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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

    105 - Iran: Crises on Every Front

    105 - Iran: Crises on Every Front

    Iran, ensnared by its mountainous borders, now faces multifaceted threats from all directions and their strategic position is becoming increasingly perilous along every axis. Neighbours like Azerbaijan and Pakistan now pose mounting challenges to national stability, while inaction also risks problems fermenting elsewhere. As Iran's now overstretched military copes with multiple engagements across the region already, the Iranian military, defence industry and IRCG are being warned that they must undergo structural reforms or be crushed from all sides. But will the Iranian military embrace the reforms, will recent tensions in the Caucasus draw Iran into the conflict, and would a deepening relationship with Russia or China salvage Iran's hard-fought strategic gains? We ask our panel of experts

    On the panel this week: 

    Intro - 00:00
    PART 1 - 02:45
    PART 2 - 28:46
    PART 3 - 50:56
    Outro - 67:23

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    • 1 hr 8 min
    104 - El Salvador: The Price of Security

    104 - El Salvador: The Price of Security

    Once the murder capital of the world, El Salvador finds itself grappling with both gang violence and geopolitical shifts. Between 2013 and 2016, murder rates soared due to gang wars and systemic extortion. President Nayib Bukele, emerging from this tumult, removes the safety catches from the government and actually tackles the issue. However, all of this is coming at a long-term cost. How does Bukele's regional vision mesh with the complexities of Central American geopolitics, and does this new path set Bukele on a collision course with the US? Join us as we dissect El Salvador's evolving position on the world stage.

    On the panel this week are:
    - Robert Guest (The Economist)
    - Nik McNally (The Red Line)
    - Margaret Myers (Inter-American Dialogue)

    Intro - 00:00
    PART 1 - 02:04
    PART 2 - 24:29
    PART 3 - 42:59
    Outro - 54:44

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    • 59 min
    103 - Wargaming: India vs Pakistan

    103 - Wargaming: India vs Pakistan

    The potential conflict between India and Pakistan stands at a precipice of alarming complexity, as the two nuclear-armed neighbours navigate a tangled web of historical tensions, territorial disputes, and geopolitical ambitions, and with India's rapidly evolving military capabilities and strategic partnerships, the landscape of South Asian defence dynamics is shifting. The theoretical pitfalls of a confrontation between these nations would have far-reaching implications, not just for the subcontinent, but for the global order. From cyber warfare to conventional battles, what would a war between India and Pakistan entail? We ask our panel of experts to unpack the scenarios, strategies, and stakes posed by this conflict:

    On the panel this week:
    - Chris Clary (Uni of Albany)
    - Arzan Tarapore (CISC)
    - Christine Fair (Georgetown)

    Intro - 00:00
    PART 1 - 03:01
    PART 2 - 30:40
    PART 3 - 53:51
    Outro - 1:13:51

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    • 1 hr 19 min
    102 - The Economic Feasibility of Nuclear Power

    102 - The Economic Feasibility of Nuclear Power

    The economic feasibility of Nuclear Power is under an unprecedented microscope, with evolving energy solutions and changing market dynamics, the mathematical foundation that once supported the nuclear industry's robustness is now slipping. While traditional energy giants like the US, France, and Russia grapple with the shifting sands of economic viability, emergent green energy leaders are questioning the place of nuclear power in tomorrow's energy mosaic. Is nuclear energy a mere bridging solution in our transition to a carbon-neutral future, or is it an unsustainable relic of the past? We ask our panel of experts:

    On the panel this week:
    - Paul Dorfman (SPRU)
    - David Schlissel (IEEFA)
    - James Acton (CEIP)

    Intro: 00:00
    PART 1: 05:32
    PART 2: 22:30
    PART 3: 33:56
    Outro: 52:50

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    • 57 min
    101 - UUV's: Underwater Drones and Seabed Warfare

    101 - UUV's: Underwater Drones and Seabed Warfare

    UUVs or Unmanned Underwater Vehicles, are set to make the same kind of impact that UAVs previously made on the modern battlefield. With their vast operational capacities and affordable price tags, we are not only seeing major players like the US, Russia, and China engaged in a dire dash for future ocean supremacy, but also several smaller players who previously were locked out of the subsurface battlespace due to the high costs of conventional submarines. Will these new weapons serve merely as long-range recon vehicles for the major powers, or will UUVs be at the forefront of seabed warfare and underwater infrastructure sabotage? We ask our panel of experts.
    On the panel this week:
    H. I. Sutton (Covert Shores) Samuel Bendett (CNA) Bruce Jones (Brookings Inst.) Intro - 00:00
    PART 1 - 04:06
    PART 2 - 31:13
    PART 3 - 47:51
    Outro - 64:42
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    • 1 hr 9 min
    100 - Scoring Every Prediction by The Red Line (100th Episode Special)

    100 - Scoring Every Prediction by The Red Line (100th Episode Special)

    The Red Line has reached our 100th episode, and it has been an amazing journey putting all of these episodes together. But how accurate have our predictions been? We have been engaged in analysis and reporting for nearly 5 years now. So, we sat down and meticulously went through 2,000 pages of transcripts, episode by episode, to assess how many of our predictions on the show have come true and how many were incorrect.
    This week's episode features no guests, but rather includes clips from across all 100 episodes of the program.
    For more information, please visit our website.

    • 1 hr 11 min

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