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.
If Russia Invades Ukraine, How Should the United States and Europe Respond?
The likelihood that Russia will invade Ukraine seems to be growing by the day. If Russia indeed attacks Ukraine, how should the United States and Europe respond?
Joining me to take on that question and more are four excellent speakers:
Andrew Weiss of the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace
Nina Jankowicz the Woodrow Wilson Center
Jim Goldgeier of Stanford's Center for International Security and Cooperation.
Melinda Haring of The Atlantic Council
Recorded live via Twitter Spaces. Follow me @MarkLGoldberg to be notified of the next live taping.
Fareed Zakaria, Journalist and Analyst
Fareed Zakaria achieved wide success as a journalist and foreign policy analyst at a very young age. In this conversation, Fareed discusses his upbringing in India and the influence of his "freedom fighter" father and journalist mother on his political and intellectual evolution. He also talks about his decision to move to the United States for school as well as his academic journey, the mentors who influenced him, and, finally, how he became the editor of Foreign Affairs magazine while still in his 20s.
The Death of Press Freedom in Hong Kong
Hong Kong used to have one of the most vibrant media ecosystems in all of Asia. But not today.
There is an ongoing crackdown on independent media in Hong Kong. Outlets large and small are being shut down, ostensible for violating newly enacted laws intended to suppress the pro-democracy movement.
On the line with me from Hong Kong to discuss the plight of independent media there is Austin Ramzy of the New York Times.
"For the Love of Hong Kong: A Memoir from My City Under Siege" by Hana Meihan Davis
Austin Ramzy's New York Times story
Bosnia is on the Brink of Political Disintegration
Bosnia is facing its deepest political crisis since the civil war in the 1990s.
In 1995, the United States helped broker an agreement between the waring parties known as the Dayton Accords. This agreement created a new political order in Bosnia and Herzegovina. It has been an uneasy agreement, certainly tenuous at times, but it has held.
Now, the agreement is unraveling -- and very quickly.
On the line to explain why and how Bosnia is on the verge of potential political disintegration is Jasmin Mujanovic, a political scientist and analyst of southeast European and international affairs.
Mia Farrow, Activist and Actor
Mia Farrow is an actor and one of the most active goodwill ambassadors in the United Nations System. In this interview, she speaks about her life and career, and why she decided to give up being a full-time actor and devote her life to activism.
She talks about some of the most important influences in this journey, from catching polio as a child, to witnessing the influence of people like Robert Kennedy and Nelson Mandela while growing up, to an unexpected meeting with Kofi Annan that led to her work with UNICEF.
She also explains how celebrity can be harnessed to influence public policy, particularly on issues relating to conflict and humanitarianism, as well as her admiration for the work of Angelina Jolie. Finally, she discusses some of her most harrowing and memorable experiences with UNICEF, from witnessing extreme hunger in Angola to documenting cultural legacies in Darfur refugee camps.
David Miliband on the "Systems Failure" in the World's Crisis Zones
David Miliband is the president and CEO of the International Rescue Committee, one of the larger global humanitarian organizations with relief operations around the world. At the end of 2021 David Miliband, the former Foreign Secretary of the United Kingdom, delivered a lecture at the Council on Foreign Relations identifying and defining what he called a "Systems Failure" in global crisis response. This is the topic of much of our conversation today.
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.
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!!
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.