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Each week, Foreign Policys editors triage the big issues of the day with emergency room-like urgency and some mayhem. Pulling from FPs impressive roster of contributors, the panels collective varies from week to week. Foreign Policy is the worlds leading media organization dedicated to providing leaders in business, finance, and government with real time insight and analysis into global affairs. As authoritative as it is dedicated to challenging wisdom, FP is unique in its ability to bring together the powerful with those committed to speaking truth to power.


  • Why India’s Modi Underperformed

    07/06/2024 Duração: 51min

    From pundits to polls, there was a wide expectation this year that Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi would not only win a rare third consecutive term, but also secure an even bigger parliamentary majority than he had before. As results emerged on Tuesday, it was clear that India’s voters had other ideas. Modi’s Bharatiya Janata Party won the most seats—more than the entire opposition alliance combined—but it will need the help of coalition allies to form a government.  How will Modi govern in a third term, and what will it mean for the world? FP’s Ravi Agrawal is joined by experts Milan Vaishnav and Yamini Aiyar to discuss.  Suggested reading: Ravi Agrawal: Why Modi Underperformed Devesh Kapur: Modi’s Power Has Peaked  Sushant Singh:Modi’s Campaign Rhetoric Is Dangerous Ravi Agrawal: The New Idea of India Mukul Kesavan: 4 Books to Understand Modern India Josh Felman and Josh Felman: Is India Really the Next China? Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

  • What to Expect From Mexico’s Elections

    31/05/2024 Duração: 48min

    The presidential election in Mexico this weekend will likely result in the country’s first female president. It’s an open question, however, whether the front-runner in the polls and expected winner, Claudia Sheinbaum, will carry on the policies of her political mentor, President Andrés Manuel López Obrador. Former Mexican Ambassador to the United States Arturo Sarukhán joins Ravi Agrawal to analyze López Obrador’s legacy and how Mexico’s next leader may or may not enact different policies. Suggested reading: Christina Lu: Mexico’s Historic Elections, Explained Ana Sofía Rodríguez Everaert: The Woman Inheriting AMLO’s Revolution Isidro Morales: Mexico’s Next Leader Has an Energy Problem Connor Pfeiffer and Ryan C. Berg: Mexico and the United States Need to Talk About China Now Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

  • Fareed Zakaria’s ‘Age of Revolutions’

    24/05/2024 Duração: 51min

    Does progress always come with a backlash? How should societies think about managing the immense changes unleashed by technology and globalization? CNN host and author Fareed Zakaria joins FP Live to discuss his latest book, Age of Revolutions: Progress and Backlash From 1600 to the Present. Suggested reading: Michael Hirsh: Is This a Revolution? Or Are People Just Very Ticked Off? Michael Hirsh: No, This Is Not a Cold War—Yet Fareed Zakaria: Age of Revolutions: Progress and Backlash From 1600 to the Present Fareed Zakaria: The Rise of Illiberal Democracy Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

  • What Raisi’s Death Means for Iran’s Future

    21/05/2024 Duração: 44min

    Tehran has announced that it will hold elections on June 28 after President Ebrahim Raisi died in a helicopter crash on Sunday. Who might win, and what would that mean for Iranian politics—both at home and abroad? Iran experts Karim Sadjadpour and Robin Wright join FP’s Ravi Agrawal to discuss.  Suggested reading: Robin Wright: What Raisi’s Death Means for the Future of Iran  Ali Vaez and Hamidreza Azizi: Why Iran Believes It’s Winning Against Israel Jack Detsch: What Raisi’s Death Means for Iran’s Future Raphael S. Cohen: The Iran-Israel War Is Just Getting Started Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

  • Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala on the White House’s New China Tariffs

    17/05/2024 Duração: 36min

    Increasingly, countries are closing off their economics and questioning the case for globalization. But where does this leave the Bretton Woods institutions intended to facilitate peace and prosperity through trade? World Trade Organization Director-General Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala joins FP Live to discuss. Suggested reading: Gordon Brown: A New Multilateralism Eswar Prasad: The World Will Regret Its Retreat From Globalization Joseph E. Stiglitz: Where Global Governance Went Wrong—and How to Fix It Adam Posen: America’s Zero-Sum Economics Doesn’t Add Up Gita Gopinath: How Policymakers Should Handle a Fragmenting World Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

  • China’s Attempt to ‘Divide and Conquer’ Europe

    10/05/2024 Duração: 46min

    Chinese President Xi Jinping’s trip to Europe this week is “perhaps one of the most aggressive attempts on the part of the Chinese to actively foment disunity,” Evan Medeiros says. How will his visit play out in Washington, particularly on the heels of U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken’s own diplomatic efforts in Beijing? And what would closer EU-China ties mean for U.S.-China competition? Medeiros was a key advisor on China policy during the Obama administration. He is currently a professor at Georgetown University. Suggested reading: The Economist: Emmanuel Macron in his own words (English) Hal Brands and Michael Beckley: China Is a Declining Power—and That’s the Problem Evan S. Medeiros: The Delusion of Peak China Fareed Zakaria: The dangerous new call for regime change in Beijing Christina Lu: Can Xi Win Back Europe?

  • How to Stave Off a Famine in Gaza

    03/05/2024 Duração: 42min

    Gaza faces what the World Food Program is calling “catastrophic levels of hunger.” And the United Nations recently issued a report that said a famine is “imminent.” Ravi Agrawal is joined by two experts on the humanitarian situation in Gaza to discuss what the international community can do to prevent the worst outcomes. Sari Bashi is a program director for Human Rights Watch. Shira Efron is the director of research at the Israel Policy Forum. Suggested reading: Mohannad Sabry: How to Get More Aid Into Gaza Shira Efron: The Best Way to Deal With Gaza’s Humanitarian Crisis Howard W. French: Why Aren’t We Talking More About the Famine in Gaza? Human Rights Watch: Israel: Starvation Used as Weapon of War in Gaza

  • How Kyiv Plans to Use American Aid

    01/05/2024 Duração: 43min

    Now that Congress has approved around $60 billion in military aid to Ukraine, Washington is racing to get military supplies to the war’s front lines. How will Kyiv use the assistance, and how will it impact the course of the war? Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba sits down with FP Live from his office in Kyiv.  Suggested reading: J.D. Vance: The Math on Ukraine Doesn’t Add Up Jack Detsch: Ukraine Is Still Outgunned By Russia Robbie Gramer and Rishi Iyengar: U.S. Allies Relieved After Senate Passes Long-Delayed Aid Bill Christian Caryl: What Do Russians Really Think About Putin’s War? Ravi Agrawal: How Kyiv Plans to Use American Aid For more podcasts, check out the latest episode of Disorder, 'How Small States Can Save the World,' featuring Former President of Armenia Dr Armen Sarkissian: https://linktr.ee/disorderpod

  • Does the Republican Party Have a Foreign-Policy Vision?

    26/04/2024 Duração: 50min

    The Republican Party is clearly divided on Ukraine, as recent votes in Congress have underscored. But beyond that, is it more united on foreign policy than we imagine? A new book argues just that. Matthew Kroenig is an FP columnist and a co-author of We Win, They Lose: Republican Foreign Policy and the New Cold War. He joins FP Live to discuss what a Trump 2.0 foreign policy might look like and who would be at its helm.  Suggested reading: Matthew Kroenig and Dan Negrea: Republicans Are More United on Foreign Policy Than it Seems Emma Ashford and Matthew Kroenig: Are Both U.S. Parties Divided on Foreign Policy? Stephen M. Walt: Another Trump Presidency Won’t Much Change U.S. Foreign Policy Ravi Agrawal: Does Trump Have a Foreign-Policy Vision? For more podcasts, check out the latest episode of Disorder, 'How Small States Can Save the World,' featuring Former President of Armenia Dr Armen Sarkissian: https://linktr.ee/disorderpod

  • Israel Strikes Iran

    19/04/2024 Duração: 28min

    Iran’s unprecedented attack on Israel last weekend accelerated concerns of a widening Middle East crisis. Israel’s response on Friday was limited and appeared to heed calls for caution by Western allies. What does this mean for the conflict in Gaza as well as the region? Ravi Agrawal is joined by Iran expert Suzanne Maloney and Israeli journalist Ronan Bergman for this discussion. Suggested reading: Emma Ashford and Matthew Kroenig: Have Israel and the United States Done Enough to Deter Iran? Jack Detsch and Robbie Gramer: Israel’s Military Risks Being Overstretched Sina Toossi: Iran Has Defined Its Red Line With Israel David E. Rosenberg: Why Arab States Haven’t Broken With Israel For more podcasts, check out the latest episode of Disorder, 'How Small States Can Save the World,' featuring Former President of Armenia Dr Armen Sarkissian: https://linktr.ee/disorderpod

  • Inside Narendra Modi’s India

    17/04/2024 Duração: 42min

    Why is Narendra Modi so popular? As India begins voting this week, FP Live host Ravi Agrawal discusses his essay “The New Idea of India” with executive editor Amelia Lester. The two take subscriber questions on how India is changing under Modi and what New Delhi’s foreign policy will look like in the future.  Suggested reading: Ravi Agrawal: The New Idea of India Rishi Iyengar: Modi’s Messenger to the World Snigdha Poonam: Meet India’s Generation Z Josh Felman, Arvind Subramanian: Is India Really the Next China? Anusha Rathi: 5 Charts That Explain India Amitava Kumar: Becoming Indian Mukul Kesavan: 4 Books to Understand Modern India

  • The Crisis in Haiti

    12/04/2024 Duração: 47min

    The largest security crisis in the Western Hemisphere—the ongoing violence in Haiti—is severely underreported. Tens of thousands of people are fleeing the capital. Aid organizations are warning of an impending famine. What should be done? FP Live host Ravi Agrawal is joined by Miami-based journalist Jacqueline Charles and Jake Johnson, the author of Aid State, to discuss the crisis and possible responses by the international community. Suggested reading: Jake Johnson: Aid State: Elite Panic, Disaster Capitalism, and the Battle to Control Haiti Howard W. French: Haiti Must Liberate Itself, Again Alexander Causwell: Haiti is Facing an Insurgency, Not a Gang Problem  Imran Bayoumi: Haiti’s Chaos Shows How Far U.S. Stability Efforts Have to Go

  • The Return of Great Powers

    05/04/2024 Duração: 45min

    CNN’s chief national security correspondent Jim Sciutto sits down with FP Live to share insights from his new book, The Return of Great Powers. What does a growing alliance between Russia and China mean for U.S. influence abroad? How does this moment differ from past historical instances of great-power competition? And how could this all shift with a potential second term for Donald Trump? Suggested reading:  Ravi Agrawal: Did Russia Come Close to Using a Nuclear Device in 2022? Jim Sciutto: The Return of Great Powers: Russia, China, and the Next World War Jim Sciutto: The Shadow War: Inside Russia’s and China’s Secret Operations to Defeat America Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

  • Is the World Prepared for More Terrorism?

    27/03/2024 Duração: 40min

    The Islamic State claimed responsibility for the recent attack in Moscow that killed at least 139 people. It was the country’s deadliest terrorist attack in more than a decade. Why did the Islamic State choose Russia as a target? And what does this mean for terrorism globally? Counterterrorism analyst and regular FP contributor Colin P. Clarke shares his insights with Ravi Agrawal. Clarke also serves as a senior research fellow at the Soufan Center. Suggested reading: Lucas Webber, Riccardo Valle, and Colin P. Clarke: The Islamic State Has a New Target: Russia Colin P. Clarke: Could Hamas Become a Global Threat? Lynne O’Donnell: Al Qaeda Is Back—and Thriving—in Afghanistan Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

  • How the Campaign Trail Impacts Foreign Policy

    19/03/2024 Duração: 43min

    Foreign policy is not typically a priority for the American voter. And yet, the outcome of the upcoming U.S. election will have an outsized impact on world affairs. How are allies and adversaries alike weighing the 2024 election? Former diplomat Richard Haass joins Ravi Agrawal to discuss. Richard Haass is president emeritus at the Council on Foreign Relations and the author of the popular substack at Home and Away. Suggested reading: Richard Haass: The War That Israel Could Have Fought Richard Haass: At Home and Away Fareed Zakaria: The Future of Freedom: Illiberal Democracy at Home and Abroad Damon Wilson and Lynn Lee: South Korea Can Be a Democratic Leader

  • The View From the Middle East

    15/03/2024 Duração: 43min

    Negotiators failed to reach a cease-fire in the Israel-Hamas war that would have paused hostilities before the Muslim holy month of Ramadan. How does the rest of the Middle East view this breakdown in negotiations? For the United States in particular, how will this shape its standing in the region, and what does it mean for the conflict moving forward? Mina Al-Oraibi, the editor in chief of the National newspaper in the United Arab Emirates, shares her insights with Ravi Agrawal. Suggested reading: Aaron David Miller: Why an End to the War in Gaza Is Still Far Off Daniel Byman: Will Gaza Ever Recover? Caroline de Gruyter: Israel and Palestine Are Now in a Religious War Stephen M. Walt: It’s Not Too Late for Restrained Foreign Policy

  • Susan Glasser on Biden’s State of the Union

    08/03/2024 Duração: 41min

    President Biden’s tenure has been marked by numerous foreign-policy flash points: the U.S. withdrawal from Afghanistan, the war in Ukraine, and the conflict in the Middle East. Public perception of how he has handled these challenges could have a direct effect on his chances for reelection—a factor he tried to influence in his annual State of the Union address on Thursday, March 7. Journalist Susan Glasser joins Ravi Agrawal to share her reactions to Biden’s speech. Glasser is a staff writer at the New Yorker and a former editor in chief of Foreign Policy. Suggested reading: Michael Hirsh: Biden Starkly Lays Out the Stakes for 2024 Susan Glasser: So Much for “Sleepy Joe”: On Biden’s Rowdy, Shouty State of the Union Steven A. Cook: War Between Israel and Hezbollah Is Becoming Inevitable Jack Detsch and Robbie Gramer: State Department Beefs Up U.S. Diplomatic Presence in Kyiv

  • Is America Becoming Isolationist?

    01/03/2024 Duração: 46min

    The Chicago Council on Global Affairs’ annual survey of American voters shows that for the first time in nearly 50 years, a majority of Republicans prefer an isolationist approach to foreign policy. Before the Trump presidency, the Republican Party was more likely to support an active U.S. presence in the world. Former U.S. ambassador to NATO and the CEO of the Chicago Council Ivo Daalder joins Ravi Agrawal to discuss the survey and what it could mean for the 2024 election. You can listen to Daalder’s podcast, “World Review,” here. Suggested reading: Survey: Majority of Trump Republicans Prefer the United States Stay Out of World Affairs Edward Alden: A Self-Absorbed America Means Disorder for the World Doug Klain: How Europe Can Prepare for a Second Trump Term—Now Anna Merlan: Trump’s International Fan Club Descends on Maryland For more podcasts, check out: https://www.npr.org/podcasts/510333/throughline

  • Anders Fogh Rasmussen on a Grim Anniversary for Ukraine

    23/02/2024 Duração: 41min

    Feb. 24 marks two years since Russia invaded neighboring Ukraine. The conflict has changed the face of Europe and set off a protracted war that has had ramifications reaching far beyond its borders.  Could Russian President Vladimir Putin’s strategy of waiting out the West prove successful, or can Western leaders rally to continue supporting a drawn-out war? What would a future peace deal look like?  NATO’s former secretary-general, Anders Fogh Rasmussen, argues that Western leaders need to continue to supply Ukraine with weapons—and quickly, before the war results in further instability. He joined FP’s Ravi Agrawal ahead of the war’s second anniversary to discuss the state of the conflict, lessons learned, and what the future might hold for Ukraine.

  • Gita Gopinath on the Global Economy

    16/02/2024 Duração: 42min

    Economics is sometimes called the “dismal science.” But the International Monetary Fund (IMF) has a surprisingly positive outlook for the U.S. economy—even if public sentiment hasn’t yet caught up. Host Ravi Agrawal discusses the state of the global economy with Gita Gopinath, the IMF’s first deputy managing director. The two begin with Gopinath’s latest essay in Foreign Policy about trade fragmentation and fears of a new Cold War.  Suggested reading: Gita Gopinath: How Policymakers Should Handle a Fragmenting World Adam Posen: America’s Zero-Sum Economics Doesn’t Add Up Adam Tooze: The IMF is an anchor adrift in a changing world economy And FP is looking for a new producer of this show. If you’d like to work with us, please check out the job description: https://foreignpolicy.com/employment-opportunities/. 

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