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Jun 10, 2021 • 18m 15s

It’s textbook ‘how not to run a war’

After 20 years of war, Australia gave three days’ notice before closing its embassy in Kabul. But the decision leaves hundreds of local staff vulnerable to retaliation by the Taliban.

Dec 8, 2020 • 17m 29s

What’s really behind China’s break-up with Australia?

This year we’ve seen relations between Australia and China plummet. But the story of Australia’s increasing friction with China goes back much further than the recent fracas over a tweet. Today, Jonathan Pearlman on how serious the current situation is, and whether there’s a solution to the tension.

Dec 4, 2020 • 16m 12s

Scott Morrison feeds the trolls

The growing diplomatic dispute between China and Australia took an ugly turn this week, after a Chinese government official posted an incendiary tweet. Today, Paul Bongiorno on the realities of dominant China, and whether Scott Morrison can navigate Australia through a period of growing tension.

Dec 2, 2020 • 16m 15s

Hostage diplomacy: Freeing Kylie Moore-Gilbert

In 2018 Australian academic Kylie Moore-Gilbert was arrested and sentenced to 10 years’ imprisonment in an Iranian jail. Last week, she was released in a prisoner swap involving four different countries. Today, Jonathan Pearlman on what her freedom means for the other foreign citizens still jailed in Iran.

Nov 27, 2020 • 14m 54s

How to lose a trade ally in 14 ways

Australia’s relationship with China is at its lowest point in decades. Trade boycotts are impacting local businesses, and now the Chinese government has issued a fourteen point list of grievances it has with Australia. Today, Paul Bongiorno on the challenges Scott Morrison faces trying to navigate a tense moment in global politics.

Jul 28, 2020 • 17m 27s

Penny Wong on what happens after coronavirus

Penny Wong warns that coronavirus could unravel the rules-based system on which the modern world is founded. The shadow foreign minister says we must guard against trends towards nationalism and xenophobia.

May 1, 2020 • 15m 43s

How Scott Morrison sparked a new war with China

Scott Morrison’s push for an inquiry into the coronavirus outbreak has further strained Australia’s relationship with China. The Chinese government has expressed concern and threatened retaliation. Today, Paul Bongiorno on a new low in Chinese–Australian relations.

Jul 31, 2019 • 14m50s

Cooling in the Pacific

Climate change is now the defining issue for the Pacific. It is also one of the factors undermining Australia’s relationship with the region.

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