Working Papers

Future challenges for Australia's alliance with the United States

18 April 2016

The United States alliance has been, is, and will remain, the centrepiece of Australian foreign policy for the foreseeable future. But it will change. Why? An edited version of research associate Tom Switzer's address to the the Royal United Services Institute on 23 February 2016.  Read online

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What can Oregon teach Australia about dying?

24 September 2012

Lyn Carson looks at the history and current status of legislation for assisted suicide or voluntary euthanasia in seven regions of the world, including Oregon, the first state in the US to legalise physician assisted suicide. Carson provides a comparison with legislation in Australian states. Read paper

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The Logic of Interoperability: Australia’s Acquisition of the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter

7 September 2012

by Adam Lockyer

The 2009 Defence White Paper confirmed that the Australian Government plans to acquire up to 100 F-35 Joint Strike Fighters over the coming decade. The decision was based upon many different calculations, not least of which were cost and capability. However, a significant and less discussed motivation was the advantage of interoperability with the United States military. This paper unpacks the logic of interoperability and argues that it is based upon two seemingly contradictory currents in Australian strategic thought: self-reliance and dependency. It submits that this conceptualization of interoperability is now outdated and should be shifted towards greater political and strategic cooperation. Read paper

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The Mormon dilemma: Causes and consequences of anti-Mormonism in the 2012 elections

13 June 2012

By David Smith

In this draft paper, David Smith argues that aversion to Mormons is still an important force in American public opinion, and one that seriously affects Mitt Romney’s chances of winning the presidency, even if he ultimately overcomes it. Romney's victory in the 2012 Republican primary has convinced many observers that Romney’s religion is now irrelevant to his electoral chances. The thesis that Mormonism does not matter seems to have found some empirical support in a recent online survey experiment, though other survey experiments conducted with random national samples have found the opposite. Romney received a rousing reception from an evangelical audience when he delivered a commencement address at Jerry Falwell’s Liberty University in May 2012; he described himself as a Christian rather than a Mormon. Does Romney’s success in the 2012 primary really mean that religious identity has melted away as an issue? Read Paper

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The first Muslim president? Causes and consequences of the belief that Barack Obama is a Muslim

31 May 2010

by David Smith

This draft paper uses data from the 2008 ANES panel study to explore the surprisingly widespread belief that Barack Obama is a Muslim. David Smith examines two main causal mechanisms: anti-Obama predispositions caused by Republican Party ID and implicit racial bias, which would have created a good pre-existing “fit” for belief in the Muslim rumour, and lack of political knowledge, which would have increased the Muslim rumour’s plausibility. Read Paper

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Ignorance and inclusion, Mr Jefferson, might be good for democracy

7 November 2009

by Associate Professor Lyn Carson


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The Anti-American Tradition: A literature review

23 October 2009

by Associate Professor Brendon O'Connor


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Jesus Q. Politician: Explaining the politicization of religion in the United States, Australia, and Canada

20 October 2009

by Dr Willie Gin

The religious sociologist Peter Berger once said that if India is the most religious country and Sweden the least, then the United States is a nation of Indians ruled by Swedes. This metaphor is inaccurate, at least with regard to Australia, Canada, and the United States in the latter half of the 20th century. The United States actually comes closer to being a nation of Indians ruled by Indians, while Australia a nation of Swedes ruled by Indians, and Canada a nation of “Swindians” ruled by Swedes. Read Paper

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American foreign policy traditions: A literature review

9 October 2009

by Associate Professor Brendon O'Connor


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The reasons for compliance with the law

22 September 2009

by Professor Margaret Levi, Tom Tyler and Audrey Sachs


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