Journalists, policymakers, diplomats and scholars discuss under-reported news, trends and topics from around the world.
Named by The Guardian as “One of 27 Podcasts to Make You Smarter” Global Dispatches is podcast about foreign policy and world affairs.
Can Congress Reign in the Forever Wars With the National Security Powers Act | Senator Chris Murphy
Senator Chris Murphy wants to radically reign in the President's ability to use military force abroad. Along with Bernie Sanders and Republican Mike Lee, is a co-sponsor of the new National Security Powers Act.
This legislation would give Congress far more say in matters of war and peace than it currently enjoys. Senator Chris Murphy is on the podcast today to describe the problem he sees this legislation as helping to solve and explain why Congress needs more power in foreign policy decision making.
Andrew Mack, Founder of the Human Security Report
Andrew Mack was truly one of the most interesting people I have ever interviewed. He famously coined the term "asymmetric warfare." He also conducted vital research as the head of former UN Secretary General Kofi Annan's new Unit for Strategic Planning, uncovering counterintuitive facts about the incidence and nature of conflicts during the 1990s.
His findings helped highlight that, despite its many faults and failing, including in Rwanda and Somalia, the UN was nonetheless playing an essential role on the world stage in maintaining peace. He continued to make similar arguments in his Human Security Report, published every couple of years.
Mack also delved into past careers, from his time in the Air Force, to living in the Antarctic, to working as a diamond prospector in Sierra Leone.
Kashmir is on the Brink | Red Flags or Resilience? Series
In March 2020, when countries around the world started imposing COVID-19 lockdowns Kashmir was just emerging from a lockdown of its own. Several months prior, in August 2019 the government of India revoked the special status that Kashmir had enjoyed since the partition of India in 1947. This sparked mass protests, violence and a heavy handed government response -- including curfews and an internet shutdown.
Journalist Adnan Bhat explains how the COVID crisis is pushing Kashmir to the brink
Femicide in Mexico is on the Rise | Red Flags or Resistance?
Unique among countries in the world, Mexico considers Femicide as a crime distinct from homicide. This is the crime of murdering a woman or girl on account of her gender.
Since the outbreak of COVID-19, the documented numbers of Femicide in parts of Mexico have skyrocketed. This includes the outskirts of Mexico city known as The Periphery.
Caroline Tracey, has reported on the increased frequency of femicide and actions that local groups are taking to fight back against this trend.
Chris Blattman, Development Economist
What happens if extremely poor people in the developing world are given regular cash transfers, no (or few) strings attached? That's what economist Chris Blattman set out to discover. His pioneering research into cash transfers has helped to revolutionize how global development organizations intervene to fight extreme poverty.
Plus, Blattman discusses some of his other crucial findings, including the surprising discoveries he made while conducting PhD research on returning child soldiers.
Liz Sly, Washington Post Reporter
Liz Sly is the Beirut Bureau Chief for the Washington Post. She is a veteran reporter who has covered some of the biggest global stories of the last 30 years, from the war in Kosovo to the war in Syria.
Here, she looks back at some of the events that marked her career. From moments of great optimism, like the end of apartheid in South Africa and the election of Nelson Mandela, to moments of despair, like the genocide in Rwanda, a counterpoint to the general sense in the 1990s that things would turn out alright.
Plus, how did the Gulf War change the relationship between print journalists and their audience? And how did Sly see the writing on the wall before the invasion of Iraq? Find out in this compelling look at a fascinating career.
I was looking for a podcast to keep me more informed with what goes on in the world. I came across this one and I’m happy to have found it! Great topics being discussed and it’s very non-biased and great host!!
Exceptional International News Podcast
UN Dispatches is the type of in-depth, beyond the headlines analysis of international news unavailable anywhere else in the podcasting universe. The breadth of topics is so refreshing compared to the same stories that get reported ad nauseam in the biggest news outlets. You will not find this depth of coverage anywhere else - including first hand accounts and reporting from experts worldwide. UN Dispatches breaks down the kind of stories I wish there were more of in the world. Topics are focused upon, amplified and explored in a way that gives the listener new perspectives and can even make you rethink longstanding beliefs. For current events paired with the background, history, prominent players and outlook for the future you cannot find anywhere else, this podcast is a must listen.
Great insight and interesting, relevant topics
Just finished the episode an Update from Brazil and as always it provided insightful commentary and the topic was timely and interesting. Great pod though maybe slightly specialized.