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WorldAffairs is dedicated to curating conversations across difference, on both global challenges and global solutions. We explore international affairs with the world’s most knowledgeable voices in politics, business, academia, media and technology. Each hour-long episode marries thought-provoking analysis from multiple perspectives to make complex issues relatable. Our expert hosts, former nuclear policy expert Philip Yun, and renowned journalists Ray Suarez and Markos Kounalakis, have only one goal: to inform and inspire listeners so they can become active participants in this great experiment of democracy.

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WorldAffairs is dedicated to curating conversations across difference, on both global challenges and global solutions. We explore international affairs with the world’s most knowledgeable voices in politics, business, academia, media and technology. Each hour-long episode marries thought-provoking analysis from multiple perspectives to make complex issues relatable. Our expert hosts, former nuclear policy expert Philip Yun, and renowned journalists Ray Suarez and Markos Kounalakis, have only one goal: to inform and inspire listeners so they can become active participants in this great experiment of democracy.

If you appreciate this episode and want to support the work we do, please sign up for a World Affairs membership. Your donation enables us to produce programs you value and it connects high school students directly with leaders in the field of international relations while engaging them in critical global issues. We cannot do this work without your help. Thank you.

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    MS-13 and El Salvador's World of Violence

    MS-13 and El Salvador's World of Violence

    How did El Salvador become one of the most violent countries on earth? And what role did the United States play in creating the notorious MS-13 gang? In this episode, we revisit and update a program we recorded in January about the origins of El Salvador’s bloody gang war with journalist William Wheeler and Joanne Elgart Jennings. Wheeler spoke with gang members, frustrated reformers, crime investigators and government officials to better understand the violence in the country and what is driving Salvadorans northward. His book is: “State of War: MS-13 and El Salvador’s World of Violence.” 
     
    Guest: 
    William Wheeler, journalist and author of State of War: MS-13 and El Salvador’s World of Violence
    Moderator:
    Joanne Elgart Jennings, executive producer & co-host
     
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    • 59 min
    Putin's Russia and the War in Afghanistan

    Putin's Russia and the War in Afghanistan

    After nearly twenty years of conflict, the United States is, once again, attempting to extricate itself from Afghanistan. This year, the US and the Taliban signed an agreement that was intended to be a first step towards an intra-Afghan peace deal and US forces began withdrawing troops. But for the time being, the peace process remains tenuous, and Afghanistan is still being used by Russia and the US as proxy war. Over the past few years, Russia has tried to present itself as an ascendant global power, expanding its influence in Syria, Ukraine, as well as Afghanistan. But Putin's government is also grappling with a raging pandemic and an economic crisis. Markos Kounalakis recently discussed Russia's delicate political moment with Steven Pifer.  He was ambassador to Ukraine, Deputy Assistant Secretary of State, and was a senior director for Russia and Eurasia at the National Security Council.
     
    Guest:
    Steven Pifer, William J Perry Fellow at Stanford, nonresident Brookings fellow and former US Ambassador to Ukraine
     
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    • 29 min
    America’s Longest War

    America’s Longest War

    United States forces have been fighting in Afghanistan for almost twenty years, making it the longest war in American history. But for many Americans, the conflict only became top of mind again after hearing reports that a Russian military intelligence unit offered bounty money to the Taliban for killing US soldiers. In this episode, we take a closer look at how the war in Afghanistan has served as a proxy conflict between the US and Russia and how it fits into Russia’s global agenda. Former US Ambassador to Afghanistan Karl Eikenberry joins co-host Ray Suarez, followed by a conversation with Jennifer Glasse of Al Jazeera.
     
    Guests: 
    Jennifer Glasse, Senior Managing Editor at the Americas at Al Jazeera
    Karl Eikenberry, former US Ambassador to Afghanistan, retired US Army Lieutenant General
     
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    • 33 min
    Why Hong Kong is Protesting Again

    Why Hong Kong is Protesting Again

    Protesters are back in the streets in Hong Kong to fight against a new security law that tightens the Chinese government’s  grip over the city. On this week’s episode, we look at how Hong Kong’s new security law will impact US-China relations, and what it means for the millions of people who live there. First, we’ll hear from Human Rights Watch’s China Director, Sophie Richardson, who argues that US-China relations are at their worst point since the Cold War. Will this new law make them worse? Next, an activist and artist from Hong Kong discusses the evolution of her city’s protest movement. Then, we revisit a conversation with journalist Mary Kay Magistad and professor Jeffrey Wasserstrom, a historian specializing in modern China. They unpack the history of Hong Kong and how the city got to where it is today. 
     
    Guests: 
    Mary Kay Magistad, former East Asia correspondent for NPR & Director of Audio Journalism at UC Berkeley
    Jeffrey Wasserstrom, Professor at UC Irvine and author of Vigil: Hong Kong on the Brink
    Sophie Richardson, China Director at Human Rights Watch and author of China, Cambodia, and the Five Principles of Peaceful Coexistence
    Claire, artist and activist from Hong Kong

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    • 59 min
    Policing After Apartheid: Lessons From South Africa

    Policing After Apartheid: Lessons From South Africa

    The United States is in the midst of a national conversation about the role systemic racism plays in law enforcement, but police brutality is not just an American problem. In this episode, we look at how South Africa has grappled with its own legacy of white supremacy and police violence. Under Apartheid, South Africa’s white leaders used the police as an instrument of control, enforcing a web of laws that bound black lives. When liberation came with the end of Apartheid, the police were supposedly reformed. Now, a quarter-center later, has anything changed? Co-host Ray Suarez talks with Stan Henkeman, Executive Director of the Institute for Justice and Reconciliation in South Africa, and John Steinberg, Professor of African Studies at Oxford University, about South Africa’s cautionary tale of police reforms made after Apartheid.
     
    Guests: 
    Stan Henkeman, Executive director of the Institute and Reconciliation in South Africa
    Jonny Steinberg, African Studies Professor, at Oxford University
    Credits:
    Philip Yun, President and CEO, WorldAffairs
    Ray Suarez, co-host, WorldAffairs
    Teresa Cotsirilos, producer, WorldAffairs
    Jarrod Sport, senior producer, WorldAffairs
    Joanne Elgart Jennings, executive producer, WorldAffairs
     
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    • 29 min
    Jinho’s Journey: Fighting Police Violence From the Inside

    Jinho’s Journey: Fighting Police Violence From the Inside

    Black Lives Matter might be the largest social movement in American history. Last month, an estimated 15-25 million people took to the streets to protest police violence, launching a national conversation about the role systemic racism plays in law enforcement. In this episode, producer Teresa Cotsirilos tells the story of a man whose past experiences with the police drove him to fight for justice from the inside. Jinho Ferreira, also known as “The Piper,” discusses his childhood in West Oakland, his experiences working in law enforcement and what it means to be an artist in a moment of radical change.
    Guest: 
    Jinho Ferreira, artist, actor and former Alameda County Sheriff’s Deputy
    Credits:
    Teresa Cotsirilos, producer
    Jarrod Sport, senior producer
    Joanne Elgart Jennings, executive producer
    Philip Yun, President and CEO
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    • 29 min

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104 Ratings

DaniloED ,

Excellent topics and speakers, but mediocre interviewers/moderators

I enjoy listening to the speakers, and the topics are often interesting. If the introductory speaker/moderators were better, this podcast would go from good to great.

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Fascinating conversations

Timely and informative conversations and stories about global issues that affect us all.

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very informative and timely

i enjoy all episodes but especially interviews by mina. it’s like having two extraordinarily intelligent friends having a talk in my living room.

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