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Christian Downie

Christian Downie

Australian Research Council DECRA Fellow, Australian National University
Dr Christian Downie is an Australian Research Council DECRA Fellow (2018-2021) in the School of Regulation and Global Governance at The Australian National University. He was previously a Vice Chancellor’s Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of New South Wales. Christian has worked as a foreign policy advisor to the Australian Government’s Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet and a climate policy advisor to the Department of Climate Change. Christian holds a PhD in international relations and political science from the Australian National University, having graduated from the University of Sydney with first class honours in economics. He has spent time teaching or researching at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, the London School of Economics and Political Science and the University of Waterloo, among others, and he has worked in policy think tanks in Canberra and Washington D.C. Christian is the author of more than 20 peer-reviewed journal articles and book chapters including publications in Global Environmental Politics, Energy Policy, Global Governance, International Affairs, and Third World Quarterly. His first book, The Politics of Climate Change Negotiations, was published in 2014.

Lack of climate policy threatens to trip up Australian diplomacy this summit season

Sep 10, 2018 13:48 pm UTC| Insights & Views Politics Nature

Australia has navigated a somewhat stormy passage through the Pacific Islands Forum in Nauru. Scott Morrisons new-look government faced renewed accusations at the summit about the strength of Australias resolve on climate...

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Economy

NZ September quarter CPI likely to rise 0.6 pct, slightly above RBNZ’s estimate: Westpac Research

New Zealands consumer price inflation for the September quarter of this year is expected to rise 0.6 percent, slightly above the Reserve Bank of New Zealands (RBNZ) estimate, according to the latest report from Westpac...

Australian bond yields cheer investors after U.S.-China trade negotiations begin in Washington

The Australian government bond yields cheered market investors after trade negotiations began between the United States and China in Washington yesterday, keeping markets hopeful of a positive outcome by end of this...

U.S. Treasuries mixed as investors await September CPI, initial jobless claims

The U.S. Treasuries remained mixed during Thursdays afternoon session ahead of the countrys consumer price inflation (CPI) for the month of September, scheduled to be released today by 12:30GMT, besides, the weekly initial...

German bunds plunge despite lower-than-expected August trade surplus; September CPI data eyed

The German bunds plunged during European session Thursday despite a lower-than-expected trade surplus registered for the month of August, while eyes still remain on the countrys consumer price inflation (CPI) for the month...

Australia’s investor lending rises in August as rate cuts and APRA changes create positive impact on housing finance

Australias investor lending rose during the month of August as the effects of June/July rate cuts and APRA changes have continued to flow through to housing finance, according to the latest report from ANZ...

Politics

Melania Trump reacts to Donald Trump cheating allegations

Donald Trump and Melania Trump have always been in the limelight since they tied the knot. But the status of their marriage has become much more exposed to public speculations once they occupied the White House. Many...

Melania Trump: Is she distancing herself from Donald Trump’s political woes?

The past weeks have been hectic for the Trump administration, especially after an impeachment inquiry has been officially launched in the Congress in late September against President Donald Trump. Meanwhile, it is hard not...

How a 1905 debate about 'tainted' Rockefeller money is a reminder of ethical dilemmas today

Many nonprofits, including top universities and museums are confronting serious ethical dilemmas regarding accepting tainted money. The MIT Media Lab, an interdisciplinary research lab, has been widely criticized for...

Trump's bad Nixon imitation may cost him the presidency

Whatever Donald Trump does, Richard Nixon usually did it first and better. Nixon got a foreign governments help to win a presidential election over 50 years ago. Trumps imitation of the master has proven far from...

Backing Putin: Russia's middle class is no longer a catalyst for democratic change

A wave of protests rocked Moscow and scores of other cities across Russia between 2011 and 2013. The demonstrators called for free and fair elections and some even demanded an end to the Putin regime. Many Russian...

Science

NASA rover allegedly captures an image proving there's life on Mars

It has been decades since humans started launching missions to space. At this point, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) has already sent numerous rovers to Mars to observe the several sections of the...

Elon Musk reminded NASA it can share SpaceX’s IP to anyone; Agency unwilling to do so due to security concern

Elon Musk and NASAs partnership has been standing on rocky ground in recent months as the Commercial Crew endeavor has been delayed. The mission aims to put American astronauts to space using SpaceXs services, opting to...

NASA unveils the design of new spacesuit for Moon landing mission in 2024

The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) has been preparing for its next Moon landing mission that will be taking place within the next few years. One of the important things the agency has been working on...

ESA detects 46-foot wide asteroid approaching Earth much closer than usual in 2084

A 46-foot asteroid was recently detected by the European Space Agency (ESA) and is making headlines even though its next Earth close-approach will not happen within the next decades. Certain qualities of the asteroid have...

NASA asteroid watch confirms 7 more space rocks are approaching Earth this weekend

Several asteroids have come close to the Earth over the previous days, and a few more will approach the planet this weekend. Scientists from the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) have detected that seven...

Technology

‘Death Stranding’ release date: Game doesn’t have a traditional death system in place, Hideo Kojima revealed

To say that Death Stranding is a confusing game is a bit of an understatement. Even with the title less than a month away from launch, the gaming community still doesnt have a concrete idea of what the game is about or the...

iPhone's iOS 13 update exposes iPhones to security risks and various usage issues

iOS 13 update was released by Apple for its iPhone customers last month. It offers many cool new features, but users might want to reconsider updating their units after bugs have been detected. Just a day after the...

‘World of Warcraft Classic’ likely to decline as the gaming community boycotts Blizzard’s products following ‘Hearthstone’ issue

World of Warcraft Classic is a game that doesnt have a longevity factor to it as opposed to its modern variant. While the game was a massive hit during launch servers were actually getting clogged due to a spike in...

OnePlus 7T McLaren Edition is poised to become the company’s most expensive smartphone ever

The OnePlus 7T is going to be available for purchase about a week from now. But avid fans of this smartphone brand know that there is another thing to look forward to before 2019 ends. And the is the official announcement...

‘Doom Eternal’ release date: Reason behind the delay still unknown; Invasion Mode won’t be available at launch

Doom Eternal was poised to create massive waves this year as thousands of players are itching to get their hands on the title. Unfortunately, the game has now been delayed, as announced by Id Software itself. Doom...
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