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From shifting alliances to great power politics, and from security in a post-pandemic world to rapid technological innovation, our world is constantly in flux. Each week on State of the World, Megan Torrey, CEO of the World Affairs Council of Connecticut, sits down with experts and leaders on the frontlines of foreign policy and national security. Each episode is a deep dive into one of the world’s most pressing issues and it asks the question: how can global events impact our everyday lives ...
 
Foreign correspondent and world affairs editor John Simpson has risked life and limb reporting for the BBC for over 52 years. The Tiananmen Square massacre, Iraq, Afghanistan, Zimbabwe, Bosnia – you name it he was there. He’s been punched by a UK Prime Minister, bombed by US ‘friendly fire’, watched Saddam Hussein’s execution and whilst experimenting with some hallucinogenic offerings in the deepest Amazon was once hugged by a six foot goldfish wearing sunglasses. On season 1 of John Simpson ...
 
The longest running independent international affairs podcast features in-depth interviews with policymakers, journalists and experts around the world who discuss global news, international relations, global development and key trends driving world affairs. Named by The Guardian as "a podcast to make you smarter," Global Dispatches is a podcast for people who crave a deeper understanding of international news.
 
The Institute of World Politics is a graduate school of national security and international affairs, dedicated to developing leaders with a sound understanding of international realities and the ethical conduct of statecraft, based on knowledge and appreciation of the principles of the American political economy and the Western moral tradition. **Please note that the views expressed by our guest lecturers do not necessarily reflect the views of The Institute of World Politics.**
 
Just World Podcasts is an innovative podcast series on international affairs, run by the publishing house Just World Books which also provides this platform as a service to Just World Educational, a nonprofit headquartered in Virginia and Washington DC. The President of Just World Ed, veteran global-affairs writer and antiwar activist Helena Cobban, is the most frequent host on this podcast.
 
Following an official request from the UN Secretary General, the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) is moving ahead with plans for a World Humanitarian Summit in Istanbul in May 2016. The objective of the event – which will be the first-ever humanitarian summit of this scale and scope – is to set a future agenda for humanitarian action to ensure improved responsiveness to the changing humanitarian landscape in terms of greater needs, more diverse actors, new techno ...
 
Qui’s World Radio Show is the brain child of International recording artist/entertainer, QUI510 (key five ten). A fascinating & hilarious variety show w/ special Musical, Political, Theatrical and Ordinary Joes as guests Qui510, along with her co-host Precious Limits, discuss various topics discussing Life, Entertainment, Love, Sex, Politics, Current Affairs, and Religion. Whatever’s considered a “HOT TOPIC” we are talking about it! Funny, Intriguing, RisQue, Fresh and New is what “Qui’s Wor ...
 
The World Beyond the Headlines series is a collaborative project of the Center for International Studies, the International House Global Voices Program, and the Seminary Co-op Bookstores and the Chicago Council on Global Affairs. Its aim is to bring scholars and journalists together to consider major international issues and how they are covered in the media.
 
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COP26 was billed as the make or break event in the fight against climate change. In conversation with Quynh Le Vo, Sharon Seah, coordinator of the ISEAS-Yusof Ishak Institute’s Climate Change in Southeast Asia Programme, discusses Southeast Asian countries’ key priorities going into the conference and the commitments they made in Glasgow, including…
 
Everybody eats. We may even consider ourselves experts on the topic, or at least Instagram experts. But are we aware that the shrimp in our freezer may be farmed and frozen in Vietnam, the grapes in our fruit bowl shipped from Chile, and the coffee in our coffee maker grown in Nicaragua, roasted in Germany, and distributed in Canada? Whether we kno…
 
Thank you for listening to another episode of DWP!Brucella is an ancient bacteria that is the cause of brucellosis, a zoonosis commonly transferee to a host through contaminated milk or animal products. But something far less known about Brucellosis is that the Nazis weaponized a synthetic version and more than likely brought their research to the …
 
Korea24 – 2021.12.06. (Monday) News Briefing: South Korea reported record COVID-19 infection figures for a Monday, with 4,325 new cases. Authorities also confirmed that the number of omicron variant cases found had doubled to 24 cases. Meanwhile, the government doubled down on its decision to expand COVID-19 vaccine pass requirements for minors nex…
 
①China's Foreign Ministry reports on deficiencies and abuse of democracy in the United States. ②Russian President Vladimir Putin and U.S. President Joe Biden will hold online meeting on Tuesday. ③Pharmaceutical companies cut prices by 62% on average to get China's medical insurance listing.
 
Is it possible that efforts to make war more humane can actually make it more common and thus more destructive? This tension at the heart of this query lies at the heart of Samuel Moyn's new book Humane: How the United States Abandoned Peace and Reinvented War (Farrar, Strauss and Giroux, 2021). He draws fascinating connections between literary fig…
 
Megan Gibson, our Senior Editor, International, speaks to the Turkish journalist and author Ece Temelkuran. They discuss Turkey’s slide into authoritarianism – and the lessons the political situation holds for other democracies – as well as the country’s spiralling economic crisis and what chance a united opposition might have to defeat the Turkish…
 
For only the second time in its, the governing body of the World Health Organization met in a special session. WHO, the World Health Assembly, gathered for a special session. The question at hand: Should member states of the WHO seek to create a new treaty, convention, accord or some sort of international instrument on pandemic preparedness and res…
 
Thank you for listening to another episode of DWP!On the 8th episode of MNMD Mat brings on NY Patriot, Colorado Dank and Mark Steeves. We have a wide ranging chat covering some of the news events that stood out to us and of source find ourselves going down some rabbit holes.Don’t forget to check out...Mat T from & The Great Deception NY Patriot & T…
 
Korea24 – 2021.12.03. (Friday) News Briefing: The government has decided to tighten gathering restrictions and expand entry passes in a bid to curb the latest COVID-19 resurgence and prevent a further spread of the new omicron variant. Private gatherings will be limited to six people in the capital region and eight people elsewhere. Entry passes fo…
 
Omicron, a new and potentially more transmissible coronavirus variant has prompted a fresh round of travel restrictions across the world, and raised concern about what may be next in the pandemic. Host Ge Anna is joined by Dr. Marylouise McLaws, adviser to WHO and Prof of Epidemiology at University of New South Wales; Dr. Andrew Easton, Emeritus Pr…
 
As the Covid-19 pandemic spread to Europe and other parts of the globe in spring of 2020, the Chinese government started reporting donations of Personal Protective Equipment as well as other medical supplies to areas experiencing severe shortage. Listen to Dr. Lauri Paltemaa and Dr. Hermann Aubié discuss their research on the exact nature of China'…
 
Jeffrey Bachman's edited volume Cultural Genocide: Law, Politics, and Global Manifestations (Routledge, 2019) asks where the boundaries between genocide and other kinds of mass atrocity violence rest and what the stakes are in locating them here rather than there. Bachman, Senior Professorial Lecturer at the American University and a co-host of thi…
 
One Hundred Years of Solitude is a revered classic today fifty five years after it was first published in 1967. Today I talked to Alvaro Santana Acuña a sociologist and historian who describes the ingredients that went into manufacturing the success of this book. In Ascent to Glory: How One Hundred Years of Solitude Was Written and Became a Global …
 
With COP26 and high fossil fuel prices, energy is back in the headlines. And Russia, as one of the world’s largest producers of hydrocarbons, is part of the conversation--most recently, in Putin’s refusal to expand oil production to ease global prices. The world is coming up on three major transitions—peak use of fossil fuels, renewables competing …
 
On 26 November Omicron was declared a Covid-19 variant of concern by the World Health Organisation. With Omicron now detected in more than 20 countries, governments across the world are acting to limit its spread. Emily Tamkin in Washington, DC, Alix Kroeger in London and Ido Vock in Berlin discuss the politics of travel bans and vaccine inequity. …
 
Korea24 – 2021.12.02. (Thursday) News Briefing: The first cases of the omicron COVID-19 variant have been confirmed in South Korea. 5 cases have been found, but their previous movements are already raising concerns of a greater spread. Meanwhile, South Korea reported another record number of daily new COVID-19 infections, of 5,266. (Koo Hee-jin) In…
 
①EU unveils a global investment program to rival the Belt and Road Initiative. But is rivalry the right way to go? ②Casting off the British queen, Barbados has officially bid farewell to its colonial past. Will the Caribbean island nation’s decision prompt other nations to follow suit? ③Asia’s answer to CES, the well-known tech show held in Las Veg…
 
Russian military forces are massing on the border of Ukraine. This has prompted widespread concern that Russia may once again seek to invade Ukraine. On the line with me to discuss this unfolding crisis is John Herbst, Senior Director of the Eurasia Center at the Atlantic Council and Former US Ambassador to Ukraine. We kick off with a conversation …
 
Korea24 – 2021.12.01. (Wednesday) News Briefing: South Korea has hit a new high in its daily COVID-19 case count of 5,123. The number of critically ill COVID-19 patients also hit an all-time high of 723. Meanwhile, authorities are also waiting to confirm the first suspected cases of the omicron variant in the country. (Eunice Kim) In-Depth News Ana…
 
This week Allan and Darren open their discussion with the Biden-Xi virtual meeting. It went for a long time, the atmosphere seemed cordial – is this enough for (some) optimism about the trajectory of US-China relations? Allan thinks so, while Darren cannot resist the temptation to offer an IR theory perspective and explain that the game theoretic c…
 
①Why is Federal Reserve considering scaling back bond purchases more quickly than anticipated? ②In trade, Australia's closest allies like the US have been the biggest beneficiaries of the frictions between Beijing and Canberra, according to a report by the University of Technology Sydney. ③Why is Putin warning the West against crossing Moscow's red…
 
The fallout from the Jenkins report into workplace culture in Federal Parliament. What needs to be done?And, will the floods be enough to wipe out the mouse plague, or have the mice made it to higher ground? We'll find out what farmers are facing during a wet harvest.
 
Chris George, Executive Director at Integrated Refugee & Immigrant Services, joins Council CEO Megan Torrey to discuss the Afghan refugee crisis and the United States’ refugee resettlement infrastructure. We know that the pursuit of safety is a major reason people leave their home countries. But what happens when families and individuals arrive in …
 
Korea24 – 2021.11.30. (Tuesday) News Briefing: South Korea’s health system is continuing to come under strain, with more than 90% of ICU beds for critically ill COVID-19 patients in Seoul now occupied. Meanwhile, the government says the rising number of elderly COVID-19 patients at high risk of developing severe symptoms is the biggest concern at t…
 
①President Xi Jinping has made new pledges to Africa in vaccine delivery, investment, financial support and trade. How much does this matter to the continent? ②Iran and the world powers party to the 2015 nuclear deal have begun talks to restore the pact. Is there room for optimism? ③Russian leader Vladimir Putin and Belarusian leader Alexander Luka…
 
Health authorities warn the Omicron variant can't be kept out. Are tougher measures needed to keep people safe?We'll take you to South Africa, to hear from a vaccine expert, advising the World Health Organisation on how to handle the latest outbreak.And Westpac in the corporate regulator's sights for charging dead customers.…
 
About the lecture: Syria has seen an internecine civil war for the last decade. It has involved 4 out of the 5 Permanent Security Council members on either side of the conflict making it international, throwing to the wind the cardinal principles of the UN Charter particularly, sovereignty, non-interference, and self-defense. It sets an extremely r…
 
Thank you for listening to another episode of DWP!I brought Mat from The Great Deception on to y’all some smack about the new killer out there. Audio clips from Fauci and Katie Hopkins, and we y’all about the fear tactics and just shoot the shit over it. Let’s see what tricks are up “their” sleeves and what’s in store for us, the little people.Patr…
 
Korea24 – 2021.11.29. (Monday) News Briefing: President Moon Jae-in says the next phase in the transition to living with COVID-19 will be put on hold for now, replaced by special quarantine measures that will be implemented over the next four weeks. This comes as the government assessed last week's nationwide risk level for COVID-19 as "very high,"…
 
①Countries are racing to contain the Omicron coronavirus variant as new cases are detected across the world. ②Taiwan leader Tsai Ing-wen says Taiwan and Europe must work together to defend against authoritarianism and disinformation. What’s behind here rhetoric? ③EU ministers call for a new agreement with the UK to tackle the surge of migrants tryi…
 
Alix Kroeger in London speaks to the BBC’s world affairs editor John Simpson after his recent visit to Afghanistan. They talk about how life under the Taliban compares with the last time the regime was in power, where the country is getting aid from, and how the rest of the world should engage with Afghanistan. If you have a You Ask Us question for…
 
Nations have powerful incentives to ensure that their military alliances are well-structured. Successful military alliances set long-lasting foundations for global and regional order, while unsuccessful ones can perpetuate and widen conflict. In Following the Leader: International Order, Alliance Strategies, and Emulation (Stanford UP, 2021), Kuo a…
 
The most innovative cryptocurrency projects today are being built in the developing world (Sub-Saharan Africa in particular) to address real-world obstacles to economic development and achieving the Sustainable Development Goals. Cryptocurrency and the blockchain technologies they power carry big implications for global development, but are general…
 
Thank you for listening to another episode of DWP!An episode all about frequencies and the crazy effects they have on our bodies and minds. All kept secret by the Rockefeller Foundation since the late 30s, but by other worldly elites before that.Later, some frequencies found in nature and an unexplained event that left several hikers dead.Patreon.c…
 
Korea24 – 2021.11.26. (Friday) News Briefing: The list of patients waiting for hospital beds topped one thousand in the metro area, as the country added a record high of critical COVID-19 cases. New quarantine measures will be announced next week. (Koo Heejin) In-Depth News Analysis (Weekly Economy Review): Professor Yang Jun-suk from the Catholic …
 
In this episode, we look at the economic and political implications of a US-coordinated move to tap strategic oil reserves to combat high gasoline prices, as well as the global energy crunch that the move is pointing to. Host Ding Heng is joined by Wu Changhua, Executive Director of Professional Association for China's Environment; Professor Zha Da…
 
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