Expert opinion and analysis on government, power, policy and people and how it shapes our world.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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
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
Is Australia becoming the ‘lonely’ country?
Australia's US focus is putting it out of step with an Asia recognising China's growing leadership, says a new survey by University of Melbourne's Asialink
Merkel’s refugee stance paying off ahead of German election
Chancellor Angela Merkel is successfully weathering the politics of refugees and should win a fourth term in German election says University of Melbourne expert