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

  1. 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.

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

  4. 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

  5. 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.

  6. 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

  7. 29 January 2020 – 2020 US Presidential Election, Barack Obama, Donald Trump, Sciences, US Presidents

    Is Donald Trump anti-science? The data says yes

    Donald Trump’s hostility to science is confirmed in an analysis of past and present US Presidential words and actions, say University of Melbourne experts.

  8. 19 January 2020 – Australian Politics, Leadership, McKinnon Prize in Political Leadership, Mike Baird

    Mike Baird: The value of authenticity

    Former New South Wales Premier Mike Baird says political leaders need a broad vision which gets people off the couch and cabinet ministers out of their chairs.

  9. 17 January 2020 – 2024, Elections, Russia, Russian Presidency, Vladimir Putin

    How Putin is devising his exit plan

    Proposed reforms weakening the Russian president's authority hints Vladimir Putin is considering life as an ex president, a University of Melbourne expert says