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A podcast from the Foreign Policy Research Institute examining America’s role on the world stage. Every two weeks we’ll talk to experts about policy relevant news from around the world and why it matters for U.S. foreign policy. Please note this podcast was named the Middle East Brief prior to 2021.
 
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FPRI Radio is a podcast dedicated to topical discussions between members of the FPRI staff and leading experts on current events relating to and affecting world affairs in the diplomatic, informational, military, and economic domains. These conversations generally range from between 15 and 45 minutes in duration.
 
The Bear Market Brief (BMB) podcast explores politics, economics, and their intersection in Russia, Ukraine, and the post-Soviet space. BMB Russia & Ukraine is a project of the Foreign Policy Research Institute, a nonpartisan think tank in Philadelphia. Visit www.fpri.org/bmb-russia to learn more, or follow us on Twitter @bearmarketbrief or @FPRI.
 
Hosted by best-selling author Robert D. Kaplan, this 13-episode bi-weekly podcast features interviews with preeminent foreign policy experts discussing the critical issues and challenges facing the U.S. and its allies in this new era of great power rivalry. Each episode will cover how pandemics, climate change, massive cyber-attacks, and other terrors of a global media age will affect potential conflicts between the United States and China, and the United States and Russia.
 
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The Russian invasion in Ukraine has bogged down, forcing President Vladimir Putin to wrestle with a series of questions about how to continue the invasion. The United States and its European Allies have pledged open-ended military support for Ukraine, allowing President Zelensky to replace equipment, and retain critical capabilities to defend the c…
 
The Foreign Policy Research Institute (FPRI) is pleased to introduce a special Chain Reaction podcast series: The Continent. The Continent explores how the war in Ukraine is changing Europe's politics and security. Host Aaron Schwartzbaum will "visit" a country on each episode, learning about key dynamics and trends from local experts. In the first…
 
Russia is facing a manpower shortage and has a series of hard political choices to make, as it seeks to continue its invasion of Ukraine. To discuss this issue, Aaron speaks this week with Michael Kofman, Research Program Director in the Russia Studies Program at CNA about the war, Russian options to escalate, and Putin's May 9th speech.…
 
Since Trump’s infamous call for a border wall and vague, fear-mongering threats of a “caravan of migrants'', security along the US-Mexico border has become a topic of increasing interest for the average American. How much of a security concern does migration from South and Central America pose, if any, to the US? And how can the US address the root…
 
Before many African migrants even see Europe, they are captured and imprisoned in migrant detention camps in Libya. These detention centers, while run by Libyan militias, were funded and enabled to be run by the European Union. In this episode, Clint speaks with Ian Urbina, director of the Outlaw Ocean Project, a nonprofit journalism initiative exp…
 
The Syrian Civil War led to likely the most prominent migration crisis in modern history. In 2015, the European Union was forced to reckon with a surge of millions of migrants fleeing devastation and danger in Syria. Foreign Policy Research Institute Distinguished Fellow Clint Watts talks with Jessica Bither, senior expert on migration at the Bosch…
 
In this episode of Chain Reaction, Aaron speaks with Mike "Pako" Benitez, a retiring active-duty officer with over 25 years of service in the U.S. Marine Corps and U.S. Air Force, about the history of no fly zones, the challenges in setting one up, and the risk of inadvertent escalation. Mike wrote a recent article with Mike “Starbaby” Pietrucha ab…
 
After seven days of conflict, the Russian invasion of Ukraine has made clear gains, but has also suffered from obvious deficiencies. In this episode of Chain Reaction, Aaron speaks again with Rob Lee, FPRI Senior Fellow, about the trajectory of the war, Russian challenges, and the future of the conflict. This conversation was recorded on March 3, 2…
 
International measures to slow climate change have been too little and too late, and the consequences of global inaction increasingly affect daily life here in the US. Americans are already being forced to move due to climate related disaster. In this episode, Clint talks to Jesse Keenan, Associate Professor of Real Estate at Tulane University in N…
 
In today's Chain Reaction, Aaron speaks with Rob Lee, a FPRI Senior Fellow, and Michael Kofman, the Russia Studies Director at CNA, about the situation on the Ukrainian-Russian border and the risk of "spillage" beyond the border. Related reading: "Putin's Wager in Russia's Standoff with the West" - War on the Rocks "Moscow's Compellence Strategy" -…
 
Excessive heat. Heavier rains. Natural disasters are growing in number and severity. Devastation from climate change is already a reality across much of the world and is prompting those in the regions most vulnerable to warming temperatures to ask themselves the question: do I stay or do I go? In this episode, Clint talks with Dr. Jola Ajibade, Ass…
 
On this episode of Chain Reaction, Aaron spoke with Anna Nadibaidze about her new report "Russian Perceptions of Military AI, Automation, and Autonomy." The conversation touched on Russian views of Artificial Intelligence, autonomy, and the ethical use of these types of weapons. The report is available for download on www.fpri.org…
 
​​What does a warming planet mean for our national security? In this special segment, Foreign Policy Research Institute’s Distinguished Research Fellow Clint Watts talks to three experts on the impacts of climate change to US national security in a special Chain Reaction podcast series. In late January, President Biden signed an executive order pla…
 
What is Xi Jinping's vision for China's Future? In this episode of the Global Demons Podcast, Robert D. Kaplan is joined by Elizabeth Economy to discuss how China plans to secure its future from reclaiming its territory to influencing international norms and values.By Foreign Policy Research Instit
 
On this episode of Chain Reaction, Aaron speaks with Michael Kofman, who serves as Research Program Director in the Russia Studies Program at the Center for Naval Analyses, about the latest developments in Ukraine. The discussion centered on Russia's potential use of force and why the Kremlin may conclude that the actual costs of an invasion are lo…
 
What will be the next frontier of great power rivalry? In this episode of the Global Demons Podcast, Robert D. Kaplan will be joined by FPRI Senior Fellow Clint Watts to discuss Chinese and Russian information warfare strategies from hacking to social media disinformation. The winner of our podcast giveaway who will receive a signed copy of The Goo…
 
As Russia competes with China and the U.S. in Eurasia and elsewhere on the world stage, how is Vladimir Putin hoping to regain Russia's sphere of influence? In this episode of the Global Demons Podcast, Robert D. Kaplan will be joined by FPRI Eurasia Program Director Chris Miller to discuss Russia's actions in Ukraine, its hope of returning to grea…
 
As Iran enters its second generation of revolutionary leaders, how will it interact with the United States, Russia, and China? In this episode of The Global Demons Podcast, host Robert D. Kaplan is joined by Karim Sadjadpour to discuss the future of Iran, how it will approach its domestic issues, and how it will approach its enemies and allies.…
 
Is the U.S. ready to meet China technologically and militarily? In this episode of Global Demons, Robert D. Kaplan and Robert Work break down intelligent warfare, the pacing threat, and what war with China over Taiwan or the South China Sea might look like.By Foreign Policy Research Instit
 
On this week's show, Aaron speak with Becca Wasser, a fellow in the defense program and co-lead of the Gaming Lab at the Center for a New American Security, about her recent article for War on the Rocks about the next National Defense Strategy, integrated deterrence, and the issues Washington should be considering as it plans for strategic competit…
 
How will the European Union keep up in a world of great power rivalry? In this episode of Global Demons, Robert D. Kaplan is joined by Wes Mitchell to discuss Europe's past, present, and future as it deals with pandemics, migration, security threats, and other terrors of the 21st century.By Foreign Policy Research Instit
 
How has India tried to secure its position as a great power? In this episode of Global Demons, Robert D. Kaplan and Ashley J. Tellis discuss India's status as an Asian great power, its future under Narendra Modi, and how it deals with the U.S.-China Rivalry.By Foreign Policy Research Instit
 
On this episode, Aaron speaks with Susannah Patton, a Research Fellow in the Foreign Policy and Defence Program at the United States Studies Centre, about the recent submarine agreement. For listeners, check out Susannah's latest report, Correcting the Course: How the Biden Administration can Compete for Influence in the Indo-Pacific.…
 
How does great power rivalry interact with regional tensions in the Middle East and across the globe? What role does social media play? In this episode of the Global Demons Podcast, Robert D. Kaplan is joined by Kim Ghattas to discuss regional tension in the Middle East from Iran to Lebanon and more.…
 
This week we’d like to introduce a special episode recorded in collaboration with FPRI’s BMB Russia, a news brief that brings together the latest on Russia’s economy, politics, business, and political risk environment. In this special series hosted by FPRI Fellow and BMB Russia founder, Aaron Schwartzbaum, we’ll explore politics, economics, and the…
 
NATO’s challenge today is to manage relations between a “Europe whole and free” and a resurgent Russia, encouraging stability without provoking tension. In this episode of the Global Demons Podcast, Host Robert D. Kaplan is joined by General Philip Breedlove to discuss how NATO should be adapting to the new age of great power rivalry.…
 
This week we’d like to introduce a special episode recorded in collaboration with FPRI’s BMB Russia, a news brief that brings together the latest on Russia’s economy, politics, business, and political risk environment. In this special series hosted by FPRI Fellow and BMB Russia founder, Aaron Schwartzbaum, we’ll explore politics, economics, and the…
 
What are the internal challenges to effective competition with China? In this episode of the Global Demons Podcast, Host Robert D. Kaplan is joined by Ambassador J. Stapleton Roy to discuss the future of U.S. competition with China, including the domestic challenges both Chinese and American leadership currently face.…
 
To discuss recent events in Ukraine, Aaron speaks this week with Rob Lee, a FPRI Eurasia Fellow, about his recent report, Russia's Coercive Diplomacy. The conversation explores Rob's research about Russia's military build up around Ukraine and what that could signal for Russian coercive signaling during Zapad 2021.…
 
How does the Chinese-Russian relationship affect the U.S. strategic position abroad? In this episode of the Global Demons Podcast, Host Robert D. Kaplan is joined by Nikolas Gvosdev to discuss how this relationship came about and how U.S. policy can be used to pull the two nations apart.By Foreign Policy Research Instit
 
The Iranian government is accused of using a loitering munition to strike the tanker Mercer Street, killing two crew members. The attack is the latest incident at sea involving the Iranians and international shipping. To discuss Iranian strategy in the Persian Gulf, Aaron speaks with Afshon Ostovar, an Associate Professor of National Security Affai…
 
Why should the average American care about the China Threat? In this episode of the Global Demons Podcast, Host Robert D. Kaplan is joined by Elbridge Colby to discuss Chinese military and defense strategies and how the U.S. and its allies should engage with China in the future.By Foreign Policy Research Instit
 
How did China's Belt and Road Initiative fare during the COVID-19 Pandemic? In this episode of the Global Demons Podcast, Host Robert D. Kaplan is joined by Bruno Maçães to discuss how China's marquis initiative continued to expand unabated - outward, from Eurasia and the Middle East and into Western-dominated Europe.…
 
How do other Asian countries view the emerging great power competition between the United States and China? In this Episode of the Global Demons Podcast, Host Robert D. Kaplan is joined by Parag Khanna to discuss the Asian perspective on this simmering rivalry.By Foreign Policy Research Instit
 
In this special series hosted by FPRI Fellow and BMB Russia founder, Aaron Schwartzbaum, we’ll explore politics, economics, and their intersection in Russia, Ukraine, and the post-Soviet space and beyond. This week Aaron speaks with Fabian Burkhardt, a research fellow at the Leibniz Institute for East and Southeast European Studies, about Russian P…
 
President Biden just finished a three-country trip, where he met with world leaders in the United Kingdom, Belgium, and in Switzerland. The main focus of the trip was to reinvigorate U.S. alliances in Europe and with NATO. To discuss the trip, Aaron spoke this week with Rachel Ellehuus, the deputy director and a senior fellow with the Europe, Russi…
 
This week we’d like to introduce a special series recorded in collaboration with FPRI’s BMB Russia, a news brief that brings together the latest on Russia’s economy, politics, business, and political risk environment. In this special series hosted by FPRI Fellow and BMB Russia founder, Aaron Schwartzbaum, we’ll explore politics, economics, and thei…
 
On this episode, Aaron speaks with Mike Benitez, a U.S. military officer and creator of the Merge newsletter, about the challenges of finding mobile rocket launchers in an urban environment. The views expressed in this episode do not necessarily represent the official policy or position of the Department of Defense, or the U.S. Government.…
 
The relationship between the Russian Federation and Republic of Turkey is one of the most important bilateral relationships in Eurasia today. This week Aaron chats with Robert Hamilton and Anna Mikulska, authors of FPRI's latest report "Russian-Turkish Relations and Their Implications for the West '' about the major drivers of the bilateral relatio…
 
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