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Making sense of Australia’s place in the world, Between the Lines puts contemporary international issues and events into a broader historical context, seeking out original perspectives and challenging accepted wisdoms.

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Making sense of Australia’s place in the world, Between the Lines puts contemporary international issues and events into a broader historical context, seeking out original perspectives and challenging accepted wisdoms.

    Does Asia prefer Trump over Biden?; and why isolating Russia doesn't make sense

    Does Asia prefer Trump over Biden?; and why isolating Russia doesn't make sense

    Is Donald Trump a better bet for Asia than Joe Biden? While the region’s political elites are far more worried about China than climate change, Trump is more focused on containing China than decarbonising the global economy. Also, why does the West want to isolate Russia, when it has only had negative results in the past?

    • 29 min
    Why our economy remains stronger than others; and yes, Trump can still win the US election

    Why our economy remains stronger than others; and yes, Trump can still win the US election

    Australia’s economy is recovering more strongly from COVID than other comparable countries. Why? Thank China. And can Donald Trump once again defy the odds and win re-election? Yes he can, if it becomes a choice race and not a referendum on his personality.

    • 29 min
    Is Home Affairs too big?; also Rana Mitter on China's new nationalism

    Is Home Affairs too big?; also Rana Mitter on China's new nationalism

    Is the Department of Home Affairs too big? Peter Edwards and Jacinta Carroll on the legacy of the Hope Royal Commissions into intelligence which recommended a clear separation between intelligence collection and policy making.

    Also: China's Good War. Oxford university historian Rana Mitter on how the new Chinese nationalism is being shaped by a re-interpretation of China's role in World War Two.

    • 29 min
    Shinzo Abe resignation and Catherine Belton on the Navalny poisoning, Belarus and Putin’s people

    Shinzo Abe resignation and Catherine Belton on the Navalny poisoning, Belarus and Putin’s people

    Shinzo Abe resignation

    Shinzo Abe is Japan’s most successful post-war political leader. This week he resigned for health reasons. So what is his legacy for Japan and the wider region?

     Plus, Putin’s People: how the KGB took back Russia and then took on the West.

    Journalist Catherine Belton explains how tensions in Belarus and the poisoning of anticorruption campaigner Alexei Navalny fit into Russa’s post-Communist power politics.  

    • 29 min
    What does South East Asia want from the US and China?; and Robert Draper’s To Start a War

    What does South East Asia want from the US and China?; and Robert Draper’s To Start a War

    What do the neighbours think?

    South-east Asia is increasingly anxious about the rise of China. But what does the region think about an erratic and uncertain America?

    Also:  To start a war

    Robert Draper with the most comprehensive account of the Bush administration’s decision to invade Iraq.

    • 29 min
    The French history behind Lebanon’s problems; challenging the prisoners of war narrative; remembering Brent Scowcroft

    The French history behind Lebanon’s problems; challenging the prisoners of war narrative; remembering Brent Scowcroft

    Joshua Landis: The French mandate and Lebanese history

    Lebanon’s was once a model for the Middle East. Today, it looks more like Syria or Iraq. Why? And should the French be held accountable?

    Also; Japan’s POWs: systematic mistreatment?

    During World War Two more Australians died in Japanese prisoner of war camps than were killed in combat. Conventional wisdom says they were systematically mistreated.
    Sarah Kovner argues that the story is more complex than that.

    Also; Vale Brent Scowcroft: US foreign policy veteran

    Two-time US national security adviser Brent Scowcroft was an architect of the Gulf War, and a leading opponent of the Iraq war. He died recently aged 95.

    • 28 min

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