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22 minutes | 2 months ago
We need to talk about Russia
With the possibility of a new US administration taking office next year, the question of how to approach Russia is looming increasingly larger in Washington. Opposition politician Vladimir Milov and national security expert Evelyn Farkas join Susan and Greg to discuss how the opposition is coping after Alexei Navalny’s poisoning and how should Western countries must deal with President Vladimir Putin.
34 minutes | 3 months ago
Revolution in Belarus
Belarus is at a tipping point as the authoritarian President Alexandr Lukashenka’s regime crumbles under the weight of mass popular protests. The European Union has pledged support for the opposition, which is preparing for a transition, but Lukashenka is clinging to power. And with fears that Russian President Vladimir Putin will prop up his Belarusian ally, what comes next is anyone’s guess. Joining Susan and Greg to discuss what’s going on, possible future scenarios and what Western countries must urgently do is David Kramer, Franak Viachorka and Vlad Kobets. First, ICWA managing editor Dan Peleschuk describes his arrest in Minsk during a brutal crackdown by the security forces.
24 minutes | 4 months ago
Digital transatlantic alliance
The internet has changed how democracy functions. With digital platforms fueling divisiveness and enabling manipulation by individual bad actors and states alike, liberal democracies are struggling to keep up. Marietje Schaake and Tomicah Tilleman join Susan and Greg to discuss how to ensure the right architecture to guarantee the free exchange of ideas, fair voting and other key conditions for democracy.
27 minutes | 4 months ago
What do Europeans think of America now?
Europeans have looked on in disbelief and dismay as America’s alliances with its most important transatlantic allies have come under attack by an isolationist president who sees personal political gain in undermining common liberal democratic values. But after the Black Lives Matters protests and with hopes for transformation in US politics after November’s presidential election, Reinhard Bütikofer and Ben Haddad join Susan and Greg to discuss what Europeans think of the United States now and how they see America’s future role in a changing world.
23 minutes | 5 months ago
Russia under Putin's constitution
Vladimir Putin has done virtually everything to ensure he’ll be able to remain Russian president for life after a referendum last week, when officials said a majority of voters approved a series of changes to the constitution. The veteran human rights activist Tanya Lokshina joins Susan and Greg to discuss what process revealed about politics under Putin, what’s changed in the constitution, and what it means for the country’s future.
26 minutes | 6 months ago
Covid-19, disinformation and transatlantic democracy
With the coronavirus pandemic raising serious challenges for voting and other vital democratic functions, the threat from disinformation is becoming especially acute—not least in the United States ahead of the November election. Leading experts Karen Kornbluh and Spencer Boyer join Susan and Greg to describe the problem and what transatlantic alliance countries must do to ensure the functioning of democracy. (This episode was recorded as webinar on May 20.)
31 minutes | 7 months ago
Poland's ghost election
Poland is wrestling with a political crisis after its ruling Law and Justice party agreed to postpone Europe’s first presidential election since the outbreak of the coronavirus. The 11th-hour decision stopped the party’s chaotic drive to hold a ballot by mail—denounced as a power grab by critics—but the matter is far from resolved. Wojciech Przybylski in Warsaw and Emily Schultheis in Berlin join Susan and Greg to discuss what happened, what may lie ahead and what other countries can learn.
22 minutes | 7 months ago
Politics in the pandemic: Russia and Turkey
The spread of Covid-19 is confronting Russia’s Vladimir Putin and Turkey’s Recep Tayyip Erdogan with unprecedented challenges to their autocratic rule. David Kramer and Soner Cagaptay join Susan and Greg to discuss how the outbreak is hitting two countries that pose the transatlantic alliance some of its biggest challenges, how each government is handling the crisis and how the two historical rivals are cooperating as well as competing in Syria and on other fronts.
26 minutes | 8 months ago
Coronavirus in the age of mass protests
Democracy has been in global decline for the past 14 years. Now it’s confronted with a crisis not seen in the modern era. Autocrats are seeking to exploit the Covid-19 pandemic as democracies grapple with their own various responses. But could this be a pivotal moment, when liberal democratic leaders and transnational institutions such as the EU begin to restore trust after a decade of rising global mass protests over lack of faith in politicians and institutions? Mike Abramowitz and Sam Brennan join Susan and Greg to discuss the effects of the coronavirus crisis and potential future scenarios.
25 minutes | 8 months ago
Returning democracy and human rights to foreign policy
The coronavirus has starkly illustrated how the internal governance of nation states matters to international affairs. So after years of American retreat from promoting democracy and human rights around the world, how should a new administration return to supporting the core transatlantic values that have long underpinned our security and prosperity? Greg and Susan talk to the author of a new George W. Bush Institute report, Nicole Bibbins Sedaca, her colleague Lindsay Lloyd, and Dan Baer, US ambassador to the OSCE under the Obama administration.
26 minutes | 8 months ago
If a new administration takes office next January, the monumental task of restoring America’s democratic reputation and tattered alliances will become a major priority. Greg and Susan talk to Democratic campaign advisers Anthony Robinson and Max Bergmann about the immediate future for a new foreign policy what the candidates should be doing to prepare.
30 minutes | 9 months ago
Poland on the brink
Judges in Poland have been taking to the streets to protest the ruling Law and Justice Party’s crackdown on judicial independence. Susan moderates a Transatlantic Democracy Working Group roundtable discussion at the German Marshall Fund in Washington to discuss the latest target in the government’s systematic dismantlement of democratic checks and balances.
20 minutes | 9 months ago
Slovakia at the crossroads
Voters in Slovakia go to the polls next week in the first parliamentary elections since anti-corruption protests over the murder of an investigative reporter helped catapult the progressive Zuzana Caputova to the presidency last year. But many believe this month’s vote will do more to determine the country’s democratic future, with a new wave of pro-European liberals competing against an increasingly extremist far right in a contest that will have ripple effects across Central Europe.
24 minutes | 10 months ago
Transatlantic parliamentary diplomacy
Most foreign policy is carried out by governments and their diplomats. But elected members of national legislatures also play important roles influencing foreign policies, especially in democracies. Joining Susan and Greg are the presidents of the parliamentary assemblies of NATO and the OSCE to discuss what they do, the state of the transatlantic alliance and challenges for both organizations.
22 minutes | a year ago
Radio Free Europe Redux
The United States established Radio Free Europe and Radio Liberty during the Cold War to broadcast news and information into countries behind the Iron Curtain in their own languages. Today, Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty—which reports news in 22 countries and 26 languages—is about to relaunch its Hungarian service for the first time since it was shut down following the collapse of communism. RFE/RL’s new president, Jamie Fly, joins Greg from Prague to discuss that and what else RFE/RL is doing three decades after the fall of the Soviet empire.
21 minutes | a year ago
Foreign policy constituency building
The Open Society Foundations of the financier and philanthropist George Soros has given tens of billions of dollars to civil society groups around the world, promoting democracy in some 120 countries. Now OSF is starting a new effort to build a progressive grass-roots constituency among Americans for pressing issues in foreign policy such as climate change and human rights. Greg speaks to the program's founder Stephen Rickard about his plans and why he thinks they will succeed.
20 minutes | a year ago
The Velvet Revolution 30 years on
Starting three decades ago this Sunday, people in Czechoslovakia threw off communism with remarkable speed in the heady days of 1989. The Velvet Revolution soon swept out one of the most rigid of Soviet Bloc regimes, in place since the crushing of the Prague Spring two decades earlier. But thirty years on, the euphoria and seeming certainties that came with the ensuing integration into the European Union and NATO are gone. The former student activist leader Vaclav Bartuska joins Susan and Greg to look back at the birth of a free society in Czechoslovakia and discuss the Velvet Revolution’s significance today.
29 minutes | a year ago
The fall of the Berlin Wall 30 years on
Three decades ago in 1989, people in East Germany took to the streets to protest communist rule. The “Peaceful Revolution” led to the fall of the Berlin Wall on November 9, paving the way for German reunification the following year. But the euphoria soon wore off for many in the former East, and it’s having political consequences today: eastern Germany has become the bastion of the far-right Alternative for Germany party. Karen Donfried and Jeff Gedmin join Susan and Greg to discuss the legacy of 1989 and serious challenges facing the country’s political establishment today. Then ICWA fellow Emily Schultheis reports from Germany, where she speaks to young eastern Germans born in 1989 about their identity.
26 minutes | a year ago
Anti-Semitism on the rise
Anti-Semitism is rising together with the wave of right-wing populism on both sides of the Atlantic. The context is also changing, with Israel turning away on a two-state solution to the Middle East crisis and accusations in Europe of a so-called new anti-Semitism by Muslim immigrants. Joining Greg to discuss the growing regional developments and political debates affecting what had recently seemed a relatively straightforward battle against anti-Semitism are Stacy Burdett, Andrew Baker and Susan Corke.
30 minutes | a year ago
Turkey's political landscape
As Turkey steps up air strikes and a ground offensive launched this week against Kurdish-held areas of northern Syria, we take a look at the context of Turkish domestic politics. Greg talks to Jonathan Katz about the military campaign, then Jonathan speaks to Turkey experts Lisel Hintz and Ozgur Unluhisarcikli about what’s driving President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.
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