietly into the night.

While he has finally accepted the start of a transition process to the new administration, he has not conceded the election to Democratic...

26 November 2020
 
Jim Orchard

After the tension of a very close election and dealing with the last gasps of the Trump era, work on climate action starts when Joe Biden and his team start making key appointments...

25 November 2020
 
David Uren

US President-elect Joe Biden’s income-redistribution and green-energy programs are set to be eviscerated by the US Senate, even if the Democrats gain a spare majority by winning both Senate run-off races in the...

25 November 2020
 
Stephen Loosley

Seventh US president Andrew Jackson, whose portrait is prominently on display in the Oval Office these days, was asked in his lame-duck period: was there anything he regretted not doing while in office?

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25 November 2020
 
Brendon O'Connor

US President Donald Trump’s time in the White House is coming to an end. But, as has become obvious over the past few weeks, he is unlikely to deliver a gracious concession speech.

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24 November 2020
 
James Curran

This was always going to be one of the more eagerly awaited presidential memoirs in living memory. Not only because of Barack Obama’s astonishing success in his rise to the White House in...

24 November 2020
 
Stephen Kirchner

Even before the pandemic, the United States was experiencing its slowest population growth in a century, a combination of record low fertility and an increasingly restrictive approach to immigration. Previously a source of...

23 November 2020
 
James Curran

Australian historian Neville Meaney once compared the post-war trajectories of Japan and Australia, concluding that each had been on a path towards becoming “normal” nations.

Where Japan embarked on massive reindustrialisation following defeat...

22 November 2020
 
Stephen Loosley

1968 was a year of recurring turbulence for the United States, all of it witnessed in American living rooms, courtesy of television.

Republican intellectual, George F. Will, notes that America was rocked by...

21 November 2020
 
Bruce Wolpe

Joe Biden has run this way all his life, starting in 1972, age 29, when he took on, and took down, a Senate veteran of 25 years’ service to the good people of...

20 November 2020
 
John Lee

Joe Biden is entering the White House promising to repair the enormous damage he believes his predecessor has caused. With respect to foreign policy, this includes restoring US leadership and its standing in...

18 November 2020
 
Stephen Kirchner

The outgoing Trump administration presided over one of the most dramatic tightenings in US immigration policy since the 1930s.

Along with declining fertility, this saw US population growth fall to its lowest rate...

16 November 2020
 
Lesley Russell

Tackling the health, economic and social crises wrought by the coronavirus pandemic is the first order of business for US president-elect Joe Biden and his transition team, writes USSC non-resident fellow Lesley Russell...

16 November 2020
 
Stephen Kirchner

This report argues that restoring and then exceeding pre-pandemic levels of net overseas migration will be essential to Australia's economic recovery. In the short term, Australia needs to scale up its managed isolation...

16 November 2020
 
Lesley Russell

Tackling the health, economic and social crises wrought by the coronavirus pandemic is the first order of business for US president-elect Joe Biden and his transition team.

Biden this week announced his bipartisan...

12 November 2020
 
Shaun Ratcliff

Since the first person was diagnosed with COVID-19 in the United States, more than 10 million cases have been confirmed and nearly a quarter of a million people with the virus have died.

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11 November 2020
 
Lesley Russell

USSC non-resident fellow Lesley Russell looks at what needs to happen during Joe Biden and Kamala Harris’s journey from election win to the White House in this article published by Inside Story.

10 November 2020