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Chatham House director Bronwen Maddox hosts conversations with leading policymakers, journalists and Chatham House experts to provide insight into the latest international political issues.

Independent Thinking gives listeners the opportunity to engage with the high level conversations hosted by Chatham House.

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Chatham House director Bronwen Maddox hosts conversations with leading policymakers, journalists and Chatham House experts to provide insight into the latest international political issues.

Independent Thinking gives listeners the opportunity to engage with the high level conversations hosted by Chatham House.

    Has the world forgotten the women of Afghanistan?

    Has the world forgotten the women of Afghanistan?

    With Bronwen Maddox this week is Shaharzad Akbar, the former chair of Afghanistan's Independent Human Rights Commission and an Academy Associate at Chatham House. Joining them are Nilofar Sakhi, a Non-Resident Senior Fellow at the Atlantic Council's South Asia Centre and Heather Hurlburt, an Associate Fellow with our US and the Americas Programme. 
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    What the US wants from the next UK government’s foreign policy
    Advanced economies must urgently address their public debt overhangs
    How will gains by the far right affect the European Parliament and EU?
    Presented by Bronwen Maddox. Produced by John Pollock. 

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    • 40 min
    Is the far-right a threat to the European Union?

    Is the far-right a threat to the European Union?

    With Bronwen Maddox this week is Suzanne Lynch, the Global Playbook author and Associate Editor at POLITICO Europe. Joining them are Armida van Rij, Senior Research Fellow and Head of the Europe Programme at Chatham House, and journalist Sebastien Maillard, Associate Fellow of the Europe Programme.
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    India’s shock election result is a loss for Modi but a win for democracy
    After a landslide victory, global engagement is a necessity and an opportunity for Mexico’s next president
    An ANC–DA alliance is the outcome investors want in South Africa. But the parties see risks in partnership
    Presented by Bronwen Maddox. Produced by John Pollock. 

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    • 32 min
    What's next for Israel after events at the ICC and ICJ?

    What's next for Israel after events at the ICC and ICJ?

    Bronwen Maddox is joined by Philippe Sands, a barrister specialising in international law and a Professor of the Public Understanding of Law at University College London. Joining them both are Lawrence Hill-Cawthorne, an Associate Professor in Law at the University of Bristol and Nomi Bar-Yacoov, an Associate Fellow of the International Security Programme at Chatham House and an international negotiator in the Middle East.
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    The ICJ and ICC put Israel on notice but cannot stop the war
    What are the first foreign affairs questions for the new government?
    The ICC Prosecutor’s applications for arrest warrants explained
    Presented by Bronwen Maddox. Produced by John Pollock. 

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    • 44 min
    How will foreign affairs shape the UK election?

    How will foreign affairs shape the UK election?

    Rishi Sunak called a 4 July election saying the world is more dangerous than at any time since the end of the Cold War. Bronwen Maddox discusses those threats with Chatham House experts Olivia O’Sullivan, director of our UK in the World; David Lubin, our Michael Klein Senior Research Fellow in our Global Economy and Finance Programme; and Tim Eaton, senior research fellow in our Middle East and North Africa Programme.
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    An election for ‘dangerous times’
    Three foreign policy priorities for the next UK government
    Is the Kremlin behind Georgia’s foreign agents law?
    Presented by Bronwen Maddox. Produced by John Pollock. 

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    • 36 min
    What choices will the next UK Foreign Secretary face?

    What choices will the next UK Foreign Secretary face?

    Bronwen Maddox is joined by Shashank Joshi, defence editor of The Economist and historian and commentator Helene von Bismarck to discuss what the next government must prioritize in the UK's foreign policy. With them is Olivia O’Sullivan, Director of our UK in the World programme and co-author of the report: Three foreign policy priorities for the next UK government. 
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    UK parties are pitching a ‘pragmatic’ foreign policy, but can a new government make the necessary hard choices?
    A Gaza ceasefire rests on preventing a full-scale Israeli offensive in Rafah
    Russia is using the Soviet playbook in the Global South to challenge the West – and it is working
    Presented by Bronwen Maddox. Produced by John Pollock. 

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    • 37 min
    Will the US continue to support Israel?

    Will the US continue to support Israel?

    In this special episode, Bronwen Maddox interviews a key figure in US foreign policy to the Middle East for over a decade, Ambassador Dennis Ross.
    Ambassador Ross engaged directly with both Israeli and Palestinian parties in peace negotiations under multiple US presidents, and was instrumental in brokering agreements between them, including the ‘Oslo II’ accord of 1995 and the 1997 Hebron Accord.
    They discuss topics including the US-Israel relationship, what pressure President Biden can exert on Benjamin Netanyahu over a possible invasion of Rafah, global protests against Israeli action in Gaza and whether any hope remains for a deal to end the conflict.
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    Xi Jinping hopes to improve EU–China relations – and drive a wedge between Europe and the US
    Vietnam’s political turmoil reveals a turn towards China – and away from the West
    The UK should not rule out sending troops to Ukraine – despite Putin’s nuclear threats
    Presented by Bronwen Maddox. Produced by John Pollock. 

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Customer Reviews

4.6 out of 5
11 Ratings

11 Ratings

Fifizoid ,

An excellent podcast

This is an excellent podcast moderated professionally with varied experts and points of view. Thank you.

RJG179 ,

Top Notch

I truly appreciate this podcast, and I’m glad that I have found it. Chatham House used to have podcasts that were not inline with the stature of the institution, but that is not the case here. Ms. Maddox masterfully sets the tone, asks relevant and insightful questions, and professionally manages the flow. Listeners are treated to a delightful blend of relevant experts who are concise, yet not at all shallow or overly general as they each contribute to a consistently enlightening conversation. This is all presented in a package so seamless and well measured to the clock that no episode feels so much as one second too long or one second too short; it’s remarkable. I wish that Chatham House offered other podcasts of this quality; I’d dutifully subscribe to such. I’ve been listening for awhile now and Ms. Maddox always delivers, so I’ve decided that it’s only fair to oblige with a deservedly glowing review.

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Love Independent Thinking

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