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Commentary
Jared Mondschein

Known as a “hawk among hawks”, US President Donald Trump’s new national security advisor, John Bolton, has devoted his long career in Washington to championing US military intervention in places like North Korea...

24 May 2018
 
Commentary
Dougal Robinson

There’s been much ado about the absence of a US Ambassador to Australia.

While the 11th hour re-routing of Harry Harris to Seoul captured attention, the underlying issue is that it will be...

23 May 2018
 
Commentary
Stephen Kirchner

The joint United States-China communique on trade issues released over the weekend has been flagged by US Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin as a ceasefire in the trade war between the two economies.

Yet...

23 May 2018
 
Commentary
Stephen Kirchner

The Reserve Bank of Australia (RBA) is making an explicit trade-off between inflation and financial stability concerns. And this could be weighing on Australians’ wages.

In the past, the RBA focused more on...

16 May 2018
 
Commentary
Andrew Herrmann

On March 22 Atlanta, Georgia was under siege. But as its citizens set about their morning, no fighter jets screamed overhead and no armoured vehicles poured through the streets. The only indication anything was...

16 May 2018
 
Commentary
John Lee

The election victory of the Mahathir Mohamad-led Pakatan Harapan coalition — translated as Alliance of Hope — is compelling evidence of the political maturity of the Malaysian people.

The extraordinary result is an...

11 May 2018
 
Commentary
Tara Colley

In the fortnight since Kanye West reactivated his Twitter and shared a photo of himself in a “Make America Great Again” hat, a storm of media commentary, tweets and public debate has raged. One popular...

9 May 2018
 
Commentary
Anthony Wicht

The Federal Government has announced $41 million of funding to kickstart the Australian space sector over the next four years.

The $41 million of funding is allocated across:

establishing the national space agency...
8 May 2018
 
Commentary
Nicole Hemmer

Sometimes, you don’t get the hero you want. You get the hero you deserve. That’s the case for Americans who believe that the current investigations into the Trump administration will expose political or...

7 May 2018
 
Commentary
Stephen Loosley

Carl Bernstein, one half of the Woodward and Bernstein journalistic duo from TheWashington Post whose investigations made a significant contribution to the fall of Richard Nixon in 1974, is in no doubt as...

7 May 2018
 
Commentary
Spencer Maughan

While many think of innovation as something that solely happens when ambitious young people start working in Silicon Valley garages, quite a lot of innovation is actually occurring in one of the world’s...

2 May 2018
 
Commentary
Gorana Grgic

After a number of years of relative disinterest in the Western Balkans, there has recently been no shortage of special panels, roundtables, hearings, opinion pieces, and reports on both sides of the Atlantic...

1 May 2018
 
Commentary
Charles Edel

A last-minute reversal by Republican Senator Rand Paul overnight has seen CIA Director Mike Pompeo avoid a historic rebuke by the US Senate Foreign Relations Committee — where a nominee for secretary of...

25 April 2018
 
Commentary
Simon Jackman, Ashley Townshend

Anzac Day morning gave Australians yet another taste of the dysfunction inside the Trump administration. In a remarkable last-minute change, Admiral Harry Harris, Donald Trump’s nominee as US ambassador to Australia, instead was...

25 April 2018
 
Commentary
Charles Edel

Shortly after becoming the US Secretary of State in 1818, John Quincy Adams surveyed the State Department and declared “all in disorder and confusion”. Two hundred years later, Mike Pompeo will confront a...

24 April 2018
 
Commentary
Nicole Hemmer

Former First Lady Barbara Bush, matriarch of the Bush political dynasty, died last week at the age of 92. In the days since her passing, there has been an outpouring of remembrances about...

24 April 2018
 
Commentary
Nicole Hemmer

The Fox News host has Trump’s ear because he’s a booster, not because he’s influential, writes USSC honorary associate Dr Nicole Hemmer for The Washington Post.

21 April 2018
 
Commentary
John Barron

In 1990, as America's first lady, Barbara Bush delivered a Commencement Address at the prestigious Wellesley women's college in Massachusetts that experts later voted one of the 50 best political speeches in history.

...

18 April 2018
 
Commentary
Claire McFarland

Nearly 300 people converged on Washington, DC last Thursday for the G’Day USA Dialogue on Defence Industries. In light of the newly-announced goal of growing Australia's defence industry into a top ten global...

18 April 2018
 
Commentary
Rodney Taveira

When the first season of Roseanne aired across 1988–89 it was called, by some critics, “slob comedy”. Variety declared that the Conners were “appalling TV role models” in its review of the first...

11 April 2018