Publications

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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
 
Explainer
Elliott Brennan

Who's running in the 2020 US presidential election? We're keeping track of all the candidates to formally declare their candidacy in the race for the White House.

4 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
 
Commentary
Ashley Townshend, Brendan Thomas-Noone

Australian leaders don't often talk about nuclear deterrence.

But in a pair of coordinated statements in Parliament last week on Pine Gap and other joint defence facilities, Defence Minister Christopher Pyne and his...

27 February 2019
 
Polling and public opinion
Simon Jackman, Shaun Ratcliff

In January 2017, the US Office of the Director of National Intelligence claimed Russian President Vladimir Putin orchestrated a campaign designed to harm the electoral chances of Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton, faith in...

26 February 2019
 
Commentary
John Lee

When Donald Trump sits down to talk to Kim Jong-un tomorrow, it will be the second meeting between a US leader who touts himself as a master negotiator against the young leader of...

26 February 2019
 
Commentary
Stephen Kirchner

The wage price index rose 2.3 per cent through 2018. After subtracting the inflation rate of 1.8 per cent, real wages grew a modest 0.5 per cent, below recent growth in productivity. Weakness...

26 February 2019
 
Commentary
Nicole Hemmer

Though more than 18 months away, the 2020 presidential race is well under way in the United States.

With an unpopular Republican incumbent, the Democratic Party is attracting a huge field, with at...

25 February 2019
 
Commentary
Gorana Grgic

As with many of his unprecedented moves, President Donald Trump’s declaration of the state of emergency dominated the media cycle last week to the point that nearly all other news of significance for...

22 February 2019
 
Explainer
Bruce Wolpe

In February 2019 President Trump signed the border security spending bill – ending any threat of another government shutdown – and issued a declaration of national emergency under the National Emergencies Act of...

18 February 2019
 
Commentary
Bruce Wolpe

...that is the question (apologies: Hamlet). At deadline for this edition of The 45th there is cautious optimism in Washington that President Trump will sign the bipartisan compromise legislation that provides limited funding...

13 February 2019
 
Commentary
John Lee

When Donald Trump first threatened a trade war with China shortly after assuming the presidency, the consensus around the world was that it was typical bluff and bluster. As per the common wisdom...

11 February 2019
 
Report
Ashley Townshend, Brendan Thomas-Noone, David Santoro

Deterring the use of armed force and other forms of coercion is central to the maintenance of order in the Indo-Pacific. Yet from the Taiwan Strait and the South China Sea, to space...

8 February 2019
 
Book chapter
Charles Edel

Senior Fellow Charles Edel and Hal Brands write in The American Interest on the lessons to be drawn from the Versailles settlement a century ago. They examine why the world's democracies were so...

31 January 2019
 
Commentary
John Lee

Last week Chinese state intelligence officials detained Australian Yang Hengjun on suspicion of endangering national security.

He is not alone. Last month two Canadian businessmen, ­Michael Spavor and Michael ­Kovrig, were abruptly detained...

30 January 2019
 
Commentary
Bruce Wolpe

The partial shutdown of the US government – at 35 days, the longest in US history – was a clear political loss for President Trump.

The polls showed it. Voters rejected Trump’s connection of...

30 January 2019
 
Explainer
Freya Zemek

Net neutrality, according to its proponents, is the great equaliser: the principle that prevents Internet service providers (ISPs) from intervening – usually by offering paid ‘fast lanes’ – in how online content is...

24 January 2019