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

  1. 16 May 2018 – Donald Trump, Iran, Nuclear, Nuclear Proliferation, United States

    What comes after America’s withdrawal from the Iran nuclear deal?

    Two University of Melbourne experts debate President Trump's move to withdraw the US from the nuclear deal with Iran; is it reckless or tactical foreign policy?

  2. 10 May 2018 – Democracy, Elections, Poverty, South East Asia, Timor-Leste

    Timor-Leste’s political impasse

    Timor-Leste's elections need to resolve its political crisis so issues of policy like reducing poverty can be addressed, says a University of Melbourne expert.

  3. 3 May 2018 – Civil War, Diplomacy, Russia, Syria, United States

    The trouble with ceasefires

    University of Melbourne research finds the 2016 ceasefire in Syria had unexpected consequences, ranging from an impact on rebel governance to humanitarian aid.

  4. 3 May 2018 – Classrooms, Education, Government, Public Policy, Teaching

    Don’t attach too many strings to Gonski 2.0’s vision

    Ahead of a special COAG meeting, education experts at the Grattan Institute say it’s important David Gonski’s education vision isn't a tick-the-box exercise.

  5. 2 May 2018 – Australian Football League, History, Racism, Sport and Culture, Sports

    Footy, history and a changing Australia

    Aussie Rules has the power to bring people together; but as University of Melbourne researchers discuss, it has also reflected the struggle for social change.

  6. 20 March 2018 – Human rights, International law, Refugees, Statelessness, United Nations

    No country, no rights, no hope

    Millions of people worldwide are stateless, leaving them vulnerable to human rights abuses. The issue needs more attention, say University of Melbourne experts.

  7. 15 March 2018 – Australia, Australian Politics, Leadership, McKinnon Prize in Political Leadership, Politics

    A winning political vision

    Dean Smith and Vonda Malone are the winners of the McKinnon Prize for Political Leadership with the University of Melbourne - recognising visionary leaders.

  8. 15 March 2018 – Elections, Russia, Vladimir Putin

    Russia’s strange yet predictable election

    Russians go to the polls to re-elect Vladimir Putin as President. A University of Melbourne expert says if that sounds like a foregone conclusion, well, it is.

  9. 15 March 2018 – Australian Politics, Elections, Labour, Liberal Party, South Australia

    South Australia votes: A divided electorate

    University of Melbourne analysis finds the SA-BEST party could hold the balance of power if neither the Liberals nor Labor win outright in South Australia.

  10. Podcast14 March 2018 – Culture, Papua New Guinea, anthropology

    Seeing like an anthropologist

    This episode of the University of Melbourne's Eavesdrop on Experts podcast features anthropologist Monica Minnegal on her work in Papua New Guinea.