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

Maria Armoudian | Building a Better New Zealand Media

For decades, journalists and scholars alike have lamented the downsizing of the newspaper industry. Most of us know that democracy functions better when it has access to accurate, reliable, fact-checked, rational information from which we—as citizens—can understand government policy and decide what is best for us. Bad information can logically lead to bad decisions. It’s … Continue reading Maria Armoudian | Building a Better New Zealand Media

Stephen Winter | Responding to the Judicial Declaration of Inconsistency

Approximately one year ago, on 24 July 2015, the New Zealand High Court issued a ground-breaking judgement. Taylor v Attorney-General (2015) declares the Elections Act to be inconsistent with New Zealand’s Bill of Rights Act (NZBORA). NZBORA describes the human rights and fundamental freedoms necessary to a free and democratic society, including the ‘right to … Continue reading Stephen Winter | Responding to the Judicial Declaration of Inconsistency

Patrick Flamm | The EU is kaputt, long live the European republic!

While most post-Brexit coverage has so far focussed on the unfolding domestic repercussions within the United Kingdom, it is equally important to turn to the rest of Europe where many issues remain unclear. Most seriously, the looming Brexit raises questions for the EU and its stated objective of building a closer, a peaceful, free, democratic, … Continue reading Patrick Flamm | The EU is kaputt, long live the European republic!

Nicholas Ross Smith | History tells us that Britain should not be fooled into thinking it can go alone

The dust is finally beginning to settle after the UK’s decision via referendum to leave the EU. However, somewhat bizarrely, the immediate aftermath of the Brexit vote has given us few concrete ideas about what the Brexit will look like, with many different models and proposals being touted by the key players, both on the … Continue reading Nicholas Ross Smith | History tells us that Britain should not be fooled into thinking it can go alone