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Undercurrents is a regular podcast series featuring interviews with Chatham House experts - and others - about the critical underlying issues which are shaping modern society. Hosted by staff from across the institute, each episode goes in-depth on a topic, looking beyond the news to explore the issues shaping global politics.

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Undercurrents is a regular podcast series featuring interviews with Chatham House experts - and others - about the critical underlying issues which are shaping modern society. Hosted by staff from across the institute, each episode goes in-depth on a topic, looking beyond the news to explore the issues shaping global politics.

    War in Ukraine: Rebuilding Ukraine

    War in Ukraine: Rebuilding Ukraine

    In this final episode of our special series, we speak to Ambassador Vadym Prystaiko and Professor Georgiy Kassianov. How can Ukraine rebuild while coexisting with Russia? What is needed to rebuild a stronger country efficiently and effectively?
    Host: Ned Sedgwick
    Guests : Ambassador Vadym Prystaiko (Ukrainian diplomat currently serving as Ukraine's Ambassador to the UK), Professor Georgiy Kassianov (Maria Curie-Skłodowska University in Lublin, Poland)
    This episode was produced by David Dargahi of Earshot Strategies on behalf of Chatham House.

    • 27 min
    War in Ukraine: How Russia and its oligarchs avoid sanctions

    War in Ukraine: How Russia and its oligarchs avoid sanctions

    How have western financial institutions created loopholes for the Russian elite? Are sanctions truly enforceable on oligarchs with a strong foothold in cities like London? What is Putin’s role in all of this?
    Host: Ned Sedgwick 
    Guests: Thomas Mayne (Chatham House Visiting Fellow, Russia and Eurasia Programme), Oliver Bullough (author of Butler to the World and Moneyland)
    This episode was produced by David Dargahi of Earshot Strategies on behalf of Chatham House.

    • 23 min
    War in Ukraine: Impact of ongoing food shortage crisis

    War in Ukraine: Impact of ongoing food shortage crisis

    In this episode we follow up on the food shortage crisis we looked at in the beginning weeks of the war on episode two. What long-term problems can we expect because of the disruption to agriculture in Ukraine? Is there any hope for a solution?
    Host: Ned Sedgwick 
    Guests :Marianne Schneider-Petsinger (Chatham House Senior Research Fellow, Global Economy and Finance Programme; Project Director, Global Trade Policy Forum), Laura Wellesley (Chatham House Senior Research Fellow, Environment and Society Programme)
    This episode was produced by David Dargahi of Earshot Strategies on behalf of Chatham House.

    • 21 min
    War in Ukraine: The UN and EU response

    War in Ukraine: The UN and EU response

    What can the UN do on the ground to help the people of Ukraine? Does the war bring the EU a greater sense of purpose or does it mask underlying issues?
    Host: Ned Sedgwick 
    Guests :Saviano Abreu (Head of Communications at The UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs) Pepijn Bergsen (Research Fellow, Europe Progamme)
    This episode was produced by David Dargahi of Earshot Strategies on behalf of Chatham House.

    • 25 min
    Transformative diplomacy in peace talks

    Transformative diplomacy in peace talks

    Why are some peace talks more fruitful than others? Why do negotiations break down? What role can mediators play in sensitive discussions? To answer these questions, Mariana is joined by Isabel Bramsen, who discusses her recent article in the International Affairs journal.
    In it, Isabel draws on her research and first-hand experiences as a neutral observer during the Philippines peace talks in 2017. They explore key learnings for policymakers and diplomats, including the transformative role of in-person interactions. Then, Isabel assesses the prospect of peace talks in the context of the ongoing conflict in Ukraine.
    Read the International Affairs article:
    Transformative diplomacy? Micro-sociological observations from the Philippine peace talks
    Credits:
    Speaker: Isabel Bramsen
    Host: Mariana Vieira
    Editor: Jamie Reed
    Recorded and produced by Chatham House. 

    • 23 min
    War in Ukraine: Military doctrine

    War in Ukraine: Military doctrine

    What has the war revealed about both the Russian and Ukranian military capabilities? Was the Russian military surprisingly unprepared? What impact is the course of the war having on the global military industrial complex.
    Host: Ned Sedgwick 
    Guests :Andrew Dorman  (Chatham House Editor of International Affairs, Professor of International Security at Kings College), Bettina Renz (Professor at the School of Politics, University of Nottingham)
    This episode was produced by David Dargahi of Earshot Strategies on behalf of Chatham House.

    • 28 min

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