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A podcast produced by the Australian Strategic Policy Institute (ASPI).

ASPI is an independent, non-partisan think tank that produces expert and timely advice for Australia’s strategic and defence leaders.

Policy, Guns & Money The Australian Strategic Policy Institute

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A podcast produced by the Australian Strategic Policy Institute (ASPI).

ASPI is an independent, non-partisan think tank that produces expert and timely advice for Australia’s strategic and defence leaders.

    Covid-19, satellite imagery analysis explained and the US-Australia alliance

    Covid-19, satellite imagery analysis explained and the US-Australia alliance

    This week on Policy, Guns and Money, Michael Shoebridge, ASPI’s Director of Defence, Strategy and National Security, and Dr Robert Glasser, Visiting Fellow at ASPI, discuss the current Covid-19 situation globally, the successful and failing responses and the challenges ahead across the globe.

    Senior ICPC Analyst Kelsey Munro speaks to Researcher Nathan Ruser about his use of satellite imagery analysis in his research on areas such as Xinjiang and the China-India border and how he became interested in this type of research tool.

    And Senior Analyst Dr Huong Le Thu is joined by Colonel Raymond Powell, who recently concluded his post as US Defence Attaché in Canberra. Colonel Powell offers some reflections on the highs and lows of his Australian posting and thoughts on the US-Australia alliance.

    In this episode:
    Michael Shoebridge: https://www.aspi.org.au/bio/michael-shoebridge
    Dr Robert Glasser: https://www.aspi.org.au/bio/robert-glasser
    Kelsey Munro: https://www.aspi.org.au/bio/kelsey-munro
    Nathan Ruser: https://www.aspi.org.au/bio/nathan-ruser
    Dr Huong Le Thu: https://www.aspi.org.au/bio/huong-le-thu
    Colonel Raymond Powell: https://www.linkedin.com/in/raymondpowell/?originalSubdomain=qa

    Background music: "Lulu" by Underbelly, via the You Tube Audio Library

    • 35 min
    ‘Clean pipes’ and internet security, tech companies in Hong Kong and global perspectives on China

    ‘Clean pipes’ and internet security, tech companies in Hong Kong and global perspectives on China

    This week on Policy, Guns & Money, Tom Uren, Senior ASPI ICPC Analyst, speaks to Sean Duca, Vice President and Regional Chief Security Officer for Asia Pacific & Japan at Palo Alto Networks about ASPI’s ‘Clean Pipes’ report. They discuss how internet service providers can do more to protect users from online threats that hurt the Australian community and economy.

    ICPC colleagues Louisa Bochner and Elise Thomas discuss the future for tech companies operating in Hong Kong and the challenges they are facing as the Great Firewall approaches.

    And Brendan Nicholson, Executive Editor of The Strategist, speaks to Michael Shoebridge, ASPI’s Director of Defence, Strategy and National Security, about the increasing value being placed on trust globally and China’s trust account with the world.

    In this episode:
    Report: https://www.aspi.org.au/report/clean-pipes-should-isps-provide-more-secure-internet

    Tom Uren: https://www.aspi.org.au/bio/tom-uren
    Sean Duca: @SeanDuca (Twitter)
    Louisa Bochner: https://www.aspi.org.au/bio/louisa-bochner
    Elise Thomas: https://www.aspi.org.au/bio/elise-thomas
    Brendan Nicholson: https://www.aspi.org.au/bio/brendan-nicholson
    Michael Shoebridge: https://www.aspi.org.au/bio/michael-shoebridge

    Background music: "Firestarter" by Jeremy Black - via the You Tube Music Library.

    • 36 min
    Offensive cyber operations, Singapore elections and Pacific disaster resilience

    Offensive cyber operations, Singapore elections and Pacific disaster resilience

    In this episode of Policy, Guns and Money, Dr John Coyne, Head of Strategic Policing and Law Enforcement at ASPI and Tom Uren, Senior Analyst with ASPI’s International Cyber Policy Centre discuss the legal dilemma of conducting offensive cyber operations.

    Next, Senior Analyst Dr Huong Le Thu speaks to Ja Ian Chong, Visiting Scholar at the Harvard-Yenching Institute and Associate Professor of Political Science at the National University of Singapore about the recent Singapore elections, why the results were a surprise for some and what the results mean for Singapore’s foreign policy in the years ahead.

    And Dr Paul Barnes, Head of ASPI’s Risk and Resilience Program speaks to Mavis Depaune and Monte Depaune, environmental experts and PhD candidates at the University of Wollongong, about disaster prevention and resilience in the Pacific and the implementation of the Sendai Framework in Nauru, which they wrote about in ASPI’s recent report ‘A Pacific disaster prevention review’.

    Mentioned in this episode:
    Report: https://www.aspi.org.au/report/pacific-disaster-prevention-review

    Guests in this episode:
    John Coyne: https://www.aspi.org.au/bio/john-coyne
    Tom Uren: https://www.aspi.org.au/bio/tom-uren
    Huong Le Thu: https://www.aspi.org.au/bio/huong-le-thu
    Ja Ian Chong: https://harvard-yenching.org/scholars/chong-ja-ian
    Paul Barnes: https://www.aspi.org.au/bio/paul-barnes
    Mavis Depaune: https://www.linkedin.com/in/mavis-depaune-46606756/?originalSubdomain=au
    Monte Depaune: https://www.linkedin.com/in/monte-depaune-a2929370/

    Background music: "The Stork" by Ketsa, via the Free Music Archive. https://freemusicarchive.org/music/Ketsa/Raising_Frequecy/The_Stork

    • 36 min
    Strategic Vision 2020 with Stan Grant and Peter Jennings

    Strategic Vision 2020 with Stan Grant and Peter Jennings

    In this special episode of Policy, Guns and Money, ASPI’s Executive Director, Peter Jennings talks to Australian Walkley award winning journalist and ASPI Senior Fellow, Stan Grant and they turn their minds to the upcoming ASPI conference, Strategic Vision 2020.

    Stan talks about his delight at the incredible line-up of global leaders the conference has in store, and how he is preparing for the in-depth discussions he will facilitate as conference host over the course of four weeks.

    Peter and Stan consider the big, strategic challenges Australia and the world are facing, as we endure the global pandemic, a probable global depression and changes to the global order.

    Listen to the discussion now, prepare your questions for our guests and register for the conference here: https://www.aspi.org.au/event/strategic-vision-2020-aspi-conference-series

    The ASPI conference series, Strategic Vision 2020, begins next week – delivered live & online – all available for free! Simply register for the sessions you wish to attend and watch live or on-demand.

    Speakers:
    • The Hon. Kim Beazley AC | Governor of Western Australia
    • Carl Bildt | Former Prime Minister of Sweden (1991-1994)
    • Dr Dino Patti Djalal | Founder, Foreign Policy Community of Indonesia
    • Elizabeth Economy | C.V. Starr senior fellow, director for Asia Studies, Council on Foreign Relations
    • Christiana Figueres | Former Executive Secretary of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (2010-2016)
    • Dr. Robert Glasser | Former special representative of the Secretary General for Disaster Risk Reduction, ASPI Visiting Fellow
    • Jane Halton AO PSM | Adjunct Professor at the Universities of Canberra and Sydney
    • The Hon. John Howard OM AC | Former Prime Minister of Australia (1996-2007)
    • Bilahari Kausikan | Former Permanent Secretary of Singapore’s Foreign Ministry
    • Major General (Ret'd) Duncan Lewis | Former Director-General, ASIO
    • Professor Raina MacIntyre | NHMRC Principal Research Fellow & Professor of Global Biosecurity, UNSW
    • The Right Hon. Sir Rabbie Namaliu KCMG CSM | Former Prime Minister of Papua New Guinea (1988-1992)
    • Samantha Power | 28th U.S. Permanent Representative to the United Nations
    • Senator the Hon Linda Reynolds CSC | Minister for Defence
    • Sir John Scarlett KCMG OBE | Former Chief of the British Secret Intelligence Service

    Head to the ASPI site via the link above for the full agenda.

    • 16 min
    National Security Agencies and the Cloud

    National Security Agencies and the Cloud

    In this special episode of Policy, Guns and Money, we continue the conversation on cloud computing. Michael Shoebridge and John Coyne, co-authors of ASPI’s recent report ‘National security agencies and the cloud: An urgent capability issue for Australia’, are joined by Oracle’s Kirsty Linehan and Nathan Cook, experts in cloud computing, for an in-depth discussion on cloud computing in Australia’s national security infrastructure.

    Report https://www.aspi.org.au/report/national-security-agencies-and-cloud-urgent-capability-issue-australia

    Webinar https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HoZLku4p9C4&t=7s

    Michael Shoebridge https://www.aspi.org.au/bio/michael-shoebridge
    Dr John Coyne https://www.aspi.org.au/bio/john-coyne
    Kirsty Linehan https://www.linkedin.com/in/kirstyalinehan/?originalSubdomain=au
    Nathan Cook https://www.linkedin.com/in/nathancook2/?originalSubdomain=au

    • 24 min
    Hong Kong security law, Defence Strategic Update and China’s ‘wolf warriors’ on Twitter

    Hong Kong security law, Defence Strategic Update and China’s ‘wolf warriors’ on Twitter

    In this episode of Policy, Guns and Money, ICPC Program Coordinator, Louisa Bochner speaks to Bethany Allen-Ebrahimian, China reporter at Axios, about the Hong Kong security law, Article 38 and the application of the law and what this latest move from Beijing means for its relations with the US, Australia and other democracies.

    Next, two of ASPI’s grumpy strategists Marcus Hellyer and Malcolm Davis chat about the 2020 Defence Strategic Update, including what’s new in the update, what it means for the Department of Defence budget and where it falls short.

    And finally, Tom Uren and Fergus Ryan from ASPI’s International Cyber Policy Centre discuss the role of China’s ‘wolf warrior’ diplomats on Twitter and their attempt to shape global discourse, and the desire among Chinese citizens to jump the Great Firewall and access the banned platform.

    Mentioned in the episode:
    Conference: https://www.aspi.org.au/event/strategic-vision-2020-aspi-conference-series

    Guests in this episode:
    Louisa Bochner: https://www.aspi.org.au/bio/louisa-bochner
    Bethany Allen-Ebrahimian: https://www.axios.com/authors/baebrahimian/
    Marcus Hellyer: https://www.aspi.org.au/bio/marcus-hellyer
    Malcolm Davis: https://aspi.org.au/bio/malcolm-davis
    Tom Uren: https://www.aspi.org.au/bio/tom-uren
    Fergus Ryan: https://www.aspi.org.au/bio/fergus-ryan

    Background music: "The closest without going over" by The Whole Other - via the You Tube Audio Library.

    • 38 min

Customer Reviews

4.2 out of 5
27 Ratings

27 Ratings

Laurie_plan ,

Very interesting podcast

This podcast is very relevant to my work and great to use my commute time learning

Castmeout83 ,

Not amazing

The podcast is a little dry. It tends to cover things that have already happened, and the presenters don’t seem to give any real deep insights that aren’t aired in mainstream media. It also sometimes veers into just base self promotion of whatever ASPI’s latest thing is. A definite improvement would be to be more future looking, rather than covering past events.

Would be better if it was less segmented, had rotated experts guesting to speak about their area of expertise.

Also, the sound quality is pretty poor. It’s a clear patchwork of things as the volume and sound quality changes significantly between sections.

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