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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.




Interview: Sean Spicer, Former White House Press Secretary

Sean Spicer talks to Irish Times Foreign Editor Chris Dooley about his time in the West Wing, the nature of his former role, the contents of Michael Wolff's book Fire and Fury, the Mueller investigation and more.

Duration: 00:28:21

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...

Duration: 00:29:28

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.

Duration: 00:14:37

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.

Duration: 00:47:31

Decision Time in Catalonia / Zuma's Successor

Catalonians cast ballots for the regional government on Thursday. Guy Hedgecoe reports on the campaign and some of the likely outcomes. In South Africa, the dominant ANC party has elected a new leader, Cyril Ramaphosa. Reformers hope he will be a new broom after the Zuma years, but he comes with his own baggage and faces obstacles before he can assume power himself, says Bill Corcoran.

Duration: 00:28:35

A Day of Reckoning for Alabama / One Planet Summit

Some Alabama Republicans are ignoring President Donald Trump's call to back their own party's candidate for the Senate, Roy Moore, and are instead voting for Democrat Doug Jones. But many others are still backing Moore despite accusations he sexually assaulted several underage girls. The race is on a knife edge. On today's podcast Suzanne Lynch explains why a victory for Moore presents a real headache for the GOP, with the former chief justice of Alabama likely to face an ethics committee...

Duration: 00:30:04

What Next for Catalonia / Beyond the Caliphate: ISIS Fighters Return to Europe

From Barcelona, Guy Hedgecoe explains how things are shaping up for the Catalonian regional parliament's snap election in two week's time, the results of which could determine the future of the region - inside or outside Spain. In part two we talk to Richard Barrett about the threat posed by ISIS fighters returning to Europe now that the group's territory has been drastically reduced. Richard is the former director of global counter-terrorism at MI6 and is now director of the Global...

Duration: 00:28:14

In The Balkans, Past Crimes Still Loom Large / Can Trump's Tax Plan Pass?

Ratko Mladic, commander of ethnic Serb troops in Bosnia’s 1992-5 war, has now been convicted of genocide and jailed for life. But for years to come his victims and many others will continue to be unearthed across parts of former Yugoslavia.

Duration: 00:33:08

Europe's Latest Problem / What Next for Zimbabwe

The collapse of negotiations to form a coalition in Germany have led many to question whether Chancellor Angela Merkel will hold power for much longer. But the Christian Democratic Union leader has confounded critics before. And the rival Social Democratic Party may decide it is in its interests to stave off a fresh election, says Derek Scally. Meanwhile in Zimbabwe, long-term dictator Robert Mugabe seems certain to be forced from power sooner rather than later. But what comes next? Bill...

Duration: 00:22:48

Crisis-Stricken May, Ireland's Position / Is Poland at Odds with Europe?

Prime Minister Theresa May is facing trouble on every front: in her Cabinet, in Westminster, with Taoiseach Varadkar and Minister Coveney in Dublin, and at the Brexit negotiating table. Who would want her job? Denis Staunton is on the line from London. In part two: heads were turned toward Poland last weekend as an Independence Day march was attended by thousands of far-right demonstrators, an expression of nationalism, anti-immigrant anger and anti-EU sentiment. The marchers were approved...

Duration: 00:32:39

Texas Shooting: Outrage, But No Consensus / In Saudi Arabia, A Seismic Shift

This week's podcast features Washington Correspondent Suzanne Lynch and Middle East analyst Michael Jansen.

Duration: 00:29:37

Admissions and Denials in Washington / Catalonia in Disarray as Puigdemont Leaves Town

Suzanne Lynch reports from Washington as the city comes to grips with the indictment of former Trump campaign personnel. Former campaign manager Paul Manafort and his business associate Rick Gates plead not guilty to 12 charges. Meanwhile it was revealed that George Papadopoulos, a former foreign policy adviser to the Trump campaign, pleaded guilty earlier this month to lying to the FBI about his communication with Russian officials. Also on the podcast we hear from Patrick Smyth in...

Duration: 00:31:52

Brexit: The View from Brussels / A Weakened Merkel

This week's podcast features Europe Editor Patrick Smyth and Berlin Correspondent Derek Scally. The Brexit negotiations look painful from here. How do they look from Brussels? Can negotiations get back on track? Is the problem of the Irish border still high on the agenda? Plus, what are the E.U. institutions' attitudes to political unrest in Catalonia? And today Chancellor Merkel returns to a larger and more disjointed Bundestag than she has become used to. Some are beginning to question...

Duration: 00:30:51

Iran Deal in Peril / Martin Bell on "War And The Death of News"

As a candidate, President Trump promised to rip up the Iran nuclear deal. Is he about to partially fulfil that promise by refusing to certify that the Iranians are keeping their side of the bargain? Washington Correspondent Suzanne Lynch explains how all sides - Trump, the Iranians, Republicans in Congress and the other international signatories to the deal - see the current impasse. After that we talk to Martin Bell, former BBC war correspondent, about his new book "War And The Death of...

Duration: 00:36:21

Catalonia & Rajoy's Greatest Mistake

Guy Hedgecoe, who reports from Spain for The Irish Times, talks to David McKechnie about the events of the weekend in Catalonia as a prohibited vote on independence went ahead, the atmosphere there now, and whether Catalonian attitudes have much changed following the police crackdown that caused hundreds of injuries and faced widespread condemnation.

Duration: 00:18:02

Spain's Catalonian Problem Grows / The Future of AfD

In Spain, conflict between Madrid and Catalonia has reached a new high, but it is still not clear whether an independence vote will take place on Sunday. Guy Hedgecoe reports from Barcelona. And in Germany political party Alternative für Deutschland are holding the first parliamentary meeting of a far-right party in Bundestag since World War II, after becoming the nation's third largest party in last Sunday's election. But it's not all plain sailing for Afd. Derek Scally reports.

Duration: 00:27:34

Rohingya "Slaughter" / German Elections / Back -Seat Boris

On today's podcast we talk to Erin Kilbride of NGO Frontline Defenders who is on the border between Myanmar and Bangladesh, where thousands of Rohingya Muslim refugees are fleeing a campaign of village torchings, extrajudicial killings and gang rape by the Myanmar military, according to survivors and international rights groups. Days away from a general election in Germany, we talk to Berlin Correspondent Derek Scally about why the vote matters even if Angela Merkel is all but assured a...

Duration: 00:35:57

Obama Speechwriter Cody Keenan on 'Dreamers', Key Speeches & Trump's White House

"This was specifically one of the issues he said he would speak up about. Whenever American values are threatened, whenever various groups of Americans are targeted". Cody Keenan helped former U.S. president Barack Obama draft his recent statement criticising President Donald Trump's decision to end the Dreamers programme, removing legal protection from the children of undocumented immigrants. Keenan worked in the White House throughout Barack Obama's two terms of office, becoming his head...

Duration: 00:42:21

"Utter chaos" - Maureen Dowd on Politics, War and Media in The Age of Trump

Maureen Dowd, Pulitzer Prize-winning columnist with the New York Times talks to Chris Dooley about the Trump presidency, which she says is "the craziest thing that's ever happened in American political history". She shares her unique insight into the pressures faced by occupants of the White House and the psychology of its current tenant, and the role of the media in today's politically charged world.

Duration: 00:23:43

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