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Spotlight: Cyprus

7/18/2018
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The island nation of Cyprus can be summed up in one word: divided. Since gaining independence from Great Britain in 1960, tensions between the ethnically Greek and Turkish sides of the island escalated to a Greek coup d’Etat attempt and invasion by Turkey in 1974. This conflict has resulted in the island being split, monitored,... The post Spotlight: Cyprus appeared first on Matters of State - International Relations Podcast.

Duration:00:29:44

Landmines and Unexploded Ordnance

7/10/2018
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Special guest Jamie Franklin, Executive Director of Mines Advisory Group America, joins us for a discussion on the post-war effects of land mines and campaigns to eliminate them. The use of land mines is said to have first been used during the American Civil War in the 1800s and more widely during the Second World War.... The post Landmines and Unexploded Ordnance appeared first on Matters of State - International Relations Podcast.

Duration:00:40:01

Unrecognized Countries

7/3/2018
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What makes a country a country? In this episode, we look at Transnistria, Taiwan, and Somaliland while exploring competing definitions of statehood. Differing Metrics of State Sovereignty The 1648 Treaty of Westphalia, which marked an end to Europe’s 30 Years War, established the modern western concept of statehood, or the idea that the nation-state is the... The post Unrecognized Countries appeared first on Matters of State - International Relations Podcast.

Duration:00:25:57

Zoos in Conflict Zones

6/26/2018
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One of the many stories that go untold in conflict zones is the fate of zoos and their animals. There are concerns for the animals’ safety as well as for humans if predatory animals escape. In this episode, we explore just a few examples of efforts to safeguard zoos during war. World War II The Ueno... The post Zoos in Conflict Zones appeared first on Matters of State - International Relations Podcast.

Duration:00:18:51

The Nicaragua Canal

6/19/2018
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The Panama Canal’s opening in 1914 transformed global trade and fostered economic development in Panama. Today, Nicaraguan President Daniel Ortega and Chinese financier Wang Jing are trying to emulate its success by constructing a canal through Nicaragua. The Next Great Canal? President Ortega and Wang are spearheading the Nicaragua Canal proposal. If completed, the $50-80 billion project... The post The Nicaragua Canal appeared first on Matters of State - International Relations Podcast.

Duration:00:24:07

Lost Nuclear Materials

6/12/2018
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As the world turns its focus toward nuclear proliferation issues in North Korea and Iran, the international community faces another critical threat: the loss or theft of nuclear materials. This episode explores security risks of lost or stolen nuclear materials, provides case studies to illustrate the threat, and details how countries are addressing this problem.... The post Lost Nuclear Materials appeared first on Matters of State - International Relations Podcast.

Duration:00:39:27

Conflict in South Sudan

6/5/2018
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South Sudan has been plagued by a brutal civil war that has killed thousands and displaced millions, with violence threatening to spill into neighboring countries, Meanwhile, the international community has failed to work with the competing factions to agree to a sustainable peace agreement, as there is little hope for any lasting peace in the... The post Conflict in South Sudan appeared first on Matters of State - International Relations Podcast.

Duration:01:02:43

Michael McFaul, former Ambassador to Russia

5/29/2018
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Michael McFaul, former Ambassador to Russia, joins us for a conversation about his time serving during the Russian reset, what it’s like to be the target of a Russian disinformation campaign, and his new book, From Cold War... The post Michael McFaul, former Ambassador to Russia appeared first on Matters of State - International Relations Podcast.

Duration:00:25:12

North Korea and Tourism

5/8/2018
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North Korea is notoriously isolated, but Daniel Wertz explains that the Hermit Kingdom in fact welcomes tourism – or at least tourist dollars. In this episode, our guest helps us understand what tourism looks like in... The post North Korea and Tourism appeared first on Matters of State - International Relations Podcast.

Duration:00:42:12

Spotlight: Mali

4/30/2018
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Following the death of three US soldiers in Nigeria, there has been a re-examination of the relationship between terrorism, Western intervention, and African nations. Given that Africa is seen as a strategic priority in preventing... The post Spotlight: Mali appeared first on Matters of State - International Relations Podcast.

Duration:00:31:05

Spotlight: Belarus

4/16/2018
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Today’s episode will feature a spotlight on Belarus only recognized as a country since 1991. Sandwiched between Russia and the European Union, Belarus is known as “Europe’s Last Dictatorship.” Its president, Alexander Lukashenko has held... The post Spotlight: Belarus appeared first on Matters of State - International Relations Podcast.

Duration:00:34:13

Human Rights and the Chocolate Industry

3/26/2018
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Nearly 70% of the world’s cocoa comes from western Africa, in countries such as Ghana and the Ivory Coast. In order to fill the global demand for chocolate, thousands of small cocoa farms often rely... The post Human Rights and the Chocolate Industry appeared first on Matters of State - International Relations Podcast.

Duration:00:30:06

Understanding National Debt

3/19/2018
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What is national debt, how do countries use it, and is it really so bad? Listen to our discussion to find out. The post Understanding National Debt appeared first on Matters of State - International Relations Podcast.

Duration:00:30:52

Myanmar and Mobile Phones

3/12/2018
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Myanmar is experiencing one of the world’s fastest rollouts of mobile phones. What are the political, social, and economic effects of the smartphone revolution in Myanmar? Changing the Political Scene The explosive growth of mobile... The post Myanmar and Mobile Phones appeared first on Matters of State - International Relations Podcast.

Duration:00:24:12

Governments in Exile

3/6/2018
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What is a government, and what are the essential elements for statehood? To what extent can sovereignty be disentangled from jurisdiction over territory? In this episode, we approach these enduring questions by focusing on a... The post Governments in Exile appeared first on Matters of State - International Relations Podcast.

Duration:00:23:39

Unorthodox Illicit Financing

2/26/2018
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The global illicit trade and financing market is worth hundreds of billions of dollars, with smugglers and financiers engaging in unorthodox illicit dealings with goods like cigarettes and medicine. Several global initiatives have tried to... The post Unorthodox Illicit Financing appeared first on Matters of State - International Relations Podcast.

Duration:00:33:56

H.E. Omar Arouna, Ambassador of Benin to the United States

2/7/2018
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This episode originally aired in May 2016. Join us on our first installment of Conversations with Ambassadors as we sit down for a chat with Omar Arouna, the then Ambassador of the Republic of Benin to the United... The post H.E. Omar Arouna, Ambassador of Benin to the United States appeared first on Matters of State - International Relations Podcast.

Duration:00:48:30

Why the Arctic Matters

1/30/2018
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As the ice in the Arctic continues to melt, countries are staking claims and preparing for economic and military development in the region. This “new frontier” has promise of prosperity, yet is rife with geopolitical... The post Why the Arctic Matters appeared first on Matters of State - International Relations Podcast.

Duration:00:30:16

Al-Qaeda’s Global Network

1/22/2018
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Al-Qaeda has pervaded international headlines for years, but how much do you really know about the Islamist militant group? In this episode, we explore how the group is organized, how it is decentralized across many countries,... The post Al-Qaeda’s Global Network appeared first on Matters of State - International Relations Podcast.

Duration:00:29:39

Blockchain Technology

1/16/2018
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Cryptocurrencies from Bitcoin to Ripple were hot topics in 2017, but how much do you understand how they work? Blockchain technology is a rapidly expanding industry that underpins these cryptocurrencies. As this data architecture grows,... The post Blockchain Technology appeared first on Matters of State - International Relations Podcast.

Duration:00:18:43