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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
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

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
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
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
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
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
 
Commentary
Brendon O'Connor

Despite the significant global outrage at US President Donald Trump and his supporters – best highlighted by the Pew surveys and more viscerally by the enormous anti-Trump protests in London in July 2018...

13 September 2018
 
Commentary
Jessica Bi

While the democratisation of space has had undeniable benefits, the rate of sending new satellites into orbit is overwhelming our ability to manage them. The US military is tracking around 18,000 space objects...

12 September 2018
 
Commentary
Stephen Kirchner

The failure of Lehman Brothers on September 15, 2008 has become synonymous with the crisis that engulfed the United States and European financial system a decade ago, but left Australia's banks relatively unscathed.

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12 September 2018
 
Commentary
Charles Edel

Senior Fellow Dr Charles Edel chairs a roundtable for the Texas National Security Review to discuss the life and latest work of American Historian Melvyn P. Leffler. Safeguarding Democratic Capitalism is a collection...

10 September 2018
 
Commentary
Nicole Hemmer

The New York Times, in a shocking break from protocol, ran an opinion piece last week from a person identified only as a senior official within the Trump administration. The anonymity seemed...

10 September 2018
 
Commentary
Nicole Hemmer

USSC honorary associate Dr Nicole Hemmer writes in the Washington Post that President Trump's push for 'fairness' on Google searches fits into a long history of Republicans arguing for the regulating of balance...

3 September 2018
 
Commentary
Stephen Loosley

Stephen Loosley writes that the Australian parliament should consider, in co-operation with the US congress, the establishment of a John S. McCain memorial scholarship, which would enable Australian and American MPs, congressmen and...

3 September 2018