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A fun and entertaining look at current events, trade and the United Nations, brought to you from the perspective of two American expats and UN civil servants living in Switzerland. Hilarity ensues as they try to keep a straight face while recapping the latest in current events and the local scene in Geneva, Switzerland as well as interviews with fellow expats on the international scene and leaders in their respective fields.

Trade Splaining Ardian Mollabeqiri & Robert Skidmore

    • Business
    • 4.9 • 29 Ratings

A fun and entertaining look at current events, trade and the United Nations, brought to you from the perspective of two American expats and UN civil servants living in Switzerland. Hilarity ensues as they try to keep a straight face while recapping the latest in current events and the local scene in Geneva, Switzerland as well as interviews with fellow expats on the international scene and leaders in their respective fields.

    Bidenomics, Swiss Voters & Navigating the Path to Net-zero (or not)

    Bidenomics, Swiss Voters & Navigating the Path to Net-zero (or not)

    Episode 63 - Bidenomics, Swiss Voters & Navigating the Path to Net-zero (or not)
     
    Episode Overview:In this thought-provoking episode of Tradesplaining, hosts Rob and Marty delve into the complexities of global trade policies, the implications of Swiss electoral decisions, and the realistic challenges of achieving net-zero emissions. Key topics include an in-depth discussion on "Bidenomics" and its impact on U.S. trade, a landmark legal case in Switzerland on climate action, and various perspectives on sustainability and environmental policies.
    Featured Segments:- Bidenomics and Trade Policy: Analysis of the current U.S. trade policies under the Biden administration, with a focus on tariffs and their economic implications.- Swiss Legal Landmarks: Examination of a recent Swiss court case where elderly plaintiffs successfully argued that inadequate governmental action on climate change violated their human rights.- Navigating Net-Zero: Insights into the global struggle between economic needs and environmental goals, featuring viewpoints from industry leaders on the challenges of sustainable energy transitions.
    Special Guest:Nicole Bivens Collinson, a principal at Sandler Travis Rosenberg, joins to offer her expertise on the shifts in trade dynamics and the evolution of global trade agreements.
    Listener Engagement:Listeners are encouraged to subscribe and leave a review. Feedback is highly valued to shape future episodes and address listener interests in international trade, sustainability, and policy impacts.
    Keywords:International Trade, Bidenomics, Swiss Voters, Climate Change, Net-Zero Emissions, U.S. Trade Policy, Environmental Policy, Sustainable Energy, Economic Impacts of Tariffs, Global Trade Agreements.
    Closing Thoughts:The episode wraps up with a forward-looking discussion on the role of policy in shaping future economic and environmental landscapes, emphasizing the interconnectedness of global markets and societal well-being.
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    Tune in to Tradesplaining for deep dives into complex topics with a touch of humor to keep it engaging. Available on all major podcast platforms.**

    • 39 min
    More Supply Chain Disruptions, Baltimore Bridge Collapse and Trade Statistics

    More Supply Chain Disruptions, Baltimore Bridge Collapse and Trade Statistics

    Episode 62: Unraveling the Threads of Global Trade and the Quirks of Expat Life
    Welcome to Episode 62 of TradeSplaining, where your hosts, Rob and Ardi, along with special guest Don Brasher, dive deep into the intricacies of international trade, business, and the expat experience. Get ready to be enlightened and entertained as we explore everything from supply chain challenges to the unique lifestyle of living abroad.
     
    In This Episode:

    Jim Croce's Mysteries, Rolex and the Atomic Number of Samarium: We kick off with a light-hearted debate on Jim Croce’s roots and a fascinating fact about samarium. Yes, trade and expat life discussions can start from anywhere!


    Trade Data Insights with Don Brasher: Don Brasher, founder and president of Trade Data Monitor, joins us to shed light on trade statistics, their significance, and some pitfalls to watch out for. His expertise illuminates the often complex world of global merchandise trade, offering listeners an exclusive peek behind the statistical curtain.


    Global Events Impacting Trade: From a massive container ship striking the Francis Scott Key Bridge to the soaring prices of cocoa, we cover how recent events underscore the fragility and dynamism of global supply chains. Listen in as we dissect the implications of these events on businesses and consumers alike.


    Populism and Protectionism in Trade Policies: Explore how current trends in populism are influencing trade and domestic policies across the globe. We delve into the Biden administration's stance on significant steel industry events and the ongoing debate between the US and the EU over steel and aluminum disputes.


    The Expat Focus: Our conversation takes a lighter turn as we navigate the peculiarities of expat life, including the challenges and joys of adapting to new cultures and navigating the complexities of international living.


    Tasman AI – A Creative Twist on Globalization: Discover how Tasmania is offering a slow alternative to AI, bridging global creativity with local artists. It's globalization with a personal touch.


    Puppy Yoga in Geneva – A Local Glimpse: Ever heard of puppy yoga? Find out why it's causing a stir in Geneva and what it says about local regulations and the universal quest for relaxation and happiness.

    Why Listen to This Episode?
    Insights from Trade Experts: Gain valuable insights from Don Brasher and our hosts, who bring years of experience in international trade and economics.
    Diverse Topics: From serious trade discussions to quirky expat tales, this episode has something for everyone.
    Engagement: Engage with a community of listeners interested in the nuances of global trade, business strategies, and the expat lifestyle.
    Subscribe and Join Us!
    Don't miss out on future episodes – subscribe to TradeSplaining on your favorite podcast platform. Share your thoughts and join our community on Twitter (@tradesplaining) or Instagram (@trade.splaining).
    TradeSplaining is more than a podcast; it's your gateway to understanding the complex world of international trade and the unique adventures of expat life. Listen responsibly!

    • 41 min
    Unpacking MC13 while Switzerland, India and EFTA Make Trade Great Again

    Unpacking MC13 while Switzerland, India and EFTA Make Trade Great Again

    Episode 61: Unpacking MC13 while Switzerland, India and EFTA Make Trade Great Again
    Hosts: Rob and Ardian
    Episode Summary: Welcome to Tradesplaining, where we unravel the complex world of international trade, business, and expat life. In Episode 61, we delve into the aftermath of MC 13, explore the trade dynamics between Switzerland, India, and the European Free Trade Association (EFTA), and discuss the EU's sustainability due diligence. Join us as we dissect these topics with wit, insights, and a dash of humor. Special guest Noelia Garcia Nebra, Head of Sustainability at ISO, shares her expertise on sustainability standards, trade, and more.
    Featured Topics:
    MC 13 Wrap-Up: An in-depth analysis of the outcomes and implications of the 13th Ministerial Conference of the World Trade Organization (WTO).
    Switzerland-India-EFTA Trade Dynamics: Examining the new trade deals, their significance, and the role of sustainability and human rights in trade agreements.
    EU Sustainability Due Diligence: The challenges and controversies surrounding the EU's approach to corporate sustainability in the supply chain.
    Special Guest: Noelia Garcia Nebra discusses the role of sustainability standards in international trade and the impact of ISO's work on global trade practices.
    Key Highlights:
    Discover the intricate balance between national interests and collective goals in global trade negotiations.
    Uncover the strategic significance of the Switzerland-India-EFTA trade deal and its implications for global trade networks.
    Explore the EU's stance on sustainability due diligence and its effects on businesses and trade policies.
    Gain valuable insights from Noelia Garcia Nebra of ISO on how sustainability standards can foster a more equitable and efficient global trading system.
    Episode Extras:
    Listener Feedback: We dive into your comments and questions, providing our unique takes on your inquiries.
    News Roundup: A quick-fire segment covering the latest in trade, business, and expat life.
    Dad Jokes Galore: Because no episode is complete without our trademark humor.
    Subscribe and Follow: Catch future episodes and join the Tradesplaining community by subscribing on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Google Podcasts, or wherever you get your podcasts. Don't forget to leave us a review and follow us on Twitter (@tradesplaining) and Instagram (@trade.splaining) for more updates and engaging content.

    • 41 min
    WTO Ministerial Conference MC13, Climate Change, Inflation & More Fragmentation

    WTO Ministerial Conference MC13, Climate Change, Inflation & More Fragmentation

    Welcome to Episode 60 of Trade Splaining. This episode, we're zooming into the challenges global policymakers face at MC13 in Abu Dhabi, touching on climate change, inflation, and the fragmentation affecting the global economic landscape.
     
    Key Highlights:

    Global Policymaker's Dilemma: We dive into the pressing issues facing global policymakers, including climate change, inflation, and fragmentation. The discussions at MC13 in Abu Dhabi are crucial for setting the future direction of international trade and policy.


    Viagra in Geneva: A humorous yet insightful look into customs regulations and what constitutes "personal use" in Geneva. A quirky reminder of the unexpected intersections between trade regulations and personal life.
     


    WTO Ministerial Conference (MC 13): We provide a rundown on what to expect from the upcoming #WTO Ministerial Conference, including insights from Inu Manak and Dmitry Grozoubinski. Their perspectives offer a hopeful outlook on trade negotiations, the importance of WTO reform and look at the potential outcomes of MC 13 and future direction of global trade policy.
     

    Tune in to Trade Splaining Episode 60 on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, or wherever you get your podcasts. Don't forget to subscribe and leave us a review!

    • 44 min
    Red Sea Shipping, Sustainable Farming in the EU and More Evergrande

    Red Sea Shipping, Sustainable Farming in the EU and More Evergrande

    Episode 59: Red Sea Shipping, Sustainable Farming in the EU and More Evergrande with Simon Evenett
    Welcome to Episode 59 of Tradesplaining - This week, we cool our ambitions on a new global trade route through the Middle East, delve into the EU's farm-to-fork policy causing a stir in Geneva, and explore economic jenga in the Chinese real estate sector.
     
    Key Highlights:
    Global Trade Insights: Simon Evenett from the University of St. Gallen and the Global Trade Alert joins us to dissect the complexities of trade measures, industrial policy, and introduces the kebab index as a novel economic tool.
    Local Flavors, Global Tastes: How the EU's farm-to-fork strategy impacts international trade dynamics and Geneva's unique work-from-home culture.
    Economic Tectonics: Unpacking the Chinese real estate market's instability and its global repercussions.
    Cultural Crossroads: From Arnold Schwarzenegger's customs saga to the lanthanide series and the 59th Street Bridge, we explore the intersections of culture, trade, and policy.
    In This Episode:
    Simon Evenett's Take: Why skepticism toward trade measures and industrial policy is warranted, and the potential of the kebab index.
    Economic Corridors on Ice: The challenges facing the ambitious India Middle East Europe economic corridor (IMEC) amidst regional instability.
    Organic Farmers' Protest: A closer look at the grassroots movement in France and its implications for global agriculture and trade policies.
    The Real Estate Domino: Analyzing the collapse of Evergrande and its impact on the global economy.
     
    Listener Engagement:We value your feedback and invite you to share your thoughts on today's topics. Email us at tradesplaining@gmail.com or engage with us on Twitter (@tradesplaining) and Instagram (@tradesplaining).
     
    Subscribe & Review:Don’t forget to subscribe to catch every episode and leave us a review. Your feedback helps us make sense of the complex world of international trade without the yawn factor.
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    01:07 Hate Mail 
    06:24 What Went Wrong This Week
    18:40 Interview
    34:35 Vibe Shift
    37:30 This Week in Local News
    39:14 Outro

    • 40 min
    Talking FairTrade in an Age of Inflation and the EV Hunger Games

    Talking FairTrade in an Age of Inflation and the EV Hunger Games

    Tradesplaining Episode 58: Fairtrade in an Age of Regulation and The Bow Tax
    In the 58th episode of the Tradesplaining podcast, hosts Rob and Ardian explore international trade, business, and expat life. They discuss U.S. chip restrictions affecting markets for graphics chip manufacturer NVIDIA, the relevance of Fairtrade in an era of regulation, and the impact of inflation on consumers.
    Special guest Fabian Waldemeyer of Fairtrade Max Havelaar shares insights on Fairtrade's role in the current era, how it ensures the fairness of their sourcing, and their partnerships with corporates. He speaks about Fairtrade's impact including price and income stability, strengthening of democratic structures, and capacity building in smallholder setups. Waldmeier believes that with new regulations, Fairtrade is as relevant as before if not more.
    The episode also features a segment on the 'vibe shift' touching on the emerging trend of the 'bow tax' in fashion and customer queues for the new Swatch-Blanca watch collaboration. Lastly, Switzerland's 'Animal of the Year', the Polecat, gets a special mention.
    01:23 Hate Mail07:18 What Went Wrong This Week19:22 Interview38:16 Vibe Shift41:14 Local News
    Huge thanks as always to executive producer Michelle Olguin Fluckliger and editor-in-chief Cristi Bagsic for helping in produce this....and every Trade Splaining episode.
     
    #trade #globalization #WTO #US #china #eu #CBAM #EVs #GreenTransition #Nearshoring #Fertilizer #IRA #chipsact  #carbonreduction #sustainability  #ai  #climatechange #supplychain #tariffs #exportbans #listenresponsibly #wto #geneva #Trade #Globalization #Podcast #Conversational #FairTrade #Switzerland #Business #Economics #Swatch #Sustainability #MaxHavelar #Inflation #Chips

    • 45 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
29 Ratings

29 Ratings

donikm7 ,

Shockingly easy way for me to keep up on politics and trade but not want to snooze off

Never thought I’d be laughing out loud at a global trade podcast but here we are

Trillivanilli ,

Yerrr

Funny enough to keep you engaged in global politics

GondwanaChic ,

Here for the wit and the trade intel!

Love this podcast! Gems of trade and global politics info interspersed with hilarious banter between the witty hosts. Great insight into the Geneva expat bubble, too. My vote for the best kebab spot in Geneva: Parfum de Beyrouth!

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