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John Lee

The Chinese Communist Party (CCP) does not seem to care much for the so-called “Law of Holes:” the adage that if you find yourself in one, stop digging. The live case study is...

25 May 2021
 
Bruce Wolpe

For over a decade, the Labor Party has debated its positioning on Israel and Palestine.

Labor's support for Israel's existence as a Jewish state within secure and recognised borders is clear. But this...

22 May 2021
 
John Lee

Elon Musk’s latest musings about dogecoin – specifically his SNL ‘joke’ that it is a “hustle” – was enough to cause the value of the cryptocurrency to tumble.

However, it was unclear if...

14 May 2021
 
Jared Mondschein, Victoria Cooper

As Israel conducts the largest offensive operation in Gaza since at least 2014, the words of Donald Trump’s former national security adviser John Bolton creep into mind like an uncomfortable oracle: “It’s clear...

14 May 2021
 
David Smith

Australia’s vaccine rollout is moving far more slowly than the government had hoped, and there is evidence of vaccine hesitancy in a significant part of the population.

Some governments and media outlets are...

11 May 2021
 
Stephen Kirchner

The Biden administration has announced some of the biggest changes to US federal spending and taxation in peacetime in its first 100 days in office.

While some of the new spending measures will...

4 May 2021
 
Charles Edel

Last month, in comments that did not get much notice in the United States but captured immediate attention throughout Asia, Kurt Campbell, President Biden’s Indo-Pacific Coordinator at the National Security Council, declared, “We...

3 May 2021
 
Charles Edel

Today, Joe Biden concludes his first hundred days in office.

While there is neither a constitutional nor a statutory significance to the first hundred days of a US president's term, it has become...

29 April 2021
 
Bruce Wolpe

We have not seen this tableau before: two women seated behind the US President as he addresses Congress on Thursday morning, Australian time, on the eve of his 100th day in office. The...

29 April 2021
 
Bruce Wolpe

Joseph R. Biden Jr is the most experienced person to become president in US history. A senator for 36 years, with wide-ranging experience and leadership across domestic and foreign policy, and vice president...

28 April 2021
 
John Lee

In 2014, President Xi Jinping reached back into Chinese Communist Party folklore to reintroduce Mao Zedong’s concept of magic weapons that could be used to achieve the great rejuvenation of the country and...

27 April 2021
 
Simon Jackman

On Earth Day on Thursday, US time, Joe Biden will open his two-day virtual climate change summit. Scott Morrison is one of 40 world leaders participating. The goals? To “galvanise efforts by the...

22 April 2021
 
Stephen Kirchner

There was a significant slowdown in foreign direct investment (FDI) in Australia during 2020. Gross inbound transactions fell from nearly $60 billion in the year-ended 2019 to only $33.6 billion for the year-ended...

20 April 2021
 
Bruce Wolpe

The passing and farewell to His Royal Highness Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, resonates much differently in the United States compared to Australia and the Commonwealth and provides an opportunity to reflect on...

16 April 2021
 
Jared Mondschein

Unlike most US presidents, Joe Biden did not come to the White House with many fixed ideological positions. He did, however, come with fixed values. Chief among them is understanding how US policies...

15 April 2021
 
Victoria Cooper

The trial of Derek Chauvin, charged with second-degree murder, third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter for the killing of George Floyd in May last year, is groundbreaking. This is the first televised trial...

14 April 2021
 
John Lee

Will China’s launch of the digital currency electronics payment, or DCEP, the world’s first sovereign digital currency, threaten the ­ascendancy of the US dollar?

Beijing is hopeful and a growing group of policy...

8 April 2021
 
Bruce Wolpe

There is another lesson President Biden has taken from Obama’s epochal battles in Congress over ten years ago. His American Jobs Plan can pass Congress this year.

Here is why:

The way the...

6 April 2021
 
Gorana Grgic

If international relations in the first year of the COVID-19 pandemic was all about the politics of aid and mask diplomacy, there is no doubt the arrival of vaccines has made the second...

2 April 2021
 
Bruce Wolpe

President Joe Biden is going to try to do what Barack Obama could not – finally pass effective gun control in America. When 10 people were killed in Boulder, Colorado, this week, flags...

24 March 2021