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Altamar - Navigating the High Seas of Global Politics
28 minutes | Jun 18, 2021
The World After Bibi [S4, E10]
After a total reign of fifteen years, Netanyahu has been ousted and replaced with what can only be described as a ‘pretzel coalition government’ with parties ranging from the center-left to the right and even a member from an Arab Islamist group. But Bibi isn’t going down without a fight. Imitating Trump, he alleges election fraud, warning of the dark presence of a deep state conspiracy and calling for protestors to fill the streets to fuel his claim to power. Can this new coalition last? And will the new government be able to fend off Netanyahu’s attacks and create a compelling agenda of change? Altamar hosts Peter Schechter and Muni Jensen are joined by Gil Tamary, Chief International News Editor and Commentator for Israel’s Channel 13 News, to discuss a post-Bibi world and what that means for the future of Israel. Altamar’s ‘Téa’s Take’ by Téa Ivanovic discusses the estrangement many young American Jews feel towards Israel.
32 minutes | Jun 4, 2021
Will ‘Bidenomics’ Become a Word? [S4, E9]
As the U.S. opens up and people are beginning to dine out and travel, the Biden Administration is betting on much-needed economic growth. But the current U.S. economy is sending a confusing mix of signals with a plethora of contradictions: labor shortages and unemployment, and rising prices but low-interest rates. Notwithstanding the daily debates about reducing unemployment benefits and many experts warning about the dangers of inflation, the Administration is pressing forward with a $6 Trillion budget proposal that injects stimulus in infrastructure, climate change, elder care, child tax credits, and much more. Will ‘Bidenomics’ save America’s confusing economy? Altamar hosts Peter Schechter and Muni Jensen are joined by Caroline Atkinson, former Head of Global Policy at Google and Deputy National Security Advisor for International Economics in the Obama Administration, to discuss the contradictory nature of the U.S.’s economy and what comes next. Altamar’s ‘Téa’s Take’ by Téa Ivanovic discusses the economic trends of young workers.
29 minutes | May 21, 2021
Latin America in Flames [S4, E8]
For the past decade, Latin America enjoyed economic growth as many countries moved towards more equality, economic prosperity, and personal freedoms. But the pandemic wreaked havoc in the region as even the most stable countries are straining as old and new wounds surface. Can Latin America muddle through as it has in the past? Altamar hosts Peter Schechter and Muni Jensen are joined by Ricardo Avila, former Editor in Chief of Portafolio, Colombia’s respected business publication, and author of Latin America and the Domino Effect, to discuss the growing crisis in Latin America. Altamar’s ‘Téa’s Take’ by Téa Ivanovic looks at how the region’s downturn has impacted Latin American youth.
29 minutes | May 7, 2021
Hollywood’s Abyss [S4, E7]
The Oscars this year were the most diverse and unusual, but they also had the worst ratings in history, with less than 10 million viewers—a record low! Awards seasons are not the same anymore now that Netflix has managed to snag 7 Oscars this year. And in a world that is becoming more globalized, global entertainment has changed people’s lives and perspectives. Do streaming platforms pose a dangerous threat to business as usual in Hollywood? Altamar hosts Peter Schechter and Muni Jensen are joined by Silvia Bizio, a correspondent for Italy’s most important daily and weekly publications: La Repubblica & L’Espresso, to understand the future of the film industry. Altamar’s ‘Téa’s Take’ by Téa Ivanovic discusses how the future of TV is all about streaming platforms and immersive experiences.
29 minutes | Apr 23, 2021
Iran vs. the West, Again [S4, E6]
In 2015, Iran and P5+1 (US, UK, France, Germany, Russia, and China) brokered a deal known as the JCPOA in an effort to achieve nuclear de-escalation. In return for pausing Iran’s nuclear ambitions, the West’s economic sanctions would be lifted. But in 2017, the Trump administration abruptly pulled out of the deal, and Iran retaliated by resuming its nuclear program. With JCPOA talks resuming in Vienna amidst heightened tensions, is a pathway towards denuclearization possible? Altamar hosts Peter Schechter and Muni Jensen are joined by Vali Nasr, former dean of The Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies and a leading Middle East expert, to understand the changing dynamics of Iran. Altamar’s ‘Téa’s Take’ by Téa Ivanovic delves into the influence of Iran’s youth on politics and Iran’s upcoming presidential elections.
30 minutes | Apr 9, 2021
The Future of Travel: Winners & Losers [S4, E5]
In 2020, the world came to a shrieking halt. Empty airports, deserted roads, and grounded airplanes were the story of 2020 and the beginning of 2021. Now, as COVID vaccines become more available, we echo the commonly asked question by children: Are we there yet? Countries are making moves toward reopening, and European airlines are beginning to see large upticks in summer ticket sales. Should the travel industry begin to cheer, or is it a little too soon to call this a ‘win’? Altamar hosts Peter Schechter and Muni Jensen are joined by Céline Fornaro, Head of the European Industrials team at UBS Securities, to understand the changing nature of travel. Altamar’s new segment, ‘Téa’s Take’ by Téa Ivanovic, takes a deeper look into ‘responsible travel’ and the new social trend of ‘travel shaming’ among younger generations.
30 minutes | Mar 26, 2021
Russia: Weak and Strong [S4, E4]
Russia seems to garner one success after the next: its bold space travel program, successful vaccine creation, and global distribution efforts, and a powerful military. Despite a weakened economy overly dependent on oil and gas, growing internal dissent, and no real foreign policy strategy, Russia remains a force to be reckoned with. Winston Churchill warned us that “Russia is never as weak or as strong as she looks.” So what’s really happening? Altamar hosts Peter Schechter and Muni Jensen are joined by Jill Dougherty, the former CNN Moscow Bureau Chief and a Russia expert at the Woodrow Wilson Center, to better understand Russia’s true power. Altamar’s new segment, ‘Téa’s Take’ by Téa Ivanovic, discusses the growing youth dissent and its importance for Russia’s future.
25 minutes | Mar 12, 2021
The Future of Cannabis? [S4, E3]
Is the grass always greener on the other side? The cannabis industry is now expected to become a $300bn industry in the next 10 years. Nations are beginning to initiate a global conversation about the “regularization” of marijuana. Does it mean decriminalization, legalization, or something else? Altamar hosts Peter Schechter and Muni Jensen are joined by Benjamin-Alexandre Jeanroy, CEO of Augur Associates, a former consultant for the UN Office on Drugs and Crime, and co-founder of Echo Citoyen, to discuss the worldwide economic effects of the cannabis industry. Altamar is also joined by Téa Ivanovic for Téa’s Take as she provides insight into the criminal justice system and big pharma in relation to cannabis legalization and decriminalization. ----- Produced by Simpler Media
29 minutes | Feb 26, 2021
The World According to Madeleine Albright [S4, E2]
Our world has turned upside down as we navigate a pandemic, civil unrests, economic hardship, climate destruction, fragile governance…it all spells chaos. Madeleine Albright, the first female US Secretary of State and founder of the influential Albright Stonebridge Group, joins Altamar in a conversation about the world’s problems – and opportunities. We take her on a global tour – from America’s political and social instability to China’s rising power and everything in between. And we also ask the self-described ‘optimist who worries’ whether there’s anything she’s optimistic about right now. Former Secretary of State Albright is also a former UN ambassador, Georgetown professor, and seven-time New York Times best-selling author who has witnessed – and shaped -- the transformation of modern international relations from the front row.
27 minutes | Feb 12, 2021
America, a Return to the Throne? [S4, E1]
The US abdicated its place on the global throne after the Trump administration replaced the international order with transactional, bilateral relationships, largely leaving the US on the outside looking in. President Biden campaigned on a return to a multilateral foreign policy and rejoined many global initiatives on his first day in the Oval Office. Ivo Daalder, President of the Chicago Council on Global Affairs and co-author of the gripping “The Empty Throne: America’s Abdication of Global Leadership,” joins Altamar to talk about America’s future and its place in the global arena. Daalder was formerly the U.S. ambassador to NATO, a senior fellow at the Brookings Institution, and director for European affairs at the NSC under President Bill Clinton. ----- Produced by Simpler Media
28 minutes | Jan 29, 2021
¿Coup in America? [Episode 87]
The storming of the U.S. Capitol on January 6 was a national disgrace that upended America’s predictably peaceful transitions of power. It also unleashed widespread debate over classification as a coup – or if the attack was a riot, uprising, and insurrection. Semantics and academic distinctions aside, the hard part is just beginning, as the United States seeks to serve out justice and heal. Moisés Naím, the internationally-syndicated columnist, best-selling author, and distinguished fellow at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, joins Altamar to explain how U.S. democracy could recover – and the ongoing risks at home and abroad. Naím is the host and producer of “Efecto Naím,” an Emmy-winning international affairs program, and was also the editor-in-chief of Foreign Policy magazine for fourteen years. Previously, Naím served as Venezuela’s Minister of Trade and Industry in the early 1990s, director of Venezuela’s Central Bank, and executive director of the World Bank. https://altamar.us/coup-in-america ----- Produced by Simpler Media
30 minutes | Jan 15, 2021
Terror Spreads in Africa [Episode 86]
Two years after the fall of the Islamic State’s caliphate in Syria and Iraq, jihadist militants are making huge inroads in Africa. As the continent battles the coronavirus and poverty, Islamist attacks are spreading across the Sahel and beyond – with far-reaching consequences for the rest of the world. Mary Harper, the BBC’s Africa Editor and expert on violent radical Islam in Africa, joins Altamar to explain the impacts of Africa’s surging terrorist activity. Since the early 1990s, Harper has reported on the continent from conflict zones such as Somalia, Sierra Leone, Liberia, Sudan, South Sudan, Algeria, and the two Congos. She has written for The Economist, Granta, The Guardian, The Times, and The Washington Post and is the author of the book “Everything You Have Told Me is True” about the East African jihadist group Al-Shabaab. http://altamar.us/terror-spreads-in-africa ----- Produced by Simpler Media
29 minutes | Jan 1, 2021
The Global Case for Optimism [Episode 85]
Good news has been in short supply these days. From the devastation of the COVID-19 pandemic to racial violence and polarization, it seems like the world is taking a global gut-punch. But despite the massive challenges ahead, is humanity overall still on the up-and-up? Charles Kenny, Director of Technology and Development and Senior Fellow at the Center for Global Development, joins Altamar to explain why the doom-mongers are wrong. His current work focuses on gender and development, the role of technology in development, governance, and anti-corruption. He is the author of numerous books on improving the world. His latest, “The Plague Cycle,” explores humankind’s struggles with infectious disease. https://altamar.us/the-global-case-for-optimism/ ----- Produced by Simpler Media
29 minutes | Dec 18, 2020
2021: The Rebound Year? [Episode 84]
2020 can’t end quickly enough. After months of political polarization, economic impoverishment, and calamity for so many, coronavirus vaccines are rolling out, and the world is pondering a new reality. Change begets change – but what kind? DJ Peterson, president and founder of the research and consulting firm Longview Global Advisors, joins Altamar to help forecast world politics, global markets, and technology for next year and beyond. Previously, Peterson built and led the Corporate Advisory Services practice at Eurasia Group and was a political scientist at the RAND Corporation. He frequently writes for top-level business audiences and appears in publications such as Bloomberg Businessweek, the Wall Street Journal, the New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, and CNN. https://altamar.us/2021-the-rebound-year/ ----- Produced by Simpler Media
35 minutes | Dec 4, 2020
Disarray & Hope in Latin America [Episode 83]
The official forecast for Latin America is glum. The COVID-19 pandemic has triggered a regional recession, dragged down social indicators, and killed hundreds of thousands of citizens. The United Nations predicts 9.1% negative growth in 2020 and 231 million Latin Americans in poverty – a 15-year backslide. Widespread discontent has led to mass protests and political unrest. Democratic erosions, from populism to authoritarianism, are on the rise in countries like Brazil, Peru, El Salvador, and Mexico – as regimes in Venezuela, Cuba, and Nicaragua clamp down. Can Latin America rebound amid so many challenges? Ricardo Ernst, the Baratta Chair in Global Business and co-director of the Global Logistics Research program at Georgetown University’s McDonough School of Business, makes the case for optimism. He argues that a shift in how the region approaches issues like productivity, public policy, and politics will bring a brighter future. Ernst is also the managing director of Georgetown’s Global Business Initiative and the Latin American Board, as well as executive director of the Latin America Leadership Program. https://altamar.us/disarray-hope-in-latin-america/ ----- Produced by Simpler Media
25 minutes | Nov 19, 2020
The World Awaits Joe Biden [Episode 82]
President-elect Joe Biden intends to ditch Donald Trump’s “America First” doctrine the day he steps into office on January 20. But vows to embrace multilateralism, respect diplomatic channels and restore U.S. leadership on the world stage face a host of challenges. The new Biden Administration will square off with a familiar adversary in Moscow, a more assertive China, a nuclear-armed North Korea, and a multitude of hotspots around the globe. The alienation of long-time allies and the proliferation of power vacuums make it harder to tackle climate change, international trade, and the ongoing pandemic. All this while his new administration will have its domestic hands full amid historic polarization, discord over racial injustice, and skyrocketing COVID cases. Will Biden recapture the U.S.’ traditional seat at the head of the global table? Ed Luce joins Altamar to explain that it won’t be so easy for the next administration to step back into the western driver’s seat simply. Luce is an associate editor of the Financial Times, as well as its chief U.S. commentator and columnist based in Washington, D.C. Previously; he served as the outlet’s Washington bureau chief and as its South Asia bureau chief based in New Delhi. https://altamar.us/the-world-awaits-joe-biden/ ----- Produced by Simpler Media
31 minutes | Nov 5, 2020
Bougainville: The World’s Next Country? [Episode 81]
When you think of modern-day secessions, the struggles of Catalonia, Scotland, Kashmir, and Kurdistan typically come to mind. But Papua New Guinea (PNG)’s autonomous region of Bougainville is farther along than most to achieving independence. Following a bloody civil war that ended two decades earlier, 98% of some 250,000 Bougainvilleans voted for independence in December 2019 in a historic but non-binding referendum. Bougainville’s recently-elected president, a former rebel commander, will now lead independence negotiations. But the small island territory, sitting on a wealth of copper and gold, can’t escape larger geopolitical battles -- world powers like China, the United States, Australia, and New Zealand are interested and involving themselves in Bougainville’s independence movement. Shane McLeod, a Research Fellow at the Lowy Institute’s Australia-PNG Network, joined Altamar to shine light on Bougainville’s efforts to join the club of sovereign states. He is an expert on Papua New Guinea and the Solomon Islands and has written extensively on Bougainville. Formerly a senior editor at ABC News in Sydney, he has managed several flagship radio programs and covered the Asia-Pacific region as a foreign correspondent. https://altamar.us/bougainville-the-world-next-country/ ----- Produced by Simpler Media
35 minutes | Oct 22, 2020
America’s Election and the Question of Polls [Episode 80]
The 2020 showdown between Donald Trump and Joe Biden is nearing its grand finale during one of the most challenging times in history. The outcome could send the United States on vastly different paths as a geopolitical player, an economic engine, and the custodian of global security. The stakes are higher than ever, and the world is watching the polls ahead of November 3rd. The numbers point to a Biden presidential victory and Democrats winning the Senate and House of Representatives. But can polls be trusted? After 2016, when public opinion research wrongly predicted a Hillary Clinton presidency, people are more skeptical than ever of forecasts. Today’s chaos makes it harder than ever to predict results amidst a raging pandemic, unprecedented levels of early voting, mail-in ballots, flaws in the postal system, incendiary social media atmospherics, and foreign disinformation campaigns. Expert pollster Rob Autry joins Altamar to explain the state of the race and polling industry. Autry was previously a partner of one of the Republican party’s most prominent polling companies before starting his own firm, Meeting Street Insights. He has served as the pollster and strategist for Presidents, Senators, and dozens of members of Congress. https://altamar.us/america-election-and-the-question-of-polls/ ----- Produced by Simpler Media
30 minutes | Oct 8, 2020
Arab Realignment [Episode 79]
For the first time in decades, two Gulf nations (the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain) have formally established relations with Israel – diplomatic, economic, technological, and beyond. Further isolating Iran, additional Arab nations could soon follow suit. The agreements also point to a major shift in the Middle East: the rise of modern Gulf states as regional leaders and powerbrokers in the Arab world. To help explain the impact of the Abraham Accords and “the Gulf Moment,” we are joined by prominent Emirati academic and political commentator Abdulkhaleq Abdulla. He is a longtime professor of Political Science at United Arab Emirates University, was a Senior Fellow at the London School of Economics, and served as Chairman of the Arab Council for Social Science. Abdulla was also director of the Gulf Research Unit, Sharjah for 10 years. His research focuses on political changes in the Gulf and the Arab World. Abdulla is the author of several books, and his latest, titled “The Gulf Moment,” focuses on the emergence of the six Arab Gulf states. https://altamar.us/arab-realignment/
33 minutes | Sep 24, 2020
Europe’s Surprising Global Reset [Episode 78]
For a while, it seemed that the European Union lost some of its international luster. The world’s largest economy has been busily bogged down by internal divisions and domestic woes: financial crunches, Brexit, the ongoing migrant crisis, and nationalist populism. But now, something new is in the air. Europe is taking decisive action and making serious inroads into global politics. EU leaders are signing deals with China, taking on Russia, and recently passed a €750 billion recovery package to combat the internal effects of coronavirus. To make sense of the continent’s seeming resurgence, we are joined by Dr. Daniela Schwarzer, director of the German Council on Foreign Relations. Previously, Schwarzer was the senior director of research for the German Marshall Fund in the U.S., for which she also headed its Europe program in Berlin. Schwarzer has also led the research group on European integration at the German Institute for International and Security Affairs and worked as an opinion page editor and France correspondent for Financial Times Deutschland. https://altamar.us/europe-surprising-global-reset/ ----- Produced by Simpler Media
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