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Aaron Nyerges

The Dead Don’t Die is – in a manner of thinking – Jim Jarmusch’s second zombie film. Technically, Only Lovers Left Alive (2013) is a vampire film, but its central character, the...

24 September 2019
John Lee

Scott Morrison joined US President Donald Trump at the ­weekend in subtly changing the economic conversation with ­respect to China. Not so long ago it was largely a one-sided debate about what we...

24 September 2019
Simon Jackman

The US made no big ask of Scott Morrison in exchange for dinner on the White House lawn. But there are still many unresolved questions.

23 September 2019
James Brown

The aerial strikes on oil facilities in Saudi Arabia last weekend offer a glimpse of the future of warfare.

The largest disruption of global oil supplies on record wasn’t caused by a bomber...

20 September 2019
Stephen Loosley

In the four volumes of his biography of Lyndon Johnson, begun more than four decades ago, and in his earlier masterpiece, The Power Broker: Robert Moses and the Fall of New York...

19 September 2019
Gorana Grgic

Bolton’s ouster makes clear the US president’s policy isn’t “America first”, but “Trump first”.

17 September 2019
David Smith

Prime Minister Scott Morrison’s official visit to Washington this week carries some prestige. It is just the second “official visit” (including a state dinner) by a foreign leader during the Trump presidency, and...

16 September 2019
John Lee

The departure of John Bolton shows precisely why Morrison's state visit to the US matters. In a Trump US, personal relations are paramount and the key to influence.

13 September 2019
Dougal Robinson

After decades of centrist foreign policy, the Democratic Party’s platform is getting tougher on China and growing more sceptical of the utility of free trade, high defence­ spending and US leadership in the...

12 September 2019
Bruce Wolpe

President Trump is savouring his must-win victory in North Carolina’s 9th congressional district (NC-9). It was a Republican win in a deep Republican state. Trump in 2016 and Mitt Romney in 2012 both...

12 September 2019
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