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Journalists, policymakers, diplomats and scholars discuss under-reported news, trends and topics from around the world.

Named by The Guardian as “One of 27 Podcasts to Make You Smarter” Global Dispatches is podcast about foreign policy and world affairs.

Global Dispatches -- World News That Matters Mark Leon Goldberg

    • News Commentary
    • 4.5, 19 Ratings

Journalists, policymakers, diplomats and scholars discuss under-reported news, trends and topics from around the world.

Named by The Guardian as “One of 27 Podcasts to Make You Smarter” Global Dispatches is podcast about foreign policy and world affairs.

    8 Global Catastrophic Risks That Threaten Humanity -- And What to Do About them

    8 Global Catastrophic Risks That Threaten Humanity -- And What to Do About them

    There is a certain category of disaster, whether manmade or natural, that poses an existential threat to humanity.  These are called global catastrophic risks. Some of these are fairly obvious, like nuclear war, and some may seem more the realm of science fiction like an asteroid impact. 

    My guest today, Jens Orback is the CEO of the Global Challenges Foundation, a Sweden based group that is seeking to prevent these catastrophes through enhanced international cooperation. 

    • 23 min
    Crisis in Mali

    Crisis in Mali

    Mali is in the midst of its worst political crisis in years. Since June, protesters have gathered in the streets of the capital city of Bamako demanding the resignation of President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita. On top of this, a conflict in the northern part of the country, to which the UN has deployed a large peacekeeping mission, is continuing to drive instability throughout the country. 

    From Mali, expert Amadou Bocoum explains what is driving this crisis

    • 30 min
    Why Transparency is So Important in Foreign Aid and Development

    Why Transparency is So Important in Foreign Aid and Development

    Billions of dollars are spent each year on foreign aid and global development. In the past, the exact amount of aid that is being spent, where is it is being spent, by whom it is being spent--and to what end is the aid serving has been very difficult for outsiders to parse.

    • 28 min
    The Rais Bhuiyan Interview

    The Rais Bhuiyan Interview

    Rais Bhuiyan has an absolutely incredible and very moving story. In the days after the September 11th attacks in the United States, Bhuiyan -- an immigrant to the US from Bangladesh -- was working behind the counter at a gas station in Texas when he was shot in the face by a white supremacist who was on a killing spree and looking for foreigners to murder. 
    After surviving the attack, Bhuiyan embarked on an improbable journey of peace and reconciliation, seeking to prevent his attacker from the death penalty. 
    He is the founder of the NGO World Without Hate and this episode was recorded in 2014.
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    • 1 hr 6 min
    COVID-19 and Slumping Oil Prices are Shaking Up Middle East Geopolitics

    COVID-19 and Slumping Oil Prices are Shaking Up Middle East Geopolitics

    My guest, Mohammed Soliman is a Non-Resident Scholar with the Middle East Institute. We kick off discussing how wealthy Gulf states like Saudi Arabia, the UAE, and Qatar used their oil wealth in the wake of the Arab Spring to shore up domestic stability and pursue their regional foreign policy goals. We then discuss how COVID-19 and slumping oil prices are shaking up the foundations of the geopolitics of the Middle East. After the interview, Jeffrey Nahm of YPFP reads questions submitted from the audience.

    • 53 min
    Kosovo, Serbia and Rising Authoritarianism in The Balkans

    Kosovo, Serbia and Rising Authoritarianism in The Balkans

    Since the Kosovo War of 1999, the status of Kosovo as a country independent of Serbia has not been resolved. Many countries, including the United States and most of Europe, recognize Kosovo as an independent country. But others do not--including Russia, which has blocked Kosovo's aspirations to join the United Nations.
    This has been the status quo for many years. But in recent months there has been some renewed momentum in diplomacy intended to find an agreement that would satisfy both Serbia and Kosovo and lead to Kosovo's formal independence. 
    To that end, on June 24th, The president of Kosovo set off for Washington, D.C. for high level talks at the White House. But mid-air, the flight turned around when a special court unsealed an indictment against him for war crimes committed decades ago during the war.  
    This indictment is the latest wrinkle in the long effort to secure an international agreement over Kosovo's status. Another key issue is ongoing protests in Serbia and that country's ongoing democratic backsliding. 
    On the line with me to explain the significance of these recent events in the Balkans is Jasmin Mujanović . He is a limited term professor of political science and policy studies at Elon University and host of the Sarejevo calling podcast.
    We kick off with discussing the Kosovo-Serbia talks and then have a conversation about the implications of rising authoritarianism in Serbia

    • 32 min

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Fantastic, informative podcast

I'm an International Relations student and I absolutely love this podcast. Mark discusses an interesting array of topics which help to give me a real-world understanding that doesn't just come from a textbook.

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