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Michael Wesley

Michael Wesley reviews ‘Australian Security After 9/11: New and old agendas’ edited by Derek McDougall and Peter Shearman

June-July 2006, no. 282 01 June 2006
A decade ago, security was the poor cousin to economics in policy studies and public discussion.  When John Howard took office in 1996, we were in the midst of an era of euphoric globalisation in which the popular imagination was dominated by wonder at the spread of the free market, growing volumes of trade and finance, and seemingly ever-rising wealth and standards of living. As Paul Kelly h ... (read more)

Michael Wesley reviews 'What's Wrong with Terrorism?' by Robert E. Goodin

November 2006, no. 286 01 November 2006
The fifth anniversary of the 9/11 attacks revived familiar lines of debate about the significance of terrorism. On one side are those who believe that 9/11 brought into stark relief a deadly new challenge to our values and existence, an enemy that must be faced resolutely and fought on every front. On the other are those who believe that 9/11 gave birth (or rebirth) not to a new form of threat but ... (read more)

Michael Wesley reviews 'Allied and Addicted' by Alison Broinowski

July–August 2007, no. 293 01 July 2007
Whoever wins the federal election later this year, it is likely that at some stage in 2008 we will be looking back and post-mortemising the Howard government. One strand in the reviews will surely be the Howard government’s impact on the quality of public debate in this country. Whether it has been a contributor to Howard’s long ascendancy (and I think it has), this government’s ability to g ... (read more)