Publications

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Commentary
Dougal Robinson

Trump’s firing of FBI director James Comey and the appointment of Bob Mueller as special prosecutor have done nothing to impede the flow of leaks on the administration’s Russian links, even as the president...

25 May 2017
 
Commentary
Brendan Thomas-Noone

One of the rallying cries of the Turnbull government when it comes to defence spending has been to link it to national economic growth and technological innovation. In terms of spending, they seem...

22 May 2017
 
Brief
Erum Jilani

The Asia-Pacific region is facing a raft of geopolitical challenges. North Korea is ascending the nuclear ladder, China’s influence in Southeast Asia is growing, as is uncertainty about China’s commitment to the international...

22 May 2017
 
Commentary
Nicole Hemmer

In many ways, Roger Ailes, the founder and former Chairman and CEO of Fox News who died Thursday at the age of 77, presaged President Donald Trump. Or perhaps more accurately, paved the...

19 May 2017
 
Commentary
Caitlin Gauci

The White House is stuck in damage control mode. President Trump’s decision to fire FBI Director James Comey last week remains a major distraction. Meanwhile, reports that the president shared sensitive classified information with Russian...

17 May 2017
 
Commentary
Nicole Hemmer

When Republican Jason Chaffetz, the chair of the House Oversight Committee, announced he was resigning from Congress, the rumor-mill started churning. But whispers of a brewing scandal quickly gave way to the rumor...

16 May 2017
 
Speech
Dennis Richardson

On his final day as the Secretary of the Department of Defence, Dennis Richardson AO delivered an address to the National Press Club of Australia. Richardson is retiring after a 48 year career...

12 May 2017
 
Commentary
Nicole Hemmer

For Americans worried about the state of its republic, Watergate analogies can be a comforting salve. If FBI Director James Comey’s firing is President Donald Trump’s Saturday Night Massacre, then impeachment hearings should...

12 May 2017
 
Commentary
James Brown

There was a degree of apprehension ahead of last week’s dinner on the Intrepid in New York. For President Trump, it was his first trip back to New York after winning the election. For...

10 May 2017
 
Commentary
Dougal Robinson

President Donald Trump’s decision to fire FBI director James Comey was a momentous act, with Democrats and parts of the media already invoking Nixon, Watergate, and the Saturday night massacre. But the muted...

10 May 2017
 
Commentary
Nicole Hemmer

With government officials removing monuments of white supremacists in New Orleans and the failed attempts by the American alt-right to throw the French presidential election into chaos, it has been a bad week...

9 May 2017
 
Commentary
James Curran

It has been some time since there has been this kind of anticipation leading into an official meeting between an Australian prime minister and an American president.

But in some respects, Prime Minister Malcolm...

5 May 2017
 
Commentary
Simon Jackman, Jared Mondschein, Richard Holden

When Prime Minister Turnbull meets with President Trump in New York on Friday morning AEST, the two men will undoubtedly speak of the many bonds linking the US and Australia. They will make...

4 May 2017
 
Commentary
Jared Mondschein

NAFTA is here to stay – for now.

Known for its competing factions and abrupt changes of heart, the Trump administration’s decision to hold off on withdrawing from the North America Free Trade...

3 May 2017
 
Commentary
Nicole Hemmer

USSC research associate Dr Nicole Hemmer imagines what a semester course in American history would look like if the US President Donald Trump was the teacher.

2 May 2017
 
Commentary
Brendan Thomas-Noone

Glen Rabie, the CEO of Australian technology start-up Yellowfin, wrote an op-ed in the Australian Financial Review a couple weeks ago that caught my attention. Decrying the ‘disconnect’ between the Australian Government’s rhetoric...

2 May 2017
 
Commentary
Gorana Grgic, Adam Creighton

As Donald Trump passes a milestone 100 days as president, ABC RN asked Adam Creighton, economics reporter for The Australian newspaper, and Gorana Grgic, lecturer in US politics and foreign policy at the...

29 April 2017
 
Commentary
Nicole Hemmer

When Donald Trump called the 100 days mark for judging a presidency a “ridiculous standard,” he was echoing what historians have said for years. USSC research associate Dr Nicole Hemmer has listed for...

28 April 2017
 
Commentary
Nicole Hemmer

Unable to construct anything on his own because he lacks the knowledge, skill and experience, President Trump has been on the hunt for something he can slap his name on. If not the...

25 April 2017
 
Commentary
Nicole Hemmer

Under-promise, over-deliver. As someone who spent a lifetime making deals, Donald Trump no doubt knows this bit of sales advice. Yet as his presidency nears the 100-day mark, Trump faces a long list...

25 April 2017