• 2013-12-16 Legacy of Nelson Mandela
• 2013-11-08 China opening up to private banks 
Panel discussion:
Chinese authorties have opened the lowest tier of this country's banking sector to full private ownership.Following the move this summer, there's been a rush into the industry from home appliance makers to internet companies.
• 2013-11-06 Canada's Conservative Government
Panel discussion:
The Canadian Senate has suspended three of its members for "gross negligence" in a scandal over expense claims that has damaged the reputation of Prime Minister Stephen Harper. The Conservative majority in the unelected Senate has voted for the two-year suspensions without pay. A Senate committee has ruled the three Conservative appointees - Mike Duffy, Pamela Wallin and Patrick Brazeau - claimed housing and other expenses they weren't entitled to recieve.
-Paul Johnson, Canada's Global Television Beijing Bureau Chief
-Anna Agathangelou, Associate Professor with the department of Political Science at York University in Toronto, author of two books:
Transforming World Politics: From Empire to Multiple Worlds. Routledge.
The global political economy of sex: desire, violence, and insecurity in world politics. http://us.macmillan.com/theglobalpoliticaleconomyofsex/AnnaAgathangelou
-Cristine de Clercy, Associate Professor of the University of Western Ontario 

Global Talks:
Today we are debating UN, US and Russian officials fail to set a date for the Geneva II conference; The M23 rebels in the DR Congo officially give up their fight; Authorities in Bangladesh sentence over 150 mutineers to death; Britian now involved in a spying scandal as Japan comes to terms with being spied on by the US; And India launches a new Mars probe and much much more.
• 2013-11-05 Saudi Arabia and US Ties
Panel discussion:
Some interesting things have been happening in Saudi Arabia in recent weeks on the diplomatic front when it comes to the country's relationship with the United States. Expressing frustration with the US position on the situation in Syria, the Saudi authorities took the almost unprecidented step of turning down a coveted seat on the UN Security Council. This has since opened up a number of new questions about the current relationship between Washington and Riyadh.
-Jia Xiudong, Senior Researcher at the China Institute of International Studies.
-Michael Stephens: Deputy Director at the Royal United Services Institute, Qatar
-Caryle Murphy, US independent journalist and author of "A Kingdom's Future: Saudi Arabia Through the Eyes of Its Twenty somethings."

Global Talks:
Today we are debating Courts in Egypt delay trial of ex-president Mohamed Morsi, ,French and Malian forces hunt for the people who murdered a group of journalists, South Korea's President says there is 'no purpose' to hold talks with Japan, reports suggests Doctors may have aided US torture at military prisons, and BlackBerry calls off its sale.
• 2013-11-04 China-Japan Tensions 
Panel discussion:
Tension has been on the rise between China and Japan, with Tokyo claiming it will exert a leadership role in Asia on security in Asia-Pacific region and be more assertive to China. Speaking to media, Japanese Prime Minister Shizo Abe said other countries wanted Japan to stand up to China. But he failed to mention the names of any specific countries. Abe also criticized China for allegedly changing status quo by force.
He also promised policies to counter Japan's waning influence.
-Gui Yongtao, Professor at the School of International Studies at Peking University
-Stephanie Lawson, expert in Politics and International Relations with Macquarie University
-Go Ito, Professor of International Relations with the Department of Political Science at Meiji University

Global Talks:
Today we are debating Pakistan to assess U.S. ties after killing of Taliban chief, Syria's opposition lays out its preconditions for peace talks, John Kerry says US will continue to back Egypt's Interim government, Kosovo votes amid violence and the DR Congo military attacks last areas held by the M23 rebels and much much more.
• 2013-11-01 Is English not important any more?
Panel discussion:
In fact, the last decade has seen a huge increase in private tutorials for those wanting to communicate better with others, and crucially, to have a useful skill for the future whether in life, in business or as a tourist. So, imagine our surprise when proposals have been mooted by the Beijing education authorities to downgrade the importance of English in the all-important gaokao examination.
-David Moser, Academic Director, CET Beijing Chinese Studies
-Yong Zhao, Ph. D, Presidential Chair and Professor, College of Education, University of Oregon
-Xie Tao, Prof. from Beijing Foreign Studies University

Global Talks:
Today we are debating the OPCW says all of Syria's chemical weapons equipment have been destroyed; the US criticises Germany's export-led economic policies; there are sensational revelations on day 1 of the News of the World phone-hacking trial in the UK and much much more.
• 2013-10-31 Political Crisis in the Maldives
Panel discussion:
It may be another two years or so before the next presidential election in Argentina but the race to succeed Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner is well and truly on. As things stand, she cannot stand for a third term unless she changes the constitution which would require a two-thirds majority in both the upper and lower houses of parliament.
-Anand Kumar, Associate Fellow, from Institute for Defense Studies & Analyses, New Delhi
-Rohan Gunaratna, Head of the International Centre for Political Violence and Terrorism Research in Singapore

Global Talks:
Today we are debating New NSA revelations now centre on google and yahoo's data being hacked; the Syrian peace conference looks in doubt again; the long-awaited trial into phone-hacking by the defunct 'News of the World' newspaper begins in the UK; and Barack Obama vows to fix the troubled healthcare site and accepts "full responsibility" for its problems and much much more.
• 2013-10-30 Midterm election in Argentina
Panel discussion:
It may be another two years or so before the next presidential election in Argentina but the race to succeed Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner is well and truly on. As things stand, she cannot stand for a third term unless she changes the constitution which would require a two-thirds majority in both the upper and lower houses of parliament. Well, after the midterms, that's looking tenuous since her Front for Victory lost so much votes that the two-thirds majority are surely out of reach.
-Jose C. Moya, Professor and Director of Institute of Latin American Studies , Columbia University
-Esteban F. Medrano, Owner of MacroVision Consulting and Consultant at Global Source Partner

Global Talks:
Today we are debating Barack Obama talks to ABC about the NSA spying scandal; the IAEA describes talks with Iran as 'productive'; The UN urges an end to the US embargo on Cuba for the 22nd time; Russia and Ukraine are on course for yet another row over gas supplies and payment and much much more.
• 2013-10-29 Roma in Europe 
Panel discussion:
Roma people have been in the news a lot recently- from forced evictions by the French government to child abduction charges in Greece, and most headline grabbing of all-a school girl getting dragged off the school bus in France on her way to class because her family was being deported. Cue small-scale student protests over the harshness of her treatment by the authorities.
-Ludovic Ehret, French journalist based in Beijing
-Eszter Malna Kovacs, Hungarian journalist based in Beijing
-Carol Silverman, Professor from Department of Anthropology,University of Oregon
-Ivan Szelenyi, dean of Social Sciences at NYU Abu Dhabi

Global Talks:
Today we are debating Spain demands answers to allegations that the US spied on 60 million phone calls; Romania starts building work on a US ballistic missile defence system; the expenses scandal at the top of the Canadian government deepens; the African National Congress demands the removal of Nelson Mandela's former cellmate from a US terror list; and gunmen have robbed 54 million dollars from a van in the Libyan city of Sirte and much much more.
• 2013-10-28 China-India Ties
Panel discussion:
I think it's fair to say that India and China have had a pretty interesting year on the diplomatic front. 2013 is the first time in 40 years that the Prime Ministers of both countries had paid reciprocal visits in the same year: Premier Li's trip to India in April, and PM Singh's to Beijing last week.
-Mohan Guruswamy, President of the center for policy alternatives, New Dehhi,India
-Su Xiaohui, Deputy Director of Department for International Strategic Studies, China Institute of International Studies
-Anil Pandey, Indian journalist based in Beijing

Global Talks:
Today we are debating Germany-US ties worsen as more damning hacking allegations of Angela Merkel's phone emerge; an ally of the Georgian Prime Minister wins the presidential vote; Counting's underway in Argentina's crucial midterm elections; Sunni rebels claim the border attack which killed 14 Iranian soldiers; and Indonesia to is ban masked monkey shows in the capital.
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