The highs and lows of President Vladimir Putin’s leadership illuminate the subtle dynamics of Russia’s oligarchic power structure. From the ulterior motives behind Russia's proposed U.N. resolution on racism to the Kremlin’s response to internal unrest as Western sanctions take their toll, World Policy Journal Managing Editor Yaffa Fredrick discusses the strategic thinking behind Putin’s foreign and domestic policies in 2015.
Rising euroskepticism among the U.K.'s political right has led some to call for a British exit from the European Union in 2017. On today's podcast, Member of the European Parliament from the U.K. Conservative Party Geoffrey Van Orden explains that substantive changes need to be made to the EU in order to avoid a "Brexit."
Rising tensions between China and the United States over territorial claims in the South China Sea made for some of the most ominous political headlines this year. On today's episode of World Policy On Air, economist James H. Nolt discusses the possible economic and diplomatic consequences of the ongoing dispute.
Last weekend, participants in the Paris Climate Conference unveiled an unprecedented agreement to curb the effects of climate change through a historic reduction of greenhouse gas emissions. On today's show, World Policy Journal Editor Emeritus David A. Andelman summarizes his extensive coverage of this year's conference and discusses the future implementation of the agreement.
Earlier this week, a Venezuelan opposition coalition won a supermajority in the country's legislative elections, weakening the Socialist Party that has ruled the country for nearly 16 years. On today's episode, World Policy Journal contributor Christopher Reeve examines the economic factors that drove Venezuelans to vote against President Nicolás Maduro's administration.
Russian President Vladimir Putin has left no stone unturned in his quest to control digital media. On today's podcast, author Andrei Soldatov argues that despite the Kremlin’s aggressive attempts to shut down opposition voices online, the lack of hierarchy and rapid pace of change on the Internet may ultimately undermine these efforts.
In the wake of the Paris attacks, French, U.S., and Russian air forces increased their bombardment of Islamic State targets in Syria and Northern Africa. On today's episode, Jonathan Power explains why a strictly military approach alone will not solve the problem of the Islamic State.
Even before the tragic events in Paris a week ago, Sweden — widely regarded as the most progressive European country on asylum issues — was forced to backtrack on several of its commitments to aid Syrian refugees earlier this year. On today's episode, Damaso Reyes articulates the growing pressures on EU member states to close their doors to those fleeing terror and tyranny.
An estimated 40,000 people, including delegates from 190 nations, will gather in Paris this December to try and reach an international agreement to help the planet avoid the worst effects of climate change. On today's podcast, World Policy Journal editor emeritus David A. Andelman previews this year's crucial climate conference and discusses the relationship between climate change and global food demands.
The Turkish elections last weekend yielded a surprising win for President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan and the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) and prompted accusations of unfairness at the polls. Author, World Policy Institute fellow, and co-founder of Foreign Policy Interrupted Elmira Bayrasli joins host David Alpern on today's podcast to discuss the results and the curious role the Kurdish vote played in the AKP victory.