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Weekly podcast on the events, policies and ideas that will shape the world.

World in 30 minutes is curated by Mark Leonard, Director of the European Council on Foreign Relations (ECFR), and features top-level speakers from across the EU and beyond to debate and discuss Europe’s role in the world. It was awarded “Best podcasts on EU politics” by PolicyLab in 2019.

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Weekly podcast on the events, policies and ideas that will shape the world.

World in 30 minutes is curated by Mark Leonard, Director of the European Council on Foreign Relations (ECFR), and features top-level speakers from across the EU and beyond to debate and discuss Europe’s role in the world. It was awarded “Best podcasts on EU politics” by PolicyLab in 2019.

Member of the EuroPod network.

    Survive and thrive: A European plan to support Ukraine in the long war against Russia

    Survive and thrive: A European plan to support Ukraine in the long war against Russia

    Vladimir Putin’s announcement of a partial military mobilisation in Russia reinforces the idea that the Ukraine war will not end quickly and that Ukraine and its partners need to prepare for a long war. The Kremlin is sending a clear signal to the West that it will do whatever it takes to succeed—or at least not to fail. For Ukraine to survive and thrive in the long-war, the EU and its member states should formulate a comprehensive mechanism to support their eastern neighbour. In doing so, Europeans can lay the foundations for a functioning Ukraine, deter Russia from further aggression, and perhaps even point the way toward a settlement of the conflict.

    In this week’s episode, Mark Leonard is joined by ECFR's Piotr Buras, Gustav Gressel, Kadri Liik, and Jeremy Shapiro to describe and debate the potential military, security, and economic aspects of the long-war plan. Why is investment in industrial warfare supply chains so crucial? How can security assurances for Ukraine enhance deterrence and reduce the potential for escalation? And finally, why should the EU provide medium-term access for Ukraine to the European single market?

    This podcast was recorded on 20 September 2022.

    Further reading:
    Survive and thrive: A European plan to support Ukraine in the long war against Russia, by Piotr Buras, Marie Dumoulin, Gustav Gressel & Jeremy Shapiro https://ecfr.eu/publication/survive-and-thrive-a-european-plan-to-support-ukraine-in-the-long-war-against-russia/

    Bookshelf
    - “Essays” by George Orwell
    - “Jerusalem: The Biography” by Simon Sebag Montefiore
    - “The Habsburg Empire: A New History” by Pieter M. Judson
    - “The Found and the Lost: The Collected Novellas of Ursula K. Le Guin” by Ursula K. Le Guin

    • 30 min
    Rogue NATO: The new face of the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation

    Rogue NATO: The new face of the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation

    This week's Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) summit makes tangible the existence of an alternative international community. Featuring leaders from Russia, China, and India it is the organisation's first face-to-face meeting since the Russian invasion of Ukraine. There is a clear goal at the core of the discussions: power politics and the race to multipolarism as an alternative to Western liberalism.
    In this week’s episode, Jeremy Shapiro joins an all-star ECFR panel of experts to discuss the summit's geopolitical implications. How is SCO “dialogue partner” Turkey using the Ukraine war to get the best of both worlds? How much will Iran's imminent membership advance its security? And finally, what would be the implications for Beijing if Putin were to lose power, and how can China support the Kremlin?

    This podcast was recorded on 16 September 2022.

    Further reading:
    Rogue NATO: The new face of the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation, by Aslı Aydıntaşbaş, Marie Dumoulin, Ellie Geranmayeh & Janka Oertel: https://buff.ly/3xuLMOa

    Bookshelf
    - “Jamais Frères? Ukraine Et Russie: Une Tragédie Postsoviétique" by Anna Coulin Lebdevev
    - “The Rest Is Politics” podcast by Alastair Campbell and Rory Stewart.
    - “Die beste aller möglichen Welten” by Michael Kempe
    - “The Ministry for the Future” by Kim Stanley Robinson
    - “The Found and the Lost: The Collected Novellas of Ursula K. Le Guin” by Ursula K. Le Guin

    • 31 min
    The future of open society with Leonard Benardo

    The future of open society with Leonard Benardo

    As fundamental freedoms are being challenged worldwide, the very idea of open societies is being questioned. The crisis of liberalism and the decline of the West, together with increased disinformation and polarisation, have revealed inequality and the need for critical public debate as a central issue for the advancement of open societies.

    In this week’s podcast, Leonard Benardo, executive vice president for the Open Society Foundations, joins Mark Leonard to discuss the great challenges open societies are currently experiencing. What role do identity politics play when thinking about solidarity and social cohesion? How can the digital revolution impact electoral democracy? And finally, how can we ensure that Ukraine as an open society is retained?

    This podcast was recorded on 6 September 2022.

    Bookshelf:
    - "Against Decolonisation. Taking African Agency Seriously" by Olúfẹ́mi Táíwò
    - "Know Your Enemy" podcast hosted by Matthew Sitman and Sam Adler-Bell
    - Follow @samagreene and @rochowanski for food for thought and debates on the Eurasian space

    • 36 min
    Rethinking global interdependence - Live from the European Forum Alpbach

    Rethinking global interdependence - Live from the European Forum Alpbach

    Global crises – from the covid-19 pandemic and climate change to Russia's war on Ukraine have challenged the core tenets of the globalised world. Europe has been at the centre of this upheaval. And the continent now faces tough decisions on its energy markets, trade partnerships, and supply chains.
    In this special episode, recorded in front of a live audience at the European Forum Alpbach in Austria, Mark Leonard is joined by co-chair of ECFR, Carl Bildt, Austrian federal minister for the EU and constitution, Karoline Edtstadler, and non-resident fellow at Bruegel, Thomas Wieser. Together, they discuss how to strike the right balance between the need for sovereignty and the benefits of globalisation. What are the biggest threats to the European market economies and what are the opportunities? Will Europeans learn from Russia’s weaponisation of energy when it comes to its dependencies on China? And is there a way to ‘disarm’ connectivity?

    This podcast was recorded live at the European Forum Alpbach on 1 September 2022.

    Bookshelf:
    - The World of Yesterday by Stefan Zweig
    - Dunkelblum by Eva Menasse
    - History of the Adriatic: A Sea and Its Civilization by Egidio Ivetic

    picture (c) Hans Hofer

    • 31 min
    Another world is possible: The transformative power of political imagination

    Another world is possible: The transformative power of political imagination

    In his recent book “Another World Is Possible”, Geoff Mulgan – professor of collective intelligence, public policy, and social innovation at University College London – identifies a crisis that does not usually feature prominently in threat assessments: an absence of political imagination.
    This deficit has not only distorted policymakers’ sense of the past and present but also weakened their ability to make future-proofed decisions in various areas. In this week’s episode, Mulgan joins Mark Leonard to explore the causes and consequences of this crisis. They discuss how to restore imagination and harness creativity to solve current and future problems. Why does the idea of utopia matter? How can we harmonise competing narratives about the future? And where do China and India come in to all this?

    This podcast was recorded on 6 July 2022.

    Further reading
    Another World Is Possible: How to Reignite Social and Political Imagination by Geoff Mulgan: https://buff.ly/3A1xUgd
    The Ministry for the Future by Kim Stanley Robinson

    Bookshelf:
    The Trial by Sergei Loznitsa
    Babi Yar. Context by Sergei Loznitsa

    • 31 min
    Machtwechsel: The new generation of German politicians

    Machtwechsel: The new generation of German politicians

    Germany's ‘traffic light’ coalition has ushered in a new age of German politics – and a new generation of political figures. Last year, in a departure from the staid Merkel era, German citizens elected a parliament that is less ‘pale, male, and stale’ than ever before. The new cabinet reflects this change – in terms of youth and gender at least.
    In this week’s episode, Mark Leonard, interviews the German author and journalist, Anna Sauerbrey. They discuss her latest book, “Machtwechsel” (Change of Power), in which she analyses how this diverse intake is challenging the status quo of German politics. But how does Chancellor Olaf Scholz fit in? What is a ‘Zeitgenosse’? And what do white sneakers have to do with anything?

    This podcast was recorded on 6 July 2022.

    Further reading
    - Machtwechsel by Anna Sauerbrey: https://buff.ly/3Spm5au
    - War and Indignation by Jürgen Habermas in Süddeutsche Zeitung: https://buff.ly/3BCQKvb
    - A Millennial considers the new German Problem after 30 Years of Peace by Ulrike Franke in War on the Rocks: https://buff.ly/3xhFCz3

    Bookshelf:
    - East West Street by Philipp Sands
    - The Economic Weapon: The Rise of Sanctions as a Tool of Modern War by Nicholas Mulder

    picture (c) picture alliance / EPA | SASCHA STEINBACH / POOL

    • 33 min

Customer Reviews

4.6 out of 5
70 Ratings

70 Ratings

enelsonpa ,

Rethinking global interdependence - Live from the European Forum Alpbach

Daily news tracking can make one wonder how the world’s issues are going to be resolved. Mark Leonard is able to invite some of the best minds in public policy and geopolitical diplomacy to talk these over in only 30 minutes/episode. It is so reassuring and hopeful to hear these very talented and experienced people summarize at the bird’s-eye level how they are working on the paths to the solutions. Also like on Twitter, the personalities of these admirable leaders comes through, which is also reassuring and allows us to like them more. Best wishes to them in their challenging jobs!

katandbrandon ,

Well done! Try it. You will be hooked.

This is a great podcast. It doesn’t waste any time getting to the point. Fantastic guests and timely podcast.

lrhhrl ,

Global white privilege….

What a stupid topic and a stupid guest. Power is power. White countries got power not by being white and they hold power (for now, wont be forever) not by being white. Colonialism was filled with racism, duh, but dismantling international relations because multilateral orgs and institutions are racist is an incredibly dumb extrapolation on that one idea.

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