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English, News magazine, 1 season, 542 episodes, 4 days, 17 hours, 59 minutes
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Making sense of Australia’s place in the world, Between the Lines puts contemporary international issues and events into a broader historical context, seeking out original perspectives and challenging accepted wisdom.
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The fabrication that was “Russia-gate”

It was called Russia-gate and it’s now been found to have been a complete fabrication. It was based on the widespread claim that Donald Trump was a Kremlin agent, and his victory in the presidential election in 2016 was due to his campaign’s collusion with Russia.
1/19/202454 minutes, 8 seconds
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The debate on reparations for the African slave trade

If the west’s wealth is based on slavery, should reparations be paid? Or does Africa instead need moral accountability from its own leaders and honesty among its intellectuals about what the trans-Atlantic trade entailed.
1/12/202454 minutes, 8 seconds
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What can today’s China learn from the Cultural Revolution?

A new book tells the stories of people who took part in the Cultural Revolution and what is has cost them. It also examines its importance and its connection to China today.
1/5/202454 minutes, 8 seconds
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The most powerful woman in North Korea

Kim Yo Jong is the sister of North Korean dictator, Kim Jong Un. She’s known as the most powerful woman in the hermit kingdom. Could she also be her brother’s successor?
12/29/202354 minutes, 8 seconds
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The one-sided attitude of the media toward the Ukraine war. 

We look at why pro-interventionist views dominate the front pages and media airwaves.
12/22/202354 minutes, 8 seconds
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A look back at the world in 2023

We look back at a year that many want to see the back of. From the war in Ukraine to conflict in the Middle East and a polarised and deeply divided America. 
12/15/202354 minutes, 11 seconds
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How did China corner the green energy market? 

China is addicted to Australian gas and coal – but it’s leading the world towards a greener future. How has China come to dominate the renewables market so dramatically?
12/8/202354 minutes, 7 seconds
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Eliot Cohen on Israel, Ukraine, Trump and the US-Australia relationship

One of America’s foremost foreign policy thinkers, Eliot Cohen defends Israel's offensive in Gaza and is critical of UN Secretary General Antonio Gutteres' statements about the conflict. Mr Cohen, a leading neo conservative, is no fan of Donald Trump and says he may not get the chance to run in next year's presidential election.
12/1/202354 minutes, 7 seconds
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Ukraine says it fears the conflict is fast becoming a 'sideshow'

Will events in the Middle East continue to overshadow what’s happening in Ukraine? Kyiv says it's concerned that the conflict is now becoming a 'sideshow'.
11/24/202354 minutes, 7 seconds
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Can former British PM David Cameron save the Sunak government?

Political analysts in Britain says it's the last roll of the dice for prime minister Rishi Sunak and the conservative government. The Tories have resurrected former PM, David Cameron is a desperate bid to inject stability into a government already running on empty.
11/17/202354 minutes, 8 seconds
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From wine and lobster to human rights and trade pacts: The PM's trip to China

Both China and Australia have hailed the thaw in diplomatic relations, following the PM’s visit to Beijing and Shanghai. So, does this reset the relationship with China? – and what is Beijing hoping to gain from a warming relationship with Australia?
11/10/202354 minutes, 5 seconds
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Are the US Republicans incapable of governing in Washington? 

A look at what lies behind the sad state of today’s Republicans — the party of Lincoln, Eisenhower and Reagan. 
11/3/202354 minutes, 7 seconds
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John Mearsheimer on Israel, Russia-Ukraine and the US pivot to Asia 

A fascinating perspective from Professor John Mearsheimer on the situation in the Middle East, the Russia Ukraine war and America's pivot to Asia in a bid to to contain a rising China
10/26/202354 minutes, 6 seconds
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The Voice has been silenced - why did it fail so badly?

Earlier this year the Voice campaign was ahead. It had the backing of corporates, philanthropists, unions - even sporting codes. So what happened that made it fail so spectacularly?
10/20/202354 minutes, 6 seconds
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Israel faces its September 11 – but can it destroy Hamas?

Hamas’s surprise attack, Israel’s response and what this war means for the broader Persian Gulf. 
10/13/202354 minutes, 7 seconds
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Conrad Black on Murdoch, Trump, Trudeau and Cancel Culture 

The Canadian-born British businessman who built one of the world's largest newspaper groups in the 1990's ruminates on  his rivalry with Rupert Murdoch, Donald Trump's second run for presidency and the threat to free speech that is ‘cancel culture’.
10/6/202354 minutes, 7 seconds
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Rupert Murdoch: Supremacy, scandal and succession

9/29/202354 minutes, 6 seconds
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Republican political strategist Karl Rove on a Trump-Biden rematch

Many Americans think Joe Biden is too old to run for president again in 2024. So, is he a dangerous choice for the Democrats? And could Donald Trump defeat him in next November's election?
9/22/202354 minutes, 7 seconds
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Is a "woke" assault undermining the history of the West?

Is our past being misrepresented in our schools, cultural institutions and broader society? Is it correct to present the history of the West as one only of shame, apology and reparations?
9/15/202354 minutes, 6 seconds
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The Voice is cracking - can the Yes vote be salvaged?

The Voice commands massive financial support from big business and the rich philanthropists, yet public support is declining. Why?
9/8/202354 minutes, 6 seconds
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Did a bitter 1968 US election set the tone for the future of American politics?

It was a presidential election Hubert Humphrey versus Richard Nixon and it was marked by bitterness arising from the Vietnam War, the civil rights movement and the assassinations of Martin Luther King Jr. and Robert F. Kennedy.
9/1/202354 minutes, 6 seconds
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Is time running out for Ukraine to win the war?

8/25/202354 minutes, 6 seconds
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The rise and fall of ISIS: Could it make a comeback?

In 2014 Islamic State, or ISIS, shocked the world by capturing the northern Iraqi city of Mosul and went on to seize large parts of western Iraq and eastern Syria. But in three short years it lost it all. So, why is ISIS much reduced from the all-conquering force it once was, and could it make a comeback?
8/18/202354 minutes, 6 seconds
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Almost 21 since the Bali terror attacks - is radicalisation again on the rise in Indonesia?

How successful are Indonesian rehabilitation programs and how are authorities dealing with recidivists?
8/11/202354 minutes, 6 seconds
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Almost 21 since the Bali terror attacks - is radicalisation again on the rise in Indonesia?

How successful are Indonesian rehabilitation programs and how are authorities dealing with recidivists?
8/11/202354 minutes, 6 seconds
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The Gerontocracy and the 2024 presidential poll

Biden’s greatest vulnerability is his age. Trump’s greatest vulnerability is, well, Trump. And, his legal troubles could get worse in the next year. What could possibly go wrong? 
8/3/202354 minutes, 6 seconds
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The Gerontocracy and the 2024 presidential poll

Biden’s greatest vulnerability is his age. Trump’s greatest vulnerability is, well, Trump. And, his legal troubles could get worse in the next year. What could possibly go wrong? 
8/3/202354 minutes, 6 seconds
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Don't write off Ukraine's counter-offensive

One observer says Ukrainians remain determined to do whatever it takes to defeat Russia
7/28/202354 minutes, 6 seconds
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Don't write off Ukraine's counter-offensive

One observer says Ukrainians remain determined to do whatever it takes to defeat Russia
7/28/202354 minutes, 8 seconds
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Is democracy dead in Thailand? and historian Geoffrey Blainey's views on the Uluru Statement from the Heart

Is the Uluru Statement from the Heart "militant"? and are the Commonwealth Games beyond saving ?
7/21/202354 minutes, 7 seconds
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Is democracy dead in Thailand? and historian Geoffrey Blainey's views on the Uluru Statement from the Heart

Is the Uluru Statement from the Heart "militant"? and are the Commonwealth Games beyond saving ?
7/21/202354 minutes, 7 seconds
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Are a series of European uprisings 175 years ago still leaving their mark?  

One historian says 1848 can’t be dismissed as a political dead end and was “the only truly European revolution that there has ever been.”
7/14/202354 minutes, 8 seconds
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Are a series of European uprisings 175 years ago still leaving their mark?  

One historian says 1848 can’t be dismissed as a political dead end and was “the only truly European revolution that there has ever been.”
7/14/202354 minutes, 8 seconds
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Has a 17-year-old Brisbane schoolboy got the answer to our energy woes? and the long shadow of China's Cultural revolution

Has a 17-year-old Brisbane schoolboy got the answer to our energy woes?
7/7/202354 minutes, 7 seconds
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Has a 17-year-old Brisbane schoolboy got the answer to our energy woes? and the long shadow of China's Cultural revolution

Has a 17-year-old Brisbane schoolboy got the answer to our energy woes?
7/7/202354 minutes, 7 seconds
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Is Vladimir Putin out for the count? A new strain of Covid is on the way - but do we care? and the latest on the Voice to Parliament.

Is Vladimir Putin out for the count? A new strain of Covid is on the way - but do we care? and the latest on the Voice
6/30/202354 minutes, 5 seconds
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Is Vladimir Putin out for the count? A new strain of Covid is on the way - but do we care? and the latest on the Voice to Parliament.

Is Vladimir Putin out for the count? A new strain of Covid is on the way - but do we care? and the latest on the Voice
6/30/202354 minutes, 5 seconds
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Are net zero emissions by 2050 realistic? The events behind the U.S. decision to drop the A-bomb on Japan and avoiding the recession we don't have to have.

6/27/202354 minutes, 7 seconds
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Are net zero emissions by 2050 realistic? The events behind the U.S. decision to drop the A-bomb on Japan and avoiding the recession we don't have to have.

6/22/202354 minutes, 7 seconds
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Could China's meddling in Canadian politics bring down Justin Trudeau? Tony Abbott on the Libs demise & The Voice and why Trump and Johnson lost high office for similar reasons.

Could China's meddling in Canadian politics bring down Justin Trudeau? Tony Abbott on the Libs demise & The Voice and why Trump and Johnson lost high office for similar reasons
6/16/202354 minutes, 8 seconds
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Could China's meddling in Canadian politics bring down Justin Trudeau? Tony Abbott on the Libs demise & The Voice and why Trump and Johnson lost high office for similar reasons.

Could China's meddling in Canadian politics bring down Justin Trudeau? Tony Abbott on the Libs demise & The Voice and why Trump and Johnson lost high office for similar reasons
6/16/202354 minutes, 8 seconds
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Is Ukraine's fight also Australia's fight? North Korea's nuclear ambitions and its border crackdown and Gough Whitlam's foreign policy, 50 years on.

North Korea's nuclear ambitions and it's ring of steel, a look back at Gough Whitlam's foreign policy and is Ukraine's fight Australia's fight?
6/9/202354 minutes, 10 seconds
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Is Ukraine's fight also Australia's fight? North Korea's nuclear ambitions and its border crackdown and Gough Whitlam's foreign policy, 50 years on.

North Korea's nuclear ambitions and it's ring of steel, a look back at Gough Whitlam's foreign policy and is Ukraine's fight Australia's fight?
6/9/202354 minutes, 10 seconds
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Is American support for Ukraine waning? The Russia-gate lie and how the media fell for it and what would a Trump comeback mean for Australia?

Is US support for Ukraine waning? The Russia-gate lie and how the media fell for it and what would a Trump comeback mean for Australia?
6/2/202354 minutes, 4 seconds
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Is American support for Ukraine waning? The Russia-gate lie and how the media fell for it and what would a Trump comeback mean for Australia?

Is US support for Ukraine waning? The Russia-gate lie and how the media fell for it and what would a Trump comeback mean for Australia?
6/2/202354 minutes, 4 seconds
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Why support is waning for The Voice, Syria's Assad coming in from the cold and the fight to free Hong Kong's billionaire pro-democracy activist, Jimmy Lai 

Why support is waning for The Voice, Syria's Assad coming in from the cold and the fight to free Hong Kong's billionaire pro-democracy activist Jimmy Lai 
5/27/202354 minutes, 8 seconds
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Why support is waning for The Voice, Syria's Assad coming in from the cold and the fight to free Hong Kong's billionaire pro-democracy activist, Jimmy Lai 

Why support is waning for The Voice, Syria's Assad coming in from the cold and the fight to free Hong Kong's billionaire pro-democracy activist Jimmy Lai 
5/27/202354 minutes, 8 seconds
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Albo's report card, Thailand election shock and the life and times of US statesman, George Shultz

Albo's report card after 12 months as PM, a shock result in the Thai elections and the life and times of US statesman George Schultz.
5/19/202354 minutes, 7 seconds
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Albo's report card, Thailand election shock and the life and times of US statesman, George Shultz

Albo's report card after 12 months as PM, a shock result in the Thai elections and the life and times of US statesman George Schultz.
5/19/202354 minutes, 7 seconds
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Albo's report card, Thailand election shock and the life and times of US statesman, George Shultz

Albo's report card after 12 months as PM, a shock result in the Thai elections and the life and times of US statesman George Schultz.
5/19/202354 minutes, 7 seconds
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Israel turns 75. The Suharto legacy. The campaign against British colonialism.

Daniel Gordis reflects on Israel’s achievements over the past 75 years and discusses the challenges ahead. Ken Seitiawan and Greg Earl consider how history should treat Suharto, Indonesian’s longest serving president. Simon Heffer responds to the critics of British colonialism and empire.
5/12/202354 minutes, 6 seconds
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Israel turns 75. The Suharto legacy. The campaign against British colonialism.

Daniel Gordis reflects on Israel’s achievements over the past 75 years and discusses the challenges ahead. Ken Setiawan and Greg Earl consider how history should treat Suharto, Indonesian’s longest serving president. Simon Heffer responds to the critics of British colonialism and empire.
5/12/202354 minutes, 6 seconds
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Australia’s head of state? Trump, Fox and the crisis in the American right. Remembering Allan Gyngell.

Two young Australians debate who should be Australia’s Head of State. Matthew Dallek’s new book: How the John Birch society radicalised the American right. Australia's pre-eminent foreign policy practitioner - the late Allan Gyngell.
5/5/202354 minutes, 6 seconds
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Australia’s head of state? Trump, Fox and the crisis in the American right. Remembering Allan Gyngell.

Two young Australians debate who should be Australia’s Head of State. Matthew Dallek’s new book: How the John Birch society radicalised the American right. Australia's pre-eminent foreign policy practitioner - the late Allan Gyngell.
5/5/202354 minutes, 6 seconds
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Australia becomes more American. A bad idea - Biden’s 2024 bid. A nuclear power accident waiting to happen

Alexander Downer sees an unwanted trend in Australian political debate. Democrat Julian Epstein explains why he’s no fan of Biden’s 2024 run for President. Amy Nelson assesses the risks and dangers posed by Europe's largest nuclear power plant that's in the middle of a war zone in Ukraine.
4/28/202354 minutes, 6 seconds
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Australia becomes more American. A bad idea - Biden’s 2024 bid. A nuclear power accident waiting to happen

Alexander Downer sees an unwanted trend in Australian political debate. Democrat Julian Epstein explains why he’s no fan of Biden’s 2024 run for President. Amy Nelson assesses the risks and dangers posed by Europe's largest nuclear power plant that's in the middle of a war zone in Ukraine.
4/28/202354 minutes, 6 seconds
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Macron’s Europe. A conservative backs The Voice. Why DeSantis took on Disney.

Mary Dejevsky on France’s President Macron’s and his vision for a more independent Europe. Prominent right of centre commentator Chris Kenny explains why he supports the Voice. Eric Boehm examines the shifting politics behind the DeSantis - Disney feud.
4/21/202354 minutes, 6 seconds
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Macron’s Europe. A conservative backs The Voice. Why DeSantis took on Disney.

Mary Dejevsky on France’s President Macron’s and his vision for a more independent Europe. Prominent right of centre commentator Chris Kenny explains why he supports the Voice. Eric Boehm examines the shifting politics behind the DeSantis - Disney feud.
4/21/202354 minutes, 6 seconds
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The Voice: a debate. Is the Liberal party doomed?   

Shireen Morris and Greg Sheridan discuss the case for and against The Voice. Gerard Henderson acknowledges that the Liberal party does face major problems but warns it's premature to, once again, write their obituary                                                                        .
4/14/202354 minutes, 8 seconds
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The Voice: a debate. Is the Liberal party doomed?   

Shireen Morris and Greg Sheridan discuss the case for and against The Voice. Gerard Henderson acknowledges that the Liberal party does face major problems but warns it's premature to, once again, write their obituary                                                                        .
4/14/202354 minutes, 8 seconds
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A new low for American politics. Don't 'sensitise' children's literature.

Andrew Neil surveys the state of politics around the world and asks if could we see a replay of Biden vs Trump in 2024? Carol Overington explains why children's books shouldn't be rewritten or sensitised.
4/6/202354 minutes, 8 seconds
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A new low for American politics. Don't 'sensitise' children's literature.

Andrew Neil surveys the state of politics around the world and asks if could we see a replay of Biden vs Trump in 2024? Caroline Overington explains why children's books shouldn't be rewritten or sensitised.
4/6/202354 minutes, 8 seconds
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Macron’s France. Iraq bounces back. Sport and Australia’s soft power advantage in the Pacific

Sophie Pedder on French politics and why President Macron is so unpopular. Rajiv Chandrasekaran explains why recovery took so long and what life is like in Iraq today. Jeffrey Wall and how sport can enhance Australia’s standing in the Pacific.
3/31/202354 minutes, 3 seconds
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Macron’s France. Iraq bounces back. Sport and Australia’s soft power advantage in the Pacific

Sophie Pedder on French politics and why President Macron is so unpopular. Rajiv Chandrasekaran explains why recovery took so long and what life is like in Iraq today. Jeffrey Wall and how sport can enhance Australia’s standing in the Pacific.
3/31/202354 minutes, 3 seconds
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Responding to a rising China. The Republican party’s divide over Ukraine. Australia’s economic outlook

Peter Hartcher responds to Paul Keating’s concerns over AUKUS. David Frum on divisions over foreign policy and Ukraine in the |Republican Party. Su-Lin Ong and Jo Masters consider Australia’s economic outlook in turbulent times.
3/24/20230
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Responding to a rising China. The Republican party’s divide over Ukraine. Australia’s economic outlook

Peter Hartcher responds to Paul Keating’s concerns over AUKUS. David Frum on divisions over foreign policy and Ukraine in the |Republican Party. Su-Lin Ong and Jo Masters consider Australia’s economic outlook in turbulent times.
3/24/20230
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Why was there a war against Saddam in 2003. South Africa in a geo-politically polarised world.

20 years after the 'coalition of the willing' confronted Iraq's Saddam Hussein –why did it happen and was it a big mistake? South Africa has deep connections to Soviet Union yet claims to be non aligned — so how does it navigate the tricky path between the great powers
3/17/20230
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Why was there a war against Saddam in 2003. South Africa in a geo-politically polarised world.

20 years after the 'coalition of the willing' confronted Iraq's Saddam Hussein –why did it happen and was it a big mistake? South Africa has deep connections to Soviet Union yet claims to be non aligned — so how does it navigate the tricky path between the great powers
3/17/20230
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The US and its great power rivals. Are Australia's neighbours ready for AUKUS? The UK lockdown files.

Stephen Walt considers America's place in a world where it no longer enjoys unchallenged primacy. How South-East Asia views Australia's new security and defence pacts. Isabel Oakeshott on the UK's pandemic response.
3/10/20230
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The US and its great power rivals. Are Australia's neighbours ready for AUKUS? The UK lockdown files.

Stephen Walt considers America's place in a world where it no longer enjoys unchallenged primacy. How South-East Asia views Australia's new security and defence pacts. Isabel Oakeshott on the UK's pandemic response.
3/10/20230
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China's population decline. Afghanistan after the US withdrawal. Is it a public debate or a culture war?

Barclay Bram and why the reluctance to have children in China. Mahir Momand compares life in Afghanistan before and after the withdrawal of US troops. Parnell McGuiness asks is it a public debate or a culture war.
3/3/20230
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China's population decline. Afghanistan after the US withdrawal. Is it a public debate or a culture war?

Barclay Bram and why the reluctance to have children in China. Mahir Momand compares life in Afghanistan before and after the withdrawal of US troops. Parnell McGuiness asks is it a public debate or a culture war.
3/3/20230
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The earthquake and its geopolitical consequences. Are the UN's Sustainable Development Goals achievable? Jimmy Carter's foreign policy.

Mary Dejevsky examines the political aftershocks in Turkey, Syria and beyond. Bjorn Lomborg and why we’re not on track to meet UN 2030 sustainable development goals. James Mann reflects on President Jimmy Carter's foreign policy legacy.
2/24/20230
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The earthquake and its geopolitical consequences. Are the UN's Sustainable Development Goals achievable? Jimmy Carter's foreign policy.

Mary Dejevsky examines the political aftershocks in Turkey, Syria and beyond. Bjorn Lomborg and why we’re not on track to meet UN 2030 sustainable development goals. James Mann reflects on President Jimmy Carter's foreign policy legacy.
2/24/20230
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Israeli - Palestinian prospects for peace. A liberal's lament. The writer and cultural appropriation.

Walter Russell Mead considers what an Arab – Israeli alliance might mean for the Palestinians. Neil Brown, a former coalition frontbencher, explains why he’s dissatisfied with the modern-day Liberal party. Hazel Edwards discusses the writer and cultural appropriation.
2/17/20230
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Israeli - Palestinian prospects for peace. A liberal's lament. The writer and cultural appropriation.

Walter Russell Mead considers what an Arab – Israeli alliance might mean for the Palestinians. Neil Brown, a former coalition frontbencher, explains why he’s dissatisfied with the modern-day Liberal party. Hazel Edwards discusses the writer and cultural appropriation.
2/17/20230
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Groupthink and Ukraine. Resistance in Myanmar. Europe's energy war with Russia

Ted Galen Carpenter discusses his new book Unreliable Watchdog: The News Media and U.S. Foreign Policy. Amanda Hodge reports on resistance and a protracted insurgency in Myanmar. Charlie Cooper explains why Europe is in better shape than expected after round 1 of its energy war with Russia.
2/10/20230
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Groupthink and Ukraine. Resistance in Myanmar. Europe's energy war with Russia

Ted Galen Carpenter discusses his new book Unreliable Watchdog: The News Media and U.S. Foreign Policy. Amanda Hodge reports on resistance and a protracted insurgency in Myanmar. Charlie Cooper explains why Europe is in better shape than expected after round 1 of its energy war with Russia.
2/10/20230
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Britain three years after Brexit. The Liberal party quandary. Remembering diplomat Richard Woolcott

Daniel Hannan assesses how Britain has fared in the three years since it formally left the European Union. Amanda Stoker and Georgina Downer discuss how the Liberal party might bounce back. A tribute to the former diplomat Richard Woolcott.
2/3/20230
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Britain three years after Brexit. The Liberal party quandary. Remembering diplomat Richard Woolcott

Daniel Hannan assesses how Britain has fared in the three years since it formally left the European Union. Amanda Stoker and Georgina Downer discuss how the Liberal party might bounce back. A tribute to the former diplomat Richard Woolcott.
2/3/20230
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Jacinda Ardern's legacy, is a Ukrainian victory against Russia inevitable and is there a political future for Tony Abbott? 

Loved and respected internationally but what do New Zealanders think of Jacinda Ardern’s five years a PM?  The war grinds on but is a Ukrainian victory against Russia inevitable? Following the death of NSW Senator Jim Molan there’s now a vacancy in the senate, so does former PM Tony Abbott have something to offer?
1/27/20230
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Jacinda Ardern's legacy, is a Ukrainian victory against Russia inevitable and is there a political future for Tony Abbott? 

Loved and respected internationally but what do New Zealanders think of Jacinda Ardern’s five years a PM?  The war grinds on but is a Ukrainian victory against Russia inevitable? Following the death of NSW Senator Jim Molan there’s now a vacancy in the senate, so does former PM Tony Abbott have something to offer?
1/27/20230
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Best of 2022; Against an Indigenous voice to parliament. How Britain beat France in the race for Australia. Setting the record straight on the ‘mad’ King George III

Senator Jacinta Nampijinpa Price explains why she opposes an Indigenous voice to parliament. Margaret Cameron- Ash’s story of how Britain beat France to Botany Bay. Andrew Roberts on Britain's most misunderstood monarch.
1/20/20230
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Best of 2022; Against an Indigenous voice to parliament. How Britain beat France in the race for Australia. Setting the record straight on the ‘mad’ King George III

Senator Jacinta Nampijinpa Price explains why she opposes an Indigenous voice to parliament. Margaret Cameron- Ash’s story of how Britain beat France to Botany Bay. Andrew Roberts on Britain's most misunderstood monarch.
1/20/20230
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Best of 2022; John Howard’s 'Sense of Balance'. What Osama bin Laden’ declassified personal papers reveal

John Howard discusses how ‘a sense of balance’ has underpinned Australia's success and prosperity. Nelly Lahoud on Osama Bin Laden's declassified personal papers.
1/13/20230
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Best of 2022; John Howard’s 'Sense of Balance'. What Osama bin Laden’ declassified personal papers reveal

John Howard discusses how ‘a sense of balance’ has underpinned Australia's success and prosperity. Nelly Lahoud on Osama Bin Laden's declassified personal papers.
1/13/20230
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Best of 2022; Australia’s China challenge, a short history of the Soviet Union and the new space race

Kishore Mahbubani and does Australia really understand the region? Sheila Fitzpatrick's short history of the Soviet Union and Cassandra Steer on the unresolved issues of the new space race.
1/6/20230
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Best of 2022; Australia’s China challenge, a short history of the Soviet Union and the new space race

Kishore Mahbubani and does Australia really understand the region? Sheila Fitzpatrick's short history of the Soviet Union and Cassandra Steer on the unresolved issues of the new space race.
1/6/20230
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Best of 2022; 804 days in an Iranian prison, Francis Fukuyama’s liberalism and Kevin Rudd on Sino-US relations.

Kylie Moore-Gilbert's memoir My 804 days in an Iranian prison. Francis Fukyuama’s Liberalism and its discontents and Kevin Rudd’s the Avoidable War.
12/30/20220
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Best of 2022; 804 days in an Iranian prison, Francis Fukuyama’s liberalism and Kevin Rudd on Sino-US relations.

Kylie Moore-Gilbert's memoir My 804 days in an Iranian prison. Francis Fukyuama’s Liberalism and its discontents and Kevin Rudd’s the Avoidable War.
12/30/20220
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Best of 2022; What demography tells us about geopolitics. Lionel Shiver speaks her mind and Ron DeSantis vs Disney

Highlights from 2022; Demographer Nicholas Eberstadt, writer and anti-woke warrior Lionel Shriver and why Disney world Florida’s special zoning status is threatened by Governor Ron DeSantis.
12/23/202254 minutes, 5 seconds
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Best of 2022; What demography tells us about geopolitics. Lionel Shiver speaks her mind and Ron DeSantis vs Disney

Highlights from 2022; Demographer Nicholas Eberstadt, writer and anti-woke warrior Lionel Shriver and why Disney world Florida’s special zoning status is threatened by Governor Ron DeSantis.
12/23/202254 minutes, 5 seconds
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 A turbulent year in international relations, Indonesia's morality laws and China’s spies and subterfuge

Peter Jennings and Mary Kissel review a turbulent year in international affairs. Ken Seitawan discusses Indonesia's democratic back sliding. Alex Joske on how Australia weathered China's intimidation campaign.
12/16/20220
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 A turbulent year in international relations, Indonesia's morality laws and China’s spies and subterfuge

Peter Jennings and Mary Kissel review a turbulent year in international affairs. Ken Seitawan discusses Indonesia's democratic back sliding. Alex Joske on how Australia weathered China's intimidation campaign.
12/16/20220
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Federal politics 2022, the legal cannabis paradox and why the future for feminism is conservative.

Journalists Jennifer Hewett and Judith Sloan review the year in Federal politics. Steve Malanga on legal pot and a growing black market. Louise Perry explains why more conservative thinking could better serve feminism and the interests of women.
12/9/20220
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Federal politics 2022, the legal cannabis paradox and why the future for feminism is conservative.

Journalists Jennifer Hewett and Judith Sloan review the year in Federal politics. Steve Malanga on legal pot and a growing black market. Louise Perry explains why more conservative thinking could better serve feminism and the interests of women.
12/9/20220
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Prospects for Pakistan’s Imran Khan and Israel’s Benjamin Netanyahu, also David Kemp on Australian liberalism.

Analysis and commentary on Pakistan’s Imran Khan’s prospects for a political comeback and in Israel, Benjamin Netanyahu, another veteran leader, forms a new coalition government. David Kemp on Liberalism in Australia 1966 – 2022
12/2/20220
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Prospects for Pakistan’s Imran Khan and Israel’s Benjamin Netanyahu, also David Kemp on Australian liberalism.

Analysis and commentary on Pakistan’s Imran Khan’s prospects for a political comeback and in Israel, Benjamin Netanyahu, another veteran leader, forms a new coalition government. David Kemp on Liberalism in Australia 1966 – 2022
12/2/20220
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Peter Costello on the Australian economy, what happened at COP 27 and problems with the EU's asylum system

Peter Costello's assessment of the Australian economy. Jacqueline Peel discusses what happened at the recent climate change summit in Egypt. Anna Vallianatou shares her concerns over EU asylum policy in Greece.
11/25/20220
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Peter Costello on the Australian economy, what happened at COP 27 and problems with the EU's asylum system

Peter Costello's assessment of the Australian economy. Jacqueline Peel discusses what happened at the recent climate change summit in Egypt. Anna Vallianatou shares her concerns over EU asylum policy in Greece.
11/25/20220
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Xi, Putin and the West, Iranian women resist and countering China’s Belt and Road

Xi Jinping meets western leaders and Ukraine pushes back Putin's army - but is the world becoming a safer place? Gideon Rachman and Sir Lawrence Freeman.  Iranian women's fight against tyranny                                      Nos Hosseini: The Iranian Women's Association and Kylie Moore-Gilbert, author of The Uncaged Sky: My 804 days in an Iranian Prison.  Countering China's Belt and Road Initiative                          . Hayley Channer: Senior Policy Fellow, Perth USAsia Centre.
11/18/20220
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Xi, Putin and the West, Iranian women resist and countering China’s Belt and Road

Xi Jinping meets western leaders and Ukraine pushes back Putin's army - but is the world becoming a safer place? Gideon Rachman and Sir Lawrence Freeman.  Iranian women's fight against tyranny                                      Nos Hosseini: The Iranian Women's Association and Kylie Moore-Gilbert, author of The Uncaged Sky: My 804 days in an Iranian Prison.  Countering China's Belt and Road Initiative                          . Hayley Channer: Senior Policy Fellow, Perth USAsia Centre.
11/18/20220
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The US midterms, superconductors are the oil of the digital age and Malaysia goes to the polls.

The US midterms Analysis and commentary on the early results with Nicole Hemmer Political historian, Vanderbilt University and Nick Minchin, Australian Consul General in New York 2013 — 2017. The US vs China and the economic battle for high tech supremacy. Alice Han: Director of China research at Greenmantle, a US-based advisory group. Malaysia votes A preview of the Nov. 19th general election. Bridget Welsh: University of Nottingham's Asia Research Centre, Kuala Lumpur.
11/11/20220
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The US midterms, superconductors are the oil of the digital age and Malaysia goes to the polls.

The US midterms Analysis and commentary on the early results with Nicole Hemmer Political historian, Vanderbilt University and Nick Minchin, Australian Consul General in New York 2013 — 2017. The US vs China and the economic battle for high tech supremacy. Alice Han: Director of China research at Greenmantle, a US-based advisory group. Malaysia votes A preview of the Nov. 19th general election. Bridget Welsh: University of Nottingham's Asia Research Centre, Kuala Lumpur.
11/11/20220
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Can the world agree on carbon reduction at COP 27? What demography tell us about geopolitics and what's wrong with identity politics

Achieving global net zero at COP 27 ? Opposing views from; Rupert Darwall, author of The Age of Global Warming: A History and Dorinda Cox: Greens Senator from Western Australia. What demography can tell us about international relations. Nicholas Eberstadt: American Enterprise Institute, Washington. What's wrong with identity politics. Mary Eberstadt: the Catholic Information Center, Washington DC. Author of Primal Screams: How the Sexual Revolution Created Identity Politics.
11/4/20220
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Can the world agree on carbon reduction at COP 27? What demography tell us about geopolitics and what's wrong with identity politics

Achieving global net zero at COP 27 ? Opposing views from; Rupert Darwall, author of The Age of Global Warming: A History and Dorinda Cox: Greens Senator from Western Australia. What demography can tell us about international relations. Nicholas Eberstadt: American Enterprise Institute, Washington. What's wrong with identity politics. Mary Eberstadt: the Catholic Information Center, Washington DC. Author of Primal Screams: How the Sexual Revolution Created Identity Politics.
11/4/20220
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Rifts, divisions and the future for centre right parties, and how women in Iran have had enough

The Anglosphere's conservatives and their deep divisions  Richard Tice: Leader UK Reform Party, Henry Olsen: Columnist Washington Post, John Roskam: Former head of the Institute of Public Affairs consider the fault lines and the state of affairs on the right.  The protests in Iran. More than just a revolt over women forced to wear head scarves. The Iranian regime faces its biggest challenge in decades. Danielle Pletka: Senior fellow in Foreign and Defense studies, American Enterprise Institute. 
10/28/20220
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Rifts, divisions and the future for centre right parties, and how women in Iran have had enough

The Anglosphere's conservatives and their deep divisions  Richard Tice: Leader UK Reform Party, Henry Olsen: Columnist Washington Post, John Roskam: Former head of the Institute of Public Affairs consider the fault lines and the state of affairs on the right.  The protests in Iran. More than just a revolt over women forced to wear head scarves. The Iranian regime faces its biggest challenge in decades. Danielle Pletka: Senior fellow in Foreign and Defense studies, American Enterprise Institute. 
10/28/20220
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Kevin Rudd on Xi’s China, Jonathan Sumption sees real threats to democracy and the shift in Swedish politics

Kevin Rudd assesses Xi Jinping's agenda over the next 5 years and beyond. Jonathan Sumption warns of cancel culture's threat to democracy. Kira Pronin considers the shift in Swedish politics and the reasons behind it.
10/21/20220
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Kevin Rudd on Xi’s China, Jonathan Sumption sees real threats to democracy and the shift in Swedish politics

Kevin Rudd assesses Xi Jinping's agenda over the next 5 years and beyond. Jonathan Sumption warns of cancel culture's threat to democracy. Kira Pronin considers the shift in Swedish politics and the reasons behind it.
10/21/20220
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Geopolitics, the view from Washington and Japan, Also anti woke warrior Lionel Shriver

How do Australia's friends and allies view the Russian- Ukrainian conflict and the rise of China? Richard Fontaine CEO, Centre for New American Security. Iwashita Akihiro: Professor at the Slavic-Eurasian Research Centre, Hokkaido University, Japan. Also, outspoken writer and columnist Lionel Shriver critiques contemporary culture and  progressive politics.
10/14/20220
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Geopolitics, the view from Washington and Japan, Also anti woke warrior Lionel Shriver

How do Australia's friends and allies view the Russian- Ukrainian conflict and the rise of China? Richard Fontaine CEO, Centre for New American Security. Iwashita Akihiro: Professor at the Slavic-Eurasian Research Centre, Hokkaido University, Japan. Also, outspoken writer and columnist Lionel Shriver critiques contemporary culture and  progressive politics.
10/14/20220
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Four big events that shaped and changed our world.

The 2002  Bali bombing. Australian / Indonesian relations then and now. Greg Fealy: Emeritus Professor, Indonesian politics, ANU. 1972 Nixon goes to China. 50 years ago U.S President Richard Nixon surprises the world by visiting communist China. Evelyn Goh: Professor of Strategic Policy Studies, ANU 1962 The Cuban missile crisis. Are there lessons for today as once again a nuclear armed Russia confronts the West. Max Hastings: military historian, journalist and author of Abyss: the Cuban missile crisis 1962 1947 India is partitioned. What happened when the British left India 75 years ago and how has the legacy of partition shaped geopolitics on the sub-continent. Nsid Hajari: Author of Midnight fires: the deadly legacy of India's partition
10/7/20220
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Four big events that shaped and changed our world.

The 2002  Bali bombing. Australian / Indonesian relations then and now. Greg Fealy: Emeritus Professor, Indonesian politics, ANU. 1972 Nixon goes to China. 50 years ago U.S President Richard Nixon surprises the world by visiting communist China. Evelyn Goh: Professor of Strategic Policy Studies, ANU 1962 The Cuban missile crisis. Are there lessons for today as once again a nuclear armed Russia confronts the West. Max Hastings: military historian, journalist and author of Abyss: the Cuban missile crisis 1962 1947 India is partitioned. What happened when the British left India 75 years ago and how has the legacy of partition shaped geopolitics on the sub-continent. Nsid Hajari: Author of Midnight fires: the deadly legacy of India's partition
10/7/20220
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Putin raises the stakes over Ukraine, a green leap forward and setting the record straight on King George III

Putin raises the stakes over Ukraine, China's great leap forward and the West's energy transition and setting the record straight on King George III
9/30/20220
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Putin raises the stakes over Ukraine, a green leap forward and setting the record straight on King George III

Putin raises the stakes over Ukraine, China's great leap forward and the West's energy transition and setting the record straight on King George III
9/30/20220
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What’s behind Europe’s energy crisis? And is Australia’s connection to Britain fading?

Europe’s under pressure as Putin threatens to go nuclear and the energy crisis worsens. Plus what does feeling less British mean for Australia's republicans. And what were the politics behind our pandemic response? 
9/23/20220
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What’s behind Europe’s energy crisis? And is Australia’s connection to Britain fading?

Europe’s under pressure as Putin threatens to go nuclear and the energy crisis worsens. Plus what does feeling less British mean for Australia's republicans. And what were the politics behind our pandemic response? 
9/23/20220
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What might happen when a progressive new King has to work with a very conservative new PM.

How King Charles might act as a counterweight to Liz Truss's conservative government. How Malcolm Turnbull helped defeat Scott Morrison. The geo- politics behind the new space race.
9/16/20220
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What might happen when a progressive new King has to work with a very conservative new PM.

How King Charles might act as a counterweight to Liz Truss's conservative government. How Malcolm Turnbull helped defeat Scott Morrison. The geo- politics behind the new space race.
9/16/20220
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David Flint on the Queen, the Monarchy and why renewed calls for an Australian republic will not succeed.

David Flint reflects on the passing of the monarch. What to expect from Britain's new PM. Why broken windows policing is needed and misunderstood. Cindy Yu – a shill for China's communist party?
9/9/20220
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David Flint on the Queen, the Monarchy and why renewed calls for an Australian republic will not succeed.

David Flint reflects on the passing of the monarch. What to expect from Britain's new PM. Why broken windows policing is needed and misunderstood. Cindy Yu – a shill for China's communist party?
9/9/20220
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John Howard on a Sense of Balance and why concerns about the inevitability of China surpassing the U.S are misplaced.

In a wide ranging conversation John Howard reflects on the issues he raises in his new book A Sense of Balance. An update on Myanmar where the military oppression of the pro-democracy movement intensifies.
9/2/20220
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John Howard on a Sense of Balance and why concerns about the inevitability of China surpassing the U.S are misplaced.

In a wide ranging conversation John Howard reflects on the issues he raises in his new book A Sense of Balance. An update on Myanmar where the military oppression of the pro-democracy movement intensifies.
9/2/20220
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Geopolitics with John Bolton. Australia's economic outlook.

John Bolton offers his insights and assessment of the state of international relations. Joanne Masters and John Kehoe discuss the gloomy conditions that the global economy is experiencing and how Australia is faring.
8/26/20220
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Geopolitics with John Bolton. Australia's economic outlook.

John Bolton offers his insights and assessment of the state of international relations. Joanne Masters and John Kehoe discuss the gloomy conditions that the global economy is experiencing and how Australia is faring.
8/26/20220
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Australia’s China challenge. Dame Leonie Kramer's biography. The future of welfare

Does Australia really understand the region? The biography of Leonie Kramer. Daniel Mulino's ideas to reform and support Australia's welfare system.
8/19/20220
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Australia’s China challenge. Dame Leonie Kramer's biography. The future of welfare

Does Australia really understand the region? The biography of Leonie Kramer. Daniel Mulino's ideas to reform and support Australia's welfare system.
8/19/20220
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Against the Voice. Geo-politics hampers energy transition

Jacinta Nampijinpa Price explains why she opposes an Indigenous Voice to Parliament. Is the renewable energy transition agenda in sync with global political and economic reality?   
8/13/20220
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Between The Lines

Between the Lines puts contemporary international issues and events into a broader historical con...
8/13/20220
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Against the Voice. Geo-politics hampers energy transition

Jacinta Nampijinpa Price explains why she opposes an Indigenous Voice to Parliament. Is the renewable energy transition agenda in sync with global political and economic reality?   
8/13/20220
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Between The Lines

Between the Lines puts contemporary international issues and events into a broader historical con...
8/13/20220
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The West’s war in Ukraine. Malcolm Turnbull: Australia, China, and U.S relations. The Albanese agenda.

John Mearsheimer explains why the war in Ukraine is ‘foolish and unnecessary. Former P.M Malcolm Turnbull reflects on Taiwan, China, the U.S and Australian relations. A review of Federal Parliament’s first sitting weeks.
8/6/202254 minutes, 9 seconds
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The West’s war in Ukraine. Malcolm Turnbull: Australia, China, and U.S relations. The Albanese agenda.

John Mearsheimer explains why the war in Ukraine is ‘foolish and unnecessary. Former P.M Malcolm Turnbull reflects on Taiwan, China, the U.S and Australian relations. A review of Federal Parliament’s first sitting weeks.
8/6/202254 minutes, 9 seconds
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Insurrection in the US. Silencing critics in the Philippines. Investigating war crimes in Ukraine.

What was uncovered during the Jan 6th hearings and what might it mean for Donald Trump's presidential ambitions. Press freedom in the Philippines and latest news on shutting down Marie Ressa's news site Rappler. How to make the perpetrators of war crimes accountable.
7/30/202254 minutes, 5 seconds
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Insurrection in the US. Silencing critics in the Philippines. Investigating war crimes in Ukraine.

What was uncovered during the Jan 6th hearings and what might it mean for Donald Trump's presidential ambitions. Press freedom in the Philippines and latest news on shutting down Marie Ressa's news site Rappler. How to make the perpetrators of war crimes accountable.
7/30/202254 minutes, 5 seconds
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2015 attack on France. Our jungle origins. Russia's polar ambitions.

Madeleine Schwartz offers her observations on the trial of the terrorists who killed 130 people across Paris in 2015. Patrick Roberts highlights the role and place of tropical forests in our evolutionary story. Mathieu Boulegue discusses how melting sea ice is leading to increased geopolitical interest and competition in the polar regions.
7/23/202254 minutes, 6 seconds
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2015 attack on France. Our jungle origins. Russia's polar ambitions.

Madeleine Schwartz offers her observations on the trial of the terrorists who killed 130 people across Paris in 2015. Patrick Roberts highlights the role and place of tropical forests in our evolutionary story. Mathieu Boulegue discusses how melting sea ice is leading to increased geopolitical interest and competition in the polar regions.
7/23/202254 minutes, 6 seconds
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Japan mourns Shinzo Abe, the housing and homelessness crisis in the United States, and solutions to growing homelessness in Australia.

As Japan reels in shock after the assassination of former Prime Minister Shinto Abe, what is the way forward for Japan's national life ? Lack of affordable housing in large American cities has led to a fast growing exponential homelessness crisis. What can Australia learn from the U.S. to solve rising homelessness in the face of the pandemic and extreme climate events?
7/16/202254 minutes, 6 seconds
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Japan mourns Shinzo Abe, the housing and homelessness crisis in the United States, and solutions to growing homelessness in Australia.

As Japan reels in shock after the assassination of former Prime Minister Shinto Abe, what is the way forward for Japan's national life ? Lack of affordable housing in large American cities has led to a fast growing exponential homelessness crisis. What can Australia learn from the U.S. to solve rising homelessness in the face of the pandemic and extreme climate events?
7/16/202254 minutes, 6 seconds
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Australia is ill-prepared for the new reality of climate disasters and the growing crisis in Sri Lanka

Australia is ill prepared for the new reality of climate disasters and the crisis in Sri Lanka, some are calling for an emergency election and what is needed from the international community
7/9/202254 minutes, 5 seconds
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Australia is ill-prepared for the new reality of climate disasters and the growing crisis in Sri Lanka

Australia is ill prepared for the new reality of climate disasters and the crisis in Sri Lanka, some are calling for an emergency election and what is needed from the international community
7/9/202254 minutes, 5 seconds
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What Australians think about foreign policy. How effective are UN Peacekeepers. PNG elections.

What do people think about Australia’s foreign policy. Results from the 2022 Lowy poll In troubled times do UN Peacekeepers make a difference? The challenges for Papua New Guinea as they head to a general election.
7/2/202254 minutes, 6 seconds
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What Australians think about foreign policy. How effective are UN Peacekeepers. PNG elections.

What do people think about Australia’s foreign policy. Results from the 2022 Lowy poll In troubled times do UN Peacekeepers make a difference? The challenges for Papua New Guinea as they head to a general election.
7/2/202254 minutes, 6 seconds
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Jan 6th attack testimony. Commonwealth heads meet in Rwanda. The view from the Pacific.

Olivier Knox discusses the mostly Republican witness testimony on the January 6th attack on the US Capitol building. Cindy McCreery looks at CHOGM — the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting in Rwanda and the organisation's purpose, place and priorities. Steve Ratuva explains why Australia, and other big powers, are guilty of overlooking and under estimating Pacific Island nation's agency, ability and autonomy.
6/25/202254 minutes, 6 seconds
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Jan 6th attack testimony. Commonwealth heads meet in Rwanda. The view from the Pacific.

Olivier Knox discusses the mostly Republican witness testimony on the January 6th attack on the US Capitol building. Cindy McCreery looks at CHOGM — the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting in Rwanda and the organisation's purpose, place and priorities. Steve Ratuva explains why Australia, and other big powers, are guilty of overlooking and under estimating Pacific Island nation's agency, ability and autonomy.
6/25/202254 minutes, 6 seconds
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Ukraine’s bid for EU membership. Too many regional strategic groups. The state of Florida vs Disney

What it will take for Ukraine to be able to join the EU? Has Australia has signed up for too many strategic regional groups and dialogues and is it time to review and prioritise? What’s at stake in battle between the State of Florida and the Disney corporation?    
6/18/202254 minutes, 5 seconds
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Ukraine’s bid for EU membership. Too many regional strategic groups. The state of Florida vs Disney

What it will take for Ukraine to be able to join the EU? Has Australia has signed up for too many strategic regional groups and dialogues and is it time to review and prioritise? What’s at stake in battle between the State of Florida and the Disney corporation?    
6/18/202254 minutes, 5 seconds
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The PM’s visit to Indonesia. Boris survives. Watergate and the Jan. 6th insurrection.

Greg Barton reviews Prime Minister Albanese’s official visit to Indonesia. A blunt assessment of Boris Johnson’s tenure as UK PM. Would things turn out differently for President Richard Nixon if Watergate occurred today?    
6/11/202254 minutes, 3 seconds
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The PM’s visit to Indonesia. Boris survives. Watergate and the Jan. 6th insurrection.

Greg Barton reviews Prime Minister Albanese’s official visit to Indonesia. A blunt assessment of Boris Johnson’s tenure as UK PM. Would things turn out differently for President Richard Nixon if Watergate occurred today?    
6/11/202254 minutes, 3 seconds
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Ukraine's MP Kira Rudik. Australia's covert action. The myth of primitive communism.

Ukrainian MP Kira Rudik urges for more support during her speaking tour of Western Europe and describes the situation in her war torn country. William Stoltz discusses his new paper ‘A regrettable necessity: The future of Australian covert action. Anthropologist Manvir Singh considers the prevalence of ownership and private property rights in hunter gather societies and explains why the idea of primitive communism is flawed.  
6/4/202254 minutes, 6 seconds
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Ukraine's MP Kira Rudik. Australia's covert action. The myth of primitive communism.

Ukrainian MP Kira Rudik urges for more support during her speaking tour of Western Europe and describes the situation in her war torn country. William Stoltz discusses his new paper ‘A regrettable necessity: The future of Australian covert action. Anthropologist Manvir Singh considers the prevalence of ownership and private property rights in hunter gather societies and explains why the idea of primitive communism is flawed.  
6/4/202254 minutes, 6 seconds
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U.S politics and fault lines. Diplomacy and grand Asia Pacific tours. Congestion and conflict in space.  

Damien Cave, the New York Times bureau chief here in Australia considers the big fault lines that have led to deep and lasting divisions in US politics and society. Richard McGregor reviews the grand tours by the U.S President and the Chinese Foreign Minister through the Asia Pacific. It's crowded and anytime now a fight could break out but there’s no sheriff in sight - which is why outer space is being compared to the wild west.
5/28/202254 minutes, 6 seconds
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U.S politics and fault lines. Diplomacy and grand Asia Pacific tours. Congestion and conflict in space.  

Damien Cave, the New York Times bureau chief here in Australia considers the big fault lines that have led to deep and lasting divisions in US politics and society. Richard McGregor reviews the grand tours by the U.S President and the Chinese Foreign Minister through the Asia Pacific. It's crowded and anytime now a fight could break out but there’s no sheriff in sight - which is why outer space is being compared to the wild west.
5/28/202254 minutes, 6 seconds
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Bin Laden's secret letters. Testing times for Lebanon.

Osama Bin Laden’s declassified personal papers and correspondence have prompted a re-evaluation of the infamous terrorist and his reach, power and influence following the 9/11 attacks. From Beirut, Kim Ghattas reports on Lebanon’s election results. Is there is any light at the end of the tunnel for this deeply troubled country?
5/21/202254 minutes, 13 seconds
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Bin Laden's secret letters. Testing times for Lebanon.

Osama Bin Laden’s declassified personal papers and correspondence have prompted a re-evaluation of the infamous terrorist and his reach, power and influence following the 9/11 attacks. From Beirut, Kim Ghattas reports on Lebanon’s election results. Is there is any light at the end of the tunnel for this deeply troubled country?
5/21/202254 minutes, 13 seconds
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Marcos return to power. Afghanistan failed and now forgotten. Geopolitics and Eurovision.

Why and how did Ferdinand Jnr win so convincingly in this week’s election in the Philippines? What’s life like under the Taliban for the long suffering people of Afghanistan. How the geopolitical realities of Europe play out both on and off the stage at Eurovision.
5/14/202254 minutes, 7 seconds
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Marcos return to power. Afghanistan failed and now forgotten. Geopolitics and Eurovision.

Why and how did Ferdinand Jnr win so convincingly in this week’s election in the Philippines? What’s life like under the Taliban for the long suffering people of Afghanistan. How the geopolitical realities of Europe play out both on and off the stage at Eurovision.
5/14/202254 minutes, 7 seconds
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(Rpt) John Howard. Home Affairs - too big ? China, nationalism & WW2.

(Repeats) Former Prime Minister John Howard evaluates his time in office. Peter Edwards and Jacinta Carroll on the Dept. of Home Affairs and the legacy of the Hope Royal Commissions into intelligence. Oxford university historian Rana Mitter on how the new Chinese nationalism is being shaped by a re-interpretation of China's role in World War Two.
5/7/202254 minutes, 8 seconds
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(Rpt) John Howard. Home Affairs - too big ? China, nationalism & WW2.

(Repeats) Former Prime Minister John Howard evaluates his time in office. Peter Edwards and Jacinta Carroll on the Dept. of Home Affairs and the legacy of the Hope Royal Commissions into intelligence. Oxford university historian Rana Mitter on how the new Chinese nationalism is being shaped by a re-interpretation of China's role in World War Two.
5/7/202254 minutes, 8 seconds
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Revolution and the U.S constitution. The Koala manifesto. How Hitler lost the war.

James Philips discusses the American constitution-its origins and influences. Deborah Tabart’s passionate advocacy for the koala. Jonathan Dimbleby’s WW2 history: Operation Barbarossa and how Hitler lost the war.
4/30/202254 minutes, 6 seconds
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Revolution and the U.S constitution. The Koala manifesto. How Hitler lost the war.

James Philips discusses the American constitution-its origins and influences. Deborah Tabart’s passionate advocacy for the koala. Jonathan Dimbleby’s WW2 history: Operation Barbarossa and how Hitler lost the war.
4/30/202254 minutes, 6 seconds
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Election 2022. Strongmen and autocrats. 804 days in an Iranian prison.

Journalists Chris Kenny and Jacqueline Maley assess the Federal election campaign. Gideon Rachman discusses the rise and popularity of the autocrats. Kylie Moore-Gilbert's memoir Uncaged sky: My 804 days in an Iranian gaol.
4/23/202254 minutes, 9 seconds
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Election 2022. Strongmen and autocrats. 804 days in an Iranian prison.

Journalists Chris Kenny and Jacqueline Maley assess the Federal election campaign. Gideon Rachman discusses the rise and popularity of the autocrats. Kylie Moore-Gilbert's memoir Uncaged sky: My 804 days in an Iranian gaol.
4/23/202254 minutes, 9 seconds
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North Korea. 21st century enlightenment. USSR: a short history

Veteran correspondent Jean Lee explains why 'it never pays to forget North Korea'. Steven Schwartz remembers those brave souls who challenged and changed mainstream thought. Shelia Fitzpatrick's concise history of the Soviet Union: from Lenin to Gorbachev.
4/16/202254 minutes, 9 seconds
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North Korea. 21st century enlightenment. USSR: a short history

Veteran correspondent Jean Lee explains why 'it never pays to forget North Korea'. Steven Schwartz remembers those brave souls who challenged and changed mainstream thought. Shelia Fitzpatrick's concise history of the Soviet Union: from Lenin to Gorbachev.
4/16/202254 minutes, 9 seconds
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Francis Fukuyama's liberalism and its discontents. Kevin Rudd's China, the US and an avoidable war.

Francis Fukuyama defends liberalism and assesses the situation in Ukraine. Former P.M Kevin Rudd offers a way forward in the fraught China–U.S relationship.
4/9/202254 minutes, 6 seconds
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Francis Fukuyama's liberalism and its discontents. Kevin Rudd's China, the US and an avoidable war.

Francis Fukuyama defends liberalism and assesses the situation in Ukraine. Former P.M Kevin Rudd offers a way forward in the fraught China–U.S relationship.
4/9/202254 minutes, 6 seconds
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Global consensus on Ukraine? China’s foothold in the Solomons. Britain vs France and the colonisation of Australia

Ed Luce discusses Biden's 'gaffe' and the illusion of global consensus on Ukraine. Anne-Marie Brady explains why China's move in the South Pacific is concerning and provocative. Margret Cameron-Ash offers a new account of how and why Britain established a penal colony in Australia.
4/2/202254 minutes, 7 seconds
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Global consensus on Ukraine? China’s foothold in the Solomons. Britain vs France and the colonisation of Australia

Ed Luce discusses Biden's 'gaffe' and the illusion of global consensus on Ukraine. Anne-Marie Brady explains why China's move in the South Pacific is concerning and provocative. Margret Cameron-Ash offers a new account of how and why Britain established a penal colony in Australia.
4/2/202254 minutes, 7 seconds
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Alexander Downer on Ukraine 2022. Max Hastings’ Cuba 1962. A global economic outlook.

Former Minister for Foreign Affairs - Alexander Downer discusses international relations. Max Hastings contrasts the 1962 Cuban missile crisis with the current situation in Ukraine. Economists Su-Lin Ong and Joanne Masters offer their views on the Australian economy and the global economic outlook
3/26/202253 minutes, 57 seconds
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Alexander Downer on Ukraine 2022. Max Hastings’ Cuba 1962. A global economic outlook.

Former Minister for Foreign Affairs - Alexander Downer discusses international relations. Max Hastings contrasts the 1962 Cuban missile crisis with the current situation in Ukraine. Economists Su-Lin Ong and Joanne Masters offer their views on the Australian economy and the global economic outlook
3/26/202253 minutes, 57 seconds
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The West re-energised. Putin's war in Syria. Malcolm Fraser's foreign policy.

Is a rules based world order still possible? Putin’s 2015 war in Syria and the legacy of his strategically successful intervention. Malcolm Fraser- a dominant figure in Australian political history. Geoff Raby assesses his foreign policy record.
3/19/202254 minutes, 6 seconds
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The West re-energised. Putin's war in Syria. Malcolm Fraser's foreign policy.

Is a rules based world order still possible? Putin’s 2015 war in Syria and the legacy of his strategically successful intervention. Malcolm Fraser- a dominant figure in Australian political history. Geoff Raby assesses his foreign policy record.
3/19/202254 minutes, 6 seconds
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Backlash: Pacifist nations rearm

The invasion of Ukraine has triggered a marked change in attitudes towards security in Europe and Asia with both Germany and Japan increasing their spending on defence. Anne Henderson's biography of Liberal senator Margaret Guilfoyle.
3/12/202253 minutes, 57 seconds
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Backlash: Pacifist nations rearm

The invasion of Ukraine has triggered a marked change in attitudes towards security in Europe and Asia with both Germany and Japan increasing their spending on defence. Anne Henderson's biography of Liberal senator Margaret Guilfoyle.
3/12/202253 minutes, 57 seconds
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It’s all about Ukraine

Putin's domestic opposition. The view from South-East Asia. Prospects for net zero.
3/5/202254 minutes, 6 seconds
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It’s all about Ukraine

Putin's domestic opposition. The view from South-East Asia. Prospects for net zero.
3/5/202254 minutes, 6 seconds
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John Bolton on Putin. Misogynist attacks on conservative women. Nixon’s 1972 China visit.

John Bolton: the Ukraine, Russian and China. 'Only Richard Nixon could go to China in 1972' – Evelyn Goh explains how and why. Parnell McGuiness on the left's double standards.
2/26/202254 minutes, 5 seconds
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John Bolton on Putin. Misogynist attacks on conservative women. Nixon’s 1972 China visit.

John Bolton: the Ukraine, Russian and China. 'Only Richard Nixon could go to China in 1972' – Evelyn Goh explains how and why. Parnell McGuiness on the left's double standards.
2/26/202254 minutes, 5 seconds
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American power over extended. Albanese's political prospects. The bombing of Darwin. A tribute to P.J O'Rourke.

A challenge to the mindset that the U.S can be everywhere all the time. Does Albo have the right tools to do the job as PM ? Australia attacked 80 years ago. Satirist P.J O'Rourke remembered.
2/19/202254 minutes, 6 seconds
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American power over extended. Albanese's political prospects. The bombing of Darwin. A tribute to P.J O'Rourke.

A challenge to the mindset that the U.S can be everywhere all the time. Does Albo have the right tools to do the job as PM ? Australia attacked 80 years ago. Satirist P.J O'Rourke remembered.
2/19/202254 minutes, 6 seconds
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Myanmar post-coup. Churchill reassessed. Cartoonist Bill Leak's Bio.

Myanmar: The state of the nation one year after the military coup. Winston Churchill's legacy critically reappraised. Cartoonist Bill Leak remembered.  
2/12/202254 minutes, 6 seconds
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Myanmar post-coup. Churchill reassessed. Cartoonist Bill Leak's Bio.

Myanmar: The state of the nation one year after the military coup. Winston Churchill's legacy critically reappraised. Cartoonist Bill Leak remembered.  
2/12/202254 minutes, 6 seconds
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Scott Morrison’s foreign policy. China in the Pacific. How the pandemic changed us.

Paul Kelly's new book Morrison's Mission, China's growing influence in the South Pacific and the pandemic's social and cultural legacy.
2/5/202254 minutes, 5 seconds
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Scott Morrison’s foreign policy. China in the Pacific. How the pandemic changed us.

Paul Kelly's new book Morrison's Mission, China's growing influence in the South Pacific and the pandemic's social and cultural legacy.
2/5/202254 minutes, 5 seconds
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The Russia-Ukraine crisis, an unflattering portrait of Boris Johnson and the 2022 federal election

Tensions increase between the US and Russia over Ukraine, will 'Party-gate' bring down Boris Johnson? And reading the federal election tea leaves
1/29/202254 minutes, 7 seconds
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The Russia-Ukraine crisis, an unflattering portrait of Boris Johnson and the 2022 federal election

Tensions increase between the US and Russia over Ukraine, will 'Party-gate' bring down Boris Johnson? And reading the federal election tea leaves
1/29/202254 minutes, 7 seconds
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Niall Ferguson on the 'politics of catastrophe'

What can past pandemics, earthquakes, famines or wars teach us about how to prepare for the next one?
1/20/202229 minutes, 7 seconds
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Niall Ferguson on the 'politics of catastrophe'

What can past pandemics, earthquakes, famines or wars teach us about how to prepare for the next one?
1/20/202229 minutes, 7 seconds
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Sheila Fitzpatrick on the Cold War migrants of Russia

Who were the Russian migrants who made it to Australia during the Cold War?
1/13/202229 minutes, 7 seconds
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Sheila Fitzpatrick on the Cold War migrants of Russia

Who were the Russian migrants who made it to Australia during the Cold War?
1/13/202229 minutes, 7 seconds
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Josh Frydenberg on Andrew Peacock; and Chris Bowen on political 'charlatans'

After the recent passing of Andrew Peacock, Treasurer Josh Frydenberg describes his legacy; and former treasurer, Chris Bowen, says the fakes, the fraudsters and the snake-oil merchants are winning the political contests.
1/6/202229 minutes, 6 seconds
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Josh Frydenberg on Andrew Peacock; and Chris Bowen on political 'charlatans'

After the recent passing of Andrew Peacock, Treasurer Josh Frydenberg describes his legacy; and former treasurer, Chris Bowen, says the fakes, the fraudsters and the snake-oil merchants are winning the political contests.
1/6/202229 minutes, 6 seconds
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Nicolle Flint MP on her career-ending mistreatment in politics; and how 'cancel culture' threatens democracy

Nicolle Flint MP talks about the sexist abuse she’s faced throughout her career, not from within her own party, but from political opponents and activists outside of Canberra; and does 'cancel culture' threaten what remains of our liberal public discourse, or is uncensored free speech a dangerous proposition?
12/30/202129 minutes, 7 seconds
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Nicolle Flint MP on her career-ending mistreatment in politics; and how 'cancel culture' threatens democracy

Nicolle Flint MP talks about the sexist abuse she’s faced throughout her career, not from within her own party, but from political opponents and activists outside of Canberra; and does 'cancel culture' threaten what remains of our liberal public discourse, or is uncensored free speech a dangerous proposition?
12/30/202129 minutes, 7 seconds
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Prime Minister John Howard evaluates his time in office

It's 25 years since the coalition was elected to an eleven year term in power. As leader, John Howard represents one of the greatest political comebacks in modern history. How did he do it?
12/23/202140 minutes, 40 seconds
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Prime Minister John Howard evaluates his time in office

It's 25 years since the coalition was elected to an eleven year term in power. As leader, John Howard represents one of the greatest political comebacks in modern history. How did he do it?
12/23/202140 minutes, 40 seconds
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What next for US-China relations?

As the US-China rivalry intensifies, what does it mean for Australia?
12/16/202128 minutes, 57 seconds
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What next for US-China relations?

As the US-China rivalry intensifies, what does it mean for Australia?
12/16/202128 minutes, 57 seconds
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Anne-Marie Slaughter on The Biden doctrine, restoring faith in democracy and remembering Pearl Harbour

Biden's approach to foreign policy, the crisis of Australian democracy, and 80 years since Pearl Harbour
12/9/202128 minutes, 57 seconds
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Anne-Marie Slaughter on The Biden doctrine, restoring faith in democracy and remembering Pearl Harbour

Biden's approach to foreign policy, the crisis of Australian democracy, and 80 years since Pearl Harbour
12/9/202128 minutes, 57 seconds
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Thirty years since the collapse of the Soviet Union, and why the far-right is moving away from climate change denialism

America won the Cold War but why did they lose the post-Soviet peace? And the far-right's unlikely shift to end climate change skepticism
12/2/202129 minutes, 10 seconds
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Thirty years since the collapse of the Soviet Union, and why the far-right is moving away from climate change denialism

America won the Cold War but why did they lose the post-Soviet peace? And the far-right's unlikely shift to end climate change skepticism
12/2/202129 minutes, 10 seconds
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Will US-led inflation affect Australian interest rates? And China's handling of the disappearance of Peng Shuai

Does America’s inflation rate mean faster rising interest rates in Australia? And what does the disappearance of Peng Shuai say about China?
11/25/202129 minutes, 7 seconds
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Will US-led inflation affect Australian interest rates? And China's handling of the disappearance of Peng Shuai

Does America’s inflation rate mean faster rising interest rates in Australia? And what does the disappearance of Peng Shuai say about China?
11/25/202129 minutes, 7 seconds
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The Trump- Russia collusion 'hoax' and the US- China deal to combat climate change

Did Putin really play a role in Trump's 2016 election victory? And the US-China pact for action on climate change
11/18/202129 minutes, 5 seconds
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The Trump- Russia collusion 'hoax' and the US- China deal to combat climate change

Did Putin really play a role in Trump's 2016 election victory? And the US-China pact for action on climate change
11/18/202129 minutes, 5 seconds
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India and Australia strengthen ties in the face of a rising China

Is the India - Australia relationship even more important than the Quad?
11/11/202129 minutes, 5 seconds
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India and Australia strengthen ties in the face of a rising China

Is the India - Australia relationship even more important than the Quad?
11/11/202129 minutes, 5 seconds
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COP26: how will the world agree to slash emissions?

Will Glasgow address the right issues to tackle climate change?
11/4/202128 minutes, 57 seconds
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COP26: how will the world agree to slash emissions?

Will Glasgow address the right issues to tackle climate change?
11/4/202128 minutes, 57 seconds
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Alan Tudge on the challenges of teaching Australian history, and mounting evidence of the Wuhan coronavirus lab leak

The balancing act of teaching both Indigenous and European- Australian history. And the Chinese government denial of the Wuhan lab 'theory'
10/28/202129 minutes, 7 seconds
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Alan Tudge on the challenges of teaching Australian history, and mounting evidence of the Wuhan coronavirus lab leak

The balancing act of teaching both Indigenous and European- Australian history. And the Chinese government denial of the Wuhan lab 'theory'
10/28/202129 minutes, 7 seconds
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COP26 - can we really stop relying on fossil fuels? And the legacy of Colin Powell

Can anything meaningful be achieved at COP26? And the passing of Colin Powell
10/21/202129 minutes, 5 seconds
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COP26 - can we really stop relying on fossil fuels? And the legacy of Colin Powell

Can anything meaningful be achieved at COP26? And the passing of Colin Powell
10/21/202129 minutes, 5 seconds
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What now for post-Merkel Germany? And a bipartisan approach to China relations

After the 'boring' result of the recent election, what is Germany's post-Angela Merkel future? And two opposing senators take on China.
10/14/202128 minutes, 56 seconds
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What now for post-Merkel Germany? And a bipartisan approach to China relations

After the 'boring' result of the recent election, what is Germany's post-Angela Merkel future? And two opposing senators take on China.
10/14/202128 minutes, 56 seconds
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Should vaccine passports be mandated? And the Philippines' strained relationship with China

Are vaccine passports the answer to achieving a COVID-normal life? And how the Philippines are targeted by China
10/7/202128 minutes, 57 seconds
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Should vaccine passports be mandated? And the Philippines' strained relationship with China

Are vaccine passports the answer to achieving a COVID-normal life? And how the Philippines are targeted by China
10/7/202128 minutes, 57 seconds
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How do Westminster and Washington justify AUKUS? And Anthony Albanese's working-class rugby league roots

Will our new security alliance with the US and the UK just provoke China? And Anthony Albanese on his working-class constituents.... and rugby league
9/30/202128 minutes, 56 seconds
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How do Westminster and Washington justify AUKUS? And Anthony Albanese's working-class rugby league roots

Will our new security alliance with the US and the UK just provoke China? And Anthony Albanese on his working-class constituents.... and rugby league
9/30/202128 minutes, 56 seconds
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In defence of the AUKUS alliance, and meet the generation who will inherit the fallout from COVID

Does the AUKUS alliance constitute a loss of sovereignty? And how the next generation will cope with the COVID recovery
9/23/202129 minutes, 5 seconds
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In defence of the AUKUS alliance, and meet the generation who will inherit the fallout from COVID

Does the AUKUS alliance constitute a loss of sovereignty? And how the next generation will cope with the COVID recovery
9/23/202129 minutes, 5 seconds
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Our first Indigenous MP and North Korea's 'zero cases' of COVID

Paying tribute to Neville Bonner, our first Aboriginal MP and how has North Korea's tyrannical regime coped with COVID-19?
9/16/202129 minutes, 7 seconds
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Our first Indigenous MP and North Korea's 'zero cases' of COVID

Paying tribute to Neville Bonner, our first Aboriginal MP and how has North Korea's tyrannical regime coped with COVID-19?
9/16/202129 minutes, 7 seconds
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Who does America blame for the mess in Afghanistan? And how COVID has exposed a splintering of our Federation

Bush, Obama, Trump or Biden: who should we blame for the crisis in Afghanistan? And COVID has exposed our increasingly fractured federation. But was it flawed at its 1901 inception?
9/9/202129 minutes, 10 seconds
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Who does America blame for the mess in Afghanistan? And how COVID has exposed a splintering of our Federation

Bush, Obama, Trump or Biden: who should we blame for the crisis in Afghanistan? And COVID has exposed our increasingly fractured federation. But was it flawed at its 1901 inception?
9/9/202129 minutes, 10 seconds
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ISIS-K challenges the Taliban; and Philip Ruddock on the 20 year anniversary of the Tampa crisis

How has ISIS affected the Taliban's takeover of Afghanistan? And Philip Ruddock on the 20th anniversary of the Tampa crisis
9/2/202129 minutes, 8 seconds
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ISIS-K challenges the Taliban; and Philip Ruddock on the 20 year anniversary of the Tampa crisis

How has ISIS affected the Taliban's takeover of Afghanistan? And Philip Ruddock on the 20th anniversary of the Tampa crisis
9/2/202129 minutes, 8 seconds
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Defending the US withdrawal from Afghanistan

How does the Taliban victory in Afghanistan affect America's reputation?
8/26/202129 minutes, 7 seconds
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Defending the US withdrawal from Afghanistan

How does the Taliban victory in Afghanistan affect America's reputation?
8/26/202129 minutes, 7 seconds
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Paul Wolfowitz on the 20-year war as the Taliban reclaims Afghanistan

As the Taliban storms into Kabul, Paul Wolfowitz reflects on the 'never-ending war' and Biden's withdrawal of troops
8/19/202128 minutes, 57 seconds
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Paul Wolfowitz on the 20-year war as the Taliban reclaims Afghanistan

As the Taliban storms into Kabul, Paul Wolfowitz reflects on the 'never-ending war' and Biden's withdrawal of troops
8/19/202128 minutes, 57 seconds
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What will the global economy of the 2020s bring for developing countries? And the history of unsung 'true believers' of the Labor Party

Could the 2020s be a good economic decade for developing nations? And the very interesting Labor people you’ve never heard about
8/12/202129 minutes, 7 seconds
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What will the global economy of the 2020s bring for developing countries? And the history of unsung 'true believers' of the Labor Party

Could the 2020s be a good economic decade for developing nations? And the very interesting Labor people you’ve never heard about
8/12/202129 minutes, 7 seconds
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The Southeast Asia COVID crisis worsens, and the 'Wuhan lab' theory

Indonesia is now the epicentre of COVID. How did the outbreak spiral out of control? And the 'Wuhan lab' theory gains more attention
8/5/202129 minutes, 7 seconds
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The Southeast Asia COVID crisis worsens, and the 'Wuhan lab' theory

Indonesia is now the epicentre of COVID. How did the outbreak spiral out of control? And the 'Wuhan lab' theory gains more attention
8/5/202129 minutes, 7 seconds
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Do COVID lockdowns help or hurt the community?

It’s been 18 months since the COVID outbreak in Australia, yet half the country is in lockdown. Is a zero cases strategy still justified?
7/29/202129 minutes, 8 seconds
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Do COVID lockdowns help or hurt the community?

It’s been 18 months since the COVID outbreak in Australia, yet half the country is in lockdown. Is a zero cases strategy still justified?
7/29/202129 minutes, 8 seconds
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China: friend or foe?

Is Canberra’s response to China in our national interest or is it driven by hysteria and xenophobia?
7/22/202128 minutes, 57 seconds
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China: friend or foe?

Is Canberra’s response to China in our national interest or is it driven by hysteria and xenophobia?
7/22/202128 minutes, 57 seconds
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The 'toxic time bomb' of Australia's climate and energy policy; and is nuclear energy part of the solution?

Is Australia’s climate stance an outlier in the court of global opinion or is the whole world still heavily addicted to fossil fuels?; and can nuclear energy help us reach net emission goals faster than other approaches?
7/15/202129 minutes, 7 seconds
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The 'toxic time bomb' of Australia's climate and energy policy; and is nuclear energy part of the solution?

Is Australia’s climate stance an outlier in the court of global opinion or is the whole world still heavily addicted to fossil fuels?; and can nuclear energy help us reach net emission goals faster than other approaches?
7/15/202129 minutes, 7 seconds
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The Taliban’s march to Kabul; and how Australia can 'manage its relationship' with China

The Taliban is set to increase its control over Afghanistan. How much responsibility for this impending disaster lies with the withdrawal of troops?
7/8/202129 minutes, 7 seconds
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The Taliban’s march to Kabul; and how Australia can 'manage its relationship' with China

The Taliban is set to increase its control over Afghanistan. How much responsibility for this impending disaster lies with the withdrawal of troops?
7/8/202129 minutes, 7 seconds
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On the 50th anniversary of Gough Whitlam's delegation to China and Henry Kissinger's secret mission

50 years ago Gough Whitlam led an opposition Labor Party delegation to China. At the same time, President Nixon announced his own invitation to the Communist country.
7/1/202129 minutes, 5 seconds
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On the 50th anniversary of Gough Whitlam's delegation to China and Henry Kissinger's secret mission

50 years ago Gough Whitlam led an opposition Labor Party delegation to China. At the same time, President Nixon announced his own invitation to the Communist country.
7/1/202129 minutes, 5 seconds
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More change of leadership in Tehran and Jerusalem; and Myanmar: a human rights disaster

Does the change in Israeli leadership open the way for a renewal of the "peace process" between Israelis and Palestinians?; and the global powerlessness to stop the humanitarian crisis in Myanmar
6/24/202129 minutes, 6 seconds
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More change of leadership in Tehran and Jerusalem; and Myanmar: a human rights disaster

Does the change in Israeli leadership open the way for a renewal of the "peace process" between Israelis and Palestinians?; and the global powerlessness to stop the humanitarian crisis in Myanmar
6/24/202129 minutes, 6 seconds
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Jonathan Dimbleby on 'Operation Barbarossa' and how Hitler lost the war

Was Stalin's Russia the real force behind Hitler's defeat?
6/17/202129 minutes, 7 seconds
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Jonathan Dimbleby on 'Operation Barbarossa' and how Hitler lost the war

Was Stalin's Russia the real force behind Hitler's defeat?
6/17/202129 minutes, 7 seconds
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America: revolution, constitution and how they helped save the iconic Australian koala

How did the English and American Revolutions produce the American Constitution?; and how the US helped save the iconic Australian koala.
6/10/202129 minutes, 7 seconds
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America: revolution, constitution and how they helped save the iconic Australian koala

How did the English and American Revolutions produce the American Constitution?; and how the US helped save the iconic Australian koala.
6/10/202129 minutes, 7 seconds
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Niall Ferguson on the 'politics of catastrophe'

What can past pandemics, earthquakes, famines or wars teach us about how to prepare for the next one?
6/3/202129 minutes, 7 seconds
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Niall Ferguson on the 'politics of catastrophe'

What can past pandemics, earthquakes, famines or wars teach us about how to prepare for the next one?
6/3/202129 minutes, 7 seconds
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What does the next generation think about Australia’s China policy?

Foreign-policy experts dominate our China debate but it's the next generation who will bear the consequences. What do they think should happen next?
5/27/202128 minutes, 51 seconds
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What does the next generation think about Australia’s China policy?

Foreign-policy experts dominate our China debate but it's the next generation who will bear the consequences. What do they think should happen next?
5/27/202128 minutes, 51 seconds
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Sheila Fitzpatrick on the Cold War migrants of Russia

Who were the Russian migrants who made it to Australia during the Cold War?
5/20/202129 minutes, 7 seconds
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Sheila Fitzpatrick on the Cold War migrants of Russia

Who were the Russian migrants who made it to Australia during the Cold War?
5/20/202129 minutes, 7 seconds
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China's pledge to battle climate change; and political realignment in the UK

Is China's pledge to cut its carbon footprint, genuine? Or a ploy to keep its trading partners happy?; and an unexpected win for Britain's Tory Party
5/13/202129 minutes, 7 seconds
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China's pledge to battle climate change; and political realignment in the UK

Is China's pledge to cut its carbon footprint, genuine? Or a ploy to keep its trading partners happy?; and an unexpected win for Britain's Tory Party
5/13/202129 minutes, 7 seconds
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Has Modi failed India?; and expanding our digital relationships with south-east Asia

India is now the epicentre of the pandemic and on the brink of a humanitarian catastrophe. Has Modi let his people down in their hour of need?; and why Australia is supercharging its digital engagement with south-east Asia.
5/6/202129 minutes, 6 seconds
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Has Modi failed India?; and expanding our digital relationships with south-east Asia

India is now the epicentre of the pandemic and on the brink of a humanitarian catastrophe. Has Modi let his people down in their hour of need?; and why Australia is supercharging its digital engagement with south-east Asia.
5/6/202129 minutes, 6 seconds
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100 days of Joe Biden; and the 'unmitigated disaster' of the Bay of Pigs

President Joe Biden outlined his economic, climate and diplomatic plans in his first speech to joint sessions of Congress. Can he really promote democracy in a world growing more dangerous?; and when the US-led attack on the Bay of Pigs failed, Castro’s prestige was greatly enhanced while the Americans were met with embarrassment and scorn.
4/29/202129 minutes, 6 seconds
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100 days of Joe Biden; and the 'unmitigated disaster' of the Bay of Pigs

President Joe Biden outlined his economic, climate and diplomatic plans in his first speech to joint sessions of Congress. Can he really promote democracy in a world growing more dangerous?; and when the US-led attack on the Bay of Pigs failed, Castro’s prestige was greatly enhanced while the Americans were met with embarrassment and scorn.
4/29/202129 minutes, 6 seconds
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Josh Frydenberg on Andrew Peacock; and Chris Bowen on political 'charlatans'

After the recent passing of Andrew Peacock, Treasurer Josh Frydenberg describes his legacy; and former treasurer, Chris Bowen, says the fakes, the fraudsters and the snake-oil merchants are winning the political contests.
4/22/202129 minutes, 6 seconds
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Josh Frydenberg on Andrew Peacock; and Chris Bowen on political 'charlatans'

After the recent passing of Andrew Peacock, Treasurer Josh Frydenberg describes his legacy; and former treasurer, Chris Bowen, says the fakes, the fraudsters and the snake-oil merchants are winning the political contests.
4/22/202129 minutes, 6 seconds
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Nicolle Flint MP on her career-ending mistreatment in politics; and how 'cancel culture' threatens democracy

Nicolle Flint MP talks about the sexist abuse she’s faced throughout her career, not from within her own party, but from political opponents and activists outside of Canberra; and does 'cancel culture' threaten what remains of our liberal public discourse, or is uncensored free speech a dangerous proposition?
4/15/202129 minutes, 7 seconds
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Nicolle Flint MP on her career-ending mistreatment in politics; and how 'cancel culture' threatens democracy

Nicolle Flint MP talks about the sexist abuse she’s faced throughout her career, not from within her own party, but from political opponents and activists outside of Canberra; and does 'cancel culture' threaten what remains of our liberal public discourse, or is uncensored free speech a dangerous proposition?
4/15/202129 minutes, 7 seconds
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Pat McGorry on the 'missing middle' of funding for mental health; and why things look good for post-COVID economic recovery

Should philanthropy have to fill the funding gap between state and federal government? Surely it is our leaders' responsibility to provide the mental health needs of all Australians; and while there is work to be done, Australia has done everything possible to economically recover from the pandemic.
4/8/202129 minutes, 6 seconds
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Pat McGorry on the 'missing middle' of funding for mental health; and why things look good for post-COVID economic recovery

Should philanthropy have to fill the funding gap between state and federal government? Surely it is our leaders' responsibility to provide the mental health needs of all Australians; and while there is work to be done, Australia has done everything possible to economically recover from the pandemic.
4/8/202129 minutes, 6 seconds
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300 years of prime ministership: the good, the bad and the ugly

British Robert Walpole served for 21 years as the very first prime minister. Robert Menzies held office in Australia for 18 years. What distinguishes a good prime minister from a bad one? Has the job become impossible?
4/1/202129 minutes, 7 seconds
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300 years of prime ministership: the good, the bad and the ugly

British Robert Walpole served for 21 years as the very first prime minister. Robert Menzies held office in Australia for 18 years. What distinguishes a good prime minister from a bad one? Has the job become impossible?
4/1/202129 minutes, 7 seconds
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Bangladesh- 50 years of independence; and how Trump accelerated the polarising of politics

Bangladesh was labelled a 'basket case' when independence was established. Now it is a booming nation. How did they do it? Also; Trump led America down the slippery slope of division, then left office. Can the wide-spread tension be resolved?
3/25/202129 minutes, 8 seconds
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Bangladesh- 50 years of independence; and how Trump accelerated the polarising of politics

Bangladesh was labelled a 'basket case' when independence was established. Now it is a booming nation. How did they do it? Also; Trump led America down the slippery slope of division, then left office. Can the wide-spread tension be resolved?
3/25/202129 minutes, 8 seconds
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Could Syria be the new Lebanon?; Labor and the WA landslide; and is Putin reviving the 'iron curtain'?

A decade after the civil war, is Syria the new Lebanon?; The Labor party won the WA election in a landslide, but will Premier Mark McGowan go the distance?; and Putin's revival of the 'iron curtain'.
3/18/202129 minutes, 8 seconds
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Could Syria be the new Lebanon?; Labor and the WA landslide; and is Putin reviving the 'iron curtain'?

A decade after the civil war, is Syria the new Lebanon?; The Labor party won the WA election in a landslide, but will Premier Mark McGowan go the distance?; and Putin's revival of the 'iron curtain'.
3/18/202129 minutes, 8 seconds
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Why Australians chose liberalism over socialism; and will 'Megxit' prove to be worse than Brexit?

Global disasters can require deeper government intervention in the economy and society. Could some of the measures taken during the pandemic, remain in place after it passes? And what does it mean for liberalism?; Also, do Harry and Meghan have a point about the toxic royal 'firm', or is all this drama just jeopardising the reputation of the British institution?
3/11/202129 minutes, 5 seconds
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Why Australians chose liberalism over socialism; and will 'Megxit' prove to be worse than Brexit?

Global disasters can require deeper government intervention in the economy and society. Could some of the measures taken during the pandemic, remain in place after it passes? And what does it mean for liberalism?; Also, do Harry and Meghan have a point about the toxic royal 'firm', or is all this drama just jeopardising the reputation of the British institution?
3/11/202129 minutes, 5 seconds
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How will Labor win back its 'working class' voters?; and was the 'Arab Spring' ever going to deliver democracy to the Middle East?

Centre-left parties are bleeding the blue-collar vote to the conservatives. Globally. How can the ALP broaden its appeal? Also, with the benefit of hindsight, was the 'Arab Spring' ever going to deliver democracy to the Middle East?
3/4/202129 minutes, 6 seconds
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How will Labor win back its 'working class' voters?; and was the 'Arab Spring' ever going to deliver democracy to the Middle East?

Centre-left parties are bleeding the blue-collar vote to the conservatives. Globally. How can the ALP broaden its appeal? Also, with the benefit of hindsight, was the 'Arab Spring' ever going to deliver democracy to the Middle East?
3/4/202129 minutes, 6 seconds
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Prime Minister John Howard evaluates his time in office

It's 25 years since the coalition was elected to an eleven year term in power. As leader, John Howard represents one of the greatest political comebacks in modern history. How did he do it?
2/25/202140 minutes, 40 seconds
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Prime Minister John Howard evaluates his time in office

It's 25 years since the coalition was elected to an eleven year term in power. As leader, John Howard represents one of the greatest political comebacks in modern history. How did he do it?
2/25/202140 minutes, 40 seconds
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China steps up threats to reclaim Taiwan; and why we need to start respecting Russia

With China’s rise as a great power, it is paying more attention to reclaiming territory, like Taiwan, that it has long regarded as its own. How should the US and its allies, including Australia, counter Beijing’s conduct? Also, is the West’s hostility towards Putin just driving Moscow closer to Beijing?
2/18/202129 minutes, 6 seconds
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China steps up threats to reclaim Taiwan; and why we need to start respecting Russia

With China’s rise as a great power, it is paying more attention to reclaiming territory, like Taiwan, that it has long regarded as its own. How should the US and its allies, including Australia, counter Beijing’s conduct? Also, is the West’s hostility towards Putin just driving Moscow closer to Beijing?
2/18/202129 minutes, 6 seconds
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Egypt and the Arab Winter; and can the military get away with another coup in Myanmar?

A decade ago, the Arab Spring promised to end dictatorship and bring self-government to people across the Middle East. Yet it mostly led to either renewed dictatorship, civil war, extremist terror, or all three. Also; after five decades of military dictatorship came to an end in Myanmar, the armed forces there retained a significant hold on power. After being trounced in last November’s election, the military leaders became even more unhappy, hence the recent coup.
2/11/202129 minutes, 5 seconds
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Egypt and the Arab Winter; and can the military get away with another coup in Myanmar?

A decade ago, the Arab Spring promised to end dictatorship and bring self-government to people across the Middle East. Yet it mostly led to either renewed dictatorship, civil war, extremist terror, or all three. Also; after five decades of military dictatorship came to an end in Myanmar, the armed forces there retained a significant hold on power. After being trounced in last November’s election, the military leaders became even more unhappy, hence the recent coup.
2/11/202129 minutes, 5 seconds
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Can Australia and China learn to get along?

The relationship between China and Australia continues to deteriorate and it goes beyond trade sanctions. By standing up to China, is Canberra just 'pulling the tail of the tiger'? Or are we right to protect our national sovereignty?
2/4/202129 minutes, 7 seconds
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Can Australia and China learn to get along?

The relationship between China and Australia continues to deteriorate and it goes beyond trade sanctions. By standing up to China, is Canberra just 'pulling the tail of the tiger'? Or are we right to protect our national sovereignty?
2/4/202129 minutes, 7 seconds
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Indigenous support for Australia Day; and Trump is gone. Now what?

Re-naming Australia Day won't help, says a prominent leader of our Indigenous community, who defends our national holiday. Jacinta Nampijinpa-Price says that moves to call January 26, “invasion day”, are pointless and divisive. They won't help Aboriginal Australians, especially those in remote communities, who suffer from profound disadvantage. Also, America post Trump. How will Joe Biden convince a divided America to unite?
1/28/202129 minutes, 7 seconds
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Indigenous support for Australia Day; and Trump is gone. Now what?

Re-naming Australia Day won't help, says a prominent leader of our Indigenous community, who defends our national holiday. Jacinta Nampijinpa-Price says that moves to call January 26, “invasion day”, are pointless and divisive. They won't help Aboriginal Australians, especially those in remote communities, who suffer from profound disadvantage. Also, America post Trump. How will Joe Biden convince a divided America to unite?
1/28/202129 minutes, 7 seconds
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Is Home Affairs too big?; also Rana Mitter on China's new nationalism

Is the Department of Home Affairs too big? Peter Edwards and Jacinta Carroll on the legacy of the Hope Royal Commissions into intelligence which recommended a clear separation between intelligence collection and policy making. Also: China's Good War. Oxford university historian Rana Mitter on how the new Chinese nationalism is being shaped by a re-interpretation of China's role in World War Two.
1/21/202129 minutes, 4 seconds
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Is Home Affairs too big?; also Rana Mitter on China's new nationalism

Is the Department of Home Affairs too big? Peter Edwards and Jacinta Carroll on the legacy of the Hope Royal Commissions into intelligence which recommended a clear separation between intelligence collection and policy making. Also: China's Good War. Oxford university historian Rana Mitter on how the new Chinese nationalism is being shaped by a re-interpretation of China's role in World War Two.
1/21/202129 minutes, 4 seconds
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The French history behind Lebanon’s problems; challenging the prisoners of war narrative; remembering Brent Scowcroft

Joshua Landis: The French mandate and Lebanese history Lebanon was once a model for the Middle East. Today, it looks more like Syria or Iraq. Why? And should the French be held accountable? Joshua Landis, Director: Centre for Middle East Studies and Associate Professor, University of Oklahoma Japan’s POWs: systematic mistreatment? During World War Two more Australians died in Japanese prisoner of war camps than were killed in combat. Conventional wisdom says they were systematically mistreated. Sarah Kovner argues that the story is more complex than that. Sarah Kovner, Senior Research Scholar in the Arnold A. Saltzman Institute of War and Peace Studies and Adjunct Professor of International and Public Affairs at Columbia University. Author: Prisoners of the Empire: POWs and Their Captors in the Pacific. Vale Brent Scowcroft: US foreign policy veteran Two-time US national security adviser Brent Scowcroft was an architect of the Gulf War, and a leading opponent of the Iraq war. He died recently aged 95.
1/14/202128 minutes, 2 seconds
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The French history behind Lebanon’s problems; challenging the prisoners of war narrative; remembering Brent Scowcroft

Joshua Landis: The French mandate and Lebanese history Lebanon was once a model for the Middle East. Today, it looks more like Syria or Iraq. Why? And should the French be held accountable? Joshua Landis, Director: Centre for Middle East Studies and Associate Professor, University of Oklahoma Japan’s POWs: systematic mistreatment? During World War Two more Australians died in Japanese prisoner of war camps than were killed in combat. Conventional wisdom says they were systematically mistreated. Sarah Kovner argues that the story is more complex than that. Sarah Kovner, Senior Research Scholar in the Arnold A. Saltzman Institute of War and Peace Studies and Adjunct Professor of International and Public Affairs at Columbia University. Author: Prisoners of the Empire: POWs and Their Captors in the Pacific. Vale Brent Scowcroft: US foreign policy veteran Two-time US national security adviser Brent Scowcroft was an architect of the Gulf War, and a leading opponent of the Iraq war. He died recently aged 95.
1/14/202128 minutes, 2 seconds
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Turnbull's legacy, and 75 years after Hitler's death: who did he really see as the enemy?

Weighing up Turnbull’s legacy Former Prime Minister Malcom Turnbull recently published his memoir A Bigger Picture.  In it he settles old scores with colleagues over his 2018 ousting, which he describes as an “act of madness.” What is his legacy, and how will history judge our nation’s twenty ninth Prime Minister? Jacqueline Maley, columnist at The Sydney Morning Herald. Jennifer Oriel, columnist at The Australian   And, the death of a führer April 2020 marked seventy-five years since Hitler’s suicide. Cambridge historian Brendan Simms challenges past scholarship on the führer, and argues that Hitler saw Anglo-American global capitalism, not Bolshevism – as Germany’s real enemy. He says this philosophical link reveals worrying connections between Hitler and the rise of populism today. Brendan Simms, Professor in the History of International Relations at Cambridge University, and author of Hitler: Only the World was Enough.  
1/7/202128 minutes, 52 seconds
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Turnbull's legacy, and 75 years after Hitler's death: who did he really see as the enemy?

Weighing up Turnbull’s legacy Former Prime Minister Malcom Turnbull recently published his memoir A Bigger Picture.  In it he settles old scores with colleagues over his 2018 ousting, which he describes as an “act of madness.” What is his legacy, and how will history judge our nation’s twenty ninth Prime Minister? Jacqueline Maley, columnist at The Sydney Morning Herald. Jennifer Oriel, columnist at The Australian   And, the death of a führer April 2020 marked seventy-five years since Hitler’s suicide. Cambridge historian Brendan Simms challenges past scholarship on the führer, and argues that Hitler saw Anglo-American global capitalism, not Bolshevism – as Germany’s real enemy. He says this philosophical link reveals worrying connections between Hitler and the rise of populism today. Brendan Simms, Professor in the History of International Relations at Cambridge University, and author of Hitler: Only the World was Enough.  
1/7/202128 minutes, 52 seconds
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Shinzo Abe resignation and Catherine Belton on the Navalny poisoning, Belarus and Putin’s people

Shinzo Abe resignation Shinzo Abe is Japan’s most successful post-war political leader. Recently, he resigned for health reasons. So what is his legacy for Japan and the wider region?  Plus, Putin’s People: how the KGB took back Russia and then took on the West. Journalist Catherine Belton explains how tensions in Belarus and the poisoning of anticorruption campaigner Alexei Navalny fit into Russa’s post-Communist power politics.  
12/31/202029 minutes, 6 seconds
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Shinzo Abe resignation and Catherine Belton on the Navalny poisoning, Belarus and Putin’s people

Shinzo Abe resignation Shinzo Abe is Japan’s most successful post-war political leader. Recently, he resigned for health reasons. So what is his legacy for Japan and the wider region?  Plus, Putin’s People: how the KGB took back Russia and then took on the West. Journalist Catherine Belton explains how tensions in Belarus and the poisoning of anticorruption campaigner Alexei Navalny fit into Russa’s post-Communist power politics.  
12/31/202029 minutes, 6 seconds
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Elaine Pearson on free speech at UNSW and Hiroshima 75th anniversary

Defending the right to offend China on campus This year, Human Rights Watch Australia Director Elaine Pearson was interviewed by the media department at the University of New South Wales about the human rights implications of Hong Kong's new national security law. Her comments on Hong Kong new national security legislation upset some students. They claimed the article caused offence to China and demanded the university remove the article. The university temporarily removed the article, but after a public outcry, the article was re-posted with caveats. So how did we get to the point where one of Australia's leading universities agrees to political censorship in favour of another nation state? What should universities do to make sure this does not happen again? Elaine Pearson, Human Rights Watch Australia Director and adjunct law lecturer at the University of New South Wales. Hiroshima 75th anniversary in August 1945, the US Airforce dropped the Little Boy uranium fission bomb on central Hiroshima, making it the first city ever to be destroyed by a nuclear bomb. Days later, Nagasaki became the second. When the bomb exploded, around 30% percent of Hiroshima's population were killed instantly. Many more died in the months and years to come. The bombs brought an end to World War Two, but the world was horrified at the human cost. Toshihiro Higuchi, Assistant Professor, Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service, Georgetown University; author of Political Fallout: Nuclear Weapons Testing and the Making of a Global Environmental Crisis. Michael Gordin,  Rosengarten Professor of Modern and Contemporary History, Princeton University;  co-editor of The Age of Hiroshima
12/24/202028 minutes, 52 seconds
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Elaine Pearson on free speech at UNSW and Hiroshima 75th anniversary

Defending the right to offend China on campus This year, Human Rights Watch Australia Director Elaine Pearson was interviewed by the media department at the University of New South Wales about the human rights implications of Hong Kong's new national security law. Her comments on Hong Kong new national security legislation upset some students. They claimed the article caused offence to China and demanded the university remove the article. The university temporarily removed the article, but after a public outcry, the article was re-posted with caveats. So how did we get to the point where one of Australia's leading universities agrees to political censorship in favour of another nation state? What should universities do to make sure this does not happen again? Elaine Pearson, Human Rights Watch Australia Director and adjunct law lecturer at the University of New South Wales. Hiroshima 75th anniversary in August 1945, the US Airforce dropped the Little Boy uranium fission bomb on central Hiroshima, making it the first city ever to be destroyed by a nuclear bomb. Days later, Nagasaki became the second. When the bomb exploded, around 30% percent of Hiroshima's population were killed instantly. Many more died in the months and years to come. The bombs brought an end to World War Two, but the world was horrified at the human cost. Toshihiro Higuchi, Assistant Professor, Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service, Georgetown University; author of Political Fallout: Nuclear Weapons Testing and the Making of a Global Environmental Crisis. Michael Gordin,  Rosengarten Professor of Modern and Contemporary History, Princeton University;  co-editor of The Age of Hiroshima
12/24/202028 minutes, 52 seconds
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Working towards 'Utopia' in 2021; and with the rise of China, what next for the US?

If we use what we have learned from 2020, 'Utopia' can be ours; and with the rise of China, what is next for the USA?
12/17/202029 minutes, 6 seconds
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Working towards 'Utopia' in 2021; and with the rise of China, what next for the US?

If we use what we have learned from 2020, 'Utopia' can be ours; and with the rise of China, what is next for the USA?
12/17/202029 minutes, 6 seconds
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2020: the year in review

2020 has many contenders for events with enormous consequence: the COVID pandemic, racial tensions, cancel culture and China, to name a few. It's easy to identify the 'losers', but who are the 'winners' who managed to lead in such uncertain times?
12/10/202028 minutes, 52 seconds
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2020: the year in review

2020 has many contenders for events with enormous consequence: the COVID pandemic, racial tensions, cancel culture and China, to name a few. It's easy to identify the 'losers', but who are the 'winners' who managed to lead in such uncertain times?
12/10/202028 minutes, 52 seconds
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How to move forward with China; and should Beethoven be 'cancelled?'

Calls are growing for Canberra to end our dependence on China, but can Australia afford to cut ties with our most important trading partner? Also, should Beethoven be subject to 'cancel culture'?
12/3/202029 minutes, 7 seconds
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How to move forward with China; and should Beethoven be 'cancelled?'

Calls are growing for Canberra to end our dependence on China, but can Australia afford to cut ties with our most important trading partner? Also, should Beethoven be subject to 'cancel culture'?
12/3/202029 minutes, 7 seconds
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The legacy of September 11, 2001

The 9/11 terrorist attacks in the US are arguably the most significant and consequential events of the past 20 years. But beyond the initial 'shock and awe' revenge on al Qaida, the war on terror had only just begun.
11/26/202029 minutes, 6 seconds
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The legacy of September 11, 2001

The 9/11 terrorist attacks in the US are arguably the most significant and consequential events of the past 20 years. But beyond the initial 'shock and awe' revenge on al Qaida, the war on terror had only just begun.
11/26/202029 minutes, 6 seconds
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Is Boris Johnson on political life support?; and the case against a Royal Commission into media diversity

Boris Johnson has cleared out leading Bexiteers, who’ve run his government since he became prime minister. Now what for Britain as it prepares for life after the EU? Also, is a Royal Commission into media diversity justified?
11/19/202029 minutes, 7 seconds
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Is Boris Johnson on political life support?; and the case against a Royal Commission into media diversity

Boris Johnson has cleared out leading Bexiteers, who’ve run his government since he became prime minister. Now what for Britain as it prepares for life after the EU? Also, is a Royal Commission into media diversity justified?
11/19/202029 minutes, 7 seconds
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Donald Trump is finished, but will 'Trumpism' prevail?; and de-bunking the myth of royal interference with Gough Whitlam's dismissal

As Trump leaves office it seems that 'Trumpism' is here to stay. Should Trump's base trust a new leader? Also, on the 45th anniversary of the Dismissal, evidence shows that there was no conspiracy between Buckingham Palace and Governor General Sir John Kerr.
11/12/202029 minutes, 8 seconds
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Donald Trump is finished, but will 'Trumpism' prevail?; and de-bunking the myth of royal interference with Gough Whitlam's dismissal

As Trump leaves office it seems that 'Trumpism' is here to stay. Should Trump's base trust a new leader? Also, on the 45th anniversary of the Dismissal, evidence shows that there was no conspiracy between Buckingham Palace and Governor General Sir John Kerr.
11/12/202029 minutes, 8 seconds
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America remains bitterly divided; and Macron's attempt to balance faith with freedom of speech

How will it be possible for Trump or Biden to govern the US when tension is at its worst since the Civil War?; and how Emmanuel Macron defend press freedoms in secular France in the face of the Islamist challenge?
11/5/202028 minutes, 57 seconds
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America remains bitterly divided; and Macron's attempt to balance faith with freedom of speech

How will it be possible for Trump or Biden to govern the US when tension is at its worst since the Civil War?; and how Emmanuel Macron defend press freedoms in secular France in the face of the Islamist challenge?
11/5/202028 minutes, 57 seconds
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Trump's achievements in the Middle East; and why James Baker is 'the man who ran Washington'

Donald Trump’s foreign policy is usually met with derision. But while critics mock his diplomacy just days away from the US presidential election, Trump has had a few victories to put in his closing advertising pitch to the American people. Also, for more than a quarter century, no Republican won the presidency or ran the White House without the advice of James Baker. A new biography outlines his belief that respect is key to good governance. So how did it all go wrong?
10/29/202029 minutes, 7 seconds
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Trump's achievements in the Middle East; and why James Baker is 'the man who ran Washington'

Donald Trump’s foreign policy is usually met with derision. But while critics mock his diplomacy just days away from the US presidential election, Trump has had a few victories to put in his closing advertising pitch to the American people. Also, for more than a quarter century, no Republican won the presidency or ran the White House without the advice of James Baker. A new biography outlines his belief that respect is key to good governance. So how did it all go wrong?
10/29/202029 minutes, 7 seconds
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NZ election: why voters chose 'health over wealth'; and the rise of socialism in the time of COVID

Jacinda Ardern’s Labour Party has won a stunning victory in a landslide election but if NZ does not sort out its economic challenges quickly, could our trans-Tasman cousins become a failed state? Also, COVID-19 won’t spell the end of capitalism, but will the US move closer towards government intervention for complex issues like the pandemic? And if socialism continues to rise, how will it be different from the past?
10/22/202029 minutes, 7 seconds
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NZ election: why voters chose 'health over wealth'; and the rise of socialism in the time of COVID

Jacinda Ardern’s Labour Party has won a stunning victory in a landslide election but if NZ does not sort out its economic challenges quickly, could our trans-Tasman cousins become a failed state? Also, COVID-19 won’t spell the end of capitalism, but will the US move closer towards government intervention for complex issues like the pandemic? And if socialism continues to rise, how will it be different from the past?
10/22/202029 minutes, 7 seconds
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How COVID has worsened modern slavery; and is America breaking its own rules?

Modern slavery has worsened with the economic fallout of COVID. As the supply chain falters during the global lockdown, sacked workers have become even more vulnerable to exploitation. Also, is the US guilty of breaking the rules that they themselves, recommended?
10/15/202029 minutes, 5 seconds
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How COVID has worsened modern slavery; and is America breaking its own rules?

Modern slavery has worsened with the economic fallout of COVID. As the supply chain falters during the global lockdown, sacked workers have become even more vulnerable to exploitation. Also, is the US guilty of breaking the rules that they themselves, recommended?
10/15/202029 minutes, 5 seconds
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The Trump 'clown-verse' continues; and China's unrealistic green energy goals

Trump's response to COVID and the farcical presidential debate cause yet more concern for the US election. If America no longer stands as a global inspiration, where does that leave us? Also, China has been hailed as the world’s great hope for slashing carbon emissions. But if Beijing needs fossil fuels to grow the economy and reduce poverty, is the praise premature?
10/8/202029 minutes, 8 seconds
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The Trump 'clown-verse' continues; and China's unrealistic green energy goals

Trump's response to COVID and the farcical presidential debate cause yet more concern for the US election. If America no longer stands as a global inspiration, where does that leave us? Also, China has been hailed as the world’s great hope for slashing carbon emissions. But if Beijing needs fossil fuels to grow the economy and reduce poverty, is the praise premature?
10/8/202029 minutes, 8 seconds
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Has Scott Morrison spent too much?; and can China rise peacefully?

As the Liberal Government prepares for the federal budget, is it going through an ideological revolution? For several decades, conservatives have supported smaller government and fiscal prudence but the coronavirus has meant that Scott Morrison has broken with tradition. Also, how does the world ensure that Xi Jinping’s China lives in a rules-based liberal international order?
10/1/202029 minutes, 8 seconds
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Has Scott Morrison spent too much?; and can China rise peacefully?

As the Liberal Government prepares for the federal budget, is it going through an ideological revolution? For several decades, conservatives have supported smaller government and fiscal prudence but the coronavirus has meant that Scott Morrison has broken with tradition. Also, how does the world ensure that Xi Jinping’s China lives in a rules-based liberal international order?
10/1/202029 minutes, 8 seconds
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Does Asia prefer Trump over Biden?; and why isolating Russia doesn't make sense

Is Donald Trump a better bet for Asia than Joe Biden? While the region’s political elites are far more worried about China than climate change, Trump is more focused on containing China than decarbonising the global economy. Also, why does the West want to isolate Russia, when it has only had negative results in the past?
9/24/202029 minutes, 6 seconds
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Does Asia prefer Trump over Biden?; and why isolating Russia doesn't make sense

Is Donald Trump a better bet for Asia than Joe Biden? While the region’s political elites are far more worried about China than climate change, Trump is more focused on containing China than decarbonising the global economy. Also, why does the West want to isolate Russia, when it has only had negative results in the past?
9/24/202029 minutes, 6 seconds
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Why our economy remains stronger than others; and yes, Trump can still win the US election

Australia’s economy is recovering more strongly from COVID than other comparable countries. Why? Thank China. And can Donald Trump once again defy the odds and win re-election? Yes he can, if it becomes a choice race and not a referendum on his personality.
9/17/202029 minutes, 7 seconds
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Why our economy remains stronger than others; and yes, Trump can still win the US election

Australia’s economy is recovering more strongly from COVID than other comparable countries. Why? Thank China. And can Donald Trump once again defy the odds and win re-election? Yes he can, if it becomes a choice race and not a referendum on his personality.
9/17/202029 minutes, 7 seconds
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Is Home Affairs too big?; also Rana Mitter on China's new nationalism

Is the Department of Home Affairs too big? Peter Edwards and Jacinta Carroll on the legacy of the Hope Royal Commissions into intelligence which recommended a clear separation between intelligence collection and policy making. Also: China's Good War. Oxford university historian Rana Mitter on how the new Chinese nationalism is being shaped by a re-interpretation of China's role in World War Two.
9/10/202029 minutes, 4 seconds
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Is Home Affairs too big?; also Rana Mitter on China's new nationalism

Is the Department of Home Affairs too big? Peter Edwards and Jacinta Carroll on the legacy of the Hope Royal Commissions into intelligence which recommended a clear separation between intelligence collection and policy making. Also: China's Good War. Oxford university historian Rana Mitter on how the new Chinese nationalism is being shaped by a re-interpretation of China's role in World War Two.
9/10/202029 minutes, 4 seconds
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Shinzo Abe resignation and Catherine Belton on the Navalny poisoning, Belarus and Putin’s people

Shinzo Abe resignation Shinzo Abe is Japan’s most successful post-war political leader. This week he resigned for health reasons. So what is his legacy for Japan and the wider region?  Plus, Putin’s People: how the KGB took back Russia and then took on the West. Journalist Catherine Belton explains how tensions in Belarus and the poisoning of anticorruption campaigner Alexei Navalny fit into Russa’s post-Communist power politics.  
9/3/202029 minutes, 6 seconds
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Shinzo Abe resignation and Catherine Belton on the Navalny poisoning, Belarus and Putin’s people

Shinzo Abe resignation Shinzo Abe is Japan’s most successful post-war political leader. This week he resigned for health reasons. So what is his legacy for Japan and the wider region?  Plus, Putin’s People: how the KGB took back Russia and then took on the West. Journalist Catherine Belton explains how tensions in Belarus and the poisoning of anticorruption campaigner Alexei Navalny fit into Russa’s post-Communist power politics.  
9/3/202029 minutes, 6 seconds
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What does South East Asia want from the US and China?; and Robert Draper’s To Start a War

What do the neighbours think? South-east Asia is increasingly anxious about the rise of China. But what does the region think about an erratic and uncertain America? Also:  To start a war Robert Draper with the most comprehensive account of the Bush administration’s decision to invade Iraq.
8/27/202029 minutes, 7 seconds
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What does South East Asia want from the US and China?; and Robert Draper’s To Start a War

What do the neighbours think? South-east Asia is increasingly anxious about the rise of China. But what does the region think about an erratic and uncertain America? Also:  To start a war Robert Draper with the most comprehensive account of the Bush administration’s decision to invade Iraq.
8/27/202029 minutes, 7 seconds
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The French history behind Lebanon’s problems; challenging the prisoners of war narrative; remembering Brent Scowcroft

Joshua Landis: The French mandate and Lebanese history Lebanon’s was once a model for the Middle East. Today, it looks more like Syria or Iraq. Why? And should the French be held accountable? Also; Japan’s POWs: systematic mistreatment? During World War Two more Australians died in Japanese prisoner of war camps than were killed in combat. Conventional wisdom says they were systematically mistreated. Sarah Kovner argues that the story is more complex than that. Also; Vale Brent Scowcroft: US foreign policy veteran Two-time US national security adviser Brent Scowcroft was an architect of the Gulf War, and a leading opponent of the Iraq war. He died recently aged 95.
8/20/202028 minutes, 2 seconds
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The French history behind Lebanon’s problems; challenging the prisoners of war narrative; remembering Brent Scowcroft

Joshua Landis: The French mandate and Lebanese history Lebanon’s was once a model for the Middle East. Today, it looks more like Syria or Iraq. Why? And should the French be held accountable? Also; Japan’s POWs: systematic mistreatment? During World War Two more Australians died in Japanese prisoner of war camps than were killed in combat. Conventional wisdom says they were systematically mistreated. Sarah Kovner argues that the story is more complex than that. Also; Vale Brent Scowcroft: US foreign policy veteran Two-time US national security adviser Brent Scowcroft was an architect of the Gulf War, and a leading opponent of the Iraq war. He died recently aged 95.
8/20/202028 minutes, 2 seconds
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Biden picks Kamala Harris; and should we revive manufacturing in Australia?

Joe Biden picks Kamala Harris for Vice President If Joe Biden wins the US election he will be the oldest person ever to make it to the White House. His age at swearing in would be 78 – older than Ronald Reagan was when he left office. Not surprisingly, Biden has said he wanted a running mate who is capable of taking over the job at a moment’s notice. This week, he announced Kamala Harris as his running mate, making her the first black woman on a major-party ticket. Does she have what it takes to lead the United States?  Also; Do we need to revive manufacturing in Australia?   Over the last forty years, heavy industry has been allowed to almost disappear in Australia. But the COVID crisis has exposed our supply chains to unexpected pressure. Should manufacturing play a larger role in the post-COVID economy
8/13/202028 minutes, 56 seconds
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Biden picks Kamala Harris; and should we revive manufacturing in Australia?

Joe Biden picks Kamala Harris for Vice President If Joe Biden wins the US election he will be the oldest person ever to make it to the White House. His age at swearing in would be 78 – older than Ronald Reagan was when he left office. Not surprisingly, Biden has said he wanted a running mate who is capable of taking over the job at a moment’s notice. This week, he announced Kamala Harris as his running mate, making her the first black woman on a major-party ticket. Does she have what it takes to lead the United States?  Also; Do we need to revive manufacturing in Australia?   Over the last forty years, heavy industry has been allowed to almost disappear in Australia. But the COVID crisis has exposed our supply chains to unexpected pressure. Should manufacturing play a larger role in the post-COVID economy
8/13/202028 minutes, 56 seconds
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Elaine Pearson on free speech at UNSW and Hiroshima 75th anniversary

Defending the right to offend China on campus Last week, Human Rights Watch Australia Director Elaine Pearson was interviewed by the media department at the University of New South Wales about the human rights implications of Hong Kong's new national security law. Her comments on Hong Kong new national security legislation upset some students. They claimed article caused offence to China and demanded the university remove the article. The university temporarily removed the article, but after a public outcry, the article was re-posted with caveats. So how did we get to the point where one of Australia's leading universities agrees to political censorship in favour of another nation state? What should universities do to make sure this does not happen again? Elaine Pearson, Human Rights Watch Australia Director and adjunct law lecturer at the University of New South Wales. Hiroshima 75th anniversary At 8.15am on 6th August 1945, the US Airforce dropped the Little Boy uranium fission bomb on central Hiroshima, making it the first city ever to be destroyed by a nuclear bomb. On the 9th of August, Nagasaki became the second. When the bomb exploded around thirty percent of Hiroshima's population were killed instantly. Many more died in the months and years to come. The bombs brought an end to World War Two, but the world was horrified at the human cost. Toshihiro Higuchi, Assistant Professor, Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service, Georgetown University; author of Political Fallout: Nuclear Weapons Testing and the Making of a Global Environmental Crisis. Michael Gordin,  Rosengarten Professor of Modern and Contemporary History, Princeton University;  co-editor of The Age of Hiroshima
8/6/202028 minutes, 52 seconds
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Elaine Pearson on free speech at UNSW and Hiroshima 75th anniversary

Defending the right to offend China on campus Last week, Human Rights Watch Australia Director Elaine Pearson was interviewed by the media department at the University of New South Wales about the human rights implications of Hong Kong's new national security law. Her comments on Hong Kong new national security legislation upset some students. They claimed article caused offence to China and demanded the university remove the article. The university temporarily removed the article, but after a public outcry, the article was re-posted with caveats. So how did we get to the point where one of Australia's leading universities agrees to political censorship in favour of another nation state? What should universities do to make sure this does not happen again? Elaine Pearson, Human Rights Watch Australia Director and adjunct law lecturer at the University of New South Wales. Hiroshima 75th anniversary At 8.15am on 6th August 1945, the US Airforce dropped the Little Boy uranium fission bomb on central Hiroshima, making it the first city ever to be destroyed by a nuclear bomb. On the 9th of August, Nagasaki became the second. When the bomb exploded around thirty percent of Hiroshima's population were killed instantly. Many more died in the months and years to come. The bombs brought an end to World War Two, but the world was horrified at the human cost. Toshihiro Higuchi, Assistant Professor, Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service, Georgetown University; author of Political Fallout: Nuclear Weapons Testing and the Making of a Global Environmental Crisis. Michael Gordin,  Rosengarten Professor of Modern and Contemporary History, Princeton University;  co-editor of The Age of Hiroshima
8/6/202028 minutes, 52 seconds
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Australian independence at the Ausmin talks; Thatcherism and Reagonomics: lessons for economic recovery?

All way with DJT? This week Defence Minister Linda Reynolds and Foreign Minister Marise Payne flew to Washington to attend the annual Ausmin talks. The backdrop to this year’s talks is a series of escalating events and rhetoric on Hong Kong’s new national security laws, ownership of the South China Sea,  cyber-attacks and theft,  and the closure of consulates in the US and China.  But the deeper issue on the agenda was a choice. The US was hoping Australia would throw everything in with the US – and officially cast China as a strategic rival. Also, Thatcherism and Reagonomics: lessons for economic recovery? This week Treasurer Josh Frydenberg said the kind of free-market policies associated with Margaret Thatcher and Ronald Reagan could help Australia recover from the Covid recession.  Are tax cuts and deregulation the way forward? 
7/30/202029 minutes, 3 seconds
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Australian independence at the Ausmin talks; Thatcherism and Reagonomics: lessons for economic recovery?

All way with DJT? This week Defence Minister Linda Reynolds and Foreign Minister Marise Payne flew to Washington to attend the annual Ausmin talks. The backdrop to this year’s talks is a series of escalating events and rhetoric on Hong Kong’s new national security laws, ownership of the South China Sea,  cyber-attacks and theft,  and the closure of consulates in the US and China.  But the deeper issue on the agenda was a choice. The US was hoping Australia would throw everything in with the US – and officially cast China as a strategic rival. Also, Thatcherism and Reagonomics: lessons for economic recovery? This week Treasurer Josh Frydenberg said the kind of free-market policies associated with Margaret Thatcher and Ronald Reagan could help Australia recover from the Covid recession.  Are tax cuts and deregulation the way forward? 
7/30/202029 minutes, 3 seconds
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Liberals pushing back against cancel culture in the US; the withering of the US-South Korea alliance

Liberals pushing back against cancel culture in the US Some people call it cancel culture because it is based on mainly online activism aimed at 'cancelling' or withdrawing support from a celebrity or public figure. But in the last few years it has extended away from pop culture celebrities into academic institutions, writers festivals and even mainstream newspapers like the New York Times. Advocates argue they are righting wrongs and correcting fundamental injustices in the system. Critics say it promotes illiberalism, creates a censorious culture of intolerance for opposing views and diverts attention from deeper problems. Yascha Mounk, founder of Persuasion, signatory to the Harpers Letter, Associate Professor of the Practice of International Affairs at Johns Hopkins University. Author of The People versus Democracy - Why Our Freedom Is in Danger and How to Save It. And, is the alliance between the US and South Korea unravelling? President Trump botched the North Korean nuclear deal, and he has been threatening to pull US troops out the Demilitarised Zone between the two Koreas unless South Korea pays billions more to the US. But with the tensions between the US and China growing, doesn't Washington need democratic allies in the region now, more than ever? Sue Mi Terry, Senior Fellow for Korea, and Korea Chair at the Center for Strategic and International Studies, Washington DC.
7/23/202029 minutes, 7 seconds
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Liberals pushing back against cancel culture in the US; the withering of the US-South Korea alliance

Liberals pushing back against cancel culture in the US Some people call it cancel culture because it is based on mainly online activism aimed at 'cancelling' or withdrawing support from a celebrity or public figure. But in the last few years it has extended away from pop culture celebrities into academic institutions, writers festivals and even mainstream newspapers like the New York Times. Advocates argue they are righting wrongs and correcting fundamental injustices in the system. Critics say it promotes illiberalism, creates a censorious culture of intolerance for opposing views and diverts attention from deeper problems. Yascha Mounk, founder of Persuasion, signatory to the Harpers Letter, Associate Professor of the Practice of International Affairs at Johns Hopkins University. Author of The People versus Democracy - Why Our Freedom Is in Danger and How to Save It. And, is the alliance between the US and South Korea unravelling? President Trump botched the North Korean nuclear deal, and he has been threatening to pull US troops out the Demilitarised Zone between the two Koreas unless South Korea pays billions more to the US. But with the tensions between the US and China growing, doesn't Washington need democratic allies in the region now, more than ever? Sue Mi Terry, Senior Fellow for Korea, and Korea Chair at the Center for Strategic and International Studies, Washington DC.
7/23/202029 minutes, 7 seconds
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Covid missteps in the UK, Will Putin be president for life? And, genocide denialism in Srebrenica

UK update with Isabelle Oakeshott Boris Johnson was elected in a landslide to get Brexit finalised. But his mishandling of the Coronavirus crisis has his approval ratings in free fall. Meanwhile, Britain’s exit from Europe has fallen off the front pages and Labour’s new leader is gaining ground. Also, will Putin be president for life? Vladimir Putin recently secured constitutional changes that may allow him to rule for another sixteen years. Most Western analysts see the move as a power grab to offset his falling approval ratings.    Mary Dejevsky argues that Putin simply seeks to assure a smooth transition when he leaves office. Also, Genocide denialism A quarter century ago, Bosnian Serbs massacred more than eight thousand Muslims. Survivors say history is being denied and war crimes celebrated.
7/16/202029 minutes, 7 seconds
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Covid missteps in the UK, Will Putin be president for life? And, genocide denialism in Srebrenica

UK update with Isabelle Oakeshott Boris Johnson was elected in a landslide to get Brexit finalised. But his mishandling of the Coronavirus crisis has his approval ratings in free fall. Meanwhile, Britain’s exit from Europe has fallen off the front pages and Labour’s new leader is gaining ground. Also, will Putin be president for life? Vladimir Putin recently secured constitutional changes that may allow him to rule for another sixteen years. Most Western analysts see the move as a power grab to offset his falling approval ratings.    Mary Dejevsky argues that Putin simply seeks to assure a smooth transition when he leaves office. Also, Genocide denialism A quarter century ago, Bosnian Serbs massacred more than eight thousand Muslims. Survivors say history is being denied and war crimes celebrated.
7/16/202029 minutes, 7 seconds
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Muscling up to China and 25 years since Srebrenica

China — the unnamed adversary in Australia’s defence review Last week the Morrison government launched its Defence Strategy and Force Structure Review, promising $270 billion over the next decade to enhance Australia’s defence capabilities. But is the money too much, or not enough?  Is it going to all the right places? And will it do enough to safeguard Australia from China’s increasing aggression and its rapidly growing military capabilities?  Also, Remembering Srebrenica In 1995 the small town of Srebrenica became the site of Europe’s worst massacre since the Holocaust. The town was supposed to be a UN protected safe haven for Bosnian Muslims who had been targeted in a campaign of ethnic cleansing by Bosnian Serbs. But UN troops failed to protect the civilians, and over eight thousand people were killed. The deaths of civilians galvanised the US into action. President Bill Clinton launched unilateral US strikes against Serbian forces.  
7/9/202029 minutes, 7 seconds
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Muscling up to China and 25 years since Srebrenica

China — the unnamed adversary in Australia’s defence review Last week the Morrison government launched its Defence Strategy and Force Structure Review, promising $270 billion over the next decade to enhance Australia’s defence capabilities. But is the money too much, or not enough?  Is it going to all the right places? And will it do enough to safeguard Australia from China’s increasing aggression and its rapidly growing military capabilities?  Also, Remembering Srebrenica In 1995 the small town of Srebrenica became the site of Europe’s worst massacre since the Holocaust. The town was supposed to be a UN protected safe haven for Bosnian Muslims who had been targeted in a campaign of ethnic cleansing by Bosnian Serbs. But UN troops failed to protect the civilians, and over eight thousand people were killed. The deaths of civilians galvanised the US into action. President Bill Clinton launched unilateral US strikes against Serbian forces.  
7/9/202029 minutes, 7 seconds
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Remembering Owen Harries and Hamilton the musical

Vale Owen Harries Welsh-born Owen Harries was one of Australia’s most significant foreign-policy thinkers. A conservative and realist, he battled the doves during the Vietnam era and the hawks during the war on terror.  From his editorial post at the National Interest magazine he played an influential role in US foreign policy circles, earning respect and admiration from the likes of Henry Kissinger and Francis Fukuyama. Harries died this month aged 90. Also, what does the Hamilton musical say about US politics today? This month Disney releases the film version of the blockbuster Broadway musical Hamilton. The story is based around the story of Alexander Hamilton, one of the founders of the US constitution. Hamilton fought in the Revolutionary War against Britain, and was one of the authors of The Federalist Papers. He later became the first Secretary of the US Treasury, helping lay the foundations of the US economy. He was killed in a duel with Vice President Aaron Burr. What does the musical of his life story tell us about US affairs in 2020?
7/2/202028 minutes, 51 seconds
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Remembering Owen Harries and Hamilton the musical

Vale Owen Harries Welsh-born Owen Harries was one of Australia’s most significant foreign-policy thinkers. A conservative and realist, he battled the doves during the Vietnam era and the hawks during the war on terror.  From his editorial post at the National Interest magazine he played an influential role in US foreign policy circles, earning respect and admiration from the likes of Henry Kissinger and Francis Fukuyama. Harries died this month aged 90. Also, what does the Hamilton musical say about US politics today? This month Disney releases the film version of the blockbuster Broadway musical Hamilton. The story is based around the story of Alexander Hamilton, one of the founders of the US constitution. Hamilton fought in the Revolutionary War against Britain, and was one of the authors of The Federalist Papers. He later became the first Secretary of the US Treasury, helping lay the foundations of the US economy. He was killed in a duel with Vice President Aaron Burr. What does the musical of his life story tell us about US affairs in 2020?
7/2/202028 minutes, 51 seconds
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Understanding the border dispute between India and China, and the Gillard-Rudd leadership coup ten years on

Border tensions between China and India The Himalayan border region between China and India has been in dispute since 1962. This month, a violent clash between troops resulted in twenty Indian and an unknown number of Chinese deaths. Will the recent escalation push India away from China for good?   Also, the Gillard leadership coup ten years on This week marks the ten-year anniversary of the Labor Party coup to replace Kevin Rudd with Julia Gillard. What is its legacy for Australian politics?
6/25/202029 minutes, 7 seconds
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Understanding the border dispute between India and China, and the Gillard-Rudd leadership coup ten years on

Border tensions between China and India The Himalayan border region between China and India has been in dispute since 1962. This month, a violent clash between troops resulted in twenty Indian and an unknown number of Chinese deaths. Will the recent escalation push India away from China for good?   Also, the Gillard leadership coup ten years on This week marks the ten-year anniversary of the Labor Party coup to replace Kevin Rudd with Julia Gillard. What is its legacy for Australian politics?
6/25/202029 minutes, 7 seconds
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Geoffrey Blainey on the vandalism of historic statues, and the geopolitics of Coronavirus conspiracies

Preserving the past Geoffrey Blainey — who coined the term ‘the tyranny of distance’- is one of Australia’s most prolific and well known historians.  He discusses Australia’s record on race relations and the removal of historic statues.  Also, the geopolitics of Coronavirus conspiracies What do state actors like China and Russia hope to gain from spreading disinformation on the virus? And how do fringe domestic groups like QANON and anti-vaxxers fit in?
6/18/202029 minutes, 5 seconds
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Geoffrey Blainey on the vandalism of historic statues, and the geopolitics of Coronavirus conspiracies

Preserving the past Geoffrey Blainey — who coined the term ‘the tyranny of distance’- is one of Australia’s most prolific and well known historians.  He discusses Australia’s record on race relations and the removal of historic statues.  Also, the geopolitics of Coronavirus conspiracies What do state actors like China and Russia hope to gain from spreading disinformation on the virus? And how do fringe domestic groups like QANON and anti-vaxxers fit in?
6/18/202029 minutes, 5 seconds
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The Inter-Parliamentary Alliance on China and a trifecta of troubles in the US

An anti-China alliance? The Inter-Parliamentary Alliance on China brings together politicians from liberal democracies including Canada, Norway, Germany and the US. Labor Senator Kimberly Kitching is the Australian Co-Chair. But as Australia heads into recession, and China increases it's restrictions on Australia trade, might this just make things worse? Also, do America’s mounting domestic woes spell electoral trouble for Trump? This month the US has been beset by trifecta crises. There’s a health crisis sparked by COVID-19. An economic crisis caused by the government-led recession to stem the virus. Complicating it all,  is the race crisis caused by mounting evidence of police brutality against African Americans. What does all this mean for American politics and public discourse in “the land of the free”?
6/11/202028 minutes, 57 seconds
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The Inter-Parliamentary Alliance on China and a trifecta of troubles in the US

An anti-China alliance? The Inter-Parliamentary Alliance on China brings together politicians from liberal democracies including Canada, Norway, Germany and the US. Labor Senator Kimberly Kitching is the Australian Co-Chair. But as Australia heads into recession, and China increases it's restrictions on Australia trade, might this just make things worse? Also, do America’s mounting domestic woes spell electoral trouble for Trump? This month the US has been beset by trifecta crises. There’s a health crisis sparked by COVID-19. An economic crisis caused by the government-led recession to stem the virus. Complicating it all,  is the race crisis caused by mounting evidence of police brutality against African Americans. What does all this mean for American politics and public discourse in “the land of the free”?
6/11/202028 minutes, 57 seconds
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How did America get to its current state? And a look behind the mask of Antifa in Australia

"How did we get here?"
6/4/202028 minutes, 52 seconds
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How did America get to its current state? And a look behind the mask of Antifa in Australia

"How did we get here?"
6/4/202028 minutes, 52 seconds
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Why the US should absolutely not lead a new Cold War against China. Plus, meet two Indigenous sceptics of symbolic reconciliation

A Cold War with China will make a bad situation worse
5/28/202028 minutes, 52 seconds
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Why the US should absolutely not lead a new Cold War against China. Plus, meet two Indigenous sceptics of symbolic reconciliation

A Cold War with China will make a bad situation worse
5/28/202028 minutes, 52 seconds
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Australia's balancing act with China, and the woman who became chief of staff to the Prime Minister at 22

Australia's balancing act: Constraining, not containing China
5/21/202028 minutes, 51 seconds
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Australia's balancing act with China, and the woman who became chief of staff to the Prime Minister at 22

Australia's balancing act: Constraining, not containing China
5/21/202028 minutes, 51 seconds
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Kevin Rudd on anarchy in the post COVID-19 world order, and could stable democracy be a reality in Iraq?

Who is going to come out on top in the post-COVID world order: China or the US?
5/14/202028 minutes, 52 seconds
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Kevin Rudd on anarchy in the post COVID-19 world order, and could stable democracy be a reality in Iraq?

Who is going to come out on top in the post-COVID world order: China or the US?
5/14/202028 minutes, 52 seconds
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Is the Swedish model a death sentence? And, does Australia need a post-Covid economic partnership with the US, Japan and India?

Sweden's virus experiment: death sentence, or a way forward?
5/7/202028 minutes, 51 seconds
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Is the Swedish model a death sentence? And, does Australia need a post-Covid economic partnership with the US, Japan and India?

Sweden's virus experiment: death sentence, or a way forward?
5/7/202028 minutes, 51 seconds
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Economics of coronavirus recovery, and Alexander Downer on China

How do we revive the economy once the pandemic passes? Coronavirus has Australia headed for a deep recession, so what can we do now to plan our way out of it? Is the answer more government intervention and state planning? Or, is now the time to launch a new reform agenda that sharpens the incentives to work, save, invest and hire? And, Alexander Downer: “I don’t know what China’s problem is” Prime Minister Scott Morrison has called for an investigation into the origins of the virus. But China’s Ambassador in Canberra upped the stakes this week by threatening a trade and tourism boycott of Australia. Australia’s longest serving Foreign Minister, Alexander Downer says China’s Cold War style rhetoric will backfire on it, and it is in everyone’s interests to investigate the origins of the virus. But as we head into recession, can we afford to aggravate our largest trade partner?
4/30/202028 minutes, 51 seconds
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Economics of coronavirus recovery, and Alexander Downer on China

How do we revive the economy once the pandemic passes? Coronavirus has Australia headed for a deep recession, so what can we do now to plan our way out of it? Is the answer more government intervention and state planning? Or, is now the time to launch a new reform agenda that sharpens the incentives to work, save, invest and hire? And, Alexander Downer: “I don’t know what China’s problem is” Prime Minister Scott Morrison has called for an investigation into the origins of the virus. But China’s Ambassador in Canberra upped the stakes this week by threatening a trade and tourism boycott of Australia. Australia’s longest serving Foreign Minister, Alexander Downer says China’s Cold War style rhetoric will backfire on it, and it is in everyone’s interests to investigate the origins of the virus. But as we head into recession, can we afford to aggravate our largest trade partner?
4/30/202028 minutes, 51 seconds
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Turnbull's legacy, and 75 years after Hitler's death: who did he really see as the enemy?

Weighing up Turnbull’s legacy This week, former Prime Minister Malcom Turnbull published his memoir A Bigger Picture.  In it he settles old scores with colleagues over his 2018 ousting, which he describes as an “act of madness.” What is his legacy, and how will history judge our nation’s twenty ninth Prime Minister? Jacqueline Maley, columnist at The Sydney Morning Herald. Jennifer Oriel, columnist at The Australian   And, the death of a führer April 30th marks seventy-five years since Hitler’s suicide. Cambridge historian Brendan Simms challenges past scholarship on the führer, and argues that Hitler saw Anglo-American global capitalism, not Bolshevism – as Germany’s real enemy. He says this philosophical link reveals worrying connections between Hitler and the rise of populism today. Brendan Simms, Professor in the History of International Relations at Cambridge University, and author of Hitler: Only the World was Enough.  
4/23/202028 minutes, 52 seconds
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Turnbull's legacy, and 75 years after Hitler's death: who did he really see as the enemy?

Weighing up Turnbull’s legacy This week, former Prime Minister Malcom Turnbull published his memoir A Bigger Picture.  In it he settles old scores with colleagues over his 2018 ousting, which he describes as an “act of madness.” What is his legacy, and how will history judge our nation’s twenty ninth Prime Minister? Jacqueline Maley, columnist at The Sydney Morning Herald. Jennifer Oriel, columnist at The Australian   And, the death of a führer April 30th marks seventy-five years since Hitler’s suicide. Cambridge historian Brendan Simms challenges past scholarship on the führer, and argues that Hitler saw Anglo-American global capitalism, not Bolshevism – as Germany’s real enemy. He says this philosophical link reveals worrying connections between Hitler and the rise of populism today. Brendan Simms, Professor in the History of International Relations at Cambridge University, and author of Hitler: Only the World was Enough.  
4/23/202028 minutes, 52 seconds
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Boris Johnson's COVID leadership, and Margaret Thatcher's legacy

What impact will Boris’ bout of COVID-19 have on his leadership and the nation’s fight against the virus?  His former boss, political columnist Charles Moore weighs in. Later in the program Moore discusses his best-selling three volume biography of Margaret Thatcher. Was the Iron Lady really an eco-warrior? Would she have supported Brexit?
4/16/202029 minutes, 7 seconds
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Boris Johnson's COVID leadership, and Margaret Thatcher's legacy

What impact will Boris’ bout of COVID-19 have on his leadership and the nation’s fight against the virus?  His former boss, political columnist Charles Moore weighs in. Later in the program Moore discusses his best-selling three volume biography of Margaret Thatcher. Was the Iron Lady really an eco-warrior? Would she have supported Brexit?
4/16/202029 minutes, 7 seconds
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Duterte's coronavirus response, plus Australian PMs and power

Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte has told the army to shoot to kill anyone who violates strict COVID-19 lockdowns. Has he gone too far, or is this just more of the strong-man machismo that made him so popular? We talk to Sheila Coronel, Professor of Investigative Journalism at the Columbia Journalism School. Also, why don't Australian prime ministers leave quietly? Australia has had 30 prime ministers since its Federation in 1901. According to political historian Norman Abjorensen they all have one thing in common: a marked reluctance to relinquish power.
4/9/202029 minutes, 7 seconds
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Duterte's coronavirus response, plus Australian PMs and power

Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte has told the army to shoot to kill anyone who violates strict COVID-19 lockdowns. Has he gone too far, or is this just more of the strong-man machismo that made him so popular? We talk to Sheila Coronel, Professor of Investigative Journalism at the Columbia Journalism School. Also, why don't Australian prime ministers leave quietly? Australia has had 30 prime ministers since its Federation in 1901. According to political historian Norman Abjorensen they all have one thing in common: a marked reluctance to relinquish power.
4/9/202029 minutes, 7 seconds
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Singapore’s coronavirus advice to Australia, and Max Hastings on the Dambusters

Hear from the chair of Infection Control at the National University Hospital in Singapore, who says home isolation is impossible to enforce, and everyone who tests positive for coronavirus should be isolated in hospitals or in designated hotels until they recover. Plus, veteran British historian Max Hastings discusses his new history of the World War Two Dambusters raid.
4/2/202028 minutes, 57 seconds
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Singapore’s coronavirus advice to Australia, and Max Hastings on the Dambusters

Hear from the chair of Infection Control at the National University Hospital in Singapore, who says home isolation is impossible to enforce, and everyone who tests positive for coronavirus should be isolated in hospitals or in designated hotels until they recover. Plus, veteran British historian Max Hastings discusses his new history of the World War Two Dambusters raid.
4/2/202028 minutes, 57 seconds
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Viral economics and, is this the end of globalisation?

Is the government pulling the right levers to mitigate the economic impact of Covid-19. How long can the Australian economy survive shut downs before we tip into irreparable damage? 
3/26/202029 minutes, 4 seconds
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Viral economics and, is this the end of globalisation?

Is the government pulling the right levers to mitigate the economic impact of Covid-19. How long can the Australian economy survive shut downs before we tip into irreparable damage? 
3/26/202029 minutes, 4 seconds
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COVID-19, Trump and China, and the ALP’s election fiasco

How the US and China have handled the coronavirus contagion and the secret history of Labor's election debacle.
3/19/202028 minutes, 52 seconds
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COVID-19, Trump and China, and the ALP’s election fiasco

How the US and China have handled the coronavirus contagion and the secret history of Labor's election debacle.
3/19/202028 minutes, 52 seconds
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Kishore Mahbubani: COVID-19 won’t stop China’s rise

Kishore Mahbubani says COVID-19 won’t put dent on China’s ascendency, and the US should work out a more thoughtful, long-term strategy for managing China’s rise.   Kishore Mahbubani, Distinguished Fellow at the Asia Research Institute, National University of Singapore, author of Has China Won? The Chinese Challenge to American Primacy
3/12/202029 minutes, 7 seconds
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Kishore Mahbubani: COVID-19 won’t stop China’s rise

Kishore Mahbubani says COVID-19 won’t put dent on China’s ascendency, and the US should work out a more thoughtful, long-term strategy for managing China’s rise.   Kishore Mahbubani, Distinguished Fellow at the Asia Research Institute, National University of Singapore, author of Has China Won? The Chinese Challenge to American Primacy
3/12/202029 minutes, 7 seconds
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Malaysia’s Game of Thrones, and three new cases of political interference in New Zealand

Has Malaysia’s Machiavelli made his last power play? Ninety four year old Doctor Mahathir Mohamad shocked the world when he resigned as Malaysia’s Prime Minister last month. It was seen by some as a Game of Thrones-style power play to out-manoeuvre rivals. Has it all back fired? Bridget Welsh Senior research associate at Nanyang Technological University, Singapore. Honorary Research Associate at University of Nottingham Malaysia’s Asia Research Institute (UNARI). Also, China’s “magic weapons”:  three new cases of political interference in New Zealand There are currently three investigations underway into China-backed political interference in New Zealand politics. Anne Marie Brady, Professor of political science and international relations at the University of Canterbury, Global Fellow at the Kissinger Institute on China and the United States & Global Fellow of the Polar Institute. Author of Magic Weapons: China’s political influence activities under Xi Jinping
3/5/202028 minutes, 52 seconds
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Malaysia’s Game of Thrones, and three new cases of political interference in New Zealand

Has Malaysia’s Machiavelli made his last power play? Ninety four year old Doctor Mahathir Mohamad shocked the world when he resigned as Malaysia’s Prime Minister last month. It was seen by some as a Game of Thrones-style power play to out-manoeuvre rivals. Has it all back fired? Bridget Welsh Senior research associate at Nanyang Technological University, Singapore. Honorary Research Associate at University of Nottingham Malaysia’s Asia Research Institute (UNARI). Also, China’s “magic weapons”:  three new cases of political interference in New Zealand There are currently three investigations underway into China-backed political interference in New Zealand politics. Anne Marie Brady, Professor of political science and international relations at the University of Canterbury, Global Fellow at the Kissinger Institute on China and the United States & Global Fellow of the Polar Institute. Author of Magic Weapons: China’s political influence activities under Xi Jinping
3/5/202028 minutes, 52 seconds
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What happens if Uncle Sam goes home? And, French politics with The Economist’s Sophie Pedder

Uncle Sam: homeward bound? From Donald Trump to Bernie Sanders, a growing chorus of voices in the US is calling for a strategy of global retrenchment. But what will long-time allies like Australia do if Uncle Sam goes home? Thomas Wright, director of the Centre on the United States and Europe at the Brookings Institution and non-resident fellow at Lowy Institute in Sydney. Doug Bandow, senior fellow at the Cato Institute, former special assistant to President Ronald Reagan, scholar-in-residence at the Centre for Independent Studies And, French politics with The Economist’s Sophie Pedder A sex scandal and Macron’s ‘Russia reset’. The Economist’s Sophie Pedder with the latest from the City of Light. Sophie Pedder, Paris bureau chief, The Economist. Author of “Revolution Française: Emmanuel Macron and the Quest to Reinvent a Nation” 
2/27/202028 minutes, 52 seconds
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What happens if Uncle Sam goes home? And, French politics with The Economist’s Sophie Pedder

Uncle Sam: homeward bound? From Donald Trump to Bernie Sanders, a growing chorus of voices in the US is calling for a strategy of global retrenchment. But what will long-time allies like Australia do if Uncle Sam goes home? Thomas Wright, director of the Centre on the United States and Europe at the Brookings Institution and non-resident fellow at Lowy Institute in Sydney. Doug Bandow, senior fellow at the Cato Institute, former special assistant to President Ronald Reagan, scholar-in-residence at the Centre for Independent Studies And, French politics with The Economist’s Sophie Pedder A sex scandal and Macron’s ‘Russia reset’. The Economist’s Sophie Pedder with the latest from the City of Light. Sophie Pedder, Paris bureau chief, The Economist. Author of “Revolution Française: Emmanuel Macron and the Quest to Reinvent a Nation” 
2/27/202028 minutes, 52 seconds
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A Pacific compact to counter China’s rise; And, does appeasement deserve its bad rap?

A Pacific compact to counter China’s rise.   
2/20/202029 minutes, 7 seconds
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A Pacific compact to counter China’s rise; And, does appeasement deserve its bad rap?

A Pacific compact to counter China’s rise.   
2/20/202029 minutes, 7 seconds
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Jokowi visit: can good neighbours become good friends? Andrew Stone on why we need radical economic reform

Indonesia and Australia: can good neighbours become good friends? Indonesia’s president gave a landmark address to Australia’s parliament this week, calling for an end to divisive identity politics and greater Australian action on climate change. What can Australia do to improve this very important relationship?     And, Andrew Stone: making Australia great again Former Chief Economist Andrew Stone has a radical plan to revitalise the Australia economy – tackling everything from energy to housing and immigration
2/13/202029 minutes, 4 seconds
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Jokowi visit: can good neighbours become good friends? Andrew Stone on why we need radical economic reform

Indonesia and Australia: can good neighbours become good friends? Indonesia’s president gave a landmark address to Australia’s parliament this week, calling for an end to divisive identity politics and greater Australian action on climate change. What can Australia do to improve this very important relationship?     And, Andrew Stone: making Australia great again Former Chief Economist Andrew Stone has a radical plan to revitalise the Australia economy – tackling everything from energy to housing and immigration
2/13/202029 minutes, 4 seconds
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Caucus chaos, Bloomberg's cash splash and Trump's acquittal

Caucus chaos, Bloomberg’s cash splash and Trump’s acquittal: what does it mean for American foreign policy? A surreal week in US politics, with a huge debacle counting votes at the Iowa caucus to select a Democratic presidential candidate. But was the strongest candidate even on the ballot?  Also, Trump delivers an upbeat State of the Union on the eve of the vote of his impeachment acquittal. Amidst all this drama, what do the tea leaves say about the future shape of US foreign policy? And, UK MP Tom Tugendhat on post- Brexit diplomacy and Huawei: has the UK let the fox into the hen house? Last week, Boris Johnson decided to grant Huawei limited access to the UK’s 5G network. Australia and the US vociferously opposed the decision, arguing it threatens not only Britain’s national security, but also the integrity of the Five Eyes intelligence sharing agreement. Are their fears justified? Or is everyone getting just a little paranoid?  
2/6/202029 minutes, 7 seconds
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Caucus chaos, Bloomberg's cash splash and Trump's acquittal

Caucus chaos, Bloomberg’s cash splash and Trump’s acquittal: what does it mean for American foreign policy? A surreal week in US politics, with a huge debacle counting votes at the Iowa caucus to select a Democratic presidential candidate. But was the strongest candidate even on the ballot?  Also, Trump delivers an upbeat State of the Union on the eve of the vote of his impeachment acquittal. Amidst all this drama, what do the tea leaves say about the future shape of US foreign policy? And, UK MP Tom Tugendhat on post- Brexit diplomacy and Huawei: has the UK let the fox into the hen house? Last week, Boris Johnson decided to grant Huawei limited access to the UK’s 5G network. Australia and the US vociferously opposed the decision, arguing it threatens not only Britain’s national security, but also the integrity of the Five Eyes intelligence sharing agreement. Are their fears justified? Or is everyone getting just a little paranoid?  
2/6/202029 minutes, 7 seconds
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Does killing Soleimani really change anything in the Middle East? And, are China and Russia becoming BFFs?

Soleimani killing: Was Washington's targeted killing of Iranian major general Soleimani justified?  What’s the strategy behind it, and what kind of blow back will the US face? Danielle Pletka:  senior fellow in foreign and defence policy studies at the American Enterprise Institute (AEI) Amin Saikal:  Director of the Centre for Arab and Islamic Studies, ANU. Author: Iran Rising: The Survival and Future of the Islamic Republic  and, Islam beyond Borders: The Umma in World Politics And, Are Russia and China developing an authoritarian alliance? Defence analyst Paul Dibb is sounding the alarm. He says the US could face a war on two fronts – in Europe and in Asia - if Putin and Xi collude to challenge the US. Paul Dibb: Emeritus Professor of Strategic Studies at the Strategic & Defence Studies Centre, ANU, author: How the geopolitical partnership between China and Russia threatens the West, ASPI.
1/30/202029 minutes, 8 seconds
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Does killing Soleimani really change anything in the Middle East? And, are China and Russia becoming BFFs?

Soleimani killing: Was Washington's targeted killing of Iranian major general Soleimani justified?  What’s the strategy behind it, and what kind of blow back will the US face? Danielle Pletka:  senior fellow in foreign and defence policy studies at the American Enterprise Institute (AEI) Amin Saikal:  Director of the Centre for Arab and Islamic Studies, ANU. Author: Iran Rising: The Survival and Future of the Islamic Republic  and, Islam beyond Borders: The Umma in World Politics And, Are Russia and China developing an authoritarian alliance? Defence analyst Paul Dibb is sounding the alarm. He says the US could face a war on two fronts – in Europe and in Asia - if Putin and Xi collude to challenge the US. Paul Dibb: Emeritus Professor of Strategic Studies at the Strategic & Defence Studies Centre, ANU, author: How the geopolitical partnership between China and Russia threatens the West, ASPI.
1/30/202029 minutes, 8 seconds
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Has China lost Taiwan?; The man who mapped the world

Has China lost Taiwan? We discuss the stunning election win of Tsai Ing-wen in Taiwan earlier this month. Has China lost Taiwan for good? Or does the election just make military action more likely? Hugh White, Emeritus Professor of Strategic Studies ANU. Nastasha Kassam, Research Fellow, Diplomacy and Public Opinion Program, Lowy Institute.   The man who mapped the world. It’s 250 years since Captain Cook first planted the British flag on Australian soil, but according to a new book most of us still don’t know the full story. Peter Fitzsimmons, author: James Cook: The story behind the man who mapped the world
1/23/202029 minutes, 7 seconds
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Has China lost Taiwan?; The man who mapped the world

Has China lost Taiwan? We discuss the stunning election win of Tsai Ing-wen in Taiwan earlier this month. Has China lost Taiwan for good? Or does the election just make military action more likely? Hugh White, Emeritus Professor of Strategic Studies ANU. Nastasha Kassam, Research Fellow, Diplomacy and Public Opinion Program, Lowy Institute.   The man who mapped the world. It’s 250 years since Captain Cook first planted the British flag on Australian soil, but according to a new book most of us still don’t know the full story. Peter Fitzsimmons, author: James Cook: The story behind the man who mapped the world
1/23/202029 minutes, 7 seconds
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Convict Colony- the first few months of white Australia

We know we were colonised by the British and built by the criminals they sent here. But how much do we really understand about the very beginning of European settlement in Australia? David Hill, former managing director of the ABC and author of Convict Colony
1/16/202029 minutes, 6 seconds
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Convict Colony- the first few months of white Australia

We know we were colonised by the British and built by the criminals they sent here. But how much do we really understand about the very beginning of European settlement in Australia? David Hill, former managing director of the ABC and author of Convict Colony
1/16/202029 minutes, 6 seconds
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China and the US- Should Australia choose trade or security?

Australia enjoys the best of both worlds- free trade with China and a strong alliance with the US. How much longer can it last? US Secretary of State says Australia can either 'sell your soul for a pile of soybeans, or you can protect your people.' Could this kind of rhetoric widen the gap between two of the most powerful nations in the world, forcing Australia to 'choose a side'? Kevin Rudd, former prime minister of Australia and president of the Asia Society in New York. John Mearsheimer, professor of political science at the University of Chicago and author of The Tragedy of Great Power Politics
1/9/202029 minutes, 6 seconds
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China and the US- Should Australia choose trade or security?

Australia enjoys the best of both worlds- free trade with China and a strong alliance with the US. How much longer can it last? US Secretary of State says Australia can either 'sell your soul for a pile of soybeans, or you can protect your people.' Could this kind of rhetoric widen the gap between two of the most powerful nations in the world, forcing Australia to 'choose a side'? Kevin Rudd, former prime minister of Australia and president of the Asia Society in New York. John Mearsheimer, professor of political science at the University of Chicago and author of The Tragedy of Great Power Politics
1/9/202029 minutes, 6 seconds
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How Winston Churchill defeated Nazism despite his 'black dog'

Winston Churchill inspired his fellow Britons to resist the rise of the Nazis and led them to victory in World War Two. All this in the face of a complex childhood, a love for alcohol and a self-described long battle with the 'black dog' of depression. Andrew Roberts is the author of Churchill: Walking with Destiny, the most recent and highly-regarded biography of the man who was the twice-prime minister of Britain.
1/2/202029 minutes, 7 seconds
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How Winston Churchill defeated Nazism despite his 'black dog'

Winston Churchill inspired his fellow Britons to resist the rise of the Nazis and led them to victory in World War Two. All this in the face of a complex childhood, a love for alcohol and a self-described long battle with the 'black dog' of depression. Andrew Roberts is the author of Churchill: Walking with Destiny, the most recent and highly-regarded biography of the man who was the twice-prime minister of Britain.
1/2/202029 minutes, 7 seconds
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Reviewing the 'unlosable election' and why we no longer need NATO

Looking back at the shock election result, Gerard Henderson says it's no wonder the media got it so wrong. Despite the forecast by the academics, the polls and the pundits, there is no substitute for 'staying in touch' with the voting public. Will May 18 go down as the most dramatic failure of political prediction? Gerard Henderson, author, columnist for The Australian and executive director of the Sydney Institute. WITH THE BENEFIT OF HINDSIGHT 70 years after the establishment of NATO, the threat that justified its creation has long gone. Wasn't the expansion that started 20 years ago, a dangerous idea?
12/26/201928 minutes, 52 seconds
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Reviewing the 'unlosable election' and why we no longer need NATO

Looking back at the shock election result, Gerard Henderson says it's no wonder the media got it so wrong. Despite the forecast by the academics, the polls and the pundits, there is no substitute for 'staying in touch' with the voting public. Will May 18 go down as the most dramatic failure of political prediction? Gerard Henderson, author, columnist for The Australian and executive director of the Sydney Institute. WITH THE BENEFIT OF HINDSIGHT 70 years after the establishment of NATO, the threat that justified its creation has long gone. Wasn't the expansion that started 20 years ago, a dangerous idea?
12/26/201928 minutes, 52 seconds
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American foreign policy regrets and the mis-spent earnings of a millennial

Is nationalism an excuse for world domination? If you have an arsenal of weapons like the US does, you need a more nuanced catch-phrase than 'America first' if you don't want to start a war. Brendon O'Connor, Associate Professor in American Politics, United States Studies Centre , University of Sydney, co-author of Ideologies of American Foreign Policy Joseph Sternberg explains why the challenges of Generation Millennial go beyond spending their house deposit on avocado toast in his book The Theft of a Decade
12/19/201929 minutes, 8 seconds
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American foreign policy regrets and the mis-spent earnings of a millennial

Is nationalism an excuse for world domination? If you have an arsenal of weapons like the US does, you need a more nuanced catch-phrase than 'America first' if you don't want to start a war. Brendon O'Connor, Associate Professor in American Politics, United States Studies Centre , University of Sydney, co-author of Ideologies of American Foreign Policy Joseph Sternberg explains why the challenges of Generation Millennial go beyond spending their house deposit on avocado toast in his book The Theft of a Decade
12/19/201929 minutes, 8 seconds
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2019- the year in review

The good, the bad and the ugly of politics in 2019. Expert commentators join Tom to discuss the shock election result, China, America and the world. Will the lessons of this year roll into 2020? Jennifer Hewett, columnist with the Australian Financial Review.  Judith Sloan, columnist with The Australian. Stephen Loosely, senior fellow at the Australian Strategic Policy Institute.
12/12/201929 minutes, 6 seconds
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2019- the year in review

The good, the bad and the ugly of politics in 2019. Expert commentators join Tom to discuss the shock election result, China, America and the world. Will the lessons of this year roll into 2020? Jennifer Hewett, columnist with the Australian Financial Review.  Judith Sloan, columnist with The Australian. Stephen Loosely, senior fellow at the Australian Strategic Policy Institute.
12/12/201929 minutes, 6 seconds
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Convict Colony- the first few months of white Australia

We know we were colonised by the British and built by the criminals they sent here. But how much do we really understand about the very beginning of European settlement in Australia? David Hill, former managing director of the ABC and author of Convict Colony
12/5/201929 minutes, 6 seconds
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Convict Colony- the first few months of white Australia

We know we were colonised by the British and built by the criminals they sent here. But how much do we really understand about the very beginning of European settlement in Australia? David Hill, former managing director of the ABC and author of Convict Colony
12/5/201929 minutes, 6 seconds
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Are we paranoid of China? And why our approach to homelessness is all wrong

Whatever you think about the Communist regime, there is no market that will replace China for decades as far as Australia is concerned. So why are we so worried about China’s intentions? Also Like most countries, Australia has a growing population of homeless citizens. Are we looking in all the wrong places for answers?
11/28/201928 minutes, 52 seconds
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Are we paranoid of China? And why our approach to homelessness is all wrong

Whatever you think about the Communist regime, there is no market that will replace China for decades as far as Australia is concerned. So why are we so worried about China’s intentions? Also Like most countries, Australia has a growing population of homeless citizens. Are we looking in all the wrong places for answers?
11/28/201928 minutes, 52 seconds
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Does Australia face a 'cold peace' with China? And how the Liberals became the 'surprise party' of 2019

Does Australia face a 'cold peace' with China? The recent refusal of entry to two Australian politicians certainly fans that fear. James Paterson, Liberal Senator from Victoria Andrew Hastie, Liberal MP from WA Also How the Liberals become the 'surprise party' of 2019. Aaron Patrick, Australian Financial Review’s senior correspondent and author of The Surprise party: how the coalition went from chaos to comeback.
11/21/201928 minutes, 51 seconds
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Does Australia face a 'cold peace' with China? And how the Liberals became the 'surprise party' of 2019

Does Australia face a 'cold peace' with China? The recent refusal of entry to two Australian politicians certainly fans that fear. James Paterson, Liberal Senator from Victoria Andrew Hastie, Liberal MP from WA Also How the Liberals become the 'surprise party' of 2019. Aaron Patrick, Australian Financial Review’s senior correspondent and author of The Surprise party: how the coalition went from chaos to comeback.