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Brendon O'Connor, Daniel Cooper

As the 2020 US presidential election draws near, close to 209,000 Americans have died from COVID-19 and over 7.3 million have tested positive to the virus, including President Donald Trump.

The announcement of...

4 October 2020
Bruce Wolpe

It was the same shock as when US president Ronald Reagan was shot in March 1981: "Oh my God, it's the president, is he going to be OK? Who is in charge in...

3 October 2020
Bruce Wolpe

Ninety minutes is a lifetime in politics these days – and Wednesday's reality TV show let us know that it was 90 minutes of our lifetimes we will never get back. A horrible...

1 October 2020
James Curran

It is now an article of faith that coronavirus has intensified existing strategic trends in world politics.

Chief among these has been the "return" of nationalism.

The globe’s most urgent issue is being...

28 September 2020
Bruce Wolpe

Ruth Bader Ginsburg, one of the most respected and revered US Supreme Court justices in recent decades, has died, leaving an immense void in the lives of untold millions of Americans who were...

21 September 2020
Jared Mondschein

As the two sides in US politics begin jockeying for position following the passing of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, the similarities to the 2016 presidential election are striking.

That year, the...

20 September 2020
James Curran

Now that the Australia-China relationship has hit a new low, the timing is right for charting a way out of the current impasse.

Australia’s post-pandemic economic recovery over the next generation – not...

17 September 2020
Simon Jackman

Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden leads Donald Trump in the bulk of opinion polls, with just 50 days until the November election.

But poll-based forecasts were widely maligned after the 2016 election, and...

15 September 2020
Simon Jackman

With less than two months until the US presidential election, Democratic nominee Joe Biden leads incumbent Donald Trump in the bulk of opinion polls.

But poll-based election forecasts have proved problematic before. The...

15 September 2020
Stephen Loosley

A recurring question for Trivial Pursuit at gatherings of the Chester A. Arthur Society, comprising Australian tragics of American politics, used to be this:

"What was the name of the cosmetic that Vice-President...

13 September 2020
Jim Orchard

In May 2020, as COVID-19 subsumed the Democratic primaries and Bernie Sanders suspended his presidential campaign, Joe Biden moved to shore up party support by setting up “Unity Task Teams”. These included an...

9 September 2020
James Curran

News that two Australian journalists in China have had to leave the country over fears for their personal safety comes as yet another hammer blow to a relationship trapped in a downward spiral...

9 September 2020
Adam Kamradt-Scott

Within days of COVID-19 being declared an international public health emergency on January 30, multiple groups of scientists began working on a vaccine. At the same time, governments began working on back-room deals...

8 September 2020
Elliott Brennan

Saturday, 5 September was supposed to be the day Australian history was irreconcilably changed. It was to be “Freedom Day”, the day when “real” Aussies took back control of the streets, their airways...

7 September 2020
John Lee

What are we to make of the growing global conversation about decoupling and economic distancing from China?

Sure, there have long been complaints about the hazards of dealing with China: its intellectual property...

4 September 2020
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