• A visit to Pyongyang: the Kim dynasty’s homage to Stalinism

    Colin Alexander     |      September 9, 2018

    The ruling dynasty in North Korea have not only learned from Stalin’s grim example, but have taken it to a gold-plated extreme. However, like the Soviet dictator and the regime he led, every despot is destined to fall in the end.

  • Turmoil in Trumpland

    Barbara Keys     |      September 8, 2018

    Tumult is the Trump administration’s middle name – and never more so than in the last few days. However the latest revelations about President Trump’s erratic behaviour and chaotic White House may only further endear him to his supporter base.

  • Political leadership cannot be disentangled from collective psychology

    Andrew Frain     |      September 4, 2018

    Much has been made of individual motives for revenge in recent political turmoil, but collective psychology underlines that people behave as members of a collective as well as individuals.

  • The strength of soft power

    Graeme Dobell     |      September 3, 2018

    Soft power is a slow-growing asset, as much the product of a society as the possession of a government. But, as a twittering US president shows, destroying trust and burning a nation’s soft power can be done with awful speed.

  • The high costs of our destructive coup culture

    Michelle Grattan     |      September 1, 2018

    There are no easy ways to rid ourselves of the coup culture, or to force tin-eared politicians to lift their game. But it wouldn’t hurt for more people to follow the example of those in the community leadership program and remind their MPs of their KPIs.

  • 4 reforms to improve leadership stability

    Heath Pickering     |      August 31, 2018

    Australian prime ministers now struggle to survive a term in office, falling at the hands of their own nervous MPs before they can face the electorate a second time. How could party rules to changed to ease the churn of the top job in the country?

  • Assessing the Bishop era of Australian foreign policy

    Nick Bisley     |      August 30, 2018

    As time goes by, we will notice the opportunity Julie Bishop missed to make a decisive impact in charting Australia’s course during a period of historical importance.

  • Malcolm Fraser’s political manifesto would make good reading for the Morrison government

    Tony Walker     |      August 30, 2018

    In their calculations about how to rebuild the Coalition’s shattered credibility, Morrison and Frydenberg should remind themselves that a lot of Australians are fed up with politics as usual.

  • How to deal with Mr Trump’s assault on global institutions

    Shiro Armstrong     |      August 21, 2018

    President Trump’s disdain for traditional alliances and international institutions has shaken the confidence of the USA’s long term allies around the world. What does the future hold for Australia and the rest of the region if the USA pursues its current isolationist course?

  • The end of the rules-based liberal international order?

    Tom Switzer     |      August 18, 2018

    The American president is a symptom, not the cause, of the broader problems surrounding the deterioration of the liberal international order.

  • The hard part of soft power

    Graeme Dobell     |      August 13, 2018

    Australia used ‘soft power’ to enhance its regional interests long before the term was invented, but how should DFAT reassert its ability to control the narrative within the machinery of government itself?

  • China verses the world

    Shiro Armstrong     |      August 13, 2018

    Since coming to power in 2012, Xi Jinping has set his sights on increasing his own power in the country, and his country’s power in the world. Can this threat to the established order be turned into an opportunity?