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The longest running independent international affairs podcast features in-depth interviews with policymakers, journalists and experts around the world who discuss global news, international relations, global development and key trends driving world affairs.

Named by The Guardian as "a podcast to make you smarter," Global Dispatches is a podcast for people who crave a deeper understanding of international news.

Global Dispatches -- World News That Matters Mark Leon Goldberg

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The longest running independent international affairs podcast features in-depth interviews with policymakers, journalists and experts around the world who discuss global news, international relations, global development and key trends driving world affairs.

Named by The Guardian as "a podcast to make you smarter," Global Dispatches is a podcast for people who crave a deeper understanding of international news.

Listen on Apple Podcasts
Requires subscription and macOS 11.4 or higher

    Why Did Saudi Arabia Purchase Newcastle United?

    Why Did Saudi Arabia Purchase Newcastle United?

    In early October, a group lead by the investment arm of the sovereign wealth fund of Saudi Arabia purchased Newcastle United, the English Premier League soccer team. 

    The purchase caused a great deal of speculation that it was motivated by a desire to burnish the image of the Saudi ruler. 

    On the line with me to explain the significance of Saudi Arabia's purchase of Newscastle United is Alex Ward, national security reporter at Politico and anchor of the National Security Daily newsletter.

    • 20 min
    Kenna, Musician and Social Entrepreneur

    Kenna, Musician and Social Entrepreneur

    Kenna Zemedkun is a Grammy-nominated musician who has pioneered a new kind of social entrepreneurship around the music industry, becoming the first "one-to-one music artist." In this interview, he speaks about the influence of his father, who almost died of water-borne illnesses as a child in Ethiopia, on his philanthropy, his parents' difficult but successful journey to the United States, and how he decided to pursue social change when the pursuit of fame and fortune left him empty. Finally, he describes the unlikely reason he came to be featured so prominently in the 2005 Malcolm Gladwell book "Blink."

    Humanity Gets A Malaria Vaccine!

    Humanity Gets A Malaria Vaccine!

    On October 6, the World Health Organization endorsed a malaria vaccine for the first time ever. After years of testing, the vaccine was shown to be safe and effective at preventing the deaths of thousands of children in Sub-Saharan Africa.

    The WHO's backing of this Malaria vaccine is both a breakthrough in scientific research and an important moment in human history.

    Margaret McDonnell, executive director of Nothing But Nets at the UN Foundation, explains why this new malaria vaccine is so promising

    • 22 min
    The Civil War in Ethiopia is Getting Worse

    The Civil War in Ethiopia is Getting Worse

    The government of Ethiopia has expelled seven top UN officials from the country. This move comes as the federal government launches a new military offensive against the TPLF -- the Tigray People's Liberation Front. 

    William Davison of the International Crisis Group explains how the civil war in Ethiopia has evolved in recent weeks and describes the ongoing calamitous humanitarian impact of the conflict in Ethiopia. 

    • 31 min
    Senator George Mitchell, Northern Ireland's Peacemaker

    Senator George Mitchell, Northern Ireland's Peacemaker

    U.S. Senator George Mitchell was at the height of his political power in the United States when he embarked on an ambitious mission to broker peace in Northern Ireland. It worked. Mitchell was instrumental in securing the Good Friday Agreement. In this conversation, he discusses his strategies for peacemaking in Northern Ireland, his work in the Middle East as Special Envoy for Obama, and his unexpected road into politics as a young would-be lawyer from Maine.

    How China Makes Foreign Policy

    How China Makes Foreign Policy

    The process by which China makes its foreign policy is often considered to be something of a black box, or at least very difficult for outsiders to discern. 

    Suiseng Zhao is a professor of International Studies and director of the Center for China-US Cooperation at the University of Denver. He has written extensively about the tapestry of Chinese institutions that inform foreign policy decision making, and in this conversation explains the key players that shape how Chinese foreign policy is made. 

    • 34 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
243 Ratings

243 Ratings

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Insightful podcast

As someone who works in international development, I greatly appreciate this podcast. The discussions are insightful and informative. The podcast production value is high. And I really like the breadth and depth of the coverage.

imelda26 ,

Great podcast!

I was looking for a podcast to keep me more informed with what goes on in the world. I came across this one and I’m happy to have found it! Great topics being discussed and it’s very non-biased and great host!!

ClintonGore92 ,

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.

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