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

  1. 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

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

  4. 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

  5. 23 December 2019 – Brexit, Democracy, Europe, European Union, UK General Election 2019

    The tectonics of the British election

    It was a stunning victory for Boris Johnson in the UK general election; University of Melbourne experts explore what that tells us about 21st Century politics.

  6. 20 November 2019 – Brexit, Britain, Politics, UK General Election 2019, United Kingdom

    The sound and fury of Britain’s election

    The United Kingdom is counting down to a truly unpredictable election; a University of Melbourne expert outlines the battle lines between the political parties.

  7. 6 November 2019 – China, Hong Kong, Hong Kong Protests, International affairs, Politics

    The danger of keeping quiet

    In a speech at the University of Melbourne, the former of Governor of Hong Kong, Chris Patten, explores the need for collaboration in global dealings with China

  8. 18 October 2019 – Australia, Australian Politics, Diplomacy, Foreign Aid, Foreign Policy

    Australia’s incredible shrinking Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade

    Diplomacy could be helping to further Australia’s interests, but with continuing DFAT budget cuts, University of Melbourne experts say it isn't a priority.

  9. 4 October 2019 – Australian Politics, Defence, Leadership, McKinnon Prize in Political Leadership, Security

    Staying the course with a light hand

    The former Director-General of ASIO outlines good leadership as the nominations for the University of Melbourne's McKinnon Prize in Political Leadership open.