FES Asia Podcast Series

Welcome to the new FES Asia podcast: Disrupted Asia - Between Crisis, Rise and Resilience!

Listen to Asia's and Europe’s leading experts tackle some of the most pressing questions, including the changing geopolitical environment, digitalization in the Asian and global cyber space, the future of work, and social justice.

Find out about existing and emerging economic, political, and strategic trends throughout the Asia-Pacific region in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic and the world thereafter.

Check out the latest episodes in our library below or follow us on your favourite streaming platform.


07 - Artificial intelligence, data rights and the future of work

In the last episode of our first season, we analyse the effects of digitalisation, Artificial Intelligence and data protection in the workplace. Together with our guest Christina Colclough, an expert on the future of work and the politics of digital technology, we talk about algorithmic decision-making and ways forward for the labour movement in the Asia-Pacific region.

06 - Social justice in the crisis and a fair recovery

We explore themes of social justice and the changes required in the global order to ensure a more equitable and just society during and after the pandemic. Our guest Kate Lappin, Asia-Pacific Regional Secretary of Public Services International - the global union federation of workers in public services - looks at ways to protect workers in times of crisis and calls for a paradigm shift to jointly build back better.

05 - COVID-19, ASEAN and the future of multilateralism

We take a closer look at the impact of COVID-19 on Southeast Asia, multilateralism and how the region is tackling the economic, security and strategic challenges confronting it. In our conversation with Liew Chin Tong, Malaysian Senator and former Deputy Defence Minister, he also shares his perspective on balancing ties between China and the US in the midst of the pandemic, as well as the role of the European Union.

04 - Global supply chains and workers' rights

Today's double episode focusses on workers' rights along global supply chains. We explore the debate surrounding the supply chain act in Germany and its importance for Asia with Dr. Bärbel Kofler, Germany's Commissioner for Human Rights Policy and Humanitarian Assistance. Labour rights expert Farzana Nawaz looks into the situation on the ground and the vulnerabilities of workers in the region.

03 - A new Asia-Pacific and China's changing Belt and Road Initiative

We are looking into China’s changing Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) and its complex relations with its neighbours as well as the EU. Listen to Yun Sun, Director of the China Program at the Stimson Center, and Richard Ghiasy, Senior Fellow at the Leiden Asia Centre, unpack China’s role in the new Asia-Pacific.

02 - A new Indo-Pacific and India's changing foreign policy

In this episode, we will explore India’s changing foreign and security policy in its neighborhood, its complex relations with China, the role of the European Union and implications of the COVID-19 pandemic together with Dr Tanvi Madan. She is the Director of the India Project and a senior fellow in the project on International Order and Strategy in the foreign policy program at the Brookings Institution.

01 - The Asian Century

Are we living in an "Asian century"? In this inaugural episode, we unpack its meaning, prospects and implications with the international bestselling author Dr Parag Khanna. He is a leading global strategy advisor and author of the recently published book The Future is Asian: Commerce, Conflict & Culture in the 21st Century, as well as founder and managing partner of FutureMap, a data and scenario based strategic advisory firm.

The views expressed in this podcast are not necessarily those of Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung.



Mirco Günther


Coordinator & moderator:

Dinkim Sailo


Kai Dittmann

Researcher & script writer:

Aryaman Bhatnagar

Presenter: Kelly Jones

Communications & design:

Isabelle Urumath, Coco Quimpo


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