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Who's Afraid of AMLO?

7/16/2018
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Mexico’s soon-to-be president has been called a Marxist, a pragmatist, a Mexican Trump, and a Mexican Chávez. So who really is Andrés Manuel López Obrador? And what kind of president will he be? Mark Feierstein and Carlos Bravo Regidor join this week to discuss.

Duration:00:38:57

When "The Pond" Becomes an Ocean

6/26/2018
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Trump isn’t only buddying up to our enemies—he’s also alienating our friends, and in the process making the Atlantic wider by the day. Edward Luce and Nathalie Tocci join this week to discuss the extent of the damage and what we can expect for the future of the transatlantic relationship.

Duration:00:40:43

Politics on the Pitch

6/8/2018
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Nothing brings the world together like World Cup season…right? Ahead of Russia 2018, this week's episode brings a deep dive into soccer, politics, and the politics of soccer, with special guests Roger Cohen of The New York Times, and Nick Sprague of Braskem and love.futbol.

Duration:00:47:33

What’s Behind Belt and Road?

5/22/2018
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China’s Belt and Road Initiative now spans nearly every continent, and countries are eagerly lining up for a share of the trillions of dollars Beijing is doling out. But is there more to this infrastructure plan than meets the eye? Featuring NYU Shanghai professors Rodrigo Zeidan and Ivan Rasmussen.

Duration:00:47:54

Viktor Orbán and the Strongman's Cookbook

4/20/2018
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With Viktor Orbán stronger than ever, Hungary’s leader offers a clearly replicable recipe for building an autocracy out of a democracy. Cas Mudde, an expert on populism and the mechanics of the far right, joins this week to discuss.

Duration:00:47:18

Russian Meddling: Old Playbook, New Toolkit

4/5/2018
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The face of warfare is changing, and Moscow is embracing it full-throttle. With the digital age giving Putin's Russia a wealth of new ways to pursue longstanding objectives, how is the West to respond? At the same time, are we overestimating the Kremlin's sophistication? The Carnegie Endowment's Andrew Weiss joins this week to discuss.

Duration:00:41:07

Protectionist US: Trendsetter or Odd Man Out?

3/22/2018
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As Trump announces new tariffs, could this shift toward protectionism spark a wave of inward-looking trade policy around the world? Or could we see precisely the opposite happen? Peter and Muni talk to Andrés Velasco, Chile’s former finance minister, to get a sense of the danger, and to discuss strategies for making free trade politically popular.

Duration:00:34:46

Brazilian Shock Therapy

2/21/2018
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A massive anti-corruption investigation has taken down some of Brazil’s most powerful people, including former president Lula, who’s still polling first in this October’s general election. What will become of his candidacy? What has allowed Brazil’s judiciary to become so effective? And is this all as positive as it seems from the outside? Political risk analyst Andrea Murta and law professor Diego Werneck Arguelhes join this week for a deep dive into the scandal that has captivated the...

Duration:00:38:02

Saudi Arabia's Enigmatic Crown Prince

2/7/2018
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Mohammed bin Salman has flung Saudi Arabia onto a new path. Some say he’s just what the country needs to kick its sclerotic economy into gear. Others say he’s a despot further polarizing an already unstable region. Saudi journalist and Washington Post columnist Jamal Khashoggi and Princeton University professor of Near Eastern studies Bernard Haykel join this week to dissect the competing narratives.

Duration:00:39:55

2018: Latin America's Electoral Roller Coaster

12/26/2017
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As we cap off a crazy 2017, Latin America is gearing up for an even crazier 2018. Of the five (potentially six) presidential elections to be held in the region next year, those in Brazil, Colombia, and Mexico promise to be particularly contentious. Peter and Muni take a closer look at these three Latin American powerhouses and the key issues and candidates to watch in their upcoming races. They're joined by Venezuelan author and political scientist Moisés Naím to discuss broader trends in...

Duration:00:47:32

Iran and Congress: The Mideast Mess Gets Messier Still

11/13/2017
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Noting that the US doesn't have enough on its plate, Trump has decided to decertify the Iran nuclear deal, though it's up to Congress to decide what that means. With no shortage of bad behavior from Tehran in its own neighborhood, sabotaging the deal risks giving this "new Cold War" a nuclear component. Peter and Muni look at possible scenarios and outcomes with Jake Sullivan, former Deputy Assistant to President Obama and one of the architects of the Iran deal.

Duration:00:31:21

China and the New World Order

10/25/2017
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China has been steadily increasing its global footprint, and since January, the US has been rapidly scaling back its own. With that in mind, China's 19th Communist Party Congress had one overarching theme: China isn't emerging - it has emerged, and it's ready to be a leader. But what does that mean for the rest of us? Peter and Muni are joined by Bill Bishop, a China expert and founder of the Sinocism newsletter, to discuss Xi Jinping's consolidation of power, and what we can expect from...

Duration:00:33:23

Is Spain Coming Apart?

10/10/2017
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Peter and Muni are joined by professor and expert on Catalan secessionism Andrew Dowling to discuss causes, reactions, and prognoses for Catalonia's independence drive. They look at similar movements around the world and external factors (and actors) abetting this new rise of separatist sentiment.

Duration:00:34:27

Dotard v. Rocket Man

9/27/2017
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North Korea's rapid nuclear advances and a war of words between Trump and Kim Jong Un have added terrifying new dimensions to an old conflict. Arms control expert Jeffrey Lewis of Foreign Policy, and The New Yorker's Evan Osnos, one of the last American journalists to visit Pyongyang, join in to discuss the danger and possible off-ramps to the crisis.

Duration:00:47:45

Is the Populist Wave Here to Stay?

9/18/2017
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With more and more populist and authoritarian leaders popping up throughout the world, Peter and Muni look at underlying causes and give their prognoses for the liberal international order. Professor Soli Ozel joins in to look at long-term trends.

Duration:00:30:44

Is Russia Winning?

8/22/2017
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Everyone is obsessing over President Donald Trump’s possible collusion with Russia during the 2016 election. Strategically speaking, how's that working out for Vladimir Putin? Our guest on this week’s episode, Prof. Mark Galeotti of Prague’s Centre for European Security, argues that Putin is actually not faring that well after all.

Duration:00:37:12

Centrisme Révolutionnaire: Does Macron Have the Answer to Populism?

7/21/2017
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Editor-in-chief of The Daily Beast Jon Avlon and Université d'Orléans historian and author Jean Garrigues discuss the political phenom Emmanuel Macron, and debate whether he truly has an answer to the wave of populism currently dominating many democracies.

Duration:00:33:58

A Way Forward after Trump's Cuba Backtrack?

7/21/2017
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James Williams of Engage Cuba speaks with Peter and Muni about President Donald Trump's recent reversal of the Cuba opening, and what it means for future relations with Havana.

Duration:00:27:50