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.
How Transforming Food Systems Can Inspire Action on Climate Change | Taped Live in Partnership with CGIAR
This episode was recorded live in front of a virtual audience in advance of a key meeting at the United Nations known as the Food Systems Summit.
This episode is produced in partnership with CGIAR, the world's largest agricultural innovation network and features a panel discussion examining the links between food systems and action needed to confront climate change.
Dennis Ross, Middle East Peacemaker
Dennis Ross is a longtime diplomat who helped broker some of the most lasting peace agreements in the Arab-Israeli dispute, including the Oslo Accords between the PLO and the Israeli government. Ross discusses the highs and lows of the negotiations, from Rabin's election to the moment he knew the deal at Camp David was dead.
In this episode, he also discusses how he became a diplomat and how, as a young political organizer, his worldview was forever shaped and inspired by witnessing the assassination of his political hero Robert Kennedy.
Angela Merkel's Legacy in International Affairs and Foreign Policy
Angela Merkel steps down this month after having served as chancellor of Germany since 2005. Her time in office coincided with a number of major world events, from the Global Financial Crisis, to Crimea, COVID, Trump, Brexit and more.
On the line with me to discuss Angela Merkel's 16 years as Chancellor of Germany is Constanze Stelzenmüller, the Fritz Stern Chair on Germany and Transatlantic Relations at the Brookings Institution.
What Happened at the United Nations on September 11, 2001
Stephane Dujarric is a long serving United Nations spokesperson who on September 11th, 2001 was at his office at the United Nations when planes struck the World Trade Center.
He offers a grounds-eye view of what it was like to be at the United Nations that day, and as a long serving senior UN spokesperson he is able to give some perspective on how those attacks forever changed the United Nations.
Graham Allison, IR Legend
If you have ever studied in the field of international relations, then you have certainly encountered Allison's groundbreaking study of the Cuban Missile Crisis, called "The Essence of Decisions." It shattered longstanding assumptions around the idea of the "rational actor."
In this episode, Allison discusses his latest book predicting conflict between the United States and China. How inevitable is war between the two countries? To answer this question, the founding dean of Harvard's Kennedy School revisits Thucydides’s Trap, as well as research he conducted investigating over 500 years of history.
What's Next For the United Nations in Afghanistan? | Mark Malloch Brown
As Afghanistan enters an uncertain future, the United Nations has promised to "stay and deliver." The country's humanitarian emergency is getting more acute by the day, taxing UN agencies like the World Food Program. Meanwhile, the Security Council's role in managing the political transition in Afghanistan is unclear, and many of the Taliban's senior leadership are still under UN sanction
Mark Malloch Brown is the President of the Open Society Foundations and a former Deputy UN Secretary General.
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Exceptional International News Podcast
UN Dispatches is the type of in-depth, beyond the headlines analysis of international news unavailable anywhere else in the podcasting universe. The breadth of topics is so refreshing compared to the same stories that get reported ad nauseam in the biggest news outlets. You will not find this depth of coverage anywhere else - including first hand accounts and reporting from experts worldwide. UN Dispatches breaks down the kind of stories I wish there were more of in the world. Topics are focused upon, amplified and explored in a way that gives the listener new perspectives and can even make you rethink longstanding beliefs. For current events paired with the background, history, prominent players and outlook for the future you cannot find anywhere else, this podcast is a must listen.