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Bruce Wolpe

The passing and farewell to His Royal Highness Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, resonates much differently in the United States compared to Australia and the Commonwealth and provides an opportunity to reflect on...

16 April 2021
Jared Mondschein

Unlike most US presidents, Joe Biden did not come to the White House with many fixed ideological positions. He did, however, come with fixed values. Chief among them is understanding how US policies...

15 April 2021
Victoria Cooper

The trial of Derek Chauvin, charged with second-degree murder, third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter for the killing of George Floyd in May last year, is groundbreaking. This is the first televised trial...

14 April 2021
John Lee

Will China’s launch of the digital currency electronics payment, or DCEP, the world’s first sovereign digital currency, threaten the ­ascendancy of the US dollar?

Beijing is hopeful and a growing group of policy...

8 April 2021
Bruce Wolpe

There is another lesson President Biden has taken from Obama’s epochal battles in Congress over ten years ago. His American Jobs Plan can pass Congress this year.

Here is why:

The way the...

6 April 2021
Gorana Grgic

If international relations in the first year of the COVID-19 pandemic was all about the politics of aid and mask diplomacy, there is no doubt the arrival of vaccines has made the second...

2 April 2021
Bruce Wolpe

President Joe Biden is going to try to do what Barack Obama could not – finally pass effective gun control in America. When 10 people were killed in Boulder, Colorado, this week, flags...

24 March 2021
Elliott Brennan

Last week Australia’s spy boss sent ripples through the national security community with the announcement that Asio will shift from using “rightwing extremism” and “Islamic extremism” to using “ideological extremism” and “religious extremism”...

23 March 2021
Charles Edel

Patrick Lawrence’s essay “Goodbye, America” (AFA10: Friends, Allies and Enemies) argues that America’s focus on Asia is based on an obsolete understanding of regional dynamics and a nostalgic desire to prolong American primacy. Believing otherwise...

17 March 2021
Gorana Grgic

In the flurry of analyses of Joe Biden’s early policy moves, there is a common thread that depicts the 46th president as an agent of change towards predictability in policymaking, and a much-desired...

17 March 2021
John Lee

The brinkmanship between the Morrison government and two tech giants was unmissable viewing for Australians and many across the world.

That the News Media and Digital Platforms Mandatory Bargaining Code was passed by...

6 March 2021
Pamela Maddock

As severe winter weather hit Texas late last month, residents suffered the loss of electricity and water, and dozens of people died — from exposure, from house fires, from carbon monoxide poisoning. At...

4 March 2021
David Uren

The Australian and United States governments both ordered urgent reviews of their supply chains last week amid growing concern about their vulnerability to disruption by China.

Australia’s Productivity Commission, which typically takes three...

3 March 2021
Lesley Russell

Sharing vaccines fairly is not only an ethical imperative but also essential to controlling COVID-19 writes USSC non-resident fellow Lesley Russell in Inside Story.

2 March 2021
Ashley Townshend, David Santoro

The Indo-Pacific Defense Forum excerpted and edited an article from a report published by the United States Studies Cente, Operationalising Deterrence in the Indo-Pacific, written by USSC director of foreign policy and defence...

2 March 2021
Stephen Loosley

The hardest task in politics is not to face down your official opponents on the other side of the parliamentary aisle. This comes naturally and is really a matter of political DNA. What...

1 March 2021
Gorana Grgic

The vote for Donald Trump’s second impeachment trial and subsequent acquittal in the Senate fell largely along partisan lines. It was yet more incontrovertible proof of a five-year long process of “hostile takeover”...

26 February 2021
Jim Orchard

Texas has experienced an unusually severe winter storm and the state’s electricity infrastructure has not been able to cope. This situation has prompted a round of climate-based political recriminations with conservatives blaming an...

25 February 2021
Bruce Wolpe

Just like former president Donald Trump, who committed his impeachable high crimes in broad daylight, Facebook, led by Mark Zuckerberg, mugged its 13 million users in Australia not in an unlit back alley...

22 February 2021
David Smith

In the second impeachment trial of Donald Trump, seven out of 50 Republican senators voted to convict the former president of inciting insurrection. This has raised more questions than it has answered about...

19 February 2021