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Undercurrents is a new podcast series from Chatham House. Agnes Frimston and Ben Horton interview Chatham House experts about the critical underlying issues which are shaping modern society.

Undercurrents is a new podcast series from Chatham House. Agnes Frimston and Ben Horton interview Chatham House experts about the critical underlying issues which are shaping modern society.
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United Kingdom

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Undercurrents is a new podcast series from Chatham House. Agnes Frimston and Ben Horton interview Chatham House experts about the critical underlying issues which are shaping modern society.

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English

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+44 (0)20 7957 5700


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Episode 10: Artificial Intelligence in International Affairs, and Women Drivers in Saudi Arabia

6/14/2018
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Technology driven by artificial intelligence is developing rapidly, but the political spectrum is not responding fast enough. Agnes discusses machine learning, the profusion of cat photos on the internet and public-private partnerships in AI regulation with Jacob Parakilas from the US and Americas Programme. In 2017 the government of Saudi Arabia lifted the ban on women driving, to international acclaim. In the run-up to this policy becoming reality however Saudi women's rights activists...

Duration:00:53:55

Episode 9: Digital Subversion in Cyberspace, and Oleg Sentsov's Hunger Strike

6/1/2018
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Since ancient times states have attempted campaigns of subversion against their rivals. Sir David Omand, former Head of GCHQ, argues that cyberspace provides a multitude of new possibilities for interfering abroad. Ben met Sir David to discuss Russian interventions, fake news, foreign policy frenemies and jihadist social media. After the annexation of Crimea in 2014, Ukrainian activists have faced harsh penalties for criticizing Russian actions in the region. Agnes met Nikolay and Tatyana...

Duration:00:43:48

Episode 8: Ronan Farrow on Diplomacy

5/17/2018
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Ronan Farrow is a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist who was previously a foreign policy advisor to Hillary Clinton. In his new book, War on Peace, Farrow traces the decline of US diplomacy over the past 30 years, drawing on conversations with every surviving Secretary of State. This week Agnes met up with Farrow to discuss the waning reputation of career diplomats, how foreign leaders should deal with the Trump administration, and how new technology is transforming the art of diplomacy. A...

Duration:00:27:50

Episode 7: Libya's war economy, and is the United Nations still relevant?

5/4/2018
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The United Nations has been going since 1945, and is the basis for most international cooperation. But in this disruptive political environment, is it still relevant? This week, Ben speaks to UN expert Thomas Weiss to find out. Since the fall of Muammar Gaddafi in 2011, the situation in Libya has disappeared from international headlines. Seven years on, a new report by Tim Eaton explores the chaotic war economy that has developed in the vacuum. He speaks to Agnes about smuggling, tribal...

Duration:00:45:55

Episode 6: Tribes of Europe Update, and the International Women's Rights Agenda at the UN

4/19/2018
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This week Agnes meets Thomas Raines and Matthew Goodwin of the Europe Programme to revisit their research on the political Tribes of Europe in light of recent elections across the continent. Then, recording in San Francisco, Ben speaks to Rebecca Sanders from Cincinnati University about her recent article in International Affairs, which sheds light on conservative efforts to disrupt the women's rights agenda at the United Nations. Read the Chatham House reports: Europe's Political Tribes:...

Duration:00:43:06

Episode 5: Chokepoints in Global Food Trade, and How the Internet is Changing Language

4/5/2018
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In this week's episode Ben speaks to Laura Wellesley, a Research Fellow in the Energy, Environment and Resources Department at Chatham House, about her recent report assessing vulnerabilities in the global food trade. Then Agnes mediates a debate about how the internet is transforming the English language between journalist Marie Le Conte and The World Today editor Alan Philps. Read the Chatham House report: Chokepoints and Vulnerabilities in the Global Food Trade Read The World Today...

Duration:00:34:59

Episode 4: Illegal Hospital Detentions in Africa, and LGBTQ+ Rights in Lebanon

3/22/2018
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This week, Ben speaks to Rob Yates, Head of the Universal Heath Coverage Policy Forum in the Centre on Global Health and Security at Chatham House. They discuss the widespread practice of detaining hospital patients in their wards if they cannot afford to pay their medical bills, an illegal policy affecting thousands in Africa and South Asia. Then, Agnes learns about the growth in activism around LGBTQ+ rights in Lebanon from Nicole El Khawaja, a Programme Coordinator with the Middle East...

Duration:00:35:39

Episode 3: Duterte’s War on Drugs, and European Security

3/8/2018
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In this week’s episode, Ben speaks to Champa Patel about President Rodrigo Duterte’s war on drugs in the Philippines, and the prospects for the preliminary examination launched recently by the International Criminal Court. Agnes then discusses UK defence policy and wider European security with Andrew Dorman, who also gives an insight into publishing with International Affairs. Read the Expert Comment In Examining the Philippines’ Drug War, the ICC Takes a Positive but Challenging...

Duration:00:31:43

Episode 2: The Calabrian Mafia, and Transatlantic Relations

2/22/2018
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This week, Agnes speaks to Helen Fitzwilliam about a new Italian judge-led project to relocate the wives and children of the Calabrian mafia family, the ‘Ndrangheta. Ben then interviews Xenia Wickett about her recent report on transatlantic relations. Read the article Escape from the Mafia: an Italian Judge’s Radical Plan Read the report Transatlantic Relations: Converging or Diverging? Department/project US and the Americas Programme, Transatlantic Rift: The State of US-Europe...

Duration:00:37:06

Episode 1: Cybersecurity, and Liberal World Order

2/8/2018
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In this new podcast series, Agnes Frimston and Ben Horton interview Chatham House experts about the critical underlying issues which are shaping modern society. The first episode features Patricia Lewis, Head of the International Security Department at Chatham House, on cybersecurity for nuclear weapons systems; and Inderjeet Parmar, Head of Politics and International Relations at City University, on the future of the US-led liberal world order. Read the research paper: Cybersecurity of...

Duration:00:33:40