102 episodes

Altamar is dedicated to curating an informative discussion on how global issues impact all of us. The show avoids the typical Washingtonian US bias and talks about accelerating changes from a global perspective by featuring diverse guests on a range of foreign policy topics. We aim to rise above the polarization that detracts from the public’s understanding of crucial global issues. Hosted by political analyst Peter Schechter and columnist Muni Jensen.

Altamar - Navigating the High Seas of Global Politics Peter Schechter and Muni Jensen

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Altamar is dedicated to curating an informative discussion on how global issues impact all of us. The show avoids the typical Washingtonian US bias and talks about accelerating changes from a global perspective by featuring diverse guests on a range of foreign policy topics. We aim to rise above the polarization that detracts from the public’s understanding of crucial global issues. Hosted by political analyst Peter Schechter and columnist Muni Jensen.

    Extreme Autocracy

    Extreme Autocracy

    As Russia escalates its merciless attack on Ukraine, there is much talk of a newly reunited West taking a collective position and presenting a strong front against Putin. But is consensus real?  All over the world, we are seeing large percentages of voters embracing a populist candidate with autocratic tendencies. From Marine Le Pen in France, Duterte in the Philippines, and even the lingering political presence of Trump in the United States. Has democracy lost its appeal among voters?
    Altamar hosts Peter Schechter and Muni Jensen are joined by Moisés Naim, a globally syndicated columnist and author of the recent book The Revenge of Power. Altamar’s ‘Téa’s Take’ by Téa Ivanovic delves into youth civic participation around the world.  
     
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    Corporations Cancel Russia

    Corporations Cancel Russia

    In the first weeks of the war, we heard reports that brand after brand was closing their doors in Russia. Oil giants shut down their rigs, and tech companies unplugged their servers, sending workers home. Luxury good brands joined the exodus, sending powerful values-ridden press releases. The wave of global companies leaving Russia has not stopped. Taking a stance on political issues is an escalation of corporate behavior in the last decades, moving toward active corporate social responsibility. What does the exodus mean for the Russian economy? Has a new standard been set for corporate responsibility and a stakeholder economy? And, finally, what does this mean for the few international companies that have refused to leave?


    Altamar hosts Peter Schechter and Muni Jensen are joined by DJ Peterson,  Founder and President of Longview Advisors. Altamar’s ‘Téa’s Take’ by Téa Ivanovic delves into personal sanctions of Russian goods. 
     
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    Serbia in the Middle

    Serbia in the Middle

    The conservative Serbian Progressive Party easily won the elections at the presidential, parliamentary, and municipal levels. Vucic and his party have already ruled for over ten years. He stays in power with a comfortable mandate but with a difficult geopolitical agenda, stuck between Russia and the EU. Serbia has been an EU candidate since 2009 while also maintaining strong ties to Russia. The War in Ukraine puts Vucic in a difficult position. Serbia voted in favor of a UN resolution condemning the invasion of Ukraine but has declined imposing sanctions. Is Serbia moving West or East?
    Altamar hosts Peter Schechter and Muni Jensen are joined by Majda Ruge, Senior Policy Fellow at the European Council on Foreign Relations. Altamar’s ‘Téa’s Take’ by Téa Ivanovic delves into current “Serbia’s moving to the Right” rhetoric.  
     
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    ASEAN Realigns

    ASEAN Realigns

    Impressive economic growth and development made ASEAN an increasingly important geopolitical block. In the past few decades, China invested heavily in Southeast Asia through its Belt and Road Initiative and strengthened its ties with the ten countries. The result has been widespread economic growth, greater trade and investment flows, and growth in education and technology. Recently, the US, Japan, and Australia created a counterforce to China, building an agenda around climate change issues, new investments in infrastructure development, and on issues of security and regional diplomacy. How will ASEAN balance the conflicting global interests in their region? 
    Altamar hosts Peter Schechter and Muni Jensen are joined by Niharika Mandhana, the Wall Street Journal’s Bureau Chief for Southeast Asia. Altamar’s ‘Téa’s Take’ by Téa Ivanovic delves into the youth-driven tech boom throughout Southeast Asia.   
     
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    The Sanctions War

    The Sanctions War

    The economic sanctions are unprecedented in both size and scope. The strongest blow was dealt by freezing assets of Russia’s Central Bank and the largest Russian sovereign wealth fund. Without reserves, the ruble has fallen to historic lows. To further isolate Russia, many countries have expelled Russian banks from SWIFT services and have targeted specific sanctions on top banks, key Russian oligarchs, as well as on President Putin and his inner circle. No sanctions regime – including the nearly half-century of sanctions on Cuba -- has been so completely unrelenting.  But is this new economic weapon a two-edged sword in a globalized world? 
    Altamar hosts Peter Schechter and Muni Jensen are joined by Larry Summers, former Treasury Secretary. Altamar’s ‘Téa’s Take’ by Téa Ivanovic delves into the impact of sanctions on the Russian people.  
     
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    After A Century of Egyptian Independence, It’s Still Complicated

    After A Century of Egyptian Independence, It’s Still Complicated

    Egypt’s revolt from Britain occurred decades before any other African or Asian country managed to throw off the yoke of British, French, Belgian, German colonial power. For years, this act of revolution propelled Egypt to a position of regional and global policy leadership – from its role as a founding member of the Non-Aligned Movement, the pioneer of pan-Arabism, and, of course, the first country to make peace with Israel. Now, human rights abuses and restrictions of freedoms have placed the most populous Arab country in a bad light with its Western allies. 
     
    Altamar hosts Peter Schechter and Muni Jensen are joined by Karim Haggag, a career Egyptian diplomat with over 25 years of service. Altamar’s ‘Téa’s Take’ by Téa Ivanovic delves into human rights violations and a lack of freedom within civil society in Egypt. 
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Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
54 Ratings

54 Ratings

nick van praag ,

Foreign affairs unplugged

Level-headed, compelling analysis by two experts and their guests about the world around us - and why events over there matter over here (wherever here is).

Fortunate Student ,

These people are pretty dumb

Viktor Orban is a xenophobe?
So if someone wants borders around their country they are a xenophobe?
Why are leftists so stupid?

CaribScholar ,

Great Show!

Extremely informative! I hope they look keep looking at diverse and under the radar countries.

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