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Ugly Brexit: What’s Next? [Episode 34]

1/18/2019
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The clock is ticking on Brexiting Britain’s withdrawal from the European Union. Prime Minister Theresa May’s EU deal was defeated in Parliament and time is running out on a formal exit plan to avoid catastrophe. Lord Mark Malloch Brown, former UK government minister and Chairman of Best for Britain, an organization pushing for a new Brexit vote, explains what happens next and why a new referendum could just be Britain’s saving grace. More at...

Duration:00:29:25

Reconcilable Differences: Italy and the EU [Episode 33]

1/4/2019
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The EU says Italy is "sleepwalking into instability.” For the populist Lega and Five Star parties, a fight with Brussels is just what the doctor ordered. Italy isn’t going to Brexit anytime soon, but Italy’s support for the European project is under strain. More at https://altamar.us/reconcilable-differences-italy-eu/ Follow us on Twitter and Facebook

Duration:00:24:01

2019: The Year of Drifting Dangerously [Episode 32]

12/21/2018
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From “Person of the Year” to the “Didn’t See This Coming” award, Peter and Muni hand out Altamar’s 2018 accolades. Turning towards 2019, Council of Foreign Relations president shares pointed views on why a Chinese takeover is far-fetched, multilateralism isn’t dead yet, and the threat of global “drift” is on the rise. More at https://altamar.us/2019-year-drifting-dangerously/ Follow us on Twitter and Facebook

Duration:00:28:11

Canada: Cool and Confident? [Episode 31]

12/7/2018
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Canada has emerged as in independent voice and flagbearer of international liberalism. But concessions in the new US-Mexico-Canada agreement have sparked a backlash back home. The jury’s still out on the benefits of marijuana legalization. Will Canadians tire of Trudeau’s “yoga democracy”? More at https://altamar.us/canada-cool-confident/ Follow us on Twitter and Facebook

Duration:00:29:28

Argentina’s Looming Doomsday [Episode 30]

11/23/2018
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Mauricio Macri was the darling of international investors after twelve years of radical Peronism. Now Argentina’s economy and center-right President are reeling. Economist Brad Setser of the Council on Foreign Relations predicts a massive and painful recession next year, a potential default after Argentina’s presidential elections, and a risk of global impact. But does economic meltdown have to spell political chaos too? More at https://altamar.us/argentinas-looming-doomsday/ Follow us...

Duration:00:26:15

Bolsonaro’s Brazil: Will the Bite Match the Bark? [Episode 29]

11/7/2018
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After Jair Bolsonaro’s big win in Brazil, Altamar confronts the question everyone is asking: what’s next? Some of his most notorious campaign proposals may be stymied by Brazil’s powerful congress, but radical rhetoric combined with political gridlock can prove just as damaging.

Duration:00:31:08

Ethiopia: The World's Good News Story [Episode 28]

10/24/2018
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As bad news springs up from every corner of the world, Ethiopia under PM Abiy Ahmed is sprinting in the opposite direction. What’s going on? And can it last? Featuring special guest Tsedale Lemma, founder and editor-in-chief of the Addis Standard.

Duration:00:26:40

In Memoriam: Jamal Khashoggi in His Own Voice [Bonus]

10/18/2018
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Jamal Khashoggi, a prominent Saudi journalist and constructive critic of crown prince Mohammad bin Salman, was brutally murdered on October 2 in Saudi Arabia's consulate in Istanbul. This egregious attack on a thoughtful voice of reason has devastated us at Altamar, as we were lucky enough to have Jamal on as a guest in February to discuss the new crown prince and Saudi Arabia's future under him. We're re-releasing our interview with Jamal as tribute to a man who so deeply cared for his...

Duration:00:14:10

Habemus Papam...Habemus Problema? [Episode 26]

10/2/2018
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As scandal roils the Church, what does this all mean for the future of Pope Francis? And for the future of Catholicism? Vaticanologist Jimmy Burns joins this week to discuss.

Duration:00:32:48

The Migrant Backlash [Episode 25]

9/11/2018
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As migration flows grow around the world, is a negative impact on politics an inevitability? Or have we just convinced ourselves that it is? Andrew Selee and María Peña join this week to discuss.

Duration:00:39:58

The Geopolitics of Climate Change [Episode 24]

8/22/2018
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With the world in upheaval, how are we to respond to the most global challenge of them all? Featuring special guests Amy Harder and Giulio Boccaletti.

Duration:00:42:43

Who's Afraid of AMLO? [Episode 23]

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:00:38:58

When "The Pond" Becomes an Ocean [Episode 22]

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:00:40:44

Politics on the Pitch [Episode 21]

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:00:47:34

What’s Behind Belt and Road? [Episode 20]

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:00:47:55

India's Bulletproof Man? [Episode 19]

5/8/2018
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Narendra Modi came into office on big promises, and four years later, he’s got more failures than successes under his belt. But the big question is: do Indian voters even care? Sadanand Dhume joins this week to discuss what’s gone right in Modi’s first term, what’s gone wrong, where he stands today, and where he might stand during elections next year.

Duration:00:39:55

Viktor Orbán and the Strongman's Cookbook [Episode 18]

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:00:47:19

Russian Meddling: Old Playbook, New Toolkit [Episode 17]

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? [Episode 16]

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:00:34:47

The Scramble for Syria [Episode 15]

3/8/2018
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Syria's civil war has long ceased to be civil. The last two months have been a gut-wrenching reminder of how internationalized this conflict has become. As regional and world powers become more deeply entrenched, is there any way out of this tinderbox? Peter and Muni discuss with Joyce Karam, the Washington correspondent for Al-Hayat and The National, who's been following this war since its inception.

Duration:00:33:33