15 minutes in Canberra

Have you ever wondered what it’s like to work in foreign policy? Canberra is buzzing with seasoned foreign affairs and strategic policy experts, but for newcomers and mid-tier professionals, the ‘Canberra bubble’ can be tricky to navigate.

Join host Hayley Channer on the ground as she speaks with colleagues from government, academia, and the private sector, to bring you their unique policy insights and career advice in a neat 15 minutes.  

Based in Canberra, Australia, Hayley Channer is a Senior Policy Fellow at the Perth USAsia Centre.

Understanding global catastrophic risk and its implications

The Indo-Pacific is exposed to catastrophic risks such as naturally occurring pandemics, nuclear exchange, climate change, and technological risks, and relationships between countries in the region will impact how these risks manifest. For instance, the trajectory of the China-US relationship could have an impact on biological, technological, and environmental risks – but there is also a role for countries to play in understanding, mitigating and preventing risks, as well as responding and recovering from risks.  

Join Hayley in this episode of 15 Minutes in Canberra to learn more about global catastrophic risk from Rumtin Sepasspour.  Rumtin is a Research Affiliate of the Centre for the Study of Existential Risk and has a background producing foreign policy and national security advice for the Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet. Rumtin works closely with the global catastrophic risk community and, in this episode of the podcast, explains how he communicates the policy implications of these risks to a government audience.

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