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.
We’re Leaving Afghanistan. Now What?
Afghan President Ashraf Ghani called the United States' decision to leave Afghanistan by September 11 a “moment of both opportunity and risk” this week. The University of Texas at Austin’s Aaron O’Connell and the International Crisis Group’s Andrew Watkins join guest host Elizabeth Shackelford on Deep Dish to examine whether the United States can withdraw without undermining regional stability.
Preventing the Next Pandemic
Vice President Kamala Harris urged world leaders at the United Nations this week to begin preparing for the next pandemic, even as COVID-19 case numbers continue to rise in some parts of the world. Abbott’s Gavin Cloherty and the Cary Institute’s Barbara Han join Deep Dish to explain their strategies for tracking infections and why collaboration is the key to preventing future outbreaks.
Will Brexit Undermine Peace in Northern Ireland?
Twenty-three years after the Good Friday Accords, sectarian violence in Northern Ireland is once again making headlines. The European University Institute’s Brigid Laffan and POLITICO Europe’s Shawn Pogatchnik join Deep Dish to explain why the trade fallout from Brexit could destroy the fragile peace.
What Somalia's Election Failure Means for Regional Stability
After failing to hold elections in February, Somalia’s President Mohamed Abdullahi Farmajo passed legislation this week to extend his power for at least two more years, prompting global concern. Somali academic Abdi Aynte and former US diplomat Elizabeth Shackelford join Deep Dish to unpack the players in Somalia’s politics and what role the international community should — or shouldn’t— have in its future.
Bolsonaro's Battle for Power
Brazil’s daily COVID-19 deaths passed 4,000 for first time this week, while President Jair Bolsonaro focused on firing his defense minister; reshuffling congress to ward off impeachment; and replacing the top commanders of the army, navy, and air force. Oliver Stuenkel and Sarah Maslin join Deep Dish to examine whether the pandemic could cost Bolsonaro the 2022 presidential election—or if he will find another way to hold onto power.
Big Boats and Broken Supply Chains
For six days, a ship as tall as the Empire State Building, the Ever Given, was lodged in the Suez Canal – launching memes and delaying 10 percent of global trade. Flexport’s Phil Levy and the Financial Times’ Claire Jones join Deep Dish to discuss if crises like this and COVID-19 show it’s time to rethink global supply chains.
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.
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 Cato Institute or 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.
Empowering, insightful and actionable! 🙌
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!