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.

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.


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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

  • Republican Party has to wash off the stain of Donald Trump 09 January 2021 | Sydney Morning Herald
    Well before he incited this week’s mob violence on Capitol Hill, Donald Trump had become a global hate figure, and for good reason. With his narcissism, vulgarity and misogyny, he personified what many foreign observers see as America’s worst values. What…
    Well before he incited this week’s mob violence on Capitol Hill, Donald Trump had become a global hate figure, and for good reason. With his narcissism, vulgarity and misogyny, he personified what many foreign observers see as America’s worst values. What…
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  • Republicans will pay for Typhoon Trump 07 January 2021 | The Australian
    In nearly 30 years of closely following US politics, I have seen a great many astonishing developments. But never anything remotely like the political typhoon that has swirled through Washington in recent weeks. Indeed, it is extremely hard to understate…
    In nearly 30 years of closely following US politics, I have seen a great many astonishing developments. But never anything remotely like the political typhoon that has swirled through Washington in recent weeks. Indeed, it is extremely hard to understate…
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  • Advice holds: see China as it is, not as it ought to be 29 December 2020 | THE AUSTRALIAN
    A good mate of mine died this year. He was 90 — four decades my senior — and I think of him a lot and miss him very much. His name was Owen Harries, once a significant foreign policy player…
    A good mate of mine died this year. He was 90 — four decades my senior — and I think of him a lot and miss him very much. His name was Owen Harries, once a significant foreign policy player…
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  • A happier new year, born of renewed perspective 26 December 2020 | SYDNEY MORNING HERALD
    We all know 2020 will go down as a terrible year: a global pandemic, a government-induced recession to fight the virus, enormous debt and deficits, business uncertainty, cancelled holidays, closed borders, families kept apart, lives lost and so on. No…
    We all know 2020 will go down as a terrible year: a global pandemic, a government-induced recession to fight the virus, enormous debt and deficits, business uncertainty, cancelled holidays, closed borders, families kept apart, lives lost and so on. No…
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  • Why Jeane J. Kirkpatrick Had It Right 25 December 2020 | THE NATIONAL INTEREST
    THIRTY YEARS ago, the quintessential neoconservative Jeane J. Kirkpatrick argued in The National Interest that the United States should now become “a normal country in a normal time.” The Cold War had been a special, aberrant case in the American…
    THIRTY YEARS ago, the quintessential neoconservative Jeane J. Kirkpatrick argued in The National Interest that the United States should now become “a normal country in a normal time.” The Cold War had been a special, aberrant case in the American…
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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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