Best-selling author, rock star historian and world-renowned thinker Peter Frankopan introduces his new project: I’ve Been Thinking...with Peter Frankopan.
Peter talks to experts, academics and thinkers about current affairs and cutting-edge research that often do not get covered in the mainstream media.
EP15: Private education with author of Sad Little Men Richard Beard
What is private education? Who goes in and who comes out?
Like Peter, Richard Beard experienced such an education and writes about its impact and how it has shaped modern government in his latest book Sad Little Men: Private Schools and the Ruin of England.
He and Peter get into private education's history, the breeding ground of power and its positives and negatives.
Richard's website is - www.richardbeard.info - were you can find out more about Sad Little Men: Private Schools and the Ruin of England and his other works.
Peter can be found on Twitter via @peterfrankopan.
EP14: An Atlantic Slave War and competition within Africa with Professor Vincent Brown of Harvard
On this episode of I've Been Thinking Peter is in conversation with Vincent Brown, Professor of American History and Professor of African and African American Studies at Harvard and author of the excellent Tacky's Revolt released in 2020.
He and Peter discuss who Tacky was, the implications of the revolt on the American revolution that was to come but also the competition within Africa between Europeans and African states themselves.
More from Vincent can be found on his Harvard profile - www.scholar.harvard.edu/vbrown/biocv
Further reading and updates from Peter via - www.peterfrankopan.com
EP13: The Taliban, their roots and other terrorist organisations operating in Afghanistan
Welcome to the second part of this deep look into Afghanistan.
Peter speaks to Professor Sumit Ganguly who provides the history and background of the Taliban's origins, and Professor Amira Jadoon one of the world's foremost experts on ISIS-K.
You can find Professor Amira Jadoon on Twitter - @AmiraJadoon - and her website is www.amirajadoon.net
Further reading by Professor Sumit Ganguly is available on his website www.sumitganguly.com
Still to come on I've Been Thinking episodes with Vincent Brown, Professor of American History and Professor of African and African American Studies at Harvard, and author of Sad Little Men: Private Schools and the Ruin of England, Richard Beard, so please do subscribe or follow the podcast from where you listen.
EP12: How Afghanistan fell and why Pakistan may shape their neighbours future
This is a two part special of I've Been Thinking, digging deeper into the situation in Afghanistan.
In this episode Peter is in conversation with Ajmal Ahmady, until very recently the Governor of the Central Bank of Afghanistan and Minister of Commerce who saw the eye storm of the Taliban takeover and tries to answer "what comes next for the country?"
Secondly Peter speaks to Senator Sherry Rehman chair of the Foreign Affairs Committee in Pakistan allowing her to give an insight into the conflict on the other side of the border and how Pakistan may shape the future of Afghanistan.
You can follow both Ajmal Ahmady and Senator Sherry Rehman on Twitter - @aahmady / @sherryrehman and Peter can be found on Twitter via @peterfrankopan.
Part two of this special features Professor Sumit Ganguly and Professor Amira Jadoon and looks at the anti-colonial roots of the Taliban and at terrorist organisations operating in Afghanistan at the moment.
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EP11: Pacific trade routes of the Americas after the arrival of Columbus with Mark Moyama & Fernando Artaga
The Pacific Ocean trade routes have fascinated many for a long time including economic historians Mark Koyama & Fernando Arteaga. Together with their colleague Desiree Desierto they have written an extensive paper on trade across the Pacific Ocean in the centuries after the arrival of Columbus and Europeans in the Americas.
In this episode of I've Been Thinking Peter asks in particular why so many ships were lost during the crossings, what role greed and personal profit played in decision-making, and how these influenced the downfall of the Spanish Empire.
To read the Desiree, Mark and Fernando's work and to find out more about the 3 authors head here - https://papers.ssrn.com/sol3/papers.cfm?abstract_id=3693463
If you have a topic you would like to hear on the podcast then Peter can be reached on Twitter - @peterfrankopan
EP10: Afghanistan: The past, present, future and ramifications of what we see happening before us
This episode of I've Been Thinking with Peter Frankopan is a special one as we look at the developing situation in Afghanistan.
Peter has spent a lot of time working on the history of Afghanistan and its neighbours, so the dramatic events have sparked lots of questions about what happened, why and what may happen next.
He is joined by Bruno Macaes, former Europe Minister of Portugal who got out of Kabul 36 hours before the Taliban took control, Professor Jen Brick Murtazashvili, one of the world’s foremost experts on Afghanistan and Central Asia; Professor Max Abrams, a specialist on international security and terrorist dynamics; and Tom Fletcher, former foreign policy advisor to three British Prime Ministers - Tony Blair, Gordon Brown and David Cameron.
All four answer some of the most important questions being asked right now.
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Very Engaging and Thought Provoking
Great podcast. Peter’s questions are thought provoking and direct the conversations very well.
Thought provoking and great guests
This is a fascinating podcast with important topics, great guests and knowledgeable interviewing from Prof Frankopan. The sound quality can be poor though and this is especially difficult for listening in the car.
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Please do follow this podcast series if you have any interest in a joined up understanding of the world. I live and work in Beijing and Peter Frankopan’s research and writing absolutely makes sense from this perspective. We need new ‘silk roads of the mind’ to help us to find ways through the ecological and political deserts of these times. Joining these podcast conversations will help you on this journey.