Research Scholars – The Centre for Independent Studies

Tom Switzer

Executive Director

Tom Switzer

Expertise: International Relations, Australian politics

Tom Switzer is the Executive Director at the Centre for Independent Studies, and hosts Between the Lines on the ABC’s Radio National. He is also a regular contributor to The Australian, the Australian Financial Review and Sky News Australia.

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.


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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

  • Afghanistan withdrawal: Redefined US role not a signal of retreat 06 September 2021 | The Australian
    September 11 is not just shorthand for the terrorist attacks 20 years ago. It also takes in the US response, including a global war on terror, which led to the loss of American blood, treasure, credibility and prestige in the…
    September 11 is not just shorthand for the terrorist attacks 20 years ago. It also takes in the US response, including a global war on terror, which led to the loss of American blood, treasure, credibility and prestige in the…
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  • A realistic decision to quit Kabul 25 August 2021 | Financial Review
    The American effort to remake Afghanistan as a viable democratic state has ended in failure. It’s tragic for those in this war-torn country who long for peace and stability. For the US, the tragedy involves a certain amount of humiliation.…
    The American effort to remake Afghanistan as a viable democratic state has ended in failure. It’s tragic for those in this war-torn country who long for peace and stability. For the US, the tragedy involves a certain amount of humiliation.…
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  • Postponing day of reckoning in Afghanistan would not change a thing 18 August 2021 | The Australian
    The debacle in Afghanistan evokes the old saw that the road to hell is paved with good intentions. However, it is worth reminding ourselves what the intentions were nearly 20 years ago when the US-led coalition, including Australia, went into…
    The debacle in Afghanistan evokes the old saw that the road to hell is paved with good intentions. However, it is worth reminding ourselves what the intentions were nearly 20 years ago when the US-led coalition, including Australia, went into…
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  • We cannot rebuild trust with China 16 July 2021 | Australian Financial Review
    There is no shortage of analysis of what Australia did wrong to China to cause Beijing’s wrath, and no shortage of advice on how Canberra should set the relationship right. But underlying the criticism is a failure to recognise the nature of…
    There is no shortage of analysis of what Australia did wrong to China to cause Beijing’s wrath, and no shortage of advice on how Canberra should set the relationship right. But underlying the criticism is a failure to recognise the nature of…
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  • Nixon Warned About U.S. Decline 06 July 2021 | Wall Street Journal
    The U.S. has been through dark times before—and in living memory. Fifty years ago this week, President Richard Nixon spoke frankly about America’s doldrums in a speech that didn’t get enough attention from the media at the time or historians…
    The U.S. has been through dark times before—and in living memory. Fifty years ago this week, President Richard Nixon spoke frankly about America’s doldrums in a speech that didn’t get enough attention from the media at the time or historians…
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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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