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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
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
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
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
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
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
 
Commentary
Charles Edel

Donald Trump's presidency has raised profound questions about the role America will play in the world, and whether his election and his vision of an isolationist America are an anomaly or are indicative...

11 October 2018
 
Commentary
Madelyn Creedon

US Secretary of Defense James Mattis has done an excellent job ensuring congressional support for a much increased defence budget, strengthening alliances, building partnerships and being an inspirational leader for US defence forces. Nevertheless...

11 October 2018
 
Commentary
Bruce Wolpe

Associate Justice Brett Kavanaugh will take his seat on the Supreme Court this week. What started out as a relatively conventional confirmation battle in the style of President Trump’s first successful pick –...

8 October 2018
 
Commentary
Nicole Hemmer

Donald Trump tweeted on Friday that the women protesting about Brett Kavanaugh’s nomination to the Supreme Court were “paid professionals” and “#Troublemakers”. He was echoing a sentiment that has become common in Republican...

8 October 2018
 
Commentary
Bruce Wolpe

A week in politics can feel like a lifetime – and last week was no exception. The fierce urgency of Dr Christine Blasey Ford’s testimony to the Senate; the vehemence of Judge Brett...

2 October 2018
 
Commentary
Stephen Kirchner

As the United States and China escalate their trade war, the costs of rising tariff protection loom increasingly large for the world economy. But these costs are just the start of the economic...

30 September 2018
 
Commentary
Ashley Townshend, Matilda Steward

During his bombastic speech at the United Nations, Donald Trump reiterated his "America First" promise to back away from supporting the liberal international order. He rejected "globalism" in favour of "the doctrine of...

27 September 2018
 
Commentary
Bruce Wolpe

As MidtermMatters goes live today, the Senate confirmation of Judge Brett Kavanaugh to sit on the US Supreme Court is as supercharged as you can get – and his prospects will change multiple...

24 September 2018
 
Commentary
Nicole Hemmer

Confirmation hearings will begin this week for Brett Kavanaugh, the conservative jurist chosen to replace Justice Anthony Kennedy.

His appointment, would radically alter the composition of the US Supreme Court, shifting it sharply...

24 September 2018
 
Commentary
John Lee

China takes the long view and is assiduously planning its Great Rejuvenation while democratic governments think only as far as the next election. Chinese leader Xi Jinping is a master strategist who has...

19 September 2018
 
Commentary
John Lee

Non-resident senior fellow John Lee argues in this Nikkei Asian Review article that turmoil in Canberra comes at a time when Australia's region needs it to be a democratic leader.

18 September 2018
 
Commentary
Thomas Adams

When the news broke over the weekend of Dr Christine Blasey's accusations of sexual assault against US Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, the immediate reaction was to think back 27 years to the...

18 September 2018
 
Commentary
Bruce Wolpe

Much is at stake in this November’s midterm elections in the United States: control of the US House of Representatives, the Senate and many state governorships and legislatures. But just as in Australian...

17 September 2018