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

  1. 24 March 2017 – 2017 French Presidential Election, Cyber-attack, European Union, Russia, Vladimir Putin

    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.

  2. 23 March 2017 – Democracy, Equality, Happiness, Nordic Countries, World Happiness Report 2017

    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.

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

    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

  4. 16 March 2017 – Brexit, Donald Trump, Dutch Election 2017, Europe, Geert Wilders

    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.

  5. 13 March 2017 – Brexit, Donald Trump, European Union, Geert Wilders, Populism

    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.

  6. 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.

  7. 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.

  8. 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.

  9. 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?

  10. 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.