In the podcast, Dr John Bruni and SIA Associate David Olney discuss the possible line-ups for the position of Secretary of State for both the Trump and Clinton camps, the possible direction of US foreign policy under either a Trump or Clinton presidency and which of the presidential candidates is stronger on foreign policy and why should we care?Listen to podcast
Special guest Dr. Ibrahim Fraihat, Senior Foreign Policy Fellow, Brookings Doha Center, and Dr John Bruni discuss the stability of the Middle East today and the future of the region. Topics covered: Obama’s foreign policy in the Middle East; the role of sectarianism in many of the region’s contemporary conflicts; the ‘Cold War’ between Saudi Arabia and Iran; the Syria civil war, Iraqi social and political turmoil, Iranian influence in Iraq, Israel & Palestine.
Dr Fraihat is a CAAR Visiting Fellow, sponsored by the Australian Government through the Council for Australian-Arab Relations (CAAR) of the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT). He is hosted by the Middle East Studies Forum of Deakin University and was in Adelaide as guest of the Department of Asian Studies, the University of Adelaide.
John Bruni and SIA Associate, David Olney, discuss Vladimir Putin & Russia. What does Russian President Vladimir Putin want? Is Russia a power that knows its limits? Also on this Episode is discussion of:
– The significance of Russian military deployments to Crimea, eastern Ukraine and Syria.
– The state of Russia’s military modernisation.
– The possible emergence of an autocratic alliance between Russia, Turkey and Iran, (akin to the 1815 Holy Alliance between Prussia, Austria and Russia).
– Putin’s indispensability to Russia’s contemporary body politic. The West’s reactions to Russia and Sino-Russian military cooperation.
John Bruni and special guest Prof. Purnendra Jain discusses ‘Japan Today’ following the July 10 Upper House elections. How strong is Prime Minister Abe and the Liberal Democratic Party? Is Article 9 of Japan’s Peace Constitution being successfully eroded by Japanese nationalists? Will Japan remain a ‘Pacifist State’? How does China factor as a strategic threat to Tokyo? What did the loss of the Royal Australian Navy’s AUD50 billion Collins class submarine replacement program mean to Japan’s ambitions for becoming a significant defence exporter?Listen to podcast
John Bruni & SIA Associate, David Olney, discuss the relationship between immigration and terrorism in EuropeListen to podcast
John Bruni & David Olney discuss Brexit, with a twist.Listen to podcast
John Bruni’s take on the Chilcot Report’s findings and the aftermath of the Anglo-American invasion of Iraq, March 2003Listen to podcast
An interview with Steve Ludlam, former Head of the Australian Submarine Corporation (ASC).Listen to podcast
Discussing all things security and current affairs with John Bruni, David Olney and moderator Alicia Moraw.Listen to podcast
Dominating the headlines this week was the stability of the Abbott government. After weeks of speculation as to whether or not Prime Minister Abbott would remain in his position or be replaced by the ‘silent candidate’ Malcolm Turnbull, rumours of Abbott’s demise have been put to rest for now. But will a bounce in the polls be enough to save the Liberal leader? Or is this a short respite before the knives come out again? And if the Abbott prime ministership ends, what will this mean for Opposition Leader Bill Shorten?
Also dominating the headlines this week is the aftermath of the assassination of Russian Opposition Leader Boris Nemtsov. Nemtsov was gunned down after having dined with his girlfriend of 3 years, Anna Durytska. Durytska recently fled Russia to be with her family in Kiev. So, who would have the motivation to order such a high profile hit during such a sensitive time in Russian affairs? President Putin certainly has a fair share of domestic and international enemies.