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

  • End of the West was long foretold 12 July 2018 | AUSTRALIAN FINANCIAL REVIEW
    The big question that hangs over Donald Trump’s trip through Europe is not whether America’s NATO allies should spend more on defence or whether Vladimir Putin poses an overriding strategic threat to the continent. The big question is this: why…
    The big question that hangs over Donald Trump’s trip through Europe is not whether America’s NATO allies should spend more on defence or whether Vladimir Putin poses an overriding strategic threat to the continent. The big question is this: why…
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  • The Western alliance is dead 08 July 2018 | The Spectator USA
    The Trump era will mark the demise of NATO, but the cause of the collapse of the political West goes beyond The Donald. The big question that hangs over Donald Trump’s trip through Europe is not whether America’s NATO allies…
    The Trump era will mark the demise of NATO, but the cause of the collapse of the political West goes beyond The Donald. The big question that hangs over Donald Trump’s trip through Europe is not whether America’s NATO allies…
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  • Millennial voters go left: Is age now driving the West's political rage? 04 July 2018 | Financial Review
    Millennials are lurching left in ways that could have profound consequences for Western politics. Since the beginning of the century, there has been a major shift in the political sentiments of young voters in Western democracies. As more people born…
    Millennials are lurching left in ways that could have profound consequences for Western politics. Since the beginning of the century, there has been a major shift in the political sentiments of young voters in Western democracies. As more people born…
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  • Like it or not, Trump is a man of his word 30 June 2018 | The Sydney Morning Herald
    Donald Trump continues to break conventions. Whereas typical politicians fail to honour their election pledges, this US President keeps his word. For all the spin and flip-flopping of modern politics, here’s a bloke who practises what he preaches. The list…
    Donald Trump continues to break conventions. Whereas typical politicians fail to honour their election pledges, this US President keeps his word. For all the spin and flip-flopping of modern politics, here’s a bloke who practises what he preaches. The list…
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  • Education system produces anti-capitalist millennials 21 June 2018 | The Australian
    Anyone over the age of 45 will have clear memories of the ecstatic reaction to the fall of the Berlin Wall in November 1989. The wall had been erected in 1961 because Germans living in the so-called German Democratic Republic…
    Anyone over the age of 45 will have clear memories of the ecstatic reaction to the fall of the Berlin Wall in November 1989. The wall had been erected in 1961 because Germans living in the so-called German Democratic Republic…
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