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Undercurrents is a regular podcast series featuring interviews with Chatham House experts - and others - about the critical underlying issues which are shaping modern society. Hosted by staff from across the institute, each episode goes in-depth on a topic, looking beyond the news to explore the issues shaping global politics.

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Undercurrents is a regular podcast series featuring interviews with Chatham House experts - and others - about the critical underlying issues which are shaping modern society. Hosted by staff from across the institute, each episode goes in-depth on a topic, looking beyond the news to explore the issues shaping global politics.

    Europe's far-right educational institutions

    Europe's far-right educational institutions

    In Hungary, France and Spain, new political movements from the far-right are attempting to reshape their education systems. Under the supportive eye of Prime Minister Viktor Orban, the recently established National University of Public Service seeks to embed nationalist illiberal values in a new generation of Hungarian students. Meanwhile in France and Spain, far-right  public figure Marion Maréchal has turned away from the electoral politics of the Front Nationale to set up a new conservative research institute, ISSEP.
    Both of these developments represent a challenge to the liberal values which underpin the existing international order. To find out more, Ben spoke with Professor Dorit Geva from the Central European University and Dr Felipe Santos from City, University of London, whose recent article in the Chatham House journal International Affairs considers the implications of this illiberal educational turn. 
    Read the International Affairs article:
    Europe's far-right educational projects and their vision for the international order
    Credits:
    Speakers: Dorit Geva, Felipe Gonzales Santos
    Host: Ben Horton
    Editor: James Reed Sound Services
    Recorded and produced by Chatham House

    • 44 min
    Taiwan, and elections in Latin America

    Taiwan, and elections in Latin America

    The controversial AUKUS security agreement, perceived by some as a way to counter China's expansionist ambitions, has underlined the geopolitical significance of the Indo-Pacific region. One possible site of future conflict in the region is the Taiwan Straits, which separate the Republic of Taiwan from the Asian mainland. In this episode, Amrit speaks to Dr Yu Jie and Dr Liana Fix about a recent study on how military escalation in the Taiwan Straits could play out, and how Europe might respond. 
    Then, Mariana is joined by Dr Chris Sabatini to discuss the trends and lessons emerging from a series of recent elections in Nicaragua, Mexico and Chile.
    Read the briefing:
    Escalation in the Taiwan Strait: what to expect from Europe?
    Credits:
    Speakers: Liana Fix, Yu Jie, Chris Sabatini
    Hosts: Amrit Swali, Mariana Vieira
    Editor: Jamie Reed
    Recorded and produced by Chatham House

    • 57 min
    Youth perspectives on 9/11

    Youth perspectives on 9/11

    20 years ago the United States suffered the worst terror attacks in its history, sparking a fundamental shift in US foreign policy towards the Middle East. Many citizens in the United States and beyond can still remember where they were on 11 September, 2001. But what do younger generations think about 9/11? To find out, Ben speaks to three colleagues who were all young children at the time of the attacks, and whose political consciousnesses have formed in the post-9/11 world.
    Anar Bata is a coordinator in the US & Americas Programme. She provides an insight into the experience of Muslim Americans after the attacks, and reflects on how 9/11 is taught and thought about in the US education system. Samantha Potter is a programme manager in the United States Air Force and member of the Chatham House Panel of Young Advisors. She shares how her understanding of 9/11 encouraged her to pursue a career in service, and considers the impact of the War on Terror on US global leadership. Finally, Mondher Tounsi is a member of the Common Futures Conversations community. He remembers how 9/11 was framed within Tunisian society during his childhood, and how America's actions in the wake of the attacks have affected its reputation within the Arab world. 
    Note: The views expressed by Samantha Potter in this podcast are solely her own and do not reflect the official policy or position of the United States Air Force, Department of Defense, or the US Government.
    Credits:
    Speakers: Anar Bata, Samantha Potter, Mondher Tounsi
    Host: Ben Horton
    Editor: Jamie Reed
    Recorded and produced by Chatham House.

    • 38 min
    Politics in Lebanon, and the rise of digital repression

    Politics in Lebanon, and the rise of digital repression

    Amidst severe governance challenges, Hezbollah has risen to become the dominant political actor in Lebanon. In this episode, Mariana is joined by Dr Lina Khatib, Director of the Middle East and North Africa Programme at Chatham House, to discuss the dynamics underlying the Lebanese political system, and how a series of crises have affected the balance of power in the country.
    Then Ben explores how digital technologies are enabling state repression in both authoritarian and liberal states, in conversation with Dr Steven Feldstein from the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace.
    Read the Chatham House research paper:
    How Hezbollah holds sway over the Lebanese state
    Find the book:
    The rise of digital repression: How technology is reshaping power, politics and resistance
    Credits:
    Speakers: Steven Feldstein, Lina Khatib
    Hosts: Ben Horton, Mariana Vieira
    Editor: Jamie Reed
    Recorded and produced by Chatham House.

    • 49 min
    The global human rights system, and responding to ransomware

    The global human rights system, and responding to ransomware

    The COVID-19 pandemic, new systems of digital repression and the strengthening of authoritarian governments around the world have put significant strain on the international human rights system. To consider the prospects for multilateral human rights protection and the role that civil society activism can play in this, Ben is joined by Dr Agnès Callamard, the Secretary General of Amnesty International. 
    Then Amrit discusses new developments in cybercrime with International Security Programme colleagues Esther Naylor and Isabella Wilkinson. They assess the prevalence and impact of ransomware attacks, and how governments and the private sector can respond.
    Read the Chatham House expert comment:
    Closing the space between cybercrime and cybersecurity
    Credits:
    Speakers: Agnès Callamard, Esther Naylor, Isabella Wilkinson
    Hosts: Ben Horton, Amrit Swali
    Sound Editor: Jamie Reed
    Recorded and produced by Chatham House.

    • 59 min
    Gillian Triggs on refugee protection

    Gillian Triggs on refugee protection

    The COVID-19 pandemic has triggered national lockdowns and closed down borders across the world. In this context, the need to protect the rights and welfare of refugees has become even more acute.
    To discuss the threats facing forcibly displaced populations, and the policy responses required to mitigate them, Ben is joined by Emily Venturi, the Schwartzman Academy Fellow in the Asia-Pacific programme. Together they interview Gillian Triggs, UN Assistant Secretary-General and Assistant High Commissioner for Protection with UNHCR, the UN refugee agency. 
    Read the Expert Comment:
    Denmark's immigrants forced out by government policies
    Credits:
    Speaker: Gillian Triggs
    Hosts: Ben Horton, Emily Venturi
    Editor: Jamie Reed
    Recorded and produced by Chatham House.

    • 34 min

Customer Reviews

4.6 out of 5
34 Ratings

34 Ratings

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Worth the wait!

I am a very happy Chatham house member as I have been waiting for a podcast to match the excellent written work that Chatham house releases and this is it!

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