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Zoe Meers, Matilda Steward

The 2018 midterm elections are a record-breaking year for women in American politics, with more women running for US Congress and state-wide office than any previous election. This year’s wave of women candidates...

19 September 2018
Zoe Meers

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...

11 September 2018
Lucas Thompson

After months of speculation, and an unprecedentedly long delay, the US Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs has selected a US representative for the 2019 Venice Biennale. The delays worried many...

5 September 2018
Shaun Ratcliff, Luke Mansillo

The United States midterm elections are being held on Tuesday, 6 November. This offers the first nationwide referendum on the presidency of Donald Trump. Presidential elections are held every four years, in conjunction...

27 August 2018
Aaron Nyerges

Digital blackface describes the act of producing, posting or circulating ‘black reaction gifs’ online and especially on social media threads. Someone watching a drama unfold might post Michael Jackson settling into the cinema...

23 August 2018

AgTech is a nascent industry at the intersection of agriculture and technology. For this reason what is included and excluded in analyses of both the size of the current market and the future...

22 August 2018
Matilda Steward, Lucy Nason
The economic arm of the US’ Indo-Pacific strategy

In a speech to the Indo-Pacific Business Forum on 30 July, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo unveiled the first new economic offerings of the Trump...

7 August 2018
Rodney Taveira

Spike Lee’s latest film BlackKklansman, which won the Grand Prix prize at the Cannes Film Festival, is based on real-life African American police officer Ron Stallworth (played by John David Washington, son...

2 August 2018

The Australia-United States Ministerial Consultations (AUSMIN) are Australia’s principal forum for formal consultations with the United States. The talks are led by the Australian Foreign and Defence Ministers and their counterparts, the US...

19 July 2018
Tom Corben

The ongoing absence of a US ambassador to Australia has generated plenty of political and academic debate over whether or not the Trump administration is taking the ANZUS alliance seriously. While the current...

28 June 2018
Elliott Brennan

Donald Trump insists that trade wars are “good and easy to win” and that the United States has nothing to lose from taking a confrontational approach to China on trade, citing the size...

25 June 2018
Elliott Brennan

From the Mexican border wall to refugee swap deals from Manus and Nauru, immigration has been a recurring point of tension during the Trump administration. But debate over a group of between 700,000-800,000...

16 April 2018
Jared Mondschein

The United States and Australia enjoy a deep and multi-faceted relationship spanning many years and generations. Having fought in every major war together for the past century and bound by a formal military...

14 April 2018
Elliott Brennan

Gun violence remains one of the most vexing issues in the United States. Since 1968, more Americans have now died at the barrel of a gun in civilian society than the sum total...

6 March 2018
Dougal Robinson

Admiral Harry Harris, the top US military commander in the Indo-Pacific, is set to be formally nominated as the US Ambassador to Australia in two weeks, when Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull meets President...

7 February 2018
Ryan Hawkins

This reference guide documents all in-person interactions between Australian prime ministers and US presidents since the beginning of the George W. Bush administration. It details the location of meetings, main topics of discussion...

2 November 2017