Jennifer Lees-Marshment | From Political Marketing to Magna Carta – and back

From Political Marketing to Magna Carta – and back: Finding connections between an 800 year old document and modern politics I am an expert in political marketing – how politicians, parties and politicians use business techniques and concepts to win elections, achieve change and maintain power. It’s a fast moving, rapidly developing area of practice … Continue reading Jennifer Lees-Marshment | From Political Marketing to Magna Carta – and back

Nicolas Pirsoul | Is the “Islamic State” meant to stay?

After one year of American-lead intervention against Daesh in Iraq, the terrorist group does not show any sign of weakening. It is hard to believe however that, despite their wealth, international support, fanaticism and good organisation, a territorially located terrorist organisation could resist the genuine military campaign of a broad coalition of forces involving the … Continue reading Nicolas Pirsoul | Is the “Islamic State” meant to stay?

Nicholas Ross Smith | We need to re-emphasise the “demos” in Democracy: Making a case for sortition in New Zealand

Originally posted on THE CO-OP:
By Nicholas Ross Smith (University of Auckland) I unashamedly admit that I did not vote in last year’s election, even though it’s meant having to put up with tedious carping from friends who believe that voting is essential to “having a say”. The main reason I passed on my right… Continue reading Nicholas Ross Smith | We need to re-emphasise the “demos” in Democracy: Making a case for sortition in New Zealand

Nicolas Pirsoul | Nuclear deal with Iran: towards a new relationship between the West and the Islamic Republic?

On the fourteenth of July, a deal was reached on the Iranian nuclear program. Both sides are boasting their diplomatic achievements. Seeing Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif and US Secretary of State John Kerry, along with European Union and Russian diplomats, pose for a group picture at the United Nations building in Vienna might … Continue reading Nicolas Pirsoul | Nuclear deal with Iran: towards a new relationship between the West and the Islamic Republic?

Nicholas Ross Smith | Appraising the EU’s response to the Ukraine crisis

It has been one year since the tragic downing of the Malaysian Airlines flight MH17 over Eastern Ukraine – which, in part, plunged Ukraine deeper into crisis with the following deterioration of the ‘War in Donbass‘ – and 20 months since the ostensible start of the Ukraine crisis. In an article I wrote in European Security … Continue reading Nicholas Ross Smith | Appraising the EU’s response to the Ukraine crisis

Yadira Ixchel Martinez Pantoja | The displacement of government by food companies in response to public health issues

Recently, Milo changed its formulation by removing an artificial flavor, causing outrage to some consumers who expressed their anger through the Milo’s Facebook page.  Nestlé external relations manager Margaret Stuart mentioned that this formula change is happening globally due to research done into the nutritional needs of children.  Apparently, this Nestlé strategic move was an … Continue reading Yadira Ixchel Martinez Pantoja | The displacement of government by food companies in response to public health issues

Chris Wilson | Kiwi compassion in an age of mass killing and displacement

The recent news that up to 8,000 refugees were adrift in the Andaman Sea momentarily highlighted the plight of one of the most vulnerable peoples in the world. Most are Rohingya, a Muslim minority from Myanmar (also known as Burma) fleeing violent persecution by nationalist and Buddhist extremists. Ordinarily, such issues receive almost no attention … Continue reading Chris Wilson | Kiwi compassion in an age of mass killing and displacement

Patrick Flamm | German icons of leadership and remembrance: Lessons for Abe?

When German Chancellor Angela Merkel visited Tokyo in March this year, the revival of the old comparison between the alleged model student of historical apologies, Germany, and the unrepetant East Asian counterpart, Japan was on display in the Western media. In addition to recognizing the various Japanese official apologies for war and colonialism and the … Continue reading Patrick Flamm | German icons of leadership and remembrance: Lessons for Abe?

Zbigniew Dumieński | The defeat of “warm water politics”* in Poland?

Despite the largely ceremonial role that the president plays in the Polish political system, the outcome of the Sunday’s election is very significant. After five years in office, the seemingly popular Bronisław Komorowski has lost to a little-known, albeit backed by the leading opposition party, Member of the European Parliament, Andrzej Duda. The scale of … Continue reading Zbigniew Dumieński | The defeat of “warm water politics”* in Poland?