Chris Wilson | Why a Trump Presidency Would be Dangerous

Recently, Eric Crampton wrote an opinion piece in The Spinoff listing several reasons why he had come to realise that a Donald Trump presidency was nothing to be feared (How I learned to stop worrying and love Donald Trump). Crampton’s main argument is that the institutional constraints any president faces, particularly from Congress, mean that … Continue reading Chris Wilson | Why a Trump Presidency Would be Dangerous

Nicholas Ross Smith | A Brexit could be a boon for further European integration

The EU is currently facing a number of existential challenges in 2016; ranging from the influx of millions of refugees from Africa and the Middle East to the fear of a second dip Eurozone crisis and last, but not least, the potential for the United Kingdom to leave the Union. All that is certain at … Continue reading Nicholas Ross Smith | A Brexit could be a boon for further European integration

Yadira Ixchel Martinez Pantoja | Indigenous honey producers empowered against GMOs: Mexico’s Supreme Court decision to protect indigenous rights

Mexico’s Supreme Court’s recent decision to block the planned planting of GM soy seeds in the states of Campeche and Yucatan represents a win for not only the indigenous communities who took up the fight, but also Mexico’s rule of law and division of powers which have long been questioned.  This decision also may set … Continue reading Yadira Ixchel Martinez Pantoja | Indigenous honey producers empowered against GMOs: Mexico’s Supreme Court decision to protect indigenous rights

Julie MacArthur | Climate Power to the People? Bottom-up Policy and Community Renewables

As the Paris COP 21 climate talks approach on November 30, attention is turning to the seemingly impossible task of reaching a binding and effective global deal to mitigate greenhouse gas emissions. Indeed, in a recent climate policy report released by the OECD, the authors argue that not only are current targets too weak to be effective, … Continue reading Julie MacArthur | Climate Power to the People? Bottom-up Policy and Community Renewables

Matthew Kerby and Jennifer Curtin | Gender Parity & the Canadian Cabinet

Gender Parity & the 2015 Canadian Federal Cabinet: Trudeau’s first history-making moment. Today Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced his Cabinet and made history by assembling a cabinet that unprecedentedly contains an equal number of men and women. It is a significant achievement that this has come to pass, despite the traditional “merit matters most” … Continue reading Matthew Kerby and Jennifer Curtin | Gender Parity & the Canadian Cabinet

Stephen Hoadley | South China Sea Tensions: the US Dilemma

29 October 2015 On 26 October 2015 a US warship deliberately cruised close to one of China’s new artificial islands dredged up from shallow waters of the South China Sea. Beijing immediately objected and called the transit ‘deliberate provocation’ and accused the US of ‘threatening Chinese sovereignty and security interests’ in the region. Does the … Continue reading Stephen Hoadley | South China Sea Tensions: the US Dilemma

Understanding Canada’s 2015 Election Result: Listening Strategy and Political Marketing | Jennifer Lees-Marshment

Two years ago I was in Ottawa at the Carleton School of Political Management and training graduates on what political marketing is about and how it can be used, and naturally, discussing examples from the main Canadian parties the Conservatives, Liberals and NDP. We discussed the obstacles to Harper staying market-oriented as the longer parties … Continue reading Understanding Canada’s 2015 Election Result: Listening Strategy and Political Marketing | Jennifer Lees-Marshment