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Commentary
Nicole Hemmer

Robert Mueller's report on the investigation into the 2016 election landed on Thursday, following months of anticipation. With dozens of indictments and several plea deals already public, many of the findings, such as...

21 April 2019
 
Commentary
Bruce Wolpe

The report by Robert Mueller, the special counsel charged with investigating Russian interference in the US presidential election of 2016, is a tale of two insults to America’s democracy.

The first – external...

19 April 2019
 
Commentary
Simon Jackman, Shaun Ratcliff

Red is the new black, right?

Jeremy Corbyn leads the British Labour Party. Bernie Sanders came close to winning the Democratic Party's nomination for the US presidency describing himself as a "democratic socialist".

...

11 April 2019
 
Commentary
Bruce Wolpe

It’s happened twice in the past two weeks: President Trump has laid out bold positions on immigration (closing the border with Mexico) and health (repealing Obamacare), but then retreated on both. 

This is a man...

10 April 2019
 
Commentary
Charles Edel

Europe might seem far away, but its strategic predicament offers important lessons for Australia.

Addressing a joint session of the US congress last week commemorating NATO’s 70th anniversary, secretary-general Jens Stoltenberg said that...

9 April 2019
 
Commentary
Nicole Hemmer

Now that special counsel Robert Mueller has finished his investigation into the Trump campaign and Russian involvement in the 2016 US election, congressional Democrats are taking the baton, gearing up for a series...

7 April 2019
 
Commentary
Maxwell Carver

In the 1960s, the United States faced a crisis when psychedelic drugs became central to the counterculture. Terrified of the consequences of widespread use, the federal government, in 1968, banned these substances. This...

3 April 2019
 
Commentary
Mia Love

At the start of the 2016 presidential election cycle, Donald Trump’s candidacy was largely written off. As his campaign gained steam, it ultimately sucked the air out of the room for all other...

30 March 2019
 
Commentary
Stephen Kirchner

Australian Opposition Leader Bill Shorten has declared the next federal election a ‘referendum on wages'. Unfortunately, we can’t just vote ourselves a wage increase. Productivity growth is the only sustainable source of real...

27 March 2019
 
Commentary
Bruce Wolpe

The impeachment of Donald Trump, 45th president of the United States, died on Sunday in Washington with the release of the four-page summary of Special Counsel Robert Mueller's report.

For the 675 days...

26 March 2019
 
Commentary
Gorana Grgic

Lecturer in US Politics and Foreign Policy Gorana Grgic and Professor James Goldgeier reflect on what has changed in the twenty years since the Kosovo War. They write that "it is now hard...

25 March 2019
 
Commentary
Nicole Hemmer

Last week Radovan Karadzic was finally sentenced for his role in the barbaric ethnic cleansing during the Bosnian War in the 1990s. The sentencing came less than a week after the massacre in...

25 March 2019
 
Commentary
Bruce Wolpe

You know the drill: a politician makes a defamatory attack on another person on the floor of Parliament. The aggrieved party demands that they have the courage to repeat their slander outside the...

20 March 2019
 
Commentary
Charles Edel

Senior Fellow Dr Charles Edel and Professor Hal Brands wrote about the end of an era where it could be credibly claimed that 'the major powers were at peace'.

This article is an...

12 March 2019
 
Commentary
Don Scott-Kemmis

Australian policymakers stand to learn a lot from the United States' research and development (R&D) sector. In particular the Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Program, implemented in 1982, has revolutionised the research and...

12 March 2019
 
Commentary
Bruce Wolpe

What is now clear after Michael Cohen's testimony in Washington last week is that investigations are metastasising with frightening speed in Congress and in the Southern District of New York – at least to the...

6 March 2019
 
Commentary
Brendan Thomas-Noone

Air shows like that held at Avalon last week are usually industry-heavy affairs. Lots of announcements regarding new widgets and dealmaking between industry players, all with fighter jets screaming overhead.

But outgoing Defence...

6 March 2019
 
Commentary
Nicole Hemmer

Honorary Associate Nicole Hemmer writes for CNN that the Trump White House's relationship with Fox News is truly an unprecedented one in American history. She writes that the answer to the question "Is...

5 March 2019
 
Commentary
Stephen Loosley

There is a phenomenon in US politics known as the Yellow Dog Democrat. This describes a person who would vote for the Texas democratic ticket, even if it were led by a yellow...

1 March 2019
 
Commentary
John Lee

Non-resident fellow Dr John Lee writes in the Nikkei Asian Review about Japan's potential to act as a central guarantor of security in the Indo-Pacific. He writes that Japan is already filling some...

27 February 2019