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

  1. 27 November 2017 – Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islanders, Activism, Indigenous, Indonesia, Music

    Music for change

    In collaboration with the University of Melbourne, Indonesian band Navicula is using music to strike chords of change in global indigenous communities.

  2. Podcast31 October 2017 – Climate Change, Government, History, International law, Treaties

    Is the world suffering from treaty fatigue?

    Judge James Crawford on the diminishing appetite of nation states to join new international agreements or remain in established ones.

  3. Podcast20 October 2017 – Cities, Economy, Industry, Innovation, Urban Planning

    What are the keys to a successful urban innovation district?

    Urban thinker Julie Wagner on how city innovation districts grow, and how their reliance on the physical and the local serves to foster creative industries.

  4. 16 October 2017 – Catalonia, Europe, Independence, Politics, Spain

    What history tells us about Catalonian independence

    As Spain's Catalonia region prepares to respond to an deadline on independence, a University of Melbourne expert looks back at the history of the region.

  5. 5 October 2017 – Catalonia, Constitution, European Union, Independence, Spain

    Unified no more: Spain spirals towards constitutional crisis

    With Catalonia's leaders set to declare independence from Spain, the country is heading for a major constitutional crisis says a University of Melbourne expert.

  6. 25 September 2017 – 2017 German Federal Election, Europe, European Union, Politics, Populism

    Far right are the ‘real’ winners in the German election

    The far-right AfD is the real winner in the 2017 German election and Angela Merkel has been weakened, says a University of Melbourne expert.

  7. Podcast22 September 2017 – Crime, Criminology, Government, Policing, Public Policy

    The rise and reach of transnational policing

    Criminologist Ben Bowling on how policing is increasingly crossing national borders, raising serious questions about governance and public accountability.

  8. 14 September 2017 – 2017 German Federal Election, Angela Merkel, Australian-German Climate and Energy College, Europe, Politics

    Four things you need to know about the German election

    The minor parties will likely shape the final government that emerges from the 2017 German election. A University of Melbourne expert look at the possibilities

  9. 4 September 2017 – 2017 German Federal Election, Angela Merkel, Climate Change, European Union, Politics

    Why action on climate change isn’t an issue for Germans

    Chancellor Merkel's emissions reductions policies enjoy broad support in Germany because climate science is widely accepted, says University of Melbourne expert

  10. 29 August 2017 – China, North Korea, Nuclear Missiles, United States, Wars

    North Korea: The ‘threat that leaves something to chance’

    Following North Korea's missile test over Japan, a University of Melbourne expert looks at whether a nuclear crisis involving the US could spiral out of control