Publications

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Commentary
Mercedes Chavez

The Social Security program has been one of the largest sources of mandatory spending in the US Federal Budget since the 1960s. However, its reserves are projected to run out by 2035 due...

15 August 2019
 
Commentary
Stephen Kirchner

Global financial markets have been unsettled by claims China has devalued its currency against the US dollar, with the US Treasury responding by declaring China a ‘currency manipulator'.

14 August 2019
 
Commentary
Paige Remington

In the United States and Australia, the possession, distribution and use of illicit drugs is on the rise, despite prosecution. One solution is drug decriminalisation.

7 August 2019
 
Commentary
Georgie Skipper

Enhancing the long-term economic opportunities for the Indo-Pacific region to ensure it remains safe and prosperous was at the core of the agenda for the annual Australia-US foreign and defence ministerial meeting (AUSMIN)...

7 August 2019
 
Commentary
Bruce Wolpe

It was hard enough to go to sleep — safely — on Saturday night here in the US following the day-long, non-stop coverage of the gun massacre in El Paso, Texas where 20...

6 August 2019
 
Commentary
John Lee

The Chinese Communist Party is facing diabolic dilemmas and problems of its own making.

6 August 2019
 
Commentary
Freya Zemek

The US may be on the precipice of a military confrontation with Iran, but the economic war is nothing new. 

31 July 2019
 
Commentary
Mia Love

US President Donald Trump's attacks on Democrat Elijah Cummings over the weekend — deriding the black congressman's district as "a disgusting, rat and rodent infested mess" — represent another juvenile attempt to humiliate...

30 July 2019
 
Commentary
Brendon O'Connor

It turned out that Mueller’s testimony was more sophistic than animating. But it did again highlight damning things about the president’s behaviour.

29 July 2019
 
Commentary
Stephen Kirchner

Floating rates and free markets have achieved more than the IMF and the World Bank ever have.

29 July 2019
 
Commentary
Bruce Wolpe

Who were the winners and losers, and what did we learn from former special counsel Robert Mueller's testimony on Capitol Hill? Senior Fellow Bruce Wolpe gives his key takeaways.

25 July 2019
 
Brief
Leigh Dayton

The Australian Research Council’s research in Bionic Vision Science and Technology initiative — the so-called bionic eye initiative — offers a productive way to explore the barriers to successful innovation in Australia. It...

24 July 2019
 
Commentary
Andrew Herrmann

Automation will increase demand for soft skills in the workforce

24 July 2019
 
Commentary
Bruce Wolpe

This highly charged day could either be explosive or anticlimactic in the extreme.

24 July 2019
 
Commentary
Andrew Herrmann

As artificial intelligence technologies improve, technology will become even more pervasive in the workplace, requiring workers with technology-relevant skills.

18 July 2019
 
Commentary
Bruce Wolpe

The past three days in US politics have been very difficult – and ugly.

18 July 2019
 
Commentary
Stephen Loosley

This moving cinematic experience demonstrates beyond doubt that some elements of America have not changed since the Great Depression.

18 July 2019
 
Commentary
Jared Mondschein, Freya Zemek

US competition with China is here to stay. Australia can only duck and weave so long.

10 July 2019
 
Commentary
Stephen Kirchner

It is likely that both US monetary and exchange rate policy will become increasingly politicised under Trump, not least because exchange rate policy is becoming entwined with the president’s trade war with the...

10 July 2019
 
Report
Lavina Lee

This paper argues that democracy promotion ought to be an essential component of the Free and Open Indo-Pacific strategy — a strategy that is being promoted by the United States, Australia, Japan and...

9 July 2019