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Salvatore Babones

Adjunct Scholar

Salvatore Babones

Salvatore Babones is a political sociologist and an elected member of the National Committee on US-China Relations. His book The New Authoritarianism: Trump, Populism, and the Tyranny of Experts was named ‘Best on Politics 2018’ by the Wall Street Journal. Salvatore is the author or co-author of seven other books and dozens of academic papers. He has penned op-eds for the Australian, the Sydney Morning Herald, the Australian Financial Review, Spectator Australia, Foreign Policy, Foreign Affairs, and The National Interest. Salvatore writes the “Philistine” column for Quadrant and is the regular host of the weekly CIS livestream show On Liberty.


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Featured Publication

  • The New President: What Biden’s Foreign Policy Agenda Means for Australia 19 January 2021 | OP178
    Joe Biden comes to the presidency amid great expectations for a return to normalcy in American foreign policy, but that doesn’t necessarily mean a more benign international environment for Australia. The United States has global priorities and responsibilities, but there…...
    Joe Biden comes to the presidency amid great expectations for a return to normalcy in American foreign policy, but that doesn’t necessarily mean a more benign international environment for Australia. The United States has global priorities and responsibilities, but there…
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Media & Commentary

  • Biden may mean trouble 22 January 2021 | Ideas@theCentre
    Joe Biden represents a ‘return to normalcy’ in American foreign policy, but that may mean trouble for Australia. He has repeatedly stressed his commitment to working ‘with’ allies to achieve American goals, not made commitments ‘to’ allies to help them…
    Joe Biden represents a ‘return to normalcy’ in American foreign policy, but that may mean trouble for Australia. He has repeatedly stressed his commitment to working ‘with’ allies to achieve American goals, not made commitments ‘to’ allies to help them…
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  • Our COVID Response: Bordering on Incompetence 14 June 2020 | Quadrant
    For the first time in history, the world has what might be called ‘Taiwan envy’. The tiny island territory that China claims as a province but whose president emphasises is an independent country —roughly three times the size of greater Sydney —is home to…
    For the first time in history, the world has what might be called ‘Taiwan envy’. The tiny island territory that China claims as a province but whose president emphasises is an independent country —roughly three times the size of greater Sydney —is home to…
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  • The coronavirus crisis we never needed to have 08 June 2020 | Spectator
    We can’t blame our leaders for being caught off-guard by the coronavirus; we all were. We can, however, hold our leaders responsible for the decisions they should have made based on the information they should have had at the time.…
    We can’t blame our leaders for being caught off-guard by the coronavirus; we all were. We can, however, hold our leaders responsible for the decisions they should have made based on the information they should have had at the time.…
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  • ‘Reasonable person’ test of virus response 04 June 2020 | Ideas@theCentre
    We can’t blame our leaders for being caught off-guard by the coronavirus; we all were. We can, however, hold our leaders responsible for the decisions they should have made based on the information they should have had at the time.…
    We can’t blame our leaders for being caught off-guard by the coronavirus; we all were. We can, however, hold our leaders responsible for the decisions they should have made based on the information they should have had at the time.…
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  • Coronavirus: Road map needed for getting back to work 03 April 2020 | The Australian
    We all hope social distancing is saving lives, but there is no doubt that it is destroying livelihoods. For many working-age people, the only thing worse than catching the coronavirus is losing your job to it. Many small businesses are…
    We all hope social distancing is saving lives, but there is no doubt that it is destroying livelihoods. For many working-age people, the only thing worse than catching the coronavirus is losing your job to it. Many small businesses are…
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Publications

  • A House Divided: The AFRB and China's Subnational Diplomacy in Australia 12 November 2020 | AP17
    This paper examines China’s subnational diplomacy in Australia and the suitability of Australia’s Foreign Relations Bill (AFRB) as a tool for countering it. The AFRB is designed to help the Commonwealth keep tabs on international diplomacy involving Australian states, territories, local governments, and public universities. The obvious target of the…...
    This paper examines China’s subnational diplomacy in Australia and the suitability of Australia’s Foreign Relations Bill (AFRB) as a tool for countering it. The AFRB is designed to help the Commonwealth keep tabs on international diplomacy involving Australian states, territories, local governments, and public universities. The obvious target of the…
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  • The 12-Week Window: Coronavirus crisis Australia didn’t have to have 02 June 2020 | AP9
    The coronavirus crisis was ‘the crisis that Australia didn’t have to have’. This paper lays out a detailed weekly timeline of the crucial first twelve weeks of the crisis, which were Australia’s window of opportunity for fighting the virus at the border instead of in the community. Had Australia treated…...
    The coronavirus crisis was ‘the crisis that Australia didn’t have to have’. This paper lays out a detailed weekly timeline of the crucial first twelve weeks of the crisis, which were Australia’s window of opportunity for fighting the virus at the border instead of in the community. Had Australia treated…
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  • Australia's Export Exposure to China's Coronavirus Epidemic 18 February 2020 | AP7
    This paper estimates the direct and immediate effects of the coronavirus epidemic on the revenues of Australia’s major export industries. It breaks down Australia’s exports to China across 18 major industry groups, including both goods and services exports. China’s coronavirus epidemic is likely to cost Australia’s export industries between $8…...
    This paper estimates the direct and immediate effects of the coronavirus epidemic on the revenues of Australia’s major export industries. It breaks down Australia’s exports to China across 18 major industry groups, including both goods and services exports. China’s coronavirus epidemic is likely to cost Australia’s export industries between $8…
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  • The China Student Boom and the Risks It Poses to Australian Universities 20 August 2019 | AP5
    Australia’s universities are taking a multi-million dollar gamble with taxpayer money to pursue a high-risk, high-reward international growth strategy. Their revenues are booming as they enrol record numbers of international students, particularly from China. As long as their bets on the international student market pay off, the universities’ gamble will…...
    Australia’s universities are taking a multi-million dollar gamble with taxpayer money to pursue a high-risk, high-reward international growth strategy. Their revenues are booming as they enrol record numbers of international students, particularly from China. As long as their bets on the international student market pay off, the universities’ gamble will…
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