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Australia, the United States and China in a post-Covid world

Richard Alston
14 September 2020 | OP175
Australia, the United States and China in a post-Covid world

After three decades of prosperity and relative peace, Australia suddenly confronts a trifecta of crises: a pandemic, a recession, and a radically changed strategic outlook. In these circumstances, Australia must adapt quickly, always putting its interests first and being prepared to lead when necessary. Notwithstanding China’s growing assertiveness and doubts about US pre-eminence, Canberra can still ride two horses simultaneously. While it is clear that our interests, values and friendships are overwhelmingly pro-American, this does not mean that we cannot trade and interact with China. How Australia manages technology and innovation will help us manage Sino-American relations in the next decade.

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19 January 2021 | OP178

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The Elite Embrace
Rowan Callick
03 November 2020 | OP177

After suffering pushback at home and abroad in the wake of the covid-19 pandemic, the People’s Republic of China (PRC) has resumed its course to achieve key Chinese Communist Party goals by retaining the backing of the elites that count, both within China and overseas. In this paper, leading China expert Rowan Callick traces the elitist evolution of the Party…

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Moral Terrorism
Simon Heffer
21 July 2020 | OP174

We find ourselves living in an age when a small but highly vocal, and zealous, minority are availing themselves of the power of social media, and of sections of the printed press, to seek to force their opinions and attitudes on everyone else. In normal circumstances, this would simply be tedious: if, say, the public were being pressured to watch…

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Peter Kurti
10 April 2020 | OP173

Calls for protections of rights are often made without much reflection on what it is, exactly, that needs protecting. In this Occasional Paper, Peter Kurti argues that behind any claim about rights lies a moral claim, and that this claim is essentially about human dignity. Rights describe a sphere of personal sovereignty from which others are excluded and which also…

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