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Commentary
Stephen Kirchner

The wage price index rose 2.3 per cent through 2018. After subtracting the inflation rate of 1.8 per cent, real wages grew a modest 0.5 per cent, below recent growth in productivity. Weakness...

26 February 2019
 
Commentary
John Lee

When Donald Trump sits down to talk to Kim Jong-un tomorrow, it will be the second meeting between a US leader who touts himself as a master negotiator against the young leader of...

26 February 2019
 
Commentary
Nicole Hemmer

Though more than 18 months away, the 2020 presidential race is well under way in the United States.

With an unpopular Republican incumbent, the Democratic Party is attracting a huge field, with at...

25 February 2019
 
Commentary
Gorana Grgic

As with many of his unprecedented moves, President Donald Trump’s declaration of the state of emergency dominated the media cycle last week to the point that nearly all other news of significance for...

22 February 2019
 
Commentary
Bruce Wolpe

...that is the question (apologies: Hamlet). At deadline for this edition of The 45th there is cautious optimism in Washington that President Trump will sign the bipartisan compromise legislation that provides limited funding...

13 February 2019
 
Commentary
John Lee

When Donald Trump first threatened a trade war with China shortly after assuming the presidency, the consensus around the world was that it was typical bluff and bluster. As per the common wisdom...

11 February 2019
 
Commentary
John Lee

Last week Chinese state intelligence officials detained Australian Yang Hengjun on suspicion of endangering national security.

He is not alone. Last month two Canadian businessmen, ­Michael Spavor and Michael ­Kovrig, were abruptly detained...

30 January 2019
 
Commentary
Bruce Wolpe

The partial shutdown of the US government – at 35 days, the longest in US history – was a clear political loss for President Trump.

The polls showed it. Voters rejected Trump’s connection of...

30 January 2019
 
Commentary
Brendan Thomas-Noone

“I will accept nothing less for our nation than the most effective, cutting-edge missile defence systems,” President Trump said at the Pentagon last week. He was there to launch the Missile Defense Review...

23 January 2019
 
Commentary
John Lee

Non-resident senior fellow John Lee writes for The National Interest about how the nature of Chinese and US strategy means that ASEAN has to make a clear choice for one or the other.

19 December 2018
 
Commentary
Ashley Townshend, Madelyn Creedon

Australian political leaders are under growing pressure to sign a new Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons.

It will be high on the agenda at the ALP national conference, since 78 per...

18 December 2018
 
Commentary
Simon Jackman

Australia and the United States have a lot in common: liberal, democratic institutions; advanced technology; largely open economies; growing populations; infrastructure needs; and above all, abundant energy resources.

But new research published by...

12 December 2018
 
Commentary
Charles Edel

Senior fellow Charles Edel looks back at Czeslaw Milosz' 1951 The Captive Mind for The Washington Post and examines the relevance of his account of the slide into authoritarianism that occurred in Poland...

10 December 2018
 
Commentary
Stephen Kirchner

The meeting between the US and Chinese presidents stole the headlines coming out of the G20 leaders’ meeting in Buenos Aires. Almost unreported was the failure of the Brisbane Action Plan that was...

6 December 2018
 
Commentary
John Lee

Non-resident senior fellow John Lee spoke to CNN about the the meeting between Donald Trump and Xi Jingping on the sidelines of the G20 Summit in Argentina where it was agreed to place...

5 December 2018
 
Commentary
Bruce Wolpe

This week, Washington is funereal. Today, the city halts, the National Cathedral in repose as a pulpit of mourning. Partisanship ebbs from Capitol Hill. A White House muted. These are the traditions, pageantry...

5 December 2018
 
Commentary
Nicole Hemmer

It’s not unusual for most of us to find ourselves at the end of the year with a little less money in our accounts than we had hoped. But for the National Rifle...

5 December 2018
 
Commentary
Charles Edel

Talks between US President Donald Trump and Chinese President Xi Jinping at the G20 summit in Buenos Aires concluded on Saturday night with applause, but no joint statement.

Chinese state television announced that...

3 December 2018
 
Commentary
John Barron

George HW Bush may have been the most underrated US president since Harry Truman, and like the haberdasher from Missouri, probably deserves to be elevated in the judgement of history beyond contemporary assessment...

3 December 2018
 
Commentary
Madelyn Creedon

Alliance 21 Fellow Madelyn Creedon spoke to Lisa Murray from The Australian Financial Review about the potential for the world to slide into a new nuclear arms race.

3 December 2018