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Each month, George Miller interviews LMD authors about their articles and the issues behind them

Each month, George Miller interviews LMD authors about their articles and the issues behind them


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Each month, George Miller interviews LMD authors about their articles and the issues behind them




Tensions mount as US ends ‘strategic ambiguity' over Taiwan

On 2 August Nancy Pelosi touched down in Taipei, prompting anger from the Chinese government. Six weeks later, President Biden confirmed that US troops would defend Taiwan if China attacked. In this month's podcast, Michael Klare, professor emeritus of peace and world security studies at Hampshire College, discusses some of the critical questions around this volatile situation. Why, after decades, has the US abandoned its policy of ‘strategic ambiguity' over Taiwan? And could the Biden...


The end of California's last nuclear plant?

Diablo Canyon, California's last-remaining nuclear power plant, provoked the US's biggest ever anti-nuclear demonstration in the early 1980s. The plant was built in an earthquake zone, where memories of the Three Mile Island accident were still fresh. The message was clear: environmentalists saw no role for nuclear energy. Our guest in this month's podcast, journalist Maxime Robin, visited California recently to see how the debate around nuclear power has moved on. As the state grapples with...


Mexico: AMLO, radical or pragmatist?

Our guest this month, journalist Anne-Dominique Correa, considers the presidency of Andrés Manuel López Obrador (widely known as AMLO) now that his term has passed its midway point. The former mayor of Mexico City won the presidential election in late 2018 with a slogan of ‘First the Poor' and a promise to transform Mexico, but he's had to make compromises along the way so as not to completely alienate the country's powerful economic elite. Some of his supporters are disillusioned: is AMLO...


Lebanon: ‘Preserving the past in hope of building the future'

It's almost two years since a huge explosion devastated Beirut's port. Since then, as journalist Emmanuel Haddad explains in this month's podcast, Lebanon's economic situation has got much worse, a political reckoning has failed to occur and many Lebanese have emigrated. In his article in the May edition of the paper (‘The urgent need to preserve Lebanon's past') Haddad writes about the efforts of people dedicated to excavating and processing their country recent past amid its present...


The rightwing ideologues who fuelled Putin's dream of an expansionist Russia

Our guest this month, Juliette Faure from Sciences Po, Paris, is a specialist in Russian political elites. In our April edition, she writes on ‘The deep ideological roots of Russia's war' and in this month's podcast she discusses how the doctrine of ‘national patriotism' gained influence in Russia, especially through the activities of the Izborsk Club, an elite rightwing think tank that has aggressively pushed the concept of ‘Novorossia' (New Russia) to justify Russia's claims on Ukrainian...


If sanctions don't stop wars, what are they for?

With Russia now under some of the severest sanctions ever imposed as part of an effort to halt its war on Ukraine, we discuss international sanctions with our guest, Anne-Cécile Robert, director of Le Monde diplomatique's international editions. Anne-Cécile and her colleague Hélène Richard have an article in this month's paper entitled ‘Russia and the West: between sanctions and war', which shows that, as sanctions have proliferated in the last 30 years, there's a risk they come to be seen...


The Taliban are back – and a new regional order is emerging

How has the US withdrawal from Afghanistan affected the power balance in the wider region? In this month's podcast, Jean-Luc Racine, emeritus director of research at the CNRS, discusses his article ‘Taliban victory sparks regional reset', which appears in the December issue. As he explains, new alliances are forming and old fears resurfacing – not least that extremist violence will spill over Afghanistan's (...) - 2021/12 / Podcast, 2021/12 Afghanistan


China is open for investment

In recent years, China has made it clear that it welcomes foreign investment. Big western companies have been only too happy to oblige, as our podcast guest Philip S Golub explains (see ‘Wall's Street's unlikely new romance with China' in this month's paper). But how does China square President Xi's policy of ‘investment liberalisation and facilitation' with its increasingly aggressive ‘wolf warrior diplomacy' in the geopolitical (...) - 2021/11 / Podcast, 2021/11 China-wallstreet


Taiwan at the heart of the US-China conflict

China's President Xi has vowed to ‘utterly defeat' any bid for Taiwanese independence, and provocative sorties by Chinese military aircraft near the island are now common. As Taipei-based journalist Alice Hérait writes in the October issue of Le Monde diplomatique, the US is meanwhile strengthening its ties with Taiwan. In this month's podcast, Alice discusses US-Taiwanese relations and what they mean for regional (...) - 2021/10 / Podcast, 2021/10 - Taiwan


China's post-communist Communist Party

Our guest in this month's podcast is Jérôme Doyon, a China specialist at the Harvard Kennedy School's Ash Center. In the September edition of the paper Jérôme assesses the Chinese Communist Party in its centenary year and asks, ‘What's left of communism in China?' In the podcast, George Miller asks Doyon how the CCP will retain control in a China with a burgeoning billionaire class and growing income (...) - 2021/09 / Podcast, 2021/09 China


Global semiconductor shortage bites

In this month's podcast, George Miller talks to Evgeny Morozov, writer on technology and politics, and founder of The Syllabus, a knowledge curation initiative. In the August edition of the paper Evgeny has written an article entitled ‘Chips with everything: the technological arms race that will shape our future'. As he explains in the podcast, the current global shortage of computer chips has implications far beyond delays for consumers keen to have a new smartphone or car: semiconductors...


The forgotten chapter of the women's movement

Eastern European women have never received credit for their role in the history of 20th-century feminism, says our guest in this month's podcast, Kristen Ghodsee. In this episode Kristen, a professor of Russian and Eastern European studies at the University of Pennsylvania, discusses her article, ‘When the women's movement went global', which features in the latest edition of Le Monde diplomatique, and explores how women from Eastern Europe made common cause with their sisters from the...


Scotland's long road to independence

In this month's edition of Le Monde diplomatique Edinburgh-based writer Rory Scothorne asks, ‘Is Scotland closer to independence?' A fourth successive victory for the Scottish National Party (SNP) in May's Scottish parliamentary elections suggests it is. In our June podcast, Rory discusses progressive politics in Scotland – past, present, and future – and considers what the SNP needs to do next to advance the independence (...) - 2021/06 / Podcast, 2021/06 Scotland


Netanyahu's war on Hamas

Charles Enderlin, author of ‘The rise and rise of the Israeli right' in Le Monde diplomatique's May edition and long-time Jerusalem correspondent for France 2, has been covering Israeli politics and the wider region for five decades. Shortly after the ceasefire between Israel and Hamas, we asked him to set the events of the past two weeks in context and reflect on what may come (...) - 2021/05 / Podcast, 2021/05 israel


Biden's Middle East challenges

After four years of chaotic foreign policy under Trump, what challenges await the new Biden administration in the Middle East? In this month's podcast, Ibrahim Warde of the Fletcher School, Tufts University, discusses the Biden team's stance towards Saudi Arabia and Israel and, crucially, the prospects of reviving the Iran nuclear deal, which he describes as ‘not dead, but on life (...) - 2021/04 / Podcast, 2021/04 Iran


After Latin America's pink tide

In the 2000s a pink tide of progressive leaders came to power in Latin America and popular confidence in democracy grew. With several countries in the continent going to the polls this year, Le Monde diplomatique's deputy editor, Renaud Lambert, reflects on why this trend did not last and assesses the prospects for change. - 2021/03 / Podcast, 2021/03 Latin America


US bipartisanship is not the answer

With Trump gone and Biden in the White House, American journalist and author Thomas Frank surveys the US political landscape. Will a divided nation come to accept the election result and begin to heal? Why did 10 million more people vote for Trump in 2020 than in 2016? And what will it take for Joe Biden's presidency to be counted a success? - 2021/02 / Podcast, 2021/02 Biden


The financiers who backed Brexit

The widespread belief that the UK's finance industry wanted the country to remain in the EU is wrong. An increasingly powerful sector within the industry was delighted that Leave won. In this month's podcast, sociologist Théo Bourgeron explains why. - 2021/01 / Podcast, 2021/01 UK city


Trumpism lives on

Biden won and Trump lost, but progressives mustn't be complacent, says Jerome Karabel, professor of sociology at the University of California at Berkeley. In this month's podcast, he discusses Trumpism as a force that has reshaped US politics – and will continue to do so long after Trump leaves the White House. - 2020/12 / Podcast, 2020/12 USA, 2020/12 Karabel


China's outlaw armada

China has the world's worst record for illegal, unreported and unregulated fishing. In this month's podcast, award-winning journalist Ian Urbina discusses his own encounter with aggressive Chinese vessels in the Sea of Japan and the wider implications for the world's dwindling fish stocks. - 2020/11 / 2020/11 fishing, Podcast, 2020/11 fishing