Global Dispatches -- Conversations on Foreign Policy and World Affairs
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A podcast about foreign policy and world affairs.
Every Monday we feature long form conversations with foreign policy journalists academics, luminaries and thought leaders who discuss the ideas, influences, and events that shaped their worldview from an early age. Every Thursday we post shorter interviews with journalists or think tank types about something topical and in the news.
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Episode 168: 2017 Nobel Peace Prize Recipient Beatrice Fihn
3 days ago
Exactly two weeks to the day before this interview, Beatrice Fihn received a phone call from Norway. It was the Nobel Committee informing her that the NGO she leads, the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons, was awarded the 2017 Nobel Peace Prize. The committee cited ICAN, as the NGO is known, for its work to achieve an international treaty against nuclear weapons. The treaty is often compared to the landmine treaty and convention against chemical weapons in that it invokes broadly humanitarian principles to ban what is an inherently indiscriminate weapon. The treaty was finalized in July and has already gained over 50 signatories from governments with many more expected in the near future. We have a lengthy discussion about the logic behind this treaty and its intentions. Beatrice describes how it took a kind of fearlessness and disregard for traditional power dynamics to succeed here--and it's worth pointing out that this is a treaty that is opposed, at least for now, by all nuclear weapons possessing states. We also discuss Beatrice's life and career and how she first became interested in nuclear issues. It's a great conversation! We kick off with a fin discussion about the moment she learned her organization had won the Nobel Peace Prize. Become a premium subscriber to unlock bonus episodes, earn other rewards, and support the show!
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Rated 5 out of
very insightful, well put together show
I have only recently found this podcast, and it does a fantastic job of delivering important information about policy making and current world affairs. It includes interviews with key people involved in the political and international process, giving a well rounded view of topical issues
Date published: 2016-08-19