China wakes, Asia quakes, Australia shivers

A contest is under way, writes Graeme Dobell, but it will be more like a nineteenth-century battle than a twentieth-century clash

25 Jul 14 | Comments (0)

China’s search for space

China’s regional muscle-flexing reflects its feeling that it faces significant geographical and symbolic constraints, writes Kerry Brown

19 May 14 | Comments (0)

Is it too early to talk about 2016?

The next US presidential election is two-and-a-half years away, but some key decisions are likely much sooner, writes Lesley Russell

31 Mar 14 | Comments (0)

“Every law not based on wisdom is a menace to the state”

The number of people imprisoned in the United States has fallen every year for the past three years, yet the land of the free still has a far higher incarceration rate than any other developed nation, as Peter Mares discovered on a recent visit

11 Mar 14 | Comments (0)

Beyond the State of the Union

Barack Obama has only limited time to cement his legacy before attention shifts to the next presidential election, writes Lesley Russell

06 Feb 14 | Comments (0)

Grey zone

Whistleblowers fill a gap left by legislatures and the courts. How can they be protected without creating an accountability vacuum, asks Gabrielle Appleby

17 Jan 14 | Comments (0)

Philip Morris, Australia and the fate of Europe’s trade talks

Australia’s clash with Philip Morris over plain packaging has disrupted trade talks between the United States and Europe, reports James Panichi in Brussels

08 Jan 14 | Comments (0)

Obamacare’s testing year ahead

Americans see Obamacare as either the president’s greatest achievement or his biggest failure, writes Lesley Russell. But the signs are growing that its success will outweigh any shortcomings

07 Jan 14 | Comments (0)