From Building Barriers to Opening Doors: a comparative analysis of Hungary’s humanitarian response in times of mass refugee movements

By Sandra Kolb One and a half million people have fled Ukraine in just ten days- a mass exodus presenting numbers Europe has not experienced since World War II (UNHCR, 2022). As people leave their homes, most are heading to the neighboring European countries of Poland, Slovakia, Hungary, Romania, and Moldova in search of safety. …

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The 2021 NZPSA Conference: navigating the opportunities and challenges of Zoom

By Andrew Lim I attended the 2021 New Zealand Political Studies Association’s (NZPSA) Conference on 8-10 February 2022, which was held via Zoom.  This article gives a brief account of my experiences at the NZPSA Conference followed by a discussion of the pros and cons of Zoom conferencing. I argue that while Zoom helps overcome … Continue reading The 2021 NZPSA Conference: navigating the opportunities and challenges of Zoom

“The Victims are Us; The Perpetrators are Not”: Political Communication Following a Terrorist Attack | N.B.H.

By Natalia Bogado Hernandez   “Men of every creed and race gather here before thy face asking thee to bless this place god defend our free land.”   To this adopted Kiwi, the March 15th terrorist attacks felt like a tragedy of apocalyptic proportions. The initial disbelief, the subsequent shock, the final abatement and sheer … Continue reading “The Victims are Us; The Perpetrators are Not”: Political Communication Following a Terrorist Attack | N.B.H.

The 2019 Christchurch mosque shootings and implications for New Zealand society and public policy | Andrew Lim

By Andrew Lim 15th March 2019 is a date which will live in infamy for New Zealanders. On that grim day, a White supremacist and self-proclaimed “eco-fascist” murdered 50 people and wounded 50 people at two mosques in Christchurch. Fortunately, the New Zealand Police authorities acted swiftly, apprehending him and three other suspects. At the … Continue reading The 2019 Christchurch mosque shootings and implications for New Zealand society and public policy | Andrew Lim

The Widening Challenge of the State Care Abuse Inquiry

Dr. Stephen Winter The long wait is over. The Royal Commission into abuse and neglect in out-of-home care now has a full complement of commissioners, a budget and its final terms of reference. Recent commentators have focused on the fact that religious care arrangements are now included. However, there are a range of other changes, … Continue reading The Widening Challenge of the State Care Abuse Inquiry

Malaysia boleh! Making sense of the 2018 Malaysian general election

By Andrew Lim The 14th Malaysian general election (GE14), held on 9 May 2018, will be long remembered as an important date in Malaysian history. For the first time in the country’s 61-year history, the ruling coalition Barisan Nasional (BN; National Front) lost its majority in the Dewan Rakyat (House of Representatives), the Malaysian Parliament’s … Continue reading Malaysia boleh! Making sense of the 2018 Malaysian general election

Sanjal Shastri & Chris Wilson: Religious Riots as Political Strategy in India

In the past year, religious rioting and other forms of communal violence have increased in several areas of India. In the past two weeks alone, riots have broken out in West Bengal, Bihar and Rajasthan killing a handful of people and causing extensive damage. The police have arrested local officials from the ruling nationalist Bharatiya … Continue reading Sanjal Shastri & Chris Wilson: Religious Riots as Political Strategy in India