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Commentary
Jared Mondschein

The Democrats have taken back the House of Representatives, "turned blue" a number of governorships and state legislatures, and already started discussions about investigations into President Trump and even impeachment.

9 November 2018
 
Commentary
Stephen Loosley

In the end, the verdict of the American voter in the US mid-term elections was neither a blue wave nor a red wave: more of a restless wave.

As anticipated, the Republicans appear...

8 November 2018
 
Commentary
Tom Corben

After sitting vacant for more than two years — the longest stretch in the history of bilateral relations — the Trump administration has nominated a new US ambassador to Australia.

8 November 2018
 
Commentary
John Lee

Foreign Minister Marise Payne’s meeting with Chinese counterpart Wang Yi is good news. It may even pave the way for a leaders’ summit within weeks.

Is it a genuine breakthrough and a new...

7 November 2018
 
Commentary
Thomas Adams

In my American legal history unit at the University of Sydney, after a couple of weeks of contextualising the legal, political, social, and intellectual world in which it was written, we spend a...

5 November 2018
 
Commentary
Nicole Hemmer

On the eve of the midterm elections, the American economy is humming. Another quarter-million jobs in October have pushed unemployment down to 3.7 per cent, and, for the first time in a long...

5 November 2018
 
Commentary
Brendon O'Connor, Dan Dixon

From afar, the US midterm elections might seem to be all about Donald Trump, and there is some truth to this. The man, as has been the case for some years now, is...

5 November 2018
 
Commentary
Bruce Wolpe

The capital is eerily quiet – has been all week. No traffic, light activity on the streets, hill staff out in their districts working campaigns, lobbyists doing the same for members they want...

5 November 2018
 
Commentary
Mats de Rooij

Europe is starting to do what the United States has long wanted. It’s just not doing it the way the United States wants.

Following decades of US military presence in Europe, US tolerance of overseas...

31 October 2018
 
Commentary
Bruce Wolpe

Until Friday, Trump felt he was on the verge of pulling off another stupendous upset – keeping both the House and Senate in Republican hands – and therefore banking, once again, what the...

29 October 2018
 
Commentary
John Lee

Dr John Lee writes for CNN that the US was right to pull out of the INF, but not because of Russia. He says it is further indication that America will no longer...

23 October 2018
 
Commentary
Bruce Wolpe
1. The Russians Are Coming, the Russians Are Coming!

The 1966 Cold War slapstick parody is back – not off the coast of Maine, but on social media platforms and computer screens near...

22 October 2018
 
Commentary
Nicole Hemmer

In two weeks, Americans will go to the polls for the first national election of the Trump era. The midterms will be a pivotal election. As the two major parties grow further apart...

22 October 2018
 
Commentary
John Lee

Common wisdom was that Chinese President Xi Jinping’s ruthlessness, guile and patience would allow him to run rings around Donald Trump.

This is not how it is turning out, according to Vice-President Mike...

18 October 2018
 
Commentary
Charles Edel

The results of the US midterm elections in early November will either validate President Donald Trump's policies or provide a check on them, but the direction of American foreign policy will only partially...

18 October 2018
 
Commentary
Benjamin Saling

Agricultural technology, or AgTech, is crucial to the future of Australian agriculture and continued economic prosperity in Australia. AgTech start-ups will create high-skilled jobs across our cities and regions, as new cutting-edge technologies...

17 October 2018
 
Commentary
Stephen Kirchner

With the yield on 10-year US Treasury bonds rising to a seven year peak of nearly 3.25 per cent, many bond market bears will be feeling a sense of belated vindication. But the...

15 October 2018
 
Commentary
John Barron

US President Donald Trump has vowed "severe punishment" if agents of Saudi Arabia's rulers killed Washington Post columnist Jamal Khashoggi.

But what would that punishment look like? Would it involve sanctions, as suggested...

15 October 2018
 
Commentary
Bruce Wolpe
1. The politics of hurricanes

Hurricanes can also blow ill political winds, as George W. Bush found out with Katrina in 2005. The horrific loss of life, especially in New Orleans, and the...

15 October 2018
 
Commentary
Richard Marles

There is no doubt the aspiration to a world free of nuclear weapons is a good one. For Australia, it’s the right thing to aim for, but it’s also in our national interest...

15 October 2018