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Commentary
Stephen Loosley

The Russians have never left the stage in Washington DC, merely being off in the wings, but remaining ever present. Now they are back singing in the spotlight, courtesy of a former FSB...

26 July 2017
 
Commentary
Nicole Hemmer

Watergate has emerged as the preferred historical scandal for understanding the Trump administration in its first sixth months. There are plenty of good reasons for this, but they come with an unfortunate side...

25 July 2017
 
Commentary
Nicole Hemmer

Senator John McCain's vote on the GOP health care bill will play a big role in defining his legacy, writes USSC research associate Dr Nicole Hemmer for U.S. News and World Report.

25 July 2017
 
Commentary
Dougal Robinson

Australian political leaders need to change how they engage with the US. The US congress has demonstrated overwhelming goodwill towards Australia this year. But it has not been reciprocated.

Australia’s engagement with the...

25 July 2017
 
Commentary
Simon Jackman

"Will Donald Trump be impeached?" is perhaps the question I get asked the most often these days. Sometimes the question starts with the word "when".

Speculation about Trump being impeached by Congress has...

24 July 2017
 
Commentary
Nicole Hemmer

There's a lot we still don't know about last June's secret meeting between the Trump campaign and Russian lawyers and lobbyists. Indeed, the news seems to have raised more questions than it answered...

19 July 2017
 
Commentary
Nicole Hemmer

President Trump's opponents won't effect change by pining for a bygone era of bipartisanship, writes USSC research associate Dr Nicole Hemmer for U.S. News and World Report.

18 July 2017
 
Commentary
Simon Jackman

There has never been more global interest in the leadership of the United States, nor US interest in global opinion about the American leadership. ABC political editor Chris Uhlmann's two-minute viral video assessment...

13 July 2017
 
Commentary
Gorana Grgic

Recent international public opinion polls show that US global image has taken a hit since President Donald Trump assumed office. Some of the starkest decline in support has been recorded in traditional Western...

12 July 2017
 
Commentary
Nicole Hemmer

The move to shift Afghanistan operations from the military to contractors shows the full reach of the Trump administration's core philosophy: the privatisation of everything, writes USSC research associate Dr Nicole Hemmer for...

11 July 2017
 
Commentary
Nicole Hemmer

"The President in no way, form, or fashion has ever promoted or encouraged violence. If anything, quite the contrary." So said Sarah Huckabee Sanders, the President's new spinmeister, last week. Like so many...

7 July 2017
 
Commentary
Nicole Hemmer

Fifty years ago today the Freedom of Information Act went into effect in the United States. In her latest article for U.S. News, USSC research associate Dr Nicole Hemmer writes that the FOIA...

5 July 2017
 
Commentary
Claire McFarland

One of the areas of focus in President Trump’s ‘Tech Week’ last month was the emerging technology of unmanned aircraft systems, known in Australia as remotely piloted aircraft (or more popularly – drones).

The...

5 July 2017
 
Commentary
Brendan Thomas-Noone, Dougal Robinson

Joseph Dunford, the chairman of the US Joint Chiefs of Staff, made a remarkable admission last month: “Without sustained, sufficient, and predictable funding, I assess that within five years we will lose our...

3 July 2017
 
Commentary
Nicole Hemmer

In her latest piece for Vox, USSC research associate Dr Nicole Hemmer says that President Trump is adding a dark chapter to the modern history of presidential concealment of information.

1 July 2017
 
Commentary
Ashley Townshend

Momentum behind US-India strategic ties remains on firm footing in the wake of President Donald Trump’s first meeting with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi in the Oval Office this week. Labeling Modi a...

28 June 2017
 
Commentary
Nicole Hemmer

Why is the Republican Party pushing its wildly unpopular Trumpcare scheme? In her latest article for U.S. News, USSC research associate Dr Nicole Hemmer says it is because there's no cost to toxic...

27 June 2017
 
Commentary
Brendan Thomas-Noone

The liberal international order is all the rage these days.

Closing in on the first six months of the Trump presidency, middle powers such as Canada and Australia (as well as other nations in...

27 June 2017
 
Commentary
Haimin Huang

The world of space has entered a new era. Over the past two months, barriers thought unbreakable just five years ago have been shattered.

In the US, SpaceX re-landed first-stage boosters of its...

22 June 2017
 
Commentary
Stephen Loosley

John Fitzgerald Kennedy’s words continue to resonate on the centenary of his birth.

“For a world of complex and continuing problems, in a world full of frustrations and irritations, America’s leadership must be...

22 June 2017