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South Africa, BRICS, and Global Governance

Thursday, 1 June 2017 10:20am

How South Africa Tried to Change the World and Succeeded in Changing Itself

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Detente and its legacy shaped relations

Tuesday, 30 May 2017 11:56am

A year before his election as US president in 1968, Richard Nixon wrote in Foreign Affairs that "we simply cannot afford to leave China forever outside the family of nations''. It was an assessment that would have monumental consequences.

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Otago to host the NZPSA 2017 annual conference

Tuesday, 9 May 2017 10:02am

The Department of Politics is very pleased to be hosting the 2017 New Zealand Political Studies Association Conference in Dunedin as part of our 50th anniversary celebrations. The conference will be held on the 29 November - 1 December, with a postgraduate workshop on 28 November.

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Introducing the soon-to-be-Dr Tim Ferner

Monday, 1 May 2017 10:02am

The Department of Politics congratulates Tim Ferner who will graduate with his PhD at the 20 May graduation ceremony. 

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The Global South: from victims to agents of change

Monday, 24 April 2017 9:07am

For the past 50 years, the Global South has been accorded a peripheral role in world politics. In the 1960s, states across Asia, Africa, and the Middle East had just emerged out of centuries of colonial subjugation and exploitation.

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50th anniversary speaker series begins tomorrow

Tuesday, 4 April 2017 12:45pm

To celebrate our 50th anniversary, the Department of Politics is hosting a speakers series throughout the year.

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Honeymoon with rise of China is well and truly over

Friday, 24 March 2017 10:53am

A review of Beijing's relations with a variety of states in East Asia suggests that the honeymoon surrounding China's rise is well and truly over.

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World afloat in sea of debt

Wednesday, 22 March 2017 8:58am

The department of politics at the University of Otago celebrates 50 years of teaching and research this year. This is the third in a monthly series of celebratory reflections on politics during the past 50 years. This month Professor Philip Nel and PhD candidate Can Cinar discuss global debt.

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Redistribution with African Characteristics

Tuesday, 14 March 2017 11:21am

New paper on redistribution in Africa, by Professor Philip Nel

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Reflections from the USA: Sophie Ross

Wednesday, 8 March 2017 3:19pm

I was one of 14 university students selected from around New Zealand to attend the UN Youth US Leadership Tour in February, this year. Over the month, we visited San Francisco, Washington D.C, Boston and New York to meet with government, non government and UN bodies.