Politics ~ International Relations

International Relations ~ Politics ~ Diplomacy

Read and listen to podcasts about activities associated with the governance of a group, state, or region, particularly the debate or conflict among the actors seeking power. Info about consequential elections, leadership transitions, geopolitics, diplomacy, and other relationships between UN members and non-member states. These activities and relationships – be they competitive, collaborative, or multilateral – are shaping the outcomes of global actors’ pursuits, including sustainability, security, and increased political, social, and economic power.

Below are some of our most popular in-depth insights, articles, and podcasts about global political events and their significance, along with the various politics, diplomacy, and international relations that are occurring between the principal actors. Click to see a list of other popular global topics.

Kenya’s UN Ambassador Martin Kimani | Live from the Aspen Security Forum
Listen to Martin Kimani, in August 2022, discuss the motivation behind his viral speech at the Aspen Security Forum.  Learn why Russian aggression against Ukraine is so resonant to Africa’s own experience with colonialism. Click here to listen to the podcast.

How “Longtermism” is Shaping Foreign Policy | Will MacAskill
Listen to experts, in August 2022, discussing longtermism, an emerging philosophy that prioritizes the survival of humanity and avoidance of extinction scenarios. Learn how it is shaping foreign policy at the UN and with its member states. Click here to listen to the podcast.

The Philippines Gets a New President With A Very Familiar Name
Listen to experts discussing, in August 2022, the Philippine’s election of Fernando Marcos Jr. and Sara Duterte to President and VP, respectively. Learn how the kids of two past presidents ganged up to win the election and what they’ve committed regarding policy reform. Click here to listen to the podcast.

Kenya’s High Stakes Presidential Elections
Listen to experts discussing, in July 2022, the upcoming Kenyan presidential election and the controversial candidates, Raila Odinga and William Ruto.  Learn about the significance of the election and the history of the candidates, and their affiliations. Click here to listen to the podcast.

Poland’s Deputy Foreign Minister Marcin Przydacz | Live From The Aspen Security Forum
Listen to experts discussing, in July 2022, Poland’s first-hand experience with the Russian invasion of Ukraine, Russia’s ruthless politics, and the resulting consequences of Russia’s unprovoked war on  Ukraine and other interdependent countries. Click here to listen to the podcast.

Is the United States “Inflating” the Military Threat From China?
Listen to experts discussing, in July 2022, the concept of military threat inflation, evidence that it is affecting assessments, possible influence on China-US and US-Taiwan policy decisions, and how it can be avoided as a deterrent to improved global collaboration. Click here to listen to the podcast.

Why There’s a Resurgence of Armed Conflict in the Eastern Democratic Republic of Congo
Listen to experts discussing, in July 2022, the political and regional grievance history within the DRC and the origin of the M23 group. Learn about the various periods of conflict, UN intervention, and the current resurgence of a renewed M23 organization and its escalating attacks against a flawed central government force. Click here to listen to the podcast.

From “Pariah” to Partner: Why President Biden is Going to Saudi Arabia
Listen to experts discussing, in July 2022, the history of US-Saudi relations with the Obama administration, during the Trump years, and now with the Biden Administration. Learn what the trip says about Biden’s approach to the Middle East and Saudi’s foreign and domestic policy priorities. Click here to listen to the podcast.

The Last Humanitarian Lifeline to Syria May Soon Be Severed | A View From Northern Syria and the United Nations
Listen to experts discussing, in July 2022, Russia’s Security Council veto authority to close the only access route to trapped civilians in northern Syria. Closing the special UN-sanctioned route would isolate the civilians and would end the life-sustaining Humanitarian aid. Click here to listen to the podcast.

Hostage Diplomacy and the Case of Brittney Griner
Listen to experts discussing, in June 2022, Russia’s arrest of professional basketball player and Olympic gold medal winner, Britney Griner, for cannabis oil. Learn about the practice of hostage-taking at international security,  the consequences of hostage diplomacy, and the US’s approach to such cases. Click here to listen to the podcast.

Colombia’s VERY Surprising Presidential Election
Listen to experts discussing, in June 2022, Columbia’s surprise choice of populists over establishment candidates to compete in the final presidential election. Learn more about the role of voter frustration, candidate biographies, and implication for the 2016 civil war peace deal. Click here to listen to the podcast.

How the United Nations is Responding to Russia’s Invasion of Ukraine | Richard Gowan
Listen to experts discussing, in May 2022, The UN’s response to the Russian invasion of Ukraine, and to the global crisis that ensued. What actions were taken by the UN Security Council, the UN General Assembly, and the UN Secretary-General?  How effective was the UN in fulfilling its charter and what effect has the crisis had on UN diplomacy? Click here to listen to the podcast.

The Rise and Fall of Imran Khan and What’s Next for Pakistan
Listen to experts discussing, in May 2022, the rise and fall of Imran Khan, Pakistan’s cricket star Prime Minister.  Learn about his hero status as a cricket player, his entrance into Pakistani politics, and the causes of his downfall and forced resignation. Click here to listen to the podcast.

The View From Moldova — Is This Putin’s Next Target?
Listen to experts discussing, in May 2022, Moldova’s vulnerability to Russian aggression, the history of its breakaway Transnistria region, and the Russian-Ukraine war’s influence on its society and politics. Learn about Moldovan’s mood as Russia continues to attack nearby Odesa. Click here to listen to the podcast.


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