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Dyason House Podcast

An original AIIA Victoria production

The Dyason House podcast is a place to discuss the past, present and future of the international world, and how to break into the fields that will change it.

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Special Edition Episode 2: Press Freedom and Fake News with Karishma Vyas

In this episode, Emmy-nominated Australian Journalist, Karishma Vyas, discusses her career as an international reporter. In doing so, this episode unravels the phenomenon of fake news and political polarisation while debating the importance of press freedom and equal representation in the media.

Special Edition Episode 1: Coronavirus & the Refugee Crisis with Gillian Triggs

After an introduction to the series, this special edition of the Dyason House podcast begins with Gillian Triggs. Leaving behind a very successful career as an international lawyer and academic, the former President of the Human Rights Commission has recently become Assistant Secretary-General of the UNHR. With Gillian’s exclusive insight into the UN Refugee agency, this episode sheds light on the interplay between current refugee crises and the COVID-19 global pandemic.










Season 4 Episode 5: The Kurdish struggle in Turkey with Will Gourlay

In this episode we spoke with long-term watcher of Kurds, Monash University’s Will Gourlay, about the Kurdish struggle for political equality in Turkey. As President Erdogan moves to consolidate his support, he appears increasingly likely to forsake the Kurdish cause for Turkish nationalist support.

Season 4 Episode 4: Turkey – Is Erdogan losing his grip on power? with Tezcan Gumus

Since coming to power in 2002, President Erdogan has slowly dismantled Turkey’s democracy, suppressing press freedoms and concentrating constitutional authority in his hands. The Turkish people are split with ‘Black Turks’ lionising his conservative credentials while ‘White Turks’ bemoan the slide to authoritarianism. However, Erdogan-aligned candidates faltered at recent municipal elections, inspiring fresh hope for change. Has the President’s pyramid begun to crumble? In episode 4 we spoke with Tezcan Gumus, expert on Turkish politics.

Season 4 Episode 3: China – Friend or Foe? with Euan Graham

With America’s global influence in decline and China steadfast in its pursuit of regional dominance, Australia sits at the cross-roads of an uncertain future. This week we spoke with national security expert Dr Euan Graham about whether Australia is prepared for the Asian Century or doomed to conflict with China.

Season 4 Episode 2: Understanding Kashmir with Dr. Pradeep Taneja

Tensions between India and Pakistan over Kashmir have reignited after India stripped the contested border region of its long-standing autonomy. We spoke with India expert Dr. Pradeep Taneja to understand why Kashmir is beset by instability and uncertainty over its political future.

Season 4 Episode 1: Hong Kong – to Democracy or Despair with Prof. John Burns

For the first episode of Season 4, we spoke with Prof. John Burns about the evolving political crisis in Hong Kong. Frustrations over Chief Executive Carrie Lam’s handling of the proposed extradition bill has pushed millions onto the streets and led to wider calls for fully democratic elections.











Season 3 Episode 7: New Media, New Conflict with Dr. Sebastian Kaempf

This week we spoke with Dr. Sebastian Kaempf, Senior Lecturer in Peace and Conflict Studies at the School of Political Science and International Studies at the University of Queensland, to discuss the role a transforming global media landscape is playing in contemporary conflicts, the visualisation of warfare in popular culture and what this means for traditional media institutions.

Season 3 Episode 6: W20 with Zara Kimptom OAM

In episode 6 we had a discussion with Zara Kimpton OAM, National Vice President of the Australian Institute of International Affairs and the head of the Australian delegation for the Women20, an official G20 engagement group forming a transnational network of women’s organizations, female entrepreneurs associations and think tanks. Zara talked us through the key areas of engagement for the W20, how we can turn ideas into effective action on gender equality, and the role Australia is playing in supporting the W20 agenda.

Season 3 Episode 5: Passing Time: Youth in India with Professor Craig Jeffrey

India, the most populous democracy in the world, is asserting itself as a force on the world stage at an impressive rate. With a development this rapid, there are bound to be complications. This episode saw us sit down with Professor Craig Jeffrey, Director of the Australia India Institute, to discuss some of the challenges facing youth in India, the surprising innovations employed to overcome them, and the social phenomenon of ‘time-pass’.

Season 3 Episode 4: Don’t Forget About Russia with Dr. Alexey Muraviev

For today’s episode we were joined by Alexey Muraviev of Curtin University, an Associate Professor and Head of the Department of Social Sciences & Security Studies and a leading academic in Australia on Russia. We discuss the role that Russia plays in the Pacific, the ways in which soft and hard power can be asserted, and why we should never forget that Russia never gave up its title of super-power.

Season 3 Episode 3: Brexit, The Anglosphere & a Crisis of Identity with Dr. Ben Wellings

Episode 3 features Dr Ben Wellings, senior lecturer in International Relations at Monash University, Clayton, who talked us through the rise of Euroscepticism, what the Anglosphere is and how the challenges of Brexit may stem from an identity crisis within the UK.

Season 3 Episode 2: Keeping the Peace with Dr. Charles T. Hunt

In this episode we sat down for a chat with Dr Charles T. Hunt, a Vice-Chancellor’s Senior Research Fellow at Social & Global Studies Centre, RMIT to discuss what constitutes the success of a peacekeeping mission, the challenges that a “robust turn” in UN missions poses, and what it takes to construct conditions for lasting peace.

Season 3 Episode 1: Gender, Peace & Security with Professor Jacqui True & Assoc. Professor Katrina Lee-Koo

This week’s episode we spoke with Professor Jacqui True and Assoc. Professor Katrina Lee-Koo, Director and Associate Director of The Monash Centre for Gender Peace and Security, to shed some light on what gender, peace and security studies entail, what happens when women are given full agency and meaningful participation in the peace process and why we need to continue standing up for under-represented groups impacted by violence.

Season 2 Episode 9: A History of Human Rights and Sports Diplomacy with Barbara Keys

In the final episode of Season 2, we’re joined by Associate Professor Barbara Keys of the University of Melbourne. Barbara is a historian of international affairs, and the author of two books – Reclaiming American Virtue and Globalizing Sport. In 2019, she will serve as the president of the Society of Historians of American Foreign Relations.

This week, we discuss human rights and sports diplomacy.

Season 2 Episode 8: Inside North Korea with Jean Lee

This week we’re joined by award winning expert on North Korea, Jean Lee. Jean currently serves as Director of Hyundai Motor Korea Foundation Centre for Korean History and Public Policy at the Woodrow Wilson International Centre for Scholars.

She also led the Associated Press’ coverage of the Korean Peninsula between 2008 and 2013, becoming the first American Reporter granted extensive access on the ground in North Korea, and opened the Associated Press’ Pyongyang bureau in 2012.

Season 2 Episode 7: China Rising with Rowan Callick OBE FAIIA

In episode 7 we are joined by Walkley Award Winner Rowan Callick. Rowan has worked as a China Correspondent and Asia-Pacific Editor to the Australian Financial Review and the Australian, and was awarded an OBE in 2014.

This week we discuss his experiences as a foreign correspondent, and the rise of China.

Season 2 Episode 6: Diplomacy and Crisis Management with Jean Dunn PSM

This week’s episode features Jean Dunn, currently Director Indo-Pacific of the Centre for Political and Diplomatic Studies and formerly Australia’s ambassador to Turkey and Azerbaijan, Lebanon, Poland, the Czech Republic, Lithuania and Ukraine. In 2016, Jean was presented with the Public Service Medal by the Governor General for her services during the aftermath of the downing of Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 in 2014.

We discuss what it takes to be a successful career diplomat, and the MH17 crisis.

Season 2 Episode 5: Making a Difference in Nepal with Stephanie Woollard

This week’s episode features Stephanie Woollard, founder and director of Seven Women.

Stephanie began Seven Women at the age of 22 after meeting disabled women working in a tin shed in Kathmandu, Nepal. With her last $200, she paid for trainers to teach the women how to produce products for sale, and has now assisted over 5000 women in this way.

She’s also founded a cooking school in Nepal, as well as a responsible travel company named Hands on Development, and in 2016 received the United Nations Rotary International Responsible Business Award.

We discuss how anybody can make a difference through social entrepreneurship.

Season 2 Episode 4: Brokering Peace Agreements with Professor Damien Kingsbury

Professor Damien Kingsbury of Deakin University joins us for episode four of the Dyason House Podcast. Professor Kingsbury is also Deputy-Chair of the Balibo House Trust and a board member with the Australia Myanmar Institute. This week’s episode focuses on his experiences as an adviser to the Aceh peace talks, which democratically ended three decades of war.

Season 2 Episode 3: Cryptocurrencies with Dr Kym Brown

Episode three features Dr Kym Brown, a Senior Lecturer at Monash University in the Department of Banking and Finance.

Dr Brown has published works relating to Islamic finance, Chinese banking, developing developing country finance, and crytocurrencies. She joins us to discuss cryptocurrencies, the banking system and international trade.

Season 2 Episode 2: Cyber Security with Bart Hogeveen

Bart Hogeveen joins us for episode two to discuss the role of cyber affairs in international relations.

Bart is currently in charge of cyber capacity-building programmes at the International Cyber Policy Centre at the Australian Strategic Policy Institute. Bart has also previously worked at the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Department of Defence, as well as a number of NATO and EU missions.

Season 2 Episode 1: From PNG to Parliament and Beyond with John Langmore

Season 2 begins with Professor John Langmore of the University of Melbourne. Having began his career working in Papua New Guinea in the lead up to its independence, then becoming elected to the Australian House of Representatives, and later working at the United Nations, Professor Langmore provides a wealth of knowledge in international affairs. This week’s episode provides an overview of his experiences.


Season 1 Episode 9: Forty Years of Diplomacy with John Woods

With 42-years’ service in the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) former ambassador John Woods has served the interests of Australia in Europe, The Middle East, Asia, North Africa and the Americas.

His storied career and wealth of experience makes John one of Australia’s most knowledgeable authorities on life as an ambassador. Full of information on the path to becoming an ambassador and the realities of holding the honour for your country, Season 1’s final episode is not to be missed.

Thank you to all who have followed a long for since April and make sure to check back in August for Season 2!

Season 1 Episode 8: Foreign Correspondent with Michael Bachelard

Reporting on the ground in Iraq and Indonesia, and liaising with Fairfax correspondents in the field as Foreign Editor, Michael Bachelard knows every detail of life as a foreign correspondent.

Find out what it takes to get a job as a foreign correspondent and to live as one in places as varied as the Middle East to Europe. An essential listen for those with aspirations of foreign correspondence.

Season 1 Episode 7: How to Stop a Nuclear Bomb with Tim Wright

Tim Wright talks with the DH podcast on how we as a human race are moving toward complete denuclearisation. Tim works as the Treaty Coordinator for the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN), who played the major role in garnering the signatures of 120 nations for the UN Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons, and consequently awarded the 2017 Nobel Prize for Peace.

We discuss why countries like the UK, US, China, France, Russia and even Australia have refused to sign; along with recent events in North Korea and the Singapore Summit; the US decision to pull out of the UN Human Rights Council; and as always how to start a career as a activist or campaigner.

Season 1 Episode 6: Politics, Reporting on How the World Works with Michael Brissenden (ABC)

Politics, it’s at the heart of everything, from persecution to prosperity, war or peace, justice or injustice – how governments govern affects us all. Michael Brissenden is one of the few tasked with holding governments accountable. A Walkley Award-winning foreign correspondent and political reporter, Michael has reported on how the world works throughout Europe, the Pacific, North America, the Middle East and Australia.

If you’ve dreamed of being a political reporter, foreign correspondent, politician or have the slightest interest in politics, you’ll enjoy every second of this fast-paced conversation. Michael discusses his career journey, why we should all care about politics and tips for aspiring political reporters and foreign correspondents.

Season 1 Episode 5: United Nations – How to Get In with Professor Ian Howie

Want to work for the United Nations? Professor Ian Howie details how he achieved his dream of landing a job with the organisation that constitutes humankind’s best effort to make the world a better place. Ian spent 40 years with the UN and he knows what it takes, what to expect and where a career with the United Nations can take you. Make sure to grab a note book and enjoy this week’s episode of the Dyason House Podcast, it might just set you on the path for an international career.

Season 1 Episode 4: Counter-Insurgent, the Battle of Basra with Richard Iron CMG OBE

Lessons in humility and the importance of understanding your enemy. In Northern Ireland, Iraq, the Balkans and Sierra Leone, retired British military commander Richard Iron has spent a lifetime in counterinsurgency. In this episode Richard takes us through his role as Chief Mentor to Basra Operations commander in the 2008 battle for Basra, Iraq, and how his military career prepared him to take on a faceless enemy.

Season 1 Episode 3: Life as a Middle East Correspondent with Matt Brown

ABC Middle East correspondent Matt Brown is a four time Walkley Award winner and courageous front-line journalist. We discuss Matt’s journey from a student journalist covering Papua New Guinea, to hiking illegally over the Syrian border during civil war. It’s a rare insight into what it’s like to report from some of the toughest locations on the planet and how to land a job doing it.

Season 1 Episode 2: So You Want to Be a Humanitarian Aid Worker with Dr Denis Dragovic

Engineer, scholar, consultant, author; humanitarian aid worker Dr Denis Dragovic has done it all. In this episode we talk about what it’s like to be an aid worker in general, as well as tough situations like war zones. Denis also shares some tips on how to pursue your own career in the aid industry and some of the problems that the industry currently faces.

Season 1 Episode 1: The Real Story of the Rohingya with Christopher Lamb 

Christopher Lamb retired from a career in diplomacy spanning over 30 years, including as the Australian Ambassador to Myanmar. In this episode, Peter Bateman and Christopher Lamb discuss the history of the Rohingya people, and the realities of the current crisis, getting into details that often don’t make the news.

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