Brexit, Trump and the Rise of Post-Truth Populism

At this Catalyst talk, University of Otago politics Professor Robert Patman will discuss Brexit, Trump, the rise of post-truth populism and the implications for New Zealand’s imminent general election.

The Labour Party’s moves to curtail migration to New Zealand might be influenced by populist international trends, but it was also intended to cut into the space occupied by Winston Peters’ NZ First party. Or should Andrew Little ponder what happened to Theresa May when she tried to outflank UKIP in the recent UK election?

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About the speaker:

Professor Robert Patman’s research interests concern US foreign policy, international relations, global security, great powers and the Horn of Africa.

He is an editor for the journal International Studies Perspectives, and the author or editor of 11 books. Recent publications include a volume called Strategic Shortfall: The ‘Somalia Syndrome’ and the March to 9/11 (Praeger, 2010) and two co-edited books titled The Bush Leadership, the Power of Ideas, and the War on Terror (Ashgate, 2012), and China and the International System: Becoming a World Power (Routledge, 2013).

He is a Fulbright Senior Scholar, a Senior Fellow at the Centre of Strategic Studies, Wellington, an Honorary Professor of the NZ Defence Command and Staff College, Trentham, and provides regular contributions to the national and international media on global issues and events.

Robert Patman