Political economist Assoc Prof Christopher Balding examines the rapid rise of sovereign wealth funds in global finance, and focuses on issues of transparency and governance. He also discusses the impact that such large sums of money have on domestic and international politics. Presented by Eric van Bemmel.
Sociologist Professor Riaz Hassan discusses the social and political environment that motivates some people to become suicide bombers. Riaz also explores whether there is a relationship between Islamism and terrorism. Presented by Jacky Angus.
Middle East security expert Dr Norman Cigar explains how al-Qaeda’s strategic goals and military posturing are communicated within the organization through its own publications. He also speaks on the challenges al-Qaeda faces in a fast evolving Middle East. With host Jacky Angus.
Charles W. Dunne, Director of Middle East and North Africa Programs for Freedom House, speaks about the efforts of his organisation and others like it to provide political education and training on the ground in the Middle East. With host Jacky Angus.
Political economist Professor Emma Murphy examines the social conditions that confront young Arabs in the Middle East, and argues that the youth of today will ultimately remake and redefine the region. Presented by Jacky Angus.
Political analyst Prof James Piscatori explains why the efforts by the United States to promote democracy in the Middle East may not result in the type of democracy Washington wants. With host Jennifer Cook.
In this episode, three conversations on imams and educators in Muslim communities. Host Jacky Angus speaks to author and lawyer Irfan Yusuf about the roles and predicaments of imams in Australia and elsewhere; to researcher Anisa Buckley on imams and their role in marriage and divorce; and to educator Dr Eeqbal Hassim on getting school teachers up to speed on Muslim issues.