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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.
 
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.
 
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.
 
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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.
 
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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…
 
In this episode, Aaron speaks with Mule about the lessons that the United States should from the Russian Aerospace Forces’ operations in Syria. Mule is preparing to deploy to Jordan to command an operational support squadron. The views expressed are those of the authors and do not necessarily represent the official policy or position of the U.S. Ai…
 
On this week's episode, Dr. Thomas Lynch joins the show to discuss his latest book, Strategic Assessment 2020: Into a New Era of Great Power Competition, which includes a series of essays about Great Power Competition and U.S. national security policy. The podcast discussed themes from the essays and U.S. policy under both President Trump and Presi…
 
The air war against the Islamic State was critical to the territorial defeat of the group's territorial caliphate and a key enabler of American partner operation led ground combat. To discuss the air war, Aaron spoke this week with Stacie L. Pettyjohn, director of the Strategy and Doctrine Program of RAND Project AIR FORCE, and Becca Wasser, a fell…
 
Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin has launched a global posture review, shortly after taking office. To discuss the process and the likely implications for U.S. posture in the Central Command area of operation, Aaron speaks this week with Becca Wasser, a Fellow at the Center for New American Security's Defense Program and Co-Lead, The Gaming Lab.…
 
Great power competition is likely to outlast the Trump presidency. To discuss the Biden Administration’s national security priorities and the role that special forces are likely to play, Aaron speaks with Tim Ball, a special forces officer and a fellow in FPRI’s National Security Program.By Foreign Policy Research Instit
 
The war in Nagorno-Karabakh is a human tragedy, but also provides observers the opportunity to monitor modern conflict and think closely about lessons for Western militaries. To discuss the on-going conflict and what it may mean for future combat, Aaron speaks this week with Michael Kofman, Director of the Russia Studies Program at the CNA, Jack Wa…
 
A few weeks ago, an AI algorithm beat a human pilot in a series of simulated dogfights, as part of the AlphaDogfight challenge to “demonstrate the feasibility of developing effective, intelligent autonomous agents capable of defeating adversary aircraft in a dogfight." The simulation touched off debate about the future of air combat. To discuss thi…
 
Events in Syria have brought American and Russian militaries into close contact. In recent weeks, a video emerged showing Russian helicopters flying low over an American patrol, and it was later revealed that US soldiers were injured when a Russian vehicle rammed an American vehicle. To discuss ground deconfliction, Aaron spoke this week with Bob H…
 
In this week's episode, Chris and Stephanie speak with David Szakonyi about his new book "Politics for Profit: Business, Elections, and Policymaking in Russia" which explores why Russian business people choose to leave the private sector, why they contest elections, and what the consequences are for their firms and for society when they win. Learn …
 
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