Deep Dish on Global Affairs goes beyond the headlines on critical global issues. With world news in rapid development, Deep Dish brings together experts in foreign policy, national security, economics, and whatever field is in flux during the week to talk through what's happening, why, and why it matters.
Hunger is the Deadliest Weapon of War
President Biden halted US support for the conflict in Yemen, but “resolving the world’s worst humanitarian crisis will require a larger paradigm shift in foreign policy,” former World Food Programme head Ertharin Cousin writes for Foreign Policy. She joins Deep Dish to explain why hunger must be treated as an essential element of military and foreign policy, not just as a humanitarian issue.
Will India’s Farmers Rein in Modi’s Power?
Tens of thousands of farmers have been protesting agriculture reform in India since last November, drawing global attention and celebrity support. Sumit Ganguly and Surupa Gupta join Deep Dish to explain the economic and social impact of the movement and what it might mean for Prime Minister Modi’s hold on political power.
Myanmar’s Democratic Transition is Failing. What now?
Last week’s military coup in Myanmar has undone nearly a decade of progress toward democratic reform: Nobel laureate Aung San Suu Kyi has been jailed, the public is protesting martial law across the country, and the military’s strategy to contain the situation is escalating. Christina Fink and Debra Eisenman join Deep Dish to explain Myanmar’s complicated politics and why the country’s transition toward democracy didn’t go as the West expected.
Podcast: Freedom and Race Have Shaped Our World and Will Determine Our Future
Black History Month and recent US domestic political events highlight our historical struggles over freedom and race – how they have shaped our world and why they continue to influence our lives today. Historian Tyler Stovall joins Deep Dish to explain why our understanding of freedom has been fundamentally grounded in race and how understanding our past can give us the tools to move forward.
Do the Navalny Protests Signal Change in Putin’s Russia?
Last weekend, more than 40,000 Russians in 100 cities marched to protest opposition leader Alexei Navalny’s arrest and signal a new era in Russian politics. The New Yorker’s Joshua Yaffa joins Deep Dish to explain why Russians both resent and rely on the state, and what that means for Russia – and President Putin’s – future.
Russian Hack on US Requires Global Action
Russia’s massive cyber attack on SolarWinds put some 250 US government agencies, security firms, and companies in jeopardy and exposed the sophisticated nature of today’s targeted hacks. Cyber risk expert Jody Westby joins Deep Dish to examine how the United States—and the world—can deter future attacks and prevent cyber escalation.
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Brian is a terrific interviewer, and the Chicago Council does a great job producing. The interviews are lively and the content is always accessible. Great for foreign policy wonks and generalists alike.
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Whether you’re already deep into your journey of understanding the forces shaping our global power dynamics and economy, or just getting started learning what’s at play behind the scenes - this is a must-listen podcast for you! Brian does an incredible job leading conversations that pull back the veil on factors influencing global dominance in our modern world (and makes the concepts accessible to everyone!). Highly recommend listening and subscribing!
Koch Funded...Just be Aware
I approach anything funded by the Koch Institute with a healthy dose of skepticism, and I’d argue that it’s well earned given the very long and controversial track record that the Kochs have.
The Chicago Council on Foreign Relations is certainly an academic body, but the Koch Institute funds it, in their words, to push a “Realism and Restraint” foreign policy. Now, that sounds like something reasonable, but it is absolutely a right/libertarian leaning foreign policy strategy designed in part to benefit the interests of large multinational corporations, like Koch Industries.
You should still view this content objectively, but know where the money for this think tank is coming from and you may choose not to take all foreign policy positions presented on this podcast, or any other, at face value, even if they do sound very reasonable...and restrained. Personally, I’ll be interested in if the Chicago Council on Foreign Relations starts to sound more and more like the Quincy Institute for Responsible Statecraft (A very reasonable and responsible sounding name...entirely funded by the Koch Institute to promote their agenda). Just be aware.