38 episodes

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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    • 4.9 • 109 Ratings

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?

 

    Bojo Buggered, hurting Putin’s feelings and US insurrectionists — Chinwags with Hagar Chemali

    Bojo Buggered, hurting Putin’s feelings and US insurrectionists — Chinwags with Hagar Chemali

    Lots going on in the world this week!

     

    Boris Johnson’s no confidence vote.

    Putin’s ongoing invasion of Ukraine and Western response.

    Biden going to Saudi Arabia and energy politics

    US Domestic politics of Jan 6 investigations, gun control and abortion rights.

     

    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
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    • 50 min
    Kos Samaras: Change the government, change the country — 2022 Australian Election special

    Kos Samaras: Change the government, change the country — 2022 Australian Election special

    Kos Samaras is one of Australia’s top pollsters and political analysts.

    He is a director at RedBridge Group Australia. For years, Kos was the Deputy Campaign Director for the Australian Labor Party in Victoria.

    A veteran of numerous campaigns, Kos caught up with Misha Zelinsky to unpack everything that happened in the 2022 election, how Anthony Albanese won, why voters are leaving major parties, the collapse of the Liberal Party in the inner cities of Australia and what is likely to happen next.
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    • 1 hr 3 min
    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

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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

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
109 Ratings

109 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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