With in-depth interviews with experts and leading policymakers, Trend Lines brings World Politics Review's uncompromising analysis of international affairs to the world of podcasts.
Ali Wyne on the State of U.S.-China Relations
The tense dynamic around the recent round of trade talks between U.S. and Chinese negotiators says a lot about the current state of the overall relationship between Washington and Beijing. WPR’s Elliot Waldman digs into these issues on the Trend Lines podcast this week with the Eurasia Group’s Ali Wyne.
In Afghanistan and Beyond, Qatar Flexes Its Diplomatic Muscle
Qatar has long been an important go-between in regional and global diplomacy, including in the talks that led to the U.S.-Taliban peace agreement in February 2020. Today on Trend Lines, Annelle Sheline joins Elliot Waldman to discuss the unique role Qatar plays in the Middle East and in the broader Islamic world.
‘America Is Back’ Won’t Save the U.S.-Led Global Order
The rise of China and resurgence of Russia, combined with other trends, have significantly weakened U.S. hegemony in a rapidly transforming international landscape. This week on Trend Lines, Daniel Nexon joins WPR weekly columnist Howard French to discuss the changing global order and the United States’ place in it.
The Most Fearless Country in Europe
When Lithuania announced this summer that it would allow Taiwan to open a de facto embassy in the capital, Vilnius, it provoked a fierce rebuke from China. This week on Trend Lines, Edward Lucas joins WPR’s Elliot Waldman to talk about why Lithuania isn’t backing down against China and other authoritarian powers.
A Deadly Year for Latin America’s Environmentalists
According to a new report from the human rights group Global Witness, 227 environmental activists were killed worldwide in 2020, nearly three-fourths of them in Latin America. This week on Trend Lines, Gimena Sánchez joins WPR’s Elliot Waldman to talk about what’s driving this violence and what can be done about it.
‘Born in Blackness’: A Conversation With Howard French
This week on Trend Lines, Howard French joins WPR’s Judah Grunstein to discuss his fifth and latest book, “Born in Blackness: Africa, Africans, and the Making of the Modern World, 1471 to the Second World War,” which argues that almost everything about the familiar narrative of Europe’s Age of Exploration and Empire is wrong.