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Three experts, one Story. Each fortnight we host a panel of international experts diving into the biggest geopolitical stories shaping the news both here and overseas.

Hosted by Michael Hilliard

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Three experts, one Story. Each fortnight we host a panel of international experts diving into the biggest geopolitical stories shaping the news both here and overseas.

Hosted by Michael Hilliard

    The Armed Forces of Central Asia - Part 1 : Tajikistan and Regional Command Structures

    The Armed Forces of Central Asia - Part 1 : Tajikistan and Regional Command Structures

    In the inaugural episode of our new mini-series, we dive deep into the military landscape of Central Asia, starting with a spotlight on Tajikistan. This first episode uncovers the region's convoluted command structures and the unique challenges faced by the national armed forces operating here. Why does the Tajik army operate the way it does? What hidden factors influence their command, doctrines, and equipment? Our expert panel will unravel these complexities, providing captivating insights into the evolving dynamics of Tajikistan's military and its increasingly pivotal role in Central Asian politics. Don't miss this deep dive into the heart of Central Asian defence strategies.

    On the panel this week:
    - Bruce Pannier (Central Asia Journalist)
    - Derek Bisaccio (Forecast International)
    - Katie Putz (The Diplomat)
    - Steve Swerdlow (USC)
    - Edward Lemon (The Oxus Society)

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    • 1 hr 8 min
    120 - The Forced Friendship: Russia's Uneasy Alliance with China

    120 - The Forced Friendship: Russia's Uneasy Alliance with China

    As economic sanctions continue to tighten their grip on Russia, the nation is forced to seek assistance from whoever it can, turning to China not out of mutual interest but as a necessity. Yet, this support comes at a steep price, heightening concerns in Moscow that it's inadvertently solidifying a new, skewed power dynamic. As China capitalizes on Russia's vulnerabilities, one has to wonder if this is merely business or if there's a deeper play to settle historical grievances. Can Russia untangle itself from this precarious alliance? What are the obstacles in broadening their so-called "no-limits" friendship, and what implications will these have on future Sino-Russian energy deals? We ask our panel of experts:

    On the panel this week:
    - Keir Giles (Chatham House)
    - Gavin Wilde (CEIP)
    - Temur Umarov (CEIP)

    Intro - 00:00
    PART 1 - 04:07
    PART 2 - 23:47
    PART 3 - 38:47
    Outro - 58:10

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    • 1 hr 7 min
    119 - Indonesia's Defence Dilemma

    119 - Indonesia's Defence Dilemma

    As President Prabowo Subianto prepares to enter the presidency, the Indonesian military stands at a crucial juncture, navigating both traditional and emerging defence challenges. With Prabowo's extensive military background and his previous five years at the helm of the armed forces, this term is particularly poised to potentially reshape strategies around procurement, international agreements, and even the core tenets of the Indonesian military itself. This week, we delve into the evolving dynamics within the Indonesian military as it grapples with modernisation and regional security pressures, and examine the potential shifts and tough decisions likely to fall onto his desk during the next five years. So why is this term likely the most important for the military? What do Prabowo's purchases and policy shifts tell us about his future policies, and will Indonesia finally take its place as a significant military power within Southeast Asia? We ask our panel of experts:

    On the panel this week:
    - John Blaxland (ANU) 
    - Natalie Sambhi (Verve Research) 
    - Collin Koh (RSIS)

    Intro - 00:00
    PART 1 - 02:03
    PART 2 - 18:47
    PART 3 - 44:05
    Outro - 1:03:10

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    • 1 hr 13 min
    118 - Wargaming: San Marino vs. Italy

    118 - Wargaming: San Marino vs. Italy

    Tensions are on the rise between San Marino and Italy, revealing a potential crisis on the Italian Peninsula that many analysts are missing. This situation, seemingly minor, hints at deep-seated unrest that could destabilize the region. We delve into the nuances of this brewing conflict, urging a reevaluation of its possible impact on European stability. Through expert insights, we aim to uncover the undercurrents of this overlooked crisis, highlighting the urgency of recognizing and preparing for the ramifications of this unfolding discord.

    On the panel this week:
    - James Ker-Lindsay (LSE)

    Intro - 00:00
    PART 1 - 01:30
    Outro - 14:37

    RELEASED: APRIL 1st 2024.

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    • 17 min
    117 - Equipping Your Insurgency: A Guide to the Small Arms Market

    117 - Equipping Your Insurgency: A Guide to the Small Arms Market

    Delving into the shadowy realm of the small arms trade, we unravel a web of clandestine dealings and backroom deals that span the entire globe, arming insurgents, equipping terrorists, and bolstering criminal networks, thus creating some of the world's most volatile regions. As these weapons cross borders, both through legal and illegal means, their paths become increasingly complicated, yet the underlying fundamentals beneath the trade remain stubbornly rigid. In this deep dive, we seek to unpack the trends that drive the industry, identify which markets are currently hotbeds of small arms sales, and explore the nuanced dynamics that completely change the procurement patterns of cartels or regional insurgency groups. We unpack a hypothetical scenario of a theoretical insurgency group to demonstrate the unexpected challenges faced by these groups, with a panel of industry experts:

    On the panel this week:
    - Nicholas Marsh (PRIO)
    - Franz J. Marty (Swiss Institute for Global Affairs)
    - Mark Bromley (SIPRI)

    Intro - 00:00
    PART 1 - 02:25
    PART 2 - 24:47
    PART 3 - 44:32
    Outro - 1:00:34

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    • 1 hr 13 min
    116 - Haiti: Cauldron of the Caribbean

    116 - Haiti: Cauldron of the Caribbean

    As Haiti grapples with an unprecedented crisis, the spectre of state collapse under the weight of rampant gang violence has cast a long shadow over its future. The Caribbean nation, once a beacon of freedom and resistance, now finds itself mired in a power struggle that pits armed gangs against each other in a bid for dominance of the nation, leaving civilians caught in the crossfire. Amid this chaos, the international community watches with bated breath as plans for an intervention loom on the horizon, sparking debates on sovereignty, the efficacy of foreign assistance, and the potential for lasting peace. Yet, the success of such an intervention hinges on a myriad of factors, including the willingness of local actors to cooperate and the ability of external forces to navigate the complex socio-political terrain of Haiti. With the stakes higher than ever, the question remains: Can the proposed intervention quell the violence and restore stability to this beleaguered nation, or will the chaos simply continue? To answer that, we turn to our panel of experts:

    On the panel this week:
    - Marlene L. Daut (Yale Uni.)
    - Jess DiPierro Obert (Investigative Journalist)
    - Evan Ellis (US Army War College)
    - Chris Sabatini (Chatham House)

    Intro - 00:00
    PART 1 - 02:47
    PART 2 - 20:37
    PART 3 - 35:52
    PART 4 - 52:17
    Outro - 1:10:56

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    • 1 hr 23 min

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Great wide-ranging podcast that features quite a few informative guests. On more than one occasion I’ve gone into a weekly niche topic knowing nothing and assuming it’s not engaging and coming out feeling very different.

Occasionally there’s some audio issues but that’s bound to happen when you’re speaking to people in all areas of the world. There are a few awkward pauses in the editing each episode too - a few seconds of dead air between each item which confuses me.

But overall it’s great.

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