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United States, Russia, Europe…historical tensions are resurfacing.

United States: the end of an illusion of omnipotence

The United States still sees itself as the world’s one and only superpower… The reality is now quite different: for several years, the country has been undergoing a slow but inevitable decline.
A military officer salutes during a parade to commemorate the anniversary of the founding of Communist China in Beijing. Mark Schiefelbein/AP

Friday essay: if growing US-China rivalry leads to ‘the worst war ever’, what should Australia do?

Hugh White warns of a potential war between the US and China, drawing lessons from the first and second world wars to explore how Australia might respond to such a conflict – and where to draw a line.
A woman walks past beds at a camp in Bucharest, Romania, ready for an influx of refugees fleeing the war in neighbouring Ukraine in April 2022. (AP Photo/Andreea Alexandru)

Will the exodus of Ukrainians surpass the Second World War’s refugee flows?

It has taken less than 11 weeks for the Russia-Ukraine conflict to become the greatest trigger for human displacement in Europe since the entire six years of the Second World War.
David Bowie as Ziggy Stardust in 1972: ‘an androgynous rockstar from outer space’. Pictorial Press Ltd / Alamy Stock Photo

David Bowie and the birth of environmentalism: 50 years on, how Ziggy Stardust and the first UN climate summit changed our vision of the future

In June 1972, the first United Nations conference on the human environment coincided with the release of David Bowie’s iconic Ziggy Stardust album. Both still feel disturbingly relevant today
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy is introduced to the US Congress by Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi on March 16, 2022 in Washington, DC. J. Scott Applewhite-Pool/Getty Images

Ukraine’s information war is winning hearts and minds in the West

The reasons for the prominence of the Ukraine war in the West are many – and include the Ukrainian government’s strategic efforts to tailor presentations of the conflict for Western sensibilities.
Smoke rises on April 15, 2022, above 400 new graves in the town of Severodonetsk, Ukraine. Carolyn Cole/Los Angeles Times via Getty Images

Russia is being made a pariah state – just like it and the Soviet Union were for most of the last 105 years

The West’s new approach to Russia – bar it from international organizations, restrict international trade, prevent further military moves – looks just like how it treated Russia in the 20th century.
Ukrainian refugees wait near the U.S. border in Tijuana, Mexico. AP Photo/Gregory Bull

How race and religion have always played a role in who gets refuge in the US

Four scholars of race, religion and immigration explain how US refugee and asylum policy has long been racially and religiously discriminatory in practice.

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