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Expert opinion and analysis on government, power, policy and people and how it shapes our world.

  1. 12 July 2020 – Australian Politics, Gladys Berejiklian, Leadership, McKinnon Prize in Political Leadership, Sally Capp

    Two leaders with the right stuff

    Gladys Berejiklian and Sally Capp, winners of the 2019 McKinnon Political Prize for Political Leadership, have successfully mixed strength with empathy

  2. 19 June 2020 – Australia, Britain, COVID-19, Coronavirus, Dual Citizenship

    How COVID-19 made me more Australian

    For a University of Melbourne academic, the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic in the UK has brought the issue of national identity into sharp relief.

  3. 19 May 2020 – COVID-19, Centrelink, Coronavirus, Welfare

    Time for a Universal Basic Income?

    The socio-economic crisis brought by COVID-19 reveals cracks in social welfare and the need for radical transformation says a University of Melbourne expert.

  4. 12 May 2020 – COVID-19, COVID-19 India, Coronavirus, India, Pandemic

    India’s local governments tackling COVID-19

    Local government and communities are working together in India to help people face the challenges of COVID-19, says a University of Melbourne researcher.

  5. 29 April 2020 – 2020 US Presidential Election, COVID-19, Coronavirus, Donald Trump, United States

    10 reasons why COVID-19 favours a Trump election victory

    While Donald Trump has faced widespread criticism over his handling of COVID-19, a University of Melbourne experts says he may well prosper in the election.

  6. 24 March 2020 – 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games , COVID-19, Coronavirus, Japan, Sport

    The symbolism of the Olympic Games

    As countries pull out of the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games, a University of Melbourne expert explains why Japan is clinging onto hope in the face of COVID-19.

  7. 12 March 2020 – Asia, China, Donald Trump, South China Sea

    A superpower in transition

    A new essay by a University of Melbourne expert explores how a resurgent China is challenging the Indo-Pacific and testing the Australia-United States alliance

  8. 5 March 2020 – 2020 US Presidential Election, Donald Trump, Elections, Politics, United States

    Five takeaways from Super Tuesday

    A University of Melbourne expert says the race for the Democratic nomination in the US presidential nomination has narrowed after a surprising Super Tuesday.

  9. 13 February 2020 – Asia, Asialink, Cities, Cultural Diplomacy, Diplomacy

    Asia’s most eligible cities

    City alliances are important for diplomacy but University of Melbourne experts say Australian cities have overlooked some Asian metropolises. Here's their top 5