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Hosted by Dan Runde, William A. Schreyer Chair and Director, Project on Prosperity and Development, Building the Future explores topics at the intersection of global development, foreign policy, and national security. In each episode, Dan sits down for a discussion with a leading expert from government, the private sector, and international organizations to discuss the challenges and opportunities facing the world today.

Building the Future: Freedom, Prosperity, and Foreign Policy with Dan Runde Center for Strategic and International Studies

    • Government
    • 4.3, 12 Ratings

Hosted by Dan Runde, William A. Schreyer Chair and Director, Project on Prosperity and Development, Building the Future explores topics at the intersection of global development, foreign policy, and national security. In each episode, Dan sits down for a discussion with a leading expert from government, the private sector, and international organizations to discuss the challenges and opportunities facing the world today.

    U.S. Foreign Policy: The Case of Mexico

    U.S. Foreign Policy: The Case of Mexico

    In this episode, Dan Runde speaks with Ambassador Bárcena, the first female Ambassador from Mexico to the United States. Their discussion touches upon President AMLO’s response to Covid-19, the future of Mexico – U.S. trade relations, and the significance of Mexico’s recently announced feminist foreign policy.

    • 23 min
    Globalization: The Conservative Case for Participation in Multilateral Institutions

    Globalization: The Conservative Case for Participation in Multilateral Institutions

    In this episode, Dan Runde speaks with Dalibor Rohac, resident scholar at the American Enterprise Institute and author of the new book, In Defense of Globalism. During their conversation, Mr. Rohac repudiates the recent push for isolationism in the name of national sovereignty and instead makes the case for maintaining and improving the multilateral system. The duo discuss how global institutions such as the WTO, UN, and WHO act as force multipliers of a Western system of globalization that prioritizes peace, prosperity, and progress. Also discussed is the threat to the U.S. and other countries presented by China’s rising interest in multilateral institutions, especially given U.S. reluctance to lead in these institutions.

    • 27 min
    Middle Class People Change the World

    Middle Class People Change the World

    In this episode, Dan Runde speaks to Jene Thomas, Mission Director for USAID Peru, about the strength of the middle class when it comes to economic growth, the conservation of the Amazon, and the U.S. government counternarcotics strategy in Peru.

    • 26 min
    Fighting for Free & Fair Press

    Fighting for Free & Fair Press

    In this episode of Building the Future, Dan Runde hosts Jamie Fly (President, Radio Free Europe) to discuss Radio Free Europe’s work providing free and independent media in countries where a free press is banned by the government or not fully established. Jamie talks about overcoming interference by governments that seek to prevent the delivery of news, as well as addressing technological barriers to reaching rural areas. Dan and Jamie also discuss covering Covid-19 in Iran, troll farm attacks on journalists, and the weaponization of “fake news.” 

    • 25 min
    Covid-19: How Is This All Going to End?

    Covid-19: How Is This All Going to End?

    In this episode of Building the Future, Dan speaks with Andrew Natsios, former USAID administrator and current director of the Scowcroft Institute of International Affairs at the Bush School of Government and Public Service at Texas A&M University. During the conversation, Andrew talks about his past experiences confronting epidemics while at USAID, and highlights the work currently being done at the Bush School’s Pandemic and Biosecurity Policy program. Dan and Andrew explore the political and economic realities of the Covid-19 pandemic, and the duo touch on issues related to the role of the Chinese government during the outbreak and the operational capacity of the WHO. Andrew also analyzes how Covid-19 is going to bring about economic and social change to our society, including worldwide consumer behavior. Please listen to the full podcast to learn more about what the future holds for Covid-19 in the United States and the developing world.

    • 42 min
    A New Atlantic Charter for the Post-Coronavirus Era

    A New Atlantic Charter for the Post-Coronavirus Era

    In this episode of Building the Future, Dan Runde talks to Richard Fontaine (President/CEO for the Center for New American Security) about the need to create a new Atlantic charter for the post-coronavirus era. Richard talks about the importance of globalization in a post-pandemic world and utilizing this unique moment of global collaboration as an opportunity to envision the future for the world, the U.S., and its allies. Dan and Richard also discuss keeping democracies free from foreign influence, competing in an era of strategic competition, and the importance of continued U.S. leadership in multilateral institutions. To read more about this topic, you can find Richard's article, "We Need an Atlantic Charter for the Post-coronavirus Era," here.

    • 35 min

Customer Reviews

4.3 out of 5
12 Ratings

12 Ratings

Ccatarinasantos ,

Great Podcast!

A very insightful and entertaining series of podcasts! It's a must for everyone interested in foreign affairs.

mohamed alsafi18 ,

Great speakers VERY BAD host

The host has to ask and shut up

snc009 ,

Good content, but stop talking over guests

The content and guests are fantastic, but the presenter often talks over guests (often women), which is really uncomfortable and makes the podcast painful to listen to.

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