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The Peace Production

The Peace Production

By Organization for World Peace
Welcome to the Peace Production, a new podcast from the Organization for World Peace. In this podcast, we explore issues of human security and conflict in depth and suggest ways in which we as a society can resolve these issues through non-violent means.
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Episode 24 Myanmar Crisis
Co-hosts Andrew and Sheetal are joined by an Australian expert, Nick Cheesman, to discuss the current military coup in Myanmar and the country's possible future. The duo then speaks to a Burmese- Australian activist, Sophia Sarkis, who is pushing Western governments to condemn the illegal coup. 
May 09, 2021
Episode 23 - Tragedy in the Mediterranean
On this week's podcast, Andrew Bernstein speaks with Mattea Weihe, spokesperson and cultural mediator for Sea Watch, about the plight of refugees in the Mediterranean and Sea Watch's efforts to save them. 
February 22, 2021
Episode 22 - The United States, Iran and Venezuela's Survival: What and Who Next?
In this week's episode of the Peace Production, Katherine Everest speaks with Dr Rodrigo Acuña, expert on Latin American politics, about Venezuela's global alliances with Iran, China and Russia, how Venezuela's historical role in the region plays a part in the United States' treatment of the nation, and what foreign policy could look like under a Biden presidency. 
December 23, 2020
Episode 21 - No Refuge for Refugees
In this week’s episode of the Peace Production, the podcast team speaks with Dr Serena Parekh, author of ‘No Refuge: Ethics and The Global Refugee Crisis’ about where responsibility lies when it comes to refugees, and how the world can address the issue from a better moral standpoint.
November 11, 2020
Episode 20 - Australia Failing Its First Peoples with High Incarceration Rates
In this week’s edition of the Peace Production, the podcast team draw on the expertise of Human Rights Law Centre Senior Lawyer, Shahleena Musk, and Shadow Assistant Minister for Treasury and Charities, Andrew Leigh, to discover the potential causes behind the overrepresentation of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander adults and children in prisons across Australia, as well possible solutions to address the issue.
September 14, 2020
Episode 19 - The Importance of Democratizing Diplomacy
In this week’s edition of the Peace Production, Monica Sager and Katherine Everest speak with Paul Lachelier, Founder and Director of Learning Life, to learn of the organization's aspirations to shift away from traditional diplomacy, and why this is important.
July 27, 2020
Episode 18 - The Latest Global Peace Index from the Institute for Economics & Peace
In this week’s edition of the Peace Production Andrew Bernstein, and Monica Sager speak with Michael Collins, The Americas Executive Director for the Institute for Economics & Peace, on key findings within the Institute’s latest Global Peace Index for 2020.
July 15, 2020
Episode 17 - China, the US and the WHO
This week, Andrew Bernstein, Monica Sager and Katherine Everest discuss US-China relations in light of the COVID-19 pandemic, and how they manifest in the discourse surrounding the WHO and the WTO. 
June 15, 2020
Episode 16 - Food Insecurity and the Coronavirus
This week, Andrew Bernstein and Monica Sager discuss the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic on a pervasive and seemingly intractable issue: food insecurity.
June 01, 2020
Episode 15 - Fake News and the Coronavirus
In this week's edition of the Peace Production, Monica Sager and OWP political scientist, Andrew Bernstein, explore the interplay of two pandemics: fake news and the coronavirus. 
May 11, 2020
Episode 14 - Drug Cartels in Mexico
In this episode, I speak with our resident political scientist Andrew Bernstein about Mexico's drug cartels and president López Obrador's bold, unprecedented strategy to defeat them. 
April 07, 2020
Episode 13 - Catalan Independence
This week we're joined by Barcelona-based political scientist and OWP author Andrew Bernstein to discuss the political and moral complexities of the fight for Catalan independence.
March 04, 2020
Episode 12 - The Coronavirus, a global health emergency?
On this episode, we put this week's biggest story under the microscope - the 'coronavirus'.  Music by Ketsa and Zagi.
February 02, 2020
Ep 11 Assasination of Qassem Soleimani
The Peace Production is back after the Christmas break. This time I'm joined by Social Media Correspondent Sepa Katia to explore the causes and effects of the recent US assassination of a top Iranian general. We dive into the topic and consider what might happen next in the face of American allies distancing itself from the situation, and the strike on an Iraqi base housing US troops. Music by Ketsa and Zagi.
January 14, 2020
Ep 10 - Nile River Crisis
Our 10th episode focuses on a recent report from our policy analysis team. I'm joined by Lead Analyst Arthur Jamo to discuss the planned Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam and the possible implications this would have on down stream countries such as Sudan and Egypt. Population growth and climate change are placing traditional water uses under increasing strain. The report makes a series of recommendations to help ensure equitable water use across the delta and Arthur and I delve into some of these to understand what is necessary to move the region forward. Music by Ketsa and Zagi.
December 22, 2019
Episode 9 - Cameroon's Anglophone Crisis
On this episode, I'm joined by Social Media Correspondent Pechulano Ali to discuss Cameroon's ongoing conflict between its increasingly marginalised Anglophone regions and the Francophone majority government. We look at the root causes of the conflict and analyse the possible ways forward. We also analyse the recent Major National Dialogue and consider whether any of the actions identified through this will be fulfilled and what difference these will make. Music provided by Ketsa and Zagi. Have some feedback? Send us an email.
December 16, 2019
Episode 8 - Mandatory Palestine
I'm joined by OWP European Correspondent Tim Harvey on this episode to discuss how the relationship between Jews and Arabs has evolved over the past century. Tim gives us some insight into the mandate period and what the imposition of British rule and Zionist immigration meant for those living there. We consider what today's leaders can learn from the Israeli experience and consider what needs to happen going forward in the region to make it a more safer and prosperous place to live. Music provided by Ketsa and Zagi.
December 10, 2019
Episode 7 - A divided Canada?
Founder of the OWP Matthew Savoy joins me on this episode to discuss the possibility of Canada's western provinces declaring independence. Since the re-election of Justin Trudeau in October, support for the movement termed "Wexit" has skyrocketed with the western provinces increasingly feeling as if they are in an unequal relationship with the government in Ottawa. We consider whether this movement has any likelihood of success and look at the potential implications of a divided Canada. Music provided by Ketsa and Zagi.
December 09, 2019
Episode 6 - How can Iran move forward?
On this episode, we look at the recent protests in Iran in response to a reduction in fuel subsidies and consider how the increasingly maligned state can move forward and improve the lives of its people. Special Guest Alex McIntyre helps us analyse this complex issue and makes the case that Iran is in need of significant structural change. Thanks to Ketsa and Zagi for providing the music used in this show.
November 29, 2019
Episode 5 - Has Bolivia Seen The Last of Evo Morales
This week, I'm joined by Nick Anthony to examine the departure of Evo Morales from the Bolivian Presidency and the interim government that has taken his place. As the protests continue across the country, we consider what steps are necessary to restore calm to Bolivia and ponder whether Morales will yet make a comeback to Bolivian politics.  Music for this episode is kindly provided by Ketsa and Zagi.
November 18, 2019
Episode 4 - Caught in cartel crossfire
How is it that a reclusive Mormon community in Northern Mexico became the victim of cartel violence? This week, we look at the Mexican Drug War and consider some of the wider causes of a conflict that has grown exponentially in the past three years. This time we are joined by Social Media Correspondent Jessica Kuang who questions the approach of previous governments hardline approach to cartels and advocates for addressing some of the deep structural issues in Mexican society. Music provided by Ketsa and Zagi.
November 12, 2019
Episode 3 - Big trouble in Little China
This weeks episode takes a look at the disqualification of prominent pro-democracy activist Joshua Wong from standing in Hong Kong's upcoming district elections.  Social Media Correspondent Martina Moroney joins us this time to examine some of the underlying causes of the Hong Kong protests and debate the key question: Are Chinese and Hong Kong values really reconcilable?
November 11, 2019
Episode 2 Protests in Lebanon
Just how has Lebanon gone from being described from the 'Switzerland of the Middle East' to having one of the highest debt ratios in the world? We are joined by Martina Moroney today and to discuss why these protests are different from anything Lebanon has faced in the past. We also look at the sectarian nature of Lebanese politics and consider why this is need of reform if the Lebanese people are to move forward. Music provided by Ketsa and Zagi
October 28, 2019
Episode 1 - Pilot
Welcome to the inaugural episode of the Peace Production, a new podcast from the Organization for World Peace. In this podcast, we will dive into the biggest issues to human security and world peace and discuss how we as a society can move beyond them. This first episode features a conversation with Social Media Correspondent Alex MacIntyre on the subject of the Turkish Incursion into North East Syria and what the wider implications of President Erdogan's efforts to establish a safe zone are likely to be. We touch on the historical context of the Turkish government's feud with the Kurd's and suggest potential conflict resolution mechanisms to bring peace to the region.  Thank you to Ketsa and Zagi for providing the intro and outro music. Find out more about us at
October 22, 2019