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Bruce Wolpe

Ronald Reagan, the Great Communicator, knew the power of an uplifting moment. In 1984 he let the American people know, despite a recession, all was going to be OK.

"It's morning again in...

1 September 2020
 
Ashley Townshend, Brendan Thomas-Noone

Australia is embarking on the most significant reorientation of its strategic policy settings in more than a generation – and it’s all about assuming a more active role in defending a stable regional...

1 September 2020
 
James Curran

China’s deputy ambassador to Australia, Wang Xining, last week suggested there were "no historical irritants" in Australia’s relationship with China.

Given the deep freeze of recent times and the aggressive tone of some...

1 September 2020
 
Gorana Grgic

Before the contemporary system of primaries to select party nominees for the US president was established, party conventions played an important role as arenas of political jostling over the party platform and a...

31 August 2020
 
Stephen Kirchner

Federal Reserve chairman Jerome Powell has announced the outcome of the Fed’s Review of Monetary Policy Strategy, with revisions to the key statement that guides US monetary policy. While the shift to average...

31 August 2020
 
John Lee

China overtook the US as the country with the largest diplomatic network in the world last November. One month later, the country’s Foreign Minister, Wang Yi, gave his senior diplomats a pep talk demanding...

27 August 2020
 
Jared Mondschein

First it was barley and beef exports to China and then last week, it was wine.

Australia is clearly feeling the pain of geopolitical tensions. It will likely feel more.

Canberra's main solution...

24 August 2020
 
Gorana Grgic

Joe Biden’s vice-presidential pick may be the most consequential political move in his career. Kamala Harris, already a rising star of the Democratic establishment, offers a promising glimpse of the party’s future.

21 August 2020
 
Aaron Nyerges

What, if anything, has Netflix changed?

Perhaps it’s been more dramatic in disrupting its own business model than the culture of American film and television. There’s no question that what began in 1997...

21 August 2020
 
Jared Mondschein

If Australia wants lasting economic resilience amid the worst economic climate in nearly a century, it should prioritise bolstering economic ties with the United States.

Australia’s “security partner” invests more in Australia’s most...

20 August 2020
 
Bruce Wolpe

It was a shock when the announcement was made from the Oval Office: the United Arab Emirates would recognise the state of Israel, sign a peace treaty, and host ambassadors in exchange for...

17 August 2020
 
Adam Kamradt-Scott

The world is hoping a safe and effective COVID-19 vaccine will soon become available. So far, more than 160 candidate vaccines are in development.

Some 31 of these have entered human clinical trials...

17 August 2020
 
Charles Edel

Today marks the 75th anniversary of Japan’s surrender to American forces in World War II. According to the novelist James Michener in his 1948 Pulitzer Prize-winning “Tales of the South Pacific,” “the...

17 August 2020
 
Jim Golby

Director of Foreign and Defense Policy Studies at the American Enterprise Institute, Kori Schake, USSC Non-resident Senior Fellow, and Jim Golby, write for Defense One that it is deeply irresponsible, not to mention...

13 August 2020
 
Stephen Loosley

A Texan friend of mine offered an insightful observation of the 45th US President, Donald J. Trump. At a conference in Washington, he leaned over and said with a grin: “Bear in mind...

12 August 2020
 
Spencer Maughan

“A crisis is a terrible thing to waste!” said my professor of economics at Stanford University and now Nobel laureate, Paul Romer. He was highlighting the virtue of crises: they create a chance...

12 August 2020
 
Bruce Wolpe

Joe Biden’s choice of his vice-presidential running mate is imminent. It will be his first “presidential” decision, and is a moment of high consequence for him and his campaign.

And the first 24-to-48...

11 August 2020
 
Charles Edel

The relationship between Washington and Beijing is increasingly characterised by competition in nearly every field - economic, military, technological, institutional and even ideological. That competition is unlikely to abate, and will in all...

10 August 2020
 
David Smith

Americans were alarmed last week when their president suggested on Twitter that the November 3 presidential election should be delayed because mail-in ballots would be fraudulent.

With Universal Mail-In Voting (not Absentee Voting...

5 August 2020
 
Ashley Townshend, Lindsey Ford

The Trump campaign has long enjoyed delivering an unusual musical message during the president’s rallies, frequently blaring the Rolling Stones’ classic “You Can’t Always Get What You Want.” Last week, the music was...

5 August 2020