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Episode 28 - How to Manipulate an Election (Trump, Murdoch and Brexit)

Episode 28 - How to Manipulate an Election (Trump, Murdoch and Brexit)

October 19, 2020

This week we take a deep dive into how to manipulate elections, whilst breaking open a large story connecting Brexit and the Russian ambassador. We also go through how Murdoch consolidates media outlets, how foreign nations conduct PsyOps as well as how companies likely Cambridge Analytica are hired to swing elections. 

3 big stories on the 1 year anniversary of the show. 

with

KEVIN RUDD (Fmr Australian Prime Minister)
NICK MUTCH (The Daily Beast, Der Spiegel)
WILLIAM MARCELLINO (RAND Corporation)

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Episode 27 - The Geopolitics of Mongolia

Episode 27 - The Geopolitics of Mongolia

October 5, 2020

Smashed between Russia and China, Mongolia has a difficult position to begin with; but it was from that position that it once managed to create the largest contiguous empire known to man. 

What is the situation in Mongolia today though? Why has Mongolia become a peacemaker in Asia? and where does the future for Mongolia lie, In Moscow, in Beijing or in Washington? We sit down with our expert panel this week. 

Morris Rossabi (Columbia University)
Andrew Leung (International Consultant)
Julian Dierkes (University of British Columbia)

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Episode 26 - Will the Afghan Peace Deal Actually Work?

Episode 26 - Will the Afghan Peace Deal Actually Work?

September 21, 2020

The US has now been at war in Afghanistan for almost 20 years, and three administrations have all failed to find a solution to this war. Now the clock is ticking, with the Taliban gaining more and more ground every day, and the US risks a second "Rout from Saigon".

So the US is looking to a peace deal, but will it actually bring stability to the region or simply further splinter an already expanding civil war. 

This week's guests are

Sahar Khan (CATO)
John Glaser (CATO)
Jarrett Blanc (Carnegie)

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Episode 25 - Somalia (Al Shabaab, Pirates and Nuclear Waste)

Episode 25 - Somalia (Al Shabaab, Pirates and Nuclear Waste)

September 7, 2020

Somalia is often referred to as a failed state, with the nation being fractured into 4 parts, piracy and Al Shabaab controlling large chunks of the country, but Somalia seems to be getting back on its feet now. 

What will this mean for the rest of East Africa, and who might be working to knock Somalia back down? We speak to our panel of experts about the regional ramifications.

This weeks panel is

Omar Mahmood (Crisis Group)
Degan Ali (Adeso Africa)
Alex De Waal (Tufts University)

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Episode 24 - Who is India’s Biggest Strategic Enemy?

Episode 24 - Who is India’s Biggest Strategic Enemy?

August 24, 2020

India is fast becoming one of the world's great powers, set to take the number 2 or 3 slot by 2050. This is unless another country were to derail India's current path, and the list of potential derailers is fairly long. 

So this week we take a look into who will be India's great strategic threats over the next 3 decades, and where India sits in the power struggle for leadership of South Asia today. 

This weeks guests are

Swaminathan Aiyar (CATO Institute)
Dhruva Jaishankar (ORF/Brookings)
Harsh V Pant (Kings College London)

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Episode 23 - Thailand and the International Drug Trade

Episode 23 - Thailand and the International Drug Trade

August 10, 2020

Thailand has for a long time been the centerpiece of South East Asia, and many powers are starting to relearn its importance when it comes to shifting the direction of the region. 

With the boom in internationalism and regional trade, we also see a boom for drug cartels as well; so this week we layout just how chemicals in Southern China travel through a number of nations to be sold as Methamphetamine on the streets of Vancouver and Sydney. 

Guests this week are 

Matt Wheeler
Josh Kurlantzick
John Coyne

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Episode 22 - The Geopolitics of Kosovo

Episode 22 - The Geopolitics of Kosovo

July 27, 2020

Kosovo has spent the last 2 decades fighting for its own independence, but with ever-increasing obstacles standing in their way will this mountainous nation ever achieve its lifelong dream? 

This week we take a look into the Western Balkans, Serbia's geopolitical aspirations, as well as Moscow's re-entry into an area it once viewed as its own backyard; and what it means for the future of the Kosovan people. 

On this episode

Marija Ristic (Balkan Insight)
Bodo Weber (Democratization Policy Council)
Vessela Tcherneva (European Council on Foreign Relations)

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Episode 21 - The Libyan Civil War II (The Tide Turns)

Episode 21 - The Libyan Civil War II (The Tide Turns)

July 13, 2020

When we covered the Libyan Civil War in February it looked like Haftar was about to be victorious, shelling the very gates of his enemies capital in Tripoli; but 5 months can make all of the difference. 

The GNA has turned the tide and now Haftar is on the run and held up in the fortress city of Sirte, taking the city though may mean Turkey and Russia escalating to all-out war. 

This weeks guests are

Jalel Harchauoi (Clingendael Institute)
Frederic Wehrey (Carnegie Centre)
Jonathon Winer (Fmr Asst Secretary of State for the USA)

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Episode 20 - The Philippines (Duterte and the South China Sea)

Episode 20 - The Philippines (Duterte and the South China Sea)

June 29, 2020

The South China sea is the new battleground between Beijing and Washington with the winner controlling the trades routes; and therefore the future of Asia.

Caught in the middle is The Philippines, now torn between their military partners in Washington and their economic partners in Beijing, with the decision-maker being a wildly popular president accused of numerous human rights abuses. Manila is the linchpin for both sides, and we ask our guests in which direction the nation is heading. 

This weeks guests are

Aaron Jed Rabena (Asia Pacific Policy Forum)
Sheena Greitens (Brookings Institute)
Derek Grossman (RAND Corperation)
Oriana Skylar Mastro (Stanford University)

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Episode 19 - Guyana (Cambridge Analytica and the Next Cuban Missile Crisis)

Episode 19 - Guyana (Cambridge Analytica and the Next Cuban Missile Crisis)

June 15, 2020

While everyone has their eyes on its imploding neighbours Guyana is entering its own new phase, one that is likely to make it one of the world's next big geopolitical flashpoints.

With Iranian missiles, Cambridge Analytica buying elections, and a country up for sale this isolated jungle nation could be the next launchpad to threaten the world superpower at home.

Thie week we sit down with
Brittany Kaiser (Cambridge Analytica Whistleblower)
Ivelaw Griffiths (International Institute for Strategic Studies) Michael Unbehauen (US Army/Acamar Consulting)

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