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The Global Current

Seton Hall University

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The Global Current is the Seton Hall School of Diplomacy’s premier podcast on international affairs. Each week, we explore and analyze a news story making waves around the world. From the Capitol Hill riots to the Uighur camps in China, Current members break down pressing stories while engaging in thoughtful conversation with fellow students and faculty. Catch the Current on Instagram @TheGlobalCurrent and tune in live every Sunday at 8:30 a.m. EST on 89.5 FM WSOU.
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Pirate’s Eye Podcast

Seton Hall Alumni Engagement and Philanthropy

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Seton Hall boasts more than 100,000 living alumni. In this podcast, we chat with some of those proud Pirates about their latest accomplishments and career paths. We have our Pirate’s Eye on what great alumni minds can do.
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Matt Pana is a media specialist in New York with a decade of experience in music and marketing. Each episode features discussions with friends, covering creativity and technology interwoven with mental health.
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A College Baseball Match Podcast hosted by Eric Walczykowski Through interviews with top college coaches and baseball personalities, we break down the college recruiting process from start to finish. Our goal is to demystify and cut through the misinformation one episode at a time. Interested in having a recruiting question answered on the show? Email us at Support@collegebaseballmatch.com
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It has now been over a year since the civil war broke out in Sudan due to rivalries between two factions of the military government, the SAF and RFS. This conflict has brought to light the history of foreign invasions, ethnic tensions, disputes over religion and resources that have been historical factors in Sudanese conflicts. As of now, Sudan is …
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In celebration of National Volunteer Month in April, we flipped the script on our podcast host, Viannca Velez '10. Take a listen as our Assistant Director of Alumni Communication and Digital Engagement, Aaron Smith, puts the Pirate Eye on Viannca. Hailing from Jersey City, NJ, Viannca is a communications strategist with over 13 years of experience.…
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An airstrike was carried out by Israeli forces on Iran's Embassy in Syria’s capital city: Damascus. It’s been reported that three senior commanders and four officers, who were part of overseeing covert operations in the Middle East, were killed in the strike. This has brought the continually increasing tensions throughout the Middle East and long-s…
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On March 22, 2024, Krasnogorsk, Russia, a city just outside of Moscow faced a mass shooting that left 144 people dead, 551 people injured, and 95 people missing. Shortly after, the shooting was deemed a terrorist attack with conflicting reports of responsibility continuing to where the associations of the assailants are still unknown. With conflict…
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March 18-20th saw the 2024 Summit for Democracy being held in South Korea, formally known as the Republic of Korea, in which discussions regarding the future of democracy were in full swing. However, the new and pertinent topic of the role and impact of Artificial Intelligence took the forefront of the summit, begging questions of how innovative te…
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In a recent interview with Pope Francis, he was asked by a Swiss reporter his position on the ongoing war between Russia and Ukraine, particularly regarding the debate over whether or not Ukraine should surrender to Russia. He emphasized the need for negotiations and referred to the courage of waving the white flag, which has brought many internati…
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Baseball has been known as America’s Pastime since its creation, bringing people together across the nation to root for their favorite teams in tournaments such as the World Series and World Baseball Classic. However, the game’s international popularity has been increasing dramatically, prompting discussions regarding how sports and international p…
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With the US primary elections in full swing and many interesting candidates to be aware of, the United States has become a point of interest for many. Being a key player in many organizations and conflicts around the world, the results of the Presidential election could significantly shake up the international stage regarding how the United States’…
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For over a decade, Claudia has dedicated her career to paying it forward by helping college students transform their struggles into success stories. She is a proud first-generation graduate and Educational Opportunity Program alumna. After receiving extensive support from her college counselors at Seton Hall University, she was inspired to pursue a…
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Ukrainian leadership has been shaken up as President Volodymry Zelensky removed his top general,Valery Zaluzhny, which has been marked as the largest shift in command since Russia’s full-scale invasion in 2022. This has come at a time of high tensions as Russian attacks have intensified and Ukraine is grappling with a failed counteroffensive that t…
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On January 13th, Lai Ching-te was elected the new President of Taiwan. This election and his victory has come in the midst of an ongoing risk of conflict with China over military threats of invasion and an ongoing dispute over territorial claims in the South China Sea. Tensions between democratic Taiwan and Communist China have been high since the …
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Following up on the four months of violence in the Gaza Strip, the world has seen increased disaster for Palestinians in Gaza and around the world. Famine, illness, and increased mortality rates have persisted since the initial ground invasion in October, with concerns that the situation will continue to worsen. There have been multiple development…
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December is such a magical time at Seton Hall and within the Seton Hall community, so who better to have on the show as we are in the thick of the Christmas season than Seton Hall’s Vice President for Mission and Ministry, Father Colin Kay. Father Colin imparts with us so many nuggets of wisdom, his belief about why the spirit of Christmas comes so…
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Today we have the privilege of hosting an esteemed guest who is truly an expert on the intersection of AI and the ominous concept of weaponization. Professor Dr. Birgitta Dresp-Langley is a director of research at the National Center of Scientific Research with extensive experience regarding Artificial Intelligence. Dr. Dresp-Langley has been at th…
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The Democratic Republic of the Congo is facing one of the worst humanitarian crises on the international stage as a record 6.9 million people are displaced from their homes, forcing them to seek asylum across Africa. This comes in the wake of conflicts between armed groups, human rights violations, and intense gender-based violence. Since March of …
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This episode was brought to you thanks to Executive Producer Bobby Kile, Associate Producers Kasia Kostraba and Juliana Mori, Host Trisha Ballion, and Technical Producers Ashley Skladany and Amelia Wysoczanski. Keep it current with us on Instagram @theglobalcurrent! Music: https://www.bensound.com/royalty-free-music This group is a registered stude…
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Recently, European countries' leaders have been making unforeseen steps to acknowledge their history of colonization, particularly in Africa. Some leaders have made public statements, and others have arranged trips throughout the continent to express their sentiments, putting conversations about reparations at the forefront of international politic…
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With this season’s tipoff, we’ve scored the inside scoop on all things SHU basketball and the buzz word of the year: NIL. Our host Viannca Velez ’10 sits down with SHU alum and Athletic Director Bryan Felt ’97, to uncover his journey from student to AD, insights on the upcoming season, the Men’s Basketball Practice Facility, and how Name Image & Li…
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Japan takes a progressive step forward as the Supreme Court declares a previous law regarding the sterilization of transgender people unconstitutional. This ruling has sparked conversations about Japan’s attitudes towards the LGBTQ+ community on a whole and the legislation surrounding them. As an influential country in the region, many wonder what …
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Word has come from European Union leaders that many countries are looking to tighten their border policies to keep unwanted immigrants from entering various countries. Immigration has been an increasingly hot topic within the EU since 2015 when immigration levels spiked regarding the war in Syria and has recently reentered the mainstream following …
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On October 7th, global attention turned to Israel and Palestine as the Hamas group currently ruling over the Gaza Strip launched an armed attack on Israel. As the two states have launched into a conflict many world leaders and organizations are struggling to respond and express clear stances on the conflict. This brings us to the questions of how w…
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On October 3rd, Speaker of the House, Kevin McCarthy was ousted from his position, following a lengthy deal with House Democrats to avoid a government shutdown, making him the first speaker to be ousted in the middle of a congressional term. This has brought new light to the condition of domestic politics within the United States, bringing us to th…
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From Seton Hall University, this is The Global Current. Today, special guest host and Associate Producer Kasia Kostraba interviews Mohamad Mirghahari. A leader in national security policy, former Presidential appointee under the Obama Administration, and a current special advisor for the Department of Defense, today's episode covers a wide array of…
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A three day protest has broken out over the death of Hardeep Singh Nijjar, a Canadian citizen and sikh separatist from the northern Indian state of Punjab. Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau had announced that there is reasonable belief that there is a link between this murder and the Indian capital of New Delhi, as tensions have been high in I…
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For the first time in 4 years, North Korean president, Kim Jong Un has traveled outside the country for a summit between Russia and North Korea, hosted by Vladimir Putin to discuss trade and connections within the region and how that affects their respective countries. This has caught the attention of the West as it could lead to further developmen…
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The Mexican Supreme Court has recently attracted much attention as they’ve officially ruled to decriminalize abortion federally, finding that the current ruling regarding the procedure is unconstitutional. This progressive step has provided a strong base for abortion activists throughout the country, though not without contention in the population.…
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Join us for a special episode as we say goodbye to our departing crew and hear their stories from working on The Global Current! Shoutout to our outgoing Executive Producer Jasmine De Leon and Technical Producer Andrew Raccuglia, as well as our graduating Host Drew Starbuck and Associate Producer Eric Bunce. This episode was brought to you thanks t…
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Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu recently pledged to temporarily pause his judicial reforms due to wide-spread public resistance fearful of a slide towards a more autocratic Israel. We discuss this action and what will happen next after this attempted political change in the democratic country. The analysts for this episode are Dovid Hotlz…
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Currently, India’s Supreme Court has been holding hearings for historic cases regarding the legalization of same-sex marriage and other rights for LGBTQ+ citizens. These petitions are actively opposed by India’s ruling government and religious authorities. The approval of these petitions could set a new precedent for LGBTQ+ rights in Southeast Asia…
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Global Current Associate Producer, Eric Bunce, Interviews Daniel Perell, a representative for the Baha'i International Community's UN office, about his experience in the United Nations and as a diplomat. Special thank you to Daniel Perell for making time to speak to us about his experience as a diplomat and his career at the United Nations! This ep…
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Allies and American security officials were caught off-guard earlier this month when a large collection of classified American intelligence files were leaked online by a 21-year old member of the Air National Guard. This comes at a pivotal moment in the Russo-Ukrainian War as we discuss how consequential this leak can be. The analysts for this epis…
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Amritpal Singh, a well-known Sikh separatist, has attracted much attention recently to the growing Khalistan movement within the Punjab state of India. This growing movement has massively increased tension in the nation, sparking violent protests. We unpack this episode with Analysts Juliana Mori and Christian LaFond, the news briefer for this epis…
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Iran and Saudi Arabia announced a deal to restore relations between their two nations earlier this month, in a process that was mediated by the People’s Republic of China. We unpack the episode with Analysts George Slowey and Christian Lafond. Our New Briefer for this episode is Juliana Mori. This episode was brought to you thanks to Executive Prod…
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Amidst all the ongoing conflict throughout the world, it is important to remember the long-term effects of warfare as the United States passes the twentieth anniversary of the start of the war in Iraq. We unpack this story with Analysts Kieran Besancon and Liam Brucker-Casey. Our News Briefer is for this episode is Mikayla Salib. This episode was b…
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As a producer and talent scout with over 25 years of experience, Bob Sumner '84 is responsible for discovering and facilitating the careers of many comedians such as Bernie Mac, Bill Bellamy, Mo’Nique, Chris Tucker, Dave Chapelle, Cedric the Entertainer, Mike Epps and many more. Sumner graduated from Seton Hall with a degree in Communications. Duri…
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Tensions remain high between Russia and the United States since Russia's decision to suspend its last nuclear arms treaty with the United States. Combined with the ongoing conflict in Ukraine, fears of a new nuclear arms race have started to grow. We unpack this episode with Analysts Emmett Bikales and Joshua Axton. Our News Briefer for this episod…
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A reported Chinese spy balloon was caught flying over the continental United States in early February leading to the cancellation of Secretary of State Anthony Blinken’s upcoming trip to China. China has maintained that it was a simple weather surveillance balloon veered off course but the event has remained in the public eye. We unpack this show w…
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In early February, two earthquakes struck Turkey and Syria, causing widespread structural damage and tens of thousands deaths. Combined together, these two earthquakes are the deadliest seismic event in the history of modern Turkey. We unpack this story with Analysts Joseph Brennan and Aaron Im. Our News Briefer for this episode is Trish Salib. Thi…
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Archbishop Christophe Pierre, the Apostolic Nuncio to the United States, visited Seton Hall University on February 1st. In the Catholic Church, an Apostolic Nuncio is an ambassador for the Pope that serves the Holy See as a sort of diplomat. Archbishop Pierre has previously served as the apostolic nuncio to Mexico, Uganda, and Haiti before being ap…
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Dozens of people have been killed in a suicide bomb attack in a security compound in the northwestern Pakistani city of Peshawar. Join The Global Current with Analysts Madeline Field and Shayne Simmons. The News Briefer for the episode is Dovid Holtzman. This episode was brought to you thanks to Executive Producer - Jasmine De Leon, Associate Produ…
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Global Current Executive Director, Jasmine De Leon, interviews Bunmi Akinnusotu, the Deputy Director of the Rangel Fellowship at Howard University, about her illustrious career in foreign policy and her advice for young professionals. Ms. Akinnusotu was the a Special Assistant at the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the Chief of Staff at Youn…
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Ambassador Csaba Kőrösi, the president of the 77th session of the United Nations General Assembly, visited Seton Hall University on Janurary 26th, 2023. As the presiding officer of the UN’s main policymaking forum, Kőrösi continues the assembly’s work promoting global recovery from the pandemic, addressing climate change and striving to meet the 17…
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There have been at least 48 deaths in Peru since early December when protests broke out when the Peruvian Congress removed President Pedro Castillo on Dec. 7. Castillo was arrested and is being held in pre-trial detention, facing rebellion charges after he tried to illegally dissolve the legislature to avoid a planned impeachment vote. Clashes with…
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Francesca Regalado, a 2017 graduate of Seton Hall’s School of Diplomacy and International Relations, serves as the Bangkok Correspondent for Nikkei Asia, a Japan-based financial newspaper. She is a former Economics Reporter for Yomiuri Shumbun. Annie Hebel, our veteran analyst, guest hosted this special interview. This episode was brought to you th…
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Global Current Executive Director, Jasmine De Leon, interviews Dr. Glodel Mezilas about Global South and the Russia-Ukrainian War. Dr. Mezilas, a professor and adjunct director of the Diplomatic School of the Haitian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, has served in the Haitian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and authored nine books about the country. De Leon…
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Kieran Besancon, veteran analyst and guest host, interviews Professor Maxim Matusevich about the Russia-Ukrainian War. Dr. Matusevich is a Professor and Director for the Russian and East European Studies Program at Seton Hall University. They take a deep dive on the war, such as Russia's "brain drain", the use of rhetoric, and the political framing…
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Following the announcement that the Vatican has announced a preliminary inquiry following Cardinal Ricard’s admission to sexually abusing a 14-year old girl during his time as a priest, the whole of the French Catholic Church has been rocked with scandals of global implications. Pope Francis has taken steps to address the church’s history with cler…
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Noting that "there is no shortage of Christmas events at Seton Hall University" and that "festivities abound and students will ring in the Christmas cheer," Best College Reviews recognized Seton Hall as the best college in America for "Holiday Events." But have you ever wondered how we got here? In this very festive episode, Viannca sits down with …
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