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World Review is the global affairs podcast from the New Statesman, hosted by Jeremy Cliffe in Berlin and Emily Tamkin in Washington D.C.

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World Review is the global affairs podcast from the New Statesman, hosted by Jeremy Cliffe in Berlin and Emily Tamkin in Washington D.C.

    Kyle Rittenhouse, Europe’s anti-lockdown protests and the disappearance of Peng Shuai

    Kyle Rittenhouse, Europe’s anti-lockdown protests and the disappearance of Peng Shuai

    Kyle Rittenhouse has been acquitted after fatally shooting two men and wounding another during a Black Lives Matter protest in Kenosha, Wisconsin last year. Megan Gibson in London and Ido Vock in Berlin are joined by Sarah Manavis in London to discuss what the case means for questions of racial justice and for firearms rights.
     
    Meanwhile, new restrictions to curb surging Covid-19 cases across Europe have led to violent protests. With Austria making vaccinations mandatory and other EU countries set to follow suit, the team examine what might be in store for Europe this winter.
     
    Then in You Ask Us, a listener asks if China underestimated the reaction to Peng Shuai's disappearance.


    If you have a You Ask Us question for the international team, email podcasts@newstatesman.co.uk
     
    Jeremy Cliffe on the fourth Covid wave crashing over Europe
     
    Sarah Manavis on the disappearance of Peng Shuai


    Jessie Lau on why tennis star Peng Shuai’s #MeToo allegation is such a threat to China’s leaders


    Louise Perry on why the Kyle Rittenhouse case shows terrible things happen when the state is absent 
     
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    • 28 min
    Europe needs to be tougher on Belarus | Svetlana Tikhanovskaya

    Europe needs to be tougher on Belarus | Svetlana Tikhanovskaya

    Europe Correspondent Ido Vock speaks to Belarus opposition leader and democracy activist Svetlana Tikhanovskaya in an exclusive interview for World Review.
     
    They discuss the migrant crisis on EU’s border, why the EU needs to impose tougher sanctions on Lukashenko and how she manages to keep in touch with Belarusians from exile in Lithuania.
     
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    Further reading:


    Dispatch: Migrants freeze as Belarus pursues its cold war with the EU


    Autocrats around the world are watching to see how the West responds to Belarus’s air piracy
     
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    The Paris terror trial, the fallout from Cop26 and Russian troops on the Ukrainian border

    The Paris terror trial, the fallout from Cop26 and Russian troops on the Ukrainian border

    Six years after terror attacks killed 130 people and injured more than 400 across Paris, the biggest criminal trial in French history is under way. The nine-month trial is being welcomed as a truth commission: a forum to address personal and national trauma, as well as the socio-political context of the attacks.
     
    Emily Tamkin in Washington, DC, Megan Gibson in London, and Philippa Nuttall in Brussels ask how the trial is shaping the French national psyche.


    Meanwhile, a “disappointing” deal has been struck at the Cop26 climate summit. It has been denounced by some as a “monumental failure”, with developed nations blaming India and China for weakening more ambitious pledges on coal. The team discuss the future of Cop and our collective responsibility to meet targets.
     
    Then in You Ask Us, a listener asks what Russia wants in Ukraine.


    If you have a question on any topic of world news for our international team that you would like answered in You Ask Us, email podcasts@newstatesman.co.uk.
     
    Further reading:
     
    Katherine Cowles on how the memory of the Paris attacks is shaping France’s national psyche.
     
    Philippa Nuttall on the good, the bad and the ugly: what did Cop26 achieve?
     
    Paul Mason writes how the West must confront Russia and Belarus to avert catastrophe.
     
    Ido Vock on Russia’s military build-up on the border with Ukraine is testing the West’s resolve.
     
    Emily Tamkin with Fiona Hill: “US democracy is on a precipice right now.”
     
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    Samir Saran on India-US relations

    Samir Saran on India-US relations

    Emily Tamkin in Washington, DC interviews Samir Saran, the president of the Observer Research Foundation, an Indian think tank based in New Delhi.
     
    They discuss India-US relations, how Washington wants closer ties with New Delhi and whether that enthusiasm is matched on the Indian side.
     
    If you have a You Ask Us question for the international team, email podcasts@newstatesman.co.uk
     
    Further reading:
     
    Samir Saran on India-US relations
    Narendra Modi will talk up India’s green energy at Cop26, but how far will he go in ending fossil fuels?
     
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    Political crisis in Bosnia, Joe Biden’s presidency and the French election debate

    Political crisis in Bosnia, Joe Biden’s presidency and the French election debate

    Bosnia and Herzegovina is facing a political crisis that some fear could lead to conflict. The Bosnian-Serb member of the country’s tripartite presidency Milorad Dodik has announced that Republika Srpska will withdraw from the military and other shared state institutions, which many see as a prelude to secession and a merger with Serbia.
     
    Jeremy Cliffe and Ido Vock in Berlin are joined by Emily Tamkin in Washington, DC to discuss whether this concerning situation is symptomatic of the West’s reluctance to intervene in central and eastern Europe more generally.
     
    Meanwhile in the US, will the passing of Joe Biden’s infrastructure bill – claimed to be a “monumental step forward” – be enough to shake electoral defeats and a polling slump?


    Then in You Ask Us, a listener asks what is the current state of the French centre-right?
     
    If you have a question on any topic of world news for our international team that you would like answered in You Ask Us, email podcasts@newstatesman.co.uk.


    Further reading


    Emily Tamkin on Joe Biden and the spectre of Donald Trump.
     
    Jeremy Cliffe on whether Bosnia could be the next victim of the West’s weakness and polarisation.
     
    Ido Vock on the failure of centre-right candidates to find their voice in the French election debate.
     
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    • 29 min
    The threat to Democracies: Hong Kong exile Nathan Law

    The threat to Democracies: Hong Kong exile Nathan Law

    Megan Gibson interviews Hong Kong democracy activist Nathan Law.


    They discuss his new book, Freedom: How We Lose It and How We Fight Back.


    They talk about the speed of the impact of Hong Kong’s National Security Law, how safe and stable western democracies really are and whether he could ever return to Hong Kong.


    If you have a You Ask Us question for the international team, email podcasts@newstatesman.co.uk


    Further Reading:


    Nathan Law: From Poland to the UK, “freedom is under threat”
    One year on from China’s national security crackdown, Hong Kong is a changed place
    Radosław Sikorski: “Poland is on the path of Hungary and Russia”
     
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    • 19 min

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