Between the Lines
Between the Lines
Jan 13, 2021
The French history behind Lebanon’s problems; challenging the prisoners of war narrative; remembering Brent Scowcroft
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Joshua Landis: The French mandate and Lebanese history

Lebanon was once a model for the Middle East. Today, it looks more like Syria or Iraq. Why? And should the French be held accountable?

Joshua Landis, Director: Centre for Middle East Studies and Associate Professor, University of Oklahoma

Japan’s POWs: systematic mistreatment?

During World War Two more Australians died in Japanese prisoner of war camps than were killed in combat. Conventional wisdom says they were systematically mistreated.
Sarah Kovner argues that the story is more complex than that.

Sarah Kovner, Senior Research Scholar in the Arnold A. Saltzman Institute of War and Peace Studies and Adjunct Professor of International and Public Affairs at Columbia University. Author: Prisoners of the Empire: POWs and Their Captors in the Pacific.

Vale Brent Scowcroft: US foreign policy veteran

Two-time US national security adviser Brent Scowcroft was an architect of the Gulf War, and a leading opponent of the Iraq war. He died recently aged 95.
Democracy Sausage with Mark Kenny
Democracy Sausage with Mark Kenny
Policy Forum
Scarcity with Liz Allen
On this episode of Democracy Sausage, Liz Allen joins us to discuss social security, living with scarcity, and whether Australia needs a reset in the wake of the COVID-19 crisis. What impact does the ‘othering’ of people experiencing disadvantage have on Australia’s most vulnerable citizens? Why does Australians’ postcode have such an impact on their health outcomes? And what demographic changes is the COVID-19 pandemic bringing about around the world? On this week’s Democracy Sausage Extra, Dr Liz Allen (Dr Demography herself!) joins us to take a very personal look at living with scarcity, plus the future of Australian society. Liz Allen is a demographer and social researcher with quantitative and qualitative expertise at The Australian National University, and author of The Future of Us: Demography gets a makeover. Mark Kenny is a Professor at ANU Australian Studies Institute. He came to the university after a high-profile journalistic career including six years as chief political correspondent and national affairs editor for The Sydney Morning Herald, The Age, and The Canberra Times. Democracy Sausage with Mark Kenny is available on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Google Podcasts, or wherever you get your podcasts. We’d love to hear your feedback for this podcast series! Send in your questions, comments, or suggestions for future episodes to You can also Tweet us @APPSPolicyForum or join us on the Facebook group. This podcast is produced in partnership with The Australian National University.   See for privacy and opt-out information.
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