With in-depth interviews with experts and leading policymakers, Trend Lines brings World Politics Review's uncompromising analysis of international affairs to the world of podcasts.
Russia Faces a Reckoning on Its Periphery
Despite Vladimir Putin’s efforts to project the image of an internationally engaged great power, instability on Russia’s periphery suggests a decline in its influence. This week on Trend Lines, Matthew Rojansky joins WPR’s Elliot Waldman to discuss Putin’s response to the crises in Russia’s “near abroad.”
South America’s New Era of Pragmatism
This week on Trend Lines, WPR columnist Frida Ghitis joins Judah Grunstein to discuss the changes the past two decades have brought to South America, its dramatic reversal of fortune since 2013, and where that leaves the region today as it faces long-standing challenges exacerbated by the coronavirus pandemic.
The Case for Reopening America’s Doors to Refugees
Today on Trend Lines, WPR’s Elliot Waldman is joined by Meredith Owen, interim director of policy and advocacy in the Immigration and Refugee Program at Church World Service, to discuss the Trump administration’s campaign to undermine the U.S. refugee program and what it will take to rebuild it.
‘The World Has Moved On’: Carl Bildt on the EU in the Trump Era—and After
This week on Trend Lines, former Swedish Prime Minister Carl Bildt joins WPR’s Judah Grunstein to discuss the challenges facing the EU, including Russia, Turkey and China; its changing relations with the U.S. and U.K.; and obstacles to its efforts to become a strategic actor in its neighborhood and beyond.
How Southeast Asia Is Navigating China’s Rise
Each of the 11 countries in Southeast Asia faces a common foreign policy challenge: how to deal with the juggernaut to the north, China. This week on Trend Lines, WPR’s Elliot Waldman is joined by Sebastian Strangio to discuss his new book, “In the Dragon’s Shadow: Southeast Asia in the Chinese Century.”
The Preexisting Conditions That Doomed Britain’s COVID-19 Response
The U.K. this week recorded its highest single-day increase in new coronavirus cases so far, and its biggest one-day death toll since July. Today on Trend Lines, The Atlantic’s Tom McTague joins WPR’s Elliot Waldman to discuss the structural failures that undermined Britain’s COVID-19 response.
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