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Journalists, policymakers, diplomats and scholars discuss under-reported news, trends and topics from around the world.

Named by The Guardian as “One of 27 Podcasts to Make You Smarter” Global Dispatches is podcast about foreign policy and world affairs.

Global Dispatches -- World News That Matter‪s‬ Mark Leon Goldberg

    • News Commentary
    • 4.8 • 230 Ratings

Journalists, policymakers, diplomats and scholars discuss under-reported news, trends and topics from around the world.

Named by The Guardian as “One of 27 Podcasts to Make You Smarter” Global Dispatches is podcast about foreign policy and world affairs.

    The Coup in Myanmar, Explained

    The Coup in Myanmar, Explained

    On February 1st, the Burmese military mounted a coup, deposing and detaining the civilian leadership of the country.

    This coup is a major setback for Myanmar's transition to democracy and a key foreign policy challenge for the new Biden administration. 

    Why was there a coup in Myanmar and what happens next? 

    Guest:  John Sifton, Asia Advocacy Director Human Rights Watch.

    Premium Subscription: https://www.patreon.com/GlobalDispatches 

    • 28 min
    An Historic Moment in the Fight Against COVID Shows Why Cold Chains Are Key to Global Health and Development

    An Historic Moment in the Fight Against COVID Shows Why Cold Chains Are Key to Global Health and Development

    On February 24 the very first shipments of a COVID-19 vaccine from COVAX arrived in Ghana. COVAX is the international cooperative effort around the development and distribution safe and effective COVID-19 vaccines. Ghana became the first country to receive COVID-19 vaccines through COVAX when 600,000 doses landed at the airport in Accra. 

    On hand to receive these doses was an old friend of mine, Owusu Akoto. He is the founder and CEO of a Ghanian cold chain logistics company called Freezelink. 

    • 30 min
    The Crisis in Yemen is Entering a Dangerous New Phase

    The Crisis in Yemen is Entering a Dangerous New Phase

    The conflict in Yemen is entering a new phase. The Houthi rebel group that controls much of the country is launching a new offensive in an oil rich region of the country. Meanwhile, the Biden administration has breathed new life into international diplomatic efforts to end the war by ending US support to the Saudi Arabia lead military campaign. 

    Guest: Gregory D. Johnsen, Brookings Institute and former member of the UN Security Council's Panel of Experts on  Yemen.

    • 32 min
    Why Countries Just Can't Quit Coal? New Research Offers Some Clues

    Why Countries Just Can't Quit Coal? New Research Offers Some Clues

    We know that countries around the world sometimes favor coal because it is cheaper. But new research from my guest today Jan Steckel aims to pinpoint some of the political forces that drive investment in coal. 

    Steckel along with his research collaborator Michael Jacob are coordinating a series of global case studies to understand the non-economic factors associated with investment in coal-fired power.

    • 28 min
    Will Biden Pull US Troops From Afghanistan?

    Will Biden Pull US Troops From Afghanistan?

    President Biden must soon make a key decision about American troop levels in Afghanistan. There are currently about 2,500 American troops in Afghanistan, but under a deal negotiated last year between the US and the Taliban all American troops would be withdrawn from Afghanistan by May 2021. 

    Guest: Jessica Donati of the Wall Street Journal, author of Eagle Down: The Last Special Forces Fighting the Forever War.    

    • 21 min
    An Opportunity for Climate Diplomacy Opens for the Biden-Harris Administration

    An Opportunity for Climate Diplomacy Opens for the Biden-Harris Administration

    2021 will be a consequential year for multilateral diplomacy on climate change. The geo-politics of this moment in climate diplomacy are complex and the new administration must skillfully navigate a path forward in order to make good on its promise to treat climate change like the priority it is. 

    Guest: Rachel Kyte, Dean of the Fletcher School at Tufts University. 

    • 28 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
230 Ratings

230 Ratings

BSwats ,

Love this podcast

Neutral, informative, well researched and touches subjects and issues that other media outlets don’t. Atleast not in such detail. Well done Guys.

Conner.P ,

The best

Incredibly informing and non-biased global information presented in a clear and direct manner. This podcast is highly recommended for all who seek a more global-minded perspective. The author also listens and responds to requests and feedback from the listeners.

franieboots ,

Fast information for slow subjects

This podcast in an excellent way to stay current on numerous subjects related to foreign policy. Mark interviews relevant and articulate people working in the guts of the given topic, producing a mid range discussion that is approachable and moderately challenging in its detail level. The information has a long shelf life. If shows like Democracy Now! or a more mainstream news is like a sugary drink, Global Dispatches is a low-glycemic nutritious conversation chalk full of fiber. It nurtures the intellect without playing to basic emotions as “infotainment”. In a world of deafening screams and nonsensical polemicists and op ed journalism, it is among my most trusted foreign policy / news podcasts.

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