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The podcast of La Trobe Asia which takes a critical look at the key issues facing Asia's states and societies.

Asia Rising La Trobe University

    • Politics
    • 4.7, 12 Ratings

The podcast of La Trobe Asia which takes a critical look at the key issues facing Asia's states and societies.

    Webinar: Trump in Asia

    Webinar: Trump in Asia

    Donald J. Trump’s win in the 2016 US elections was met with mixed emotions across Asia. Many in the region greeted the election with cautious optimism. They assumed that Washington would take a more pragmatic line, and that a man who prided himself on his business acumen would present new opportunities in trade and resource relations.

    But the Trump presidency has proven to be unpredictable. His relationship with Asian countries has been wide-ranging, from flattering to negligent, and competition among the major powers, particularly between China and the United States, has intensified and is now the dominant feature of the region’s international relations.

    So how has the relationship between the United States and Asia fared under the leadership of Donald Trump? Will the situation improve in the future, and what will it mean for the power balance in the region if they don’t?

    The launch of the La Trobe Asia Brief Issue 4 - Trump in Asia: A More Dangerous Place.

    - Associate Professor Nicole Curato (Centre for Deliberative Democracy and Global Governance, University of Canberra)
    - Professor Zha Daojiong (School of International Studies, Peking University)
    - Dr Huong Le Thu (Australian Strategic Policy Institute)
    - Dr Rebecca Strating (Executive Director, La Trobe Asia)(Chair)

    • 1 hr 3 min
    #144: A Wedge Between Koreas (Trump in Asia #1)

    #144: A Wedge Between Koreas (Trump in Asia #1)

    The United States and North Korea both share a desire to achieve a breakthrough in their relationship, but to very different ends. At one time there was the hope that strongman personalities of Donald Trump and Kim Jong-un could push their way through diplomatic roadblocks, but with a year since their last significant meeting interaction has stalled.

    Sea Young Kim, (Research Associate and Project Manager, the East Asia Institute (EAI), South Korea).

    Theme music: Asian Wonders by Butterfly Tea

    Recorded 24th April, 2020.

    • 17 min
    Webinar: South China Sea and Maritime Rule-Based Order

    Webinar: South China Sea and Maritime Rule-Based Order

    Over the past decade the hotly disputed South China Sea has become increasingly used as example of the rising strategic competition between the People’s Republic of China and the United States.

    Overlapping territory claims and maritime jurisdiction, strategic control over maritime domain, and differences in legal interpretations of freedom of navigation combine in a broader contest that affects multiple countries in Southeast Asia as they defend their maritime entitlements. Even regional non-claimant states such as Australia, Japan, India and South Korea claim stakes in the South China Sea, reflecting concerns about the shifting regional order and China’s intentions in the maritime domain.

    How do these different countries approach the South China Sea disputes? How are concepts around sovereignty, history and the law of the sea used and abused in foreign policy discussions and discourses? And what capacity is there for the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS) – the so-called Constitution for the Oceans – to resolve these complex problems?

    Gregory Poling (Director of the Asia Maritime Transparency Initiative, Center for Strategic and International Studies)
    Dr Lynn Kuok (Shangri-La Dialogue Senior Fellow for Asia-Pacific Security, International Institute for Strategic Studies)
    Dr Rebecca Strating (Executive Director, La Trobe Asia, La Trobe University)

    Professor Nick Bisley (Dean of the School of Humanities and Social Sciences, La Trobe University)

    Recorded on 15 June, 2020.

    • 1 hr 5 min
    Webinar: Women and Australian International Affairs

    Webinar: Women and Australian International Affairs

    This La Trobe Asia event launches the newly released Australian Journal of International Affairs special issue “Critical Analyses in Australian Foreign, Defence and Strategic Policy”, a collection of essays by early- to mid-career Australian women researchers that arose as a response to ongoing issues around women’s visibility and representation in Australian International Affairs.

    Session One:vWomen in Australian International Affairs

    What challenges face women's equitable participation in the discipline & vocation of International Relations, & what strategies and responses might help redress gender imbalances in the field?

    This keynote panel will discuss the findings of the article “Women in Australian International Affairs”, written Dr Jasmine-Kim Westendorf and Dr Bec Strating of La Trobe Uni who co-edited the special issue.

    Dr Jasmine-Kim Westendorf, La Trobe U
    Professor Sara Davies, Griffith U
    Associate Professor Sarah Percy, Queensland U
    Chair: Dr Bec Strating, La Trobe U

    Session Two: Critical Analyses of Australian Foreign, Defence & Strategic Policy panel

    This session (chaired by Jasmine-Kim Westendorf) presents the ground-breaking research of women scholars published in the Special Issue with time for questions after each short presentation.

    Topic 1:
    The politics of strategic narratives on regional order in the Indo-Pacific: Free, open, prosperous & inclusive?
    Dr Monika Barthwal-Datta, UNSW & Dr Priya Chacko, Adelaide University

    Topic 2:
    Perceptions of terrorism in Australia: 1978 – 2019
    Dr Danielle Chubb, Deakin University

    Topic 3:
    The Australian Foreign Policy White Paper, gender & conflict prevention: Ties that don’t bind
    Dr Chris Agius, Swinburne U & Anu Mundkur, Flinders University

    Topic 4:
    The externalization of Australian refugee policy & the costs for queer asylum seekers & refugees
    Dr Jaz Dawson, The Refugee Hub - Ottawa University

    Topic 5:
    Enabling authoritarianism in the Indo-Pacific: Australian exemptionalism
    Dr Bec Strating

    Held on 3 June, 2020

    • 1 hr 57 min
    #143: Vietnam and the Covid-19 Crisis

    #143: Vietnam and the Covid-19 Crisis

    Countries in Asia are dealing with the Covid-19 crisis differently, and Vietnam has been widely praised in its apparent success. But is this success down to luck, or tight government control?

    Bill Hayton (Author of Vietnam: Rising Dragon (2010), his forthcoming book is The Invention of China (2020).

    • 25 min
    Webinar: How Asia Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Pandemic

    Webinar: How Asia Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Pandemic

    While much of the world is still in the grips of a tumultuous pandemic, areas of Asia are in recovery and planning for the year ahead, albeit at a cautious pace. China, Hong Kong, South Korea and Australia are executing roadmaps for economic recovery, and there are signs that some countries will benefit at the expense of distracted western democracies.

    How does the next year look for the region? Will Asia emerge from the pandemic region stronger, and have a bolder China to contend with?

    In this La Trobe Asia webinar we will be joined panel of experts to discuss Asia’s pandemic recovery.

    Tanvi Madan (Senior Fellow, Brookings Institute)
    Bill Hayton (Associate Fellow, Chatham House Asia-Pacific)
    Nick Bisley (Dean of the School of Humanities and Social Sciences, La Trobe University)
    Chair: Bec Strating (Executive Director, La Trobe Asia)

    Webinar held on 14 May, 2020.

    • 59 min

Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5
12 Ratings

12 Ratings

Smell what the Brock is cookin ,

Lots of good info

I'm a Yank and thus suffer from an extremely inward-facing and myopic news media, so there aren't a lot of ways for me to learn about the contemporary Asian political landscape. It's been a joy listening to Asia Rising the past few years. I've learned a ton about India under modi, water rights along the Himalayas, the aftemath of the recent Thai coup, and all sorts of other interesting topics. Matt Smith and the various other hosts do well to bring out the best of their many interesting guests. I learn something new everytime I listen, which pleases me to no end. Highly recommended.

ClarkDN ,

The world through their eyes

Asia can be enigmatic for those in the west like myself. This podcasts brings in experts on various topics and really makes the complicated understandable. Very nice production! La Trobe is an Australian university, which gives them a unique perspective and voice.

Mikka R. ,

Sponsored by China?

Caveat emptor: this podcast presents some balanced viewpoints and others which come straight from the PRC propaganda. Many speakers simply refuse to acknowledge China’s influence operations in Australia as a danger or their influence over ASEAN members as a concern. Maybe because their livelihoods depend on not seeing it?

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