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James Curran

About James Curran

James Curran is Professor of Modern History and senior fellow at Sydney University’s US Studies Centre. He is writing a book on Australia’s China debate for New South Press.

On being ‘very different countries’: AUSMIN and China’s rise (UTS Australia China Relations Institute August 4 2020)

During discussions with American thinkers, analysts and officials in New York and Washington DC in late 2017, one particular conversation gave a chilling insight into how some see the ultimate strategic calculations in US China relations.

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‘Haunted’ Morrison adds more fuel to the Asia-Pacific fire

We now know a little more about the prime minister’s fleeting, but significant references to the 1930s in his speech launching the defence update last week.

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Washington’s ‘Cold War’ with Beijing exposes its true view of Australia

Even before the onset of coronavirus, it had become something of a truism to talk of US–China relations plunging into a new era of heightened geopolitical competition.

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JAMES CURRAN. Canberra’s wolverines threaten our connection (AFR 8.5.20)

Beijing deserves scrutiny for little transparency amid the pandemic, but Australia’s proposal for an inquiry is badly timed.

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JAMES CURRAN. COVID-19 triggers a reset of domestic and international institutions

As governments try to contain the COVID-19 pandemic, they must have a view of the immediate future if they are to act rationally.

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JAMES CURRAN. China challenge needs clever diplomacy not shrill crusades(AFR 21.1.2020)

Some Australian politicians are convinced that China is waging political warfare against us. But where is the evidence that they are winning?

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JAMES CURRAN Our China panic is stepping into the world of paranoia (AFR 10.12.2019)

The China debate is close to losing all sense of rationality and proportion. Where’s the confidence in our institutions?

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JAMES CURRAN. Julie Bishop: buffeted by headwinds.

Few can quibble with the accolades that Julie Bishop has received in recent days for the manner in which she performed the role of Australian foreign minister. The first woman to hold the position, she graced the world stage with … Continue reading

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JAMES CURRAN. New series. We can say ‘no’ to the Americans.

James Curran spoke to the National Press Club, Canberra, at the launch of his new book ‘Fighting with America’ on 8 December 2016.   The alliance is stronger and healthier for its disagreements.

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