Mandatory podcasts for Asia Pacific enthusiasts

19 January 2018

To keep you informed and up-to-date on the world’s most dynamic region, International Security Studies student Mitch Clyne has listened to and reviewed some of the most informative podcasts on all things Asia and the Pacific.

Here’s Mitch’s listening guide for 2018.

Anthropology Podcasts

The Familiar Strange – Hear the thoughts and lives of early-career of anthropologists.

Asia Podcasts

Asia Society Podcast – They do a few different podcasts, but the In-Depth one is the best.

New Books in Southeast Asian Studies – Just as the title suggests, Dr Nick Cheeseman interviews pre-eminent South East Asia scholars on their worthwhile reads.

CogitASIA – CogitASIA features contributions from country experts, academics, local experts, and seasoned politicians from around the world who provide in-depth analysis and interpretations of the problems that are shaping the region—from elections to suspicious statecraft.

Pacific Podcasts

Dateline Pacific - A daily current affairs programme covering the major Pacific stories of the week, with background and reaction from the people making the news.

Pacific Beat – Pacific current affairs with a focus on Melanesia.

Policy Podcasts

Asia & the Pacific Policy Society Policy Forum – Hear experts debate and discuss all things policy in Asia and the Pacific.

China Podcasts

The Little Red Podcast – Interviews and chats celebrating China beyond the Beijing beltway. Hosted by ANU China studies academic, Graeme Smith and Louise Lim, former China correspondent for the BBC and NPR.

ChinaPower – Hosted by Bonnie S. Glaser, the ChinaPower podcast dissects critical issues underpinning China’s emergence as a global power.

Sinica – Very popular podcast for China watchers about news and current affairs, with a political focus.

Geopolitics and Strategic Studies Podcasts

Arms Control Wonk - Arms Control Wonk was the first blog on arms control, disarmament and non-proliferation. It has since been a home to everything that is "too wonky or obscene" for publication about nuclear weapons.

The Diplomat - Asia Geopolitics – This one is all about Asian Geopolitics. Pretty straightforward.

The Modern War Institute Podcast – An integrative look at war, policy, and leadership from the Modern War Institute at Westpoint Military Academy in the United States.

Sea Control by CIMSEC – Maritime security, military technology, foreign affairs, and witty banter.

SpyCast – Each week, the International Spy Museum offers a new SpyCast featuring interviews and programs with ex-spies, intelligence experts, and espionage scholars. The SpyCast is hosted by Dr. Vince Houghton, historian and curator at the International Spy Museum.

War College – War College is a weekly podcast hosted by Matthew Gault of War Is Boring. It focusses on the global security issues “behind the frontlines” – topics which aren’t as frequently discussed, or topics from an unusual angle.

War on the Rocks – Great discussions with security, defence, and foreign policy experts recorded over drinks.

The Asia Maritime Transparency Initiative – This podcast covers developments in the Asia-Pacific maritime domain, from land reclamation, to fisheries disputes.

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