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33 minutes | Nov 23, 2021
Trouble over Taiwan | Bonnie Glaser
In the Sino-American great-power drama, Taiwan has taken center stage, as China has ramped up pressure on the island. How much danger is Taiwan in – and how far will the US go to defend it? See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
29 minutes | Nov 9, 2021
Debt Wars | Barry Eichengreen
The unprecedented fiscal spending that many governments unleashed in response to the COVID-19 crisis has fueled an increasingly heated debate over the risks posed by public debt. But the debate is far from new, and history holds important lessons that should inform it. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
29 minutes | Oct 26, 2021
America’s Afghan Debacle | Annie Pforzheimer
The Taliban has announced its interim government, and its all-male, often-hardline makeup seems to have confirmed many observers’ worst fears. Why did the US mission in Afghanistan fail, and what is in store for the country under Taliban rule? See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
34 minutes | Oct 12, 2021
Voting in a Time of Democratic Erosion | Francesca Binda
While elections alone don’t necessarily make a state democratic, they do offer a glimpse into the strength and legitimacy of a democracy. What can we learn from recent electoral outcomes? See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
28 minutes | Sep 28, 2021
Is Crypto Going Mainstream? | Sheila Warren
After over a decade on the fringes of the global monetary system, digital currencies are increasingly being embraced by companies, governments, and citizens around the world. Are they set to become an integral part of the global monetary system? See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
32 minutes | Sep 14, 2021
Economic Crisis in the Anthropocene | Adam Tooze
The COVID-19 pandemic triggered the swiftest and most comprehensive contraction of global economic activity ever. With crises set to proliferate – not least because of climate change – the successes and failures of the pandemic response should serve as lessons for governments everywhere. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
35 minutes | Aug 31, 2021
The End of the Indispensable Nation | Stephen Wertheim
Twenty years ago, the September 11 terrorist attacks invigorated America’s sense of itself as the “indispensable nation.” But its actions since then have failed to improve global security and have endangered those who it claimed to be helping. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
37 minutes | Aug 17, 2021
Toward Bretton Woods 2.0? | Harold James & Paola Subacchi
In 1971, President Richard Nixon closed the gold window, effectively ushering in a new global monetary non-system with a single pillar: the US dollar. Fifty years later, that pillar is showing signs of strain. Can the world muster the cooperation needed to manage whatever comes next? See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
32 minutes | Aug 4, 2021
The US Economy’s Great Adjustment | Betsey Stevenson
With many low-paying jobs going unfilled, it seems that the COVID-19 crisis has forced a much-needed adjustment in a labor market where workers had long suffered from a decline in bargaining power. But, as pandemic-support programs end and automation accelerates, workers face serious risks. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
29 minutes | Jul 20, 2021
Is It Time to Cancel the Olympics? | Jules Boykoff
Even when the world isn’t gripped by a pandemic, staging the Olympic Games can create serious problems for local populations. So, why do cities and countries keep seeking to host them? Here to help us answer this question is Jules Boykoff. Jules is an associate professor of political science at Pacific University in Oregon, and a former member of the US Olympic Soccer team. He’s the author of NOlympians: Inside the Fight Against Capitalist Mega-Sports in Los Angeles, Tokyo, and Beyond. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
37 minutes | Jul 6, 2021
The Communist Party of China at 100 | Rana Mitter
The Communist Party of China, founded a century ago, has been in power for more than seven decades – and it has big plans for the future. What do those plans entail, and is the Party still strong enough to implement them? See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
32 minutes | Jun 22, 2021
Merkel’s Complicated Legacy | Constanze Stelzenmüller
As German Chancellor Angela Merkel prepares to step aside after 16 years in office, Germany, Europe, and the world are entering a new, more uncertain phase – one that will be significantly shaped by her legacy. But which one?Here to help us answer these questions is Constanze Stelzenmüller. She holds the Fritz Stern chair on Germany and trans-Atlantic Relations at the Brookings Institution. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
28 minutes | Jun 8, 2021
Is the US Ready for War? | Michèle Flournoy
Since the end of the Cold War, the United States has been the world’s only superpower – a status ensured by the country’s powerful military. But great-power competition is making a comeback, raising questions about US preparedness.Michèle Flournoy is Co-Founder and Managing Partner of WestExec Advisors, a co-founder and former CEO of the Center for a New American Security, and a former US under secretary of defense for policy. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
33 minutes | May 25, 2021
Is India’s Democracy Dying? | Milan Vaishnav
Despite major challenges, India’s multicultural democracy has thrived for more than 70 years. But can it survive Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his Hindu-nationalist agenda?Here to help us answer this question is Milan Vaishnav. Vaishnav is the director of the South Asia Program at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace. He is the author of When Crime Pays: Money and Muscle in Indian Politics. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
31 minutes | May 13, 2021
Special Edition: Will COVID-19 Bring Europe “Ever Closer”? | Niels Thygesen
While critics say that the European Union has stumbled from crisis to crisis for most of its existence, its defenders counter that crises have made it both stronger and more necessary over time. As the bloc’s complex history and current challenges show, both claims are true.Niels Thygesen is an economist and an emeritus professor at the University of Copenhagen. He has spent more than a half-century observing and participating in the European integration process. As a member of the Delors Committee, he helped established the roadmap to Economic and Monetary Union, or EMU. This culminated in the introduction of the euro in 1999. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
27 minutes | May 11, 2021
Russia’s Not So Strongman | Timothy M. Frye
Popular protests and a tanking economy seem to be weakening President Vladimir Putin’s position, if not threatening his grip on power. Yet Russia’s strongman leader will not go down without a fight.Joining us today to help demystify one of the world’s most prominent dictators is Timothy Frye, the Marshall D. Shulman Professor of Post-Soviet Foreign Policy at Columbia University, and the author of the new book, Weak Strongman: The Limits of Power in Putin’s Russia. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
30 minutes | Apr 27, 2021
Will the American Jobs Plan Remake the US Economy? | James K. Galbraith
US President Joe Biden’s public-investment proposal is undoubtedly ambitious – and highly controversial. But it may also be the key to putting the US economy on the path toward a more sustainable, equitable, and prosperous future.Here to help us understand the American Jobs Plan – and the debate surrounding it – is James Galbraith. Galbraith is an economist and professor of government at the Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs at the University of Texas at Austin. He is also the author of Inequality: What Everyone Needs to Know. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
32 minutes | Apr 13, 2021
The Return of the Taliban | Ashley Jackson
After 20 years and more than $2 trillion, the US is under growing pressure finally to withdraw from Afghanistan, leaving the country where it started: in the hands of the Taliban. What will this mean for Afghanistan’s people, their neighbors, and the world?Ashley Jackson is the co-director of the Centre for the Study of Armed Groups at the Overseas Development Institute. She is the author of the forthcoming book Negotiating Survival: Civilian-Insurgent Relations in Afghanistan. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
8 minutes | Mar 30, 2021
Outtakes: Do Travel Bans Work? | Jennifer Nuzzo
This week in Outtakes, recent guest Jennifer Nuzzo, a senior scholar at the Johns Hopkins Center for Health and Security, explains why border closures aren’t an effective virus-containment strategy – and says what is. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
31 minutes | Mar 16, 2021
Stopping the Next Pandemic | Jennifer Nuzzo
Even if the world does manage to end the COVID-19 pandemic, we can’t simply breathe a sigh of relief and return to business as usual. With the number of new infectious diseases rising fast, the next pandemic could be just around the corner.Jennifer Nuzzo is a senior scholar at the Johns Hopkins Center for Health Security, and an associate professor at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
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