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The Militarization of Space

7/21/2017
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As the world becomes more reliant on space-based capabilities for everyday use, leaders across the world have expressed concern about the vulnerability of space assets. In this episode, we detail weaponized threats to space systems,... The post The Militarization of Space appeared first on Matters of State - International Relations Podcast.

Duration: 00:30:46


Logistics of Peacekeeping Missions

6/5/2017
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From acquisition of equipment to finances and personnel, peacekeeping missions are massive, complicated endeavors. To help us understand the logistics peacekeeping missions and the partnerships that make them work, we spoke with Dr. Paul Williams,... The post Logistics of Peacekeeping Missions appeared first on Matters of State - International Relations Podcast.

Duration: 00:38:10


Understanding the Kashmir Conflict

5/30/2017
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The disputed region of Kashmir and Jammu has endured persistent conflict since Indian and Pakistani independence in 1947. Militancy and fears of nuclear escalation abound as both states and state-sponsored groups battle for control and influence... The post Understanding the Kashmir Conflict appeared first on Matters of State - International Relations Podcast.

Duration: 00:25:12


Sheikh Hasina, Bangladesh’s Female PM

5/22/2017
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Bangladesh is a country with a significant gender gap, steeped in patriarchal tradition. So it may come as a surprise that its Prime Minister is a woman. In this episode, we shine a spotlight on... The post Sheikh Hasina, Bangladesh’s Female PM appeared first on Matters of State - International Relations Podcast.

Duration: 00:28:45


Possible World-Changing Technologies

5/8/2017
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Which emerging technologies will become the next game-changers in the international arena? In this episode, we give an overview of three technologies could have significant impacts throughout the world: space-based solar power; artificial intelligence; and... The post Possible World-Changing Technologies appeared first on Matters of State - International Relations Podcast.

Duration: 00:40:04


Gun Control around the World

4/4/2017
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Gun control laws vary from country to country in rigor and effectiveness. In this episode, we explore how countries across the globe differ from the United States in their gun control policies. U.S. Gun Control... The post Gun Control around the World appeared first on Matters of State - International Relations Podcast.

Duration: 00:26:16


Speaking with Finland’s Ambassador to the US, Kirsti Kaupi

3/27/2017
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What is Finland’s role in Europe and the broader global community? In this episode, we speak with Ambassador Kirsti Kauppi about Finland’s role in Europe, its relationship with Russia, and her career. US-Finnish Relations The Finnish... The post Speaking with Finland’s Ambassador to the US, Kirsti Kaupi appeared first on Matters of State - International Relations Podcast.

Duration: 00:41:15


Spotlight: Urumqi

3/22/2017
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Positioned in China’s resource-rich northwestern region, the city of Urumqi is gaining strategic importance as China seeks to diversify its energy resources. However, ethnic and cultural tensions between the Chinese government and Uighur minority population continue... The post Spotlight: Urumqi appeared first on Matters of State - International Relations Podcast.

Duration: 00:26:25


2/20/2017
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What makes a country a country? In this episode, we look at Transnistria, Taiwan, and Somaliland while exploring competing definitions of statehood. Differing Metrics of State Sovereignty The 1648 Treaty of Westphalia, which marked an end... The post appeared first on Matters of State - International Relations Podcast.

Duration: 00:25:57


Nuclear Deterrence Theory

2/7/2017
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Do more nuclear weapons make the world a safer place? Since 1945, nuclear weapons have underpinned the global balance of power. This episode explores the development and practice of nuclear deterrence. Foundation of Nuclear Deterrence... The post Nuclear Deterrence Theory appeared first on Matters of State - International Relations Podcast.

Duration: 00:28:01


The Meiji Restoration

1/30/2017
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This episode explores the origins of the Meiji Revolution, how it changed the Japanese society, and how it shaped regional and world dynamics. A New Era For Japan 150 years ago, the Meiji Restoration restored... The post The Meiji Restoration appeared first on Matters of State - International Relations Podcast.

Duration: 00:44:48


Myanmar and Mobile Phones

1/16/2017
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Myanmar is experiencing one of the world’s fastest rollouts of mobile phones. What are the political, social, and economic effects of the smartphone revolution in Myanmar? Changing the Political Scene The explosive growth of mobile... The post Myanmar and Mobile Phones appeared first on Matters of State - International Relations Podcast.

Duration: 00:24:10


The Nicaragua Canal

1/9/2017
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The Panama Canal’s opening in 1914 transformed global trade and fostered economic development in Panama. Today, Nicaraguan President Daniel Ortega and Chinese financier Wang Jing are trying to emulate its success by constructing a canal through Nicaragua.... The post The Nicaragua Canal appeared first on Matters of State - International Relations Podcast.

Duration: 00:24:09


NATO’s Evolving Security Environment

1/3/2017
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Since the start of the Cold War, NATO has been the world’s preeminent military alliance. However, escalating hostilities between NATO and Russia are creating geopolitical challenges for NATO members. In this episode, our friend and... The post NATO’s Evolving Security Environment appeared first on Matters of State - International Relations Podcast.

Duration: 00:27:50


Clean Energy in the Caribbean

12/26/2016
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Caribbean island nations are uniquely positioned to become leaders in renewable energy development. How can clean energy in the Caribbean increase energy reliability, lead to job growth, and help the environment? Today’s guests, Andrew Polich... The post Clean Energy in the Caribbean appeared first on Matters of State - International Relations Podcast.

Duration: 00:24:41


Foreign Policy of Pope Francis

12/12/2016
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What has made Pope Francis such a dynamic international figure who has captivated Catholic and non-Catholic audiences worldwide? In this episode, we explore key events that have shaped Pope Francis’ foreign policy. Papal Election The... The post Foreign Policy of Pope Francis appeared first on Matters of State - International Relations Podcast.

Duration: 00:13:28


Hello Germany!

11/14/2016
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Hello, Germany! In this episode we briefly discuss how German history impacts its current struggles to cope with the refugee crisis, and ask our listeners there to tell us more about what’s going on in... The post Hello Germany! appeared first on Matters of State - International Relations Podcast.

Duration: 00:12:01


Spotlight: Guyana

11/8/2016
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Tucked away in the northeast corner of South America, Guyana is often overshadowed by its larger neighbors Venezuela, Brazil, and Colombia. However, the Guyanese are a diverse and resilient people who play an integral role... The post Spotlight: Guyana appeared first on Matters of State - International Relations Podcast.

Duration: 00:19:11


Finance Curse

11/1/2016
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How can a large influx of money into a country become a “curse” to its citizens? In this episode, we discuss how the finance curse can crash economies and upend livelihoods in developing nations. Finance... The post Finance Curse appeared first on Matters of State - International Relations Podcast.

Duration: 00:22:02


Halloween Special: Spooky Folklore and International Curses

10/24/2016
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In the spirit of Halloween, the Matters of State crew seeks to learn about some of the spookier events in international affairs. This episode presents various bits of folklore and curses from Ireland, Central Asia,... The post Halloween Special: Spooky Folklore and International Curses appeared first on Matters of State - International Relations Podcast.

Duration: 00:16:35

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