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Charles Edel

Around the world, political freedom isn’t just slipping away — it’s getting dragged down by fervent enemies, writes Senior Fellow Charles Edel.

10 September 2019
 
Jack Brown

The 2020 Democratic primary debates have revived various promises of new government spending and services without mention of how to finance the subsequent deficit.

5 September 2019
 
Freya Zemek

President Trump has every reason to want a resolution to the trade war with China. But the chance of striking a deal by Christmas is more remote than ever. 

3 September 2019
 
Bruce Wolpe

Since the advent in the 1960s of the modern system of party primaries for presidential nominations, no incumbent president seeking re-election has been successful if challenged in the primaries.

30 August 2019
 
Ashley Townshend, Brendan Thomas-Noone, Matilda Steward

The United States is facing a serious crisis of strategic insolvency in which the ends of its expansive strategy for building the liberal order outstrip the budgetary and military means at Washington’s disposal.

30 August 2019
 
John Lee

There is increased appreciation by Prime Minister Scott Morrison and others that the economic tensions between the US and China were not simply driven by an irrational US President. The tariffs may be...

29 August 2019
 
Simon Jackman, Shaun Ratcliff

Only about one in five Australians prefer a second term for the Trump administration. Indeed, fewer than one third of Coalition voters want the president re-elected.

27 August 2019
 
John Lee

Pulling out of the intelligence sharing agreement with Japan will only hurt Korea’s security.

22 August 2019
 
Bruce Wolpe

What Trump did late last week was unimaginable – until he acted out his unprecedented, fantastical political ploy: pressure Prime Minister Netanyahu to deny entry into Israel of two Democratic Members of Congress...

20 August 2019
 
Leigh Dayton

The Australian Research Council's bionic eye initiative, funded from 2010-2014, offers a productive way to assess the structural and cultural barriers to successful innovation in Australia: it is a lesson in how not...

20 August 2019
 
Mercedes Chavez

The Social Security program has been one of the largest sources of mandatory spending in the US Federal Budget since the 1960s. However, its reserves are projected to run out by 2035 due...

15 August 2019
 
Stephen Kirchner

Global financial markets have been unsettled by claims China has devalued its currency against the US dollar, with the US Treasury responding by declaring China a ‘currency manipulator'.

14 August 2019
 
Paige Remington

In the United States and Australia, the possession, distribution and use of illicit drugs is on the rise, despite prosecution. One solution is drug decriminalisation.

7 August 2019
 
Georgie Skipper

Enhancing the long-term economic opportunities for the Indo-Pacific region to ensure it remains safe and prosperous was at the core of the agenda for the annual Australia-US foreign and defence ministerial meeting (AUSMIN)...

7 August 2019
 
Bruce Wolpe

It was hard enough to go to sleep — safely — on Saturday night here in the US following the day-long, non-stop coverage of the gun massacre in El Paso, Texas where 20...

6 August 2019
 
John Lee

The Chinese Communist Party is facing diabolic dilemmas and problems of its own making.

6 August 2019
 
Freya Zemek

The US may be on the precipice of a military confrontation with Iran, but the economic war is nothing new. 

31 July 2019
 
Mia Love

US President Donald Trump's attacks on Democrat Elijah Cummings over the weekend — deriding the black congressman's district as "a disgusting, rat and rodent infested mess" — represent another juvenile attempt to humiliate...

30 July 2019
 
Brendon O'Connor

It turned out that Mueller’s testimony was more sophistic than animating. But it did again highlight damning things about the president’s behaviour.

29 July 2019
 
Stephen Kirchner

Floating rates and free markets have achieved more than the IMF and the World Bank ever have.

29 July 2019