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The Global Gambit (TGG) is the preeminent independent social podcast on geopolitics, foreign policy, and current affairs, involving live, interactive audience participation. Each month, TGG brings you top-tier interviews or panels consisting of policymakers, journalists, or academics covering every region and theme in international relations. Previous guests include experts from the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR), Atlantic Council (AC), Crisis Group (ICG), and Johns Hopkins University Sc ...
 
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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…
 
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 civil…
 
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 wit…
 
Episode Details What repercussions does Russia's invasion of Ukraine mean for the Middle East? How did different countries in the region react? Will there be a regional destabilization due to intensifying food insecurity in multiple states? Which countries, if any, will be able to help offset the growing energy crisis? These questions and more are …
 
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 individ…
 
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 partie…
 
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 wil…
 
Episode Outline How has morale and perception of the war changed among Ukrainians over time? Is there a notable difference between western and eastern Ukraine and Russia's influence? Why and how does Russia approach warfare so differently to western-orientated countries? How does the Ukraine War compare to other theatres of war? Host Pyotr tackles …
 
As 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 glo…
 
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. …
 
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 exactl…
 
Episode Details Why did V-Day, May 9th in Moscow not result in any major strategical changes? Is the Ukraine War actually more of or increasingly becoming a proxy conflict? Will the US reach a limit in its willingness to support or fund the Ukrainian resistance? Do the events over Ukraine reflect a reshaping of the international order and shift in …
 
Extreme inflation, fuel shortages, protests on such a scale that they removed a prime minister from office. These events and more have developed into 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 …
 
Episode Outline What is India's position on the Ukraine War, including on Russia particularly? Why has it remained so neutral and unwilling to take a clear stance? How does India see its relations with China, Russia, or the USA? What is the role and relevance of Modi as a leader? Episode 5 sees these questions and more tackled as your host, Pyotr i…
 
In recent years, growing tensions between the US and China have spurred increasing interest and action to “decouple” US and China’s economic and technological ecosystems. This is evident in the increased use of technology restrictions, from export controls to sanctions and visa bans. And while there appears to be bipartisan support for technologica…
 
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 Sout…
 
Episode Outline How has Russia's invasion of Ukraine reshaped geopolitics in Europe? What does it mean for NATO? What about the applications of Sweden & Finland? Will Ukraine ever join the EU or NATO too? These questions are just a sample of what is covered in the latest edition of The Global Gambit. This time, your host, Pyotr, interviews Professo…
 
Today on the podcast we will be covering the ongoing negotiations between Iran and the United States on a new Iran nuclear deal. What did the original Iran deal entail, why did the Trump Admninstration withdrew the United States from the agreement, and what would a new nuclear deal with Iran look like after all of these years and many tribulations.…
 
Episode Outline Has Russia's invasion of Ukraine meant an end to Iranian negotiations? What is the impact on Iran-Russian relations? How will Iran's interest in the Caucasus change? Will it deepen relations between Russia, China, and Iran? These questions and more are addressed in this episode of TGG, as your host, Pyotr interviews Barbara Salvin, …
 
Today on the podcast we will be discussing the long history of the Arab-Conflict as well as recent normalization agreemnts between Israel and some of its Arab neighbors. What has traditionally driven the complicated relationship, what role has the United States played in attempting to resolve the conflict, and how can the region built on new normal…
 
Episode Outline Will the events in Ukraine result in a new Cold War between the West and an intensified Russo-Sino Axis? Could China offset the sanctions imposed upon Russia? Will Russia become a vassal state to China? What is the prospect of Russia using cryptocurrencies to bypass the financial constraints against it? These questions and more are …
 
Episode Outline What has the humanitarian situation been like for Ukrainian people fleeing Russia's invasion? How has the response been and how can it be improved? How much risk is there to refugees from people trafficking and smuggling? Has there been a response from the UN and should it be making more effort to lead or coordinate? In this first e…
 
French President Emmanuel Macron has faced numerous foreign and domestic challenges since assuming office in 2017. Today, he is addressing the COVID-19 pandemic, the invasion of Ukraine, and the concern over rising cost of living among other issues. In this highly turbulent time in French politics, several candidates challenged Macron both from the…
 
Congress has played different roles in the formation and conduct of U.S. foreign policy since the nation’s founding. The powers of Congress and the President are laid out in the Constitution, but the precise limits of their powers have been contested. What powers does Congress have over foreign policy? How does this relate to the Executive Branch’s…
 
As conversation abounds regarding the increasing power of large technology companies, or “Big Tech,” Europe may be the first to take action. In late March, the governing bodies of the European Union came to an agreement on the Digital Markets Act, which, from what we can tell, would force large tech companies to undergo changes with the hope of fos…
 
For many, the name Volodymyr Zelenskyy did not mean much until the Russian invasion of Ukraine in February 2022. Yet, his face and voice have become well known to many via social media and powerful international addresses. In this episode, we take a step back and look at his political journey from TV character to the commander in chief and how his …
 
In Xi Jinping’s 10 years of power, he has turned away from former chairman Hu Jintao’s China’s peaceful rise policy towards a more aggressive foreign policy approach as demonstrated by China’s previous responses towards the EU and more recent actions towards Taiwan. With the ongoing Ukraine Crisis and China’s seeming alignment towards Russia, it ca…
 
Today on the podcast we will discuss Western sanctions on the Russian Federation, following the country’s invasion of Ukraine. We will go over the new sanctions, how Russia has attempted to evade them, and what else could the United States and its allies do to squeeze the Russian economy. To help answer these questions, we are joined by Eddie Fishm…
 
In today’s episode, we’ll discuss the current Ukrainian refugee crisis that resulted in light of the Russia-Ukraine conflict . We will dive into role of the United Nations High Commissioner on Refugees, or UNHCR in the Ukrainian crisis. What are some of the key methods that are currently being implemented for Ukrainian refugees, particularly across…
 
Since its founding in 1949, the importance of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization has waxed and waned as different member states pursued their own foriegn policy and security priorities. In recent years, the future of NATO was very much under threat as former President Trump criticized the organization and, according to former officials, even ca…
 
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