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Get an edge with actionable insights from policy thought leaders each week. Liam, a media entrepreneur and policy analyst, helps you track the trends, connect the dots and see the bigger picture - empowering you to make your impact felt on our world.

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Policy People Liam Gavan

    • Government
    • 5.0 • 17 Ratings

Get an edge with actionable insights from policy thought leaders each week. Liam, a media entrepreneur and policy analyst, helps you track the trends, connect the dots and see the bigger picture - empowering you to make your impact felt on our world.

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    'Code red for humanity', Russia's global warming wins, China in Afghanistan, Japan's future with Mohamad Zeeshan

    'Code red for humanity', Russia's global warming wins, China in Afghanistan, Japan's future with Mohamad Zeeshan

    I talk with Mohamed Zeeshan on what the UN’s recent report on climate change means for us all, how Russia will reap geopolitical gains from global warming, weigh up China’s options in Afghanistan and ponder the dynamics of Japanese politics as the ruling party chooses its next leader.

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    • 1 hr 1 min
    The Cold Peace with Erich Elkins

    The Cold Peace with Erich Elkins

    In this conversation, I discuss our new geopolitical reality ‘The Cold Peace’ with Erich Elkins. We discuss the importance of design thinking for policy problems, the roots of Western decline, Erich’s experience meeting Xi Jinping and how it shaped his thinking on the leader, the objective of China’s recent family-friendly reforms, the upcoming Philippines election, the country’s position in the Indo-Pacific, whether the first island chain can hold, why we are living in a ‘Cold Peace’ rather than a ‘Cold War’, the risk of conflict over Taiwan, and many more topics.

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    Erich Elkins is the Co-founder and Director of the Sydney-based firm Next Real Ventures, which brings US and European technology solutions to the Indo-Pacific and is the primary representative in the region for HaptX, the world’s leader in dual-use robotics and VR wearables. Erich has been at the forefront of the design and deployment of innovative tech solutions, such as Extended Reality(XR) and Urban Mobility. He has a career spanning three decades working with Fortune 500 companies, startups, and government agencies throughout Europe, North America, and the Asia Pacific, which has given him deep insights into the creation of technology and innovation strategies and policies. This has formed his unique on-the-ground perspective surrounding the growing strategic rivalry between the US and China, and the new global geopolitical reality. Erich is currently based in Manila and you can connect with him on LinkedIn.

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    • 1 hr 8 min
    In the Drone Zone with Ali Haxhimustafa

    In the Drone Zone with Ali Haxhimustafa

    In this conversation, I explore new frontiers of drone warfare and the defense strategies for small countries with Ali Haxhimustafa. We discuss how drones are turning the tides of battles across Eurasia, various offensive and defensive drone tactics, how drone swarms give smaller forces affordable asymmetric advantages, what to do in a military withdrawal, the evolution of Kosovo’s military mandate and capacity, the country’s plans to join NATO, defense sharing and aerial defense systems, the importance of international training programs for smaller forces, cultural differences between militaries in democracies and autocracies, automated weapons systems, and many more topics.

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    Ali Haxhimustafa is a major currently serving in the Kosovo Security Forces and a Commander at the Defense Academy, Center for University Studies in Kosovo’s capital, Pristina. He has vast experience planning and executing international field training exercises including in the US, Europe and with joint NATO programs. Ali has lead teams in the field of combat and has experience with new technologies, including drones and other devices. He is also involved in education reform for Kosovo’s defense personnel. You can discover the work of Ali’s academy, connect with him on LinkedIn or add him on Facebook.

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    • 43 min
    Canada, Japan and the Indo-Pacific with Stephen Nagy

    Canada, Japan and the Indo-Pacific with Stephen Nagy

    In this conversation, I discuss Canadian and Japanese policy in the Indo-Pacific with Stephen Nagy. We discuss where Canada fits in the region, the perils of hostage diplomacy, why Canada needs to further align with other liberal democracies, the Arctic as a new space for geopolitical contest, Canada and Australia’s shared ‘China paradox’, how Ottawa should deal with the superpower in a nuanced way, whether Japan is serious about revising its Taiwan policy, what’s at stake for Tokyo in the region, the failures of Moon Jae-in’s sunshine policy, why South Koreans now dislike China more than Japan, how to prevent war in the West Pacific, and many more topics.

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    Stephen Nagy is a Visiting Fellow at the Japan Institute for International Affairs and Fellow at Canadian Global Affairs Institute. Stephen is also a Senior Associate Professor at the Department of Politics and International Studies at International Christian University, Tokyo and the Governor of the Canadian Chamber of Commerce Japan. He regularly publishes in outlets such as the Japan Times, Nikkei Asian Review, Geopolitical Monitor, The National Interest and the Journal of Indo-Pacific Affairs. Originally from Calgary, he has been in East Asia for almost decades, and speaks multiple languages. He is now based in Tokyo. You can follow Stephen on LinkedIn or follow him on Twitter at the handle @nagystephen1.

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    • 1 hr 2 min
    Great Indian Expectations with Aparna Pande

    Great Indian Expectations with Aparna Pande

    In this conversation, I take a walk down India’s winding path toward great power status with Aparna Pande. We discuss whether India can really catch up with China, how each country traditionally views the entrepreneur, the caste system in contemporary India, state-society relations in the country, whether majoritarian nationalism can be reversed, the conflicting ‘ideas’ of India, the economic reforms the country needs to make, why China poses an existential threat India, the challenge of urban planning on the subcontinent, India’s approach to international trade and many more topics.

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    Aparna Pande is Research Fellow and Director of the India Initiative at Hudson Institute in Washington D.C. Aparna is the author of the recent book Making India Great: The Promise of a Reluctant Global Power and has published widely on Indian and Pakistani foreign policy, among other topics. You can discover the program she heads at hudson.org, connect with her on LinkedIn or follow her on Twitter at the handle @Aparna_Pande.

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    • 52 min
    China in the Caribbean with Rasheed Griffith

    China in the Caribbean with Rasheed Griffith

    In this conversation, I discuss Chinese foreign policy in the Caribbean with Rasheed Griffith. We discuss China’s growing influence in the region, why Taiwan will lose all its Caribbean allies within a decade, how the US created a void for China to fill, which country’s economy is sustained by selling second passports to Chinese nationals, fintech and cryptocurrency experiments, infrastructure diplomacy and the need for development, why Haiti’s status as a country may be questionable, how Caribbean tax havens operate as Belt and Road-side ATMs that dispense funds to BRI recipient countries, and many more topics.

    “Taiwan will have no more Caribbean allies within ten years.” - Rasheed Griffith

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    Rasheed Griffith is a fellow at the Inter-American Dialogue and host of the podcast China in the Americas. In May 2021, Rasheed was invited to testify before U.S. Congress about China’s expanding influence in the Caribbean region. In addition to geoeconomic analysis, Rasheed has a background in finance and is an expert in compliance measures for the fintech ecosystem. Originally from Barbados, he currently lives in Panama and works for Canadian tech trading firm Merkle Hedge. You can discover Rasheed’s podcast and newsletter at chinacarribbean.substack.com, connect with him on LinkedIn or follow him on Twitter at the handle @rasheedguo .

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    • 56 min

Customer Reviews

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17 Ratings

17 Ratings

VShastry ,

Podcast with Vasuki Shastry

Thanks for doing the podcast on my book “Has Asia Lost It” Dynamic Past, Turbulent Future”. You asked insightful questions, illustrative of your deep knowledge of Asia.

IndianFPGeek ,

Provocative and in-depth!

Liam is an interviewer par excellence and pushes his guests to explore and go beyond the conventional wisdom and coverage of world affairs. Very well worth a listen on a regular basis!

Grok the Greeks ,

Invaluable for the armchair policy analyst and investor

Policy People is like “Hidden Forces” with a focus on the Asian region. The depth of focus in each interview gives a lot of color to the facts on the ground. How you choose to invest with the insights gleamed in each episode is up to you though.

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