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Lesley Russell

It has been just six months since the new coronavirus officially known as SARS-CoV-2 was recognised and already it is the deadliest pandemic since the Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) emerged forty years ago...

1 July 2020
 
David Smith

The US presidential election is being shaped by the two crises that have defined 2020 so far: the coronavirus pandemic and the national reckoning over police brutality and racism.

COVID-19 has infected millions...

29 June 2020
 
Matilda Steward

In a recent address to the Australian National University's National Security College, Foreign Minister Marise Payne reflected that "COVID-19 is a shared crisis - a reminder that many problems are best solved or...

29 June 2020
 
Mia Love

Today marks one painful month since the murder of George Floyd. While in that time we've seen some promising bipartisan efforts to reform policing policies in the United States, unfortunately we've also seen...

25 June 2020
 
Stephen Loosley

The first major motion picture screened in the White House, for president Woodrow Wilson, defin­­itely moved the dial on race relations in America. Moved the dial dramatically backwards, that  is.

The film was DW...

25 June 2020
 
Brendan Thomas-Noone, Claire McFarland

The response to COVID-19 is having a transformational effect on the use of digital technologies in Australia, the United States and many other parts of the world. But the stark gaps in equitable...

24 June 2020
 
Jim Orchard

On March 15, during what turned out to be the final debate of the Democratic primary, Joe Biden and Bernie Sanders went back and forth on fracking. Biden got in the final line...

22 June 2020
 
James Curran

Even before the onset of coronavirus, it had become something of a truism to talk of US-China relations plunging into a new era of heightened geopolitical competition.

The element of danger in all...

22 June 2020
 
Elliott Brennan

In a virtual "Juneteenth" forum, marking the abolition of slavery in the United States, Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden reflected on the words of legendary abolitionist Frederick Douglass. He said: "It is easier...

22 June 2020
 
Brendan Thomas-Noone

Two seemingly disparate elements — the technological divergence of the US and China, and the financial shock of the loss of international student revenue to Australia’s universities — are converging to undercut Australia’s...

19 June 2020
 
Jim Golby

There is simply no precedent in modern US history for so many prominent retired generals and admirals—including former secretary of defense and retired general James Mattis, three former chairmen of the Joint Chiefs...

18 June 2020
 
Jim Golby

Watching the US government's response to the June 1 protests in Washington, DC made my mind wander to 2004, when my soldiers and I were tasked with preventing Iraqi citizens from entering the...

15 June 2020
 
Jim Orchard

This is the first in Jim Orchard's three-part series on the formulation of Joe Biden’s climate change agenda. Part two is available here.

Joe Biden struggled to raise campaign funds or create...

15 June 2020
 
Gorana Grgic

It is hardly surprising that many foreign policy developments that would normally feature in the news have lately been demoted well below the headlines, as domestic turmoil in the United States has dominated...

12 June 2020
 
Lesley Russell

The Covid-19 crisis is subsiding in America’s major cities and the nation is beginning to open up, but the Trump administration’s response to the pandemic has left behind at least one time bomb...

11 June 2020
 
Stephen Loosley

US president Ronald Reagan, negotiating with Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev, came to popularise an old Russian declaration: “Trust, but verify.” This was sometimes the key to successful disarmament treaties.

Trust is almost entirely...

9 June 2020
 
Charles Edel

In case anyone was in doubt, the extraordinarily painful events of the past few weeks should remind the world that America is a land of contradictions. In the words of Abraham Lincoln, America...

8 June 2020
 
James Brown

In war, urban military operations are exceedingly difficult. At home, during times of peace, they can be appallingly tragic. In 1967 a national guardsman deployed to help Detroit police maintain law and order...

4 June 2020
 
Elliott Brennan

For the past four nights, the United States has been in flames. While the anarchy has unfolded, more than 80,000 more Americans have tested positive to COVID-19, with many more to be announced...

1 June 2020
 
Bruce Wolpe

The brutal killing of George Floyd was bad enough. How many instances can we recall in a litany of grief, from Rodney King, whose beating in Los Angeles spawned riots in 1991, through...

1 June 2020