LIRA Podcast Episode 01: News You Didn’t Notice

Welcome to the first instalment of the La Trobe International Relations Association (LIRA) podcast News You Didn’t Notice, featuring myself along with Dr Michael O’Keefe in conversation with LIRA student panelists Angus Lonergan and Jasmine Dawson.  In this pilot episode, we discuss the Northeast Asian politics, nuclear weapons proliferation and Article 9 of the Japanese constitution, in the context of Dennis Rodmans’ recent visit to North Korea.

The podcast has been established as a joint venture between LIRA and academics within the politics and international relations program at the La Trobe University to provide experiential learning opportunities for our international relations students.

LIRA aims to provide all students with an interest in international relations and politics with an opportunity to enhance their knowledge and become more engaged in the university experience through both social and extra-curricular academic forums. LIRA also acts as a bridge between students and faculty, as well as promoting the study of International Relations to potential students.


Thank you to Michael O’Keefe, Angus Lonergan and Jasmine Dawson for making this pilot project possible and to Nicholas Züll for his great editing work.

Further Information:

Habib, B. Dennis Does DPRK: Basketball Diplomacy with Dennis Rodman in North Korea. 01 March 2013.

Dr Ben Habib: LTU Staff Profile.

Dr Michael O’Keefe: LTU Staff Profile.

La Trobe International Relations Association (LIRA): Official Website.

La Trobe International Relations Association (LIRA): Facebook Page.

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