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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.

    Episode 105: EU-Turkish migration and borders

    Episode 105: EU-Turkish migration and borders

    Six years after the EU-Turkey Joint Statement, domestic changes in Turkey and international developments such as the Taliban takeover in Afghanistan have ensured the border between Greece and Turkey remains a hotspot for migration flows.
    Today, Turkey is one of the world’s biggest refugee-receiving countries and hosts four million refugees.
    In this episode, Ayşen Üstübici, assistant professor at Koç University in Istanbul, speaks to Mariana about EU-Turkey migration diplomacy and the Turkish role in international migration governance.
    Looking back, Ayşen outlines the implications of the 2016 statement and the evolving attitudes of Turkish cities towards migrants and asylum-seekers in the intervening years.
    Then Stefanos Levidis from Forensic Architecture explores the other side of the border with Danai, looking at the Greek case as the external border of the EU.
    Stefanos explains why the EU-Turkey border is important and how the natural environment can be weaponized to enforce border controls.
    Read Chatham House’s expert comments on EU migration policies: https://www.chathamhouse.org/2022/03/ukraine-exposes-europes-double-standards-refugees
    https://www.chathamhouse.org/2020/10/what-externalization-and-why-it-threat-refugees
    Credits:
    Speakers: Ayşen Üstübici, Stefanos Levidis
    Hosts: Danai Avgeri, Mariana Vieira
    Editor: Jamie Reed Sound Services
    Recorded and produced by Chatham House

    • 57 min
    War in Ukraine: Disinformation and the cyber war

    War in Ukraine: Disinformation and the cyber war

    How does Russia use disinformation and who are they targeting? How are social networks shaping the war in Ukraine? What can be done to stop the spread of disinformation? Host: Ned Sedgwick 
    Clips used: BBC News
    Guests: Emily Taylor, Keir Giles, Damian Collins MP
    This episode was produced by David Dargahi and Anouk Millet of Earshot Strategies on behalf of Chatham House.

    • 26 min
    Power for refugees: Cooking

    Power for refugees: Cooking

    Power for refugees is a new two-part podcast on the Undercurrents podcast feed. Over two episodes Ben explores an often-overlooked aspect of humanitarian assistance: access to energy.
    From Afghanistan to Ukraine to Sudan - the world is grappling with the consequences that emerge when people are forced to flee from their homes. One factor that does not usually make the headlines is that many people displaced by conflict or natural disasters lack access to the energy services that are necessary for forging dignified lives and livelihoods. 
    This second episode examines efforts to provide alternative fuel for cooking in displaced settings in Kenya, Niger and Rwanda, shedding light on what has worked and what has not.
    Approximately 81% of refugees rely on basic fuels like wood for cooking. This brings about major difficulties for refugees and the environment, such as illness-inducing fumes from burning wood, the threat of violence to the women and girls who travel often long distances to collect wood, and deforestation.
    Since 2015, Chatham House has been researching this issue and convening dialogues to spur action by humanitarians, energy companies and others. Our seminal Heat, Light and Power report provided the first ever comprehensive assessment of access to energy in refugee camps and urban areas with high numbers of refugees.
    This two-part podcast is part of the Renewable Energy for Refugees project. Led by Practical Action, the project provides access to affordable and sustainable sources of renewable energy, and improves the health, wellbeing and security of refugees and neighbouring communities.
    Credits:
    Speakers: Suzy Huber (Inyenyeri), Benoit Moreno (UNHCR Niger), Syrus Mutua (Sanivation)
    Host: Ben Horton
    Editor: Jamie Reed Sound Services
    Recorded and produced by Chatham House

    • 56 min
    Power for refugees: Electricity

    Power for refugees: Electricity

    Power for refugees is a new two-part podcast on the Undercurrents podcast feed. Over two episodes Ben explores an often-overlooked aspect of humanitarian assistance: access to energy.
    From Afghanistan to Ukraine to Sudan - the world is grappling with the consequences that emerge when people are forced to flee from their homes. One factor that does not usually make the headlines is that many people displaced by conflict or natural disasters lack access to the energy services that are necessary for forging dignified lives and livelihoods. 
    Approximately 94% of refugees do not have access to electricity to heat or cool hospitals, schools and dwellings, or to light streets. This first part examines efforts to electrify refugee settlements in Ethiopia, Kenya and Rwanda, shedding light on what has worked and what has not.
    Since 2015, Chatham House has been researching this issue and convening dialogues to spur action by humanitarians, energy companies and others. Our seminal Heat, Light and Power report provided the first ever comprehensive assessment of access to energy in refugee camps and urban areas with high numbers of refugees.
    This two-part podcast is part of the Renewable Energy for Refugees project. Led by Practical Action, the project provides access to affordable and sustainable sources of renewable energy, and improves the health, wellbeing and security of refugees and neighbouring communities.
    Credits:
    Speakers: Emmanuel Aziebor (Mercy Corps), Laura Clarke (Practical Action), Kevin Mwangi (GIZ)
    Host: Ben Horton
    Editor: Jamie Reed Sound Services
    Recorded and produced by Chatham House

    • 59 min
    War in Ukraine: How is the invasion impacting China?

    War in Ukraine: How is the invasion impacting China?

    Examining China and its relationship to Russia and Ukraine.
    What is China’s role in the war in Ukraine? What is the state of the relationship between Xi Jinping and Vladimir Putin? Should they serve as mediator or do they have an active interest in a particular outcome?  
    Host: Ned Sedgwick 
    Clips used: South China Morning Post
    Guests: Professor Rana Mitter, Dr. Yu Jie
    This episode was produced by David Dargahi of Earshot Strategies on behalf of Chatham House.

    • 28 min
    Contentious politics: Libya's decade of upheaval

    Contentious politics: Libya's decade of upheaval

    The Contentious politics since the ‘Arab Spring’ project seeks to challenge the current prevalent narrative of a failed 2010/2011 series of revolutions in the Middle East and North Africa. The project does this by interrogating the events in the Arab region since 2010 in a critical light, and by introducing a more nuanced analytical lens to understanding the evolution of change in the region and its contentious politics. The project is supported by the Carnegie Corporation New York.
    In this four-part mini-series from the Undercurrents podcast, Dr Lina Khatib, the Director of the MENA Programme at Chatham House speaks to leading experts about the great upheaval which occurred in the Arab region during the ‘Arab Spring’, the changes across Arab countries that have happened since and the outlook for the future.
    In the final episode, Lina and Libyan peace activist Zahra' Langhi discuss the struggle to rebuild Libya’s institutions and the critical role played by women in this movement and the need for the international community to embrace a rights-based approach.
    Find out more:
    Contentious politics since the ‘Arab Spring’
    Credits:
    Speaker: Zahra' Langhi
    Host: Lina Khatib
    Editor: Jamie Reed Sound Services
    Recorded and produced by Chatham House.

    • 39 min

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