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

  1. 26 June 2018 – Americas, Donald Trump, Mexico, Politics, South America

    A political watershed for Mexico?

    The Mexican election on July 1 could change the country's entire government, according to a University of Melbourne expert.

  2. 26 June 2018 – Asia, China, Hong Kong, Independence, Protest

    Inequality driving Hong Kong’s independence movement

    Hong Kong's independence ('Localist') movement is driven by income inequality, not a generational divide, says a University of Melbourne researcher.

  3. 14 June 2018 – Asialink, Australia, Cyberattack, Cybersecurity, This Is Not A Drill

    This is not a drill: A cyberthreat reality check

    Cybersecurity is now an official national priority for Australia, but what makes us vulnerable? A University of Melbourne special explores our cyber risk.

  4. 8 June 2018 – Diplomacy, Donald Trump, Kim Jong Un, North Korea, Nuclear

    Is denuclearisation the ‘right’ goal for the US-North Korea Summit?

    Ahead of the US-North Korea summit, a University of Melbourne expert asks whether the wellbeing of the people should be the focus, rather than denuclearisation.

  5. 30 May 2018 – Asialink, China, Education, Teaching, Technology

    Creating ripples of learning in China

    Despite societal challenges, according to a University of Melbourne expert, China's approach to education is changing as it embraces student-driven learning.

  6. 27 May 2018 – Anwar Ibrahim, Elections, Gay Rights, LGBT+, Malaysia

    Anwar Ibrahim’s rebirth and Malaysia’s LGBT+ rights

    Malaysia's new government freed jailed leader Anwar Ibrahim; a University of Melbourne expert looks at what his political rebirth may mean for LGBT+ rights.

  7. 24 May 2018 – Australian Politics, Government, Melbourne School of Government, Politics, Public Service

    Reducing governments’ reliance on consultants

    Australian governments spend billions on consultants, but a University of Melbourne expert argues this could be reduced by boosting public servants' capacity.

  8. 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?

  9. 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.

  10. 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.