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The audio version of the weekly International Intrigue newsletter. Each week, two former diplomats cover two important foreign affairs stories you might have missed, and tell you why they matter. Subscribe to the Newsletter for links and extra features!

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    🍃 How the death of fossil fuels will change the world

    🍃 How the death of fossil fuels will change the world

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    🍃 The geopolitics of energy: how the transition to renewable energy will change the world.



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    Is US v China really 'Cold War 2.0'?

    Is US v China really 'Cold War 2.0'?

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    Lately we’re seeing the US-China relationship increasingly called a ‘Cold War 2.0’. So this week we ask:


    🥶 What does ‘Cold War 2.0’ really mean, and does it matter?

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    • 16 min
    Your guide to the German election

    Your guide to the German election

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    This week's edition: Germany goes to the polls on 26 September and for the first time in 16 years their Chancellor will definitely not be Angela Merkel. This week we bring you:

    👉 Your guide to the German election: modern Germany, where it’s going, and why it matters to the world.


    🍻 Part 1: The making of modern Germany
    🥨 Part 2: The election and Germany’s future

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    Special edition: Afghanistan, August 2021

    Special edition: Afghanistan, August 2021

    Hi hi hi!

    This week:

    Sadly, what’s going on in Afghanistan right now is just too big to ignore. But instead of rehashing what you've no doubt read elsewhere, this week we've decided to cover two angles you might not have thought about:


    📰 The ‘story’ of Afghanistan: how the mainstream media is covering the situation
    🙅‍♀️ To ban or not ban the Taliban? Silicon Valley execs have a new problem

    Before we get started...

    Here’s a round up of content from the last week that we’ve found insightful:


    For 40 years, Afghanistan has been the laboratory in which superpowers conduct their foreign policy experiments.
    One senior ‘experimenter’, former Chairman of the US Joint Chiefs of Staff Admiral Mike Mullen, has admitted he got Afghanistan policy wrong, and reflects on why.
    In that same vein, a former Pakistani Ambassador to the US thinks his country will regret its decades long support for the Taliban.
    Commentators have been frothing about how China stands to benefit from the US withdrawal, but we're sceptical that China is actually that thrilled.
    Putin is likely equally worried. Russia now has a power vacuum in its neighbourhood with significant potential for instability in the 'stan' countries.
    As for the future of Afghanistan itself, it's sadly no surprise that the Taliban resurgence will affect women the most.
    And Afghanistan’s already weak economy now has to deal with a run on the banks and the threat of inflation. Is it crypto's time to shine?
    Lastly, an Australian videographer has decided to stay in Afghanistan. Check out Jordan Bryon's Instagram videos from the past week.



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    The Pope's diplomacy | Mexico's iron river

    The Pope's diplomacy | Mexico's iron river

    Hey y'all! Having a good week? We hope so! Don't you ever forget you can go right here to read the newsletter on your phone, subscribe to the newsletter 👈 there, and here follow on John on Twitter!

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    ⛪ The Pope's diplomacy: what can the Pope teach us?
    👩‍⚖️ Mexico vs Gunmakers: trying to dam the Iron River in a courtroom.

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    Modern Tunisia | Antifragile foreign policy

    Modern Tunisia | Antifragile foreign policy

    Welcome!

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    This week:


    🐫 Modern Tunisia: ten years after the Arab Spring.

    💪 Antifragile foreign policy: how to live in an unpredictable world.


    Here's the antifragile video explainer I mentioned in the second story.


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