It is commonplace to read that Trump is a transactional leader without a foreign policy ideology. Where George W. Bush was often criticised as an ideological president who was motivated by neoconservative ideas particularly in the Middle East, Trump is generally described as an unpredictable...

Melina Abdullah, California State University, Los Angeles This article is the first in the Black Lives Matter Everywhere series, a collaboration between The Conversation, the Sydney Democracy Network and the Sydney Peace Foundation. To mark the awarding of the 2017 Sydney Peace Prize to the Black...

Co-hosted by the Sydney Democracy Network, the China Studies Centre and Organising the 21st Century City: Henry Halloran Trust Hong Kong is a city with a long history of civil disobedience. In City of Protest: A Recent History of Dissent in Hong Kong(Penguin, 2017), author Antony Dapiran...

This is part of the Festival of Democracy 2017 Rob Wijnberg, De Correspondent  Chair: Professor Peter Fray Comments by Lenore Taylor, The Guardian Australia  Co-hosted by Sydney Ideas, Post-Truth Initiative, UTS School of Communication and Sydney Democracy Network The Great Hall, the Quadrangle | 14 September 6pm Our news is broken. It informs us most about the...

Michael West, University of Sydney Why, if Adani’s gigantic Carmichael coal project is so on-the-nose for the banks and so environmentally destructive, are the federal and Queensland governments so avid in their support of it? Once again the absurdity of building the world’s biggest new thermal coal...

This is part of the SDN Democracy Futures seminar series.   On 21 November 2017, Ukraine will mark the fourth anniversary of the Euromaidan revolution. Almost four years ago people gathered in the main square of Kyiv under the flags of the European Union for democratic values...

During the past year, The Conversation and the Sydney Democracy Network, a global partnership of researchers, journalists, activists, policymakers and citizens concerned with the future of democracy, have published a lengthy series of scholarly reflections on the causes and consequences of populism. The following remarks aim...

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