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The Pivot is a global affairs podcast that discusses the leaders, states, networks, ideologies, and technologies that are reshaping power dynamics in our world.


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The Pivot is a global affairs podcast that discusses the leaders, states, networks, ideologies, and technologies that are reshaping power dynamics in our world.




India’s Global Assassination Program

Murtaza Hussain of The Intercept joins host Arif Rafiq to discuss India’s global assassination campaign, its modes, methods, and motivations, and what it means for the future of India’s partnership with the United States and the West. Previously limited to its neighborhood, India's assassination campaign is now extending to the West. On Wednesday, the U.S. Department of Justice revealed it has charged an Indian man of attempting to kill a Sikh American supporter of the Khalistan separatist movement. The development comes just months after the killing in Canada of Hardeep Singh Nijjar, another Khalistani activist. Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau attributed the murder to "agents of India." Learn more


The Arab Americans of Metro Detroit: Inside a Community That Could Decide the 2024 Presidential Elections

University of Michigan-Dearborn Professor Sally Howell joins host Arif Rafiq to discuss the history of the Arab Americans of Detroit and Dearborn and their rise as a force that is not only reshaping the political landscape in Michigan but could also play a decisive role in choosing the next president of the United States. Learn more


Saudi Arabia: The Gaza War and MBS’s Plans to Transform the Region

Rice University scholar Kristian Ulrichsen joins host Arif Rafiq to discuss how the October 7 attacks by Hamas have impacted Saudi Arabia's moves toward normalizing ties with Israel, its relations with Iran, and plans by its de-facto ruler Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman to transform the country's economy and society through Vision 2030. Learn more


Hamas: Between Politics and War

King's College London Professor Jeroen Gunning joins host Arif Rafiq to discuss Hamas's ideology, internal struggles between pragmatists and hardliners, competition with other Palestinian groups, and use of violence against Israel. The episode concludes with a discussion on how to hold both state and non-state actors accountable for violence against civilians. Gunning lived in Gaza in the late 1990s and interviewed most of Hamas's leading political leaders as well as many rank-and-file members of the group. His first book, "Hamas in Politics: Democracy, Religion, Violence," is informed by this field research. Learn more


Netanyahu’s Wars

International Crisis Group analyst Mairav Zonszein joins host Arif Rafiq to discuss the mood on the ground in Israel after the October 7 attacks by Hamas, how it may shape Netanyahu’s decision-making, and what the ongoing crisis means for his legacy. Read more


The Palestinian Question: Past, Present and Future

The Middle East Institute's Khaled Elgindy and host Arif Rafiq discuss the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, U.S. policy toward Palestine, and the future of the Palestinian national movement. Learn more


Narendra Modi’s Dark Vision of a New India

Host Arif Rafiq speaks with journalist Rana Ayyub and Professor Audrey Truschke on the danger Prime Minister Narendra Modi's vision of a "New India" poses to Muslims and other minorities, free speech, and academic inquiry in India. Read more


Can Imran Khan Build a New Pakistan?

Host Arif Rafiq speaks with columnist Mosharraf Zaidi and NYT correspondent Salman Masood on whether Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan can succeed in building a "New Pakistan" in a time of austerity and severe economic crisis. Read more


The Rise of White Nationalism and Transnational Islamophobia

In the wake of the New Zealand massacres, host Arif Rafiq speaks with The Intercept's Murtaza Hussain and Type Media Center's Eli Clifton on rising white nationalism and cooperation between transnational Islamophobic networks, including Hindu extremists and hardline supporters of Israel. Read more