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Stephen Loosley

Detroit is the only American city where I always felt uneasy. Even the cops look at you as if you have no right to be there and this is as true of Renaissance...

20 November 2021
Bruce Wolpe

Democrats in Washington, from President Biden down, feel pretty good going into Thanksgiving. The huge bipartisan infrastructure bill is law; America is going to get rebuilt. The House has passed the most significant...

19 November 2021
Charles Edel

Charles Edel, non-resident senior fellow at the USSC, and David O. Shullman, senior director of the Global China Hub at the Atlantic Council, write for the Washington Post on how in 2021 China...

15 November 2021
Susannah Patton

Last week, Singapore’s Education Minister Chan Chun Sing addressed the Fullerton lecture series on US-China relations and his own country’s foreign policy. Chan, a leading member of the so-called “4G” or fourth-generation of...

15 November 2021
John Lee

A caricature of Australian strategic policy since Federation is that we slavishly attach ourselves to the dominant Western naval power of the day in the hope great and powerful distant friends will protect...

11 November 2021
Charles Edel

September was a dizzying month in Australian foreign policy, especially in the Australian–American relationship. In quick succession were the 70th anniversary of ANZUS, the announcement of the new AUKUS defence partnership, the annual...

3 November 2021
Bruce Wolpe

Since the Civil War, Virginia has elected its governors in the year after the presidential election. Like by-elections here in Australia, it is a big off-year electoral “test” of how the President’s party...

1 November 2021
Bruce Wolpe

One year on from winning the election, Joe Biden is the least popular modern US president except for Donald Trump – and Donald Trump remains his biggest threat. Read USSC non-resident senior fellow...

30 October 2021
Simon Jackman

"The Australian Way” was the title of the Morrison government’s rollout of its “whole-of-economy Plan” for net zero emissions by 2050, the phrase used at least eight times in Tuesday’s press conference.


29 October 2021
Charles Edel

Despite repeated assertions from the Biden administration that “America is back”, questions persist in Australia and around the world.

How inwardly focused is the United States? Is US support for Australia and its...

26 October 2021
Bruce Wolpe

Australians are still surprised when the news from our parochial Commonwealth in a galaxy far, far away is noticed big time across the United States.

Sharks, gators, mice - we get that. But...

25 October 2021
Stephen Loosley

The holiday season for Christmas-New Year will soon be upon us. It is in the public interest that we avoid the type of debacle that overwhelmed the Prime Minister’s holiday sojourn in Hawaii...

24 October 2021
Bruce Wolpe

In his first press conference as president back in March, Joe Biden said “We have to prove democracy works” by proving that the institutions of government work.

This week, two branches of the...

18 October 2021
Stephen Kirchner

Policy issues at the intersection of international security and international economics loom increasingly large for Australian and United States policymakers. Geoeconomic statecraft is the use of economic policy instruments to further geopolitical, foreign policy, and security objectives...

14 October 2021
Brendon O'Connor

In Samuel Huntington’s controversial 1996 book The Clash of Civilizations he claimed that Australia was a “torn country.” Torn between its Anglosphere history and alliances on one side and its movement into deeper...

8 October 2021
John Lee

The world has been watching as the Chinese real estate giant Evergrande flails, and some have been asking whether Beijing will soon have a moment akin to 2008’s collapse of Lehman Brothers in...

6 October 2021
Ashley Townshend, Tom Corben, Susannah Patton

Before the AUKUS announcement, evidence that the Biden administration was prioritizing the Indo-Pacific region was scant.

Sure, the administration talked a lot about China, but President Joe Biden mostly cast this as a...

1 October 2021
Bruce Wolpe

Votes on President Biden’s agenda in Congress may be imminent – and at stake is the future of Biden’s presidency. Issues Australia cares about are in the balance too.

Democrats in the United...

30 September 2021
Ashley Townshend, Toby Warden, Thomas Lonergan

Australia’s recent decision to acquire nuclear-powered submarines through the new Australia-United Kingdom-United States (AUKUS) defense technology partnership has put its efforts to deter China’s rising military power on the global stage. But as...

30 September 2021
Ashley Townshend, Thomas Lonergan

Canberra’s momentous decision to acquire nuclear-powered submarines through the new Aukus arrangement with London and Washington is an unmistakable sign of Australia’s commitment to balance China’s military power in the Indo-Pacific region.


28 September 2021