Tom Switzer

Executive Director

Tom Switzer

Expertise: International Relations, Australian politics

Tom Switzer is the Executive Director at the Centre for Independent Studies.

He is a former senior fellow at the University of Sydney’s United States Studies Centre (2009-17), a former editor of the Spectator Australia (2009-14), senior federal Liberal leader adviser/speech writer (2008), opinion editor of The Australian, (2001-08), editorial writer at the Australian Financial Review (1998-01) and assistant editor at the American Enterprise Institute in Washington, DC (1995-98).

He has written for the Wall Street Journal, New York Times, Washington Post, The Spectator, Financial Times, Foreign Affairs, The National Interest, The American Interest and The American Conservative. He has also appeared on CNN, CNBC, Bloomberg, Al Jazeera, Sky News, SBS, Seven, Nine, Ten and ABC radio and television. He hosts Between the Lines on the ABC’s Radio National.


Featured Publication

  • Millennials and socialism: Australian youth are lurching to the left 20 June 2018 | PP7
    The 20th century’s failed experimentations with socialism serve as a strong lesson that, despite its idealistic promises of equality, the ideology has led to nothing but oppression and poverty. However Australian Millennials have remained relatively unaffected by socialism’s shortcomings. The…...
    The 20th century’s failed experimentations with socialism serve as a strong lesson that, despite its idealistic promises of equality, the ideology has led to nothing but oppression and poverty. However Australian Millennials have remained relatively unaffected by socialism’s shortcomings. The…
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Media & Commentary

  • The continuing political crisis 24 August 2018 | Ideas@TheCentre
    As Australia welcomes its sixth prime ministership in nearly eight years, observers might be forgiven for thinking that we have developed a certain bloodlust when it comes to our political leaders. This week it was Malcolm Turnbull’s turn. His ouster…
    As Australia welcomes its sixth prime ministership in nearly eight years, observers might be forgiven for thinking that we have developed a certain bloodlust when it comes to our political leaders. This week it was Malcolm Turnbull’s turn. His ouster…
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  • Morrison can unite a splintering Liberal Party 24 August 2018 | The Sydney Morning Herald
    The Liberal Party, which has produced two of our nation’s greatest prime ministers, this week resembled nothing so much as a pub brawl. Everyone, however grand or obscure, felt entitled to join in. Talk has been rife that the party…
    The Liberal Party, which has produced two of our nation’s greatest prime ministers, this week resembled nothing so much as a pub brawl. Everyone, however grand or obscure, felt entitled to join in. Talk has been rife that the party…
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  • Global tenet (barely) keeping world on its best behaviour 31 July 2018 | The Australian
    How often do you hear about the “rules-based international order”? It just rolls off the tongue and grabs headlines, doesn’t it? But that was not always the case. Do a Factiva search of the three main newspapers in the US,…
    How often do you hear about the “rules-based international order”? It just rolls off the tongue and grabs headlines, doesn’t it? But that was not always the case. Do a Factiva search of the three main newspapers in the US,…
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  • The West might be losing it - but China is far from winning 30 July 2018 | The Sydney Morning Herald
    For more than two centuries, the Western world has dominated international affairs. Is that epoch coming to an end? After all, the West’s share of global economic output is shrinking. All those wars in the Middle East since September 11…
    For more than two centuries, the Western world has dominated international affairs. Is that epoch coming to an end? After all, the West’s share of global economic output is shrinking. All those wars in the Middle East since September 11…
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  • Australia’s choice: Chinese trade – or American security? 27 July 2018 | The Spectator
    An assertive China and chaotic Trump administration are making it difficult to have both. For decades, Australia has been known as ‘the lucky country’. At the end of the world geographically, we are separated from the global troublespots by vast…
    An assertive China and chaotic Trump administration are making it difficult to have both. For decades, Australia has been known as ‘the lucky country’. At the end of the world geographically, we are separated from the global troublespots by vast…
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Publications

  • John Howard: A Conversation on Culture 26 July 2018 | OP166
    Based on the remarks made by former Prime Minister John Howard at the launch of  The Centre for Independent Studies’ new Culture, Prosperity and Civil Society Program at the CIS’s Sydney office in July 2018 This  hour long ‘Conversation About Culture’ ranged over many of the important topics that are…...
    Based on the remarks made by former Prime Minister John Howard at the launch of  The Centre for Independent Studies’ new Culture, Prosperity and Civil Society Program at the CIS’s Sydney office in July 2018 This  hour long ‘Conversation About Culture’ ranged over many of the important topics that are…
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