Get an edge with the Hidden Forces podcast. Media entrepreneur and financial analyst Demetri Kofinas uses a financial and cultural lens to help you draw meaningful connections, challenge consensus narratives, and formulate solutions to complex problems—empowering you to make smarter decisions.
Lessons from the Soviet Union and the Flight to Safety | Simon Mikhailovich
In Episode 209, Demetri Kofinas speaks with Simon Mikhailovich, founder and Managing Partner of “The Bullion Reserve,” about his experience growing up in and emigrating from the Soviet Union, and the economic and political lessons we can apply from that experience to today.
They also discuss the value proposition of owning gold in a world where sovereign bonds are no longer a guaranteed flight-to-safety and what this means for not only portfolio construction but political and social stability as well
The Age of Crisis: COVID-19 & our Post-Pandemic Future | Adam Tooze
In Episode 208, Demetri Kofinas speaks with renowned historian Adam Tooze about his latest book “Shutdown” and the nature of the forces that the COVID-19 pandemic has unleashed, their constancy, and their implications for shaping not only our children’s futures but more immediately, ours as well.
Additional topics include China, the failure of the neoliberal order, the mission-driven state in the age of polycrises of the Anthropocene, and the future of warfare.
China's Western Horizon: Beijing and the New Geopolitics of Eurasia | Daniel Markey
In Episode 207, Demetri Kofinas speaks with Daniel Markey, author of “China’s Western Horizon: Beijing and the New Geopolitics of Eurasia,” about China’s interests in Central Asia, its Belt & Road Initiative, and its complicated relationships with Russia, Kazakhstan, Pakistan, Iran, Saudi Arabia, and India. Special consideration is given to the implications of America’s recent withdrawal from Afghanistan for China’s security in Xinjiang, as well as for the region’s geopolitics.
How America Lost the ‘Good War’ in Afghanistan | Jonathan Schroden
In Episode 206, Demetri Kofinas speaks with Jonathan Schroden, who has served as a strategic advisor on Afghanistan to the US military since 2008, about the humanitarian and political disaster that is currently unfolding there.
The two discuss (1) the merits of withdrawal, (2) the reasons behind America’s defeat in Afghanistan, and (3) the longer-term implications for American foreign policy, terrorism, and the security of Western interests in the Greater Middle East.
Afghanistan Withdrawal & Implications for U.S. Policy in Asia | Laurel Miller
In Episode 205, Demetri Kofinas speaks with Laurel Miller, Director of International Crisis Group’s Asia Program who previously served as acting Special Representative for Afghanistan & Pakistan in the U.S. State Department.
The two discuss the recent U.S. withdrawal from Afghanistan and the political implications of the ensuing chaos for the Biden Whitehouse, as well as the geopolitical implications of the larger U.S. military withdrawal from Central Asia and what this means for American foreign polic
Opportunities for Value Investing, China's Digital Currency, & the Pivot to Asia | James Aitken
In Episode 204, Demetri speaks with macro-financial strategist James Aitken in this over 2hr-long conversation that ranges from a discussion about the oil industry and the impact of ESG mandates to the post-Covid economy & opportunities for value investing.
The Overtime features a discussion about the ongoing Chinese capital markets crackdown, as well as the disruptive implications of China’s digital currency electronic payments system for Western investors, US foreign policy, & the future of the USD.
I learned so much since I started listening to Demetri’s podcast that it’s hard to thank him enoug. These are not light conversations and I find myself listening back to them multiple times. I always get the feeling that I got at least a little more informed than I was before the episode. Keep up the awesome work.
The deeper diver
There are many excellent Podcasts but Dimitri combines comprehensive research and rigour in preparation for each interview, with a huge breadth of general knowledge of leading edge thinking.
One of the best.
Love the range of topics Demiri covers and the depth in which they are explored. Fascinating stuff.