International relations scholar Assoc Prof Kevin P. Gallagher examines the growing influence in Latin America of a resource-hungry China, and the benefits and risks resulting from Chinese economic activity in the region. Presented by Eric van Bemmel.
Sino-African relations expert Prof Deborah Brautigam examines China’s involvement and investments in Africa, and highlights the nuances in relations that the news media often glosses over. Presented by Eric van Bemmel.
China historian Prof Richard Rigby and political scientist Dr Pradeep Taneja discuss how a newly powerful China fares in promoting and protecting its interests in its dealings with the rest of the world. Presented by Eric van Bemmel.
International relations expert Prof Han Zhaoying gives his views on the potentially disrupting factors that threaten the China - United States relationship, and suggests how the two governments might find ways to quell their mutual distrust and seek out ways of working together. Presented by Eric van Bemmel.
International higher education expert Professor Simon Marginson discusses the increasingly influential phenomenon of global ranking of universities, and what it means for students, governments, researchers, and the business of running institutions of higher learning. Presented by Eric van Bemmel.
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.
Sociologist Associate Professor Gili Drori explains how the vocabulary of human rights is making its way into the constitutions of nation states, and the degree to which societies actually honour the words in their own national charters.
Journalism professor Phillip Seib of the University of Southern California discusses public diplomacy via broadcast and digital media, and its success -- or otherwise -- in the Middle East and elsewhere. Prof Seib delivered the keynote speech at the Journalism in the 21st Century Conference on July 16, 2009. The conference was organized by the School of Culture and Communication at the University of Melbourne. With host Jacky Angus.