66 episodes

With the new academic year comes a relaunch of the Centre for Geopolitics’ podcast, now called ‘On Geopolitics’. Regular hosts Ali Ansari and Suzanne Raine will discuss geopolitics issues within a historical context with guests from academia, government, science, and business.

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With the new academic year comes a relaunch of the Centre for Geopolitics’ podcast, now called ‘On Geopolitics’. Regular hosts Ali Ansari and Suzanne Raine will discuss geopolitics issues within a historical context with guests from academia, government, science, and business.

    Episode 48: North Korea's TikTok sensation

    Episode 48: North Korea's TikTok sensation

    Suzanne Raine is joined by Dr John Nilssen-Wright and Alexandra Leonzini to learn more about the story behind a recent North Korean viral TikTok hit. Alexandra and John explore the role of music in the creation and strengthening of North Korean identity, explaining on the way how the society functions, the change in attitude since the meeting of Kim Jong Un and President Trump, and signs to watch for in the future.

    • 42 min
    Episode 47: Death of a President

    Episode 47: Death of a President

    What happens next in Iran? Ali Ansari and Suzanne Raine look at the consequences of the death of President Raisi, and discuss the forthcoming Iranian elections on 28 June.  Who will stand, and how will the process play out?  Who decides and how much does it matter anyway?

    • 43 min
    Episode 46: Iran - Reflecting on recent events

    Episode 46: Iran - Reflecting on recent events

    Suzanne and Ali look back over the events of April -May 2024, including the first direct military exchange between Israel and Iran, and ask where this leaves us. How are we to judge the failure of the Iranian firing of missiles and projectiles towards Israel? What does this mean for the state of Iran itself, and for its reputation and control of its proxies? Where might Iran go from here?

    • 40 min
    Episode 45: Cyber

    Episode 45: Cyber

    Suzanne and Ali talk with Ciaran Martin, the former head of the National Cyber Security Centre on the threats – real and imagined – posed by the rapid transformation of our digital world, the role of state and non-state actors, and how we need to rise to the challenge of revolutionary change in telecommunications technology.

    • 43 min
    Episode 44: Sinjar - an arena for other conflicts?

    Episode 44: Sinjar - an arena for other conflicts?

    Ali and Suzanne are joined by Renad Mansour and Zmkan Ali of Chatham House to discuss their new report on cross-border conflict. Why is Sinjar, stuck between Iraq and Syria, enmired in other ongoing conflicts?  And can anything be done to improve the situation in Sinjar while those conflicts are unresolved? Renad and Zmkan argue that unless the non-state armed groups active in Sinjar are involved in negotiations about the future of Sinjar, then there will be no lasting resolution.

    • 42 min
    Episode 43 - Taiwan's elections: what do the results signify?

    Episode 43 - Taiwan's elections: what do the results signify?

    Professor Ali Ansari and Suzanne Raine are joined by Professor Bill Hurst, Director of the Centre for Geopolitics, to ask what we should conclude from the results of the Taiwanese elections on 13 January. Does the election of a President from the Democratic People's Party make tensions with China more likely, or is the lack of a clear winner in the legislature a counter-balance?  And how will these changes impact Taiwan's posture towards China, and China's decision-making regarding Taiwan? 

    • 41 min

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