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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 10:57am

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.

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Reflections from Antarctica: Tom Lord

Tuesday, 7 March 2017 10:41am

Thinking back to the hours spent sitting in POLS104 lectures a few years ago, there is no way I could have guessed then that studying politics could take me to Antarctica.

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A national security master stroke from Trump

Monday, 6 March 2017 9:00am

With Tillerson and Mattis, McMaster's appointment completes a formidable line-up

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The turning points of politics

Wednesday, 22 February 2017 9:48am

The department of politics at the University of Otago celebrates 50 years of teaching and research this year. This is the second of a monthly series of celebratory reflections on politics during the past 50 years. This month Bryce Edwards writes we’re at a another major turning point in authority systems.

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Introducing Dr Eduardo Abou Ltaif

Monday, 13 February 2017 8:26am

The Department of Politics congratulates Eduardo Abou Ltaif, who recently completed his PhD.