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The Lowy Institute is an independent, nonpartisan international policy think tank located in Sydney, Australia. The Institute provides high-quality research and distinctive perspectives on foreign policy trends shaping Australia and the world. On Soundcloud we host podcasts from our events with high-level guest speakers as well as our own experts. Essential listening for anyone seeking to better understand foreign policy challenges!

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The Lowy Institute is an independent, nonpartisan international policy think tank located in Sydney, Australia. The Institute provides high-quality research and distinctive perspectives on foreign policy trends shaping Australia and the world. On Soundcloud we host podcasts from our events with high-level guest speakers as well as our own experts. Essential listening for anyone seeking to better understand foreign policy challenges!

    In conversation: Zanny Minton Beddoes on lessons from the coronavirus pandemic

    In conversation: Zanny Minton Beddoes on lessons from the coronavirus pandemic

    On Tuesday 30 June, Executive Director of the Lowy Institute Dr Michael Fullilove hosted a conversation with Zanny Minton Beddoes, Editor-in-Chief of The Economist.

    They addressed a range of questions, including – What have we learned from the pandemic about the state of globalisation? Has the US-China rivalry now become a fully-fledged cold war? Is America too wounded to be the “leader of the free world”?

    • 1 hr
    COVIDcast: The future of globalisation

    COVIDcast: The future of globalisation

    COVIDcast is a Lowy Institute pop-up podcast for anyone interested in understanding the effect of the COVID-19 pandemic on global politics. In each episode, Lowy Institute experts and invited guests discuss the implications of this crisis for the world.

    In this episode of COVIDcast, Roland Rajah, Lowy Institute lead economist, sat down with Pascal Lamy to discuss the future of globalisation. Lamy has served at the peak of global trade and economic governance. He was the Director-General of the World Trade Organization for eight years, from 2005 to 2013, before which he was the Trade Commissioner for the European Union from 1999 to 2004. Currently he is President emeritus of the Jacques Delors Institute, a policy think tank in Paris.

    • 24 min
    COVIDcast: Hugh White on Coronavirus and Asia’s power balance

    COVIDcast: Hugh White on Coronavirus and Asia’s power balance

    COVIDcast is a Lowy Institute pop-up podcast for anyone interested in understanding the effect of coronavirus on global politics. In each episode, Lowy Institute experts and invited guests discuss the implications of coronavirus for the world.

    In this episode of COVIDcast, Sam Roggeveen, Lowy Institute’s Director of the International Security Program, sat down with Professor Hugh White to discuss the connection between the pandemic and the changing balance of power in Asia. Hugh White is an Emeritus Professor of Strategic Studies at the Australian National University.

    • 24 min
    The Director’s Chair: Rory Stewart on the adventures and disappointments of modern politics

    The Director’s Chair: Rory Stewart on the adventures and disappointments of modern politics

    In this episode of The Director’s Chair, Michael Fullilove speaks with former diplomat, traveller, author and politician, Rory Stewart, a man whose life so far has been both conventional and highly unconventional.

    Born in Hong Kong, Rory spent his childhood in Malaysia and Scotland, and passed through a number of establishment institutions including Eton, Balliol, the Black Watch, the Foreign Office and, according to speculation, the Secret Intelligence Service. He was a summer tutor to Princes William and Harry. And yet he has also repeatedly gone off-piste and done interesting and sometimes remarkable things, including walking 10,000km across Asia, and running as an independent candidate for mayor of London.

    Rory and Michael speak about Rory's prescient response to the Covid-19 crisis, the disappointment of political life, the hollowing of the centre ground in British politics, and the Black Lives Matter movement.

    • 32 min
    COVIDcast: Foreign Minister Joseph Wu on Taiwan’s place in the world

    COVIDcast: Foreign Minister Joseph Wu on Taiwan’s place in the world

    COVIDcast is a Lowy Institute pop-up podcast for anyone interested in understanding the effect of coronavirus on global politics. In each episode, Lowy Institute experts and invited guests discuss the implications of coronavirus for the world.

    In this episode of COVIDcast, Natasha Kassam, Research Fellow at the Lowy Institute, sat down with Taiwan’s Minister of Foreign Affairs, Dr Joseph Wu. Dr Wu was appointed Foreign Minister by President Tsai Ing-wen on 26 February 2018. He was previously the head of the National Security Council, and the Chief Representative in the United States as the head of the Taipei Economic and Cultural Representative Office in Washington DC.

    • 25 min
    Panel discussion: Kurt Campbell and Michèle Flournoy on unrest in America

    Panel discussion: Kurt Campbell and Michèle Flournoy on unrest in America

    On Thursday 11 June, Lowy Institute Executive Director Dr Michael Fullilove hosted an in conversation online event with Kurt Campbell and Michèle Flournoy. They discussed the US presidential election, Washington’s relations with Beijing, the global implications of the coronavirus pandemic, and the unrest on America's streets.

    Kurt Campbell served as the Assistant Secretary of State for East Asian and Pacific Affairs in the Obama administration, where he is widely credited as a key architect of the “pivot to Asia.” He is CEO of The Asia Group, and serves as Chairman of the Board of the Center for a New American Security.

    Michèle Flournoy served as the Under Secretary of Defense for Policy in the Obama administration from 2009 to 2012. She is the Co-Founder and Managing Partner of WestExec Advisors and Co-Founder and former CEO of the Center for a New American Security, where she serves on the board.

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Topical but poor audio

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Hackery

What rubbish. Fullilove has led this institute into echo-chambering hackery. For instance: COVIDcast 8: Covid & the WHO. The interviewer asks 'what are the issues?', to which the interviewee provides the conclusion 'it's Trump's fault, he's scapegoating'. No challenge follows, just a move to detailing the consequences of Trump's fault. Only much later is there some tangential deliberation, to the effect of; 'it's unfortunate that politics have interferred with Taiwan's participation'. No similar stridency to that reserved for the US - no straightforward 'China was wrong in 2016 to exclude Taiwan from observer status with the WHO'. Just euphemisms and apologies from this interview, with one rule for China and a different rule for the US, because, of course, the WHO can't decline to propagandise on behalf of China (or, perish the thought, offend China) or they'll be nasty.
I don't need Lowy to tell me how odious is Trump, but if you wish to say so, apply the same standards to all, because it's not as though Xi isn't odious in his own way also.
As for Fullilove's comments in recent podcasts about a diminished perspective of the US should they re-elect Trump, why not apply some scrutiny into why so many Americans would prefer Trump - for all his manifest limitations and utterly wretched character - over the alternatives. And, no, you won't further such scrutiny through interviewing the New York Times and The New Yorker.

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