Expert opinion and analysis on government, power, policy and people and how it shapes our world.
Russia’s meddling in the French elections: How and why?
Vladimir Putin's potential influence over elections in Western Europe are part of his goal to weaken NATO and return Russia to Superpower status.
Why Nordic countries top the happiness league
It is no coincidence that Nordic countries topped the ratings in the Happiness Report 2017 – they explicitly invest in and promote equality.
The creeping influence of lobbyists in Washington
Draining the 'Washington swamp' of lobbyists was one of Donald Trump's core campaign pledges but since taking office he has increased their access and influence
Dutch election results are the opposite of Trump-like populism
The 2017 Dutch election can be viewed as a victory for democracy, with parties from across the political spectrum possible candidates for coalition government.
Four reasons to watch the Dutch Election
The 2017 Dutch election will test whether far-Right populist politics are gaining traction in Europe, with a Trump-like disruption possible.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.