Stephen Winter | Inquiring into Abuse in Care

Widespread reports suggest that during the mid-20th century more than 100,000 children were put into state institutions, where many suffered abuse and neglect. In response, between 2008-2015, New Zealand operated a Confidential Listening and Assistance Service, chaired by Judge Carolyn Henwood. This was a low-profile process in which 1100 survivors of state care could describe … Continue reading Stephen Winter | Inquiring into Abuse in Care

Andrew Lim | Evangelicals and the 2016 US Presidential Elections

Despite an increasingly secular world, religion has been far from absent from the 2016 United States presidential election campaign. Both Republican and Democratic candidates have invoked religion as a banner to rally their constituents. Throughout the election campaign, the President Elect Donald Trump, a registered Presbyterian, has courted Evangelical voters by opposing abortion and gay … Continue reading Andrew Lim | Evangelicals and the 2016 US Presidential Elections

Stephen Hoadley | New Zealand and the United States – friends again?

From ostracism in 1986 to a US Navy ship visit on 17 November 2016, New Zealand’s leaders have managed a sometimes troubled relationship with Washington skilfully. When I published my book New Zealand United States Relations in 2000, diplomatic, defence and intelligence relations were curtailed and several trade disputes loomed. Sixteen years later, the two countries … Continue reading Stephen Hoadley | New Zealand and the United States – friends again?

Chris Wilson | Relative Deprivation and the ‘Deplorables’

In the recent United States presidential election, Hillary Clinton enjoyed a large majority of votes among the lowest income earners and Donald Trump won the majority of the highest income earners. This has led some observers to conclude that economic anxiety and deprivation played no role in Trump’s victory, that there was no ‘working class … Continue reading Chris Wilson | Relative Deprivation and the ‘Deplorables’

Nicolas Pirsoul | Post-Saddam Iraq: The Art of Perpetual War

After more than two years of occupation, the operation to retake Mosul from the hands of the Islamic State terrorists has begun. The battle opposes a myriad of actors. Daesh, a Sunni extremist organisation made up of an odd mixture of brutal Islamist militants and ex-Ba’athists is now cornered in Iraq’s second biggest city which … Continue reading Nicolas Pirsoul | Post-Saddam Iraq: The Art of Perpetual War

Edward Elder | Candidate branding in the US Presidential debates

“I think Donald just criticized me for preparing for this debate. And, yes, I did. And you know what else I prepared for? I prepared to be president. And I think that’s a good thing.” – Sec. Hillary Clinton In political marketing, branding during elections is about the overall public perception of a candidate. The … Continue reading Edward Elder | Candidate branding in the US Presidential debates