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Deep Dish on Global Affairs goes beyond the headlines on critical global issues. With world news in rapid development, Deep Dish brings together experts in foreign policy, national security, economics, and whatever field is in flux during the week to talk through what's happening, why, and why it ma…

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    Kazakhstan's Uncertain Future—January 13, 2022

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 13, 2022 53:14

    At least 164 people are dead and thousands are imprisoned after mysterious instigators overtook Kazakhstan's peaceful protests and Russian troops brutally cracked down on demonstrators. Journalist Joanna Lillis and researcher Nargis Kassenova join Deep Dish to unpack the domestic politics driving civil society action and whether Kremlin interference is the new norm in a critically important country for Russia, China, and the United States.   Don't forget to share your feedback about our show in our listener survey!

    Democracy is in Danger Worldwide. Here's What to Do. —January 6, 2022

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 6, 2022 34:41

    One year after the attack on the United States Capitol, 64 percent of Americans believe US democracy is "in crisis and at risk of failing," an NPR/Ipsos poll revealed this week. Democracy expert Larry Diamond joins Deep Dish to explain why democracy has been declining around the world for the last 15 years and offer urgent solutions to stop its retreat.   If you're a Deep Dish subscriber, don't forget to share your thoughts in our listener survey.

    Why is Putin Threatening to Invade Ukraine (Again)?—December 16, 2021

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 16, 2021 39:23

    A major Russian troop buildup on the Ukrainian border has the international community concerned about the possibility of an invasion. The Atlantic Council's Melinda Haring and George Washington University's Maria Snegovaya join Deep Dish to explain the factors driving Russia's threats against Ukraine, what's going on in Putin's mind, and why this conflict matters for the world. Share your feedback about our show in our new listener survey!

    Don't Overlook the Looming Balkans Crisis—December 9, 2021

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 9, 2021 47:05

    Russia's aggression towards Ukraine is dominating headlines, but another crisis looms in Eastern Europe: the Balkans. Bosnia and Herzegovina experts Jasmin Mujanović and Patrice McMahon join Deep Dish to explain why the risk of conflict is so high and how Europe and the United States can help ensure more than a decade of peace continues.  

    Holiday Shopping Woes? Look Beyond COVID-19 to Trade Politics—December 2, 2021

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 2, 2021 42:14

    This holiday season we're all seeing the impact of shifts in the global trade system firsthand while shopping: shortages, high prices, and long shipping delays. The Economist's Soumaya Keynes joins Deep Dish to explain why this situation is about more than just supply chains or COVID-19—it's about politics and the way our world is dismantling the rules-based trade system.  

    Thanksgiving Break—November 25, 2021

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 25, 2021 0:38

    Deep Dish is taking this week off for the Thanksgiving holiday in the US, but we'll be back next week with a new episode! In the meantime, here's a quick note about Giving Tuesday. We're able to make this show because of the support from our community of listeners —people like you!   Would you consider making a tax-deductible gift this upcoming Giving Tuesday so that we can keep bringing you Deep Dish each week? To make a gift, just go to our website.   Thank you for your generosity and join us next week for another slice of Deep Dish!  -The Deep Dish team

    Belarus Weaponizes Migrants to Target European Union—November 18, 2021

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 18, 2021 27:00

    At least 2,000 Middle Eastern migrants spent weeks trapped at checkpoints between Belarus and Poland—unable to legally enter the European Union and, until today, unable to return to Belarus or go home. Former US Ambassador to Poland Daniel Fried joins host Brian Hanson on Deep Dish to explain how Belarus' strongman President Lukashenka weaponized these migrants as a tool of "hybrid war," and why Russia's President Putin looms behind this crisis—and others—on Europe's doorstep.

    Shocks, Shortages, and Solutions in the Green Energy Era—November 11, 2021

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 11, 2021 39:16

    As countries finalize their commitments at the UN Climate Conference, COP26, soaring global energy prices and shortages around the world emphasize our world's current dependence on fossil fuels. The Economist's Vijay Vaitheeswaran and the Just Transition Initiative's Sandeep Pai join Deep Dish to explain what the energy crisis tell us about the costs of a green energy transition and how to manage shocks in a way that ensures countries and communities with fewer resources are not left behind. 

    Climate Change: The Biggest US Security Threat?—November 4, 2021

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 4, 2021 38:34

    Recent US intelligence and defense agency reports warn that a warming climate is a fundamental threat to US national security by raising geopolitical tensions, increasing instability, and driving mass migration. The Center for Climate and Security's Erin Sikorsky and the Quincy Institute for Responsible Statecraft's Anatol Lieven join Deep Dish to examine what a climate-focused US national security and defense strategy might look like and how to balance other competing threats.

    Inside China's Nuclear Strategy—October 28, 2021

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 28, 2021 38:20

    China's rapid recent nuclear expansion—from a hypersonic missile test to hundreds of new nuclear missile silos—is a stark contrast to years of a minimum deterrence approach. To explain the shift, Carnegie Endowment for International Peace's Tong Zhao joins host Brian Hanson on Deep Dish to unpack China's nuclear strategy, the need for nuclear stability, and how to avoid an arms race or worse.

    Domestic Terrorism and the Aftermath of War—October 21, 2021

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 21, 2021 40:06

    2020 marked the most significant increase in US domestic terrorism in a quarter-century, data from the Center for Strategic and International Studies reveals. The University of Chicago's Kathleen Belew and Robert Pape join Deep Dish to explain the trends they believe are driving the uptick and the role war and conflict play in shaping these groups. Further Reading The Capitol Rioters Aren't Like Other Extremists, the Atlantic, by Robert Pape What an Analysis of 377 Americans Arrested or Charged in the Capitol Insurrection Tells Us, Washington Post, by Robert Pape Bring the War Home by Kathleen Belew The Right Way to Understand White Nationalist Terrorism,  New York Times, by Kathleen Belew

    The Debate on US Taiwan Policy (Rebroadcast)—October 14, 2021

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 14, 2021 40:30

    For decades, American foreign policy on Taiwan has been rooted in strategic ambiguity, but after China's President Xi Jinping's call for “reunification” with Taiwan and record military presence near the island, is it time to rethink this approach? Rand Corporation's Michael Mazarr and the Commander Michele Lowe join Deep Dish to explore the options in a constructive debate on the benefits—and costs—of a shift in policy.

    What Do Americans Want from Biden's Foreign Policy?—October 7, 2021

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 7, 2021 39:34

    The 2021 Chicago Council Survey shows Americans are on board with the majority of the Biden administration's foreign policy agenda, which is focused on decisions that benefit everyday Americans. But when it comes to trade, there are important differences between public opinion and this approach to foreign policy. Council President Ivo Daalder and the American Enterprise Institute's Kori Schake join Deep Dish to explain what Americans think of a "Foreign Policy for the Middle Class” and why the administration should reassess some of their assumptions.   After the episode, explore the data. 

    Will German Elections Set a New Direction after Merkel?—September 30, 2021

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 30, 2021 41:36

    German voters prioritized stability in the first post-Merkel election—voting for the party who most emulated the former chancellor's approach to government, the Social Democrats (SPD), instead of Merkel's Christian Democratic Union (CDU). What does the narrow SPD victory tell us about the German political landscape and important Western trends like populism? Ulrike Franke and Sheri Berman join Deep Dish to explain how potential coalition governments could shape German foreign policy and the relationship with the United States.  

    What Trudeau's Win Means for Canadian Foreign Policy—September 23, 2021

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 23, 2021 41:42

    Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau gambled on a snap election that left him in power, but without a majority in Parliament. With an election behind him, can he make progress on the critical foreign policy issues his government must tackle—from COVID-19 to multilateral engagement—during his third term? Canadian political scientists Roland Paris and Jennifer Welsh join Deep Dish to explain why it's time for a reset on Canadian foreign policy.  

    Renewing American Diplomacy—September 16, 2021

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 16, 2021 32:34

    Years of underinvestment, politicization, and data on looming retention problems raise urgent questions about the need for change in the United States Department of State. Ambassador Marcie Ries and Charles B. Rangel International Affairs Fellow Constanza Castro Zúñiga join Deep Dish to explain why diplomacy is still critical for American foreign policy and offer solutions to reimagine the diplomatic service for a new generation.

    Was a Responsible Exit Possible in Afghanistan?—September 9, 2021

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 9, 2021 39:05

    The US military may have exited the conflict in Afghanistan, but thousands of those who helped during the war remain. What does the United States owe those we leave behind, and is there a better way to prevent chaos and loss of life after war? Virginia Tech's Amanda Demmer and the Council's Elizabeth Shackelford join Deep Dish to explore the lessons from past military evacuations in Vietnam and South Sudan and what they tell us about the coming days in Afghanistan.  

    Globalization's Double-Edged Sword—September 2, 2021

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 2, 2021 38:19

    Globalization promised us collaboration, peace, and prosperity. But did the connectivity that linked our world together increase conflict and drive our geopolitical priorities farther apart? The European Council on Foreign Relation's Mark Leonard joins Deep Dish to discuss his new book The Age of Unpeace and his proposal for policymakers navigating our connected future. 

    Counterinsurgency's Failures, from Afghanistan to Vietnam—August 26, 2021

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 26, 2021 34:28

    After weeks of finger-pointing and accusations about the catastrophic US retreat from Afghanistan, we're taking a step back to ask some big-picture questions. What if the problem isn't the exit, but the strategy that started the intervention in the first place: counterinsurgency? US Naval War College author Jacqueline Hazelton joins Deep Dish to explain what went wrong and why we're doomed to repeat our mistakes if we don't shift strategies. 

    Pakistan's Taliban Gamble — August 19, 2021

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 19, 2021 41:50

    What will the Taliban's Afghanistan takeover mean for Pakistan—a US ally, a nuclear power, and a country beset by its own terrorism threats—and will the government's decades-long support of the Taliban backfire? Brookings' Madiha Afzal and the Financial Times' Farhan Bokhari join Deep Dish to explain Pakistan's priorities, foreign policy, and options for the future.

    Deep Dish: Cryptocurrencies, Geopolitics, & the Future of Money—August 12, 2021

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 12, 2021 40:33

    Cryptocurrencies have moved away from their anarchic origins to spark political conversations that could shift national currencies and redefine the global economy. Former Chairman of the US Commodity Futures Trading Commission Tim Massad and the Financial Times' Gillian Tett join Brian Hanson on Deep Dish to explore digital currencies and their effect on geopolitics. 

    Who Benefits from US-China Competition in Africa?—August 5, 2021

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 5, 2021 33:39

    China's massive investment in Africa through the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) has prompted concern over political influence—enough for the G-7 to form a rival initiative, the Build Back Better World (B3W). The Center for Global Development's Gyude Moore and the US Navy's Michele Lowe join Elizabeth Shackelford on Deep Dish to explore whether these programs are positive or negative and how African countries can take control of their futures. 

    Congress Has Abandoned Its War Powers. Here's What to Do About It. — July 22, 2021 (Rebroadcast)

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 22, 2021 29:09

    This week a bipartisan group of US senators introduced a bill to reform the 48-year-old War Powers Act—the law intended to check a president's ability to declare war. Yale Law School's Oona Hathaway joins Deep Dish to explain why it's so important for Congress to revive its war powers and offer a potential solution. 

    Leaderless, Haiti Braces for Political Transition—July 15, 2021

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 15, 2021 49:33

    Haiti is in political turmoil after President Moïse's assassination in his home last week. The Miami Herald's Jacqueline Charles and the University of Virginia's Robert Fatton Jr. join Deep Dish to assess the country's stability, how international interference factored into the hollowing out of democratic institutions, and what could tip the scales towards disaster or hope for the future. 

    Ten Years Later, What Went Wrong in South Sudan—July 8, 2021

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 8, 2021 48:36

    Ten years after South Sudan's independence, Ambassador Susan D. Page joins the Council's Elizabeth Shackelford on Deep Dish to discuss their shared history in the country, what went wrong with statehood, and the lessons the international community must learn for the future.  

    The Chinese Communist Party's Next 100 Years—July 1, 2021

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 1, 2021 44:33

    A century after the founding of the Chinese Communist Party, Bruce Dickson, author of The Party and the People: Chinese Politics in the 21st Century, joins Deep Dish to examine how the party maintains its power and what influences will shape its future—and geopolitics. 

    Nicaragua's Looming “Second Dictatorship”—June 24, 2021

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 24, 2021 46:49

    After nearly 20 politically motivated arrests in the last month, Nicaraguan President Ortega's crackdown on his opposition could shake the country's democracy. Researcher Ryan Berg and journalist Cindy Regidor join Deep Dish to explain the field for November's presidential election and whether we're witnessing the rise of a “second dictatorship.”

    Are NATO Allies on the Same Page? — June 17, 2021

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 17, 2021 49:29

    Underneath the public face of unity at this week's NATO meetings, potential disagreements and fissures between the United States and its European allies could significantly complicate the US' return to the global stage. Council President Ivo Daalder and the New York Times' Steve Erlanger join Deep Dish to analyze if President Biden has successfully reinvigorated the alliance and whether a shared agenda exists.

    A New Approach to Building Peace — June 10, 2021

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 10, 2021 40:54

    Researcher and practitioner Séverine Autesserre argues that traditional approaches to peacebuilding often fail because they follow a top-down formula: expert expatriates parachute in to solve a problem with big budgets, cut-and-paste solutions, and a return ticket home. She joins Deep Dish to explain why a new strategy is needed and how grassroots efforts offer hope for an end to violent conflict.

    How Population Shapes Power — June 3, 2021

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 3, 2021 35:31

    China announced families can now have three children as opposed to two — a reaction to new data showing shocking population growth slowdowns and mirroring global declines. Demographics expert Nicholas Eberstadt joins Deep Dish to explain why population size, capabilities, and characteristics matter more for competition between great powers than economic or military power. 

    Is Fear of Great Power Competition in the Arctic Overheated? — May 27, 2021

    Play Episode Listen Later May 27, 2021 47:18

    US Secretary of State Blinken reaffirmed the United States’ commitment to protecting American interests in the Arctic last week—but what does that mean, exactly? Arctic experts Eugene Rumer and Rebecca Pincus join Deep Dish to unpack the debate over the Arctic’s potential as a geopolitical flashpoint and possibilities for a very cold new Cold War.

    Martin Indyk on Breaking the Hamas-Israel Cycle of Violence—May 20, 2021 

    Play Episode Listen Later May 20, 2021 40:16

    After a cease-fire between Israel and Hamas, former United States Special Envoy for Israeli-Palestinian Negotiations Martin Indyk joins Deep Dish to explain the pattern driving the latest violence, and implications for the peace process, regional stability, and President Biden’s desire to pivot away from the Middle East. 

    Turkey's Role in Geopolitics — May 13, 2021

    Play Episode Listen Later May 13, 2021 45:04

    Turkish President Erdoğan initially pursued “zero problems with neighbors” as a foreign policy strategy, but now relies on the country’s military might to achieve political goals. Brookings’ Kemal Kirişci and journalist Ayla Jean Yackley join Deep Dish to explain what Turkey’s approach means for neighbors, allies, and foes.

    We’re Leaving Afghanistan. Now What? — May 6, 2021

    Play Episode Listen Later May 6, 2021 35:50

    Afghan President Ashraf Ghani called the United States' decision to leave Afghanistan by September 11 a “moment of both opportunity and risk” this week. The University of Texas at Austin’s Aaron O’Connell and the International Crisis Group’s Andrew Watkins join guest host Elizabeth Shackelford on Deep Dish to examine whether the United States can withdraw without undermining regional stability.  

    Preventing the Next Pandemic — April 29, 2021

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 29, 2021 29:21

    Vice President Kamala Harris urged world leaders at the United Nations this week to begin preparing for the next pandemic, even as COVID-19 case numbers continue to rise in some parts of the world. Abbott’s Gavin Cloherty and the Carey Institute’s Barbara Han join Deep Dish to explain their strategies for tracking infections and why collaboration is the key to preventing future outbreaks. 

    Will Brexit Undermine Peace in Northern Ireland? April 22, 2021

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 22, 2021 55:14

    Twenty-three years after the Good Friday Accords, sectarian violence in Northern Ireland is once again making headlines. The European University Institute’s Brigid Laffan and POLITICO Europe’s Shawn Pogatchnik join Deep Dish to explain why the trade fallout from Brexit could destroy the fragile peace.

    What Somalia's Election Failure Means for Regional Stability — April 15, 2021

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 15, 2021 38:53

    After failing to hold elections in February, Somalia’s President Mohamed Abdullahi Farmajo passed legislation this week to extend his power for at least two more years, prompting global concern. Somali academic Abdi Aynte and former US diplomat Elizabeth Shackelford join Deep Dish to unpack the players in Somalia’s politics and what role the international community should — or shouldn’t— have in its future. 

    Bolsonaro's Battle for Power — April 8, 2021

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 8, 2021 35:05

    Brazil’s daily COVID-19 deaths passed 4,000 for first time this week, while President Jair Bolsonaro focused on firing his defense minister; reshuffling congress to ward off impeachment; and replacing the top commanders of the army, navy, and air force. Oliver Stuenkel and Sarah Maslin join Deep Dish to examine whether the pandemic could cost Bolsonaro the 2022 presidential election—or if he will find another way to hold onto power. 

    Big Boats and Broken Supply Chains — April 1, 2021

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 1, 2021 31:22

    For six days, a ship as tall as the Empire State Building, the Ever Given, was lodged in the Suez Canal – launching memes and delaying 10 percent of global trade. Flexport’s Phil Levy and the Financial Times’ Claire Jones join Deep Dish to discuss if crises like this and COVID-19 show it’s time to rethink global supply chains. 

    The Debate on US Taiwan Policy — March 25, 2021

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 25, 2021 40:17

    For decades, the United States has ensured peace for Taiwan through strategic ambiguity, but last week’s combative US-China meeting could be a signal to rethink that approach. Rand Corporation’s Michael Mazarr and the Council’s Commander Michele Lowe join Deep Dish to explore the options in a constructive debate on the benefits—and costs—of a shift in policy.

    Preventing US Allies from Going Nuclear — March 19, 2021

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 18, 2021 17:00

    The changing security environment and decaying trust in the US nuclear guarantee could lead to nuclear proliferation among allies, a new report from a task force of defense and security experts argues. Task force cochairs and report authors Kevin Rudd, Malcolm Rifkind, Chuck Hagel, and Ivo Daalder join Deep Dish to discuss possible solutions and why this is so urgent.

    COVID-19 Threatens Global Progress on Gender Equality — March 8, 2021

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 8, 2021 29:22

    New data shows women have borne the brunt of pandemic job losses, potentially undercutting decades of progress toward gender equality. To recognize Women's History Month, The Council on Foreign Relations’ Jamille Bigio joins Deep Dish to explain why women’s economic participation is not simply a matter of fairness—it’s a global prosperity and security imperative.   

    Hunger is the Deadliest Weapon of War — February 26, 2021

    Play Episode Listen Later Feb 26, 2021 30:30

    President Biden halted US support for the conflict in Yemen, but “resolving the world’s worst humanitarian crisis will require a larger paradigm shift in foreign policy,” former World Food Programme head Ertharin Cousin writes for Foreign Policy. She joins Deep Dish to explain why hunger must be treated as an essential element of military and foreign policy, not just as a humanitarian issue.

    Will India’s Farmers Rein in Modi’s Power? — February 18, 2021

    Play Episode Listen Later Feb 18, 2021 38:14

    Tens of thousands of farmers have been protesting agriculture reform in India since last November, drawing global attention and celebrity support. Sumit Ganguly and Surupa Gupta join Deep Dish to explain the economic and social impact of the movement and what it might mean for Prime Minister Modi’s hold on political power.

    Myanmar’s Democratic Transition is Failing. What now? — February 11, 2021

    Play Episode Listen Later Feb 11, 2021 36:32

    Last week’s military coup in Myanmar has undone nearly a decade of progress toward democratic reform: Nobel laureate Aung San Suu Kyi has been jailed, the public is protesting martial law across the country, and the military’s strategy to contain the situation is escalating. Christina Fink and Debra Eisenman join Deep Dish to explain Myanmar’s complicated politics and why the country’s transition toward democracy didn’t go as the West expected. 

    Freedom and Race Have Shaped Our World and Will Determine Our Future — February 4, 2021

    Play Episode Listen Later Feb 4, 2021 35:14

    Black History Month and recent US domestic political events highlight our historical struggles over freedom and race – how they have shaped our world and why they continue to influence our lives today. Historian Tyler Stovall joins Deep Dish to explain why our understanding of freedom has been fundamentally grounded in race and how understanding our past can give us the tools to move forward. 

    Do the Navalny Protests Signal Change in Putin’s Russia? — January 28, 2021

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 28, 2021 37:57

      Last weekend, more than 40,000 Russians in 100 cities marched to protest opposition leader Alexei Navalny’s arrest and signal a new era in Russian politics. The New Yorker’s Joshua Yaffa joins Deep Dish to explain why Russians both resent and rely on the state, and what that means for Russia – and President Putin’s – future.

    Russian Hack on US Requires Global Action — January 21, 2020

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 21, 2021 31:04

    Russia’s massive cyber attack on SolarWinds put some 250 US government agencies, security firms, and companies in jeopardy and exposed the sophisticated nature of today’s targeted hacks. Cyber risk expert Jody Westby joins Deep Dish to examine how the United States—and the world—can deter future attacks and prevent cyber escalation.

    What the Geopolitics of the EU-China Deal Mean for Biden — January 14, 2021

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 14, 2021 37:03

    You may have missed it, but at the end of 2020, the European Union and China solidified an investment deal that will open EU access to China’s markets while raising China’s global profile. Former US trade negotiator Wendy Cutler and the Rhodium Group’s Noah Barkin join Deep Dish to look at the geopolitical consequences of the deal and how President-elect Biden can work toward better relationships with both sides.

    Bonus Episode: The Attack on the US Capitol — January 12, 2021

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 12, 2021 31:20

    Last week’s attack at the US Capitol could have long-term effects for the stability of the United States and the state of democracy around the world. In this bonus episode of Deep Dish, journalists Susan Glasser, James Harding, and Stefan Kornelius join Council President Ivo Daalder to discuss what happened on the Council’s weekly news rundown World Review. Watch the full episode here or check out new episodes of World Review at 10:00 am CST each Friday at thechicagocouncil.org/worldreview. 

    Paul Farmer on Ebola’s Lessons for COVID-19 — January 7, 2020

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 7, 2021 37:28

    Even as more people globally are vaccinated for COVID-19, a record-breaking number died from the pandemic this week in the United States. Medical anthropologist and co-founder of Partners in Health, Paul Farmer, joins Deep Dish to explain the lessons the 2014 Ebola outbreak taught him on care and inequality and how they can be applied to fight COVID-19.

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