This week the show explores Australia’s future strategy amid a complex geopolitical landscape down under. To do this, we spoke with CSIS Distinguished Visiting Fellow Andrew Shearer, former Australian National Security Advisor and previously the director of studies at the Lowy Institute. Andrew outlines the key strategic choices Australia faces including terrorism, balancing China ties and reinvigorating its economy. He describes the huge importance of China to Australia in terms of trade and economics, and the defense initiatives Canberra is implementing to address security concerns in the Asia Pacific. In addition, Andrew provides his view on the friction in the Australia-Indonesia political relationship, and discusses the sources of Australia’s soft power. Hosted by Colm Quinn. Audio edited by Sam Ellis. Produced by Jeffrey Bean.
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