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Commentary
Ashley Townshend

When US Defence Secretary James Mattis made his first trip to Asia last February, regional allies and partners were cautiously relieved. Donald Trump had spent months condemning Japan and South Korea as free-riders...

13 July 2018
 
Commentary
Tara Colley

US rapper Kendrick Lamar’s Australian tour kicks off this week, culminating in a headline appearance at the music festival Splendour in the Grass.

Lamar’s most recent album, DAMN., not only topped the charts...

12 July 2018
 
Commentary
Ariel Castro-Martinez

In San Francisco, a household that makes US$100,000 per year is considered low-income. A studio apartment there rents for about AU$850 per week. In Cupertino, home of Apple headquarters, the median home value...

11 July 2018
 
Commentary
John Lee

USSC non-resident senior fellow John Lee wrote about the value of a plan for the Indo-Pacific that involves ASEAN and doesn't openly target China.

11 July 2018
 
Commentary
Stephen Kirchner

We should not underestimate the seriousness of the trade war unfolding between the United States and the rest of the world.

Global trade is facing its biggest threat since the US introduced the...

11 July 2018
 
Commentary
Thomas Adams

Following a landslide victory in Mexico's presidential election, Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador is president-elect of one the world's most populous democracies.

The political coalition he leads, Juntos Haremos Historia - which encompasses the...

9 July 2018
 
Commentary
Charles Edel

USSC visiting scholar and senior fellow Charles Edel and Hal Brands write for The National Interest that the US founding fathers had a tragic mindset that determined the bounds of the republic they...

5 July 2018
 
Commentary
Stephen Kirchner

Recent volatility in US stock markets has been attributed to speculation about new restrictions on foreign investment in the United States. The Trump administration has been sending mixed signals on the issue, but...

5 July 2018
 
Commentary
Charles Edel

The value of the alliance is its preservation of something that may seem intangible, and yet nevertheless is essential to the security, prosperity and values of both of our nations: support for a...

3 July 2018
 
Commentary
Nicole Hemmer

This weekend, the streets of America were once again clogged with protesters as people marched in opposition to the administration’s detention of migrant children. A few days earlier, more than 600 women were...

3 July 2018
 
Commentary
Zoe Meers

Recent research into the US tech industry shows that while diversity is deemed important, active involvement in ensuring its increase is less apparent. In comparison, the tech industry in Australia is ramping up...

20 June 2018
 
Commentary
Nicole Hemmer

If you want to understand the crisis unfolding on the US-Mexican border, one photograph, featured on the front page of the New York Times last week, captures it in its stark inhumanity.

19 June 2018
 
Commentary
Anthony Wicht

Sometimes the future arrives overnight. Take SpaceX's February launch, when spent sections of the rocket guided themselves back from the edge of space, settling on the pad like improbably balanced telephone poles straight...

14 June 2018
 
Commentary
Rebecca Hinkhouse

In 1963, President John F. Kennedy believed that 25 countries would have nuclear weapons by the 1970s. Today, only nine do. Many credit the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons (NPT), which...

13 June 2018
 
Commentary
Nicole Hemmer

Sinclair Broadcasting Group, the largest owner of local television stations in America, is still not a household name like, for example, Fox News. Yet it may be the truest heir to former Fox...

13 June 2018
 
Commentary
Brendan Thomas-Noone

In 1977, president Jimmy Carter was facing growing resistance from congress and the defence bureaucracy about a campaign pledge to draw down US military forces on the Korean peninsula.

“The essence of the...

13 June 2018
 
Commentary
Jared Mondschein

US President Donald Trump and Larry Kudlow have more in common than many realise. When President Trump selected Larry Kudlow as director of the National Economic Council, the president decided that the most...

12 June 2018
 
Commentary
Stephen Loosley

Dr Strangelove or How I Learned To Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb is Stanley Kubrick’s masterpiece. Some may argue, with more than passing justification, that Kubrick’s masterpiece is either The Paths of...

6 June 2018
 
Commentary
Nicole Hemmer

Is the president above the law? That’s the question at the heart of America’s slow-moving constitutional crisis. Over the weekend, The New York Times published two letters that Donald Trump’s lawyers sent to...

5 June 2018
 
Commentary
Nicole Hemmer

In her latest article for Vox, USSC honorary associate Dr Nicole Hemmer writes that America has never treated families — nonwhite families, anyway — as sacrosanct.

4 June 2018