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Policy, Guns & Money is produced by the Australian Strategic Policy Institute (ASPI).

ASPI is an independent, non-partisan think tank that produces expert and timely advice for strategic and defence leaders. ASPI has offices in Canberra, Australia and Washington DC, USA.

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Policy, Guns & Money is produced by the Australian Strategic Policy Institute (ASPI).

ASPI is an independent, non-partisan think tank that produces expert and timely advice for strategic and defence leaders. ASPI has offices in Canberra, Australia and Washington DC, USA.

    Offensive cyber operations; election integrity and disinformation

    Offensive cyber operations; election integrity and disinformation

    This week, Dr Alex Caples speaks to Emily Harding from the Centre for Strategic and International Studies about offensive cyber operations and how to respond. They discuss how governments are integrating cyber operations with more traditional military planning, as well as responses to cyber-attacks, and how to deter in the cyber domain.

    With more than 2 billion people in over 70 countries expected to vote this year, 2024 has been dubbed the year of elections. To explore election related foreign interference and disinformation, David Wroe speaks to Chris Zappone, the Digital Foreign Editor for The Age and the Sydney Morning Herald. They discuss the current state of the information environment, how it has evolved over time, and how social media and AI are being used to spread disinformation.

    Guests:
    Alex Caples: https://www.aspi.org.au/bio/dr-alex-caples
    Emily Harding: https://www.csis.org/people/emily-harding
    David Wroe: https://www.aspi.org.au/bio/david-wroe
    Chris Zappone: https://www.smh.com.au/by/chris-zappone-hve6u

    Music: "Young and Free" by Jonas Hipper, licensed with permission from the Independent Music Licensing Collective - imlcollective.uk

    • 48 min
    Myanmar’s junta under pressure; geopolitics in the Pacific

    Myanmar’s junta under pressure; geopolitics in the Pacific

    This week, David Wroe hosts a discussion on the latest from Myanmar, where the military regime that seized power in 2021 has recently enforced conscription amid plummeting military morale and steady pressure from armed resistance groups. ASPI’s Nathan Ruser and the Wilson Center’s Lucas Myers talk about how a range of opposition groups are making military gains, and where the civil conflict is likely to go in the coming months.

    ASPI senior analysts Blake Johnson and Euan Graham join David Wroe to discuss geopolitics in the Pacific and what to expect in 2024. They dissect the significance of Papua New Guinea Prime Minister James Marape’s recent visit to Canberra, Tuvalu’s election and Nauru’s switch of diplomatic recognition from Taiwan to China.

    Guests:

    David Wroe: https://www.aspi.org.au/bio/david-wroe
    Nathan Ruser: https://www.aspi.org.au/bio/nathan-ruser
    Lucas Myers: https://www.wilsoncenter.org/person/lucas-myers
    Euan Graham: https://www.aspi.org.au/bio/euan-graham
    Blake Johnson: https://www.aspi.org.au/bio/blake-johnson

    • 50 min
    Ukraine, the Quad and an Australian maritime strategy

    Ukraine, the Quad and an Australian maritime strategy

    In this special three-part episode:

    David Wroe speaks to economist, lawyer and author, Misha Zelinsky, about his new novel ‘The Sun Will Rise’, which is inspired by his experience covering Russia’s invasion of Ukraine for the Australian Financial Review. They discuss the overarching theme of the book and its characters, as well as the message Misha hopes people will take away from the book. They also discuss the latest developments in the war, the risk of war fatigue, and why democracies must continue to provide support to Ukraine.

    Next, Alex Bristow speaks to Dr Arzan Tarapore, South Asia research scholar at Stanford University’s Asia-Pacific Research Center and Senior Fellow at ASPI. They discuss the upcoming Quad Summit in India in 2024, the topics likely to be discussed, and how the diplomatic partnership has evolved over time. They also explore how the Quad complements existing minilateral partnerships, and whether the group should have a bigger focus on security.

    Finally, David Wroe speaks to Jennifer Parker, the Director of Defence Policy at the Australian National University's National Security College, and Dr Malcolm Davis, Senior Analyst in Defence Strategy and Capability at ASPI. They discuss Jennifer’s recent ASPI report ‘An Australian Maritime Strategy: Resourcing the Royal Australian Navy’ which calls for an urgent expansion of the Royal Australian Navy fleet to adequately protect Australia’s vast maritime interests.

    Mentioned in this episode:

    https://www.thesunwillrisebook.com/

    https://www.aspi.org.au/report/australian-maritime-strategy


    Guests:

    David Wroe
    Misha Zelinsky
    Alex Bristow
    Dr Arzan Tarapore
    Jennifer Parker
    Dr Malcolm Davis

    Music: "Just Wondering" by Maarten Schellekens, licensed with permission from the Independent Music Licensing Collective - imlcollective.uk

    • 1 hr 26 min
    Air Force education, the WPS agenda and women’s rights

    Air Force education, the WPS agenda and women’s rights

    In this special three-part episode:

    Alex Bristow speaks to Brigadier General Linell Letendre, the Dean of Faculty at the United States Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs. They discuss the long-standing Australia-US cadet exchange programs and the importance of STEM in military education. They also discuss the repeal of the ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’ policy in the US, and how the culture has changed in the Air Force. Linell also discusses her use of the #warfighterscholar handle on social media, including what it means and aims to do.

    Next, Daria Impiombato interviews Irene Fellin, the NATO Secretary General's Special Representative for Women, Peace and Security. They discuss the Women, Peace and Security agenda, its role in the online space, and NATO’s role in advancing the priorities of the agenda. They also explore the dangers that female activists face today, and offer advice to young women considering a career in the field.

    Finally, Daria speaks to Macarena Sáez, Executive Director of the Women’s Rights Division at Human Rights Watch. They discuss the connection between national security and human rights, as well as the current state of women's rights around the world. They also outline what Australia can do to promote women’s rights on the global stage, and explore how the erosion of women’s rights is often the first sign of a step towards authoritarianism.

    Mentioned in this episode:
    https://dppa.un.org/en/women-peace-and-security

    Guests:

    Alex Bristow
    Brigadier General Linell Letendre
    Daria Impiombato
    Irene Fellin
    Macarena Sáez

    Music: "Long Walk" by Ketsa, licensed with permission from the Independent Music Licensing Collective - imlcollective.uk

    • 1 hr 3 min
    AI horizons: Navigating regulations, safety, and the use of AI

    AI horizons: Navigating regulations, safety, and the use of AI

    In today's episode:

    Following the recent AI Safety Summit hosted by British Prime Minister Rishi Sunak, Bart Hogeveen speaks with the European Union's Senior Envoy for Digital to the United States Gerard de Graaf. They discuss the EU's approach to AI regulation and how it differs from the US and other governments. They also discuss which uses of AI the EU thinks should be limited or prohibited and why, as well as provide suggestions for Australia's efforts to regulate AI.

    Finally, Alex Caples, speaks to Australian Federal Police (AFP) Commander Helen Schneider. They discuss the AFP and Monash University initiative 'My Pictures Matter’, which uses artificial intelligence to help combat child exploitation. They also explore the importance of using an ethically sourced database to train the AI tool that is used in the project, as well as outline how people can get involved in the campaign and help end child exploitation in Australia and overseas.

    Mentioned in this episode:
    https://mypicturesmatter.org/

    Guests:
    Bart Hogeveen
    Gerard de Graaf
    Alex Caples
    Helen Schneider

    Music: "Think Different" by Scott Holmes, licensed with permission from the Independent Music Licensing Collective - imlcollective.uk

    • 40 min
    How parliamentarians view cybersecurity and critical technology, with Gai Brodtmann

    How parliamentarians view cybersecurity and critical technology, with Gai Brodtmann

    What do Australia’s parliamentarians think about cybersecurity and critical technology?

    In this special episode, David Wroe speaks to ASPI Chair and former parliamentarian Gai Brodtmann about the landmark study she led which canvasses the views of parliamentarians on cyber security and critical technologies. They discuss the results of this ASPI study, including gaps in knowledge, differences of opinion and unexpected responses, and how policymakers can keep pace with technological developments that underpin all aspects of society, including areas such as health, infrastructure, defence and the economy.

    Mentioned in this episode:
    https://www.aspi.org.au/report/what-do-australias-parliamentarians-think-about-cybersecurity-and-critical-technology

    Guests:
    David Wroe: https://www.aspi.org.au/bio/david-wroe
    Gai Brodtmann: https://www.aspi.org.au/bio/ms-gai-brodtmann

    Music: "Righteous" by Ketsa, licensed with permission from the Independent Music Licensing Collective - imlcollective.uk

    • 23 min

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