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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

    88 - Venezuela's Return to the West?

    88 - Venezuela's Return to the West?

    With demand for oil skyrocketing, the US are now reconsidering the usefulness of Venezuela's massive natural oil reserves. To meet the demand in the market, some in Washington are now even going as far as to propose the beginning of the normalisation of relations between Washington and Venezuela, with oil company Chevron already beginning operations inside the country as a test case. If the process goes ahead, it may signal an end to the US policy of "maximum pressure" throughout the region and the beginning of a region-wide policy shift. But how far will either side be willing to take these talks, and how will Venezuela's current allies in China and Russia react to these developments? We ask our panel of experts.
    On the panel this week: 
    - Phil Gunson (Crisis Group)
    - Ben Norton (Geopolitical Economy)
    - Chris Sabatini (Chatham House)

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    • 1 hr 20 min
    87 - How Strong is the Chinese Economy?

    87 - How Strong is the Chinese Economy?

    There are major faultlines appearing within the Chinese economy, particularly within many of the state government's budgets. Large debts are now all coming due, and the leadership in Beijing will be faced with several tough decisions within the next few months. Will Xi choose the plunge the country into a self-imposed, but managed downtown, or will the bubble burst on its own, throwing the country into economic chaos? We sit down with our panel of experts to find out. 

    On the panel this week: 
    - Joanna Chiu (Toronto Star)
    - Logan Wright (Rhodium Group)
    - David Dollar (Brookings Institute)

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    • 1 hr 24 min
    86 - Russian Operations in Syria

    86 - Russian Operations in Syria

    Numerous analysts failed to correctly predict the outcome of a war between Russia and Ukraine, with many anticipating Russia would conquer Ukraine within a matter of weeks. Some analysts, though, the ones watching Syria closely, could see the fractures in the Russian army beforehand, and these analysts are now watching Syria closely again. With Russia's position inside the country shifting quickly, will the Kremlin continue to pilot the country's decade-long civil war, or are other players beginning to move into the growing power vacuum? Can the Russian operations here in Syria once again show us the future of Ukraine? We ask our panel of experts.
    On the panel this week:
    - Joanne H Cummings (Baylor Uni)
    - Rich Outzen (Atlantic Council)
    - Wladimir Van Wilgenburg (Journalist)
    - Charles Lister (MEI)

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    • 1 hr 33 min
    85 - Could the US Conquer North Korea?

    85 - Could the US Conquer North Korea?

    North Korea, a nation whose GDP is equivalent to that of the small island of Jamaica, has tested a record amount of missiles this year. With these increasing tests, there is a worry that they will build upon this momentum, and in the future, pose a credible threat to the United States itself. In response to this, several prominent figures have been calling for the US to preempt this event, and carry out an invasion of the DPRK, solving the issue once and for all. But how difficult would an invasion be, is the cost worth it, and will a conflict here pull the rest of the region in with it? We ask our panel of experts


    On the panel this week:
    - Bruce Bennett (RAND)
    - Chad O'Carroll (NKNews)
    - Michael Green (CSIS)

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    • 1 hr 19 min
    84 - Is the CSTO Facing Collapse?

    84 - Is the CSTO Facing Collapse?

    This year Russia has watched their geopolitical position within the region sink from bad to worse, and now there is a brand new issue facing Moscow, with the Russian version of NATO, the CSTO (Collective Security Treaty Organisation), facing a crisis of confidence. After Azerbaijan called Russia's bluff in the Caucasus, the world now knows the core of the CSTO treaty is worthless. So what happens now, will the organisation disband, will an outside power like China take over the reins, or will it simply continue to evaporate slowly? We ask our panel of experts:


    On the panel this week:
    - Steven Pifer (Stanford)
    - Temur Umarov (Carnegie)
    - Raffaello Pantucci (RSIS)

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    • 1 hr 23 min
    The Winners and Losers of Energy Transition - The Green Line - Ep 5

    The Winners and Losers of Energy Transition - The Green Line - Ep 5

    There is no greater challenge when it comes to Climate Change than that of the energy transition. For some countries, it will mean investing billions into the modernisation of their power grids, and for other countries, it will mean abandoning the source of revenue responsible for around 80% of thier national GDP. The prominent question in front of these countries now though is will these countries begin preparing for the transition now, or will they be blindsided when the market does it for them?
    On the panel this week:
    - Lou Munden (TMP)
    - Theresa Sabonis-Helf (Georgetown Uni)
    - Colby Connelly (EnergyIntel)
    - John Calabrese (Middle East Inst)
    - Henry Sanderson (Benchmark Mineral Intel)

    This episode is Part 5 of 5 of our miniseries, The Green Line, examining the near-term geopolitical implications of Climate Change.

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    • 1 hr 40 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
38 Ratings

38 Ratings

Annie-999 ,

Brilliant Geopolitical podcast!!

This is a ‘must-listen’ for all thinking people with concerns for our world. The breadth and depth of analysis, plus the expertise and credentials of the interviewees, make each Episode a goldmine of information and critical analysis for each topic covered.
Michael Hilliard and his team set the scene effectively every time, and he asks searching questions that even respondents can find admirably taxing!
A truly informative and INTELLIGENT podcast. We need more ‘thinking peoples’’ pods like this one. Well done!! And thanks ;-]

ratsac ,

Great, well researched

Great podcast. Well researched and always very good guests.

The speaker could do to vary his voice a bit though. It’s sometimes hard to tell if he’s asking a rhetorical question to the audience, or if he’s asking a question to the guest, until you hear the guest answer.

Chickencarcass ,

Informative

This is a great podcast with consistently excellent guests.

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