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Commentary
Stephen Kirchner

The World Trade Organization (WTO) last week agreed to investigate the United States’ tariffs on steel and aluminium in response to complaints from seven affected members, as well as US complaints against their...

28 November 2018
 
Commentary
Bruce Wolpe

An American president, in his first term, was crystal clear about how he saw America's strategic interests in selling arms to Saudi Arabia: ''I am convinced that providing Saudi Arabia with this equipment...

27 November 2018
 
Commentary
Nicole Hemmer

Amazon has, after a long wait, announced it will be opening headquarters in both New York City and northern Virginia.

The decision ended a year-long search for “HQ2”, the second headquarters of the...

21 November 2018
 
Commentary
Charles Edel

Senior fellow Charles Edel with Siddharth Mohandas in the second essay in their two-part series on the so-called 'Chinese Century' for The National Interest. This essay examines the military and ideological dimensions and...

21 November 2018
 
Commentary
Bruce Wolpe

It’s stumping even the experts on Twitter: what is Donald Trump doing praising Nancy Pelosi and offering to help her get the votes she needs to become speaker of the House in January? 

Twice...

21 November 2018
 
Commentary
Stephen Loosley

The year was 1989. The caucus meeting in Canberra was dragging on. An interruption to the proceedings was welcome.

Steve Dubois, the mild-mannered but dedicated member for St George, entered and called out...

20 November 2018
 
Commentary
Charles Edel

Senior fellow Charles Edel writes with The Asia Group research director Siddharth Mohandas about the so-called Chinese Century for The National Interest.

Edel and Mohandas write "if the history of this century...

15 November 2018
 
Commentary
Stephen Kirchner

The partisan divide in American politics is now said to be one between nationalists and globalists, with President Donald Trump leading the nationalists. Ironically, this recent popular backlash against globalisation came only after...

14 November 2018
 
Commentary
Charles Edel

Senior fellow Charles Edel writes in Foreign Affairs about how the United States can double-down on its commitment to the crucial Indo-Pacific region. The US is well positioned to facilitate the investment of...

14 November 2018
 
Commentary
Simon Jackman

Let's start with the good news. Above all, this election was a reaffirmation of American democracy, a signal contrary to much commentary, that neither Trump — nor the Russians, the Chinese, nor the...

12 November 2018
 
Commentary
Bruce Wolpe

Their principal objective was to capture the House — and they did. A lot of analysts have questioned the margin — currently a gain of 32 seats that may edge up to 35...

12 November 2018
 
Commentary
Jared Mondschein

The Democrats have taken back the House of Representatives, "turned blue" a number of governorships and state legislatures, and already started discussions about investigations into President Trump and even impeachment.

9 November 2018
 
Commentary
Stephen Loosley

In the end, the verdict of the American voter in the US mid-term elections was neither a blue wave nor a red wave: more of a restless wave.

As anticipated, the Republicans appear...

8 November 2018
 
Commentary
Tom Corben

After sitting vacant for more than two years — the longest stretch in the history of bilateral relations — the Trump administration has nominated a new US ambassador to Australia.

8 November 2018
 
Commentary
John Lee

Foreign Minister Marise Payne’s meeting with Chinese counterpart Wang Yi is good news. It may even pave the way for a leaders’ summit within weeks.

Is it a genuine breakthrough and a new...

7 November 2018
 
Commentary
Thomas Adams

In my American legal history unit at the University of Sydney, after a couple of weeks of contextualising the legal, political, social, and intellectual world in which it was written, we spend a...

5 November 2018
 
Commentary
Nicole Hemmer

On the eve of the midterm elections, the American economy is humming. Another quarter-million jobs in October have pushed unemployment down to 3.7 per cent, and, for the first time in a long...

5 November 2018
 
Commentary
Bruce Wolpe

The capital is eerily quiet – has been all week. No traffic, light activity on the streets, hill staff out in their districts working campaigns, lobbyists doing the same for members they want...

5 November 2018
 
Commentary
Brendon O'Connor, Dan Dixon

From afar, the US midterm elections might seem to be all about Donald Trump, and there is some truth to this. The man, as has been the case for some years now, is...

5 November 2018
 
Commentary
Mats de Rooij

Europe is starting to do what the United States has long wanted. It’s just not doing it the way the United States wants.

Following decades of US military presence in Europe, US tolerance of overseas...

31 October 2018