• Culture

    A toast to Pyrrho’s Hog


    Matthew Sharpe |  July 15, 2024


    Montaigne was the first essayist, and perhaps the first modern philosopher, who used the different schools of post-platonic Greek thought to turn the lens of philosophy not on the world, but on himself.


  • China

    Facing China together


    Andrew Forrest |  July 15, 2024


    Australia’s leaders must be clear about the threat which an aggressive authoritarian China poses to the world, and the need for resolve in defending our freedom.


  • Society

    In praise of Stephen King


    Hannah Murray |  July 15, 2024


    Stephen King has been pumping out horror fiction for over half a century, but Carrie, Pennywise and The Stand endure because his stories are grounded in an authentic depiction of modern suburbia.


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  • Free trade or bust

    ANU Editorial Board     |      July 2, 2024

    Despite calls for inward economic strategies due to the perceived vulnerability of integrated supply chains, access to international markets has proven to be a form of insurance in times of crisis, responding quickly and efficiently to COVID-19 and energy trade disruptions.

  • The silicon Prometheus

    Mark Taylor     |      July 2, 2024

    The development of AI may be the ultimate test of our species, forcing us to confront our own limitations, grapple with questions of consciousness and free will, and redefine our place in a world where we are no longer the sole possessors of reason.

  • Playing for life

    Open Forum     |      July 2, 2024

    Physical recreation and group activities can boost mental health and sports clubs can help by adopting more evidence-based techniques to understand their members.

  • Seven steps to success in scaling social programmes

    Breanna Wright     |      July 1, 2024

    A new online resource outlines a seven-step process to help program managers and social innovators expand a program and deliver it at scale.

  • Women in diplomacy

    Elise Stephenson     |      July 1, 2024

    Australia has made remarkable strides in gender equality in diplomacy, achieving near parity in its Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade. However, globally, women remain underrepresented in diplomacy, highlighting the need for continued efforts to address gender disparities and ensure equal representation worldwide.

  • The dire debate

    Adam Bartley     |      July 1, 2024

    Joe Biden looked old against an unrepentant Donald Trump in the first presidential debate of the 2024 US Presidential election. What can be gleaned from perhaps the worst Presidential debate in history?

  • A magic pill or a mass experiment?

    Natasha Yates     |      June 30, 2024

    The bestselling author of Lost Connections and Stolen Focus takes a revelatory look at the new drugs transforming weight loss as we know it – sharing his personal experience on Ozempic and examining our ability to heal society’s dysfunctional relationship with food, weight and our bodies.

  • Reverse the polarity

    Mark Taylor     |      June 30, 2024

    British science fiction institution Doctor Who has undergone many changes over its 60+ years, but the latest incarnation of the time traveling enigma has split fandom down the middle.

  • A handful of seashells

    Amelia Anderson     |      June 30, 2024

    Along with the births, weddings and funerals, it’s the little moments that make up a life, the ones only you notice, the ones which stay with you a while.

  • Speak free or die

    Mark Taylor     |      June 29, 2024

    Free speech is not merely about the right to speak; it is about the right to think. It is about the fundamental human dignity that comes from being treated as a rational agent capable of processing information and forming one’s own conclusions. To deny this right is to deny our very humanity.

  • Safe havens for wildlife

    Open Forum     |      June 29, 2024

    In a groundbreaking new article, a coalition of conservationists and researchers have shown how we can protect Earth’s remaining biodiversity by conserving just a tiny percentage of the planet’s surface.

  • Trade rules should encompass digital trade

    John Denton     |      June 28, 2024

    The shift to digital technology calls for the movement of data and information across borders, with all stakeholders depending on seamless and uninterrupted information flows across companies and countries.