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Global Dispatches -- World News That Matters
Global Dispatches -- World News That Matters
Mark Leon Goldberg

The longest running independent international affairs podcast features in-depth interviews with policymakers, journalists and experts around the world who discuss global news,... more

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What Indonesia's Election Results Mean for Foreign Policy

Indonesia is the third largest democracy in the world, and on February 14th national elections were held including to replace... more

19 Feb 2024 · 28 minutes
2024 is a Key Year for Democracy in Africa

2024 is an important year for African democracy. At least 19 national elections scheduled to take place this year. Not... more

15 Feb 2024 · 27 minutes
The View From Iran

To understand any country's foreign policy you need to understand domestic political dynamics. So what is driving Iranian decision making... more

12 Feb 2024 · 25 minutes
A Milestone in the Fight Against Malaria

On January 25th, a milestone was reached in humanity's long fight against Malaria. For the first time ever, a Malaria... more

08 Feb 2024 · 22 minutes
Is Kim Jong Un Readying for War With South Korea?

On January 15, Kim Jong Un formally declared South Korea to be an enemy state. This is significant for the... more

05 Feb 2024 · 26 minutes
The Promise and Potential of The UN's Summit of the Future

The United Nations is hosting the Summit of the Future in September during the annual opening the UN General Assembly.... more

01 Feb 2024 · 31 minutes
Can a Famine Be Averted in Gaza?

The UN has not declared a famine in gaza--not yet at least. But the World Food Program has said there... more

29 Jan 2024 · 28 minutes
The Geopolitics of Fish

Climate change is impacting the migratory patterns of fish around the world. And in some cases, the changing location of... more

25 Jan 2024 · 24 minutes
A New Crisis Between Iran and Pakistan

On Tuesday January 16th, Iran launched airstrikes in Pakistan targeting a terrorist group it claimed carried out attacks in Iran.... more

22 Jan 2024 · 27 minutes
Taiwan's Elections and the Future of Relations With China

Taiwan held elections for President and the Legislature on January 13. These elections were highly anticipated for the fact that... more

18 Jan 2024 · 22 minutes
Why Airstrikes in Yemen Won't Stop Houthi Attacks in the Red Sea

Since mid-November, the de-facto authorities in most of Yemen, the Houthis, have launched dozens of attacks on commercial ships in... more

15 Jan 2024 · 27 minutes
What Happens When the War in Gaza Ends?

As I'm recording this, Antony Blinken is on a whirlwind trip to at least eight countries in the Middle... more

10 Jan 2024 · 32 minutes
Key Trends in the Ukraine War in 2024 | Yaroslav Trofimov

Yaroslav Trofimov is the chief foreign affairs correspondent for the Wall Street Journal and author of the new book... more

08 Jan 2024 · 27 minutes
Sudan is the Worst Crisis in the World That Receives The Least Amount of Attention

As we enter 2024, the conflict in Sudan is shaping up to be one of the worst crises in the... more

02 Jan 2024 · 34 minutes
The Clarissa Ward Interview | CNN's Chief International Correspondent Discusses The Stories That Made Her Career

Ten years ago the podcast industry was in its infancy... more

26 Dec 2023 · 46 minutes
Our Favorite Foods Are Going Extinct | Former White House Chef Sam Kass

A few months ago, I attended one of the more interesting dinners of my life. Partly, it was the conversation:... more

21 Dec 2023 · 25 minutes
Big Elections in the Democratic Republic of the Congo Will Have Global Impact

The Democratic Republic of the Congo is holding national elections on December 20th. The DRC is a massive country, with... more

18 Dec 2023 · 27 minutes
What Happened at COP28?

The international climate change conference, COP28, concluded in Dubai on December 13th, one day later than its scheduled end-date. Negotiators... more

14 Dec 2023 · 21 minutes
After a Sudden Turn, The Military Junta in Myanmar May be Facing Defeat in a Civil War

In February 2021, the Myanmar military toppled the civilian government of Burma, lead by Aung San Suu Kyi. Mass... more

11 Dec 2023 · 28 minutes
Climate Adaptation for Peace in a Polycrisis Era | Climate Security Series

This episode of Global Dispatches was recorded as a live taping of the podcast, produced in partnership with CGIAR, a... more

07 Dec 2023 · 1 hour,
The Big Bets That Can Change Global Development | Raj Shah

Raj Shah served as administrator of USAID during the Obama administration and is now the President of the Rockefeller Foundation,... more

04 Dec 2023 · 28 minutes
Estonia's Top Military Commander: What a "War of Attrition" in Ukraine Means For Europe

I caught up with Estonia's top military commander General Martin Herem at the Halifax International Security Forum in November. Estonia... more

30 Nov 2023 · 18 minutes
Hundreds of Thousands of Afghans are Being Forced to Leave Pakistan

There is a mounting humanitarian emergency on the border between Afghanistan and Pakistan. Since October, hundreds of thousands of Afghans... more

27 Nov 2023 · 22 minutes
How Climate Adaptation Can Mitigate Disaster-Related Displacement | Climate Security Series

This episode of Global Dispatches was recorded as a live taping of the podcast, produced in partnership with CGIAR, a... more

23 Nov 2023 · 1 hour, 5 minutes
Congressman Jason Crow Discusses the Israel-Palestine Crisis, How Not To Repeat the Mistakes of the War on Terror

I caught up with Congressman Jason Crow at the Halifax International Security Forum, a major global security conference held each... more

20 Nov 2023 · 19 minutes
How Climate Adaptation Can Benefit Peace and Human Security | Climate Security Series

This episode was recorded as a live taping of the podcast, produced in partnership with CGIAR, a global research partnership... more

16 Nov 2023 · 1 hour, 5 minutes
China and the United States Hold their First Nuclear Security Talks in Years

In early November the United States and China held their first talks on nuclear security and arms control since 2019.... more

13 Nov 2023 · 27 minutes
The War in Ukraine Has Entered a New Phase

The much anticipated Ukrainian counteroffensive began in earnest in June and certainly made some gains, but nothing approaching expectations. Ukraine's... more

09 Nov 2023 · 26 minutes
Understanding the International Criminal Court's Investigation in Israel and Palestine

The International Criminal Court is opening an investigation into war crimes and crimes against humanity in Israel and Palestine following... more

06 Nov 2023 · 31 minutes
How the Israel-Gaza War May Ignite the Entire Middle East

The conflict in Israel and Gaza is escalating, but it has so far not spread in any major way across... more

02 Nov 2023 · 27 minutes
How Climate Adaptation Can Reduce Poverty and Promote Gender Equality | Climate Security Series

Today's episode was recorded as a live taping of the podcast, produced in partnership with CGIAR. It is part of... more

30 Oct 2023 · 1 hour, 3 minutes
A Major Political Turning Point for Venezuela -- Can Elections Be Credible This Time?

An opposition candidate named María Corina Machado overwhelmingly won a primary in October to challenge Venezuelan President Nicholas Maduro in... more

26 Oct 2023 · 27 minutes
What China's Economic Slowdown Means for the World | FP Live

China’s economy has been exhibiting troubling signs. Property prices are falling, making households less wealthy and curtailing consumer spending. High... more

23 Oct 2023 · 47 minutes
The View from Egypt and President Biden's Trip to Israel

President Biden wrapped up a brief visit to Israel on Wednesday. The trip was also intended to include a meeting... more

18 Oct 2023 · 24 minutes
Tobacco Use Has Sharply Declined Everywhere Around The World Except for China. Why?

Since the early 2000s, Tobacco use has declined steadily and in some cases very sharply nearly everywhere in the world... more

16 Oct 2023 · 28 minutes
What Led To The Hamas Attack On Israel -- And What Now?

The crisis in Israel and Gaza--and Southern Lebanon and the West Bank --  is unfolding rapidly. Following the Hamas attacks... more

09 Oct 2023 · 25 minutes
Is Real Reform Coming to the World Bank?

The World Bank and International Monetary Fund annual meetings are taking place in Morocco this month, and for the first... more

09 Oct 2023 · 25 minutes
A Dreadful Piece of British Colonial History Has A Chance To Be Corrected | Philippe Sands

Diego Garcia is a small Island in the dead center of the Indian Ocean that is part of the Chagos... more

05 Oct 2023 · 29 minutes
Brutal End to a 35 Year Conflict in Nagorno-Karabakh As Azerbaijan Takes Full Control From Armenia

On September 19th, Azerbaijan launched a swift military offensive against ethnic Armenian forces in Nagorno-Karabakh, a long disputed region.  Armenia... more

02 Oct 2023 · 33 minutes
Canada Accuses India of an Assassination. What Now?

Justin Trudeau dropped a bombshell before Parliament last week when he accused the government of India of assassinating a Canadian... more

28 Sep 2023 · 26 minutes
Why The War in Ukraine Did Not Break Europe's Fossil Fuel Addiction

When Russia invaded Ukraine in February 2022, there was a brief moment when it seemed possible that this crisis might... more

25 Sep 2023 · 26 minutes
Live From the UN General Assembly: The Climate Ambition Summit | Why So Few Women Leaders?

Throughout this week there has been a notable lack of female leaders. By my count just seven of the 99... more

21 Sep 2023 · 21 minutes
Live from the UN General Assembly: Global Health on the Agenda | A Big Meeting on Financing Sustainable Development

Today is Wednesday, September 20th and it was a very busy day at the United Nations. Of all the days... more

20 Sep 2023 · 32 minutes
Live From the UN General Assembly: Key Moments from Biden and Zelenskyy's Speeches | Climate on the Agenda

Tuesday, September 19th marks the start of the United Nations General Assembly "General Debate." This is the parade of Presidents... more

19 Sep 2023 · 33 minutes
Live From the UN General Assembly: The Key Stories to Watch During UNGA78 | A Summit on the Sustainable Development Goals

Monday, September 18 marks the kickoff to what is known around the United Nations as "High Level Week." The main... more

18 Sep 2023 · 31 minutes
How Interpol Works | Interpol Secretary General Jurgen Stock

Interpol is the International Criminal Police Organzation. It was established 100 years ago to facilitate the cross border cooperation of... more

14 Sep 2023 · 35 minutes
Why One of the Most Successful US Foreign Aid Programs is Suddenly Under Attack | PEPFAR's Uncertain Future, With Gayle Smith

PEPFAR is an acronym that stands for the President's Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief. It is the largest foreign... more

11 Sep 2023 · 27 minutes
Remembering Bill Richardson (From 2015)

Bill Richardson passed away on September 1st at the age of 75. He was a long serving member... more

07 Sep 2023 · 30 minutes
Guatemala: The Astonishing Election of Bernardo Arévalo Threatens a Corrupt Political Establishment

On August 20th a former academic, diplomat and now anti-corruption crusader Bernardo Arevalo stunned the world with a landslide victory... more

05 Sep 2023 · 30 minutes
Why The Expansion of BRICS Captures the Geopolitical Zeitgeist

BRICS stands for Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa. It is a significant grouping for the sheer size of... more

31 Aug 2023 · 31 minutes
What's Next for Al Qaeda and The Islamic State | Peter Bergen

Peter Bergen is one of the world's foremost experts on global jihadist movements like the Islamic State and Al Qaeda.... more

28 Aug 2023 · 31 minutes
The Poaching and Trafficking of Pangolins is Sowing Instability in Central Africa

Pangolins are small mammals with hard scales and vital to biodiversity in forested regions. They are also the most trafficked... more

24 Aug 2023 · 32 minutes
The Story of an NGO Rescue Ship That Saved 50 Migrants Stranded in the Mediterranean Sea

The number of migrants and refugees who are dying at sea while crossing the mediterranean is at a four year... more

21 Aug 2023 · 26 minutes
Ethnic Cleansing Has Returned to Darfur. Is Genocide Next?

In 2003 a militia drawn from ethnic Arab tribes in Darfur, known as the Janjaweed, partnered with the government... more

17 Aug 2023 · 32 minutes
How the UN Prevented a Massive Oil Spill off the Coast of Yemen

For the last eight years a decrepit old oil tanker off the coast of Yemen has been like a... more

14 Aug 2023 · 20 minutes
Why Kenya May Send Troops to Haiti

Haiti is in the midst of the worst humanitarian and security crisis in years. Gang related violence is surging -... more

10 Aug 2023 · 29 minutes
The Coup in Niger and What Comes Next?

On July 26th, the democratically elected president of Niger Mohamed Bazoum was deposed in a military coup. This coup seemingly... more

07 Aug 2023 · 33 minutes
What Does Political Science Teach Us About Why Countries Use Private Military Groups like Wagner and Blackwater?

The Wagner group was a key fighting force in Ukraine until its leader, Yevgeny Prigozhin,  attempted a mutiny. 20 years before... more

03 Aug 2023 · 33 minutes
Kenya's National Security Advisor Monica Juma

Monica Juma is the National Security Advisor to Kenyan President William Ruto. Kenya is a stable democracy in a tough... more

31 Jul 2023 · 25 minutes
Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Oleksandra Matviichuk on Documenting Russian War Crimes in Ukraine

Oleksandra Matviichuk is a 2022 Nobel Peace Prize Laureate. She is a human rights lawyer who leads the Center for... more

27 Jul 2023 · 23 minutes
Joseph Nye on Soft Power Competition Between China and the United States | Live From the Aspen Security Forum

I caught up with legendary international relations scholar Joseph Nye at the The Aspen Security Forum. This conference was a... more

24 Jul 2023 · 17 minutes
Uncovering Russia's Systematic Abduction of Ukrainian Children

Since the start of the war, Russia has abducted tens of thousands of Ukrainian children. These kidnappings have been well... more

20 Jul 2023 · 26 minutes
The NATO Summit in Vilnius and What Comes Next for the Alliance

NATO held a Major summit in Vilnius, Lithuania on July 11th and 12th. Top on the agenda, of course, was... more

13 Jul 2023 · 21 minutes
Can The International Shipping Industry Be Part of the Climate Solution?

The international shipping industry is a major greenhouse gas emitter, accounting for about three percent of all greenhouse gas emitted... more

13 Jul 2023 · 27 minutes
The Geopolitical Implications of Taiwan's Upcoming Presidential Elections

Taiwan will hold presidential elections in January 2024. Needless to say, these elections will have extremely consequential geopolitical implications. The... more

10 Jul 2023 · 29 minutes
What Happened at the Summit for a New Global Financing Pact

Less developed countries rightly lament the lack of access to funding for sustainable development that donor countries routinely promise, but... more

03 Jul 2023 · 26 minutes
Amed Khan: A Philanthropist on the Frontlines in Ukraine

Amed Khan has been described as a "direct action philanthropist." He goes to the frontlines of humanitarian crises on his... more

29 Jun 2023 · 24 minutes
What is Driving a Political Crisis and Protests in Senegal

Over the decades, Senegal has earned a reputation as a reliably stable democracy in West Africa. But recent events have... more

26 Jun 2023 · 21 minutes
Why The United States is Rejoining UNESCO

Back in 2017, the Trump administration announced that the United States would formally leave UNESCO, the UN's education, science and... more

21 Jun 2023 · 21 minutes
What Sudan's Refugee Crisis Teaches Us About Africa's Borders

Since fighting broke out in Sudan on April 15th this year, more than million people have been displaced internally and... more

19 Jun 2023 · 24 minutes
A Political Earthquake in Thailand

On May 14th, Thailand held general elections. The results were a shock to the Thai political system.   Since a 2014... more

15 Jun 2023 · 25 minutes
Why Saudi Arabia Bought the Entire Sport of Professional Golf

On June 7th, the Professional Golf Association announced a merger with a Saudi backed rival golf league known as LIV... more

12 Jun 2023 · 23 minutes
Did Russia Sabotage a Dam to Thwart a Ukrainian Counteroffensive?

In the early hours of Tuesday, June 6th a major Dam on the Dnipro river in Russian occupied Ukraine suffered... more

08 Jun 2023 · 26 minutes
Why Tuberculosis Remains Such a Leading Global Killer

The second leading cause of death from infectious disease around the world is Tuberculosis, following COVID. 10 million people globally... more

05 Jun 2023 · 28 minutes
The Global Ban on Chemical Weapons Hits a Snag

In 1993, governments around the world agreed to a landmark arms control treaty, the Chemical Weapons Convention. It prohibits countries... more

01 Jun 2023 · 24 minutes
Ecuador is in the Midst of a Political Crisis

On Wednesday May 17th, Ecuador's President Guillermo Lasso invoked a constitutional provision known as muerte cruzada, or "mutual death." The... more

30 May 2023 · 24 minutes
How Small States Can Influence World Politics

The study and analysis of Great Power Competition is all the vogue in international relations and foreign policy circles. And... more

22 May 2023 · 27 minutes
What Would Happen if China Invades Taiwan?

The year is 2026, and China has just launched an invasion of Taiwan. What happens next was the subject of... more

18 May 2023 · 32 minutes
How Ukraine Should Prepare for a Russian Ceasefire Proposal

Ukraine is widely expected to launch a counter-offensive to reclaim territory captured by Russia. And if Ukraine is successful on... more

15 May 2023 · 35 minutes
What’s Newsworthy? A Behind the Scenes Look at "Global Dispatches"

This is a a special crossover episode featuring Global Dispatches host Mark Leon Goldberg taking questions from veteran journalist Ray... more

11 May 2023 · 27 minutes
Can "The Big Catch Up" Boost Childhood Vaccinations Worldwide?

Before COVID more and more children around the world were receiving their routine vaccinations on time and in full. But... more

08 May 2023 · 33 minutes
A Brewing Crisis at the Southern US Border

On May 11th a pandemic-era policy, known as Title 42, will expire. This was a Trump administration policy which used... more

04 May 2023 · 26 minutes
The Foreign Policy Implications of Turkey's National Elections

Turkey holds elections on May 14th. For the first time in twenty years, President Erdogan is facing a serious challenge... more

01 May 2023 · 33 minutes
How International Diplomacy Failed to Stop Sudan From Sliding Into Civil War

In the ten year history of this podcast, it is rare to have episodes on the same topic in back... more

27 Apr 2023 · 27 minutes
Hostage Diplomacy and the Case of a Wall Street Journal Reporter Detained in Russia

On March 29th, Wall Street Journal reporter Evan Gershkovich was arrested in Russia and charged with espionage. The charges are... more

24 Apr 2023 · 29 minutes
A Major Crisis is Unfolding in Sudan

On Saturday, April 15th fighting broke out in Khartoum and elsewhere in Sudan. At time of recording, hundreds of people... more

20 Apr 2023 · 20 minutes
A Seismic Geopolitical Shift is Underway in the Middle East

Over ten years ago, most Arab countries in the Middle East cut ties with the Syrian government during the civil... more

17 Apr 2023 · 31 minutes
What is "Humanitarian Journalism?"

About six years ago, I received a request for an interview from an academic in the United Kingdom named Martin... more

13 Apr 2023 · 25 minutes
Two Outbreaks of the Ebola-like Marburg Virus Have the Global Health Community on Edge

At time of recording, there are two ongoing outbreaks of Marburg Virus Disease, one in Tanzania and the other in... more

10 Apr 2023 · 26 minutes
These Are the Major Global Demographic Trends as the World Population Hits 8 Billion

On November 15, the world population officially surpassed 8 billion people, according to United Nations estimates. The milestone was reached... more

06 Apr 2023 · 26 minutes
Just Giving People Money is Really Effective at Ending Extreme Poverty. So Why Aren't Big Aid Agencies Embracing Cash Transfers? | Rory Stewart

My guest today Rory Stewart is an author, former diplomat and politician who served as the United Kingdom's Secretary of... more

03 Apr 2023 · 27 minutes
The Hidden Economics of Female Genital Mutilation | From: "The Hidden Economics of Remarkable Women" podcast

We present an episode of the Hidden Economics of Remarkable Women podcast, which is now in its third season. Each... more

30 Mar 2023 · 26 minutes
Can Canadian Diplomacy Help End Cameroon's Civil War?

In early January, news emerged that Canadian foreign minister Melanie Joly was facilitating peace talks between the government of Cameroon... more

27 Mar 2023 · 32 minutes
Why Xi Jinping Went to Moscow

Xi Jinping spent spent three days in Russia in a highly touted visit that included hours of direct talks with... more

22 Mar 2023 · 21 minutes
Why Did the USA Invade and Occupy Iraq 20 years ago and What are the Iraq War's Legacies Today?

It was twenty years ago this month that the George W Bush administration began its ill-fated invasion and occupation of... more

20 Mar 2023 · 29 minutes
Moldova is Fending Off a Russian Destabilization Campaign

Other than Ukraine itself, no country has been more deeply impacted by Russia's invasion than Moldova. Moldova has absorbed more... more

16 Mar 2023 · 28 minutes
What Kind of Energy Should Fuel Household Cooking Appliances Around The World?

Rob Bailis is a senior scientist for the Stockholm Environment Institute. He is a leading researcher on the intersection between... more

13 Mar 2023 · 22 minutes
What's On The Agenda at the Commission on the Status of Women This Year? A CSW Preview

The annual Commission on the Status of Women CSW is the second largest diplomatic gathering at the United Nations each... more

09 Mar 2023 · 23 minutes
Nigeria: These are the Major Challenges Facing Incoming President Bola Tinubu After a Controversial Election

On March 1st Bola Tinubu was declared the winner of Nigeria's sharply contested presidential election. In a three way race,... more

06 Mar 2023 · 22 minutes
Congresswoman Sara Jacobs | How (And Why) Congress Can Support UN Peacekeeping

Before joining the United States House of Representatives in 2021, Congresswoman Sara Jacobs worked at the United Nations and US... more

02 Mar 2023 · 25 minutes
Better Know Ajay Banga, Biden's Pick to Lead The World Bank

On February 23rd, President Biden nominated former MasterCard CEO Ajay Banga to serve as the next World Bank president. His... more

27 Feb 2023 · 27 minutes
How to Make Peace One Year After Russia's Invasion of Ukraine? | From the Inside Geneva Podcast

To mark the one year anniversary of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, Global Dispatches has teamed up with the podcast Inside... more

24 Feb 2023 · 43 minutes
An Extremely Fragile Democratic Transition is Underway in Sudan

In April 2019, Sudanese dictator Omar al-Bashir was ousted in a coup after nearly 30 years in power. The coup... more

23 Feb 2023 · 26 minutes
How Guinea Worm Disease Came to the Cusp of Global Eradication

Humanity is tantalizingly close to killing off the last Guinea Worm. This is a water born parasite that when ingested... more

20 Feb 2023 · 28 minutes
Will War Resume Between Armenia and Azerbaijan?

Nagorno-Karabakh  is an ethnic Armenian enclave within the internationally recognized borders of Azerbaijan. In the early 1990s Armenia and Azerbaijan... more

13 Feb 2023 · 29 minutes
Can One of the World's Largest Refugee Camps Handle a Coming Rush of Arrivals?

The Dadaab Refugee Complex in Kenya hosts about 310,000 refugees, most of whom are Somalis who have fled conflict and... more

06 Feb 2023 · 23 minutes
An Escalating Cycle of Violence in Israel and Palestine

We are in the midst of an escalating cycle of violence in Israel and Palestine. On Thursday, January 26 Israeli... more

02 Feb 2023 · 28 minutes
How to Catch a Dictator

My guest Reed Brody is a veteran war crimes prosecutor and author of the new book "To Catch a Dictator:... more

30 Jan 2023 · 27 minutes
How to Prosecute Vladimir Putin for the Crime of Aggression

Since Russia invaded Ukraine on February 24th, 2022 there have been numerous examples of war crimes and crimes against humanity... more

26 Jan 2023 · 29 minutes
Crisis in Peru

Peru is in the midst of the worst political violence experienced in the country in decades. Protests began in December... more

23 Jan 2023 · 27 minutes
Nigeria Elections: Young People are Backing an Insurgent Candidate and Shaking Up Nigerian Politics

On February 25th, Nigeria will hold federal elections. Nigeria is the largest democracy in Africa and one of the largest... more

19 Jan 2023 · 31 minutes
The Growing Global Backlash Against US Sanctions

Agathe Demarais was a treasury official in the French government working in Moscow and Beirut when she saw, first hand,... more

16 Jan 2023 · 33 minutes
Why So Many African Countries are Facing a Huge Debt Crisis Right Now?

According to the International Monetary Fund, 22 countries in Africa are either in debt distress or at high risk of... more

12 Jan 2023 · 30 minutes
Bangladesh: Protests, Crackdowns and a Coming Election

In December protests erupted in cities across Bangladesh, including the capital Dhaka. The proximate cause was skyrocketing inflation triggered in... more

09 Jan 2023 · 25 minutes
The Geopolitics of Micro Chips | "Chip Wars" Author Chris Miller

In this episode, we are joined by Chris Miller, author of the new book "Chip Wars: The Fight for the... more

05 Jan 2023 · 28 minutes
The Top Global Crises to Expect in 2023 | David Miliband

As 2023 begins the world is beset by crises driven by conflict, climate change and the nexus of the two.... more

03 Jan 2023 · 27 minutes
A New Study Shows How to Counter Violent Extremism Through "Social Cohesion"

The border region of Mali, Burkina Faso and Niger is home to violent extremist groups eager to recruit young men... more

26 Dec 2022 · 20 minutes
Do People Like Having US Military Bases in their Country? New Public Opinion Research

The United States has several hundred military bases scattered across the world. But how do citizens within countries hosting US... more

22 Dec 2022 · 30 minutes
A New Plastics Treaty Is Being Negotiated at the UN: What You Need to Know

Negotiations for a new Global Treaty on Plastics formally kicked off in early December. Delegates from around 160 countries met... more

19 Dec 2022 · 33 minutes
A Major UN Biodiversity Conference Seeks New Goals to Save Nature

Delegates from nearly every country in the world are meeting in Montreal for the UN Biodiversity Conference known as COP15.... more

15 Dec 2022 · 25 minutes
What the Latest Data Tells Us About The Global Fight Against Malaria

On December 8, the World Health Organization released its latest annual report on the global fight against Malaria. The World... more

12 Dec 2022 · 28 minutes
Ukraine: Prosecuting War Crimes and Russian Aggression in Ukraine

This episode of Global Dispatches is a bit different than usual. Rather than the host, Mark Leon Goldberg interviewing someone,... more

06 Dec 2022 · 29 minutes
Protests in China and the Death of Jiang Zemin

Rare protests broke out across several cities in China in recent weeks. Demonstrators took to the streets to protest the... more

05 Dec 2022 · 31 minutes
Why is Turkey About to Invade Syria?

On November 13, six people were killed in a bombing in Istanbul, which the government of Turkey blamed on a... more

01 Dec 2022 · 33 minutes
Senator Jeanne Shaheen on Congressional Support for Ukraine and Shoring Up Democracy in The Balkans | Live from the Halifax International Security Forum

Senator Jeanne Shaheen, Democrat from New Hampshire, lead a large bi-partisan Congressional delegation to the Halifax International Security Forum in... more

28 Nov 2022 · 13 minutes
Meet Jamila Afghani, 2022 Laureate of the Aurora Prize For Awaking Humanity

In this episode, we speak with Jamila Afghani, the 2022 Laureate of the Aurora Prize For Awaking Humanity, which is... more

21 Nov 2022 · 23 minutes
Human Rights and the Qatar World Cup

As the World Cup kicks off in Qatar, the plight of the migrant workers who built the facilities enjoyed by... more

17 Nov 2022 · 24 minutes
Why North Korea is Suddenly Launching an Unprecedented Number of Missile Tests

Over the last several weeks, North Korea has launched an unprecedented number of missile tests. In one week alone in... more

14 Nov 2022 · 28 minutes
The Foreign Policy Implications of the US Midterm Elections

During the time of this recording, Wednesday, November 9th, the final results of the US mid term elections are uncertain,... more

10 Nov 2022 · 19 minutes
What Will Drive the Agenda at COP27?

Delegates from around the world are en route to Sharm El Sheikh, Egypt for the 27th Conference of the Parties... more

07 Nov 2022 · 33 minutes
Cholera is Surging Around the World and Vaccine Supplies Are Running Low

There are a record number of cholera outbreaks around the world today.   Consider this data point. In 2022 alone,... more

03 Nov 2022 · 33 minutes
The White House Makes Biosecurity a Pillar of National Security. Can Doing So Prevent the Next Disaster?

On October 18th, the White House released an expansive new strategy on Countering Biological Threats, Enhancing Pandemic Preparedness, and Achieving... more

31 Oct 2022 · 26 minutes
Who is Jimmy "Barbecue" Cherizier, The Haitian Gang Leader at the Center of Haiti's New Crisis?

On October 21st, the United Nations Security Council imposed individual sanctions on Jimmy Cherizier, a former police officer turned gang... more

27 Oct 2022 · 30 minutes
Why an Ebola Outbreak in Uganda is Not Yet Under Control

At time of recording an ongoing Ebola outbreak in Uganda has sickened 64 people. 24 people have died. The outbreak... more

24 Oct 2022 · 21 minutes
What A More Powerful Xi Jinping Means for Chinese Foreign Policy

The Chinese Communist Party Congress is always a key moment on the Chinese political calendar. Every five years, party delegates... more

20 Oct 2022 · 24 minutes
A Feminist Uprising in Iran

Iran is in the midst of the most significant protest movement in years -- and it is being lead by... more

16 Oct 2022 · 29 minutes
The Ethiopia-Tigray War is About to Get Even Worse

Last March, there seemed to be a glimmer of hope that the brutal civil war between the Ethiopian federal government... more

13 Oct 2022 · 28 minutes
If Putin Goes Nuclear, How Should the United States Respond?

These are perilous moments in the conflict in Ukraine. In response to the Ukrainian military's stunning gains in recent weeks,... more

10 Oct 2022 · 28 minutes
What Brazil's Elections Mean for the World

On October 2nd, Brazilians headed to the polls for the first round of national elections. At the top of the... more

06 Oct 2022 · 29 minutes
The Coming War of Economic Attrition Between Russia and the West

Before Russia invaded Ukraine the United States and its European allies signaled strongly that they would impose crushing sanctions if... more

03 Oct 2022 · 26 minutes
Africa is Rolling Out a New Plan for Pandemic Preparedness and Health Emergencies

There are over 100 health emergencies in Africa each year -- including outbreaks of infectious and deadly diseases like Yellow... more

29 Sep 2022 · 26 minutes
Why is China Suddenly Expanding its Nuclear Arsenal?

China first tested a nuclear weapon in 1964. And since then, Chinese authorites have been content with a relatively small... more

26 Sep 2022 · 29 minutes
Live From the UN General Assembly: Global Fund Replenishment | War Crimes in Ukraine | Clean Energy and the Run Up to COP27 (UNGA Day 4)

One of the key events during UN High Level Week in the New York is a major fundraiser for the... more

22 Sep 2022 · 27 minutes
Live from the UN General Assembly: President Biden’s Speech and Other Key Moments | Pandemic Preparedness and Response (UNGA Day 3)

Today's episode was recorded on Wednesday, September 21 and under normal circumstances the President of the United States, as host... more

21 Sep 2022 · 37 minutes
Live from the UN General Assembly: Food Security in Focus | The Global Refugee Crisis (UNGA Day 2)

A key focus of events at the United Nations and around New York this week is on food security and... more

20 Sep 2022 · 27 minutes
Live from the UN General Assembly: Key Moments That Will Drive the Diplomatic Agenda During UNGA | What Happened at the Transforming Eduction Summit? (UNGA Day 1)

The annual opening of the United Nations General Assembly is always a key moment on the diplomatic calendar. Hundreds of... more

19 Sep 2022 · 26 minutes
Europe is in the Midst of a Deepening Energy Crisis

Energy prices are soaring in Europe, driven largely by the uncertainty surrounding Russian gas exports. Making matters worse was an... more

15 Sep 2022 · 20 minutes
Somalia is on the Brink of Famine

United Nations officials issued fresh warnings that parts of Somalia are on the verge of famine. Half the country is... more

12 Sep 2022 · 30 minutes
The Crisis in Myanmar Takes a Turn for the Worse

In lay July, the military Junta in Myanmar carried out its first executions in decades. Four activists were killed, including... more

08 Sep 2022 · 30 minutes
How the Inflation Reduction Act in the United States Will Impact International Climate Diplomacy

On August 16, President Biden signed the Inflation Reduction Act into law. This legislation is a $750 billion dollar health,... more

05 Sep 2022 · 21 minutes
Why This Female Civil Society Leader in Afghanistan is Urging Greater Engagement With the Taliban

In this episode, we are joined by Zuhra Bahman, the Afghanistan country director for the peacebuilding NGO Search for Common... more

01 Sep 2022 · 33 minutes
Confronting a Catastrophic Nuclear Meltdown at the Zaporizhia Nuclear Power Plant in Ukraine

The Zaporizhzhia Nuclear Power Plant in Ukraine is Europe's largest. In March, Russian forces captured the plant and a crew... more

29 Aug 2022 · 24 minutes
The Big Problem With "Great Power Competition" | Ali Wyne

In this episode, we are joined by Ali Wyne, senior analyst with Eurasia Group's Global Macro-Geopolitics practice, focusing on US-China... more

25 Aug 2022 · 33 minutes
What We Get Wrong About Missile Defense and Nuclear Deterrence

When national security professionals discuss "missile defense" they are are typically referring to technologies that can intercept an in-coming nuclear... more

22 Aug 2022 · 28 minutes
Why Do Some Countries Succeed With Economic Development While Others Fail? | Stefan Dercon

Why have some countries experience durable economic progress while other countries remain left behind? This basic question has vexed development... more

18 Aug 2022 · 33 minutes
How "Longtermism" is Shaping Foreign Policy| Will MacAskill

Longtermism is a moral philosophy that is increasingly gaining traction around the United Nations and in foreign policy circles. Put... more

15 Aug 2022 · 34 minutes
Lab Leak? Bioweapons Attack? Natural Pathogen? A New Proposal Would Give the UN the Ability to Investigate | Angela Kane

Rapidly identifying an emerging infectious pathogen is critical to  prevent a disease outbreak from becoming an epidemic -- or even... more

11 Aug 2022 · 29 minutes
Kenya's UN Ambassador Martin Kimani | Live from the Aspen Security Forum

Kenya's Ambassador to the United Nations Martin Kimani gave a viral speech at the UN Security Council on the eve... more

08 Aug 2022 · 20 minutes
How The Global Food Crisis is Impacting People and Politics in the Middle East

Prior to Russia's invasion of Ukraine, the Middle East was heavily dependent on importing food from Ukraine and Russia. The... more

04 Aug 2022 · 20 minutes
The Philippines Gets a New President With A Very Familiar Name

On May 9th, Ferdinand Marcos Jr. was elected President of the Philippines. If that name sounds familiar to you, it... more

01 Aug 2022 · 23 minutes
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Why This Female Civil Society Leader in Afghanistan is Urging Greater Engagement With the Taliban
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In this episode, we are joined by Zuhra Bahman, the Afghanistan country director for the peacebuilding NGO Search for Common Ground. She... more