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Australia’s Foreign Policy for Dangerous Times
As Australia prepares its first Foreign Policy White Paper in more than a decade, the University of Melbourne looks at the need to strengthen ties with Asia.
Blasphemy, treason and democracy: Jakarta goes to the polls
Indonesian voters are at the polls to elect a new governor of Jakarta, the University of Melbourne's Tim Lindsey talks through the religious and racial tensions
France’s presidential campaign: A strategy of fear versus a strategy of opportunity
The 2017 French presidential election campaign is witnessing the French public falling into two main camps, just like with Trump in the US and Brexit in the UK.
Are universities part of the populism problem?
Universities are key drivers of educated debate, so with democracy in crisis amid rising populism and inequality, what have they been doing and where do they ne
Four reasons Marine Le Pen probably won’t become French president
Le Pen is a leading candidate in the 2017 French presidential election but a number of factors, including corruption charges, mean she is unlikely to win.
Is populism pushing Europe’s left-wing parties into long-term decline?
To challenge the rise the populist Right in some European countries, the Left needs a stronger vision, like social democratic parties had in the Post-War years.
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.