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Commentary
John Lee

China takes the long view and is assiduously planning its Great Rejuvenation while democratic governments think only as far as the next election. Chinese leader Xi Jinping is a master strategist who has...

19 September 2018
 
Commentary
John Lee

Non-resident senior fellow John Lee argues in this Nikkei Asian Review article that turmoil in Canberra comes at a time when Australia's region needs it to be a democratic leader.

18 September 2018
 
Commentary
Thomas Adams

When the news broke over the weekend of Dr Christine Blasey's accusations of sexual assault against US Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, the immediate reaction was to think back 27 years to the...

18 September 2018
 
Commentary
Bruce Wolpe

Much is at stake in this November’s midterm elections in the United States: control of the US House of Representatives, the Senate and many state governorships and legislatures. But just as in Australian...

17 September 2018
 
Commentary
Brendon O'Connor

Despite the significant global outrage at US President Donald Trump and his supporters – best highlighted by the Pew surveys and more viscerally by the enormous anti-Trump protests in London in July 2018...

13 September 2018
 
Commentary
Jessica Bi

While the democratisation of space has had undeniable benefits, the rate of sending new satellites into orbit is overwhelming our ability to manage them. The US military is tracking around 18,000 space objects...

12 September 2018
 
Commentary
Stephen Kirchner

The failure of Lehman Brothers on September 15, 2008 has become synonymous with the crisis that engulfed the United States and European financial system a decade ago, but left Australia's banks relatively unscathed.

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12 September 2018
 
Commentary
Charles Edel

Senior Fellow Dr Charles Edel chairs a roundtable for the Texas National Security Review to discuss the life and latest work of American Historian Melvyn P. Leffler. Safeguarding Democratic Capitalism is a collection...

10 September 2018
 
Commentary
Nicole Hemmer

The New York Times, in a shocking break from protocol, ran an opinion piece last week from a person identified only as a senior official within the Trump administration. The anonymity seemed...

10 September 2018
 
Commentary
Nicole Hemmer

USSC honorary associate Dr Nicole Hemmer writes in the Washington Post that President Trump's push for 'fairness' on Google searches fits into a long history of Republicans arguing for the regulating of balance...

3 September 2018
 
Commentary
Stephen Loosley

Stephen Loosley writes that the Australian parliament should consider, in co-operation with the US congress, the establishment of a John S. McCain memorial scholarship, which would enable Australian and American MPs, congressmen and...

3 September 2018
 
Commentary
Stephen Kirchner

The economic damage wrought by increased taxes on international trade is well-known, as is the politics driving such self-destructive policies. Yet the direct costs of these measures are only the start. Just as...

29 August 2018
 
Commentary
Dougal Robinson, Charles Edel

The constant eruption of news out of Washington has forced some commentators into the awkward position of arguing that American policy can best be understood by ignoring what the president says, and instead...

29 August 2018
 
Commentary
Simon Jackman

Much turns in American politics with John McCain's passing.

A US Senator since 1986, Senator McCain was the most senior and most trenchant Republican critic of President Donald Trump. He was his party's...

27 August 2018
 
Commentary
Charles Edel

Senior fellow Charles Edel writes in American Interest that there is a growing consensus among Western governments about the risks posed by China’s security, industrial, and commercial policies.

27 August 2018
 
Commentary
Nicole Hemmer

Guilty verdicts. Guilty pleas. Immunity. It was an eventful week in the judicial system for people associated with the Trump campaign, as investigations into the corruption and criminality of that campaign move forward.

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26 August 2018
 
Commentary
Kimberly Monarrez

The United States tops the worldwide rank of incarceration. Its criminal justice system holds approximately 0.65 per cent of the US population in state and federal prisons, juvenile correctional facilities and local jails...

22 August 2018
 
Commentary
Sarah Graham

The Trump administration’s withdrawal from the Paris climate agreement was greeted with dismay around the world. Less well known, but probably just as damaging to emissions reductions, was freezing standards for carbon dioxide...

21 August 2018
 
Commentary
Tara Colley

Nicki Minaj’s Queen, an album four years in the making, is the latest in a recent surge of new music from a particular generation of rap titans. In rap’s fourth decade, as the...

20 August 2018
 
Commentary
Charles Edel

Washington has long considered Cambodia a strategic lost cause. Yet the country’s Chinese turn should serve as a warning of what China’s growing economic presence, especially in authoritarian countries, will mean for Southeast...

17 August 2018