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.

    Nuclear South Asia: The World’s Third Tripwire [S5, E16]

    Nuclear South Asia: The World’s Third Tripwire [S5, E16]

    In 1947, free from British control, India and Pakistan split based on religious majorities – Hindu and Muslim. Soon thereafter, the two countries went to war over control of the Jammu and Kashmir provinces. Since then, the conflict escalated into confrontations on multiple fronts, with global implications. After all, both countries are nuclear powers. What is on the horizon with shifting global alliances (think: the US and China)? After Ukraine and Taiwan, is this region the world’s third tripwire?    
    Altamar hosts Peter Schechter and Muni Jensen are joined by Shamila Chaudhary, Nonresident Senior Fellow at the South Asia Center at the Atlantic Council. Altamar’s ‘Téa’s Take’ by Téa Ivanovic examines young militants in the Kashmir region. 
     
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    • 28 min
    The End of Trade

    The End of Trade

    The term “free trade” has fallen out of favor in recent years. Trade disputes, economic uncertainty, and a growing income gap have stoked a global protectionist fire. Nationalist parties across the world have flourished on a trade-unfriendly agenda. Latin American leaders run campaigns on “renegotiating” trade agreements. The Trump Administration’s loud anti-trade agenda, which led to the US leaving the Trans-Pacific Partnership, and an average 25% tariff on goods produced in China have proven difficult to reverse. What will the world look like with an increasingly protectionist agenda? 
    Altamar hosts Peter Schechter and Muni Jensen are joined by Chad Bown, Senior Fellow at the Peterson Institute for International Economics. Altamar’s ‘Téa’s Take’ by Téa Ivanovic examines the increase in child labor around the world for the first time in 20 years.
     
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    Storm Clouds in Africa

    Storm Clouds in Africa

    By 2050, Africa’s population will double; by 2100, one of three people on the globe will be African. While it’s hard to generalize in a continent so diverse, Africa has seen a lot of progress over the past twenty years. Economic growth and manufacturing expanded. Infrastructure was built. Social services such as education and healthcare improved. Millions were pulled out of poverty in countries like Kenya and Tanzania in the East and Nigeria and Ivory Coast in the West. However, new threats such as COVID-19 and soaring food prices because of the Russia-Ukraine War could be a new tipping point for millions on the brink of extreme poverty. Millions of Africans predict that the future will be worse than the present, opening the door to instability and violence. What is the outlook for this gigantic and complex continent?
    Altamar hosts Peter Schechter and Muni Jensen are joined by Dr. Jakkie Cilliers, a well-known Africa analyst and founder of the Institute for Security Studies (ISS). Altamar’s ‘Téa’s Take’ by Téa Ivanovic examines the youth brain drain across the continent. 
    ISS recently published integrated forecasts of Africa’s development prospects and potential; found here- futures.issafrica.org.
     
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    Colombia Ousts the Center [S5, E13]

    Colombia Ousts the Center [S5, E13]

    This is the first time that the left will rule in this democracy of 50 million historically conservative people, who have now expressed a deep desire for change. Gustavo Petro, a controversial former guerrilla, congressman, and Mayor, beat a rich and eccentric populist who ran from the right. Petro promises a radical transformation of Colombia’s economic model. Can he deliver? 
    Altamar hosts Peter Schechter and Muni Jensen are joined by Miguel Silva, advisor, author, lawyer, and former Secretary-General of the Presidency in Colombia. Altamar’s ‘Téa’s Take’ by Téa Ivanovic examines the overwhelming youth support for Petro. 
     
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    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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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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