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Providence is a journal of Christianity and American foreign policy equipping the American mind to engage the real world.

    Episode #50: Hong Kong’s Democracy Faces Its “Worst-Case Scenario” (Olivia Enos)

    Episode #50: Hong Kong’s Democracy Faces Its “Worst-Case Scenario” (Olivia Enos)

    This week the Chinese Communist Party approved a decision to “establish and enhance the legal framework and enforcement mechanisms for national security” in Hong Kong. In response, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo certified that Hong Kong is no longer autonomous from China so no longer warrants special treatment from the US. Olivia Enos, a senior policy analyst at the Heritage Foundation’s Asian Studies Center, spoke with Mark Melton about what this development means for Hong Kong’s democracy. She also analyzes how this will affect US-China relations, what Hong Kongers will likely do next, what this means for Taiwan, how the US should respond, and more. She also explains why she and others have called this predicament Hong Kong’s “worst case scenario.”

    • 22 min
    Episode # 49: When Religion and Populism Mix (Tobias Cremer)

    Episode # 49: When Religion and Populism Mix (Tobias Cremer)

    Tobias Cremer, a PhD candidate at the University of Cambridge, speaks with Mark Melton about the role religion plays in populist movements in Germany, France, and the United States. They discuss how populists on the streets of Dresden carried oversized crosses, but when asked the vast majority of protestors self-identified as agnostic or atheist. Instead of believing in the basic Christian tenets as American evangelicals would understand them, most European populists cling to a cultural Christian identity without believing the theology. According to Cremer’s research based on numerous interviews, the populists claim they and their society are Christian because they have a church in their town instead of a mosque, not because they attend church; they are Christian because they are not Muslim. In contrast, he found most Christians in Germany and France who practice the faith regularly shun the populist parties, and attending church was a strong indicator against supporting parties like the Alternative für Deutschland (Alternative for Germany, or AFD) or Rassemblement national (National Rally, formally known as the National Front). Cremer and Melton further discuss how evangelicals’ support for Donald Trump is different, how the two-party system in the United States creates a different outcome when religion and populism mix, what happens to believing Christians in European populist movements, why and how those European movements support Israel and left-wing causes, how the movements react to Islam, and why American and European churches are different.

    • 1 hr 9 min
    Episode #48: Religious Persecution against Christians Globally (David Curry)

    Episode #48: Religious Persecution against Christians Globally (David Curry)

    Earlier this year David Curry, CEO and president of Open Doors USA, spoke about persecution against Christians globally and his organization's annual report, the World Watch List. For more information about the report, visit https://www.opendoorsusa.org/christian-persecution/world-watch-list/

    And for more information about Providence, please visit https://providencemag.com/

    • 35 min
    Episode #47: The Resurgence of Nationalism (Rich Lowry)

    Episode #47: The Resurgence of Nationalism (Rich Lowry)

    Assistant Editor Grayson Logue interviews Rich Lowry, Editor in Chief of National Review and author of "The Case for Nationalism." They discuss the history of nationalism and its resurgence in the modern-day as well as President Trump's strike against Iran.

    • 38 min
    Episode #46: On the Scene in Hong Kong (Travis Wussow)

    Episode #46: On the Scene in Hong Kong (Travis Wussow)

    Managing Editor Drew Griffin interviews Travis Wussow (VP of the Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission) from the front lines of the democracy protests in Hong Kong. They discuss the stand-off at Polytechnic University and role of Christians amidst the political chaos in China.

    • 34 min
    Episode #45: China and the Great Network Power (Emily de La Bruyere & Nate Picarsic)

    Episode #45: China and the Great Network Power (Emily de La Bruyere & Nate Picarsic)

    Managing Editor Drew Griffin interviews Emily de La Bruyere and Nate Picarsic, Founders of Radar Lock Research, as they discuss their recent article on the growing threat of Chinese power and the strategy behind China’s economic and political drive for cultural influence.

    • 39 min

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