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Oct 3, 2022 Hopkins Podcast on Foreign Affairs
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In this episode, we examine the United States' relationship with Taiwan, the future of its strategic ambiguity policy, and an increasingly aggressive Chinese posture toward Taiwan. Joining us on the podcast is Dr. Zack Cooper, senior fellow at the American Enterprise Institute.
Topics: USA, China, Taiwan, foreign affairs, war, politics
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Sep 28, 2022 Hopkins Podcast on Foreign Affairs
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Summer 2022 was one of the hottest summers on record, and intense heat waves have become a regular facet of the worsening global climate crisis. Alice Hill joins me on this episode to discuss a world overheating, its devastating impact on our health, infrastructure, and agriculture, and how we can best prepare for record-breaking temperatures.
Topics: Climate Change, Overheating, Climate Crisis
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Sep 22, 2022 Hopkins Podcast on Foreign Affairs
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The work of the government has transformed to accord with an increasingly digitized world. How has the change in technology transformed espionage?  On today’s episode, we explore modern espionage, its evolution since the Cold War, and its role in current foreign relations. We consider the future of espionage and international security as technology continues to advance and becomes increasingly accessible via the private sector. Joining us today on the podcast is Emily Harding.
Topics: Foreign affairs, USA, espionage, Russia, law, human rights, technology, AI
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Sep 19, 2022 Hopkins Podcast on Foreign Affairs
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 On August 12, 2022, novelist Salman Rushdie was almost fatally stabbed nearly thirty years after the Iranian Supreme leader issued a fatwa placing a several million dollar bounty on the novelist’s life. This attack has shined a spotlight onto the state of free speech worldwide. How have states cracked down on free speech? And in an increasingly digitized world, how has the internet changed access to free speech?
Topics: Free Speech, US, Censorship
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Sep 1, 2022 Hopkins Podcast on Foreign Affairs
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August 15 marks one year since the Taliban took over Kabul after the U.S. withdrawal. Afghanistan has since undergone dramatic changes. Outside monitors have raised human rights concerns, as the Taliban implemented changes to women’s rights, education systems, and activism. We explore the current political structure and economic state of the country under the Taliban’s rule. We also discuss President Joe Biden’s strategy towards Afghanistan and the future of the conflict-ridden country....
Topics: Afghanistan, USA, terrorism, foreign affairs, war
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Aug 26, 2022 Hopkins Podcast on Foreign Affairs
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When Russia invaded Ukraine in February, the United States and its allies jumped to support Ukraine and cut off Russia from the international stage. The Russian invasion and subsequent military aid to Ukraine has placed one nuclear power in proxy war with another, a dangerous prospect. In today’s episode, we discuss the state of NATO-Russia relations, how likely conflict between Russia and NATO is, what circumstances would lead to military conflict, and finally how Russia and the United...
Topics: Russia, Ukraine, NATO, US
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Aug 22, 2022 Hopkins Podcast on Foreign Affairs
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Beginning in the late 20th century, American companies and companies from developed countries moved their manufacturing operations to developing countries, most notably China. On today’s podcast, we discuss the abandonment of this offshoring policy in favor of a “friendshoring” policy, wherein companies have begun to move production operations out of China and into countries with less political risk. We also discuss the reasons behind the original practice of offshoring, why businesses...
Topics: Friendshoring, China, USA
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Aug 17, 2022 Hopkins Podcast on Foreign Affairs
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In this episode, we discuss the fall and legacy of Boris Johnson, as well as the key candidates in the current race to become prime minister. We discuss the central domestic and foreign policy issues of each candidate’s campaign and explore how each candidate will affect the U.K.’s relationship with the EU and the U.S. Finally, we will delve into what each candidate means for the future of the U.K. Joining us on the podcast in Anand Menon.
Topics: United Kingdom, democracy, elections, Brexit, politics, Boris Johnson, Ireland
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Aug 12, 2022 Hopkins Podcast on Foreign Affairs
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In May 2022, Sweden abandoned its long-standing policy of military non-alignment and formally requested to join NATO. This decision comes in the wake of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine earlier this year. In this special episode, we discuss why exactly Sweden chose this moment to apply for NATO membership and how extending NATO membership to Sweden may impact NATO’s capabilities. We also discuss what this move will mean for the future of Russia-NATO relations and European security.
Topics: Sweden, NATO, Ukraine, Russia
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Aug 12, 2022 Hopkins Podcast on Foreign Affairs
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In today's episode, Ambassador of Sweden to the United States Karin Olofsdotter discusses Sweden's decision to apply for NATO membership and depart from its historical policy of nonalignment.
Topics: NATO, Sweden, foreign affairs, politics, Russia, Ukraine, USA
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Jul 26, 2022 Hopkins Podcast on Foreign Affairs
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After days of political turmoil, Mario Draghi resigned from his post as Italy’s Prime Minister on July 21st, 2022. As a result, a new election is set to take place in September. In today’s podcast, we discuss Italy’s policies and development under Draghi as well as just how and why the current government coalition imploded. We will then examine the possible motivations behind President Mattarella’s decision to hold elections in just two months and what Italy’s economy and foreign...
Topics: Italy, Draghi, Elections, Politics
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Jul 12, 2022 Hopkins Podcast on Foreign Affairs
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 In January 2022, Kazakhstan faced the biggest protests the country has ever seen, resulting in mass casualties and spurring efforts for democratic reform. In this episode, we discuss the past civic conflicts in Kazakhstan and why the protests in 2022 became violent. How did President Tokayev and his government respond to these protests? How likely are his reforms going to significantly alter Kazakhstan’s political system and society? Here to answer these pressing questions is Mr. Bruce...
Topics: Politics, international affairs, Kazakhstan, Asia, Central Asia, democracy
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Jul 6, 2022 Hopkins Podcast on Foreign Affairs
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People around the world have seen the effects of climate change – such as droughts, rising ocean levels, and changing weather patterns – that have exacerbated ongoing food and health crises. These are all alarming reminders that the existential deadlines for international climate goals are fast-approaching. A global energy crisis prompted by Russia’s invasion of Ukraine further complicates this reality. Amidst this crisis, what are policy makers doing about reaching international climate...
Topics: Climate change, politics, education, international affairs, Europe, EU, economics
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Jul 3, 2022 Hopkins Podcast on Foreign Affairs
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  In February 2022, Russia invaded Ukraine in clear violation of the UN charter, which prohibits the use of force against the territorial integrity or political independence of any state. Since the invasion, there have been real-time reports of war crimes being committed by the Russian military in Ukraine, including the targeting and killing of civilians. In addition to a torrent of sanctions being applied across the world against Russia, the chief prosecutor of the international criminal...
Topics: Russia, International Criminal Court, Ukraine
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Jun 29, 2022 Hopkins Podcast on Foreign Affairs
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Hello and welcome to the Hopkins Podcast on Foreign Affairs. My name is Jina Lim and I am joined by my co-host Chris Park. With Article II treaties decreasing drastically over the past administrations, there has been a trend of presidents using executive agreements to handle international affairs. This increasingly liberal use of executive agreements along with unilateral withdrawal and re-entering of recent treaties has been the causes for conflict. Can presidents withdraw from treaties...
Topics: Politics, international affairs, foreign affairs, US, USA, United States, education
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Jun 24, 2022 Hopkins Podcast on Foreign Affairs
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Today we will be discussing the ongoing violence and civil conflict in Colombia, a country that has been marked by growing tensions between guerilla groups and the national government. Since the 2016 peace plan to ease such tensions and punish the extremist groups, there has been a rise in street protests, violence, and internally displaced individuals. In spite of this plan’s implementation, how has the country managed to suffer from a combination of political polarization and civilian...
Topics: Colombia, United States, USA, war, international affairs, foreign affairs, politics, education
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Jun 18, 2022 Hopkins Podcast on Foreign Affairs
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With the increase in the 2023 defense budget predicted to be in the 100 billions, there has been much controversy over the announcement. In this episode, we will discuss the 2023 National Defense Authorization Act and Biden’s and the Senate’s controversial increases in defense budget. We will explore the various responses from both political parties as well as what the new defense budget means for Biden’s forein policy priorities. In order to explain the current discussions around the...
Topics: Biden, Foreign Affairs, National Defense, Budget
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Jun 15, 2022 Hopkins Podcast on Foreign Affairs
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After months of harsh and relentless Covid-19 lockdowns, China’s major cities have begun opening up again. In this episode, we will examine the current state of China’s zero covid policy. We will discuss the lockdowns in Shanghai and Beijing and explore the effects of the zero covid policy on China’s economy and political stability. Finally, we will explore the various responses to China’s decision and delve into what the future may look like for China. Joining me today on the podcast...
Topics: China, Covid, Hong Kong, Foreign Affairs, Politics
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Jun 9, 2022 Hopkins Podcast on Foreign Affairs
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Russia’s war on Ukraine worsens, the issue of rising food prices and accessibility has come to the forefront.  In this episode, we will examine the key causes of the current global food shortage and its effects on countries such as Africa, Egypt, and Sri Lanka. We will discuss the effects that increases in food prices have on civil unrest and global conflict, as well as on food insecurity and exports. Finally, we will explore the various responses to the food crisis from international...
Topics: Food Shortage, Conflict, Exports, War, Prices
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Jun 6, 2022 Hopkins Podcast on Foreign Affairs
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The Summit of the Americas brings together leaders from North, South, and Central America and the Caribbean every three years to discuss challenges and opportunities for regional cooperation. The summit this year will take place in Los Angeles from June 6 to 10, making it the first time the U.S. will host since the inaugural 1994 meeting in Miami. On the podcast, we will discuss the historical significance of the summit and the political implications of the 2022 meeting. What does a successful...
Topics: US, Americas, International Relations
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Jun 1, 2022 Hopkins Podcast on Foreign Affairs
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Recent years have seen the long-standing model of cooperation within Europe repeatedly challenged in response to factors, including the Syrian refugee crisis, Brexit, and, most recently, the coronavirus pandemic. At the same time, populist parties have gained momentum everywhere in Europe from Hungary and Poland to Italy and France. So, what exactly is populism? What shapes has it taken in some of these European countries? And what does it tell us about the future of European cooperation and...
Topics: populism, Europe, EU, politics
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May 26, 2022 Hopkins Podcast on Foreign Affairs
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Extreme inflation, fuel shortages, protests on such a scale that they removed a prime minister from office. These events and more have developed as a significant threat to Sri Lanka’s political and economic stability. In this episode, we will explore the causes of this crisis, like economic mismanagement; the story behind the Rajapaksa political dynasty, which has held influence over the country for over a decade; and how this crisis impacts the people of Sri Lanka. In order to explain the...
Topics: Asia, South Asia, Sri Lanka, China, India, US, USA, Economics, Politics
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May 23, 2022 Hopkins Podcast on Foreign Affairs
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In recent years, growing tensions between the U.S. and China have spurred increasing interest and action to decouple the U.S. and China's economic and technological ecosystems. This is evident in the increased use of technological restrictions, of export controls, and of sanctions and visa bans, and while there appears to be bipartisan support for technological decoupling in general, an exact strategy and course of action are yet to be defined. Which technologies should be controlled, and to...
Topics: USA, China, Economics
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May 18, 2022 Hopkins Podcast on Foreign Affairs
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The Australian election is scheduled for Saturday, May 21, and is expected to be a tight race between the current Liberal-National coalition and the opposition Labor party. This election occurs in the 70th year of the US-Australia alliance and in a moment in which headlines are inundated by the war in Ukraine, news of China’s aggression in the South Pacific, and differing expectations over how the American-Australian and wider alliances will evolve.  In this episode, we’ll examine the...
Topics: Australia, US, Foreign Policy, Election