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Journalists, policymakers, diplomats and scholars discuss under-reported news, trends and topics from around the world.

Named by The Guardian as “One of 27 Podcasts to Make You Smarter” Global Dispatches is podcast about foreign policy and world affairs.

Global Dispatches -- World News That Matters Mark Leon Goldberg

    • News Commentary

Journalists, policymakers, diplomats and scholars discuss under-reported news, trends and topics from around the world.

Named by The Guardian as “One of 27 Podcasts to Make You Smarter” Global Dispatches is podcast about foreign policy and world affairs.

    The Coronavirus Human Rights Crackdown

    The Coronavirus Human Rights Crackdown

    During this state of emergency, some governments are using this time as a pretext to further consolidate power, crack down on a free press, and restrict civil liberties.

    Philippe Bolopion is the deputy director for global advocacy at Human Rights Watch. He chimes in to discuss how regimes are using the coronavirus pandemic to justify crackdowns and human rights abuse. We start with the example of Hungary and discuss other examples of leaders invoking COVID-19 to entrench themselves in power.

    • 30 min
    How Are Different Countries Handling COVID-19? | A Comparison of Political Systems

    How Are Different Countries Handling COVID-19? | A Comparison of Political Systems

    Today, nearly every country on earth has reported cases of COVID-19. In this episode, comparative politics gives us a helpful lens for understanding why some countries are dealing with it better than others. Sofia Fenner, assistant professor at Bryn Mawr College, specializes in comparative politics. Recently, She wrote an article that explains whether or not certain characteristics of a state determine how well it will respond to the crisis. We specifically compare authoritarian systems with democracies.

    • 32 min
    COVID-19 and Humanitarian Crises -- How Will NGOs Respond?

    COVID-19 and Humanitarian Crises -- How Will NGOs Respond?

    International non-governmental organizations provide emergency relief to people caught up in crisis. Now, they must respond to the impact of the coronavirus.

    I spoke with Susannah Friedman, the Humanitarian Policy Director for CARE, a large global humanitarian organization. We discuss the $2 billion funding appeal launched by the UN to coordinate a global response to COVID-19. We then discuss what CARE is doing to prepare for COVID-19 and how they can give aid to women and girls in vulnerable situations

    • 29 min
    Massive Swarms of Desert Locusts Are Causing Crisis in East Africa

    Massive Swarms of Desert Locusts Are Causing Crisis in East Africa

    Today, Ethiopia and Somalia are experiencing its worst locust situation in 25 years. For parts of Kenya, the swarms are larger than they have been in the last 70 years. These massive swarms are threatening to plunge this vulnerable region deeper into crisis.

    To help explain the situation is Keith Cressman of the UN Food and Agriculture Organization. He explains why we are seeing an upsurge in desert locusts in East Africa, its impact on the lives of people in this region, and how to mitigate the swarms.

    • 36 min
    Do International Criminal Courts Actually Deter War Crimes? |Interview with Jacqueline McAllister

    Do International Criminal Courts Actually Deter War Crimes? |Interview with Jacqueline McAllister

    Jacqueline McAllister is an assistant professor of political science at Kenyon College. Her article, titled "Deterring Wartime Atrocities: Hard Lessons from the Yugoslav Tribunal" examines whether or not the ICTY was able to prevent war crimes during the wars in the Balkans.

    She finds that, indeed, there were some circumstances in which the ICTY deterred war crimes. We discuss conditions for deterrence , how she arrived at her findings, and the implications her study has for other war crimes tribunals.

    • 35 min
    The Coronavirus Pandemic and Its Effect on Low Income Countries and Global Development with Amanda Glassman

    The Coronavirus Pandemic and Its Effect on Low Income Countries and Global Development with Amanda Glassman

    The coronavirus pandemic could have major implications for international development. For now, low income countries have not yet recorded significant clusters of the coronavirus --  but the economic consequences of the virus are being felt around the world.

    Amanda Glassman is on the line with me to discuss the potential effects of the coronavirus on global development. She is the executive vice president and senior fellow with the Center for Global Development, and an international development expert.

    • 28 min

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