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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.

    Reflections at 100: China in international politics

    Reflections at 100: China in international politics

    This episode of Reflections at 100, marking the centenary of International Affairs, the journal of Chatham House, looks at China’s role in the world over the past century. Isabel Muttreja and Krisztina Csortea speak to Evelyn Goh, who provides a whistle-stop tour of Chinese history. They also discuss how China has been understood in the journal over time. 
    Then Krisztina interviews Rosemary Foot about the impact of history on current affairs in China, before Isabel gets Xiangfeng Yang’s perspective on US–China relations from Donald Trump to current US president Joe Biden. 
    Reflections at 100 is a mini-series accompanying the journal’s centenary Archive Collections. The collections bring together articles from our archive which speak to the past, present and future of current affairs issues. In each podcast episode we speak to contributors from the issue and explore what the research tells us about policy-making today.  
    International Affairs was started at Chatham House in 1922 to communicate research to members who could not attend in person. Over the last 100 years it has transformed into a journal that publishes academically rigorous and policy relevant research. It is published for Chatham House by Oxford University Press. Read the latest issue here.  
    Explore the Archive Collection freely until the end of June 2022, including Evelyn’s introduction:  
    100 years of China in international politics 
    Read Rosemary Foot’s article: 
    Remembering the past to secure the present: Versailles legacies in a resurgent China 
    Read Xiangfeng Yang’s article:  
    The great Chinese surprise: the rupture with the United States is real and is happening 
    Credits:  
    Speakers: Evelyn Goh, Rosemary Foot, Xiangfeng Yang 
    Hosts: Isabel Muttreja, Krisztina Csortea  
    Editor: Jamie Reed Sound Services  
    Recorded and produced by Chatham House

    • 51 min
    War in Ukraine: The world reaction - the United States

    War in Ukraine: The world reaction - the United States

    How has the relationship with the United States and Putin changed from president to president? When did the relationship sour and what, if anything, could have been done to send warning signals to Putin?
    Host: Ned Sedgwick 
    Guests: Dr Leslie Vinjamuri (Director, US and the Americas Programme Chatham House), Dr Charles Kupchan (Professor of International Affairs at Georgetown University, former Senior Advisor to President Obama) 
    This episode was produced by David Dargahi of Earshot Strategies on behalf of Chatham House.

    • 27 min
    War in Ukraine: The world reaction - Brazil and Africa

    War in Ukraine: The world reaction - Brazil and Africa

    How have Brazil and Africa reacted to the war in Ukraine? With impending elections in Brazil, how is President Bolsonaro’s relationship with Putin received by the public?  How will food insecurity affect African nations' response to the war?
    Host: Ned Sedgwick 
    Guests: Oliver Stuenkel (Associate Professor at the Getulio Vargas Foundation), Samuel Ramani (University of Oxford & Assoc Fellow at the Royal United Services Institute for Defense and Security Studies)
    This episode was produced by David Dargahi and Anouk Millet of Earshot Strategies on behalf of Chatham House.

    • 29 min
    China's economic perfect storm

    China's economic perfect storm

    The war in Ukraine and global cost-of-living crisis are exerting pressure on economies across the world. With ongoing COVID-19 lockdowns and food supply chain issues on top of this, China is facing a particularly severe challenge. 
    In this episode Ben speaks with Dr Yu Jie (Asia-Pacific Programme, Chatham House) about the economic 'perfect storm' presenting such an obstacle to President Xi Jinping's 'common prosperity' agenda. They discuss the domestic Chinese debate over the future of its economy, the implications of Russia's invasion and the likely longevity of the government's new 'comprehensive thrift strategy'. 
    Read The World Today article:
    Beijing briefing: China puts prosperity on hold
    Credits:
    Speaker: Yu Jie
    Host: Ben Horton
    Editor: Jamie Reed
    Recorded and produced by Chatham House. 

    • 26 min
    War in Ukraine: The world reaction - India and ASEAN

    War in Ukraine: The world reaction - India and ASEAN

    How has India and Southeast Asia reacted to the war in Ukraine? Are they aligning with western sanctions or strengthening ties to Russia? What do they have to gain or lose in involving themselves in the war.
    Host: Ned Sedgwick 
    Guests: Dr. Shruti Kapila (University of Cambridge), Ben Bland (Chatham House Director, Asia-Pacific Programme), Hunter Marston (Associate 9dashline)
    This episode was produced by David Dargahi and Anouk Millet of Earshot Strategies on behalf of Chatham House.

    • 26 min
    War In Ukraine: The reshaping of the NATO alliance

    War In Ukraine: The reshaping of the NATO alliance

    What was NATO’s original purpose and what is its role in the war in Ukraine? Will Finland and Sweden join NATO and what significance does this have? What is Russia’s historical relationship with NATO and how did it sour?
    Host: Ned Sedgwick 
    Clips used: BBC News
    Guests: Jamie Shea (Former NATO official, Chatham House associate fellow), Dan Sabbagh (The Guardian’s Defense and Security Editor), Renata Dwan (Chatham House Deputy Director)
    This episode was produced by David Dargahi and Anouk Millet of Earshot Strategies on behalf of Chatham House.

    • 26 min

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