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ABOUT
THE RED LINE

The Red Line is a geopolitical think tank based in Australia, covering and analysing key issues shaping the world today.


Our flagship production is The Red Line Podcast. Released fortnightly, each episode tackles one topic in depth, examining the key players involved, the geopolitical strategies at play, and the underreported angles of the issue. Episodes of The Red Line Podcast serve as comprehensive crash courses in the issues they tackle, providing insights deeper than those found in mainstream media outlets.

​The Red Line Podcast is a one of a kind briefing that will leave you with a deep understanding of the background, key factors and international players shaping critical geopolitical issues.

"Informative, unbiased and hard hitting journalism that really puts you there in the action"

- Sean Thomas, Former Naval Officer

"Like a full briefing in 45 minutes, a great summary of complicated issues"

- Caitlin Lions, Radio Producer

Our team works with government officials, expert academics, geopolitical analysts, and journalists from around the world to produce quality, in-depth analysis. This has included CIA operatives, White House officials, expert academics from institutions such as Harvard, Oxford and Yale, and a former Australian Prime Minister.

The Red Line also contributes to the analysis of global issues through various other productions, including:

  • Frontline reporting of the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict.

  • Video reports such as The Geopolitics of Rare Earths and Guyana's Defensive Strategy.

  • Written analyses on topics from North Korea's succession to Madagascar's Vanilla Mafia.


​Listen to, read and watch The Red Line to get the real story behind the headlines.

THE TEAM

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MICHAEL HILLIARD

Host and Editor

Michael is a journalist reporting from countries including Iran, Russia, Belarus and Kyrgyzstan, and works with sources from the White House to the Taliban. He also serves on various committees and councils for the Australian Government.

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JOSEPH HAWTHORNE

Audio Engineer

Joe is an audio producer and editor for a variety of shows from New Commentary to Audio Drama. He has extensive experience cutting tape, booking talent, interviewing guests, scoring music and in sound design.

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PERRI GRACE

Research Assistant

Perri is an event detection and OSINT Intelligence analyst primarily specialising in Europe, misinformation and geopolitics. She holds a Bachelor in International Relations and is completing a Master of Conflict and Security.

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MARISA RAFTER

Video Editor

Marisa earned a degree in Geography at the University of California and turned her animation hobby into a career. She brings her hand-crafted touch to all her projects, and her clients range from Fortune 500s to universities and non-profits.

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Producer and Online Content Editor

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OWEN SWIFT

Owen is a geopolitics writer and analyst primarily focusing on the Asia-Pacific. He has worked with people from around the world and published with outlets including the Australian Strategic Policy Institute's The Strategist.

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Research Assistant

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DANIELA ŽUVELA

Daniela is a freelance researcher, writer and Master’s student in International Affairs. She specialises in Eurasian politics and major power intentions in the region and has been published by the research institute Future Directions International.

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Researcher

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MARK SPENCER

Mark Spencer is the co-founder and publisher of the Climactic Collective, a network of shows engaging with the climate crisis. He has wide experience producing, promoting and managing shows.

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Writer and Researcher

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THOMAS MUTCH

Thomas Mutch is an independent journalist focusing on crime, crisis and conflict. He has worked all over the world from Venezuela to Lebanon, and written for publications such as The Telegraph, The Independent and Der Spiegel.