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.
Domestic Terrorism and the Aftermath of War
2020 marked the most significant increase in US domestic terrorism in a quarter-century, data from the Center for Strategic and International Studies reveals. The University of Chicago’s Kathleen Belew and Robert Pape join Deep Dish to explain the trends they believe are driving the uptick and the role war and conflict play in shaping these groups.
The Debate on US Taiwan Policy (Rebroadcast)
For decades, American foreign policy on Taiwan has been rooted in strategic ambiguity, but after China’s President Xi Jinping’s call for “reunification” with Taiwan and record military presence near the island, is it time to rethink this approach? Rand Corporation’s Michael Mazarr and the Commander Michele Lowe join Deep Dish to explore the options in a constructive debate on the benefits—and costs—of a shift in policy.
What Do Americans Want from Biden’s Foreign Policy?
The 2021 Chicago Council Survey shows Americans are on board with the majority of the Biden administration’s foreign policy agenda, which is focused on decisions that benefit everyday Americans. Council President Ivo Daalder and the AEI’s Kori Schake join Deep Dish to explain what Americans think of a "Foreign Policy for the Middle Class” and why the administration should reassess some assumptions.
Explore the data here: https://chicouncil.org/2021-Chicago-Council-Survey
Will German Elections Set a New Direction after Merkel?
German voters prioritized stability in the first post-Merkel election—voting for the party who most emulated the former chancellor’s approach to government, the Social Democrats (SPD), instead of Merkel’s Christian Democratic Union (CDU). What does the narrow SPD victory tell us about the German political landscape and important Western trends like populism? Ulrike Franke and Sheri Berman join Deep Dish to explain how potential coalition governments could shape German foreign policy.
What Trudeau's Win Means for Canadian Foreign Policy
Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau gambled on a snap election that left him in power, but without a majority in Parliament. With an election behind him, can he make progress on the critical foreign policy issues his government must tackle—from COVID-19 to multilateral engagement—during his third term? Canadian political scientists Roland Paris and Jennifer Welsh join Deep Dish to explain why it’s time for a reset on Canadian foreign policy.
Renewing American Diplomacy
Years of underinvestment, politicization, and data on looming retention problems raise urgent questions about the need for change in the United States Department of State. Ambassador Marcie Ries and Charles B. Rangel International Affairs Fellow Constanza Castro Zúñiga join Deep Dish to explain why diplomacy is still critical for American foreign policy and offer solutions to reimagine the diplomatic service for a new generation.
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.
Sometimes fine when it’s a conversation with real people. Episode with Think tankers and academics live in their bubble and are not worth listening to yet are the majority. Same sensationalists that feed cable news get a voice here and that is unfortunate. I am no longer a listener.
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.