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The Irish Times' unrivalled foreign affairs coverage, now brought to you in weekly podcast form. Hosted by Patrick Smyth with regular contributors Denis Staunton, Simon Carswell, Lara Marlowe, Suzanne Lynch, Derek Scally, Paddy Agnew, Tom Hennigan, Clifford Coonan and Ruadhan Mac Cormaic.

The Irish Times' unrivalled foreign affairs coverage, now brought to you in weekly podcast form. Hosted by Patrick Smyth with regular contributors Denis Staunton, Simon Carswell, Lara Marlowe, Suzanne Lynch, Derek Scally, Paddy Agnew, Tom Hennigan, Clifford Coonan and Ruadhan Mac Cormaic.
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The Irish Times' unrivalled foreign affairs coverage, now brought to you in weekly podcast form. Hosted by Patrick Smyth with regular contributors Denis Staunton, Simon Carswell, Lara Marlowe, Suzanne Lynch, Derek Scally, Paddy Agnew, Tom Hennigan, Clifford Coonan and Ruadhan Mac Cormaic.




The Trouble with Italy / Maduro's Reelection in Venezuela

A bizarre political experiment in underway in Italy, and Brussels is watching with concern. Patrick Smyth on the makeup of the new government, its internal contradictions, its plans for the economy and immigration - and the novice who will likely become the next Prime Minister. Plus, Tom Hennigan on the reelection, widely seen as democratically illegitimate, of Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro. Despite his win, Maduro faces huge obstacles both within and without the chavista movement he...


John Bolton, Mike Pompeo & Trump's Foreign Policy(Interview with Thomas Wright)

Today's guest is Thomas Wright, director of the Center on the United States and Europe at the Washington-based thinktank The Brookings Institute. Last summer, Thomas talked to us about his expectations of the Trump Administration in the foreign policy arena. Almost a year on, the Trump Administration has made many consequential foreign policy moves, including pulling out of the Iran nuclear deal, striking in Syria and agreeing to a meeting with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un. Trump has...


The Stormy Daniels Affair

Washington Correspondent Suzanne Lynch explains the many twists and turns in the story of porn actor turned political player Stormy Daniels, and her alleged affair with President Donald Trump. Could his attempts to handle the controversy, including a payment made by attorney Michael Cohen that is now under investigation, potentially lead to his downfall?


Windrush Scandal Fallout / Spain's #MeToo Moment

On this week’s World View podcast, London Editor Denis Staunton reports on the appointment of Conservative MP Sajid Javid as Home Secretary following the resignation of Amber Rudd. The son of Pakistani immigrants, Mr Javid has promised action on the Windrush immigration targets scandal that led to the exit of his predecessor. Described as unsentimental, a Thatcherite and a man prone to recitations of Ayn Rand, his appointment should take some of the poison out of the crisis for the Prime...


What Should We Expect from The Korea Summit? / Trump & Macron

This week podcast features Beijing Correspondent Clifford Coonan on the historic inter-Korean summit taking place at Panmunjeom in the Demilitarized Zone this week. How did we get here, and what are the two nations hoping to achieve? The Korea summit will also be watched closely in Washington, where our correspondent Suzanne Lynch is covering the visit of French President Emmanuel Macron.


May's Decision to Strike in Syria / The Windrush Scandal

London Editor Denis Staunton on the two stories dominating Westminster this week: Theresa May's decision to join the United States and France in bombing Syria last weekend, and the appalling treatment of a group of immigrants who were welcomed to the United Kingdom as children but have lately found their lives becoming more difficult.


Hungary's Opposition Unites Against Orban / Bloodshed in Gaza

Hungarians head to the polls on Sunday for parliamentary elections whose results may have consequences across Eastern Europe, says Dan McLaughlin on this week's podcast. At stake in Budapest is Prime Minister Victor Orban's supermajority in parliament, which he has used to push through a number of authoritarian reforms. On the campaign trail Mr Orban has promised "moral, legal and political revenge" on Hungary's enemies, for which many read Mr Orban's own political opponents. That approach...


Catalonia Arrests: Why Has Madrid Upped The Ante? / Europe and Russia

Ireland today joined the collective move by western nations against Russia, announcing that one diplomat is to be expelled after a nerve attack on a former Russian agent earlier this month. It follows similar declarations by 16 other EU countries on Monday, as tensions between Russia and the West deepen over the attack on Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia in Britain. On today’s World View podcast, Europe editor Patrick Smyth reports from Brussels on what lasting impact the crisis is...


Sarkozy & the Colonel's Cash / Return of the Backstop

"I've covered a lot of financial scandals in French politics.... they usually get off". Lara Marlowe talks to Chris about the latest financial scandal to cross her desk: the arrest of former president Nicolas Sarkozy on suspicion of taking illegal cash donations from the late Libyan dictator Colonel Gaddafi. And it's been yet another significant week on the road to Brexit. The 'backstop' - a UK government promise to maintain the status quo at the Irish Border if no better solution is found...


Russian Spy Attack Standoff / China's 'President For Life'

Theresa May says it's “highly likely” that Russia was behind the poisoning of former double agent Sergei Skripal and his daughter with a military-grade nerve agent in Britain. But why did Russia carry out the attack and what will the consequences be? Denis Staunton has the latest from London. Also, Clifford Coonan reports from Shanghai, after China’s rubber-stamp parliament cleared the way for Xi Jinping to rule indefinitely at the weekend, giving overwhelming approval for an historic...


Italy's Messy Election Result / Slovakia: Murder Leads to Political Crisis

A hung parliament in Italy and the prospect of a government led by one of two populist parties has caused a considerable amount of nervousness in Brussels. The maverick, eurosceptic Five Star Movement, which before the election rejected any prospect of a coalition government, has softened that stance since emerging the victor with 32 per cent of the vote. Government formation is likely to take several months and the anti-immigrant Lega party has also emerged as a major force, led by Matteo...


Corbyn's Brexit Shift / Faint Hope Grows for Gun Control

Another week, another milestone on the road to Brexit. This week features three such markers: a speech by Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn that has caused a fresh headaches for Prime Minister Theresa May, a speech from May herself (to come on Friday) and the release of a crucial document by the EU. London Editor Denis Staunton reports. In part two we turn to the United States and the push for gun control in the wake of the latest mass school shooting. Since the shooting in a Florida high school...


How Should Europe Handle The Rise of The Right?

The surge in support for populist parties across Europe in recent years is well documented. Right-wing populists are in office in Poland, Hungary and Austria, and in the Czech Republic, recently re-elected president Milos Zeman campaigned on an anti-immigration and Eurosceptic agenda. Next month in Italy, the Five Star Movement could capitalise on anti-immigration sentiment and a stagnant economy in the country’s parliamentary elections. But how should the European Union react? Are...


Colombia's Difficult Path to Peace

Today's podcast focusses on Colombia. It is now over a year since the government ratified a peace deal with Farc rebels that had been rejected by a narrow majority in a referendum. Today, progress is stalling as the country faces into national elections. Many citizens still struggle to tolerate the normalisation of former guerilla fighters, and dozens of Farc members have been assassinated. To find out about the problems facing Colombia, Dave McKechnie talked to Rafael Pardo, Colombia's...


The Customs Conundrum & Rees-Mogg's 'Rampage' / FGM: 200 Million Victims

The UN estimates that more than 200 million women and girls around the world have undergone female genital mutilation. Today has been designated UN Zero Tolerance Day on FGM, and on today's podcast reporter Sally Hayden describes her recent visit to the Karamoja region of Uganda in east Africa. In parts of Karamoja, FGM is as high as 95%. She details the horrific cycle of violence against women caused by FGM and why claims of its status as a cultural practice make it difficult to...


Bewildered Brussels / Lula's Brazil

Former Brazilian president Lula da Silva, the charismatic man of the people once dubbed 'the most popular politician on Earth' by Barack Obama, is barred from contesting the country’s presidential elections in October, after his conviction for corruption was upheld on appeal last week. Lula, who has two appeals left, has the support of 33 per cent of the electorate and his followers say that is reason enough not to convict him, so that he may run in the election. Tom Hennigan reports from...


Inside ISIS - Interview with Rukmini Callimachi

Islamic State, or ISIS, has lost 98% of its territory in Iraq and Syria. But it persists, and even as its enemies declare victory, recent fatal attacks across the world, from New York to Kabul, remind us of the threat it still poses. Rukmini Callimachi is a three-time Pulitzer-nominated reporter covering terror groups for The New York Times. She talks to Chris Dooley about how she got into her unusual and sometimes dangerous line of work, the state of ISIS in 2018 and the logic behind the...


In Iran, Bloody Protests Reveal Economic and Political Dysfunction

The death toll is still rising in Iran as protests continue across the country. Middle East analyst Michael Jansen says that, while economics are behind the demonstrations' unexpected strength, the spark for the protests came from conservative hardliners opposed to moderate president Hassan Rouhani, seeking an opportunity to undermine him - a move that seems to have backfired.


Correspondent's Roundtable with Suzanne Lynch, Patrick Smyth & Ruadhán Mac Cormaic

Washington Correspondent Suzanne Lynch, Europe Editor Patrick Smyth and foreign affairs specialist Ruadhan Mac Cormaic stay down with host Chris Dooley to look back on another historic year in world affairs.


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