Ear to Asia

Behind the headlines in a region that's rapidly changing the world

Ear to Asia is produced by Asia Institute, the Asian research specialists, at the University of Melbourne, Australia. In Ear to Asia, we talk with Asia researchers to unpack the issues behind news headlines in a region that is rapidly changing the world. Subscribe to us on iTunes, Stitcher, Soundcloud, or wherever you get your podcasts.

Two decades after the fall of the authoritarian Suharto regime, is Indonesia finally taking its human rights record seriously? Historian Dr Kate McGregor and socio-legal researcher Dr Ken Setiawan gauge how well Indonesia has come to terms with its violent past, and whether commitments to reform and justice made after the strongman’s exit are being met with real action. Presented by Peter Clarke.

An Asia Institute podcast, produced by Profactual.com.

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China recently abolished term limits for its presidency, clearing the way for Xi Jinping to continue indefinitely — possibly for life — as boss of the People’s Republic. Asia Institute’s China watchers Dr Fengshi Wu and Dr Sow Keat Tok shed light on Xi Jinping’s possible motives and strategy, and their implications for China and the world. Presented by Ali Moore.

An Asia Institute podcast, produced by Profactual.com.

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China, after decades of economic growth and a draconian policy limiting families to only one child, now faces a rapidly ageing population, together with a declining workforce and too many men. Sociologist Martin Whyte and development economist Lauren Johnston look at what this demographic trajectory will mean for China’s economy and the lives of the Chinese people. Presented by Peter Clarke.

An Asia Institute podcast, produced by Profactual.com.

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As Indonesia gears up for important elections in 2018 and 2019, we talk with political observers Prof Vedi Hadiz and Dr Dave McRae to untangle the many strands of the island nation’s political life and get a glimpse of how the tension between democracy and pluralism there may play out. Presented by Ali Moore.

An Asia Institute podcast, produced by Profactual.com.

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As Iran jockeys for greater influence in a changing Middle East, how are nearby Arab states responding? Asia Institute political analysts Dr Kylie Baxter and Dr Kylie Moore-Gilbert unpack the fast-evolving geopolitics of a region noted for its perpetually colliding interests. Presented by Ali Moore.

An Asia Institute podcast, produced by Profactual.com.

More information about this and other episodes of this podcast series is found here: goo.gl/FvS5kU

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