Tough decisions rattle us all to the core. But for our guests on One Decision— the choices they are up against can also shape history. No pressure! They take us through all of their doubts, emotions and—sometimes unexpected--consequences.
A fresh take on foreign policy.
Hear the former head of Mi6, Sir Richard Dearlove alongside international journalists as they analyse, interview, and discuss.
She Predicted the Collapse of China's Real Estate Market. We Ask Her What's Next...
Charlene Chu, the world-renowned economic analyst whose warnings in 2014 prompted the Chinese government to hastily change their economic policies, is back on One Decision to discuss the fallout from the liquidation of the Hong Kong assets of Evergrande, China’s massive, troubled property developer that she described as “the canary in the coal mine”. As scores of developers default on their debts, countless Chinese homeowners see the value of their savings and assets plummet, and the CCP considers putting foreign investors on the hook for massive losses to protect the domestic market—what are the global ramifications of the property market crisis? Chu’s analysis on the latest stage of the crisis comes with a dire warning of a different looming challenge, one that could be an even bigger catastrophe for China—and the world—and is coming down the track soon. Plus analysis from One Decision’s Sir Richard Dearlove, the former chief of MI6.
Bonus: Could This White House Decision Impact Global Energy Goals?
The team behind the top global affairs podcast, One Decision, brings you "Power Decisions," a new energy series that explores the world's energy sources and the politics and power behind the clean transition. At the beginning of a critical election year in the United States, the Biden administration made waves when it announced a pause on proposed liquid natural gas export projects in the US. In 2023, the US became the number one exporter of LNG—surpassing previous global leaders in the industry. American LNG exports have helped Europe keep the lights on as the war between Ukraine and Russia severed other energy sources. But President Biden, in keeping with his climate commitments to younger voters and green groups, announced the pause while his administration conducts public interest reviews on future projects. Guest host and journalist Liz Landers convenes a roundtable of energy reporters: Timothy Gardner of Reuters, POLITICO's Ben Lefebvre, and The Hill's Zachary Budryk. They discuss the reasons behind the Biden administration's decision, the reaction from the European Union and other nations relying on US LNG exports, impacts on US national security, and how the decision could affect the clean energy transition.
Famous Russian Dissident Garry Kasparov on Fighting Putin, Navalny Death
With the news that longtime Vladimir Putin critic Alexei Navalny had died mysteriously while serving in a Siberian penal colony, it seemed that the hopes of the opposition to Putin inside Russia had died with him. While there are still remaining critics in Russia, jailed and facing an uncertain future, Navalny was undoubtedly the most high profile. However, another well-known activist against the Kremlin continues to speak out—from the United States. One Decision sits down with the famed former chess grandmaster Garry Kasparov, who has campaigned against Putin for years, to discuss the West’s eroding support for Ukraine and the continued fight against Putin, now increasingly being fought outside Russian borders, by voices like Kasparov’s. Sir Richard and Julia discuss Navalny’s legacy and his choice to return to his homeland, which ended up costing him his life.
Ex-Australian Prime Minister on China, COVID Origins, Trump & Biden
Former Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison overlapped with two American presidents, navigated his nation's response through a global pandemic, and brokered one of the most consequential security agreements that Australia has signed in years. Morrison sits down with One Decision's resident spymaster Sir Richard Dearlove and guest host and journalist Liz Landers to discuss the AUKUS nuclear-powered submarine alliance with the United States and the United Kingdom more broadly and how the trilateral pact will counter Indo-Pacific threats. Morrison, who had a good working relationship with Donald Trump and Joe Biden, weighs in on the upcoming domestic elections in America and shares his observations about the United States' China policy as it has transitioned from former President Trump's presidency to the Biden administration. Sir Richard also presses him on COVID origins, an issue that earned Morrison the wrath of Beijing in 2020.
The World's Third Biggest Democracy Goes to the Polls
Indonesia is a rising powerhouse. Its economy is growing— now the 7th largest in terms of GDP. It has huge oil and gas stockpiles, the biggest nickel reserves in the world, and critical materials for semiconductors, laptops, and smartphones. And—arguably its most valuable resource— a diverse, youthful, and digitally native population. Next week, 205 million registered voters head to the polls to vote in the nation's legislative and presidential elections—the world's biggest single-day election. The current presidential frontrunner, Prabowo Subianto, an aging former general accused of war crimes and former son-in-law to Indonesia's last dictator, is on the cusp of winning power thanks to a TikTok campaign that's rebranded him as a 'cuddly Grandpa' figure. One Decision—your Global Election Headquarters for 2024—sits down with Minister Luhut Binsar Pandjaitan, a retired four-star Army general and now Indonesia's Coordinating Minister for Maritime Affairs and Investment who has known Prabowo Subianto for decades. Host Julia Macfarlane talks with Chatham House's Asia Pacific Director, Ben Bland, for his analysis of what's at stake in the election.
China, Ukraine: Senator Marco Rubio on Where the US is Headed
Republican Marco Rubio is one of the United States Senate's most outspoken China hawks—criticizing Beijing's human rights practices and warning about its dominance in the semiconductor industry. He's endorsed a candidate in the 2024 presidential elections, throwing his support behind former President Donald Trump, who started a trade war and recently threatened new tariffs on Chinese imports. Guest host and BBC Correspondent Katty Kay and One Decision's resident spymaster Sir Richard Dearlove sit down with Senator Rubio to discuss the U.S. relationship with China under the Biden administration and how it could change if Donald Trump returns to the White House, and concerns that the ex-president could strike a deal to end the Ukraine war on Moscow's terms that would embolden Russian President Vladimir Putin's imperial ambitions in Europe. They also discuss what U.S. support for the war in Ukraine will look like this year, the collapse of property giant Evergrande, and the implications for the Chinese economy. Katty and Richard discuss the drone attack that killed three American soldiers in Jordan and what the U.S. response may be.