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Stephen Kirchner

The United States and other leading economies, including Australia, have instituted sweeping financial sanctions on Russian financial institutions and its central bank, adding to a raft of existing measures, some of which have...

28 February 2022
 
Stephen Loosley

The final scene in the brilliant television series The Sopranos is set in a diner where Tony’s family is gathered for a meal. Daughter Meadow is parking the car.

For all those Speccie...

24 February 2022
 
Stephen Loosley

The broad European peace that had prevailed since 1945 has been crushed under the tank treads of Vladimir Putin’s armies invading Ukraine. Their immediate objective: the destruction of that sovereign country’s democracy.

If...

24 February 2022
 
Bruce Wolpe

Last month, David Remnick, editor of The New Yorker, wrote: “It is not a sure thing that Putin will invade Ukraine. What is certain is that any attempt to occupy that nation...

14 February 2022
 
Victoria Cooper
Introduction

In early 2020, and many months away from his nomination as the Democrat's presidential candidate, Joe Biden promised, if elected, to appoint the first-ever Black woman to the US Supreme Court. Of...

14 February 2022
 
Ashley Townshend

As US Secretary of State Antony Blinken visits Australia this week for a Quadrilateral Security Dialogue foreign ministers’ meeting, his message will be that Washington can walk and chew gum at the same...

10 February 2022
 
Charles Edel

The Biden administration is preparing to release its official Indo-Pacific strategy this month. This will not be the first attempt to frame a US strategy for this critical region. The Trump administration released...

10 February 2022
 
Lavina Lee, John Lee

When the Quad was reinstituted by Australia, the United States, Japan, and India in late 2017, Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi mocked it as a “headline-grabbing idea” that would “dissipate like sea foam”...

10 February 2022
 
Jared Mondschein, Rajat Roy

Over the past few years, the Morrison government has made A$2 billion funding commitments to everything from the critical minerals and rare earths industry to bushfire recovery. Now the government has made yet...

10 February 2022
 
Rahul Chaudhary

The Artemis Accords (the Accords) represents the next grand leap in NASA’s space-faring agenda – a mission to return humans to the Moon by 2024 through an international collaborative effort. The Accords are...

8 February 2022
 
Ryan Davis

With the inauguration of President Joe Biden on 20 January 2021, there was a sense that the “adults were back” (Cillizza, 2021) and the United States would return to ‘normalcy.’ All eyes were...

8 February 2022
 
John Lee

An initially skeptical global audience celebrated when the rescheduled Tokyo Summer Olympics was conducted successfully in July and August last year. Those Games were a brave testament to the possibility of living with...

6 February 2022
 
John Lee

Russia has amassed around 130,000 troops on the Ukrainian border while China is coercing a growing number of countries. Their apparent confidence is taken as evidence that authoritarian states are ascendant while democracies...

6 February 2022
 
Bruce Wolpe

The new year is well underway for US President Joe Biden. It’s not pretty. The Russians are coming at Ukraine. The pandemic is not under control; America this year will come close to...

31 January 2022
 
Stephen Kirchner

In the 20 years since China’s accession to the World Trade Organization (WTO) in 2001, China’s role in the world economy has grown enormously but has also become increasingly contested. As suggested in...

24 January 2022
 
Victoria Cooper

Assuming office a year ago with the insurrection still lingering in unprecedented barricades and bullet-proof glass around the Capitol, newly-elected President Biden promised to defend American democracy. But after consistently falling flat on...

20 January 2022
 
Bruce Wolpe

One year ago, Joe Biden stood on the West Front of the desecrated Capitol. With the plague ravaging the country, the expanse of the Mall was filled not by crowds but by 200,000...

19 January 2022
 
Stephen Kirchner

Chinese President Xi Jinping’s remarks to the World Economic Forum cautioning against a tightening in monetary policy on the part of major developed economies highlights the fragility of the Chinese economy. Xi is...

18 January 2022
 
Stephen Loosley

It was prime minister Bob Menzies who told president Lyndon B. Johnson bluntly but accurately what the simple requirement happened to be for an effective US ambassador to Australia. The ambassador had to...

18 January 2022
 
Stephen Loosley

There is a saying in Vladimir Putin’s Russia that is profoundly insightful: “The less you know, the better you sleep.” This observation could apply at various times in Russian history, particularly during the...

12 January 2022