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Commentary
Stephen Loosley

At a security dialogue in Beijing a few years ago, one of our Chinese hosts asked me what I thought of the proposed One Belt, One Road initiative. I responded positively, looking at...

18 January 2018
 
Commentary
Nicole Hemmer

In her latest article for U.S. News, USSC honorary associate Dr Nicole Hemmer writes about the big flaw in #MeToo criticism uncovered by the Aziz Ansari debate.

16 January 2018
 
Commentary
Nicole Hemmer

In this article published in The Washington Post, USSC honorary associate Dr Nicole Hemmer weighs in on what a Bannon-free Breitbart means for it as a voice of Trumpism.

12 January 2018
 
Commentary
Charles Edel

Could a Trump presidency simply be the forerunner of an Oprah presidency? After Oprah Winfrey's inspiring speech at the Golden Globe Awards that perfectly captured the righteous anger of the #Metoo movement, she...

10 January 2018
 
Commentary
Dougal Robinson

Congressman Ed Royce, the 66 year-old chairman of the US House Foreign Affairs Committee, yesterday announced that he would not seek a 14th two-year term at the 2018 midterm elections.

10 January 2018
 
Commentary
Nicole Hemmer

Media's creation and coverage of Oprah's possible presidential ambition is emblematic of the rot at the core of contemporary political analysis, writes USSC honorary associate Dr Nicole Hemmer for US News & World...

9 January 2018
 
Commentary
Nicole Hemmer

The men of film, television, and radio who have been charged with sexual harassment and abuse are rapidly disappearing from the entertainment landscape as shows and movies they appear in are being pulled...

9 January 2018
 
Commentary
Nicole Hemmer

Steve Bannon went to war with Donald Trump. At least, he tried to. In recently published excerpts from Michael Wolff's new book, Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House, Bannon lashed...

8 January 2018
 
Commentary
Brendan Thomas-Noone

The Trump administration’s first national security strategy, released yesterday, is contradictory in places and ironic in others. Its policy prescriptions, when set against the actions of Donald Trump, are of questionable credibility.

But...

20 December 2017
 
Commentary
Ben Flatgard

As Starc and Hazlewood were knocking over the English resistance in Perth, Australian hackers have been deploying a "Cyberline'' approach of their own.

20 December 2017
 
Commentary
Brendan Thomas-Noone

As I outlined in part 1, America and, by extension, Australia are losing their military-technological edge in the Indo-Pacific. A new type of great-power competition is emerging throughout the region—one that involves a...

14 December 2017
 
Commentary
Charles Edel, Hal Brands

The United States will endanger itself if it accedes to Russian and Chinese efforts to change the international system to their liking. Professor of global affairs at the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced...

14 December 2017
 
Commentary
Drew Sheldrick

It's supposed to be the final sitting week of US Congress for 2017 here in Washington, DC, but much of the conversation is fixated on what its two houses will look like in 2018. Roy...

13 December 2017
 
Commentary
Dougal Robinson

The US Congress could scuttle the nuclear deal with Iran this week. But it's unlikely to do so.

Donald Trump has railed against the deal since his campaign. In a speech on 13 October...

11 December 2017
 
Commentary
Caitlin Gauci

The 2017 foreign policy white paper reiterated the need for Australia to ‘advance our values and our national interests’ and to deepen ties with the US. The revived Friends of Australia Congressional Caucus...

8 December 2017
 
Commentary
Brendan Thomas-Noone

America’s military-technological advantage, an aspect of its strategic power since the end of the Cold War, is eroding. In response, the Pentagon launched the third offset strategy in 2014—a department-wide effort to find...

6 December 2017
 
Commentary
Gorana Grgic

As the war in Syria edges closer to its seventh year, there is scant reason for optimism that a lasting internationally brokered peace settlement is likely to surface. To date, Syrian peace talks...

6 December 2017
 
Commentary
Brendan Thomas-Noone

In Hugh White’s latest Quarterly Essay, he argues that “America will lose, and China will win” in Asia. China’s power has continued to grow stronger “economically, militarily and diplomat­ically” and America’s resolve...

5 December 2017
 
Commentary
Brendan Thomas-Noone

The release of the Foreign Policy White Paper last week has sparked heated debate about the rapidly evolving Indo-Pacific region, Australia’s role and our strategic assumptions. One line caught my eye: “Military modernisation in...

29 November 2017
 
Commentary
Anthony Wicht

Two Defence Department space projects 50 years apart have neat parallels. On 29 November 1967, Australia’s first satellite, WREsat, developed by a forerunner of the Defence Science and Technology Group, was launched from...

29 November 2017