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 Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons Becomes International Law
A treaty to ban the use of nuclear weapons becomes international law on January 22, 2021. The treaty seeks to do to nuclear weapons what previous international treaties have done to chemical and biological weapons -- that is, prohibit their use on humanitarian grounds.
Nobel Peace Prize winner Beatrice Fihn explains how the treaty works and also the broader politics surrounding the effort to get countries to sign onto the treaty.
The Siege of the US Capitol and the Future of US Foreign Policy
Ambassador Klaus Scharioth, who served as German Ambassador the United States from 2006 to 2011, discusses the implications of the Pro-Trump insurrection on US foreign policy and international relations.
The Criminal Conviction of Saudi Women's Rights Activist Loujan al-Hathlou and the Future of Saudi Arabia
Loujan al-Hathloul is a 31 year old Saudi women's rights activist in prison for challenging laws that inhibit women in Saudi Arabia. In early January 2021, she was handed down a nearly six year prison sentence, though much of the sentence was suspended and she may be released as early as March.
On the line to discuss her case and what the persecution of Loujan al-Hathloul can tell us about the future of Saudi Arabia, is Sari Bashi, with the advocacy group DAWN -- Democracy for the Arab World Now.
Mozambique is Experiencing a Surge of Violence as Crisis Worsens in Cabo Delgado Region
There is a worsening Jihadist insurgency in a province in Northern Mozambique called Cabo Delgado. The insurgency began in 2017, but in recent weeks the fighting has intensified substantially. Over half a million people have been displaced -- most over the last few months. And in early January 2021, the French energy company Total announced it was suspending operations on a massive $3.9 billion natural gas project in the region amid concerns about the safety of personnel.
Zenaida Machado is a senior researcher with the Africa Division of Human Rights Watch. I caught up with hear from Maputo, the capitol of Mozambique. She explains the history of this insurgency, including how this group has shifted tactics from targeted assassinations to more recently capturing territory, including strategically important cities and corridors.
How the United States Can Strengthen UN Peacekeeping and Support International Peace and Security
One of the most visible tools of international cooperation on peace and security are UN Peacekeepers -- Blue Helmets. This episode examines how the incoming US administration can strengthen this vital tool of international security.
Victoria Holt has spent a career studying what makes UN Peacekeeping effective and designing policies to strengthen American support for UN Peacekeeping.
How the Biden-Harris Administration Can Advance a Global Human Rights Agenda
The last four years have altered the global human rights landscape in some pretty significant ways. The Trump administration by and large abandoned multilateral forums for advancing a human rights agenda, like the UN Human Rights Council. At the same time China began to more proactively engage in those platforms.
Suzanne Nosse, CEO of PEN America,l makes the compelling argument that the time has never been more urgent for the United States to re-assert itself at multilateral human rights platforms,
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