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The daily newspaper ‘Arman’ bore a picture of US President Donald Trump with a headline which reads “Isolation of Mr. Goof”, on October 14, 2017. AFP

Donald Trump, a new advocate for Iranian nationalism and Islamist hardliners

The Trump administration's change of US policy toward Iran has reinforced hardliners' ambitions and nationalistic feelings, complicating an already difficult situation in the region.
The surge in U.S. oil and natural gas production has transformed the energy picture in the country, but the influence is muted globally. Pixabay

Is energy ‘dominance’ the right goal for US policy?

The Trump administration has set a new national policy: energy dominance. But can the US really dominate other countries through fossil fuel exports?
The Navy converted to oil from coal a few years before the U.S. entered World War I, helping to solidify petroleum’s strategic status. Naval History and Heritage Command

How World War I ushered in the century of oil

Before World War I, petroleum had few practical uses, but it emerged from the war as a strategic global asset necessary for national stability and security.
German stock market after US election, November 9, 2016. Frank Rumpenhorst/EPA

Trump: where we might end up

As candidate, Trump promised protectionist trade policies and denigrated international agreements. Now, as president of the United States, how far can he go?
In 1945, U.S. President Franklin D. Roosevelt met with King Abdul Aziz Ibn Saud, part of a behind-the-scenes policy to ensure access to oil for the U.S. and its allies. National Archives and Records Administration

Exxon’s Rex Tillerson and the rise of Big Oil in American politics

Big Oil has historically played a behind-the-scenes role on American policy and politics. No longer.
The first reaction to Trump’s win in Beijing and Pyongyang has been to raise the champagne flutes. EPA/Peter Foley

What’s in store for Asia under President Trump

In the heat of the moment, there can be a temptation to overstate the importance of events. But Trump’s election marks the end of an era. Asia’s international politics have entered uncharted waters.
Unlike Dr Strangelove, few people learned to love the bomb – but it changed society nonetheless. Columbia Pictures

How Cold War anxieties still shape our world today

Think the Cold War is over? It may be, but its effects still cast a long shadow over society.
Australia’s traditional reliance on multilateralism and alliances won’t be enough to negotiate the geopolitical rivalries of the Asian century. EPA/Barbara Walton

In Australia’s third century after European settlement, we must rethink our responses to a new world

For the past two centuries, Australia got many of the big calls on global engagement right. In our third century, there are worrying signs that we have not fully grasped what the rise of Asia means.

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