• Will COVID-19 be the trump card in the 2020 US election?

    Ashok Sharma     |      April 13, 2020

    The COVID-19 pandemic has overshadowed the coming 2020 US presidential elections, but will Trump’s mishandling of the health crisis undermine his chances of a second term in office?

  • The death or rebirth of America?

    Michael Shoebridge     |      April 12, 2020

    The spiraling death toll in the USA, and the bumbling reaction of the Federal government, has prompted many commentators to predict the eclipse of America as a major power, but the COVID-19 crisis is more likely to revitalise that nation’s inherent dynamism.

  • Geo-politics on planet virus

    Rod Lyon     |      April 3, 2020

    We’re still in the early days of what might prove an 18-month battering of the international order, and aggressive states such as China and Russia may look to exploit western weakness with audacious power-grabbing moves.

  • A tale of two candidates – and two executives

    John Pilbrow     |      March 27, 2020

    Coronavirus has turned American politics on its head, as well as the rest of society. Donald Trump’s handling of the crisis has been widely criticised, while Joe Biden appears to have the Democratic nomination all but wrapped up after appearing out of the race three weeks ago.

  • Bridging the divide in American politics

    Jake Sandler     |      March 19, 2020

    Attempts to bridge the stark divisions in American politics will become more important than ever in the common fight against coronavirus. Here’s some practical, bipartisan ways in which this can be done.

  • Arvanitakis on American Politics: What now for the centre-left?

    James Arvanitakis     |      March 14, 2020

    Bernie Sanders campaign has faltered in the Democrat primaries, leaving Joe Biden as the clear favourite to take on Donald Trump. Sanders’ failure to win broad support for his radical agenda epitomises the problems which left-wing parties around the western world confront today.

  • Pandemics and power politics

    Daniel Steedman     |      March 14, 2020

    Coronavirus will have political ramifications we cannot yet see or imagine. Let us hope that this horrific pandemic brings out the best in the international community, rather than the very worst.

  • Advancing women’s rights around the globe

    Sharman Stone     |      March 8, 2020

    In 2016, Sharman Stone decided not to recontest her seat in the federal parliament, preferring instead to work in new ways to advance the rights of women around the world.

  • Coronavirus shock will cascade through the Indo-Pacific

    Rory Medcalf     |      March 4, 2020

    Now that the coronavirus has escaped from China, societies, governments and international institutions around our region must brace for a wave of economic and other problems in its wake.

  • Coronavirus and the death of Xi’s ‘China Dream’

    Michael Shoebridge     |      February 29, 2020

    Globalisation was already ill and Coronavirus is killing both it and Xi Jinping’s ‘China Dream’. That’s big news for Australia’s economy and security in the future.

  • World Bank in the dock over corruption

    David Uren     |      February 26, 2020

    The World Bank is being accused of suppressing a study which showed that a great deal of aid to the poorest countries is stolen by corrupt officials and salted away in foreign bank accounts.

  • Arvanitakis on American politics: Can the Democrats win?

    James Arvanitakis     |      February 22, 2020

    The turbulent Democrat primary process has revealed a party at war with itself over its own identity. The winner – whoever it may be – will face a tough struggle to unite the party for the battle that counts against Donald Trump this November.