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A group of young professionals and graduate students in international affairs get together every week to chat about issues around the world that mainstream news media is overlooking. We also occasionally feature informational interviews with experienced practitioners in the field to learn about their work. Join us during your morning commute every Monday morning, and tweet us topics that you'd like to hear us cover!

Matters of State - Underreported Issues in World News & International Relations Young Professionals in International Relations

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A group of young professionals and graduate students in international affairs get together every week to chat about issues around the world that mainstream news media is overlooking. We also occasionally feature informational interviews with experienced practitioners in the field to learn about their work. Join us during your morning commute every Monday morning, and tweet us topics that you'd like to hear us cover!

    Sports Diplomacy

    Sports Diplomacy

    Sporting events such as the Olympics or the FIFA World Cup never fail to capture the world’s attention, no matter what other international events are going on. Governments have noticed sports as a global attention-getter and for decades have been using sports as a means to achieve higher global standing or other foreign policy objectives. In this episode, we discuss soft power in the form of “sports diplomacy.”







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    * “The Mixed Record of Sports Diplomacy.” Council on Foreign Relations. https://www.cfr.org/interview/mixed-record-sports-diplomacy* “Thing Again: Soft Power.” Foreign Policy. https://foreignpolicy.com/2006/02/23/think-again-soft-power/* “Soft Power and the Public Diplomacy Revisited.” The Hague Journal of Diplomacy. https://www.hks.harvard.edu/publications/soft-power-and-public-diplomacy-revisited







    Featured photo by Tim Hipps, FMWRC Public Affairs

    • 39 min
    Spotlight: Mongolia

    Spotlight: Mongolia

    In this episode, we focus on Mongolia, one of the least densely populated countries in the world at 2 people per square kilometer. We outline the history of the country, its domestic politics, where it sits in relation to the rest of the world, and what that means for its future.







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    * Mongolia’s President Is Slicing Away Its Hard-Won Democracy, Foreign Policy, Anand Tumurtogoo* Mongolia: Bridge or Buffer in Northeast Asia?, The Diplomat, Elizabeth Wishnick* History of Mongolia, Embassy of Mongolia to the United States

    • 29 min
    Human-Wildlife Conflict

    Human-Wildlife Conflict

    In this episode, we speak with Mark Hofberg from the International Fund for Animal Welfare to talk about human-wildlife conflict. We discuss the inherent challenges that both humans and wildlife face while trying to simply exist in an increasingly hungry and crowded world.







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    * 1995 Reintroduction of Wolves in Yellowstone, Yellowstone Park, Tori Peglar* Human-wildlife conflict in Africa, Food and Agricultural Organization of the UN







    Photo Credit: Doug Smith

    • 44 min
    The East African Community

    The East African Community

    In this episode, we discuss the origins, successes, and challenges of the East African Community, a political and economic bloc comprising Burundi, Kenya, Rwanda, South Sudan, Tanzania, and Uganda.







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    Take a look at some of our favorite articles that we came across while researching this topic:







    * EAC Webpage* Headwinds toward East African regional integration: Will this time be different?, Brookings Institute, Aloysius Uche Ordu* DR Congo applies for admission to East African Community, The East African, Aggrey Mutambo

    • 29 min
    Compromised Infrastructure

    Compromised Infrastructure

    In this episode, we explore the history of compromised infrastructure, which countries are engaged in this kind of behavior, and what sort of advantages they seek to gain.

    • 41 min
    Piracy

    Piracy

    Over the past ten years, the world has seen a strong resurgence of piracy, particularly around the Horn of Africa. While international coalitions have largely succeeded in reducing the presence of piracy in that region, the activity has most recently emerged in other locations like Latin America and pockets of Asia. In this episode, we discuss the phenomenon of contemporary piracy and look into ways to alleviate the problem.

    • 31 min

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