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Geopolitical turmoil. A warming planet. Authoritarians on the rise. We live in a chaotic world that’s rapidly shifting around us.

“On Shifting Ground with Ray Suarez” explores international fault lines and how they impact us all.

Each week, NPR veteran Ray Suarez hosts conversations with journalists, leaders and policy experts to help us read between the headlines – and give us hope for human resilience.

A co-production of World Affairs and KQED.

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Geopolitical turmoil. A warming planet. Authoritarians on the rise. We live in a chaotic world that’s rapidly shifting around us.

“On Shifting Ground with Ray Suarez” explores international fault lines and how they impact us all.

Each week, NPR veteran Ray Suarez hosts conversations with journalists, leaders and policy experts to help us read between the headlines – and give us hope for human resilience.

A co-production of World Affairs and KQED.

    Will War Bring the End of Ukraine’s Democracy?

    Will War Bring the End of Ukraine’s Democracy?

    Saturday marks the second anniversary of Russia’s full-scale invasion of Ukraine. And while foreign support may be dwindling, Ukrainian determination to win the war is not. But what’s at stake when war no longer feels like an emergency… but a way of life?
     
    Ray Suarez sits down with Masha Gessen, staff writer for The New Yorker, to unpack the toll of Russia’s aggression on Ukraine’s freedoms… and democracy.
     
    Guest:
     
    Masha Gessen, Russian-American award-winning author and staff writer for The New Yorker 
     
    Host(s):  
     
    Ray Suarez
     
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    • 25 min
    Ukraine’s David and Goliath Fight for the Security of Europe

    Ukraine’s David and Goliath Fight for the Security of Europe

    Vladimir Putin set the world on edge when Russia invaded Ukraine. Two years later, international support for Ukraine’s sovereignty is becoming more precarious, and war weariness amongst the resistance — and their allies— has begun to set in. 
     
    Global affairs analyst Michael Bociurkiw joins Ray Suarez to explain how a besieged Ukraine may be Europe’s last line of defense against Putin.
     
    Guest:  
     
    Michael Bociurkiw, global affairs analyst and nonresident senior fellow at the Atlantic Council’s Eurasia Center
     
    Host:  
     
    Ray Suarez
     
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    • 27 min
    Remembering Alexei Navalny

    Remembering Alexei Navalny

    On February 16, 2024, the Russian prison service reported that Alexei Navalny had died, and offered no further explanation. 
     
    The cause of death hasn’t yet been reported, but since the news broke, world leaders have started speaking out against Vladimir Putin… and it brings a new round of scrutiny to the Russian dictator.
     
    In May 2022, Ray sat down with documentarian Daniel Roher to chat 'Navalny,' his new film following the famed Russian opposition leader’s recovery from a Kremlin-sponsored assassination attempt and his ongoing search for justice. The film took home the Academy Award for best documentary last year.
     
    To remember the life and political career of Alexei Navalny, we’re revisiting Ray’s conversation with Daniel Roher.
     
    Guest:
     
    Daniel Roher, documentary filmmaker and director of 'Navalny'
     
    Host:
     
    Ray Suarez
     
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    • 37 min
    Where Does Biden’s Middle East Strategy Go From Here?

    Where Does Biden’s Middle East Strategy Go From Here?

    Nearly 30,000 Palestinians have been killed in Gaza as Israel continues its massive retaliation against Hamas. And as violence spreads to Yemen, Iraq, and Syria, America’s global standing is taking a hit.
     
    Ray Suarez sits down with Trita Parsi, Iran expert and Executive Vice President of the Quincy Institute for Responsible Statecraft, to unpack how Biden’s unwavering support of Israel could cost him in the Middle East… and at home.
     
    Guest:
     
    Trita Parsi, Executive Vice President of the Quincy Institute for Responsible Statecraft
     
    Host: 
     
    Ray Suarez
     
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    • 21 min
    Why Israel Wants to Get Rid of UNRWA

    Why Israel Wants to Get Rid of UNRWA

    The United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA) was established to aid Palestinian refugees, but it has become yet another flashpoint in the ongoing conflict between Israel and Hamas. Israel has accused 12 out of the 13,000 UNRWA employees of taking part in Hamas’ Oct. 7 attack on Israeli settlements. And as major donors like the United States, Germany and Britain have paused their funding, the aid agency may have to cease its life-saving operations for millions of Palestinians in Gaza by the end of February 2024. 
     
    Kenneth Roth, former executive director of Human Rights Watch, joins Ray Suarez to address Israel’s allegations against UNRWA, and offers a critique of the Biden administration's unequivocal support of Israel, despite evidence that Israel is using starvation as a weapon of war against Palestinians in Gaza.
     
    Guest:
     
    Kenneth Roth, Former Executive Director of Human Rights Watch and author of “Righting Wrongs” 
     
    Host: 
     
    Ray Suarez
     
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    • 31 min
    Stranded: Immigration Policy and the Price of Entry

    Stranded: Immigration Policy and the Price of Entry

    Immigration has emerged as a major voter concern in the 2024 elections, and the challenge of securing America’s Southern border is once again a political flashpoint. But while the US debates immigration reform, tens of thousands of migrants have become pawns in a game that endangers their lives… 
     
    Ray Suarez sits down with immigration attorney Mahsa Khanbabai to dive into what the broken visa process for Afghan refugees can teach us about immigration reform.
     
    Guest:
     
    Mahsa Khanbabai, immigration attorney at Khanbabi Immigration Law
     
    Host:
     
    Ray Suarez
     
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    • 15 min

Customer Reviews

4.4 out of 5
208 Ratings

208 Ratings

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Really Interesting Talks, Usually Foreign Policy

Super interesting discussions with experts will deepen your understanding of what’s happening in the world.

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Rays knowledge is encyclopedic

In depth, global coverage

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Ray and Reza

This week’s episode is, as always, fascinating, but also fun, as Ray, who is a wonderful storyteller, interviews another great storyteller, Reza Aslan about the history of an earlier revolution in then, Persia, in which a young Christian missionary English teacher in Persia leads his students in a revolt in the besieged city of Tabriz…and dies. A serious subject, pleasurably told.

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