Peter Hartcher

Peter Hartcher

Peter Hartcher is the political editor and international editor of The Sydney Morning Herald. He is a Gold Walkley award winner, a former foreign correspondent in Tokyo and Washington, and a visiting fellow at the Lowy Institute for International Policy. His latest book is The Sweet Spot: How Australia Made its Own Luck and Could Now Throw it All Away. His 2005 book, Bubble Man: Alan Greenspan and the Missing Seven Trillion Dollars, foresaw the collapse of the US housing market and the economic slump that followed.

Obama sends right message but questions remain about delivery

Peter Hartcher The American President issued a clarion call for urgent action on climate change.

World leaders play nuclear war games - and win

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Peter Hartcher After the media had been ushered out of the room at the beginning of the meeting on the second day, the 53 world leaders and ministers at the Nuclear Security Summit in The Hague this week were...

Bomb Alaska!


Peter Hartcher As a US negotiator trying to talk the North Korean government out of its program to build nuclear bombs, David Asher was able to ask the question that is today burning in the minds of millions around...

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Superman has just 54 days to save the world

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Peter Hartcher WHEN Barack Obama was still campaigning for the presidency first time around, he was unsettled to receive his first top-secret security briefing from US intelligence chiefs.

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Obama is storming home


Peter Hartcher When the US election is mentioned, the first question on everyone's lips is, ''Who's going to win?'' So let's answer it.

US finds unwilling partner in China to avert potential crisis in region

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Peter Hartcher WITH a growing risk that naval mishaps could escalate into unintended clashes between the US and China, an American official has said that Beijing is rebuffing efforts to set up crisis-prevention...

Mutual respect has flowered between former enemies

Peter Hartcher GALLIPOLI has given Australia and Turkey a legacy of mutual respect but the two countries have much more in their shared future than in their past, in the Turkish government's view.

Israel worried by 'weakening' US

Peter Hartcher Tel Aviv ISRAEL is troubled by the perception the US is an "empire of the past" and wants a resurgent America to lead a decisive confrontation with Iran, a top official has said.

Arab upheaval sends a shockwave to China

Peter Hartcher THE spontaneous Arab uprisings against longstanding dictators are sending a clear signal to the biggest dictatorship of all - China - according to a leading dissident.

Release not enough by itself, Anwar says

Peter Hartcher Malaysia's opposition leader, Anwar Ibrahim, has declared the release of his friend Aung San Suu Kyi meaningless unless she is allowed to assume her mandate as elected leader of Burma.

Abbott opens fire at 'low' PM


Peter Hartcher Tony Abbott has accused Julia Gillard of "low bastardry" in disclosing that he had declined her offer to travel together to Afghanistan to visit Australian troops.

'Don't lose courage now'

Peter Hartcher The Australian officer in charge of the Afghanistan deployment has told Julia Gillard and Tony Abbott "it's not the time to get the wobbles".