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Words & Ideas: On Peace & War

With Jim Middleton & Nick Bisley

Is the world headed for a new cold war? Or a hot one?  How close are we to the precipice? What are Australia’s options? Do we have any besides the US alliance and AUKUS?

Jim Middleton has been in journalism and media for more than 50 years. He was the ABC’s Chief Political Correspondent in Canberra from 1988-2007 and the ABC’s North America correspondent from 1980-86. He oversaw Sydney 2JJ’s transition to what is now the Triple J network, presented The World with Zoe Daniel on the ABC’s international service, and worked for Sky News from 2014-2018. He runs his own consultancy, has worked on election campaigns, and provides media and strategic advice to Climate 200. He is currently an adviser to Zoe Daniel MP.

Nick Bisley is the Dean of Humanities and Social Sciences and Professor of International Relations at La Trobe University. His research and teaching expertise is in Asia’s international relations, great power politics and Australian foreign and defence policy. Nick is currently the President of the Australasian Council of Deans of Arts, Social Sciences and Humanities and was elected as a Fellow of the Australian Institute of International Affairs in 2020. He is a member of the advisory board of China Matters, a member of the Council for Security and Cooperation in the Asia-Pacific and served as the Editor-in-Chief of the Australian Journal of International Affairs between 2013 and 2018. He has been a Senior Research Associate of the International Institute of Strategic Studies and a Visiting Fellow at the East-West Center in Washington DC. He regularly contributes to and is quoted in national and international media including The Guardian, The Wall Street Journal,  CNN and Time Magazine.

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