public diplomacy

#244      33 min 43 sec
The dragon's tango: China's growing engagement in Latin America

Assoc Prof Kevin P. Gallagher

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.

#230      38 min 50 sec
Sweet and sour: China in Africa, beyond the headlines

Prof Deborah Brautigam

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.

#200      32 min 38 sec
Face to the world: What drives China's foreign policy?

Prof. Richard Rigby
Dr Pradeep Taneja

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.

#198      28 min 49 sec
Power shift: A Chinese view of China - U.S. relations

Prof. Han Zhaoying

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.

#195      33 min 58 sec
Contenders cum laude: Universities competing in the global rankings game

Prof Simon Marginson

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.

#193      22 min 36 sec
Freer and fairer: Nurturing political transparency in the Middle East

Charles W. Dunne

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.

#183      24 min 23 sec
For show only? The language of human rights in national constitutions

Assoc Prof Gili Drori

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.

#181      25 min 42 sec
Mirages of influence: The US in the Middle East, post "Arab Spring"

Prof. Shahram Akbarzadeh

Political scientist Professor Shahram Akbarzadeh joins host Jacky Angus to talk about the changing geo-political environment confronting the United States in the Middle East, post "Arab Spring".

Episode 169      24 min 24 sec
Waves of influence: Television drama as an instrument of soft power in Asia

Sociologist Professor Chua Beng Huat explains how serial TV dramas have become a soft power currency traded among China, Korea, Japan and other countries in Asia. With host Jennifer Cook.

Episode 73      22 min 01 sec
Al Jazeera statecraft: New media as public diplomacy tools

Philip Seib

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.