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Misha is joined by The Spectator’s Cindy Yu as co-host this week, and they talk with Holly Snape of the University of Glasgow. Holly describes how Xi Jinping’s CCP has reasserted control over the Chinese government, and how that influences civil society. She also talks about her time working in the Party’s translation department (spoiler: it wasn’t a party).
Misha talks with Hoover Institution fellow Amy Zegart about her new book on the history of US intelligence, Spies, Lies, and Algorithms. They discuss the challenge of defending against China’s pervasive spying, US counter-intelligence failures against China, and how open source intelligence is changing espionage.
Misha and John are joined by Alexander Downer, Australia’s longest serving foreign minister and former high commissioner to Great Britain, to discuss Beijing’s economic war against Australia, the new AUKUS agreement, how AUKUS differs from the Quad, why Australia has some of the world’s most stringent COVID policies, and more.
Misha talks with Adrian Wooldridge, political editor of The Economist, about his new book, The Aristocracy of Talent. They discuss the history of meritocracy in China, and look at how meritocracy works and doesn’t work today, in China, Singapore, Japan, and the West. Plus, he names his favorite “meritocracy movie”!
Misha talks with Sen. Bill Hagerty (R-TN), former US Ambassador to Japan, about Japan’s new leader, the US-Japan alliance, China, Taiwan, whether the US should rejoin the Trans-Pacific Partnership, and what the Biden Administrations needs to do to keep peace in the Pacific. And, he reveals his favorite Japanese restaurant!