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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
Simon Jackman

With less than two months until the US presidential election, Democratic nominee Joe Biden leads incumbent Donald Trump in the bulk of opinion polls.

But poll-based election forecasts have proved problematic before. The...

15 September 2020
Simon Jackman

Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden leads Donald Trump in the bulk of opinion polls, with just 50 days until the November election.

But poll-based forecasts were widely maligned after the 2016 election, and...

15 September 2020
Stephen Loosley

A recurring question for Trivial Pursuit at gatherings of the Chester A. Arthur Society, comprising Australian tragics of American politics, used to be this:

"What was the name of the cosmetic that Vice-President...

13 September 2020
James Curran

News that two Australian journalists in China have had to leave the country over fears for their personal safety comes as yet another hammer blow to a relationship trapped in a downward spiral...

9 September 2020
Jim Orchard

In May 2020, as COVID-19 subsumed the Democratic primaries and Bernie Sanders suspended his presidential campaign, Joe Biden moved to shore up party support by setting up “Unity Task Teams”. These included an...

9 September 2020
Adam Kamradt-Scott

Within days of COVID-19 being declared an international public health emergency on January 30, multiple groups of scientists began working on a vaccine. At the same time, governments began working on back-room deals...

8 September 2020
Elliott Brennan

Saturday, 5 September was supposed to be the day Australian history was irreconcilably changed. It was to be “Freedom Day”, the day when “real” Aussies took back control of the streets, their airways...

7 September 2020
John Lee

What are we to make of the growing global conversation about decoupling and economic distancing from China?

Sure, there have long been complaints about the hazards of dealing with China: its intellectual property...

4 September 2020
Bruce Wolpe

Ronald Reagan, the Great Communicator, knew the power of an uplifting moment. In 1984 he let the American people know, despite a recession, all was going to be OK.

"It's morning again in...

1 September 2020
James Curran

China’s deputy ambassador to Australia, Wang Xining, last week suggested there were "no historical irritants" in Australia’s relationship with China.

Given the deep freeze of recent times and the aggressive tone of some...

1 September 2020
Ashley Townshend, Brendan Thomas-Noone

Australia is embarking on the most significant reorientation of its strategic policy settings in more than a generation – and it’s all about assuming a more active role in defending a stable regional...

1 September 2020
Gorana Grgic

Before the contemporary system of primaries to select party nominees for the US president was established, party conventions played an important role as arenas of political jostling over the party platform and a...

31 August 2020
Stephen Kirchner

Federal Reserve chairman Jerome Powell has announced the outcome of the Fed’s Review of Monetary Policy Strategy, with revisions to the key statement that guides US monetary policy. While the shift to average...

31 August 2020
John Lee

China overtook the US as the country with the largest diplomatic network in the world last November. One month later, the country’s Foreign Minister, Wang Yi, gave his senior diplomats a pep talk demanding...

27 August 2020
Jared Mondschein

First it was barley and beef exports to China and then last week, it was wine.

Australia is clearly feeling the pain of geopolitical tensions. It will likely feel more.

Canberra's main solution...

24 August 2020
Gorana Grgic

Joe Biden’s vice-presidential pick may be the most consequential political move in his career. Kamala Harris, already a rising star of the Democratic establishment, offers a promising glimpse of the party’s future.

21 August 2020
Aaron Nyerges

What, if anything, has Netflix changed?

Perhaps it’s been more dramatic in disrupting its own business model than the culture of American film and television. There’s no question that what began in 1997...

21 August 2020
Jared Mondschein

If Australia wants lasting economic resilience amid the worst economic climate in nearly a century, it should prioritise bolstering economic ties with the United States.

Australia’s “security partner” invests more in Australia’s most...

20 August 2020
Charles Edel

Today marks the 75th anniversary of Japan’s surrender to American forces in World War II. According to the novelist James Michener in his 1948 Pulitzer Prize-winning “Tales of the South Pacific,” “the...

17 August 2020