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Commentary
Shaun Ratcliff

Polls had long shown Australians supported same-sex marriage, yet the results of the national postal survey have generated intense discussion. In commentary for the BBC, USSC political scientist Dr Shaun Ratcliff explores how...

17 November 2017
 
Commentary
Charles Edel

China’s sophisticated infiltration of Australian politics is a troubling example of how authoritarian states can subvert open societies. The United States should heed the lesson, writes USSC senior fellow and visiting scholar Dr...

13 November 2017
 
Commentary
Ben Flatgard

Cyber-crime is now a billion-dollar industry for North Korea. Cracking down on this criminal enterprise presents a strategic opportunity to apply further pressure on the Kim Jong-un regime.

Hard currency generated from cyber-crime...

10 November 2017
 
Commentary
Ashley Townshend

Aside from reiterating his commitment to key Asian allies, President Trump's main mission during his visit this week is to drum-up support for “maximum pressure” tactics on North Korea and place his “reciprocal...

8 November 2017
 
Commentary
Ashley Townshend

As Donald Trump jets around Asia this week, US allies and partners across the Indo-Pacific will be looking for signs that his administration has a vision for strengthening America's commitment to regional leadership.

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8 November 2017
 
Commentary
Ashley Townshend

Since Donald Trump entered the White House with an “America first” agenda, the shape of United States’ strategic policy in Indo-Pacific Asia has become a pressing concern for regional allies and partners. His...

8 November 2017
 
Commentary
Ryan Hawkins

Donald Trump sows a great deal of uncertainty, but there’s every indication that he’ll see less of the Australian prime minister than did his two immediate predecessors, Presidents George W. Bush and Barack...

7 November 2017
 
Commentary
Ryan Hawkins

This reference guide documents all in-person interactions between Australian prime ministers and US presidents since the beginning of the George W. Bush administration. It details the location of meetings, main topics of discussion...

2 November 2017
 
Commentary
Anthony Wicht

Senator Simon Birmingham’s September declaration that Australia would establish a space agency created a buzz across the space sector.

The announcement was unexpected. Few anticipated any government commitment until after Dr Megan Clark’s...

2 November 2017
 
Commentary
David Smith

In White-dominated societies, nearly any demand for equality by people of colour is met by a backlash couched in terms of White victimhood. This has been as true for Black Lives Matter as...

1 November 2017
 
Commentary
Anthony Wicht

With the announcement of an Australian space agency, the space start-ups of Australia must feel like the Hollywood hopefuls who became an overnight success after ten years of hard work. These companies have a...

1 November 2017
 
Commentary
Brendan Thomas-Noone, Ben Flatgard

The Australian government has made a public display of announcing its capacity and intent to use cyber operations as a tool of foreign policy. First, as part of the 2016 cybersecurity strategy, Prime...

25 October 2017
 
Commentary
Nicole Hemmer

They never mentioned Trump's name, but in the past week, two former presidents began building the case for Donald Trump as a growing problem for American democracy. "We've seen nationalism distorted into nativism,"...

24 October 2017
 
Commentary
Claire McFarland

In late September, the White House announced President Trump had signed a presidential memorandum to increase access to high-quality science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) education with US$200 million to be directed to...

18 October 2017
 
Commentary
Nicole Hemmer

When sexual harassment returns to the national spotlight, so too does Anita Hill. Hill, who became a household name after accusing Clarence Thomas of sexual harassment during his Supreme Court nomination hearing, has...

17 October 2017
 
Commentary
Nicole Hemmer

In her latest article for The Age, USSC research associate Dr Nicole Hemmer says the Republican Party has abandoned its core values in its pursuit of power, putting in place policies that predominantly...

12 October 2017
 
Commentary
Stephen Loosley

Occasionally, a movie continues to speak with insight and clarity to generations well beyond the time of its original release. Such a movie is Citizen Kane, the classic 1941 film which is inextricably...

11 October 2017
 
Commentary
Nicole Hemmer

Bob Corker's Twitter spat with Donald Trump showed GOP leaders that courage up has an upside, writes USSC research associate Dr Nicole Hemmer for U.S. News and World Report.

10 October 2017
 
Commentary
Dougal Robinson

Foreign capitals go into a frenzy when President Trump tweets and makes outlandish comments that upset longstanding norms and complicate bilateral relationships with Washington.

The capricious nature and decisions of the 45th president...

10 October 2017
 
Commentary
Richard Holden

The Trump administration announced Wednesday what may be its signature piece of domestic policy – a plan to reshape both corporate and personal taxes. The plan, which contains significant tax cuts, was greeted...

3 October 2017