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Commentary
Dougal Robinson

Vice President Mike Pence will touch down in Sydney this week aboard Air Force Two – his two-day visit to Australia likely to be low-key affair.

It will be the first time a...

19 April 2017
 
Commentary
Dougal Robinson

Australia’s popular standing in Washington DC is at a high-water mark following the infamous Trump–Turnbull phone call. There’s immense goodwill towards Australia, but that hasn’t yet translated to a formal re-evaluation of the...

19 April 2017
 
Commentary
Nicole Hemmer

Research associate Dr Nicole Hemmer writes for U.S. News and World Report about how institutions gift a veneer of respectability to white nationalists who promote racist pseudoscience.

18 April 2017
 
Commentary
Nicole Hemmer

Embracing questionable political figures as a way of advancing legitimate foreign-policy critiques is a trade-off right-wing non-interventionists have made again and again. They did so with Lindbergh, with Buchanan, with Trump. And now...

15 April 2017
 
Commentary
James Brown

The Alliance 21 team chose a dramatic week to be in Washington. Our researchers spent last week engaging with the US foreign, defence, and trade policy community, meeting with administration officials and congressional staff...

12 April 2017
 
Commentary
Nicole Hemmer

President Trump's impulses seem guided by his desire for attention and good reviews, and his decision to order the missile strike on Syria won him both, writes research associate Dr Nicole Hemmer.

11 April 2017
 
Commentary
Nicole Hemmer

The US attorney general is ready to bring back the days when conservatives lacked compassion on criminal justice, writes research associate Dr Nicole Hemmer for U.S. News and World Report.

11 April 2017
 
Commentary
Max Paul Friedman

The “nuclear option” sounds like a scary solution to the North Korean crisis, but it is the nickname of a parliamentary maneuver the Republican Party is likely to use this week in order...

5 April 2017
 
Commentary
Nicole Hemmer

Research associate Dr Nicole Hemmer writes for U.S. News & World Report that many on the nationalist right want to expand the very health care programs Republicans are promising to cut.

4 April 2017
 
Commentary
Dougal Robinson

Australians should care about the healthcare debacle in Washington. Republicans said yesterday they still want to repeal Obamacare, but after events last week it is hard to see how President Trump and congressional...

31 March 2017
 
Commentary
Stephen Loosley

One of the best comedies of the Cold War was Norman Jewison’s film 'The Russians are Coming; The Russians are Coming' of 1966. The plot centres on a Soviet submarine whose curious Captain...

29 March 2017
 
Commentary
Nicole Hemmer

Research associate Dr Nicole Hemmer writes for U.S. News and World Report.

28 March 2017
 
Commentary
Nicole Hemmer

Donald Trump’s casual rhetoric of genetic superiority, his stable of advisers touting the supremacy of white Western culture, his hesitance to denounce supporters like David Duke and the alt-right — all this has...

28 March 2017
 
Commentary
Ashley Townshend

While the Asia-Pacific does not rank highly in US President Donald Trump’s worldview, his administration looks to be adopting a more muscular security policy in the region than that of his predecessor. During...

22 March 2017
 
Commentary
Nicole Hemmer

President Trump's lack of knowledge and patience is undermining his administration at every turn, writes research associate Dr Nicole Hemmer.

21 March 2017
 
Commentary
Ashley Townshend

President Donald Trump’s administration is rolling out a more confrontational and self-interested Asia policy than that of his predecessor. This is not good news for Australia or the region.

16 March 2017
 
Commentary
Ashley Townshend, Brendan Thomas-Noone, Dougal Robinson

US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson arrives in Asia on Wednesday on his first official trip to Tokyo, Seoul and Beijing. It won't be smooth sailing. Amid spiralling regional security tensions and escalating rumours...

15 March 2017
 
Commentary
Dougal Robinson

The Republican Party is starting to fracture. Republicans railed against the Affordable Care Act – better known as Obamacare – throughout Barack Obama’s presidency, but they are now struggling to unite behind their bill...

15 March 2017
 
Commentary
Nicole Hemmer

Trump and the GOP are adopting Andrew Jackson's vision of white nationalism as their own, writes research associate Dr Nicole Hemmer.

14 March 2017
 
Commentary
Nicole Hemmer

Research associate Dr Nicole Hemmer writes for Vox.

8 March 2017