• The illusion of a ‘middle power moment’

    Andrew Carr     |      May 21, 2020

    Middle ranking powers such as Australia are finding themselves squeezed by increasing tension between the super powers, and may be forced to choose pragmatism over idealism as a result.

  • Agile nations lead the way

    Rashina Hoda     |      May 19, 2020

    What does it mean to be an “agile nation” in the face of one of the worst global crises the world has faced, and how has it made the difference in the effectiveness of their response?

  • Arvanitakis on American Politics: Voting in a time of a pandemic

    James Arvanitakis     |      May 16, 2020

    It did not take long for the fragile peace between the Democratic and Republican leaders brought on by coronavirus to breakdown and, as America risks reopening for business, attention is turning to the election in November.

  • Australia’s incrementalist hedging in a fractured world order

    Nick Bisley     |      May 11, 2020

    Australia faces challenging circumstances. Its economic wellbeing is increasingly tied to a country, China, that is becoming the enemy of its security guarantor, the United States. The corrosion of liberal institutions reduces Australia’s options and constrains its scope for influence.

  • A pandemic in the era of great power rivalry and neoliberalism

    Oliver Villar     |      May 4, 2020

    Dr Oliver Villar of Charles Sturt University argues that the real virus threatening the world is neoliberalism, rather than COVID-19, and the current pandemic is a smokescreen for US-China rivalry.

  • Hard lessons and soft power

    Joseph Nye     |      April 30, 2020

    If American policy continues its current chaotic path, COVID-19 will inevitably accelerate existing trends towards nationalistic populism and authoritarian uses of technology.

  • Power politics threatens global cooperation to combat COVID-19

    Adam P MacDonald     |      April 23, 2020

    Fuelled by rising nationalism and protectionism, the United States, China and Russia are attempting to shape the external environment to support their own strategic interests.

  • Will Covid-19 stump Trump?

    Meghna Srinivas     |      April 21, 2020

    President Donald Trump’s chaotic response to the COVID-19 crisis has let the disease run rampant in the USA and his hasty attempts to open the economy again may leave more havoc in their wake.

  • Triumph of the autocrats?

    Arthur Stockwin     |      April 18, 2020

    Positive outcomes in the battle against COVID-19 may favour those who see strong government as desirable in its own right, but the upsurge in volunteering and group solidarity in many countries may point to a more optimistic future.

  • Arvanitakis on American politics: Understanding the populist pandemic

    James Arvanitakis     |      April 18, 2020

    The COVID-19 crisis has exposed the way in which Donald Trump, like other populists, creates a clear divide between a faceless elite and ‘the people’, but it comes at a time when the people rely on those experts for their lives.

  • Australia should invoke the ANZUS treaty

    Michael Shoebridge     |      April 16, 2020

    Scott Morrison has called the ANZUS Treaty ‘the single most important achievement’ of the Liberal Party in any term of government. He can now use that achievement to show solidarity in the fight against COVID-19.

  • A new world in the making

    John McCarthy     |      April 14, 2020

    The world will be different after COVID-19 and our leaders will have to put the same effort, energy and resources into our international dealings as our ongoing domestic challenges.