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The Cable with Gregory Feifer - saving democracy one podcast at a time! We address the threats to democracy in Europe and the transatlantic relationship, with a particular focus on backsliding countries in Central Europe.

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The Cable with Gregory Feifer - saving democracy one podcast at a time! We address the threats to democracy in Europe and the transatlantic relationship, with a particular focus on backsliding countries in Central Europe.

    Covid-19, disinformation and transatlantic democracy

    Covid-19, disinformation and transatlantic democracy

    With the coronavirus pandemic raising serious challenges for voting and other vital democratic functions, the threat from disinformation is becoming especially acute—not least in the United States ahead of the November election. Leading experts Karen Kornbluh and Spencer Boyer join Susan and Greg to describe the problem and what transatlantic alliance countries must do to ensure the functioning of democracy. (This episode was recorded as webinar on May 20.)

    • 25 min
    Poland's ghost election

    Poland's ghost election

    Poland is wrestling with a political crisis after its ruling Law and Justice party agreed to postpone Europe’s first presidential election since the outbreak of the coronavirus. The 11th-hour decision stopped the party’s chaotic drive to hold a ballot by mail—denounced as a power grab by critics—but the matter is far from resolved. Wojciech Przybylski in Warsaw and Emily Schultheis in Berlin join Susan and Greg to discuss what happened, what may lie ahead and what other countries can learn.

    • 31 min
    Politics in the pandemic: Russia and Turkey

    Politics in the pandemic: Russia and Turkey

    The spread of Covid-19 is confronting Russia’s Vladimir Putin and Turkey’s Recep Tayyip Erdogan with unprecedented challenges to their autocratic rule. David Kramer and Soner Cagaptay join Susan and Greg to discuss how the outbreak is hitting two countries that pose the transatlantic alliance some of its biggest challenges, how each government is handling the crisis and how the two historical rivals are cooperating as well as competing in Syria and on other fronts.

    • 22 min
    Coronavirus in the age of mass protests

    Coronavirus in the age of mass protests

    Democracy has been in global decline for the past 14 years. Now it’s confronted with a crisis not seen in the modern era. Autocrats are seeking to exploit the Covid-19 pandemic as democracies grapple with their own various responses. But could this be a pivotal moment, when liberal democratic leaders and transnational institutions such as the EU begin to restore trust after a decade of rising global mass protests over lack of faith in politicians and institutions?

    • 25 min
    Returning democracy and human rights to foreign policy

    Returning democracy and human rights to foreign policy

    The coronavirus has starkly illustrated how the internal governance of nation states matters to international affairs. So after years of American retreat from promoting democracy and human rights around the world, how should a new administration return to supporting the core transatlantic values that have long underpinned our security and prosperity? Greg and Susan talk to Nicole Bibbins Sedaca, her colleague Lindsay Lloyd, and Dan Baer, US ambassador to the OSCE under the Obama administration.

    • 24 min
    Election 2020

    Election 2020

    If a new administration takes office next January, the monumental task of restoring America’s democratic reputation and tattered alliances will become a major priority. Greg and Susan talk to Democratic campaign advisers Anthony Robinson and Max Bergmann about the immediate future for a new foreign policy what the candidates should be doing to prepare.

    • 25 min

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scared senior ,

Excellent podcast

If my HS wasn’t shut down we would listen, discuss and recommend to friends.
Having a diverse group to learn from would help these students have hope their future can include them.
Thanks again,
Dr. GC

nyvonne722daisy ,

Very interesting

Love the podcast

Renéethefrog ,

Good podcast

One of the better podcasts on ECE, sometimes talks about Russia in very black and white terms

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