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In this Advent Special of the Foreign Policy ProvCast, Mark Melton speaks with Walter Russell Mead about his annual Yule Blog series, which begins on Christmas Eve and runs through Epiphany on January 6. Mead explains that he originally created the Yule Blog several years ago because Americans have forgotten so much about the holiday’s religious gr…
 
In this episode of the Foreign Policy ProvCast, Mark Melton and Marc LiVecche bring back the “Dark Ops,” Providence’s podcast movie reviews. They discuss the Netflix series The Liberator, which came out on Veterans Day last month. It’s an animated series with four episodes and is based on a book by Alex Kershaw. The miniseries tells the story of Fe…
 
Starting on September 27, the war between Azerbaijan and Republic of Artsakh resumed. Also known as Nagorno-Karabakh, Artsakh is a region within Azerbaijan that is predominately Armenian, and since 1994 has been controlled by Armenians. The war ended on November 10 with the Armenians of Artsakh losing most of the territory it had controlled. In thi…
 
In this episode of the ProvCast recorded on September 10, executive editor Marc LiVecche speaks with senior editor Keith Pavlischek about a variety of themes that emerge from an initial discussion of the Kyle Rittenhouse shootings in Kenosha. Topics include vigilantism versus just force, contextual factors—such as provocation—that complicate easy c…
 
In this episode, Nadine Maenza talks about religious freedom issues in the Middle East, especially in Iraq and Syria where the Yazidis suffered genocide starting six years ago. First, she explains the role of the US Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF), of which she is vice-chairman, and how its operations differ from the US State…
 
A couple months ago, Providence contributor Paul D. Miller complained on Twitter about people confused liberalism and progressivism. In this episode hosted by Mark Melton, he explains how the two concepts are different. He specifically makes the case that conservatives wrongly blame liberalism for the excesses of progressivism. He then explains wha…
 
In this episode of the Foreign Policy ProvCast, Joshua Walker speaks with Mark Melton about Japan’s global role, especially as the rivalry between the United States and China intensifies. The last time Walker spoke for Providence, he was in the process of leaving the Eurasia Group to become the president of the Japan Society, so he talks about his …
 
Providence has recently published a few articles about race and racism after the murder of George Floyd, and in this episode of the ProvCast Trillia Newbell speaks about a Christian perspective on racism, the imago Dei, practical ways Christians can respond to racism, and hope for the future. Newbell is the director of community outreach for the Et…
 
Michael Sobolik, a fellow in Indo-Pacific Studies at the American Foreign Policy Council in Washington, DC, speaks with Mark Melton about recent developments in China. In particular, Sobolik explains new revelations that the Chinese Communist Party is forcing Uighur Muslims in Xinjiang to have sterilizations and abortions, which he wrote about in N…
 
This week the Chinese Communist Party approved a decision to “establish and enhance the legal framework and enforcement mechanisms for national security” in Hong Kong. In response, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo certified that Hong Kong is no longer autonomous from China so no longer warrants special treatment from the US. Olivia Enos, a senior pol…
 
Tobias Cremer, a PhD candidate at the University of Cambridge, speaks with Mark Melton about the role religion plays in populist movements in Germany, France, and the United States. They discuss how populists on the streets of Dresden carried oversized crosses, but when asked the vast majority of protestors self-identified as agnostic or atheist. I…
 
Managing Editor Drew Griffin interviews Emily de La Bruyere and Nate Picarsic, Founders of Radar Lock Research, as they discuss their recent article on the growing threat of Chinese power and the strategy behind China’s economic and political drive for cultural influence.By Providence Magazine
 
Deputy Editor Mark Melton speaks with Niall Walsh, the Western Europe analyst at Oxford Analytica. They cover how and whether Prime Minister Boris Johnson will deliver Brexit by October 31, rising populism and nationalism in the UK, the possibility of Scotland becoming an independent country, problems with the UK Royal Navy, what a US-UK free trade…
 
In this episode of the Foreign Policy ProvCast, Eric Patterson speaks about his book Just American Wars: Ethical Dilemmas in US Military History. Specifically, he addresses whether the colonies were right to fight the British Empire in the American War for Independence, national honor and ego were good reasons for US presidents to continue the Viet…
 
In this episode of the Foreign Policy ProvCast, Aaron Rhodes speaks on his article about the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR) in the Winter 2019 issue of Providence’s print edition. He also addresses the differences between human rights and political questions, the human rights situation in various countries, how China violates these ri…
 
Jason Thacker of the Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission discusses the recent Evangelical Statement on AI with Managing Editor Drew Griffin.Read Jason's article in Christianity Today on artificial intelligence: https://www.christianitytoday.com/ct/2019/april-web-only/artificial-intelligence-facial-recognition-muslims-china.htmlRead The ERLC's s…
 
Olivia Enos—a policy analyst at the Heritage Foundation who traveled to Hanoi, Vietnam, for President Trump’s second summit with Kim Jong-un—reviews the current economic and human rights situation in North Korea, what happened at the summit, Trump canceling military exercises, and Kim continuing his missile program. She also gives her advice for wh…
 
Eric Farnsworth Vice President of the Council of Americas sits down with Managing Editor Drew Griffin to discuss Juan Guaido, Maduro, and the Future of Venezuela (Link here to Senate Testimony https://www.c-span.org/video/?c4784991/eric-farnsworth-senate-testimony-venezuela)By Providence Magazine
 
Providence Managing Editor Drew Griffin sits down with Matthew Kroenig — author, professor and fellow at the Atlantic Council to discuss Trump’s State of the Union Address, Russia, North Korea, and the potential changes in US policy regarding each. He also discusses his new book: The Logic of American Nuclear Strategy.…
 
In Providence's latest Dark Ops podcast, Executive Editor Marc LiVecche sits down with Regius Professor of Moral and Pastoral Theology Nigel Biggar to discuss "The Thin Red Line," a 1998 war film. In Paradisum: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=765902Tra6MJisus yu holem hand blong mi: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-NRw3gdJJcc…
 
October marked the centennial of the start of the Meuse-Argonne campaign, the last great battle of World War I. Last month, Providence Executive Editor Marc LiVecche toured the battlefields of the Argonne with Col. Doug Mastriano, US Army (Ret.). They followed the movements of Medal of Honor recipient Sgt. Alvin York, whose extraordinary valor on O…
 
What is “kleptocracy,” and what role does the United States play in it? Is the US a kleptocracy? What role do anonymous shell companies play? In this episode that we recorded late last summer, Ted Moorman answers these questions and more. Moorman has also written a brief primer on kleptocracy and America’s role in it, which can be found at https://…
 
Marc LiVecche hosts our first Im-ProvCast, an offshoot of Providence’s regular Foreign Policy ProvCast where our managing editor interviews distinguished guests. This episode was recorded before a conference about the anniversary of the Tet Offensive at Johns Hopkins University’s School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) in Washington, DC. Bi…
 
Will Christianity survive in the Middle East? Dr. Kent Hill, Executive Director of the Religious Freedom Institute and former President of the Institute on Religion & Democracy, discusses this question with Providence Magazine's Depute Editor Mark Melton. Hill shares about the threats facing Christians in the Middle East and argues why it is so imp…
 
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