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Weekly podcast on the events, policies and ideas that will shape the world.

World in 30 minutes is curated by Mark Leonard, Director of the European Council on Foreign Relations (ECFR), and features top-level speakers from across the EU and beyond to debate and discuss Europe’s role in the world. It was awarded “Best podcasts on EU politics” by PolicyLab in 2019.

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Weekly podcast on the events, policies and ideas that will shape the world.

World in 30 minutes is curated by Mark Leonard, Director of the European Council on Foreign Relations (ECFR), and features top-level speakers from across the EU and beyond to debate and discuss Europe’s role in the world. It was awarded “Best podcasts on EU politics” by PolicyLab in 2019.

Member of the EuroPod network.

    The transatlantic meaning of AUKUS

    The transatlantic meaning of AUKUS

    The announcement of the new Indo-Pacific security alliance between Australia, the United Kingdom, and the United States - dubbed ‘AUKUS’ - has led to the biggest crisis in transatlantic relations since the Iraq war in 2003. In this week’s podcast, host Mark Leonard talks with Janka Oertel, head of ECFR’ Asia programme, Jeremy Shapiro, ECFR’s research director, and Tara Varma, head of ECFR’s Paris office, about the new security pact and its implications for Europe. What does it mean for the future of transatlantic relations? And what lessons can be drawn for European strategic autonomy and European sovereignty?

    This podcast was recorded on 20 September 2021.

    Further reading:
    - What Europeans think about the US-China cold war by Ivan Krastev & Mark Leonard: https://buff.ly/3hT6Iqa
    - After AUKUS: The uncertain future of American and European cooperation in the Indo-Pacific by Tara Varma: https://buff.ly/3CC3I9S
    - AUKUS: After the sugar rush by Nick Witney: https://buff.ly/3zyho3z

    Bookshelf:

    - NüVoices - Podcast
    - Born a Crime by Trevor Noah:
    - Stalin an Appraisal of the Man His Influence by Leon Trotsky

    • 33 min
    Sneak Peek | The Age of Unpeace: How Connectivity Causes Conflict

    Sneak Peek | The Age of Unpeace: How Connectivity Causes Conflict

    Get a sneak peek into Mark Leonard's latest book "The Age of Unpeace - How Connectivity Causes Conflict", read by the author himself.
    Additionally, in October we will have a special “ask me anything” episode with Mark Leonard and ask all of you to send in your burning questions about the book to mark.leonard@ecfr.eu which will then be answered in the forthcoming episode.
    All those who submit questions will be eligible to win a free signed book from Mark, so start emailing! We are happy to receive your questions in written or audio (voice-memo) form.

    • 16 min
    Age of Unpeace

    Age of Unpeace

    In his newly released book “The Age of Unpeace: How Connectivity causes Conflict” ECFR director Mark Leonard explains how many of the forces that we thought would bring us together have ended up driving us apart. Trade, technology, the internet, and travel were once promised to create a global village but have instead created an era of “unpeace”, where the distinctions between war and peace are breaking down.

    In this week’s episode, Mark Leonard becomes the guest of his own podcast to talk with ECFR’s Asia programme director Janka Oertel about the main themes of his book and particularly how China’s growing role in this interconnected world poses threats for Europe.

    This podcast was recorded on 16 September 2021.

    Further reading:
    Age of Unpeace by Mark Leonard
    “The Afghan tragedy and the age of unpeace” by Mark Leonard
    Bookshelf:
    “Doom” by Neil Ferguson
    “Shutdown. How Covid Shook the World’s Economy” by Adam Tooze
    Move by Parag Khanna
    “Renewal: From crisis to transformation in our lives, work, and politics” by Anne Marie Slaughter
    “China unbound: a new world disorder” by Joanna Chiu

    • 29 min
    The fall of the Afghan government and what it means for Europe

    The fall of the Afghan government and what it means for Europe

    The collapse of Afghan government forces and the rapid seizure of power by the Taliban has unleashed a series of intense debates about the implications for Europe. How will the Western withdrawal impact on the state of European defence and military capabilities? Are we likely to see a shift in Europe’s relationship with other powers - such as Turkey, China, and the United States?

    In this week’s podcast, host Mark Leonard talks with Jeremy Shapiro, ECFR’s research director, and senior policy fellows Asli Aydintaşbaş and Andrew Small about what the withdrawal of Western forces from Afghanistan means for Europe and the future of transatlantic relations.

    This podcast was recorded on 8 September 2021.

    Further Reading:
    - “The fall of the Afghan government and what it means for Europe” by ECFR policy experts: https://buff.ly/3kqkOjh
    - “The Afghan tragedy and the age of unpeace” by Mark Leonard: https://buff.ly/3gXZTmS

    Bookshelf:
    "Age of Unpeace" by Mark Leonard
    https://www.penguin.co.uk/books/144/1443237/the-age-of-unpeace/9781787634657.html
    - "Faust’s Metropolis - A History of Berlin" by Alexandra Richie
    - “Mr. Five Per Cent” by Jonathan Conlin
    - “Red Roulette" by Desmond Shum

    • 35 min
    Introducing Mark Leonard's World in 30 Minutes | Trailer

    Introducing Mark Leonard's World in 30 Minutes | Trailer

    Every Friday, Mark Leonard invites top-level speakers from across the EU and beyond to debate Europe’s role in the world. We feature and discuss everything from our own research at ECFR to practical pan-European policy – and news from Africa, Asia, Middle East and North Africa, Wider Europe and our own European Power programme. So basically, we bring you the world – in 30 minutes.

    • 1 min
    CDU foreign policy post-Merkel

    CDU foreign policy post-Merkel

    With Germany’s federal elections rapidly approaching, chancellor Angela Merkel is set to depart the political stage. What will the foreign policy of her party, the CDU, look like when she’s gone? In this week’s podcast, host Mark Leonard talks to ECFR senior policy fellow Ulrike Franke and Andreas Nick, a CDU member of the German Bundestag. How would a chancellor Armin Laschet approach China, Russia, and defence? And what exactly sets the CDU’s foreign policy apart from those of the Social Democrats or the Greens?

    This podcast was recorded on 1 September 2021.

    Further Reading:

    ECFR German Election 360
    https://ecfr.eu/topic/german-election-2021/

    Bookshelf:
    “Age of Unpeace: How Connectivity Causes Conflict” by Mark Leonard https://www.penguin.co.uk/books/144/1443237/the-age-of-unpeace/9781787634657.html

    “Has China Won?” by Kishore Mahbubani
    https://www.publicaffairsbooks.com/titles/kishore-mahbubani/has-china-won/9781541768123/

    “From Cold War to Hot Peace” by Michael McFaul https://fsi.stanford.edu/content/cold-war-hot-peace

    “Europe: The Struggle for Supremacy” by Brendan Simms https://www.newstatesman.com/culture/2013/04/reviewed-europe-struggle-supremacy-brendan-simms

    German party election platforms:
    https://www.aicgs.org/2021/07/a-guide-german-party-election-platforms-2021/

    • 37 min

Customer Reviews

4.6 out of 5
63 Ratings

63 Ratings

katandbrandon ,

Well done! Try it. You will be hooked.

This is a great podcast. It doesn’t waste any time getting to the point. Fantastic guests and timely podcast.

MagiMountain ,

Diverse guests talking about interesting ideas

One of the best European politics podcasts out there. Sharp insight from regional experts and lively, never drawn out discussion.

Jason d Effie ghetto ,

Highly recommend

A great, short but informative podcast. I am an American and follow the news closely but this is good because it comes from a European perspective and oftentimes talks about stuff with little to no mention in American media

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