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Brendon O'Connor

Future generations are very unlikely to credit Christopher Hitchens with saving the Left. Nor is he likely to be remembered as a great essayist like his long-time hero George Orwell, or even H.L...

15 March 2023
Brendon O'Connor

In Katie Kitamura’s brilliant novel Intimacies (2022), the story of a former African dictator being tried in the International Criminal Court, there is a summary of the case against the accused:

The national...
6 December 2022
Michael J. Green

Dr Michael Green, CEO of US Studies Centre, writes for Japan Decides 2021: The Japanese General Election edited by Robert J. Pekkanen, Steven R. Reed, Daniel M. Smith, and published by Palgrave Macmillan.


1 December 2022
Peter K. Lee

In this essay published for Asia Policy by The National Bureau of Asian Research, USSC Research Fellow Dr Peter Lee and the Strategic & Defence Studies Centre (Australian National University) Senior Lecturer in...

26 October 2022
Bruce Wolpe

Jared Kushner – son of a convicted felon (ultimately pardoned by Donald Trump); Trump’s son-in-law by marriage to the “warm”, “funny”, “brilliant” Ivanka Trump; Manhattan real-estate mogul closing billion-dollar deals; mini media mogul...

17 September 2022
Brendon O'Connor

In this article published by the Journal of Political Ideologies, USSC Associate Professor Brendon O'Connor, Macquarie University's Lloyd Cox and the University of Sydney's Danny Cooper argue that American exceptionalism is, in essence...

22 August 2022
Tom Corben, David Santoro

President of the Pacific Forum David Santoro and USSC Research Associate Tom Corben co-authored the chapter "The missing piece? The US approach to nuclear governance" for the book, Nuclear Governance in the Asia-Pacific...

8 August 2022
Bruce Wolpe

Joe Hockey served as Australia’s ambassador to the United States in the last year of President Barack Obama’s term and throughout Donald Trump’s presidency. Diplomatic is his memoir of those tumultuous, extraordinary times.


9 May 2022

The Alliance at 70 commemorates the Alliance between Australia and the United States on the 70th anniversary of the signing of the ANZUS Treaty in San Francisco on 1 September 1951.

This volume...

7 December 2021
Peter K. Lee

Surrounded by great powers, South Korea has weathered the upheaval of the COVID-19 pandemic in its own unique way. Aspirations for greater autonomy and self-reliance are also driving significant changes to Seoul’s political...

12 November 2021
Stephen Loosley

New Year’s Eve appears to be a purpose-built gateway for LA crime noir.

James Ellroy achieved this with written blunt force trauma in the opening of The Big Nowhere, beginning with New Year’s...

11 November 2021
Bruce Wolpe

For a journalist as thorough and exacting as Bob Woodward, the coda to Rage, his second book on the Trump presidency, was stunning. The greatest threat to the presidency “was Trump himself”...

5 October 2021
Tom Corben

It has been rare in recent years for the anniversary of the atomic bombings in Japan to pass without controversy, invariably concerning remarks made by the prime minister. This year was no different...

6 September 2021
Susannah Patton

Depending on your perspective, Australia’s China debate might be relatively sophisticated, or resemble shell-churned ground in a war zone. Either way, it’s noisy and vigorous.

30 August 2021
Stephen Loosley

James Ellroy, who delights in the sobriquet of the ‘Demon Dog’ of American crime writing, has returned to the Los Angeles of the mid-1950s with this latest offering of crime and corruption. This...

12 August 2021
Bruce Wolpe

In their incisive, dramatic and masterful account of President Donald Trump’s last year in office – what we read is “the closest version of the truth that we could determine based on rigorous...

30 July 2021
Brendon O'Connor, Daniel Cooper

When Barack Obama was elected president, many commentators predicted a reversal of the ideologically charged foreign policy of George W. Bush. As the years unfolded, descriptions of President Obama's foreign policy diverged significantly...

22 July 2021
Ashley Townshend

The Asia-Pacific Regional Security Assessment 2021 is the eighth in a series of publications from the International Institute for Strategic Studies covering vital strategic, geopolitical, economic, military and security trends in the Asia-Pacific...

8 June 2021
Charles Edel

Over the years, Halle’s Spring in Washington has won a devoted following of nature enthusiasts for its depictions of the drama of spring’s arrival. But Halle’s devotion to the ecological view earned him another...

7 May 2021
Bruce Wolpe

There was a reason why Nancy Pelosi was beaming from the podium in the House of Representatives on the 99th day of Joe Biden’s presidency: Democrats controlled the House, the Senate and the...

6 May 2021