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Opinion & Commentary


Opinion and Commentary contains media articles written by CIS researchers.

  • Sorry, Malcolm, Australia needs the US in the Asian century

    13 Jun 2012 | The Age

    Now is the time for our friendship with America to prosper and thrive. Read More

  • No easy solutions in Syria

    28 May 2012 | The Drum

    There are no easy options in the Syria situation. Read More

  • Reduced defence spending may well be sound public policy

    21 May 2012 | The Canberra Times

    Australia is under US protection and the world is a more peaceful place now. Read More

  • Faith placed in Uncle Sam as neighbourhood warily welcomes China

    29 Mar 2012 | The Sydney Morning Herald

    Australians have become used to thinking about the rise of China, the role of America, and what the interplay between these two powers means for us. Related Read More

  • Avoiding conflict but quietly waving flag

    21 Nov 2011 | Newcastle Herald

    Southeast Asian governments will welcome increased US involvement in the region. Read More

  • Italy defaults on debt and sends lenders broke? So be it

    15 Nov 2011 | Crikey

    The federal government will need to cut spending to ensure a surplus in 2012-13. Read More

  • Going long on European deja vu

    03 Nov 2011 | The Business Spectator

    Markets were euphoric, political leaders relieved. “Europe has taken a step forward. Europe and Greece will emerge stronger from this crisis,” Greek Prime Minister George Papandreou boasted to reporters.... Read More

  • Europe’s forgotten lessons of history

    28 Oct 2011 | ThirdLink Newsletter

    The rise and fall of the Euro is just another chapter in the long history of monetary unions in Europe. The Euro was not the first attempt to unite different European economies and countries by a monetary... Read More

  • Hitting pause on the eurozone crisis

    04 Aug 2011 | Business Spectator

    Every year, the Centre for Independent Studies hosts a high-level conference in Queensland. One of the speakers this year was Thilo Sarrazin, the author of the equally controversial and successful (1.3... Read More

  • Complacency is the danger in Asia's power games

    01 Aug 2011 | The Australian

    Even if one disagrees with Wolfowitz's thinking on the Middle East, this viewpoint on China policy cannot be easily dismissed. The assistant secretary of state for east Asia and the Pacific when Ferdinand... Read More

  • Complacency is the danger in Asia's power games

    01 Aug 2011 | The Australian

    Even if one disagrees with Wolfowitz's thinking on the Middle East, this viewpoint on China policy cannot be easily dismissed. The assistant secretary of state for east Asia and the Pacific when Ferdinand... Read More

  • The PC empire strikes back

    20 Jul 2011 | The Australian

    GERMAN banker Thilo Sarrazin is a pariah for saying things few would question here. Read More

  • Pakistan a Chinese pawn to stall India

    19 Jul 2011 | The Australian

    AT the Shangri-La Dialogue meeting of defence ministers in Singapore last month, Indian Defence Minister Pallam Raju was asked whether India could exercise similar self-restraint should another terrorist... Read More

  • Japan's economic demons dog China

    24 May 2011 | Business Spectator

    The enduring flaws in Japan’s political economy’s continue to stunt its growth. Read More

  • China’s America Obsession:

    06 May 2011 | Foreign Policy

    Osama bin Laden’s death will only accelerate America’s reengagement with its Asian allies and partners at China’s expense. Read More

  • Why Australia's socialist Prime Minister now loves America

    11 Mar 2011 | The Weekly Standard

    Hedging against authoritarian China by strengthening the U.S.-led hub-and-spokes security system in the region is now Australia’s preferred—and possibly only—option. Read More

  • Washington's affair with Jakarta gets serious

    03 Feb 2011 | ABC News

    With China flexing its muscles in the South China Sea, and Indonesia resuming its traditional leadership role in South East Asia, both Washington and Jakarta are eager to prioritise security cooperation. Read More

  • In the Asian century, Washington must still offer leadership

    John Lee | 09 Nov 2010 | Crikey

    Tensions between the US and China should not present any fundamental dilemmas for Canberra since the capacity of Beijing to make Australia choose is quite weak. Read More

  • China won't revalue the yuan

    John Lee | 24 Sep 2010 | Foreign Policy

    No amount of hectoring by Barack Obama is going to change the calculus of Chinese leaders. An undervalued currency may be critical to their very survival. Read More

  • China-Japan tensions will rise

    John Lee | 22 Sep 2010 | Business Spectator

    Tension between China and Japan is structural, strategic and institutional – something that can only be managed rather than resolved. Read More

  • Opaqueness at heart of Chinese military’s U.S. strategy

    John Lee | 10 Jun 2010 | South China Morning Post

    Chinese reluctance to commit to meaningful high level military-to-military talks with America is not as much about Taiwan but a reluctance to show its perceived military weaknesses and creating ambiguity... Read More

  • A bailout that hurts the Germans but doesn’t help the Greeks

    Oliver Marc Hartwich | 05 May 2010 | Institute of Economic Affairs

    As long as countries such as Greece are joined with Germany in a monetary union, this monetary union will not work, argues Oliver Marc Hartwich for the Institute of Economic Affairs, 5 May 2010 Read More

  • Europe's China blindness

    Oliver Marc Hartwich | 18 Mar 2010 | Business Spectator

    Europe’s relationship with China needs to move with the times. Read More

  • No more hope or glory for Britain

    Oliver Marc Hartwich | 11 Mar 2010 | Business Spectator

    Britain needs to make tough decisions to reassure investors of its fiscal credibility. Read More

  • Rudd seeks redemption from Susilo’s visit

    John Lee | 10 Mar 2010 | New Straits Times

    Deepening the bilateral relationship between Jakarta and Canberra ought to be one of the first steps towards any regional ‘activism’ on Australia’s part. Read More

  • China between T-bills and a hard place

    John Lee | 03 Mar 2010 | The Australian Financial Review

    Despite Beijing’s addiction to US bonds, the proportion of US government debt financed by Chinese foreign exchange reserves has been falling significantly since 2008. Read More

  • Perception gap

    John Lee | 01 Mar 2010 | Time magazine

    American faith in the transformative power of China's economic rise might be misplaced. Read More

  • Paper tiger: China's no threat to the US

    John Lee | 01 Mar 2010 | Business Week

    Some Chinese leaders think Beijing can use its financial clout to punish the US, but  there's little reason for the White House to worry. Read More

  • Europe can’t afford weak leaders

    Oliver Marc Hartwich | 25 Feb 2010 | Business Spectator

    Europe does not need politicians wishing to win beauty contests but leaders willing to tackle the manifold problems in the continent’s increasingly sclerotic, over-regulated and over-taxed economies. Read More

  • Confronting Beijing’s new bipolar reality

    John Lee | 18 Feb 2010 | The Washington Times

    America’s attempts to ‘manage’ China’s rise are failing. Read More

  • Big trouble with big China

    John Lee | 04 Feb 2010 | Foreign Policy

    Relations between Washington and Beijing are looking more tense than ever. Read More

  • We aren't just larrikins

    Oliver Marc Hartwich | 24 Dec 2009 | The Australian

    Too many Australians take for granted that they live in a prosperous and vibrant nation with a fantastic quality of life and is a good place in which to do business. Read More

  • China fears climate change openness

    John Lee | 23 Dec 2009 | The Guardian

    Beijing, which fears that external monitoring might reveal internal dysfunction, was backed into a corner by the United States at Copenhagen. Read More

  • Don’t overlook India’s consumer market for China’s

    John Lee | 22 Dec 2009 | BusinessWeek

    Urban consumers in India will likely drive more global business than their Chinese counterparts while India’s rural development far outpaces China’s. Read More

  • Chinese Urbanization Put on Hold

    John Lee | 19 Dec 2009 | The Korean Herald

    Beijing will gradually relax the hukou, or household registration system, to give rural Chinese citizens an opportunity to seek a better life in the city – not just speeding up the rate of poverty alleviation... Read More

  • For once it’s better to end with a whimper

    John Lee | 25 Nov 2009 | The Straits Times

    Washington pulls out all the stops for President Barack Obama's first state visitor: Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, the leader of the world's largest democracy. Read More

  • Boring summits are better for everyone

    John Lee | 24 Nov 2009 | Foreign Policy

    Barack Obama and Manmohan Singh should say as little as possible when they meet in Washington next week. Read More

  • Pacific angst

    John Lee | 11 Nov 2009 | Foreign Policy

    The very fact that America needs to negotiate with its Asian allies and partners – and sometimes even compromise – means that Washington will adapt in ways that allow it to remain the preferred security... Read More

  • China woos Africa – and not just for its resources

    John Lee | 09 Nov 2009 | Time magazine

    While much of the world still views Africa as a basket-case continent, Beijing is thinking ahead and busy establishing a foothold in Africa's potentially large consumer markets. Read More

  • Rudd fails to court New Delhi

    John Lee | 06 Nov 2009 | The Australian

    If Australia wants to remain an active, relevant and influential middle power in Asia, then spending the next half decade improving our bilateral relationship with countries such as India is much more... Read More

  • India Fast Becoming Asia's 'Swing State'

    John Lee | 04 Nov 2009 | The Korea Herald

    If India’s unpredictable political parties remain committed to continue reforms, and the bilateral partnership between Washington and New Delhi continue to deepen, a rising India (along with a still-dominant... Read More

  • China's potential enemy is US' good friend

    John Lee | 03 Nov 2009 | The New Straits Times

    If India’s unpredictable political parties remain committed to continue reforms, and the bilateral partnership between Washington and New Delhi continue to deepen, a rising India (along with a still-dominant... Read More

  • Dynamics of difference

    Oliver Marc Hartwich | 26 Sep 2009 | The Canberra Times

    Where once Australia was a European outpost in the South Pacific, our recent love affair with China suggests Europe may no longer be important to Australia. Read More

  • The Waning Challenge of the ‘Authoritarian Capitalists’

    John Lee | 29 Apr 2009 | The Diplomat

    Capitalist authoritarian states with their booming economies will be pitted against liberal-democratic counterparts. But the current economic crisis has already led to the waning of confidence of capitalist... Read More

  • Double-edged sword in Obama’s use of technology

    John Lee | 20 Jan 2009 | Online Opinion

    The reliance on social networking technology will leave Obama vulnerable in 2012. Read More

  • Defend the individual and so the West

    Ayaan Hirsi Ali | 04 Aug 2008 | The Sydney Morning Herald

    Thinkers of the Enlightenment, a set of new intellectual attitudes that remade Western culture in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries, set out to understand the world and themselves through reason... Read More

  • EU’s Disdain for Voters

    Peter Saunders | 16 Jul 2008 | The Australian

    Whenever voters reject a proposal put forward by Europe’s political elite, they either get ignored, or they are told to vote again until they get it right – just like in Zimbabwe’s democracy. Read More

  • The real priorities

    Bjorn Lomborg | 08 Aug 2006 | The Australian

    A Mayor has a $10million surplus, which he wants to allocate to a good cause. Ten groups clamour for the cash. One wants to buy new computers for an inner-city high school. Another hopes to beautify a... Read More

  • Germans bogged down in Red-Green quagmire

    Wolfgang Kasper | 12 Jul 2004 | The Australian Financial Review

    Australians, who are confused by the challenges of globalisation, innovation, ageing and the need to reform economic and political institutions, can learn a lot by looking at present-day Germany where... Read More

  • A reminder of darker times

    A. Hamlin, James Q. Wilson, Jeremy Shearmur, L.J. Hulme and Neil McInnes | 14 Sep 2001 | The Daily Telegraph

    It has been said that those who lack the imagination of disaster are doomed to be surprised by the world. Many people have been so surprised by the awful happenings of this week, brought home to us –... Read More

  • Gulliver Unbound: Can American Rule of World?

    Joseph Joffe | 30 Nov -0001 | OP85

    In this lecture, Josef Joffe asks if the US can sustain this position of power in international politics. World history suggests no, as power always begets counter power, with signs of the US dominance... Read More