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Politics staff in the media


  • NZ's spell on UNSC nudged UN towards much needed reform. Interview with Anusha Bradley, RNZ, 4 Jan. 2017 (Robert Patman)


  • Dr Paul Tankard on how intellectual trends have facilitated 'post-truth' politicians like Trump. ODT, 14 Dec 2016 (Robert Patman)
  • Berlin terror increases political pressure on Angela Merkel. Interview, Larry Williams, Newstalk ZB, 20 Dec 2016 (Robert Patman)
  • Diplomatic impact of Russian Ambassador's murder. Interview, Ryan Bridge and Leanne Malcolm, Radio Live, 20 Dec 2016 (Robert Patman)
  • Nigel Farage is wrong on Berlin terror attacks. Interview, Trudi Nelson and Mike Puru, Radio Live, 21 Dec 2016 (Robert Patman)
  • Political fallout from Berlin terror act. Interview, Ryan Bridge and Leanne Malcolm, Radio Live, 22 Dec 2016 (Robert Patman)
  • NZ's consistent two-state approach to Israeli-Palestinian row. Interview, Richard Green, Radio Live, 29 Dec 2016 (Robert Patman)
  • Any Trump action against NZ could be counter-productive. Interview, Vaughan Elder, ODT, 30 Dec 2016 (Robert Patman)


  • FBI has two ongoing investigations into Trump campaign. Interview with Luke Weston, Radio Rhema, 2 Nov. 2016 (Robert Patman)
  • Past domestic terrorist event in NZ signalled. Interview with Duncan Garner, Radio Live, 5.10pm, 3 Nov 2016 (Robert Patman)
  • Trump's troubling view of the world. Interview with Sally Muyoma, Whitireia, NewsWire, 8 Nov 2016 (Robert Patman)
  • 'Great uncertainty' likely for some time, ODT, 10 Nov 2016 (Robert Patman, Bill Harris)
  • European reaction to Trump's election victory. Interview with Luke Weston, Radio Rhema, 10 Nov 2016 (Robert Patman)
  • Trump will have his work cut out as President. Interview with Chris Lynch, Christchurch Newstalk ZB, 12 Nov 2016 (Robert Patman)
  • US presidential election and the Putin question. New Zealand Listener, 15 Nov 2016 (Robert Patman)
  • Trump, Brexit and the end of an era, The Strait Times, 21 Nov 2016 (Nicholas Khoo)
  • NZ must defend human rights in ties with President Duterte. Interview, Paul Henry Show, Newshub, TV3, 23 Nov 2016 (Robert Patman)


  • 2016 Presidential Election: Transformative Event for America and World? Fulbright Forum, University of Otago, 5 Oct 2016 (Robert Patman)
  • Next US president would preside over 'deeply divided America' ODT, 5 Oct 2016 (Robert Patman)
  • Manila's pyrrhic victory: ASEAN in disarray over the South China Sea, AMTI, 6 October 2016 (Nicholas Khoo)
  • Concerns about US-Russia war are overblown. Interview with Chris Lynch, Christchurch, Newstalk ZB, 14 Oct 2016 (Robert Patman)
  • NZ draft UNSC res. to protect Syrian civiilans is crucial. Interview, Paul Henry Show, Newshub, TV3, 14 Oct 2016 (Robert Patman)
  • Election complaints unfounded: prof, ODT, 15 Oct 2016 (Janine Hayward)
  • Clinton seems to pull away from Trump. Interview with Owen Rooney, Radio Dunedin, 20 October 2016 (Robert Patman)
  • US presidential race and New Zealand. Interview with Kenny Ardouin, Plains FM 96.9, 27 Oct 2016 (begins 8 mins in) (Robert Patman)
  • NATO down-under: Clouds over Asia-Pacific, New Zealand Listener, 30 Oct 2016 (Robert Patman)
  • FBI's renewed email focus is not election game-changer. Interview with Paul Henry Show, Newshub, TV3, 31 Oct 2016 (Robert Patman)


  • Obama's response to Rodrigo Duherte's insult measured but firm. Interview, Paul Henry, Newshub, TV3, 7 Sept 2016 (Robert Patman)
  • Helen Clark still looking competitive for UN top job. Radio Live, Newshub, TV3, 11 Sept 2016 (Robert Patman)
  • Syrian ceasefire is 'fullof holes'. Interview with Mike Hosking, Newstalk ZB, 12 September (William Harris)
  • The UN has never been more flawed - nor more needed. Interview with John Peachey, Radio Rhema, 21 Sept 2016 (Robert Patman)
  • 9/11 always a symptom not a cause of new global security order. Interview, Sam Smith, The Wire, 95bfm, 13 Sep 2016 (Robert Patman)
  • Just 6% needed to win seat, ODT, 17 Sept 2016 (Janine Hayward)
  • Voting rate low in first week, ODT, 24 Sept 2016 (Janine Hayward)
  • Key govt right to press UNSC on Syria . Interview with Heather Du Plessis-Allan, Radio Live, 25 Sept 2016 (Robert Patman)
  • The significance of the 2016 presidential election for America and the world. Stuff, 26 Sept. 2016 (Robert Patman)
  • P-5 deadlock on UN top job could yet help Helen Clark's bid. Eleanor Ainge Roy, The Guardian, 29 Sep 2016 (Robert Patman)


  • Chilcot report contains lessons for New Zealand. Eileen Goodwin, ODT, 1 Aug 2016 (Robert Patman)
  • Chilcot report vindicates Helen Clark's stance on 2003 Iraq invasion. ODT, 4 Aug 2016 (Robert Patman)
  • Turbulent times: Brexit and Trump-Clinton showdown. Interview, Marvin Hubbard, Otago Community Radio, 2 Aug 2016 (Robert Patman)
  • Why Helen Clark makes the P-5 in Security Council nervous. Interview with Paul Henry, Newshub, TV3, 8 Aug. 2016 (Robert Patman)
  • Islamic State media empire. Interview with Brigitte Purcell, Newshub, TV3, 3 Aug 2016 (Robert Patman)
  • New GCSB powers highlight need for more oversight. Felix Marwick, Newstalk ZB, 16 Aug 2016 (Robert Patman)
  • NZ's role in bridging US-China divide on the Korean Peninsula, Jessica Rowe, Newshub, TV3, 24 Aug 2016 (Robert Patman)
  • Brexit creates huge uncertainty in UK universities. Eileen Goodwin, ODT, 25 Aug. 2016 (Robert Patman)
  • Helen Clark must keep fighting for UN top job. Interview, Rebecca Depree, Channel 39, 30 Aug 2016 (Robert Patman)
  • Helen Clark's bid for top UN job not over yet. Interview with Ali Mau, Radio Live, 30 Aug 2016 (Robert Patman)


  • Brexit not a "done deal" yet. Interview with John Gibb, ODT, 1 July 2016 (Robert Patman)
  • A reckless gamble, The Listener, 4 July (Robert Patman)
  • It's a damning document for Tony Blair, Dr Robert Patman on the Chilcot report, Interview with Chris Lynch, Newstalk ZB, 7 July 2016 (Robert Patman)
  • Blair insists Iraq invasion was right. Interview with Mark Sainsbury, Paul Henry Show, Newshub, TV3, 7 July 2016 (Robert Patman)
  • Blair convinced 2003 Iraq invasion was justified. Interview with John Peachey, Radio Rhema, 7 July 2016 (Robert Patman)
  • After Chilcot, Blair still defends Iraq regime change. Interview with Chris Lynch, Newstalk ZB, 7 July 2016 (Robert Patman)
  • Taxing the poor, ODT, 11 July 2016 (Brian Roper)
  • More transparency helps Helen Clark's bid to be UN boss. Interview with Alice Burrow, Newstalk ZB, 13 July 2016 (Robert Patman)
  • Boris Johnson's appointment will hurt British PM. Interview with Larry Williams, Newstalk ZB, 14 July 2016 (Robert Patman)
  • Nice attacks highlight costs of festering Syrian conflict. Article in New Zealand Herald, 15 July 2016 (Robert Patman)
  • Motives behind military coup attempt in Turkey. Interview, Graeme Acton, RNZ, 16 July 2016 (Robert Patman)
  • Military grab for power in Turkey looks set to fail. TVNZ News, 16 July 2016 (Robert Patman)
  • Is world spinning out of control? Interview with Nadine Chalmers-Ross, Breakfast, TVNZ, 18 July 2016 (Robert Patman)
  • World is living through turbulent transition to new international order. Interview with Heather du Plessis-Allan, Radiolive, 17 July 2016 (Robert Patman)
  • Erdogan's crackdown goes beyond coup plotters. Interview with Duncan Garner, Radio Live, 18 July 2016 (Robert Patman)
  • ISIS may target Olympics in Brazil. Interview with Nadine Chalmers-Ross, Breakfast, TVNZ, 18 July 2016 (Robert Patman)
  • Is corruption natural or learnt? ODT, 25 July 2016 (Brian Roper)
  • NZ not immune to terrorism, Inside Tourism, Issue 1,084, 28 July 2016 (Robert Patman)


  • Greens to help fund Hawkins staffer, ODT, 1 June 2016 (Janine Hayward)
  • Panel on partnerships for sustainability for UN Youth Otago, University of Otago, 4 June 2016 (Robert Patman)
  • High stakes for Iraq government and allies at Fallujah. Interview with Paul Henry, Newshub, 7 June 2016 (Robert Patman)
  • More surprises possible, but brutal Trump v Clinton showdown looms. Interview with Rebecca Depree, Channel 39, 8 June 2016 (Robert Patman)
  • Global Peace Index shows new violent trends. Interview with Chris Lynch, Christchurch Newstalk ZB, 9 June 2016 (Robert Patman)
  • New Zealand's interest in Fiji goes beyond Frank Bainimarana. Heather du Plessis Allan, Radio Live, 12 June 2016 (Robert Patman)
  • Orlando atrocity shows exceptional US vulnerabilities to terror threat. Stuff, 14 June 2016 (Robert Patman)
  • Why a British exit from EU will not boost its sovereignty. Stuff, 22 June 2016 (Robert Patman)
  • Brexit a massive 'own goal' for ordinary British people. Interview, ODT, 24 June 2016 (Robert Patman)
  • Analysis of Kiwi and Australians kidnapping in Nigeria. Interview with Rachel Smalley, Newstalk ZB, 24 June 2016 (Robert Patman)
  • In terms of economic self-interest, Brexit is bizarre. Interview with Stefanie Qi, World TV, 24 June 2016 at 10'50' (Robert Patman)
  • Brexit not "taking back control" for Britain. Interview with Rawdon Christie, Breakfast, TVNZ, 27 June 2016 (Robert Patman)
  • Review of Svetlana Alexievich's book, Secondhand Time: The Last of the Soviets, Nine to Noon, RNZ, 28 June 2016 (Robert Patman)
  • Will Ataturk airport terror attack shift Turkey's focus in Syria? Interview, Paul Henry, Newshub, TV3, 30 June 2016 (Robert Patman)


  • Launch of new NZ defence and security magazine, Defsec Media, 4 May (Robert Patman)
  • The Trump factor and US presidential primaries. Interview with Owen Rooney, Radio Dunedin, 9 May (Robert Patman)
  • Trump, Sanders & Clinton's FBI investigation. Interview with Marvin Hubbard, Dunedin Community Radio, 17 May 2016 (Robert Patman)
  • Insights on Soft Power in the Indo-Pacific Region, Griffith Asia Institute, 19 May 2016 (Robert Patman)
  • The Panama Papers and Putkin's Ukraine policy, Stuff, 20 May (Robert Patman)
  • The housing problem hits rock bottom, NZ Herald, 20 May (Bryce Edwards)
  • Panama Papers fall-out could extend to the Kremlin. Interview with Rebecca Depree, Channel 39 TV, 23 May 2016 (Robert Patman)


  • Helen Clark vies for top UN job, Dunedin TV, 5 April (Robert Patman)
  • Helen Clark 'ticks all the boxes' for UN's top job, RNZ, 6 April (Robert Patman)
  • Helen Clark's path to the top of the world, NBR, 10 April (Bryce Edwards)
  • War on wealth, NZ Herald, 14 April (Bryce Edwards)
  • Political roundup: Remember Dirty Politics? NZ Herald, 15 April (Bryce Edwards)
  • Advice for the Labour Party, NZ Herald, 19 April (Bryce Edwards)
  • Balancing NZ's human rights concerns with China's desire for Extradition treaty, Rachel Smalley, Newstalk ZB, 20 Apr 2016 (Robert Patman)
  • Bernie Sanders changes the political context of the US election, Stuff, 21 April (Robert Patman)
  • The search for New Zealand's Sanders and Clinton, NZ Herald, 28 April (Bryce Edwards)
  • Insights into Government processes and wealth protection, NZ Herald, 30 April (Bryce Edwards)
  • Is New Zealand's surveillance controversy over? Line of Defence Magazine, April, pp 42-43 (Robert Patman)


  • Death of a radical intelletual, NZ Herald, 7 March (Bryce Edwards)
  • Putin targets Merkel on sanctions, Otago Bulletin, 18 March (Robert Patman)
  • TVNZ's controversial Kiwimeter survey, NZ Herald, 18 March (Bryce Edwards)
  • Why is Putin withdrawing most of the Russian troops from Syria? PISM, 22 March (William Harris)
  • NZ and Brussels terror attack, World TV Group, 23 March (Robert Patman)
  • Otago among main think-tank partners, ODT, 23 March
  • Interview on presidential primary election process in US, Otago Access Radio, 23 March (Robert Patman)
  • Significance of Brussels attacks for NZ, Dunedin TV, 24 March (Robert Patman)
  • The 20 best analyses of the flag referendum result, NZ Herald, 29 March (Bryce Edwards)
  • Differing agendas impede the anti-Islamic State struggle, ODT, 30 March (Robert Patman)
  • Political strife could threaten Brazil's Olympics, TV3, 31 March (Robert Patman)


  • Marco Rubio's Iowa result bad news for Trump and Cruz, Radio Live, 2 February (Robert Patman)
  • Will TPPA enhance or diminish NZ's sovereignty? Channel 39, 4 February (Robert Patman)
  • A Treaty for our times, ODT, 6 February (Janine Hayward)
  • North Korea to press on with nuclear arms programme, Newstalk ZB, 7 February (Robert Patman)
  • North Korea's latest missile test puts pressure on Beijing, Radio Live, 8 February (Robert Patman)
  • Is recent missile launch game-changer for China-North Korean ties? TV3, 9 February (Robert Patman)
  • Foreign Affairs adapt to new information order, Stuff News, 15 February (Robert Patman)
  • Putin tests Merkel's sanctions resolve, NZ Herald, 16 February (Robert Patman)
  • Why Putin is backing diplomacy after military gains in Syria, TV3, 29 February (Robert Patman)


  • Muscular trends in Putin's foreign policy, Radio NZ, 11 January (Robert Patman)
  • Easing of sanctions and the July Iran Nuclear Arms deal, TV3, 17 January (Robert Patman)
  • Some implications of the easing of Iran sanctions, Newstalk ZB, 17 January (Robert Patman)
  • How lifting of Iran sanctions may affect NZ, Radio Live, 18 January (Robert Patman)
  • Partial lifting of Iran sanctions could boost NZ economy, TVNZ, 18 January (Robert Patman)
  • Is there a link between Litvineko's murder and Moscow?  Radio Live, 22 January (Robert Patman)


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