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Diplomates - A Geopolitical Chinwag
33 minutes | 7 months ago
Professor Ross Garnaut: Bouncing back from COVID - how renewables can make Australia a manufacturing superpower
Professor Ross Garnaut is one of Australia’s most distinguished economists and a global expert on climate change, trade, and energy policy. He was Prime Minister Bob Hawke’s principal economic advisor and was Australia’s Ambassador to China. He’s lead many government reviews, including the seminal though ill-fated Garnaut Climate Change Review into carbon emission reduction for the then Rudd Government. He is the author of many studies and books too numerous to mention, but his recent book - Superpower - details how Australia can make the most of the economic benefits of the upcoming clean energy revolution.Misha Zelinsky caught up with Ross for a chinwag about the politics of climate change including why Kevin Rudd was unable to pass his emissions trading scheme in 2009 and who was to blame, why COVID-19 shouldn’t distract us from climate change action, why Australia should be the world’s smelter for aluminium and steel and how renewable power can make Australia a manufacturing powerhouse, what the decoupling between the US and China means for Australia’s security, and why we need coordinated global action more than ever.
48 minutes | 8 months ago
Richard McGregor: The war within the war on COVID-19
Richard McGregor is an internationally recognised expert on the Chinese political system and a senior fellow at the Lowy Institute.McGregor’s book, The Party, on the inner-workings of the Chinese Communist Party is considered the pre-eminent text for understanding the CCP and was called a “masterpiece” by The Economist and a must read” by the Washington Post.A former Bureau Chief for the Financial Times in Beijing and Washington D.C., Richard has been published in the Wall Street Journal, the New York Times and The Sydney Morning Herald and The Australian. He is also a regular commentator on the ABC, CNBC and Bloomberg TV.Misha Zelinsky caught up with Richard for a chinwag about the COVID-19 crisis and what this means for the world, including the escalated US-China rivalry and who is winning, how Xi Jinping is using the crisis to his advantage, how fake news is making the problems worse in the west, how democracies are struggling under the weight of the challenge and losing soft power, the pivotal battle underway in the pacific and why its critical we engage the Chinese diaspora in western values.
59 minutes | 8 months ago
Dr Alexandra Phelan: Tackling the COVID-19 pandemic - what you need to know.
Dr Alexandra Phelan is a faculty member at the Center for Global Health Science & Security at Georgetown University School of Medicine, and Adjunct Professor of Law at Georgetown University Law Center.A global expert in pandemics, Misha Zelinsky caught up with Alex to talk about all things related to COVID-19, including the nature of the threat we face from the virus, the challenges coordinating government responses, the vital role universal healthcare plays in stopping pandemics, why we should get ready for a long, long lock-down, why the Chinese Communist Party’s delays at the start were so costly, the importance of solidarity and what Australia and the world should be doing right now to slow the spread to the virus.As a serious note please make sure you are listening to authorities and taking the most up to date advice as this crisis unfolds. The situation may have changed by the time you have listened to the episode!
43 minutes | 9 months ago
Dr Michael Fullilove: Why middle powers matter - managing China in an era of Trump.
Dr Michael Fullilove is the Executive Director of the Lowy Institute. An adviser to Prime Minister Paul Keating, Rhodes Scholar and renowned foreign affairs expert, Dr Fullilove is a widely published author and a much sought after global commentator.Misha Zelinsky caught up with Michael Fullilove for a chinwag about how Australia should interact with a rising China under Xi Jinping, the madness of US politics and what a second Trump term might look like, how open systems of government still have the upper hand, why the world might be one elected leader away from a new sense of calm, and why - despite everything - Michael remains an unabashed optimist about the future. Be sure to listen to Michael's special shout out to the 'Deep State'!
53 minutes | 10 months ago
Ambassador Jeff Bleich - Why trust matters in democracy and how we get it back.
Jeff Bleich was US Ambassador to Australia from 2009 to 2013.A distinguished legal and political professional, he is the Chair of the Fulbright Scholarship Board and now heads up the Jeff Bleich Centre for the US Alliance in Digital Technology, Security, and Governance at Flinders University in AustraliaMisha Zelinsky caught up with Jeff for a chat about why the Trump Impeachment is bigger than the trial itself, how Mike Bloomberg could end up President, his friendship with President Obama, the attempts by the Chinese Communist Party to dominate global technology standards, why trust is central to democracy, why autocrats can never crush the human spirit and why the most recent hacking by Russian agents could impact the upcoming 2020 US election.
46 minutes | a year ago
Benedict Hugosson: Still the heartland? How social democrats can fight back in Sweden, Europe and the world.
Sweden is often considered to be the heartland of social democracy - but that may no longer be the case.Benedict Hugosson is a global expert in political campaigning.He has lead national field campaigns for the Social Democrats in Sweden and is a leading thinker in political engagement strategies and tactics.An Australian born Harvard graduate, Ben has trained activists in Europe, Africa and the Middle East.I caught up with Ben for a chinwag about the fall in support for the historically dominant Swedish Social Democratic party, the rise of right wing nationalists in Sweden, why party membership is critical to voting patterns, how face to face conversations are still better than digital campaign tools, and what the future holds for mainstream European political parties of both the left and right.It’s a fascinating, in-depth insight into what is happening right throughout Europe. It also uncovers the important role that membership and organising plays in electoral outcomes.As ever, if you’re enjoying the show - please rate and review!
48 minutes | a year ago
Emily Lau: Hong Kong's long struggle for freedom.
Emily Lau is one of the most famous politicians in Hong Kong.She was the leader of the Democratic Party and the first woman to be elected into Hong Kong's legislature.A former journalist, Emily is a passionate defender of press freedoms and free speech. She shares some important lessons for anyone who cares about freedom of expression and democracy.Emily joined Misha Zelinsky for a chinwag about the current mood in Hong Kong, what ‘one country, two systems’ actually means, how the Beijing crackdown is hardening the position of protestors, how young people are inspiring their fellow citizens, why western governments and businesses should stand up to CCP bullying and what a peaceful resolution to the crisis looks like.It’s an inspiring and illuminating chat!
73 minutes | a year ago
Alex Oliver: What do the numbers say? Australian attitudes to foreign affairs.
Alex Oliver is the Director of Research at the Lowy Institute where she oversees the annual Lowy Institute Poll.Alex in an expert in foreign affairs and has authored several major studies on Australia’s diplomacy. She is a prolific author for international press including Foreign Affairs, Foreign Policy, The Wall Street Journal and BBC.com and for all major Australian publications.Misha Zelinsky caught up with Alex for a chinwag about how the Australian public see the world, the politics of climate change, what’s driving attitudes on immigration, why Aussies are so worried about the CCP, how we can lift gender equality in the foreign policy world and just what the hell is going on with modern polling results.
50 minutes | a year ago
Wayne Swan is the President of the Labor Party. He served as Australia’s Treasurer from 2007 to 2013 and was Deputy Prime Minister. Wayne is credited with helping save Australia from the GFC and in 2011 was crowned World Finance Minister of the year.As the author of numerous books on social policy, he has lead the domestic and global debates on the dangers of economic inequality.Wayne Swan joined Misha Zelinsky for a chinwag about what went wrong at the 2019 election for Labor, why fiscal policy still matters in economic management, how far right nationalists are using inequality to win government around the world, why big philanthropy is a big problem for democracy, how Australia should manage an assertive Chinese Communist Party and where to from here for social democrats around the world.
62 minutes | a year ago
Dr Charles Edel: The gathering storm? How the 'Lessons of Tragedy' can help us preserve peace.
Dr Charles Edel is a Senior Fellow at the United States Studies Centre.He was the Associate Professor of Strategy and Policy at the U.S. Naval War College, advised the Secretary of State John Kerry on political and security issues in the Asia-Pacific and was a Henry Luce scholar at Peking University.Charles is the co-author of ‘The Lessons of Tragedy: Statecraft and World Order (2019)’ and his editorials regularly appear in The New York Times and other publications.Misha Zelinsky caught up with Charlie for a chinwag about Mike Pompeo’s visit to Australia, the ongoing US-China tensions, whether we are seeing a repeat of the gathering storm of the 1930s, the brave protesters of Hong Kong, how democracy can revitalise itself, the dangerous polices of the Chinese Communist Party and why it’s so important that we learn from historic tragedy. It was a wide ranging chat and we hope you enjoy it!
48 minutes | a year ago
Chris Bowen: On reasons to be optimistic
Chris Bowen is the Member for McMahon in the Australian Parliament. In his time in public office, he has served as Treasurer, Minister for Human Services, Minister for Immigration, Minister for Financial Services, Assistant Treasurer and Minister for Competition Policy.As the author of the books of ‘Hearts and Minds’ and ‘The Money Men’, Chris is a noted public policy thinker and expert.Chris joined Misha Zelinsky for a chinwag about the future of democracy and liberalism including the threat to democracy posed by inequality, the role of faith in politics, how Australia can properly engage with India and Indonesia, what the future holds on Australia’s China policy, why we should be much more worried about global debt and how progressive parties can rebuild trust with the public.
61 minutes | a year ago
Max Bergmann - Center for American Progress: Foreign Interference and Russia 2016 Special
Max Bergmann is a senior fellow at the Center for American Progress, where he focuses on European security and U.S.-Russia policy. Previously he served in the U.S. Department of State where he focused on political-military affairs, arms control and international security. He was also speechwriter to Secretary of State John Kerry. A graduate of LSE, Max joined the show to discuss foreign interference in democracy, What the Mueller Report uncovered about the US 2016 election, whether the Congress should impeach the President, and how democracies can fight back against hostile actors.
54 minutes | a year ago
Ambassador Curtis Chin
Ambassador Curtis Chin served as the US ambassador to the Asian Development Bank. In doing so, he became only the fourth US ambassador of Chinese heritage. As one of the world's foremost experts on the Asia-Pacific region, Curtis now serves as the Asia Fellow of the nonpartisan Milken Institute and works with a range of startups and impact funds in Asia. Curtis joined Misha Zelinsky for a chat about the US-China trade war, what a deal looks like for both countries, the future of global trade and governance, as well as how the world should respond to countries that want to break the rules.
46 minutes | 2 years ago
Peter Jennings is the executive director of the Australian Strategic Policy Institute. As a leading global expert on defence and security policy, Peter has held senior roles in the Department of Defence and was a key advisor to prime minister John Howard.Peter joined Misha Zelinsky to talk about the US-China rivalry, how Australia should manage its changing relationship with the Chinese government, the importance of cyber-security in future 5G networks, how democracies should respond to threats posed by hostile state actors, and the rise of right-wing terrorism at home and abroad.
48 minutes | 2 years ago
Bonita Mersiades is one of the most famous whistleblowers in world sport.She is the author of ’Whatever It Takes: The Inside Story of the FIFA Way’ - a book that details the massive corruption inside the bids for the 2018 and 2022 FIFA World Cup including Australia’s role in the shady process.Bonita joined Misha Zelinsky to talk about the intersection of sport and politics, why when it comes to cheating its easier to punish individuals than nation states, the role that money plays in the corruption of sport and why it’s just so scary being a whistleblower.
52 minutes | 2 years ago
Gillian Triggs was Australia’s Human Rights Commissioner - and is someone that doesn’t require introduction. Formerly the Dean of the Sydney Law School and now Professor of the Melbourne Law School - she is a globally recognised legal authority on human rights and is author of the book ‘Speaking Up’.Gillian caught up with Misha Zelinsky to talk about all things related to foreign and domestic human rights.It was an incredibly diverse discussion covering issues such as the rule of law, the future of democracy, how governments use executive power to bully individuals, how do deal with indigenous reconciliation and why Australia lags so far behind in when it comes to tangible gender equality.
39 minutes | 2 years ago
Elaine Pearson is the Australian Director of Human Rights Watch.As a graduate of Princeton’s Woodrow Wilson school, Elaine is a global expert in human rights law and has worked all over world - including stints at the United Nations and various NGOs.Elaine joined Misha Zelinsky for a fascinating chat about the intersection of democracy and human rights, including the fate of Hakeem Al Arabi currently detained in Thailand, China’s use of hostage diplomacy and its muslim reeducation camps, whether autocrats are winning the global PR battle and what role Australia has as a middle power in global diplomacy.
44 minutes | 2 years ago
Gordon Bajnai was the prime minister of Hungary from 2009 to 2010.Bajnai took charge of Hungary in the aftermath of the Global Financial Crisis and lead the country through an incredibly difficult period in its history.As prime minister, Gordon was the last socially democratic leader of Hungary before the country took a turn towards a more right-wing, populist and now largely autocratic regime. He is now the chair of global investment firm Campbell Lutyens.Gordon Bajnai joined Misha Zelinsky for a fascinating discussion about Brexit and the rise of populism, the role economics plays in politics, the march of nationalism in Europe and just how fragile democracy really is.To my fellow Diplomates out there - if you’re enjoying the show, please be sure to subscribe, rate and review. It really helps!
48 minutes | 2 years ago
Professor Simon Hix
Professor Simon Hix is the pro-Director for research at the London School of Economics and is the chair of Vote Watch Europe.Professor Hix is a globally renowned expert on EU politics, democratic institutions, parliamentary voting behaviour, political parties and elections – and to prove it he is the author of over 100 books and papers on these topics.Simon joined Misha Zelinsky for a fascinating discussion about Brexit, where to for Britain as the deadline for a Brexit deal approaches, what drove the Leave vote itself as well as the worrying rise of right wing nationalism in Europe and what this means for the future of democracy.
44 minutes | 2 years ago
Governor Kim Beazley
Western Australian Governor, Kim Beazley joined Misha Zelinsky to talk about Trump, Putin, China and how Australia can navigate the global rivalries that are fast emerging between our strategic allies and our regional trading partners.Governor might be his current job, but he was also the Australian Ambassador to the United States, Parliamentary Leader of the Australian Labor Party, Deputy PM of Australia, and also served as Defence Minister – quite a CV!*Please note we apologise for the quality of this audio. It was done in Government House in Perth, which is currently under extensive renovation. We'll do better next time!*
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