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

  1. Podcast24 February 2017 – Human rights, Migration, Public Policy, Refugees

    The Power of a Warm Welcome

    Refugee researcher Uma Kothari on how media representations of asylum seekers influence how we attend and respond to the plight of people fleeing for safety.

  2. 14 February 2017 – Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islanders, Australian Indigenous Studies, Australian Politics, Close the gap, Closing the gap

    Closing the Gap – time for traction on the ground

    Time to take stock of Closing the Gap and focus on gaining traction on the ground – University of Melbourne Indigenous Affairs experts has their say.

  3. 21 January 2017 – 2016 US Presidential Election, Donald Trump, US President, White House

    President Trump: 10 reasons not to be afraid

    President Trump will not have a completely clear run to do what he wants in Government – there are plenty of checks and balances to keep a rein on him.

  4. 16 January 2017 – 2016 US Presidential Election, Barack Obama, Donald Trump

    Citizen Obama: The future of the past President

    Barack Obama is leaving the White House, but it's unlikely we've seen the last of him. What will he do next to preserve and build on his presidential legacy?

  5. 11 January 2017 – 2016 US Presidential Election, Donald Trump, Twitter

    Trump + Twitter: Unfettered honesty or unchecked vitriol?

    Donald Trump uses Twitter avidly to set policy, but also attack his opponents. Whether he’ll be reined in when he moves into the White House is anyone's guess.

  6. 10 January 2017 – ASEAN, Brexit, European Union

    What ASEAN can learn from the Brexit vote

    The Brexit vote stunned the world, but many of the concerns surrounding European regionalisation also apply to Asia. How ASEAN responds will be crucial.

  7. 23 December 2016 – Asylum Seekers, Public Policy, Refugees

    What is a refugee?

    As numbers of displaced people reach record levels around the world, nations have to find ways of dealing with the growing crisis.

  8. 16 December 2016 – Criminology, Human rights, Law, State crime

    Investigating state crime

    Criminologist Penny Green on what it means when nation-states shift from protector from crime to perpetrator.

  9. 8 December 2016 – Indigenous Policy, Indigenous studies, Narrm Oration, Stan Grant

    New Indigenous middle class finds place in modern economy

    Stan Grant, in this edited extract of his 2016 Narrm Oration, reflects on the rise and rise of a prosperous and professional Indigenous middle class.

  10. 7 December 2016 – Brexit, Democracy, Donald Trump, France , Populism

    Why France is taking Europe to the crossroad

    All eyes are on the French Presidential election in April and May as European politics lurches between liberalism and populism.