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The podcast spreading mateship and chatting geopolitics. Diplomates* is the podcast giving you the definitive answers to the key questions facing Australia and the world. Our guests are the leading foreign policy experts, thinkers and political big wigs from around the world. Each episode is a deep dive into the very latest trends in global affairs. We mine the expertise of our guests and hand it over to you for your listening pleasure. Our 'Chinwags' are hosted by Misha Zelinsky; the Aussie policy nerd you never knew you needed to know. And make sure you stay tuned for our world famous, patented BBQ questions. Because, let's be honest, what the world absolutely needs is another nerdy political podcast hosted by an unknown Australian. *DiploMATES, get it?

 

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The podcast spreading mateship and chatting geopolitics. Diplomates* is the podcast giving you the definitive answers to the key questions facing Australia and the world. Our guests are the leading foreign policy experts, thinkers and political big wigs from around the world. Each episode is a deep dive into the very latest trends in global affairs. We mine the expertise of our guests and hand it over to you for your listening pleasure. Our 'Chinwags' are hosted by Misha Zelinsky; the Aussie policy nerd you never knew you needed to know. And make sure you stay tuned for our world famous, patented BBQ questions. Because, let's be honest, what the world absolutely needs is another nerdy political podcast hosted by an unknown Australian. *DiploMATES, get it?

 

    Hagar Chemali Returns For A Chinwag

    Hagar Chemali Returns For A Chinwag

     

    G'day Diplomates fans — apologies for the break in regular episodes. We've got some exciting guests coming up, so please stay tuned!

    This week, Hagar Chemali returns for our Chinwag editions of the show!

    Misha and Hagar talk:
    Russia’s invasion of Ukraine
    The politics of sanctions 
    Macron’s re-election bid and what this means for global democracy
    What’s happened to Carrie Lamb in Hong Kong
    Imran Khan losing his job and blaming the CIA
    And more!

    Be sure to follow Hagar and the Oh My World! show on social media and YouTube @ohmyworldshow and @hagarchemali

    You can follow Diplomates and Misha at @mishazelinsky @diplomates.show

    For those following Misha's work covering the Ukraine war, please continue to support efforts to help Ukrainian refugees via the Fund of the Free and Caring: 

    https://fest.foundation

    Together we've raised $US60,000. Please keep giving -- you are saving lives!

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    • 50 min
    Ukrainian frontline with Pavlo Khazan — Are you ready to protect human life? Freedom, Fighting and the Future of Democracy

    Ukrainian frontline with Pavlo Khazan — Are you ready to protect human life? Freedom, Fighting and the Future of Democracy

    Recorded from the ground in Kyiv, Ukraine:

    Pavlo Khazan, a Reserve Major in Ukraine’s armed forces and a signals officer of Jewish Ukrainian descent, is defiant in the face of unbelievable odds. 

    A prominent leader of the Maiden movement and a veteran of the Donbas wars, Misha Zelinsky meets him at a friend’s place only hours before he boards a train to travel 500 kilometres east to his hometown of Dnipro – directly into the Russian storm.

    An environmental engineer with a PhD in statistics, the once leading European eco-warrior has made the shift to battled hardened defender of his nation over the last decade. With the stakes so high, he appeals to the world for help in what he calls “critical moment for global democracy

    Rate and review!

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    • 24 min
    Amb Bi-khim Hsiao: Peace in Taiwan - Democracy, Freedom and the Indo-Pacific

    Amb Bi-khim Hsiao: Peace in Taiwan - Democracy, Freedom and the Indo-Pacific

    Amb. Bi-khim Hsiao is Taiwan’s diplomatic representative to the United States.

    Bi-khim is a decorated Taiwanese politician, having served twice in Taiwan’s Legislative Yuan (Taiwan’s lower house) as an elective representative of the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP). She is a passionate advocate for a peaceful and open Indo-Pacific as well as a defender of democracy at home and abroad.

     

    I caught up with Bi-Khim for a chinwag about the history of Taiwan and its relationship with the People’s Republic of China, Taiwan’s flourishing and highly performing democracy, the relentless grey zone and political warfare efforts that the Taiwanese people are enduring from the CCP, the threat of CCP military invasion, why we must not allow Taiwan to be erased from global discussions, the importance of human rights globally, how the world can maintain peace and avoid war, and most critically what the Taiwanese people want for themselves and from the world. 

     

    Be sure to follow Bi-khim Hsiao on Twitter! @bikhim

     

    Please rate and review the show, it really helps!

     

    Follow us on Twitter and Instagram @mishazelinsky @diplomates.show

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    • 1 hr 6 min
    Christmas Chinwag Special with Hagar Chemali and Misha Zelinsky

    Christmas Chinwag Special with Hagar Chemali and Misha Zelinsky

    Merry Christmas Diplomates fans!  It’s the Christmas Chinwag special with Hagar Chemali.

     

    Thanks for all your feedback so far on this new format. We love that you love it! Or that you at least love Hagar. Please rate and review the show. 

     

    We’ve got a HUGE interview set for January, so keep your eyes peeled for it!

     

    In this episode we talk:

     
    Democracy summit - big deal or big bust?
    Russia troops along Ukraine border, Putin demands of NATO
    U.S and other nations boycott of the Beijing Olympics and U.S. house voting to ban imports from Xinjiang
    Russia and China video tele-conference – what’s going on here?
    Facebook sued over the Rohingya Genocide
    UK politics. Boris on the nose, holiday parties, and special elections. 
    Covid vaccine diplomacy and Squid Game politics

     

    Be sure to follow Hagar and the Oh My World! show on social media and YouTube @ohmyworldshow and @hagarchemali

     

    You can follow Diplomates and Misha at @mishazelinsky @diplomates.show

     

    Merry Christmas and a happy new year!

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    • 43 min
    Chinwags with Hagar Chemali and Misha Zelinsky

    Chinwags with Hagar Chemali and Misha Zelinsky

    Brilliant news Diplomates fans, we've got more great foreign policy content for you as promised!

    Welcome to the Chinwag Episodes!

    We are pleased to announce Hagar Chemali as our second Chinwagger!

    Hagar will join Misha for a monthly chinwag. The Chinwag episodes will be shorter and more focused on what's happening around the world of foreign policy. Be sure to send your questions in if you've got something on your mind.

    Misha will continue to do deep-dive episodes with leading experts from around the world as per your regular programming. 

    Who is Hagar? Firstly, she's awesome (but here's her bio anyway).

    Hagar Hajjar Chemali is a political satirist, foreign policy expert, and host and creator of the weekly world news show Oh My World! on YouTube. She is also a nonresident senior fellow with the Atlantic Council’s GeoEconomics center, and is featured regularly as a national security analyst on MSNBC, CNN, BBC, Bloomberg, and Cheddar.

    Hagar’s professional background and foreign policy expertise have been shaped by senior public affairs and policy-making positions she held over the course of 12 years in the U.S. Government. From 2015-2016, she was Director of Communications and Spokesperson for the U.S. Mission to the United Nations under President Obama, and from 2014-2015, she was Spokesperson for Terrorism and Financial Intelligence at the U.S. Department of the Treasury. From 2010-2012, Hagar was Director for Syria and Lebanon at the White House, National Security Council, where she advised on and coordinated the implementation of U.S. policy toward Syria and Lebanon. Hagar also worked at the Treasury Department as a Senior Policy Advisor on Asia and Middle East Policy Advisor in the Office of Terrorist Financing and Financial Crimes.

     

    Hagar has a Master of International Affairs from Columbia University's School of International and Public Affairs where she concentrated on International Security Policy and the Middle East. She also graduated from Columbia University’s Barnard College where she majored in Political Science. She speaks English, French, Arabic, and Italian. 

     

    If you want to follow Hagar (you should!) check out her content here:

     

    Oh My World! on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/c/ohmyworldwithhagarchemali

    Instagram: @hagarchemali & @omwshow

    Twitter: @hagarchemali & @ohmyworldshow

    More about Hagar: https://hagarchemali.com/

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    • 43 min
    Dr. Clare Wardle: The Info Wars - Lies, Damned Lies and Social Media

    Dr. Clare Wardle: The Info Wars - Lies, Damned Lies and Social Media

    Dr. Claire Wardle is a leading expert on social media, user generated content, and verification. Her research sits at the intersection of technology, communications theory, and mass and social media. Dr. Wardle is the co-founder and leader of First Draft the world’s foremost nonprofit focused on research and practice to address misinformation and disinformation. First Draft is housed at the Harvard Kennedy School. 

    Misha Zelinsky caught up with Claire for a chinwag about the scourge of misinformation, why truth and fact matter in democracies, how we can inoculate people against falsehoods, how journalism can be reinvigorated at the local and national levels, regulating big tech and dealing with autocrats.

    ANNOUNCEMENT: Keep an eye out for a regular new format of Diplomate episodes. These episodes will be co-hosted where we will discuss events of the day/week/month and how they’re playing out around the world. Don't worry, we will still have our usual Diplomates interview episodes, but these are additional for our fans!

    Show Notes:

     

    Follow Claire: @cward1e

    Follow First Draft: @firstdraftnews

    Follow Misha: @mishazelinsky @diplomates.show

    Follow Diplomates: @diplomates.show

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    • 59 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
107 Ratings

107 Ratings

zero spin ,

Blown away

Wow just so impressed with your interviews and such a wide variety of topics and guests everyone so current and relevant I’ve shared several on Twitter.
But much more impressive is you’re from the Gong best place in Australia with the best people

binxyk ,

This review is for the Ukraine!

Twitter introduced me, am now avid podcast follower. Have loved your latest, but really enjoying your past chats now I’ve found them.

Thanks Misha and your Diplo-mates!

Scott Thorncraft ,

Excellent

Such a great podcast with topical episodes delivered with expert guests. Really worth a listen!

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