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Robert G. Patman

Robert G. Patman

Professor of International Relations, University of Otago
Professor Robert G. Patman teaches International Relations at the University of Otago. He served as an editor for the scholarly journal International Studies Perspectives (2010 - 14) and Head of the Department of Politics (2013 – 16). His research interests encompass US foreign policy, international relations, global security, great powers and the Horn of Africa. Robert is 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 three co-edited books titled The Bush Leadership, the Power of Ideas, and the War on Terror (Ashgate, 2012): China and the International System: Becoming a World Power (Routledge, 2013); and Science Diplomacy: New Day or False Dawn? (World Scientific Publishers, 2015). Robert is currently writing a volume called Rethinking the Global Impact of 9/11 (Palgrave Macmillan, 2017) He is a Fulbright Senior Scholar, 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.

Global Geopolitics Series

When great powers fail, New Zealand and other small states must organise to protect their interests

Jul 24, 2020 14:15 pm UTC| Insights & Views

News that the bad boys of Brexit have been hired by New Zealand First to work on the partys social media strategy is simultaneously amusing and ominous. Famous for the Leave.EU campaign in the UK, the duo of Aaron Banks...

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Economy

Jack Ma shows up at the right moment as Alibaba's stocks soar with his public reappearance

Jack Ma, the founder of Alibaba Group, a Chinese tech, and e-commerce company, made his very first public appearance after disappearing in the public eye in October 2020. The billionaire was said to have vanished after...

Chinese telecoms submit review request for the NYSE delisting decision as Joe Biden is proclaimed the new US president

Chinese telecommunication companies were delisted at the New York Stock Exchange this month as Donald Trumps executive order that was signed in November last year takes effect. The former POTUS wants them to remove them...

India's planned revision of foreign investment rule to hit Amazon, Walmart

India may revise its rule to prohibit foreign e-commerce companies like Amazon and Walmart-controlled Flipkart from offering goods from sellers from where they have an indirect stake. The revision could compel players...

Topshop, Dorothy Perkins closing stores as Arcadia Group collapses

Topshop, Dorothy Perkins, and other fashion outlets owned by the Arcadia Group are facing permanent closure as the lockdown due to the COVID-19 pandemic badly hurt the company. It was revealed that the company decided to...

Politics

Barack Obama congratulates Joe Biden on social media with a throwback photo

Former President Barack Obama was among the former Presidents to be in attendance at Joe Bidens inauguration as the nations 46th President. Hours prior to the proceedings, Obama congratulated his former vice president on...

Ivanka Trump becomes emotional as she watches her father Donald Trump make his final speech as POTUS

As of today, Ivanka Trump leaves her post as White House adviser to make way for the Biden administration. The eldest Trump daughter was seen getting emotional as she watched her father Donald Trump make his final address...

Kamala Harris officially sworn in as 49th US Vice President

The recent elections made history in more ways than one, but the most historic of all was former senator Kamala Harris winning the vice presidency. Harris officially took her oath as the countrys 49th vice...

Joe Biden officially sworn in as the 46th US President

After what was a bitter election between Joe Biden and Donald Trump, Biden emerged as the victor. In a scaled-back inauguration, Biden is now officially the 46th President of the United States. The former vice president...

Science

What to feed ducks – according to science

The simple things in life sometimes bring the greatest joy like feeding the ducks at your local pond. The next time you pay your feathered friends a visit, consider introducing some variety into the food you give them....

Yellowstone volcano: USGS warns of possible eruption

Many scientists are keeping watch over the activity occurring in the Yellowstone volcano because of its potential to inflict large-scale damage in the United States. Now, scientists at the USGS have now warned of a...

Mars mission: NASA scientist says Martians can help humans live on Red Planet

Being able to live on Mars is one of the goals that space agencies all over the world have when it comes to exploring the red planet in future Mars missions. Although it may take a while to figure out how we may be able to...

Black holes: Albert Einstein's theory may save Earth from wandering black holes

Black holes are one of the most mysterious objects in the universe and were first brought up by renowned scientist Albert Einstein. With the possibility of wandering black holes being able to consume our own planet, the...

Asteroid alert: 16-meter space rock to pass by Earth on New Year weekend

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Technology

Apple offsets 2 million units from iPhone 12 ‘mini’ production to favor the high-end ‘Pro’

It was previously reported that, of the entire iPhone 12 series, the mini had the least sales in the first couple of months since the devices launched. Now, Apple is said to be shifting massive production orders from the...

Krafton confirms new ‘PUBG’ mobile game is launching in 2021

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Android 12 could introduce an improved version of the split screen feature

Tech fans might still be a few weeks away from the first official reveal of Android 12, but several reports are already providing hints at new features to anticipate. Google is reportedly working on a new version of the...

Epic Games announces $20 million total prize pool for 2021 Fortnite Champion Series

Epic Games unveiled the details about this years Fortnite Champion Series (FNCS), with the first round starting next month. The video game company also confirmed a higher prize pool for 2021 set at $20 million. Fortnite...
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