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Is Boris Johnson on political life support?; and the case against a Royal Commission into media diversity
Nov. 19, 2020
Donald Trump is finished, but will 'Trumpism' prevail?; and de-bunking the myth of royal interference with Gough Whitlam's dismissal
Nov. 12, 2020
America remains bitterly divided; and Macron's attempt to balance faith with freedom of speech
Nov. 5, 2020
Trump's achievements in the Middle East; and why James Baker is 'the man who ran Washington'
Oct. 29, 2020
NZ election: why voters chose 'health over wealth'; and the rise of socialism in the time of COVID
Oct. 22, 2020
How COVID has worsened modern slavery; and is America breaking its own rules?
Oct. 15, 2020
The Trump 'clown-verse' continues; and China's unrealistic green energy goals
Oct. 8, 2020
Has Scott Morrison spent too much?; and can China rise peacefully?
Oct. 1, 2020
Does Asia prefer Trump over Biden?; and why isolating Russia doesn't make sense
Sept. 24, 2020
Why our economy remains stronger than others; and yes, Trump can still win the US election
Sept. 17, 2020
Is Home Affairs too big?; also Rana Mitter on China's new nationalism
Sept. 10, 2020
Shinzo Abe resignation and Catherine Belton on the Navalny poisoning, Belarus and Putin’s people
Sept. 3, 2020
What does South East Asia want from the US and China?; and Robert Draper’s To Start a War
Aug. 27, 2020
The French history behind Lebanon’s problems; challenging the prisoners of war narrative; remembering Brent Scowcroft
Aug. 20, 2020
Biden picks Kamala Harris; and should we revive manufacturing in Australia?
Aug. 13, 2020
Elaine Pearson on free speech at UNSW and Hiroshima 75th anniversary
Aug. 6, 2020
Australian independence at the Ausmin talks; Thatcherism and Reagonomics: lessons for economic recovery?
July 30, 2020
Liberals pushing back against cancel culture in the US; the withering of the US-South Korea alliance
July 23, 2020
Covid missteps in the UK, Will Putin be president for life? And, genocide denialism in Srebrenica
July 16, 2020
Muscling up to China and 25 years since Srebrenica
July 9, 2020
Remembering Owen Harries and Hamilton the musical
July 2, 2020
Understanding the border dispute between India and China, and the Gillard-Rudd leadership coup ten years on
June 25, 2020
Geoffrey Blainey on the vandalism of historic statues, and the geopolitics of Coronavirus conspiracies
June 18, 2020
The Inter-Parliamentary Alliance on China and a trifecta of troubles in the US
June 11, 2020
How did America get to its current state? And a look behind the mask of Antifa in Australia
June 4, 2020
Why the US should absolutely not lead a new Cold War against China. Plus, meet two Indigenous sceptics of symbolic reconciliation
May 28, 2020
Australia's balancing act with China, and the woman who became chief of staff to the Prime Minister at 22
May 21, 2020
Kevin Rudd on anarchy in the post COVID-19 world order, and could stable democracy be a reality in Iraq?
May 14, 2020
Is the Swedish model a death sentence? And, does Australia need a post-Covid economic partnership with the US, Japan and India?
May 7, 2020
Economics of coronavirus recovery, and Alexander Downer on China
April 30, 2020
Turnbull's legacy, and 75 years after Hitler's death: who did he really see as the enemy?
April 23, 2020
Boris Johnson's COVID leadership, and Margaret Thatcher's legacy
April 16, 2020
Duterte's coronavirus response, plus Australian PMs and power
April 9, 2020
Singapore’s coronavirus advice to Australia, and Max Hastings on the Dambusters
April 2, 2020
Viral economics and, is this the end of globalisation?
March 26, 2020
COVID-19, Trump and China, and the ALP’s election fiasco
March 19, 2020
Kishore Mahbubani: COVID-19 won’t stop China’s rise
March 12, 2020
Malaysia’s Game of Thrones, and three new cases of political interference in New Zealand
March 5, 2020
What happens if Uncle Sam goes home? And, French politics with The Economist’s Sophie Pedder
Feb. 27, 2020
A Pacific compact to counter China’s rise; And, does appeasement deserve its bad rap?
Feb. 20, 2020
Jokowi visit: can good neighbours become good friends? Andrew Stone on why we need radical economic reform
Feb. 13, 2020
Caucus chaos, Bloomberg's cash splash and Trump's acquittal
Feb. 6, 2020
Does killing Soleimani really change anything in the Middle East? And, are China and Russia becoming BFFs?
Jan. 30, 2020
Has China lost Taiwan?; The man who mapped the world
Jan. 23, 2020
Convict Colony- the first few months of white Australia
Jan. 16, 2020
China and the US- Should Australia choose trade or security?
Jan. 9, 2020
How Winston Churchill defeated Nazism despite his 'black dog'
Jan. 2, 2020
Reviewing the 'unlosable election' and why we no longer need NATO
Dec. 26, 2019
American foreign policy regrets and the mis-spent earnings of a millennial
Dec. 19, 2019
2019- the year in review
Dec. 12, 2019
Dec. 5, 2019
Are we paranoid of China? And why our approach to homelessness is all wrong
Nov. 28, 2019
Does Australia face a 'cold peace' with China? And how the Liberals became the 'surprise party' of 2019
Nov. 21, 2019
Australia's very own Brexit and how to be a dictator
Nov. 14, 2019
Where to now for Labor? And will the UK get Brexit for Christmas?
Nov. 7, 2019
Now that Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi is dead, what next for ISIS? And 75 years of the Liberal Party
Oct. 31, 2019
Joe Biden advisor on why Australia should play a larger leadership role in the Indo-Pacific
Oct. 24, 2019
Oct. 17, 2019
Why this human rights activist was banned from visiting China, and when philanthropy tackles the jobs of government
Oct. 10, 2019
Why Trump's impeachment is a bad idea and remembering Jacques Chirac's opposition to the invasion of Iraq
Oct. 3, 2019
Iran's 'exploratory violence' and will PM Trudeau be de-throned?
Sept. 26, 2019
The China dilemma: will it spoil Scott Morrison's meeting with Trump? And American-style philanthropy
Sept. 19, 2019
Boris' battle for Brexit and Zimbabwe after the death of Mugabe
Sept. 12, 2019
When will China stop persecuting ethnic Uighurs?
Sept. 5, 2019
Why not nuclear energy? And the anniversary of East Timor independence
Aug. 29, 2019
The resurgence of anti-Semitism; and are we witnessing the 'end of Europe'?
Aug. 22, 2019
It's time to tell the truth about indigenous affairs, and why the world should embrace Brexit
Aug. 15, 2019
Aug. 8, 2019
How Kim Jong Un is 'playing' President Trump
Aug. 1, 2019
Who is Boris Johnson?
July 25, 2019
July 18, 2019
The world reacts as Iran increases its nuclear power; and the aftermath of the Versaille Peace Treaty
July 11, 2019
Is socialism still relevant in 2019?
July 4, 2019
The deification of Israel Folau and winning the 'vegan vote'
June 27, 2019
Has Trump broken the 'rules-based international order'?
June 20, 2019
One month after the unlosable election; and why we no longer need NATO
June 13, 2019
30 years after the Tiananmen Square massacre, how strong is Australia's relationship with China?
June 6, 2019
Theresa May leaves number 10; and insights into the 'quiet Australian'
May 30, 2019
Federal election: how did we get it so wrong?
May 23, 2019
Election 2019: even some conservatives think we need a Labor government
May 16, 2019
Political narcissism and the soft diplomacy of beekeeping
May 9, 2019
Exporting democracy, Brexit and the anniversary of Thatcher
May 2, 2019
Prime Ministers Ben Chifley and Robert Menzies
April 25, 2019
Netanyahu wins again and Australia's changing relationship with China
April 18, 2019
Peter Varghese on how to improve Australia- Asia relations
April 11, 2019
Peter Costello and Lindsay Tanner on the budget and identity politics
April 4, 2019
Trump's exoneration and the Thai elections
March 28, 2019
The Indian elections and students demonstrating against climate change policy
March 21, 2019
Millennial socialism and the importance of Indonesia
March 14, 2019
Why are people so anti-Russia?
March 7, 2019
Despite the circus in Canberra we are still the Lucky Country
Feb. 28, 2019
The splintering of the Coalition
Feb. 21, 2019
Scare campaigns and and the problem with Venezuela
Feb. 14, 2019
Trump in Iraq and the private lives of politicians
Feb. 7, 2019
Huawei hurts international relations and the influence of Islam on the Indonesian election
Jan. 31, 2019
Donald's wall and Theresa's Brexit: will they ever happen?
Jan. 24, 2019
Moving Australia day, the Kellogg-Briand Pact
Jan. 17, 2019
Max Hastings reflects on the Vietnam War
Jan. 10, 2019
Kishore Mahbubani: Has the West lost it?
Jan. 3, 2019
The Rise of China, end of Pax Americana
Dec. 27, 2018
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