A weekly discussion of the geopolitical implications of current events in the Asia-Pacific, hosted by Ankit Panda from The Diplomat, with regular guests.
The Most Important Shanghai Cooperation Summit Ever?
The SCO meets at a time of geopolitical flux in the Asian heartland. What’s the significance?
North Korea’s Updated Nuclear Law Points At a Dangerous Nuclear Future
Kim Jong Un says that as long as nuclear weapons exist, North Korea will have them.
Pakistan’s Flooding Underscores Climate Risks in South Asia
Devastating floods have placed a third of the country underwater, underscoring significant climate risks in South Asia.
A Fourth Taiwan Strait Crisis or an Inflection Point for the Status Quo?
What do the events of early August 2022 in the Taiwan Strait portend for the future of the Asia-Pacific?
No End in Sight: 18 Months of Military Rule in Myanmar
What is the state of Myanmar’s complex internal insurgency and how has the international response evolved since the January 2021 coup?
Abe Shinzo’s Enduring Legacy on Geopolitics in Asia
Japan’s longest-serving post-war prime minister left a long list of achievements with geopolitical significance.
Excellent as alway
Just here to add that I really appreciated Katie Potts (if misspelled, very sorry!) asking, “what do you think people should be asking about this topic?” Far too few hosts do, and as here, it’s usually enlightening. Asking good questions is almost always much harder than giving good answers! And here is one of the great questioners.
Fire a missile, get a pod
Ankit mentioned recently that the pod is only a few short of 150 reviews. This addition probably won’t count, since I had one on record, but I will say that the recent convergence to another pod’s standard of “fire a missile, get a pod” is welcome because I enjoy hearing multiple opinions on the same event from open source wonks and from policy wonks.
Analysis by Gentlemanly Scholars
Ankit Panda is a gentleman and a scholar. Other wonks envy his dapper dress and his comprehensive understanding of Indo-Pacific issues. He is a complement to almost any expert on geopolitics of the region, and especially on arms control issues. His recent interview with Robert Farley about the US withdrawal from the INF is typical. While both have strongly held views that are in conflict, they expose their agreements as well as their disagreements to the light of analysis from differing viewpoints, informing the listener about the roots of both ideas, the trunk of agreement, and the diverging branches. At the end, Ankit gracefully concedes the last word to Robert, who responds in kind by admitting uncertainty about some of his views, while taking advantage of the opportunity to go off on a bit of a tangent about Trump’s foreign relations efforts. All in all, a copacetic podcast. You don’t always get such a nicely contrasting guest, but you can count on the host to ensure a listenable, highly informative conversation.
Great to get some informed English analysis on Asia! I listen to every episode, thanks guys!