100 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.

    Americas in Disarray [S5, E12]

    Americas in Disarray [S5, E12]

    This Summit of the Americas only served to underscore the fractures on the continent. Instead of resetting its relations with Latin American countries, the US seemed further apart than ever from the continent.  The hotly debated RSVP list left out some major players, such as Mexico’s President Lopez Obrador. With countries facing such different internal and external challenges, what is next for the hemisphere? 
    Altamar hosts Peter Schechter and Muni Jensen are joined by Luis Alberto Moreno, former President of the Interamerican Development Bank and the author of recent book Vamos. Altamar’s ‘Téa’s Take’ by Téa Ivanovic reminds us that on social issues such as abortion rights and legalization of marijuana, Latin America is far more progressive than today’s political debate in the United States.  
     
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    The Globalization of Food Insecurity [S5, E11]

    The Globalization of Food Insecurity [S5, E11]

    Global food insecurity was already an issue. Years of heightened climate change cut global production by about 20%. Then, a war happened. Russia and Ukraine together normally account for almost a third of the global production of wheat and are the main providers of barley, sunflowers, and maize. Human Rights Watch has warned that many countries have seen disruptions in their imports of wheat, but also fertilizer, vegetable oils, and other key commodities. Let’s add to that the rising cost of fuel to transport the food. According to the World Food Program, as a result of the expounding crises, global hunger may increase to up to 20%. 
    Altamar hosts Peter Schechter and Muni Jensen are joined Jack Nicas, the Brazil bureau chief for The New York Times. Altamar’s ‘Téa’s Take’ by Téa Ivanovic delves into Russia’s invasion of Ukraine exacerbating food shortages. 
     
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    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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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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