Politics & Society
One of the first actions Joe Biden took on the first day of his presidency was to return the United States to the Paris Climate Accords. This follows Donald Trump taking the US out of the agreement while in office.
As all eyes were glued to the storming of the American Capitol and the second impeachment of Donald Trump, the small Baltic nation of Estonia was experiencing its own reckoning with the far-right.
Biden’s job gets easier after Senate wins in Georgia – but don’t expect a progressive revolution says Jared Mondschein.
The COVID-19 pandemic has created challenges in prisons and for prisoner rights all over the world, Prison crowding and sub-standard living conditions have created ideal breeding grounds for the virus.
Median housing prices across New Zealand increased by 19.8% year-on-year (YOY) in October 2020. It is one of the largest price surges in the world despite a global COVID recession.
“We need to fight precarity now and to ensure that, in the process, we retain and enhance the best of our representative institutions.”
The events of the past week in the United States were pressured by a President who has shown little regard for democratic norms and principles since his election in 2016.
The Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons (TPNW) is an important landmark in the continuing effort to establish a global ban on the use of nuclear weapons.
“By situating the cause of these events in the hands of a few nefarious actors, conspiracy theorists are able to take the unpredictability out of life and regain a sense of control.”
On January 6, a mob emboldened by US President Donald Trump seized control of the US Capitol Building in Washington D.C. in an attempt to block the transition of the Presidency to Joe Biden.
In November last year, a near three decade old ceasefire in the disputed region of Western Sahara was broken and war resumed. This territory has been a tinderbox of conflict since Spain decolonised in 1975.
“Recent elections in Georgia and the US show that elections alone are poor indicators of democracy, and need to be supplemented with other methods of economic and political empowerment.”
How much of the discourse on nuclear proliferation and other arms control is dominated by western notions, and in particular, a civilisation clash? What would a decolonisation of the discourse on arms control mean for the future of nuclear non-proliferation?
“When a terrorist kills 51 people and attempts to kill many others, a government has to do two things — ensure the responsible people and institutions are held accountable, and make changes to reduce the risk of another atrocity.”
The COVID-19 pandemic has reached a new high in infections across the US, across Europe and around the world. But good news is on the horizen with the development of several vaccines.
Donald Trump’s power won’t prove authoritarian enough to compel the other branches and levels of government to undermine the election, writes Associate Professor Tim Kuhner.
New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has declared a climate change emergency in New Zealand. This declaration is non-binding, but Ardern says the motion intends to hold the Government accountable and recognises that they are taking the issue seriously.
“By declaring a climate emergency Jacinda Ardern needs to inspire hope, not fear.”
President-elect Joe Biden campaigned on a promise to return to normalcy. At the start of his campaign, he proposed that the US return to the Iran nuclear deal, an agreement which President Donald Trump withdrew the US from in 2018.
Who is Donald Trump, really? And how are we supposed to process his Presidency? Timothy Kuhner shares an extract from his new book “Tyranny of Greed.”
This year’s annual Bruce Jesson lecture hosted by the faculty of Arts at the University of Auckland was given by CEO of Stuff, Sinead Boucher.
In an election dominated by the response to COVID-19, a line in the Labour manifesto opened the door to campaign finance reform.
As Joe Biden takes office on January 20th, 2021 many questions arise about what a Biden administration will look like to the global community. Early indications show it will be a complete reversal from Trump’s America First policy.
Donald Trump’s post-presidency legal jeopardy: Must he be held accountable to uphold the rule of law?
Despite clearly losing the recent US election — as evidenced by the popular vote, electoral vote and numerous unsuccessful legal challenges – why is Donald Trump still fighting so hard to remain President for a second term?
“At the core of the current war between the Ethiopian central government and the Tigrayan People’s Liberation Front is the realignment of politics and the contest for political hegemony.”
Since the outbreak of COVID-19, national governments have shown distinctly different approaches with different levels of success. But it appears that nations lead by women have a better record than their male counterparts.
Chile’s road towards drafting a non-neoliberal constitution has been long and painful according to Walescka Pino-Ojeda.
Was the 2020 US election conducted properly? Will mail-in ballots be counted and will that count be allowed to stand? Will the US Supreme Court decide the final outcome? And what, in any case, will become of American democracy?
Social media platforms have allowed US conservatives to delegitimise the election and sow mistrust of democracy.
The Rules Committee of the New Zealand Judiciary recently sought feedback from the legal profession and wider community on proposals to change some procedural rules for civil court cases.
On September 27th, 2020, fighting along the so-called line of control between Azerbaijan and the region of Nagorno-Karabakh broke out. Azerbaijani forces advanced throughout the month and Armenian resistance struggled to hold territory. On November 10, the two sides agreed to a peace agreement that has been brokered by Russia.
Last week’s US presidential election once again revealed fractures in the democratic principles of the Electoral College.
Will President Joe Biden do things differently in the Indo-Pacific region from the policies of President Donald Trump?
“We will begin to make real progress when we realise that the War on Drugs has been a complete failure and damaging to our society, and that significant changes in our attitudes and laws are needed to begin to deal with drugs as a health issue, and not a justice issue.”
“President-elect Biden has rightly made bringing Americans together his highest priority. His greatest challenge will be whether he can lead the nation into a reckoning with the Trump years without further inflaming passions.”
Why do humans instinctively reject evidence contrary to their beliefs? Do we understand why and how people change their mind about climate change? Is there anything we can do to engage people?
“The last four years provide a roadmap that shows how the personal and the political can combine to disastrous effect.”
Joe Biden’s victory presents an opportunity to reset the White House agenda and put it on a different course. Three scholars discuss what a Biden presidency may have in store in three key areas: race, the Supreme Court and foreign policy.
The US, when it holds an election ends up attracting more interest around the world than most, if not any other country. It might be because of American power; it might be because of the US’s democratic principles, or it might be because of media sources and the ability to follow it.
We all know the harm that gangs can do but can they ever be good for society? And what constitutes a gang anyway? Three experts from the University discuss the issues in 350 words each.
Since the U.S. presidential election of 2016, people around the world have debated Donald Trump’s rise to power. How did he win the election? What kind of political regime has he established? And how has that regime transformed the United States of America?
From the earliest days of the COVID-19 pandemic, activists and analysts have called attention to the significant corruption risks associated with the response to both the public health crisis itself and the economic disruption it has caused.
The 2020 American election campaign has seen a distinct lack of foreign policy discussion. However, despite who wins the Presidency, foreign policy will remain a key issue area for the US moving forward.
The pre-election polls suggested it might happen. But the fact that Labour and Jacinda Ardern have provisionally won an outright majority and the mandate to govern New Zealand alone is more than an electoral landslide — it is a tectonic shift.
On September 27, fighting along the so-called line of control between Azerbaijan and the region of Nagorno-Karabakh erupted. This area of Azerbaijan is majority Armenian and has been de facto-controlled by the local Armenian population since the end of the war between the two populations in 1994.
Part two of this two-part series looks at some of the areas where there are concerns about the impact of the proposed new RMA plans.
This two-part series will look first at the demise of the RMA and its review before turning to what issues might arise in its replacement.
The ongoing war between Armenia and Azerbaijan is part of Turkey’s neo-imperial ambitions in the region and it must be stopped.
Despite criticism, sports players have used their role and the unique platform of sports to highlight and drive change, from the Springbok tour of New Zealand to the kneeling that Colin Kaepernick did in 2016.
The Americans is a new RNZ podcast hosted by Maria Armoudian in association with the University of Auckland.
“It is clear to me that the world in the 21st century will be better off with the United Nations as its premier international institution than without it.”
In this special Big Q podcast, Sam Smith is joined by Lara Greaves, Mark Boyd, and Victoria Woodman to look at the 2020 New Zealand general election. They discuss how the two main parties are tracking, the state of the minor parties, and assess the overall election campaign so far.
The death of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg and the Republican promise to replace her with Amy Coney Barrett has profound implications for American politics and policy. How will the decision shape public policy, the checks and balances of the constitution and the 2020 election?
Associate Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg passed away last week aged 87. A long time liberal voice on the US Supreme Court, her death has opened the likelihood of the court shifting to the right, perhaps quite dramatically.
In this webinar hosted by the University of Auckland Law School, four experts discuss the future of law in a COVID world.
In the 1970s African American activism was echoed in New Zealand influencing the creation and activism of both Ngā Tamatoa and the Polynesian Panthers. 50 years later these trends continue with protests across New Zealand sparked by the deaths of Breonna Taylor and George Floyd, and Black Lives Matter has become an issue of national political contention.
“Past white nationalist terrorism demonstrates that the greatest risk often comes from individuals on the periphery of organised extremist groups.”
In the Eastern Mediterranean, recent confrontations over the rights to drill natural gas have threatened to reignite conflict between Turkey, Greece, and Cyprus.
With demonstrations ongoing despite government repression, longtime Belarussian President Alexander Lukashenko is faced with a rare challenge to his leadership.
Climate change is 100% human-caused, so it’s 100% human-solvable. Don’t surrender to anxiety.
From now until October 17, Election Day in New Zealand, voters will be getting election poll information from multiple directions. So which ones can be trusted?
Mark Boyd has studied New Zealand elections for three decades and wonders if media coverage of the 2020 election campaign will be a replay of 2014’s ‘dirty politics’.
At this year’s general election, New Zealand voters will have the opportunity to directly influence the future of cannabis policy in Aotearoa via a referendum.
Misinformation is rampant about COVID-19 and in some cases, it has caused death, blindness, emergency health issues, and widespread stigma, and social ostracization.
On August 9, 2020, Belarussian voters went to the polls in a presidential election. Long-time president Alexander Lukashenko who has governed the nation since 1994 and who is often called Europe’s last dictator claimed victory.
Cyberattacks are taking place with increasing frequency, and with increasing capability to do widespread damage
“Polls indicate that the public broadly supports the coalition government’s COVID-19 pandemic response, and public condemnation of conspiracy theories about COVID-19 is easy to find.”
“Were punishment made a right, there are two possible ways to formulate it: either as a right to be punished for the choices we make, or a right to punish those who wrong us.”
“As a Black woman, Senator Harris’s presence within the United States Senate helps address the gulf between the 15% percent African-American demographic within society and the four single African-American senators in the current Congress.”
Social media has become a key feature in politics and communication and will likely play a significant role in the 2020 US election.
The Democrat nominee for US President Joe Biden has chosen Kamala Harris to run with him on the national ticket as vice president. Harris is the first woman of colour to run on a major national party ticket in the United States.
Governments haven’t found the magic formula for predicting the way people and diseases will interact with each other.
Politicians are doing the dance of political management ahead of the 19 September election, writes Associate Professor Jennifer Lees-Marshment.
New Zealand is on alert as COVID-19 returns. This is what we need to stamp it out again.
Once capable of taking a leading role in the fight against disease, the World Health Organization has struggled to replicate its early successes in recent decades, including in its response to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.
Last week, on August 4th, an explosion devastated Beirut killing over one hundred people and injuring thousands. This incident shocked the nation amidst a horrible economic crisis and a tremendous lack of faith in the competence of the government.
The recent announcement by the Green Party of a proposed wealth tax raises many important questions about the taxation system in New Zealand.
“Perhaps the particular issue here lies not with direct risks in and around the South China Sea but back in Washington DC.”
The COVID-19 pandemic has upended the lives of people all over the world. The sense of powerlessness and the fear of infection has alienated people regardless of political situations. But in areas of conflict or military and political occupation, populations are even more at risk.
The crisis of lawlessness on Facebook means it has become a breeding ground for alienation, fragmentation and xenophobia across the globe.
Has the COVID-19 crisis pushed solidarity in the European Union? Stefano Riela explores.
A city under siege: What are the legal and political implications of the presence of federal agents in Portland? 🔊
Ever since the killing of George Floyd, the city of Portland has witnessed consistent protests and civic action demanding police reforms. However, recently, camouflaged federal authorities without identification badges have begun arresting protesters in the city, while the Department of Homeland Security has deployed unmarked SUV’s to detain protesters.
In addition to providing a source of taha wairua and taha tinana, particularly for iwi, freshwater health is recognised as a necessary strategic and productive asset for New Zealand.
While the devastating truth of Sweden’s COVID death rates has invoked an increase in criticism, international reporting continues to swing on a pendulum between themes of, “Has Sweden got it all wrong?” and “Was Sweden right all along?”.
Since the 2016 election, the US Supreme Court has become a lightning rod political issue on both sides of the political divide.
“With international treaties focused on regulating higher-yield nuclear weapons, the relatively lighter “tactical” armaments have quietly proliferated in their place, despite being far more destructive than either of the bombs dropped on Hiroshima and Nagasaki.”
Professors Tim Dare and Paul Rishworth and Dr Jiamou Liu have their say on whether the Covid-19 lockdowns could be a portent for freedom restrictions in the future.
In recent weeks, the news in the United States has been filled with stories of statues and public spaces being altered or removed. These stories are usually connected with America’s racist past, with a particular eye towards the issue of slavery.
“Despite all the debates and discussions, the pandemic continues to ravage humanity and the fake news phenomenon continues to deceive some people.”
“Spain was amongst the nations hardest hit by the pandemic and, despite the uneasiness surrounding Sánchez’s late response to the crisis, even by his hardline supporters, Spain is on its way to recovery.”
One of the most fundamental features of the Trump Administration is a policy of limiting immigration and reversing previous US policy on work visas, asylum, and deportation.
The world is facing multiple crises from climate change to institutional racism to COVOD-19. Maria Armoudian speaks to three preeminent scholars from the fields of anthropology, philosophy, and psychology about the crossroads we are facing as a global community and the ways we can navigate them for the betterment of humanity.
As lockdowns have been imposed across Europe and around the world as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, the move online of traditionally in-person tasks and services has sent many countries into turmoil.
Although both sides would deny it, the spread of COVID-19 has highlighted the weaknesses of two systems of governance as represented by the People’s Republic of China (PRC) and the United States of America.
“Bluntly, our management of contact tracing has been shambolic and it has important lessons beyond the COVID pandemic.”
Over the last three years, New Zealand-China relations have encountered new challenges as Jonas Fleming explains.
Norman Franke looks at how COVID-19 is impacting Germany and what they are doing about it.
Should international organisations require more anticorruption conditions on their pandemic emergency funding?
“The global anticorruption community has been understandably worried about the risks that emergency response funds could be misappropriated or mismanaged, which would impede the collective public health efforts.”
Can we grow organisations and work that support a sustainable world? The answer comes from understanding our deepest psychological drivers according to Niki Harre.
“This is an ideological conflict between authoritarianism and democracy. Both protestors and China are trying to achieve some kind of outcome to secure the legitimacy of a post-2047 future.”
Earlier this month, India reported that twenty members of its armed forces were killed in fighting with Chinese forces along a disputed border in the Himalayas. Tension is, therefore, growing between the two most populous nations and emotions are running high.
The Big Question one must ask today is, Will the current COVID-19 outbreak stimulate further international cooperation as did the infections of the 20th Century, or will it undermine cooperation, weaken regimes and alter geopolitics as did the epidemics of the prior two millennia?
The snake, the hedgehog and the Berlin Wall: How significant is the fall of the wall thirty years on?
Stephen Resch reflects on the fall of the wall thirty years on.
In 1979, Vietnam invaded Cambodia and overthrew the Khmer Rouge government. This government had committed genocide since its seizure of power in 1975. Vietnam’s motivations have been asserted in a wide range of explanations from the advancement of communism to humanitarian interests to strategic interests.
When Ireland’s Taoiseach, Leo Varadkar, offered his resignation to President Michael D. Higgins on 20 February, little did he realise the responsibility that lay ahead.
The general public’s opinions about protests and the social movements behind them are formed in large part by what they read or see in the media. This gives journalists a lot of power when it comes to driving the narrative of a demonstration.
How did George Floyd’s murder come to represent a much broader set of injustices in American life? 🔊
After another brutal police killing of an unarmed black man, a massive wave of protests has spread across the United States, with solidarity protests also occurring across most of the world.
On March 18, 2020, the Czech Republic became the first country in Europe to legislate mandatory coverage of the mouth and nose in all public areas in an attempt to mitigate the spread of COVID-19.
In recent years, the “Housing First” model has become thrust to the forefront of the debate around homelessness, with its numerous advocates pointing to its apparent success in trial programmes.
« Le Parti de Le Pen » : What does the rise of the French Far-Right mean for France’s 2022 election?
Marine Le Pen has already announced her bid for the presidency in 2022.
In 2015, the nations of the world agreed to the Paris Climate Accord. This is intended to slow the rate of climate change. Since then, the US has announced its intention to withdraw and the COVID pandemic has had a profound impact on the agreement.
“Working students should not be in a position to choose finding work over their education.”
“I saw my father alive, dead, and buried, the threefold process that’s at once so ordinary and so extraordinary, and tragically has become more ordinary in the UK in these extraordinary times.”
The resurgence of populism, coupled with increasing polarization, are making it easier for corrupt politicians to evade accountability, even in countries with functional legal and judicial systems.
When Brazil’s COVID-19 death toll passed China’s some days ago, a local reporter asked Jair Bolsonaro his thoughts on the morbid figures. The president’s first answer “So what?”
Change is happening quickly in the New Zealand media sphere as companies try to adapt to a new world post-COVID.
Looming economic problems have not prevented Ankara from showcasing its soft power and engaging in “corona diplomacy.”
Electors from the 2016 Presidential Election have brought a case in the Supreme Court challenging “faithless elector” laws as unconstitutional.
In the shadow of the coronavirus pandemic the crises of tomorrow can fester. A resurgence of Islamic State (IS) is likely to be one of them.
With the mass shift to online and distance learning, both in New Zealand and around the world, a spotlight has been shone on the inequalities that exist within education.
A survey released last week tells us 53 percent of New Zealanders trust overall news sources most of the time.
“The creation of urban forests will make cities worth living in, able to function and support their populations.”
Brazil is the largest country in South America, with a huge population and a deep divide between rich and poor. Its response to the coronavirus pandemic has implications not only for the country itself but also for the region and the world.
The police have claimed that lie detectors, brain scans, and narcoanalysis (the use of “truth serum,” Sodium Pentothal) represent a paradigm shift away from physical torture.
Last week, Te Pūnaha Matatini released a report relating to the infection fatality rate of COVID-19. The report stated, “the communities at the highest risk will be those with elderly populations, and Māori and Pasifika communities.”
Grant Christie spoke with Vicki MacFarlane about what kind of problems they are seeing in Auckland Detoxification services and how services are supporting the community during lockdown.
The United States has been hit the hardest by the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. Over one million people have been infected, while there have been over 58,000 deaths. Is the COVID-19 pandemic changing governance in the United States?
Julia Budler explores the displacement of people due to climate change.
Even before the coronavirus arrived to turn life upside down and trigger a global infodemic, social media platforms were under growing pressure to curb the spread of misinformation.
Many writers only loosely define what they mean by it, and others use it as a general black box for addressing the negative impacts of colonisation upon Indigenous peoples.
“The outbreak demands swift and bold action not only in the direct response to the pandemic, but also in ensuring that monies are correctly spent, that companies do not profit unfairly from misfortune, and that power is not abused by our leaders.”
In a few short months the COVID-19 pandemic has precipitated a series of dramatic social, political and environmental changes. Yet the focus remains resolutely on humans, leaving animals largely out of the picture.
Can we conceptualise a response to the climate crisis from how the world has reacted and responded to covid-19? What can we take from the response to the pandemic to start a new response to the climate crisis?
The United States has fast become the most affected country by the COVID-19 pandemic. Aside from the hundreds of thousands of COVID-19 cases, the pandemic has also led to mass unemployment and widespread strike action by workers.
In response to the global spread of Covid-19, many faith communities including churches, mosques, synagogues, temples and gurdwaras have suspended their meetings and services in order to contain the spread of the coronavirus.
On March 11, the World Health Organisation (WHO) declared COVID-19 a global pandemic. This triggered a set of regulations and made resources available to nations to combat the virus.
Lillian Ng explores with Monique Jonas and Phillipa Malpas the implications of moral distress and clinical decision making in the time of COVID-19.
Awarding-winning filmmaker Professor Annie Goldson didn’t have to travel too far from her University of Auckland desk for her latest documentary production, with Dr ‘Ema Wolfgramm-Foliaki.
There’s a distinction between social isolation and loneliness writes professor of gerontology, Vanessa Burholt. The key is to create intergenerational connections during this time of physical isolation.
“In emergency situations, when lives are at stake, it is all too easy to rationalize the subordination of concerns about things like accountability and transparency.”
The world before this coronavirus and after cannot be the same according to Ian Goldin and Robert Muggah.
The great promises of the internet to offer inter-connectedness and the spread of great ideas has brought great challenges in discerning fact from fiction.
Having agreed to restrict production in recent years, it appears that the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and the Russian Federation have been racing to outdo the other in crashing the price of oil.
One of the most popular reform measures for combating public corruption is the establishment or strengthening of requirements that public officials regularly file declarations of assets and income sources.
“The politicization of the institutions of justice, particularly those associated with criminal law enforcement, is one of the greatest threats to the rule of law and the integrity of government.”
As the US presidential election approaches in November, attention is shifting to not only who the leading candidates will be but also to what their policies may foreshadow.
“In the hours after the Christchurch mosque attacks on March 15 last year, I wrote that I hoped New Zealand would finally stop believing it was immune to far-right extremist violence. A year on, I’m not sure enough has changed.”
Last week an announcement was made by the government surrounding changes to default KiwiSaver funds. In a bid to align with the zero-carbon bill, in 2021 when the terms of default KiwiSaver end, they will no longer be able to invest in fossil fuels or illegal weaponry.
Recent political polling suggests that the 2020 New Zealand general election will be a close affair. The result could very well rely on the success of minor parties, and the horse trading that goes on between the parties before and after polling day.
With the impacts of climate change increasingly apparent, how will this manifest in society?
For the Democratic Party in 2020, the US presidential election represents both an opportunity, and a threat.
Despite more than forty years of law reform aimed at improving the experience of giving evidence for adult rape complainants, Ministry of Justice research in 2018 re-confirmed that the process remains distressing and re-traumatizing.
Political donation scandals are dominating New Zealand politics at the moment with the Serious Fraud Office investigating two separate cases involving donations to the National Party and the New Zealand First Foundation.
Dr Mark Busse and Sophie Faber examine West Papua’s history to see what’s at stake politically and economically in the current unrest
The United States new peace plan for Israel and Palestine departs significantly from past plans. From altered borders, to decreasing the size of land for Palestine, to a lack of commitment to Palestinian sovereignty this is a new approach to peace.
Is the housing stock to blame? Is it the way houses are constructed? Is it the typology? Lillian Hanley spoke with Philippa Howden-Chapman about the state of New Zealand’s houses and what effect damp and mouldy homes have on people’s health and living standards.
According to a new study, the use of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles in combat has worked to normalise the practice of targeted assassinations.
Is there still a refugee crisis in Europe?
Global conflicts have become increasingly more complex, and often, external nations choose to intervene. However, interventions can often be indirect in the form of proxy actors.
Last week, the man who would have become the first official climate change refugee, Ioane Teitiota, lost his case to avoid deportation at the United Nations Human Rights Committee.
New research from the University of Canterbury has revealed a gender pay gap exists in New Zealand universities.
In 2020, New Zealanders will vote in two referendums at the general election. Edward Willis investigates whether public referendums are the right way to make law.
Duterte claims to be fighting crime. But it appears that unionists are being killed with virtual impunity in the Philippines.
Major political change is happening in Russia right now as President Vladimir Putin announced significant constitutional changes in his annual address to the nation.
Following the US drone strike that killed an Iranian general in Iraq and Iran shooting down a Ukrainian passenger airliner, international concerns over security and legality have arisen
In 2015, the United Nations passed the sustainable development goals with targets for poverty reduction, economic development, environmental protection, and political empowerment. How were these goals chosen? Has the UN been achieving their goals?
Why do sustainable business initiatives so often fail? What fundamental changes do we need from societies and the economic system to stem a climate change-induced collapsed? What economic systems might work on a planet with a finite capacity to sustain life?
Carwyn Jones outlines the process iwi go through to settle Treaty grievances.
Doug Becker discusses the laws of war and the current tensions between the US and Iran with Mark Drumbl, Hannah Garry, and Hamoud Salhi.
A new citizenship law in India has sparked demonstrations across India, with protestors angered by the legislation’s exclusion of Muslim refugees.
The United Kingdom goes to the polls on December 12 with Brexit one of the main issues for voters. How will the country vote? Will Brexit finally happen? What will UK foreign policy look like moving forward?
What does the death of a journalist in Malta have to do with trusts in New Zealand? Ben Goldson investigates.
What are the roots of the conflict? What are the possibilities of resolution? What role have external powers played in the conflict?
In a chapter taken from the new book “A Careful Revolution: Towards a Low-Emissions Future,” David Hall discusses how to tread carefully as the world undertakes what amounts to a climate revolution.
Are we experiencing a global explosion of people power? David S. Meyer investigates.
Over the last few weeks, Bolivia has been submerged in a climate of widespread violence and impunity following the “resignation” of President Evo Morales. But was his resignation actually a coup?
Gilbert Wong looks at the forces shaping the future of food and how research is contributing to what’s likely to be on our plates in 2030.
The New Zealand First party has been in the news recently following reports the New Zealand First Foundation allegedly channeled donations through to the political party.
A few days ago Justice Minister Andrew Little announced plans to change the current law on prisoner voting rights in time for the 2020 election, to allow prisoners serving sentences of three years or under to vote.
New research conducted by AUT’s New Zealand Work Research Institute has found that more than 50,000 working households are living in poverty across New Zealand.
On October 22, former MP and Green Party co-leader Russel Norman, who now leads Greenpeace Aotearoa New Zealand, delivered the 2019 Bruce Jesson Memorial Lecture at the University of Auckland, looking at institutional reform options for dealing with climate change, in light of Parliament’s recent passage of the Zero Carbon Bill.
A new bill intends for terminally ill New Zealanders who have less than six months left of life, the option of requesting and receiving an assisted death from a qualified medical practitioner if they fulfil certain eligibility criteria.
The New Zealand Government is considering significant changes to the configuration of public service media in New Zealand.
A new report has been released by the Child Poverty Action Group detailing food poverty and how it affects children in New Zealand.
Amazonia Is burning and corruption Is one of the reasons says Rodrigo Telles de Souza.
New Zealand National party leader Simon Bridges wants to stop gang members from gaining access to welfare if they cannot prove their income is from legitimate sources. This comes at a time when some gangs are wanting changes in their community.
The debate around the trial of armed police patrols in New Zealand continues since it was announced three weeks ago. The patrols will be rolled out in Manukau, Waikato, and Canterbury and involve heavily armed, specially trained, units roaming the streets in vehicles.
Is the government to blame if Mediaworks’ TV3 shuts down? Peter Thompson looks into the crisis at the struggling network.
Last week, Twitter announced it would ban all political advertising from the 22nd of November. Founder Jack Dorsey says that political reach should be earned not bought.
The killing of the caliph of the Islamic State (ISIS) Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi is significant in many ways, but not as a major victory in the campaign against jihadist violence.
Will Congressional Republicans hold Trump to the standard to which they are held asks Rick Messick.
Canadians have spoken with their ballots, and Justin Trudeau has been returned as Prime Minister to lead a minority government. What does Canada’s election result mean for climate change, for the future of the Arctic, for LGTBQ rights, ethics, and for Canada’s role in the world?
James Robins is joined by Walescka Pino-Ojeda to discuss the current crisis in Chile.
How important is historical memory in politics? What can we learn about how our memories of the past are manipulated to change current and future politics? What can we learn from memory entrepreneurs in places like the former Yugoslavia?
On September 10, 2019, Donald Trump fired his national security advisor John Bolton, significantly changing the dynamic within the Trump Administration’s foreign policy team. So, what does the future of American foreign policy look like under the current president?
Dr. Jiyar Aghapouri explores Turkey’s moves into Northern Syria.
New Zealand’s local elections took place over the weekend with the average turnout nationally falling below fifty percent.
Journalism is facing a profound financial crisis. Around the world, news outlets are closing, and journalists are losing their jobs. Should we be worried?
In this episode of history masterclass, Paul Taillon explores American populism through history and how we can understand it in terms of today’s politics.
In this episode of history masterclass, Linda Bryder talks about New Zealand’s first populist government, the Liberal Government which served from 1891 to 1912.
Canada’s federal election is taking place on October 21. Justin Wong spoke with Daniel Béland about the election and whether Trudeau can be re-elected.
This week, a report on the health of trans and non-binary New Zealanders revealed some alarming statistics into psychological distress, discrimination and ongoing barriers to health services.
Why is talking about politics so difficult? Sylvia Nissen shares an extract from her new book “Student Political Action in New Zealand.”
New Zealand is the second most overvalued housing market in the world, with Auckland its most unaffordable city, writes Dr. Michael Rehm.
Scrutiny surrounding foreign political donations have flared again after revelations that the New Zealand National party received $150,000 as a gift from Chinese Billionaire Lang Lin.
In recent months, Oranga Tamariki (the Ministry for Children) has faced widespread criticism for its often-traumatising practice of ‘uplifts’, whereby newborn babies are taken from their mothers into state care.
The movement in Hong Kong is now entering its fourteenth week. So, what are the causes of the protests, and what are the stakes for China and the world?
Local government elections in New Zealand are fast approaching, but participation in local democracy has been declining for several years.
The number of Māori and Pasifika students attending New Zealand universities has been increasing steadily, but for many of these students, they will not be taught by Māori or Pasifika throughout their degree.
On the heels of mass shootings in New Zealand and the United States, we ask: what are the mindsets, trends, and changes of a globally connected right-wing movement? What are the solutions to the growing animosity between identity groups?
What does the election of Johnson mean for Brexit and a polarized British public? What is the future of the British economy? What will the UK look like in 2024?
Local government elections are coming up fast, and an increasing number of candidates are becoming affiliated with political parties according to new research.
Julia Rallo spoke with Patrick Blanchfield about the epidemic of gun violence and asks the question: do mass shootings emerge from free-speech message boards like 8chan, or from American culture itself?
Is ‘Latin America’ part of ‘the West’? Why ask this question and what do these terms mean for understanding the world today? In this lecture, Professor Walter Mignolo will ask what role the Americas played in forming the colonial matrix of power, introduced by Spain and Portugal in the 16th century.
As Hong Kong’s summer of discontent passes its tenth week of street protests, analysts agree on one key point: this is the biggest political crisis the city has seen since its reversion from British colony to Chinese Special Administrative Region in 1997.
As peaceful protest and occupation continues at Ihumātao in Auckland, what does the future hold for protest movements of this ilk in New Zealand? How effective can these sorts of protest be in enacting change?
What’s driving the conflict in Kashmir? Would granting the region independence lead to peace? How much is this conflict driven by local actions in the region and how much is it fuelled by policies in Islamabad and New Delhi?
New Zealand is enduring a housing crisis. The chance of buying a home is out of reach for many, while at the same time rents remain high. Gautami Sithambaram spoke with Dr. Campbell Jones about the state of housing in New Zealand and what initiatives young people can take to get into the property market.
Logan Carmichael explores Estonia’s cyber revolution and what we can learn from it.
In a talk given at the University of Auckland, Emmi Bevensee talks about her doctoral research into fascist radicalisation online.
The US military has taken some measures to reduce its impact on the environment and green gas emissions, but some researchers say these measures do little to assuage the military’s bigger effects on climate change.
Last month, the government announced proposals for how New Zealanders will go to the polls in 2020. The new legislation will allow voters to enrol on election day, make it easier for New Zealanders to vote from overseas, and could see ballots in public places like supermarkets and malls.
In 2017, the United Nations General Assembly passed a mandate to negotiate a treaty that would ban nuclear weapons. While the Treaty for the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons passed 122 votes to 1, no nuclear state or NATO member other than the Netherlands voted on the resolution.
Is the age of privacy over? What is at stake when we lose our privacy? How does a lack of privacy effect security, democracy, and society? Maria Armoudian speaks with Helen Nissenbaum, Michael Patrick Lynch, Bruce Schneier, and Joshua Fairfield.
We asked three academics to address the question of whether social media is democratising or eroding democracy.
Are New Zealand’s colonial institutions pushing Māori toward a life of crime? Ethan Kisby explores.
In the wake of the European Elections in May 2019, seventy leading academics from across the European Union contributed their reflections, thoughts, and analysis to Euroflections
A new independent report into New Zealand’s justice system has revealed massive failings and discovered entrenched issues of racism and bias.
In a lecture given at the University of Auckland, Professor Onwubiko Agozino attempts to demonstrate the theory that injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.
Does Trump really want war with Iran? Sirous Amerian investigates.
What is public diplomacy and how effective can it be? While it has a long history, the study of public diplomacy is only becoming more salient in an age of globalisation and increasing digital communication posing both new challenges and opportunities for governments.
Why are some migrants seen as more deserving than others? James Nicol investigates.
Is a new India emerging? Sakhar Bandyopadhyay explains what Narendra Modi’s election victory means for the world’s largest democracy.
The devastating anti-Muslim attacks carried out in Christchurch in March this year were part of a trend of disaffected white men, radicalised into fascist politics through social media meme culture according to Emmi Bevensee.
James Nicol explores the rise of anti-immigrant sentiment in western countries.
A recent report from a team of researchers based at the University of Otago has found that our use of cars is harming both our health and our environment. Is it time to give up our cars?
A recent report investigating the state of three New Zealand prisons found that low staffing numbers were straining conditions. Lachlan Balfour spoke with Liam Martin, Lecturer in Criminology at Victoria University, about the report and the state of prisons in New Zealand.
He is known in many circles as the ‘Trump of the Tropics’ and his election has shaken Brazilian politics and has the potential to shift Brazilian domestic politics and regional politics for years to come.
Even before Donald Trump was elected president of the United States in 2016, protest groups were forming and mobilising against him. Together, they now form what is termed ‘The Resistance’. But what is The Resistance, and can it succeed in keeping American democracy alive?
How can the education sector respond to Trump, Brexit, and Christchurch? A panel of experts discuss the extraordinary times we live in and what role education can play in response.
What are the fault lines that have fractured politics in America? Julian Zelizer has analysed the historical roots of the present-day political turmoil, divisions, and partisanship in the US for his new book Fault Lines: A History of the United States Since 1974.
After the horrendous attacks in Christchurch, many people understandably have questions about the motives and ideology of the alleged attacker. Damon Berry analyses the role the alt-right might have played in the attacks.
New Zealand’s reaction to the mass murder in Christchurch two weeks ago has rightly been celebrated globally for its spontaneity, its heartfelt compassion, its inclusiveness and its impact in bringing about immediate change.
Was it an act of crime or terror? John Ip explores how the Christchurch attacker might be tried.
The live-streaming of the March 15 Christchurch terror attacks confronted Western Europe’s mainstream media with a new challenge in the dramaturgy of terrorism says Jean-Paul Marthoz.
Does stripping people of citizenship lead to security and justice? Julija Sardelić explores this complex question in light of some recent cases.
Edwin Hodge and Helga Hallgrimsdottir explore the ideology behind white supremacist terrorism in light of the recent Christchurch mosque attacks.
On Friday, March 15, a fascist-white supremacist attacked two mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand, killing fifty people. This was the deadliest terror attack in New Zealand since the 19th century and one of the worst mass shootings in modern times. But why did it happen? And what does this mean for New Zealand moving forward?
The mosque gunman’s manifesto shows a combination of nationalism and xenophobia, demanding regions be controlled by groups that identify as the true first owners of the land, writes Chris Wilson.
In New Zealand, recent policy plans by the government show the first steps towards zero-carbon emissions.
China remains North Korea’s closest ally but why do they continue to support the regime in Pyongyang?
Stephen Hoadley explores the supposed estranged relationship between New Zealand and China.
How are political ideologies labelled and how are political spectrums formed?
Venezuela is once again at a crossroads. But what is the historic context behind the ongoing political polarisation in Venezuela?
The world is fast running out of fresh water and the results could be very grim.
Sam Smith explores why a #MeToo type movement has not taken off in the music industry to the extent it has in the film industry.
After over two months of active protest against the French Government what next for the Yellow Vests?
Since December last year, relations between Canada and China have deteriorated to the extent that the major aspirational interests of each country in the other have gone to dust for the foreseeable future.
Egemen Bezci looks at the current predicament facing the Kurdish population in Syria.
How much does the U.S. Presidency matter for the direction of the United States, and for the rest of the world?
With the historic changes in the American House of Representatives, what can we expect from the Congress and President in the ongoing policy and investigative battles?
How will climate change affect our natural world, our society, and our culture? What can we do to halt the looming catastrophe? A panel of experts discusses how climate change will impact New Zealand.
How much do emotions impact or even dictate political outcomes like ethnic violence, wars, or even genocides?
Denying transgender identity has a serious impact on mental health according to Bethany Grace Howe.
Radical environmentalists are fighting climate change so why are they being persecuted?
For the past four weeks, the Gilets jaunes protests have dominated the French socio-political landscape and monopolised the media. But who are they exactly?
A medicinal cannabis bill has just past its third reading in the New Zealand parliament. But is it time to also look at recreational use in the country?
Scientists are finding more and more evidence that human behaviour is not rational, not conscious, and maybe completely programmed without our rational thinking.
The United States and China have been embroiled in a trade war with each country continuing to raise tariffs placed on goods traded between the two nations.
Heather Woods and Leslie Hahner discuss how mainstream media helps to weaponize far-right conspiracy theories.
Is patriotism the solution to nationalism? Peter S. Henne explores.
Is bigotry a public health problem? Ronald W. Pies investigates.
The results of the US 2018 mid-term elections are in and there’s cause for optimism, writes Paul Taillon.
Kai Thaler outlines what needs to be done to resolve the Central American migrant crisis.
Fear, more than hate, feeds online bigotry and real-world violence according to Adam G. Klein.
Earlier this week, one hundred and fifty academics and experts across various disciplines signed an open letter to the New Zealand government calling for greater and more immediate action on climate change. If we do not act, we face impending catastrophic environmental breakdown.
Experts say Yemen is the worst humanitarian crisis in modern history. Warnings from the UN say the death toll from starvation could reach 18.4 million by the end of the year. Why is this happening and what can be done?
Seven academics discuss Brexit. What is in the deal? And what does it mean?
The world is as dangerous as it has ever been for journalists and war correspondents. Kidnapping, murder, and torture are the risks facing those trying to get us the information from the front line. How hard is it being a war correspondent? And what are the issues that face the reporters who put their lives on the line to get the story?
Brexit is closing in but how did we get here and what will happen next?
Even a few bots can shift public opinion in big ways according to new research from Tauhid Zaman.
Last week the US held its midterm elections with the Democrats regaining control of the House of Representatives while the Republicans retained control of the Senate. But what does the outcome of these elections mean for international relations?
Banned books, defamation suits, de-platformed public figures, alt-righters without a venue: is there a crisis of free speech in New Zealand? And what exactly is free speech: a necessary guarantee of democracy or a misused threat to the common good?
With the midterms now over, Scott Lucas discusses six key issues facing the US and what they mean for the country’s uncertain future.
Why does the migrant caravan exist? And how did it come to be? Jerry Flores explores.
Helder Ferreira do Vale casts an eye over the recently concluded Brazilian presidential election.
This week, Americans will go to the polls to vote in the midterm elections. But what is at stake? What are the factors that will determine the election’s outcome? And what do these midterms mean for the future of the US?
Is Auckland’s food security under threat from urban sprawl? Alexander Louis explores.
Sam Smith spoke with Mark LeVine about the impact of the BDS movement and the ongoing issue facing musicians on whether or not they should perform in Israel.
In March 2011 the Government set a goal that by 2025 less than 5 percent of New Zealanders will be smokers. Chris Bullen, Dr Ilaisaane Fifita, and Martin Wilkinson debate the issue of a smokefree New Zealand.
Contract cheating is one of the most significant problems currently facing higher education. Cath Ellis investigates how universities can combat it.
Slavery was never abolished – it affects millions, and you may be funding it as Catherine Armstrong explains.
As the refugee crisis continues across Europe, new maps of the continent reveal the real frontiers for refugees as Martina Tazzioli explains.
Is an international anti-corruption court a dream or a distraction? Matthew Stephenson investigates.
Economic and Social Research Aotearoa’s Vanessa Cole critiques Labour’s Kiwibuild policy and whether it can help solve the housing crisis in New Zealand.
President Trump’s reaction to the death of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi reveals important details about the declining influence of the U.S. in the Middle East.
Brian Clites looks back at the Catholic Church’s grim history of ignoring pedophilia and silencing whistleblowers.
Could New Zealand suffer an act of cyberwar? Hannah Brown explores.
Is New Zealand’s electoral system delivering? Maryam Hamid investigates.
Maria Armoudian spoke with one of the preeminent constitutional law scholars in the United States Erwin Chemerinsky about what is wrong with the Supreme Court and how it can be fixed.
Audrey Courty and Halim Rane explores why the media needs to be more responsible for how it links Islam and Islamist terrorism.
Amanda M. Countryman explains how the “new” NAFTA is different from the old one.
Tracey Barnett analyses why Australia refused New Zealand’s offer to take in 150 refugees detained on the Pacific island of Nauru.
Development aid is a potentially powerful tool for promoting economic growth among the world’s poor. However, development aid is plagued by corruption as Jetson Leder-Luis explains.
Are today’s white kids less racist than their grandparents? Margaret Hagerman explores.
Was Nike’s advertising campaign featuring exiled football player Colin Kaepernick a statement of political principle, or a cynical marketing ploy? Claudia Russell investigates.
This year marks the 70th anniversary of the Declaration of Human Rights. How has it changed the world as we know it?
The recent US Open women’s tennis final was overshadowed by controversy around sexism in sport. Are there double standards at play and why are women not treated equally?
From Donald Trump’s Twitter rants to the infamous behaviour of former-Toronto Mayor Rob Ford, how did politics become so uncivil?
Natural disasters are becoming more common due to climate change and it could be social networks that save lives when they do.
How did Indian judges write love into law as they decriminalised gay sex?
Wildlife trafficking is a multi-billion-dollar industry that has reportedly helped fund Al-Qaeda-related groups. What is the scope of the problem? What should be done about it?
Hannah Brown investigates why New Zealand is trailing Australia when it comes to cyber security.
How can we make sense of the Trump Administration? What do the latest revelations from inside the White House mean within the wider context of US politics and political history?
Can immigration lead to greater democratization in the world? It depends where the migrants go says, Margaret Peters.
As Myanmar sends journalists to jail, the pressure is mounting on Aung San Suu Kyi.
Calvin Schermerhorn argues the North American prisoner strike exposes an age old American reliance on forced labor.
What types of criminal proceedings are possible for a US president? What types of secrets can they keep? Who can they fire and who can they pardon? Maria Armoudian spoke with Heidi Kitrosser and Eric M. Freedman about the historical context around the current legal situation facing Donald Trump’s presidency.
Is China worsening the developing world’s environmental crisis? Jonas Gamso explores.
Will Donald Trump survive Michael Cohen’s decision to turn on him? Neil Visalvanich investigates.
Yadira Ixchel Martínez Pantoja investigates whether New Zealand’s relationship with Mexico has been neglected.
James Crossland looks at the history of humanitarians under attack.
Bonnie Docherty lays out the case to ban ‘killer robots’ to protect what she calls fundamental moral and legal principles.
What makes people take action? And what goes on in the minds of those who don’t?
Democracy the idea of governing of, for and by the people is a long-exhausted principle, particularly in places like the United States and New Zealand. However, Michael Mann suggests that democracy may also have a dark side.
Danny Bradlow explores the legacy of former United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan.
Does humanitarian intervention do more harm than good? Blaise Lidstone-White investigates.
Pamela Williamson looks into the world of Russian trolls and bots.
Simon Stewart investigates whether members of the gay community are discriminated against when it comes to the option of donating blood.
With the return to privatizing government services, Jon Michaels suggests the US is facing a deeper problem.in the form of a potential constitutional coup.
What is voluntourism? Claudia Russell looks into the ‘industry’ which has been likened to slavery and human trafficking.
It has been a year since the Rohingya crisis shocked the world, but what has changed? Abdullah Yusuf finds out.
The Global Anticorruption Blog’s Jessie Bullock looks at whether Brazil could be about to elect their own version of Donald Trump.
Beth Owens explores the issue of gun control in the United States.
Emre Tarim investigates what is behind Turkey’s tumbling economy.
Jeffrey Kucik looks into how Trump’s trade war could affect working-class Americans.
When former US President Barack Obama articulated his plan to destroy Islamic State he was invoking what is known in political philosophy circles as just war theory. However, at the same time, he alluded to the idea that a new conception of just war theory was needed. But what exactly is just war theory?
In an extract from her new book “Talking Truth in a Post-Truth World,” Jess Berentson-Shaw discusses whether we can teach critical thinking in what many deem to be a post-truth world.
In an age where indigenous communities still struggle to maintain their autonomy, Alyssa Medel talks to Dan Hikuroa about whether indigenous communities are really free.
In a lecture given at the University of Auckland, Taner Akçam talks about his new book “Killing Orders,” a book which brings to light documents that show the Turkish Government did order the Armenian Genocide.
Matthew Schmalz explores whether it is okay to be a Christian and support the death penalty.
Rosie Gordon speaks with Barbara Stainforth about the severity of the mental health crisis in Aotearoa.
David Cortright argues why new economic sanctions on Russia and Iran will not work.
We know how to fight wildfires effectively. Why don’t we do it? Microbial ecology expert Michael Graw discusses what we should be doing to combat wildfires.
Andrea Oelsner and Federico Merke explore the ongoing political crisis in Venezuela and offer up five reasons why the nightmare could get worse.
It has become part of our daily vocabulary but is the term ‘fake news’ doing more harm than good? Joshua Habgood-Coote explores.
From the cricket pitch to politics, Pakistan’s next prime minister has played the long game as Parveen Akhtar explains.
A space lawyer takes up the challenge to answer the question of who owns the moon.
David B. Moore previews the Zimbabwe general election as the African nation looks forward to life without Robert Mugabe.
Could new-found political turmoil in Nicaragua trigger the next Central American refugee crisis?
Islamic State has survived 100,000 bombs and missiles and is still active, but why? Paul Rogers investigates.
After twenty years of conflict Eritrea and Ethiopia have finally made peace. Martin Plaut explains how it happened and what this means now for the two countries.
The Global Anticorruption Blog’s Helen Jiang explores whether scandalising political corruption in the news media can backfire.
With the Brexit fallout continuing and Donald Trump’s global posturing sending mixed messages can we survive a potential collapse of the international order?
With Donald Trump nominating Justice Brett Kavanaugh for the Supreme Court, Maria Armoudian speaks with Jon Michaels about the role of the four so-called liberal justices and how privatization has amounted to what Michaels calls a constitutional coup.
Former Māori Affairs Minister Pita Sharples reflects on New Zealand’s decision to support the UN Declaration of Indigenous Rights after initially opposing it for three years.
Politics in places like the US has become increasingly hostile and uncivil say, scholars. Language often vilifies citizens and lawmakers. But people overwhelmingly dislike the incivility and have expressed shame at its effect on policy debates. What are the effects of incivility and vilification in a democratic society?
Marc Fleurbaey explores in these polarized times whether Americans have lost their sense of democracy.
Suicide rates have been steadily rising in the United States. So what explains the increase in the numbers of people taking their own lives, and what can be done to solve what amounts to a crisis in public health? Maria Armoudian speaks with Mark S. Kaplan.
The militarization of outer space? Gbenga Oduntan looks into Donald Trump’s plan to create a space force.
Climate change, pesticide contamination, soil-depletion, loss of land, power politics, mass pollinator die-offs, and a host of big business practices threaten the long-term availability of healthy food. In part two of this symposium on the future of food, Maria Armoudian speaks with a panel of experts about the possible solutions to the food crisis the world faces.
Q+A: Supreme Court scuffle: Does the fight for a new justice expose the flaws of American democracy?
Great speculation has arisen about the effects of Justice Anthony Kennedy’s resignation from the Supreme Court, particularly on the rights, liberties, and politics in the United States. Will it ultimately change course in the USA? And does this also illuminate the fundamental flaws in American politics, the Supreme Court, and the Constitution?
Ahmet Erdi Öztürk & Fatih Ceran recap the Turkish election and discuss whether change has really come to Turkey.
Anna Kucirkova outlines the problems associated with water scarcity, what cities are being hit the hardest by it, and how we can solve the ongoing global water crisis.
With the United States attracting criticism over their policy of detaining children at the US-Mexico border, William T. Bell explores the dark history of children in concentration camps.
Music and politics have always had a strong relationship going back to the days of the Civil Rights Movement, the anti-war movement, and campaigns to combat racism. These days, artists such as Childish Gambino are pushing the boundaries visually and musically when it comes to using their art as a political vehicle.
The football world cup is currently taking place in Russia. Peter Rutland looks at weather the event will be another political victory for Russian President Vladimir Putin.
Criminologist James Oleson looks into the controversial three strikes law in New Zealand and whether in fact, it works as a policy in keeping communities safe.
Climate change, pesticide contamination, soil-depletion, loss of land, power politics, mass pollinator die-offs, and a host of big business practices threaten the long-term availability of healthy food. In part one of this symposium on the future of food, Maria Armoudian speaks with a panel of experts about the problems facing our food and the politics of food insecurity.
With reports of indefinite detentions and children being separated from their families at the United States border, Maria Armoudian explores how we got here, what the legal and political ramifications are and what happens next for America with Kevin Johnson and David Kyle.
As the effects of human activity on the environment become more widely felt, people are turning to crowdfunding campaigns to help conserve the Earth’s environment. But are they effective?
Adam Triggs investigates why the world’s economic crisis-fighting mechanisms are dangerously inadequate and whether the IMF is failing.
Andrew Lim tries to make sense of the recent Malaysian election and the changes that have occurred as a result.
Why have so many human rights campaigns, such as Free Tibet and the Falun Gong, failed in China? Why have others such as better environmental protection and HIV/Aids care fared better? What have the costs been on political movements with the more successful campaigns? Maria Armoudian speaks with Stephen Noakes.
Is Switzerland’s assisted suicide policy truly death with dignity? Samuel Blouin explores the concept of ‘suicide tourism’ while looking at the Swiss model of the right to die.
The Global Anticorruption Blog’s Maddie McMahon looks at Malaysia’s new anti-fake news bill and whether it could set dangerous new precedents in the country.
Living life as an infinite game, that is something Niki Harré explores in her new book The Infinite Game. She looks at our society (are people pawns or participants?) and ourselves (what kind of player would you like to be?) to offer a uniquely different vision of how we might live well together. Maria Armoudian explores the concept of the infinite game with Harré.
In this special extended episode of the What If? podcast, Luke Goode talks about the future of mental health with a panel of international experts who were recently brought together as part of an Australia and New Zealand lecture tour entitled ‘Mental Health Crisis.’
The Golan Heights is one of the most contested areas in the Middle East. Abdulaziz Algashian explains why.
New Zealand has some of the worst housing deprivation rates in the developed world per capita and they appear to be getting worse. Reuben McLaren speaks with clinical psychologist and founder of the Housing First model Dr. Sam Tsemberis about housing and ending homelessness.
The Global Anticorruption Blog’s Jetson Leder-Luis explores the corruption allegations being leveled at former South African President Jacob Zuma and what this means for politics in the country.
All around the world, democracy is looking shaky. While consolidated democracies are struggling to stay healthy, many flawed ones have turned into outright authoritarian regimes.
Carisa R. Showden and Samantha Majic explore what is missing from current debates around youth sex trafficking.
The Global Anticorruption Blog’s Jetson Leder-Luis explores how Chinese President Xi Jinping is cracking down on political corruption.
Refugees can actually create jobs for locals in growing cities if given the chance according to Aisling O’Loghlen.
What would the world be like without prisons? Julianne Evans speaks with Tracey McIntosh about the state of prisons in New Zealand.
Tony Walker explores whether Trump’s withdrawal from the Iran nuclear deal could fracture alliances and jeopardise North Korea negotiations.
The 21st century has already witnessed revolutions in Ukraine, Egypt, Tunisia, and Libya, alongside other uprisings and transformational movements that reach all over the world. Maria Armoudian discusses how revolutions have changed this century with Leandro Vergara-Camus, John Foran, and Jack A. Goldstone.
Why have so many human rights campaigns, such as Free Tibet and the Falun Gong, failed in China? Why have others such as better environmental protection and HIV/Aids care fared better?
Geoffrey Palmer and Andrew Butler outline their vision for a Constitution for New Zealand. This Constitution aims to describe in a single, easy-to-read document the bedrock principles by which public power should be exercised, the basic institutions of government and the rights of individuals.
Stephen Noakes from the School of Science at the University of Auckland talks about his big question, “why is China the way it is politically?”
Reuben McLaren speaks to Marewa Glover about whether the Government’s smokefree 2025 policy is indeed the least harmful way to reduce the harm that tobacco causes.
Stephen Winter from the School of Social Sciences at the University of Auckland talks about his big question, “how do we respond to survivors of institutional abuse in care?”
Living life as an infinite game is something Niki Harré explores in her new book “The Infinite Game.” She looks at our society and ourselves to offer a uniquely different vision of how we might live well together. Maria Armoudian explores the concept of the infinite game with Harré.
John Bowen and Will Kymlicka discuss whether identity politics are emancipatory or regressive.
Associate Professor Mark Amsler from the School of Cultures, Languages and Linguistics at the University of Auckland talks about his big question, “What is context?”
Michelle Phillipov investigates how the media influences our perception of food production.
How did corporations get civil rights? Adam Winkler retraces the history of corporations and their quest for rights with Maria Armoudian.
Professor Robert Greenberg from the School of Cultures, Languages and Linguistics at the University of Auckland talks about his big question, “Why are language issues so politicised and so emotionally charged in various parts of the world?”
In the first video of our new “big question” series Daniel Hikuroa from Māori and Pacific Studies at the University of Auckland talks about his big question, “Why are we killing our rivers?”
What are the root causes of genocide? What do historical genocides have in common? How does small-scale violence against targeted groups become genocidal? And what we can learn from the three forgotten genocides?
Honorary academic Ken Jackson explores whether food security is currently in a state of flux.
Driven by a maddening quest for perfection, technology, deregulation, and a superficial and often inaccurate mass media, America’s national psychology has become increasingly narcissistic. Maria Armoudin discusses whether we are living in an age of excess with Jay Slosar.
Lucy Austin explores whether governance styles are changing in China in light of the introduction of presidential term limits.
Terrence Leahy discusses issues of food security and farming in rural Africa and how to address them.
Ben Goldson discusses the long-term ramifications of the Iraq War.
The world is facing a water crisis. The World Bank and the United Nations have reported that some forty percent of the world’s population is now affected by water scarcity, two billion people rely on unsafe drinking water, and some 700 million people are at risk of being displaced by water scarcity.
Throughout history, food has played many roles in changing the world. Tom Standage is a writer who has documented these roles in his book “The Edible History of Humanity.” Maria Armoudian discusses the role of food throughout history with Standage.
Historical memory is a battlefield where competing narratives seek to become the official ones, and then they affect the politics and policies of the future. Several scholars have begun to study what they call memory entrepreneurs and how those entrepreneurs use historical memory to forward their political agendas.
In an extract from her new book “A Land of Milk & Honey: Making Sense of Aotearoa New Zealand,” Avril Bell discusses whether settler colonialism is still a thing in the twenty-first century.
In part four of the Global Anticorruption Blog series on the Trump White House and corruption, they look at whether private and foreign interests seeking to influence the Trump Administration.
Last year, Tūhoe leader Tāmati Kruger delivered the annual Bruce Jesson Memorial Lecture at the University of Auckland. In this lecture, he talks about the path to the iwi’s 2013 settlement with the Crown, the Tūhoe philosophy of mana motuhake, and what it means to be Tūhoe in 2017.
Julianne Evans discusses the various ways in which indigenous oppression can be stopped with Fulbright Scholar Dr. Andrew Erueti. Erueti spent four years working for Amnesty International as an indigenous rights advisor.
While the world deals with an ongoing and escalating refugee crisis, the United States has shut its doors on seven countries. Maria Armoudian explores the historic, global, and legal context with experts Kevin Johnson, David Kyle, Phil Orchard, and Brad Blitz.
What happens in 2018 may determine whether or not the United States remains a coherent country. But what will determine this? What might actually happen? And what are the constitutional issues—good and bad—that are contributing to the crisis that the USA seems to find itself in?
As ongoing investigations into United States’ President Donald Trump threaten his administration, Maria Armoudian sat down with three scholars to consider corruption, money laundering, collusion with the Russian government, and whether – or if – Donald Trump could ever be impeached.
In an excerpt from his new book “Quicksilver War: Syria, Iraq and the Spiral of Conflict,” William Harris details the concept of the “Quicksilver War” and why he thinks Syria is an example of such a war.
In part three of the Global Anticorruption Blogs series on the Trump White House and corruption, they look at how government decisions are benefiting the business interests of the White House.
How has internet titan Google changed our knowledge, our politics, and our lives over the last two decades? Siva Vaidhyanathan argues that Google affects the information we gather, jeopardises our personal privacy, and hinders public projects.
Is Donald Trump using the power of his Presidency to promote his own companies? Part two of the Global Anticorruption Blog’s series investigating corruption in the Trump administration.
What impact can political corruption have on society? What affect will the allegations against U.S. President Donald Trump, his family, and his associates have on government and society in the United States?
Between 2001 and 2011 the number of non-profit charities increased by 25 percent. $316 billion was given away in 2012 in the United States alone. Yet inequality has grown, and nations are struggling to deal with a refugee and migration crisis. This is part of what Peter Buffett calls the “charitable-industrial complex.”
The Trump Administration has been dogged by accusations that President Trump, as well as his family members and close associates, are seeking to use the presidency to advance their personal financial interests. Given this, is the Trump White House corrupting American society?
.The United Nations Secretary-General has called Syria hell on Earth. How did it get this bad? What are the geopolitics at play? And what about the rest of the Middle East?
Do free markets camouflage their real cost to our society? Blinded by prices and the so-called free market, Raj Patel says market theory has not only failed, but has also acted as a camouflage for activities that are not about markets at all, and that prices have little correspondence with their value or even their cost.
Whatever closeness may develop between the President of the United States and their Vice-President rarely extends beyond their term in office. But President’s Eisenhower and Nixon seemed inexplicably bound to one another partly as a result of Nixon’s political tactics and also from the development of family ties.
How have social movements changed in the twenty-first century and how have new communication technologies facilitated that change? What makes some social movements sustainable and successful while others are more short-term?
What are the differences between race and ethnicity? How is race distinct from ethnicity? What has race and ethnicity meant in politics, education, and society?
In 1918 the leaders of the FBI expressed deep concern about the power of movie stars to affect politics. As a result, they began a surveillance program to watch over those they thought might be radicals. Since then it has long seemed the Hollywood crowd was ideologically left, however, Steven Ross says that is actually not true.
Closing Guantanamo Bay Detention Facility was one of former US President Barack Obama’s campaign promises. In 2009 he decreed that Guantanamo Bay would be closed within a year. It never was and now President Donald Trump intends to keep it open. What are the obstacles to closure?
The world is fast running out of freshwater according to experts and the results could be very grim in the form of wildfires, droughts, rationing, less food, and more hunger. Thomas Kostigen says we can reverse the trend and he has quantified how much each of us contributes to continuing the water crisis or averting it.
While water is a basic human right, some three billion people face water scarcity and some countries are running out of water. Maria Armoudian explores the realities of water with Barbara Cosens and Rick Hogeboom.
When will the wars be over and lives returned to normal? Those times seem elusive as the lines between wartime and peacetime become increasingly blurred. The so-called time of war affects every aspect of life. It changes laws, civil liberties, and the public’s relationship to the law. But what about when war seems to go on endlessly?
New global developments are changing the structures and holders of power. With new technology and greater interconnectedness, states are losing power and non-state actors are gaining power. But what exactly does it mean to have power? Where does power come from?
What might be next in American politics in light of the latest developments? Where is the US heading under the Trump Presidency? Will it begin to resemble an authoritarian state? What will the consequences be if Robert Mueller’s investigation comes to a head?
In an extract from his new book Complacent Nation, former New Zealand Herald editor-in-chief Gavin Ellis looks into how restrictions are applied when it comes to printing the truth in the news media.
Many observers argue that economic forces are corrupting medical care and eroding the trust between patients and their doctors.
In an extract from his new book Complacent Nation, former New Zealand Herald editor-in-chief Gavin Ellis explores whether New Zealand really is a complacent nation.
Unprecedented times for the United States. Is the country facing an existential crisis? And if so what might affect the outcome?
Constitutional law professor Michael Simon argues that what happens in 2018 may determine whether or not the United States remains a coherent country. What are those determinants and what might actually happen? And what are the constitutional issues that are contributing to the crisis America finds itself in?
How does the current right-wing political movement in the United States fit into American history? How did it develop? How has the movement been changing politics and policy in America?
Glenn Carle served twenty-three years in the Central Intelligence Agency and he sat down with Maria Armoudian to discuss what goes on inside the intelligence agencies of the United States.
Some call it a post-truth society. With increased media consolidation, fake news, and plummeting trust in the media, what needs to be done to solve our epistemological crisis?
Scholars of genocide have identified nearly three-dozen situations around the world that could be considered pre-genocidal. These are states that could attempt to annihilate their ethnic and religious minorities. What have we learned from past genocides, including the one that occurred in Rwanda in 1994?
How can we address sexual harassment and abuse? Two scholars share their thoughts on sexual harassment and abuse both online and off.
What does the future hold for universities and why does this matter for the rest of society? Cris Shore is co-editor of a new book entitled Death of the Public University? Uncertain Futures for Higher Education in the Knowledge Economy. In this episode of What IF? He discusses his hopes and fears for universities and their role in society over the coming decades.
Are Google and Facebook increasing economic inequality? Harming the arts? Damaging democracy? Jonathan Taplin says yes. Maria Armoudian sits down with Taplin to discuss the impact of these internet giants.
How do you make peace after fatal conflicts and loss of lands? What is the role of identity in the conflict and in peacemaking?
Why is it so hard to track and prosecute money laundering? How does it finance terrorism? Maria Armoudian discusses the many faces to money laundering with Moyara Ruehsen and Richard Gordan.
An informal conversation with Dr. Daniel Dor, an Israeli linguist, media researcher and political activist, and Lia Nirgad – on Israeli politics, the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, the struggle against the occupation and new trends in the fight for social justice.
In 2001 there were over 40 groups, operating in 28 countries, who were challenging state authority and often using targeted violence to make political change. The terrorism label has been affixed to these groups but what exactly is terrorism and where does it fall on the continuum of political violence?
Babere Kerata Chacha explores the history of political assasinations in Kenya.
What are the politics of Muslim Americans and how might they be changing under the current political environment of Trump and a crackdown on immigration from Muslim countries to the United States?
Neal Curtis looks at what Captain America can reveal to us about nationalism and fascism in the Trump era.
The policing of women’s sexuality and, particularly, their reproductive capacity is arguably a centrepiece of patriarchy. Feminist criminology provides a unique site from which to explore the increasing political pressure in the United States to police girls’ and women’s bodies through the restriction of contraceptive and abortion services.
Is there a universal formula for getting and keeping power? Alastair Smith says there is, and it often involves what he calls ‘bad behaviour’.
This presentation given by Meda Chesney-Lind critically reviews the current media constructions of criminalised girls and young women, and argues that the situation is really a case study of corporate media misogyny and racism in the service of expanding the punitive control of womanhood.
Tensions have once again escalated between North Korea and the United States. What are the realities of the politics of North Korea and what is the proper response of the US and the international community?
Why do people remain in refugee camps for decades? Refugees remain in camps for an average of seventeen years and often for much longer according to Elizabeth Dunn, who explored the phenomenon for her latest book “No Path Home.”
How did the second amendment of the US constitution come to be interpreted as an individual’s right to bear arms? How does this change contrast with other changes in constitutional interpretation, such as the right to marriage equality and human rights protection?
In the past five years, there has been a remarkable surge in the visibility of feminism in a context previously understood as hostile to feminist politics and analyses of gendered power. As a host of public figures ‘come out’ as feminist, questions remain regarding the political implications of this phenomenon and its imbrication with postfeminist, neoliberal discourses.
Hacking, fake news, and paid trolls have become more common over the last few years, with many internal and external forces attempting to corrupt, or at least influence, both information online and what makes the news.
Unprecedented storms and fires are ravaging communities and destroying lives, all the while revealing power dynamics in society, politics and economics. What are these risks and revelations? What needs to be done?
Stephen Winter looks at questions of police power, citizens’ rights, and privacy in New Zealand in light of recent breaches of trust.
Murdoch Stephens started the ‘Doing Our Bit’ campaign to double New Zealand’s refugee quota in June 2013. In this lecture, he discusses the issue of refugees, resettlement, and campaigning, looking at the projection of refugees as a ‘burden without end’ on the hosting country, and untangling some of the psychological determinants that will always see refugees as a cost.
Storms and fires are on the rise, in both quantity and severity, bringing disastrous consequences to lives and livelihoods. How do we deal with the storms, particularly with the loss of power?
Do violent extremists have common characteristics and backgrounds? Can we predict who among them will become violent?
In this lecture, Steve Hoadley presents material from his recent book, “New Zealand Trade Negotiations”, touching on past trade access breakthroughs, current geopolitical-economic uncertainties, and future hopes with regard to free trade agreements between the EU and the UK post-Brexit.
Does Donald Trump use Nazi-style rhetoric? David Livingstone-Smith argues that Trump’s rhetorical style is very similar to the style employed by the Nazis.
After the Islamic State attacked French civilians in Paris, the hacktivist group Anonymous decided to turn its weapons against the extremist group. Previous targets have included the Church of Scientology and the consultant group Stratford. What is the driving political ethos of Anonymous?
What drove the white supremacist rally in Charlottesville? Maria Armoudian talks to Siva Vaidhyanathan, a professor of media studies at the University of Virginia, where part of the protest took place.
After more than two years of civil war, famine, and cholera outbreaks, Yemen is facing what observers are calling the worst humanitarian crisis in history. How did it get to this? And what can be done?
Throughout history, art has been used as an act of resistance and as a weapon to counter oppression and violence. Maria Armoudian talks to professor Mark LeVine about the role of art in resistance movements.
While many argue that we are in a post-truth era, fuelled by US President Donald Trump and the phenomenon of fake news, some scholars argue that deception has always been ubiquitous. What is the truth about lying?
Over the last three decades, we have seen the commercialisation of news and the evolution of a fragmented multi-media environment. In light of this, urgent questions arise surrounding the New Zealand public sphere and the role of news media in our democracy.
What is media freedom? How do you know when it’s there? What role does it play in the political landscape today?
What will be the shape and effect of fake news in our General Election campaign?
For decades the most effective weapon of war and conflict has been rape. The strategic use of female sexual violation has manifested itself into sex trafficking and sex slavery in the 21st century. This terrible outcome of war has affected many groups around the world, but few as severely as the Yazidi people.
Democracy today is dominated by election campaigns, lobbyists, media, and political commentators, all using language to influence the way the public thinks about and interprets public issues. Despite this, many believe that propaganda and manipulation aren’t problems for society.
Sociologist Bruce Cohen questions the large-scale increase in diagnoses of mental illness.
With unprecedented global warming, wealth disparities and peak everything, there is no question that we need to act now to meet the power, heating and transportation needs of growing populations, and to do so sustainably, equitably and democratically. What are the obstacles? What are the possible solutions?
With the recent elections in the UK and France, what might the rise of Corbyn and the election of Macron mean for the global political forecast?
The UN is facing multiple stressors, but among the largest is the new President of the US, Donald Trump, who has expressed hostility toward the organisation. What does the future hold for the UN?
As critical media consumers, the next time we see protests against a government in Latin America, we may be observing the necessary exercise of democratic rights. Because the real catastrophe may be that things ‘just go on’.
What is the relationship between minerals, conflict, authoritarianism, and poverty? How can countries so rich in mineral wealth remain mired in so much poverty?
Stephen Cave explores whether democracies fail when they ask too little of their citizens.
Can music bring about social and political change? How has music shaped politics historically and today?
Sugar and fat taxes, controlling density of fast food outlets, and mandatory portion sizes are examples of policies that aim to reduce obesity by raising costs. While they typically raise ethical questions about whether they promote welfare at too high a price in autonomy, will the policies promote welfare?
How positive is the supposed symbiosis between universities and external financial interests? What are the costs of this collaboration? What are the implications for the future of the public university?
Why do genocides occur and can they be prevented?
Why do so many people know so little about politics? What does that mean for democracy? What can be done about it?
The recently-published World Happiness Report shows New Zealand ranks eighth in the world for happiness. Helen Borne asked two University of Auckland academics for their response to the report.
From Brexit to the rise of the right in Europe and the triumph of Trump in the United States, citizens of the very regions of the world that have benefited from globalisation now feel abandoned and imperiled by its consequences.
After the recent outcome of Brexit, and the UK and French elections, where is Europe heading?
What are the implications of Brexit for the UK and Europe? After more than 40 years of membership, the UK’s withdrawal from the European Union presents unprecedented legislative and constitutional challenges as Paul Craig explains.
How are non-governmental organisations, social movements and transnational networks working to combat climate change globally and locally?
South Sudan is in crisis with tens of millions of people at risk of starvation according to the World Food Program. What is the scope of the problem?
With Donald Trump as president, many cities and states are gearing up to resist his agenda. How will states’ rights figure into the resistance? Is secession a real possibility?