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TRAILBLAZER: Using music and education to inspire social change and international peace-building W/Janielle Beh

Global QuestionsFeb 02, 2022

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Aug 15, 202221:05
IN-DEPTH: The Digital Divide (and why failing to stop it could be catastrophic)
Jul 12, 202214:31
THE WRAP-UP: Could Netanyahu return as PM? Why the Rwanda Deal is controversial. Can democracy survive in Cambodia? The 50-year Whisky War.
Jun 21, 202225:19
IN-DEPTH: How your favourite social media sites are turbocharging terrorism (w/Tech Against Terrorism)
Jun 13, 202215:28
THE WRAP-UP: North Korea to lead anti-nuclear group. El Salvador’s prison spree. Putin meets with African leaders. Can the British monarchy survive?
Jun 06, 202224:29
IN-DEPTH: Is space exploration causing geopolitical tensions? W/ Leonard David

IN-DEPTH: Is space exploration causing geopolitical tensions? W/ Leonard David

In this episode we are talking all things space! Does space law actually constrain the behaviour of states? Do we have a responsibility to care for the environment in space? Is there a space race between the US and China, and if so, what are the stakes? Does space exploration represent the latest form of colonialism? 

Discussing all of these questions and more, this episode will look at the overlap between modern technologies and space, focusing on the benefits that space exploration has brought.

Our guest today is Leonard David, a space journalist from the US, who has been reporting on space activities for over 50 years. Leonard is the author of the new book, Moon Rush: The New Space Race, published by National Geographic in May 2019.

They discuss:

  • political tensions over the race to space 
  • the militarization of space and great power space dynamics
  • legal and political space regulations
  • and environmental protection of space

Want to know more? Check out Leonard's website for all of his work and links to the books he has written!

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Follow us on Instagram @global.questions for breaking news updates, quizzes, and bonus content. For more info about us, check out our website.

CREDITS: This episode is produced by Young Diplomats Society on the lands of the Wurundjeri/Gadigal people. We pay our respects to the traditional custodians of the lands upon which we operate and live.

May 30, 202216:40
THE WRAP-UP: Why a dictator’s son was elected president. How one family helped derail Sri Lanka’s economy.

THE WRAP-UP: Why a dictator’s son was elected president. How one family helped derail Sri Lanka’s economy.

May 25, 202215:11
IN-DEPTH: How is artificial intelligence (AI) revolutionising modern warfare? W/Dr Peter Layton

IN-DEPTH: How is artificial intelligence (AI) revolutionising modern warfare? W/Dr Peter Layton

Artificial intelligence (AI) has been used to augment military capabilities since the missile defence systems of the 1980s, but today’s AI is becoming more sophisticated and pervasive in the development of semi-autonomous weapons. So what does this mean for the future of warfare and contemporary conflicts around the globe?

This week, Rhiannon chats with Dr Peter Layton, a Visiting Fellow at the Griffith Asia Institute, Griffith University. He has extensive aviation and defence experience and, for his work at the Pentagon on force structure matters, he was awarded the United States Secretary of Defense’s Exceptional Public Service Medal. His research interests include grand strategy, national security policies particularly relating to middle powers, defence force structure concepts and the effects of emerging technology. 

They chat about:

  • Why AI is becoming integral to warfare and military operations
  • When AI should be used over human decision making
  • the competition over the development of AI technology and how this will play a role in great power politics
  • and the future of AI in warfare

Want to know more? Check out Peter's book 'Grand Strategy', his LinkedIn or email him at p.layton@griffith.edu.au. 

Are you enjoying Global Questions? Got an idea for an upcoming episode? If so, we’d love to hear from you! Head to our suggestions page.

Follow us on Instagram @global.questions for breaking news updates, quizzes, and bonus content. For more info about us, check out our website.

CREDITS: This episode is produced by Young Diplomats Society on the lands of the Wurundjeri/Gadigal people. We pay our respects to the traditional custodians of the lands upon which we operate and live.

May 16, 202214:25
THE WRAP-UP: Anger at Xi’s Covid strategy. America’s dystopian post-Roe future. Could Israel spiral into war? Northern Ireland considers leaving UK.
May 11, 202224:36
IN-DEPTH: Is Bitcoin going to change the world? Or is it a scam? W/David Gerard
May 02, 202218:29
THE WRAP-UP:  The elaborate conspiracy to blame France for war crimes.  China’s aim in the Solomons.  Is the Arab Spring dead?  Honduras’ drug-trafficking president.
Apr 27, 202223:35
IN-DEPTH: We're all being monitored. How does it affect society? W/ Kevin Macnish & Moira Patterson

IN-DEPTH: We're all being monitored. How does it affect society? W/ Kevin Macnish & Moira Patterson

Our first in-depth episode for Season 6 tackles the controversial topic of mass surveillance.  New technology allows governments and companies to track nearly everything we do: what we buy, where we go, who we meet and how we think.  It's given them an unprecedented amount of power.

So, what does this mean for our safety, democracy and global stability?  Join Rhiannon, Kevin Macnish and Moira Paterson as they consider:

  • The future of surveillance and "smart cities".
  • Whether mass surveillance is good for us in the long-run.
  • What we should make of whistleblowers like Edward Snowden.
  • Whether the law and civil society can hold governments to account.

Kevin Macnish is the Digital Ethics Consulting Manager at Sopra Steria, a leading tech company in Europe.  He has taught ethics and IT at the University of Twente and the University of Leeds.  Kevin researches the ethics of surveillance, cybersecurity and technology.  Read more of Kevin's work here

Moira Patterson teaches and researches in field of information law at Monash University.  She focuses on freedom of information, privacy and data protection, and has advised the Australian Information Commissioner.  Moira's articles can be found here.

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CREDITS: This episode is produced by Young Diplomats Society on the lands of the Wurundjeri/Gadigal people. We pay our respects to the traditional custodians of the lands upon which we operate and live.

Apr 18, 202228:41
THE WRAP-UP: UNHRC kicks out Russia. Pakistan’s crazy politics. 6,500+ deaths tied to World Cup. How Taiwan’s fate will affect your shopping.
Apr 11, 202222:55
TEASER: Season 6 REVEAL
Apr 04, 202206:51
REPLAY: Gillian Triggs on Australia's refugee crisis
Mar 21, 202222:15
REPLAY: Kevin Rudd on why Murdoch is a "cancer on our democracy"
Mar 14, 202224:52
REPLAY: The horror of China's 're-education' camps W/ Nuria Yu & Nathan Ruser
Mar 08, 202231:01
REPLAY: Meet the student who sued his super company over climate change. W/ Paul Govind and Mark McVeigh
Feb 28, 202230:19
IN-DEPTH: Can we save democracy? W/Iain Walker & Tim Hollo

IN-DEPTH: Can we save democracy? W/Iain Walker & Tim Hollo

We have finally reached the last episode of season 5 on the decline of democracy and boy is it a good one!

This week Rhiannon brings you two incredibly passionate guests, Iain Walker and Tim Hollo.

Iain is the executive director of New Democracy – a research organisation established to ensure citizens trust their government's decision making and democratic processes. Rhiannon chats to Iain about deliberative democracies, increasing participation and community involvement in democratic processes, and what new kinds of democracy could look like in the future.

Then Rhiannon chats to Tim Hollo, who is not only the executive director of the Greens institute and an author but is the Greens candidate for the seat of Canberra. They discuss the crisis of democracy in contemporary society, international and national issues influencing democracy and citizens involvement, and how to work towards ecological democracy.

You can find more about Iain and his organisation New Democracy here!

Tim is active on Twitter and Facebook and you can also check out his page on The Greens!

We hope you have loved this season as much as we have and are inspired to help protect democracy in the future. The Global Questions team will be taking a short break and getting ready for next season, so don't go anywhere!! Stay tuned for updates on next season on our socials!

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CREDITS: This episode is produced by the Young Diplomats Society on the lands of the Wurundjeri/Gadigal people. We pay our respects to the traditional custodians of the lands upon which we operate and live.

Feb 14, 202225:31
TRAILBLAZER: Using music and education to inspire social change and international peace-building W/Janielle Beh

TRAILBLAZER: Using music and education to inspire social change and international peace-building W/Janielle Beh

Feb 02, 202214:59
THE WRAP-UP: A gas war in Ukraine? Fishermen defeat Russian navy. Far-right meet in Hungary. Why Honduras’ election matters.
Jan 31, 202220:57
IN-DEPTH: Can the CCP and democracy co-exist? It's complicated. W/Roger Huang
Jan 24, 202215:45
IN-DEPTH: Are conspiracy theories and political paranoia destroying democracy? W/Jesse Walker
Dec 20, 202125:18
HUGH’S FINAL WRAP-UP: Refugees sue Facebook. Is the Iran Deal back? The dark side of renewables. A Saharan sports saga.
Dec 13, 202124:58
IN-DEPTH: Is India (the world's largest democracy) turning authoritarian? W/ Mauktik Kulkarni

IN-DEPTH: Is India (the world's largest democracy) turning authoritarian? W/ Mauktik Kulkarni

Since receiving its independence in 1947, India has stood as a bastion of democracy in the Indo-Pacific. However, while India boasts a liberal-democratic constitution and a strong culture of political participation, we have seen shifts away from democracy to arguably more authoritarian systems.

In this In-Depth episode, Rhiannon chats with Mauktik Kulkarni, an entrepreneur, neuroscientist, author, and filmmaker from India who currently lives and works in the United States.

After training in engineering, biophysics and neuroscience at several prestigious universities across India and the United States, Mauktik became involved in multiple health care and tech startups, backpacked across 50 countries and even wrote two books!

Since then he has written articles on US domestic and foreign policies, international news, technology, Indian democracy and politics for places like the Fair Observer and The Wire.

In this episode, Rhiannon and Mauktik discuss:

  • The relationship between democracy, Indian and Hindu nationalism, and authoritarianism
  • India’s long and multifaceted history as a democracy in South Asia
  • Modi’s populist India and how he has influenced Hindu nationalism
  • The rivalry between India and Pakistan in the region of Jammu and Kashmir
  • and whether the decline in democracy in India will influence the region more broadly.

You can catch Mauktik on LinkedIn or see his work on his website - https://www.mauktik.me/.

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CREDITS: This episode is produced by the Young Diplomats Society on the lands of the Wurundjeri/Gadigal people. We pay our respects to the traditional custodians of the lands upon which we operate and live.

Dec 06, 202123:23
TRAILBLAZER: Developing a career in cyber security W/ Bronte Munro

TRAILBLAZER: Developing a career in cyber security W/ Bronte Munro

It's the first Thursday of the month, so it's time for another Trailblazer Thursday! Today’s guest is Bronte Munro. Bronte is completing her Master of Cybersecurity at Macquarie University and is the Cyber and Technology Fellow at Young Australians in International Affairs (YAIA). She also interns as a research officer at Thales Australia, a global technology leader that invests in artificial intelligence, cybersecurity and quantum technology. On top of that, she is a contributing writer to the Young Diplomats Society! 

Bronte chats to Rhiannon about:

  • Becoming interested in cybersecurity and technology throughout her university study
  • Gaining experience as a researcher through internships 
  • How to think critically about global issues 
  • Tips for turning your passion for international affairs into practical experience as a writer

Check out Bronte on LinkedIn here - https://www.linkedin.com/in/bronte-munro-2b382714a/. You can see her journey as the Cyber and Technology Fellow at YAIA here - https://www.youngausint.org.au/fellows

Her work is also featured on the Young Diplomats Society publications page - https://www.theyoungdiplomats.com/post/blurred-lines-solarwinds-and-the-private-sector-in-national-cyber-security

Are you enjoying Global Questions? Got an idea for an upcoming episode? If so, we’d love to hear from you! Head to our suggestions page.

Follow us on Instagram @global.questions for breaking news updates, quizzes, and bonus content. For more info about us, check out our website.

Dec 01, 202111:56
THE WRAP-UP: Ethiopia’s PM *literally* goes to war. Australia helps Solomons. Taiwan's uncertain future. Sweden’s 7-hour female PM.
Nov 29, 202122:21
IN-DEPTH: How has globalisation affected inequality and democracy around the world? W/ Steven Slaughter & Estella Kabachwezi

IN-DEPTH: How has globalisation affected inequality and democracy around the world? W/ Steven Slaughter & Estella Kabachwezi

The world has witnessed unprecedented levels of globalisation over the past few decades, and while it has substantially improved living conditions, communication and flow of information, it has also created new levels of inequality within and between countries. 

In today's In-Depth episode, Rhiannon chats to Steven Slaughter, Associate Professor in International Relations at Deakin University, and Estella Kabachwezi, an activist and lawyer in Uganda, on the intersection between globalisation and inequality and whether it is contributing to the decline in democracy internationally. 

They discuss:

  • the rise of globalisation through communication and the internet, and whether this helps promote democracy
  • the relationship between inequality and globalisation
  • how the developed world and the developing world can work to protect democracy
  • the implications and benefits of globalisation in Africa 

Check out Steven's profile or you can find him on Twitter! You can get in touch with Estella via her Twitter here

Are you enjoying Global Questions? Got an idea for an upcoming episode? If so, we'd love to hear from you! Head to our suggestions page.

Follow us on Instagram @global.questions for breaking news updates, quizzes, and bonus content.  For more info about us, check out our website.

CREDITS: This episode is produced by the Young Diplomats Society on the lands of the Wurundjeri/Gadigal people. We pay our respects to the traditional custodians of the lands upon which we operate and live.

Nov 22, 202124:36
THE WRAP-UP: Was COP26 worth it? Belarus weaponises migrants. Democratic setback for Thailand. A boycott of the Winter Olympics?
Nov 15, 202121:44
IN-DEPTH: What is populism and is it destroying democracy? W/ Anastasia Kapetas & Brandon Wu
Nov 08, 202125:13
TRAILBLAZER: Turning your love for international affairs into a meaningful career in research W/ Daria Impiombato
Nov 03, 202112:35
THE WRAP-UP: What to expect from COP26. Why Sudan’s coup matters. Azerbaijan vs Armenia. How an actor could jail Italy’s ex-deputy PM.
Nov 01, 202119:60
IN-DEPTH: When press freedom declines, what happens to democracy? W/ Marcus Strom
Oct 25, 202123:12
THE WRAP-UP: Civil war in Lebanon? Billions for the Taliban. Kenya ignores the ICJ. America’s cyber reckoning.
Oct 18, 202120:04
IN-DEPTH: Is Covid-19 killing democracy? W/ Tom Daly & Asanga Abeyagoonasekera

IN-DEPTH: Is Covid-19 killing democracy? W/ Tom Daly & Asanga Abeyagoonasekera

Tune in for the first episode in our In-Depth series on Democracy in Decline. This week, Rhiannon chats to Associate Professor Tom Daly and Asanga Abeyagoonesekera about how the Covid-19 pandemic is affecting democracy around the globe. Tom is the Deputy Director of the University of Melbourne's School of Government. He's also the Director of the research platform Democratic Decay and Renewal. His research focuses on the future of liberal democracy and how it's been tested by the pandemic over the past 18 months. 

Asanga is an international security and geopolitics analyst, as well as a strategic advisor from Sri Lanka. He has almost 2 decades of experience in the government sector, working in foreign policy and defence think tanks. Asanga is an expert in Sri Lankan geopolitical security. 

We discuss how politicians have used Covid-19 as a distraction to consolidate power and the interplay between certain political systems and democracy in the Covid-19 era. We look at Sri Lanka as a case study, focusing on how the Rajapaksa dynasty has used the pandemic to concentrate power. 

Get in touch with Tom Daly via his Twitter page or LinkedIn. 

Check out Asanga’s work and get in touch with him on Twitter and read his article on the Rajapaksa regime here. 

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CREDITS: This episode is produced by the Young Diplomats Society on the lands of the Wurundjeri/Gadigal people. We pay our respects to the traditional custodians of the lands upon which we operate and live.

Oct 11, 202124:22
THE WRAP-UP: China turns off power. Germany’s election stalemate. A sports star President? Nigeria's phone ban.
Oct 04, 202120:17
TEASER: Season 5 REVEAL

TEASER: Season 5 REVEAL

Global Questions is back for an exciting fifth season!
We have had a decent break over the past few weeks and are super excited to be back in your ears delivering you guys a new season on the topic 'Democracy in Decline'.
In the break, we underwent some pretty big changes, and we would like to introduce you to one of them - our new In-Depth host Rhiannon!
Join Josh, Hugh and Rhiannon as they discuss what we will be covering this season. From Covid-19 and democratic backsliding to freedom of the press and conspiracy theories - this season really has it all.
So stay tuned, as Season 5 begins NEXT WEEK on Tuesday 5 October 2021!!!!
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CREDITS: This episode is produced by the Young Diplomats Society on the lands of the Wurundjeri/Gadigal people. We pay our respects to the traditional custodians of the lands upon which we operate and live.
Sep 27, 202106:44
REPLAY IN-DEPTH: How does the Black Lives Matter movement relate to Indigenous Australians? W/ Ama Burkoh & Nayonika Bhattacharya

REPLAY IN-DEPTH: How does the Black Lives Matter movement relate to Indigenous Australians? W/ Ama Burkoh & Nayonika Bhattacharya

Given some of our founding members are moving on from Global Questions, we are bringing you their all-time favourite episodes! This week, we are re-sharing Emma's favourite episode - the In-Depth discussion with  Ama Burkoh and Nayonika Bhattacharya on the BLM movement and how it relates to Indigenous Australians.

For this episode we delve into the increasing protests against police brutality in the United States, analysing how systematic racism has transpired through American history, and link it back to Australia’s own systematic racism towards Indigenous Australians.

What is the BLM movement? What is systematic racism? What is America's history that concerns African Americans? How can we see this in Australia? What is a good ally? What is white privilege? How can you support the movement?

Ama Berkoh is a 20-year-old African Australian, born in Ghana and raised in Australia, who has recently graduated from UNSW with a Bachelor of Communication (Public Communication) majoring in PR and Digital & Social Media. Ama is passionate about all things technology and is incredibly passionate about utilising empathy, innovative design, and human-centred principles to solve some of the world’s most complex problems through social change.

Nayonika is a 5th year Arts/Law student at UNSW specialising in Politics and International Relations. She is passionate about creating platforms for young women in tech and reforming the law to make it more accessible. She is a City of Sydney ISLA AMbassador, MHAHS International Student Advisor, Executive Assistant to the CISA Education Officer and the UNSW Student Council Welfare Officer.

You can connect with Ama on Linkedin here and Nayonika here.

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CREDITS: This episode is produced by the Young Diplomats Society on the lands of the Wurundjeri/Gadigal people. We pay our respects to the traditional custodians of the lands upon which we operate and live.

Aug 30, 202133:05
REPLAY IN-DEPTH: Who is Witness K and why is he being charged with conspiracy? W/ Bernard Collaery

REPLAY IN-DEPTH: Who is Witness K and why is he being charged with conspiracy? W/ Bernard Collaery

Given some of our founding members are moving on from Global Questions, we are bringing you their all-time favourite episodes! This week, we are re-sharing Gen's favourite episode - the In-Depth discussion with Bernard Collaery on Witness K during our season on security.

Bernard Collaery is an Australian barrister, lawyer and former Attorney-General being prosecuted for conspiring against the government. Gen and Bernard discuss Australia’s national security through the lens of the Witness K trial. Since this episode aired, Witness K and Bernard Collaery were charged over their alleged roles in exposing how Australia bugged Timor-Leste during negotiations surrounding oil and gas in the region in 2004.

The trial was held in private through special powers meant for counter-terrorism. Out of almost 40 court appearances, little has been publicly reported. The Australian Government was accused of abusing its power for condemning an honest whistleblower and his lawyer to hide its own actions. This case has the potential to inflict negative relationships with Australia's international partners and affect Australia's global reputation.

What was the government hiding from the public in Witness K's case? Why were Collaery and Witness K targeted? Does this represent a change in culture within the Australian government? And how can we make sure this doesn’t happen again?

References in the episode:

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CREDITS: This episode is produced by the Young Diplomats Society on the lands of the Wurundjeri/Gadigal people. We pay our respects to the traditional custodians of the lands upon which we operate and live.

Aug 23, 202129:58
BONUS: Saying farewell to the founders of Global Questions W/ Genevieve Marcocci & Emma Fabreguette

BONUS: Saying farewell to the founders of Global Questions W/ Genevieve Marcocci & Emma Fabreguette

Today's episode is a farewell to Genevieve Marcocci and Emma Fabreguette, two of the founding members of Global Questions.

Both Gen and Emma are moving on to bigger and better things, so we wanted to give them a proper send-off by inviting them on the show and quizzing them on a range of topics -- including what it was like to start the podcast and to interview an ex-prime minister.

Gen and Emma, from all our listeners and the Global Questions team, thank you ❤️❤️❤️ We will miss you greatly, but we are so excited to see where your future takes you!

One last thing - don't forget to fill out our survey/give your feedback to our team!!! You can find the link here: https://freeonlinesurveys.com/s/tKQZEgnW

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CREDITS: This episode is produced by the Young Diplomats Society on the lands of the Wurundjeri/Gadigal people. We pay our respects to the traditional custodians of the lands upon which we operate and live.

Aug 16, 202115:60
TRAILBLAZER: Exploring opportunities and engaging in global affairs W/ Ryan Attard

TRAILBLAZER: Exploring opportunities and engaging in global affairs W/ Ryan Attard

Surprise!! You thought Season 4 was over, but we have one more bonus episode for you! 

--- Before you read any further, we need your help!  We're changing things up at Global Questions, and we want to hear from you about what we should alter.  Complete our survey, and you'll go into the draw to win a $20 voucher. ---

In this Trailblazers episode, Hugh chats to Ryan Attard, the Treasurer of the Young Diplomats Society, about engaging in student-led organisations, building real-world knowledge by getting involved in extra-curricular activities, and navigating professional experiences as a law clerk.

Ryan is completing his Bachelor of Laws (Honours) and Bachelor of Arts (Politics and International Relations) at Monash University, with his Honours thesis focussing on successionism under international law. Not only is Ryan a well-seasoned law clerk, he is a fantastic role model for young people looking to get involved in all things law, politics, and global affairs.

Feel free to connect with Ryan on LinkedIn!

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CREDITS: This episode is produced by the Young Diplomats Society on the lands of the Wurundjeri/Gadigal people. We pay our respects to the traditional custodians of the lands upon which we operate and live.

Aug 09, 202118:21
IMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENT ... and win a prize!

IMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENT ... and win a prize!

Here at Global Questions, we're making some BIG changes.  And we want your input.

Complete this survey and you could win a $20 voucher to a store of your choice.

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From all of us at Global Questions, thank you. ❤️❤️  It means a lot.

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Aug 06, 202101:13
IN-DEPTH: How is climate change law paving the way for the future? W/ Paul Govind and Mark McVeigh

IN-DEPTH: How is climate change law paving the way for the future? W/ Paul Govind and Mark McVeigh

In our last episode of Season 4 on Climate Change, Josh chats to Paul Govind and Mark McVeigh on how climate change and the law are increasingly intertwined through both environmental litigation and community-led activism.

Paul is a Lecturer at the Centre for Environmental Law at Macquarie University Law School; his research and interest focussing on the relationship between climate adaptation, extinction, responsibility and environmental law. Josh and Paul discuss climate litigation, how to contextualise the law in a climate change era and how the environmental law fits into our globalised world.

Mark is a pioneer in the way of ensuring companies are held accountable for the risks of climate change. In 2018, then only 23 years old, Mark filed a suit against Rest, the $57bn superfund, alleging that they failed to provide information on climate change business risks and their plans to address the risks. Josh and Mark discuss the impacts of this case, how necessary it is to hold companies accountable for the risks of climate change, as well as how the law is an integral tool in aiding climate change mitigation.

For more info and to connect with both our fascinating guests, check out Mark’s LinkedIn and Paul’s blog ‘Law and Nature Dialogue’. 

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CREDITS: This episode is produced by the Young Diplomats Society on the lands of the Wurundjeri/Gadigal people. We pay our respects to the traditional custodians of the lands upon which we operate and live.

Aug 03, 202130:19
THE WRAP-UP: Haiti’s competing Prime Ministers. China’s vaccine woes. Secret trials in Cuba. Russia’s weaponised gas pipeline.
Jul 26, 202123:30
IN-DEPTH: What does climate change have to do with the Egypto-Ethiopian Nile dispute and the internationalisation of the Amazon? W/ Anet McClintock & Professor Stephen M. Walt.

IN-DEPTH: What does climate change have to do with the Egypto-Ethiopian Nile dispute and the internationalisation of the Amazon? W/ Anet McClintock & Professor Stephen M. Walt.

Jul 19, 202124:32
THE WRAP-UP: Lebanon’s ‘social explosion’. South Africa’s ex-President in jail. The rise of private armies. France’s climate constitution.
Jul 13, 202126:15
IN-DEPTH: How is climate change affecting the developing world? W/Anna Gero
Jul 05, 202129:02
THE WRAP-UP: Iran’s hardliners seize control. 100 years of the CCP. Pardons divide Spain. Far-right soldiers threaten EU.

THE WRAP-UP: Iran’s hardliners seize control. 100 years of the CCP. Pardons divide Spain. Far-right soldiers threaten EU.

Joshua and Hugh’s fortnightly wrap-up of news from around the world is here! Join us as we chat about:

Iran’s controversial new president.

The CCP's 100th birthday celebrations.

Protests in Spain as separatists are freed from jail.

The threat posed by far-right security officials within the EU.


Are you enjoying Global Questions? Do you have a tip for how we can improve? Got an idea for an upcoming episode? If so, we'd love to hear from you! Head to our suggestions page.
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Jun 28, 202124:39
IN-DEPTH: How is veganism integral to climate change mitigation? W/ Alana Mann
Jun 21, 202140:20
THE WRAP-UP: Chaos in Afghanistan. Myanmar’s rebel armies. El Salvador’s bitcoin revolution. Can the UN end HIV/AIDS?
Jun 15, 202121:20