A Podcast Resource for International Affairs Professionals

**** UPDATED June  2021 ****


If you are reading this, chances are you have a professional interest in international relations and related fields like national security, human rights, international development, international law and geopolitics.

I’m journalist Mark Leon Goldberg, editor of UN Dispatch and host of the Global Dispatches podcast. I’ve put together this select list of podcast episodes for foreign policy professionals, professors, students, and other aficionados of international relations and related fields.  Each episode features a ~20 minute conversational interview around a specific topic with a well-informed guest, usually a journalist, policymaker or think-tank type. 

Global Dispatches is the longest-running independent international affairs podcast and we’ve almost certainly covered the topic for which you are looking!

(If you don’t see an episode that fits your needs, please send me an email –> UNDispatch-at-gmail.com)    

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About Global Dispatches — World News that Matters  

Named by The Guardian as one of 27 “podcasts to make you smarter, Global Dispatches is a global affairs podcast with impact. Global Dispatches reaches an audience of globally-minded professionals, including foreign policy practitioners who crave deeper context for understanding issues that are driving world affairs. The target audience for podcast listeners include individuals professionally engaged in foreign policy, sustainable development and related fields. This includes senior leadership at the United Nations, in government, media, academia, think tanks and NGOs. 

About 100,000 people tune in each month. You should too!  


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Global Perspectives on the COVID-19 Pandemic


Humanitarian Affairs and Global Development

The Forever Wars

Conflicts and Crises in the Middle East and North Africa

Conflicts and Crises in Africa 

Bureaucratic Politics and Foreign Policy

Grand Strategy

Women’s Rights

Rise of China


International Law/IHL

Humanitarian Intervention

Global Health

Non-proliferation and Nuclear Deterrence 


Cuban Missile Crisis

Globalization, Transnational Issues and Transnational Threats

Climate Change and Security


Intellectual Traditions


Most Recent 

The Ban Ki Moon Interview 

Global Perspectives on COVID-19 Pandemic

Why COVID-19 is NOT Raging out of Control in the Central African Republic

How the Coronavirus Pandemic is Stifling Free Speech Around the World

What Can Political Science Teach Us About How Different Countries Are Handling COVID19? 

The Coronavirus Human Rights Crackdown

How a Large Global Humanitarian Organization is Responding to the Coronavirus Pandemic



 “Weaponized Interdependence” and the Future of International Relations | With Daniel Drezner

Ian Bremmer on How COVID-19 is Accelerating Geopolitical Shifts

A Crisis at the Remote Border Between India and China

Why is Russia Suddenly So Interested in the Central African Republic?

Turkey Invades Syria, and Kurdish Fighters Who Helped Defeat ISIS Are Trapped

How a Rivalry Between Arab Governments on the Arabian Peninsula is Shaping International Relations

Humanitarian Affairs and Global Development

How The World Bank and IMF Have Responded To The Global Economic Crisis? 

What’s Next for USAID under the leadership of Samantha Power?

Inside the Drive to Create a ‘Global Fund’ for Public Interest Journalism

Why Are So Many Aid Workers Being Killed in the Line of Duty?

The UN’s Top Humanitarian Official Discusses the Crisis in Yemen and the Challenge of Funding Crisis Responses

The Forever Wars


What’s Next for the US In Afghanistan?

The US-Taliban Deal, Explained

Three Years Ago, The Battle of Mosul Began. This was the beginning of the end of the Islamic State’s “Caliphate”

Bureaucratic Politics + Foreign Policy

Can the Global Fragility Act Help Prevent Conflicts Before They Start? With Dr. Dafna Rand

Secretary of Defense Ash Carter, The Podcast Interview

Grand Strategy

Legendary US Diplomat Thomas Pickering Explains How the US Can Get Its Multilateral Groove Back

US Retreat Leaves an “Empty Throne” of Global Leadership

Women’s Rights


How the United States Can Embrace a Feminist Foreign Policy

UNFPA Director Dr. Natalia Kanem Explains What You Need to Know About The Nairobi Summit on ICPD25

Why Human Rights Defender Gulalai Ismail Fled Pakistan



How the Biden Administration Can Reset America’s Approach to Refugees, Asylum Seekers and International Migration

Inside Europe’s Largest Refugee Camp

Thousands of Refugees Are Languishing in Libyan Detention Centers

International Law/IHL

Why The Gambia is Suing Myanmar for Genocide

Do War Crimes Tribunals Actually Deter War Crimes? 

This Treaty to Protect the World’s Oceans Will Be the Next Big Debate at the UN

Trump Fought International Law…and the Law Won (With Harold Koh)

Humanitarian Intervention

Remembering the Yazidi Genocide, Five Years On


Global Health

Why We Need to Decolonize Global Health 

How the world will get a COVID-19 Vaccine (Part 2)

An Historic Moment in the Fight Against COVID Shows Why Cold Chains Are Key to Global Health and Development

COVID-19 is Interrupting Routine Childhood Vaccinations on a Global Scale

How the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, TB and Malaria Saves Lives (with Peter Sands)

Why Snakebites are a Global Health Problem

Conflicts and Crises in the Middle East and North Africa

The Conflict in Yemen Takes A Dangerous New Turn

The Conflict in Western Sahara is Upended By a Trump Tweet

Stranded by Civil War, A Leaky Oil Tanker Off the Coast of Yemen Threatens to Unleash the World’s Worst-Ever Oil Spill

A Dramatic Turn of Events in Libya

Why the Conventional Wisdom About the Arab Spring is Wrong | Noah Feldman

Lebanon is in the Midst of a Jaw-Dropping Economic Free Fall


Conflicts and Crises in Africa

The Civil War in Ethiopia, Sparked By a Conflict in the Tigray Region, is Getting Worse

Why The Battlefield Death of Chad President Idriss Deby Has Big Global Implications

Crisis in the Central African Republic

Crisis in Mali

A Peace Deal Has Ended South Sudan’s Civil War 

Burkina Faso is Experiencing a Surge in Violence

Nuclear Proliferation and Nuclear Deterrence

The Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons Becomes International Law

The Last Remaining Nuclear Arms Treaty Between the United States and Russia May Soon Expire

Can North Korea Be Deterred? 


China Needs Soy. Brazil Farms It. The Amazon Rainforest Gets Destroyed

New Trends in Global Trade Are Changing How Women Work Around the World

The Cuban Missile Crisis 

Graham Allison interview

In the first half of this episode, Allison discusses his newest book: Destined for War: Can America and China Escape Thucydides’s Trap? In the second half, we discuss at length “The Essence of Decision,” including some behind the scenes color of how he went about writing the book.  

Episode 161: Graham Allison 

The Rise of China

A Grounds-eye view of the Demise of Democracy in Hong Kong

China Needs Soy. Brazil Farms It. The Amazon Rainforest Gets Destroyed  

What the Trouble Between the NBA and China Tells Us About the Future of International Relations

A Growing Crisis Between China and Canada Has Big Global Implications

Globalization, Transnational Issues, and Transnational Threats

The Dictator’s Digital Dilemma 

How the Black Lives Matter Movement Went Global 

 How Prepared are We for the Next Big Global Epidemic?

Climate Change + Security

These are the Top Hunger Crises to Watch According to the UN World Food Program

Intellectual Traditions

Is Progressive Realism The Future of US Foreign Policy? 

Better Know John Maynard Keynes, the Economist Who Charted a New Path for International Cooperation

How Fear Distorts US Foreign Policy

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