DiploPod

DiploPod

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DiploPod is a regular series hosted by Jen Psaki featuring commentary and analysis from Carnegie experts on critical global issues.
A Foreign Policy for the American Middle Class
Dec 13 • 25 min
After the 2016 election, there are significant questions about whether America’s role in the world and our foreign policy are helping (or working for?) the American middle class. Carnegie expert Salman Ahmed has spent the last year focusing on how…
NATO 101: NATO and the War on Terror
Dec 6 • 18 min
This week we’re digging into NATO—what it is, how it’s changed, and where it’s headed. Today, Jen talks to Simon Gass, who served as NATO’s senior civilian representative to Afghanistan. They discuss what NATO brings to an operation like Afghanistan, and…
NATO 101: Does Europe Need NATO?
Dec 5 • 26 min
This week we’re digging into NATO—what it is, how it’s changed, and where it’s headed. Today, Jen talks to Carnegie expert and former Slovak ambassador to NATO, Tomáš Valášek, about how NATO looks from Europe. They discuss Trump’s complaints about NATO…
NATO 101: What is NATO?
Dec 4 • 24 min
This week we’re digging into NATO—what it is, how it’s changed, and where it’s headed. Today, Jen talks to the former U.S. ambassador to NATO, Doug Lute, about how NATO works, how it changed after the collapse of the Soviet Union, and what it would take…
The Women Changing Indian Politics
Nov 29 • 17 min
Indian women are slowly changing the country’s patriarchal political system, starting at the voting booth — they now turn out to vote at a higher rate than men. What does that mean for next year’s Indian general election? Jen talks to Carnegie expert…
Trump’s Trade War With China
Nov 15 • 18 min
Trade tensions between Washington and Beijing have escalated throughout 2018. As Trump plans to meet with Chinese President Xi Jinping at the G20 meetings in Argentina this month, Jen talks to Carnegie expert Michael Pettis to sort fact from fiction.…
What do the U.S. midterm elections mean for foreign policy?
Nov 8 • 27 min
Jen Psaki and the New Yorker’s Evan Osnos discuss the U.S. midterm elections, how the new Congress will affect U.S. policy abroad, and what the results suggest about the 2020 presidential contest. We want to hear from you! Write to us at…
John Kerry on Diplomacy, Russia, and the Middle East
Nov 1 • 24 min
Jen’s former boss John Kerry joins her to talk about his time as Secretary of State, and his new memoir, Every Day is Extra. They discuss the future of an Israel-Palestine peace deal, his disagreement with President Obama over Syria, and the U.S.-Russia…
Arms Race Redux
Oct 30 • 26 min
President Trump surprised foreign policy experts when he pulled out of the INF Treaty last week, raising the prospect of a new nuclear arms race. Jen talks to Russian nuclear policy expert Alexey Arbatov and Carnegie’s Eugene Rumer to explain what’s at…
Jamal Khashoggi, Human Rights, and the Future of the Middle East
Oct 25 • 24 min
Former UN high commissioner for human rights Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein has been an outspoken critic of human rights abusers, including of those in power. He sat down with guest host Jarrett Blanc to talk about the death of Jamal Khashoggi, the war in Yemen,…
Sanctions 101: How are Sanctions Implemented?
Oct 17 • 18 min
Jen and Jarrett talk to lawyer Greta Lichtenbaum about how sanctions policy translates into the real world, and how she helps her clients navigate them. This is the third episode of a three-part special series—a 101 on how sanctions work and how…
Sanctions 101: How Powerful are Sanctions, Really?
Oct 16 • 31 min
How powerful are sanctions, really? In this episode, Jen and Jarrett talk to former U.S. treasury secretary Jack Lew about how policymakers ought to approach sanctions, and the dangers of using sanctions unwisely. This is the second episode of a…
Sanctions 101: How Do Sanctions Work?
Oct 15 • 16 min
This is the first episode of a three-part special series on sanctions—a 101 course on how sanctions work and how policymakers should use them. This episode, Jen talks with her special cohost for this series, Jarrett Blanc, about what sanctions are and how…
A Peace Deal in the Balkans?
Oct 11 • 31 min
Kosovo and Serbia are trying to negotiate the end of their old and frequently bloody conflict. A solution could pave the way for both countries to join the EU. Jen Psaki talks to Bekim Çollaku, chief of staff to Kosovar President Hashim Thaçi, who…
Francis Fukuyama on Identity Politics
Sep 27 • 16 min
Jen Psaki sat down with Stanford professor Francis Fukuyama to talk about his new book, “Identity: The Demand for Dignity and the Politics of Resentment.” They discussed Fukuyama’s views on the current trajectory of identity politics in the United States…
Israel and Palestine: Is a Two-State Solution Still Possible?
Sep 20 • 18 min
Jen Psaki kicks off a new season of Carnegie’s flagship podcast, DiploPod, one-on-one with Carnegie scholar Marwan Muasher, who is the former foreign minister of Jordan and has been through many rounds of Middle East peace talks. They discussed the fading…
Sanctioning Iran
Aug 9 • 21 min
The Trump administration reimposed sanctions on Iran this week, following U.S. withdrawal from the JCPOA. Sanctions expert and Carnegie Senior Fellow Jarrett Blanc joined Jen Psaki to talk about the consequences of reimposing sanctions and what Trump is…
(Twitter) War with Iran?
Jul 25 • 12 min
Jen Psaki sat down with Carnegie scholar and Iran expert Karim Sadjadpour to discuss the impact of this week’s Twitter war of words between U.S. President Donald Trump and Iranian officials, the future of Iran’s leaders, and President Trump’s approach to…
Reaction to the Helsinki Summit
Jul 16 • 19 min
The Helsinki meeting between U.S. President Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin concluded with a tumultuous press conference filled with jaw-dropping statements on both sides. Carnegie experts Andrew Weiss and Alexander Gabuev joined Jen…
Foreign Influence in Latin America
Jun 27 • 22 min
What do recent and upcoming elections in Latin America reveal about the region’s changing political and economic landscape? Are the rise of populism and concerns about corruption having destabilizing effects that outside actors can exploit? Carnegie…
A Conversation with Michael McFaul
May 11 • 12 min
Ambassador Michael McFaul helped launch the Obama administration’s reset in U.S.-Russian relations, which fostered new and unprecedented collaboration between the two countries. As U.S. ambassador to Russia from 2012 to 2014, he had a front-row seat as…
A Conversation with Daniel Ellsberg
Apr 27 • 8 min
Daniel Ellsberg may be best known for his role in exposing the realities of the Vietnam War by releasing the Pentagon Papers, but he also has a new book out, The Doomsday Machine, that lays out a stark depiction of nuclear war planning within the…
Frederic Wehrey on the Battle for the New Libya
Apr 21 • 16 min
Frederic Wehrey has a new book out this month — The Burning Shores, Inside the Battle for the New Libya. Based on nearly two years of reporting, it tells the stories of Libyan lives upended by turmoil, sheds new light on the country’s afflictions, and…
The Technical Aspects of Nuclear Diplomacy
Apr 13 • 28 min
With the possibility of historic talks between President Donald Trump and North Korean President Kim Jong Un on the horizon, the co-directors of Carnegie’s nuclear policy program—Toby Dalton and James Acton joined Jen Psaki in the DiploPod studio to talk…
Global Nuclear Threats from Russia
Apr 6 • 17 min
For the latest episode of DiploPod, Jen Psaki spoke with Carnegie non-resident scholar Ulrich Kühn and the co-director of Carnegie’s Nuclear Policy Program, James Acton about nuclear threats from Russia. They talked about President Putin’s march speech…
The Saudi-Iranian Rivalry
Mar 30 • 22 min
For the latest episode of DipoPod, Jen Psaki interviewed Carnegie senior fellow Karim Sadjadpour and former BBC reporter and Carnegie senior visiting fellow Kim Ghattas to talk about the long standing rivalry between Iran and Saudi Arabia. Karim and Kim,…
Julia Gurganus on the Russian Presidential Election
Mar 23 • 17 min
In the latest episode of DiploPod, Jen Psaki sits down with Julia Gurganus to discuss the re-election of Russian President Vladimir Putin. Gurganus is a visiting scholar with the Carnegie Russia Eurasia Program. She has spent the past two decades working…
Douglas H. Paal on the Upcoming Meeting Between the U.S. and North Korea
Mar 16 • 20 min
In the latest episode of DiploPod, Jen Psaki sits down with Douglas Paal to discuss the upcoming meeting between U.S. President Donald Trump and North Korean Supreme Leader Kim Jong-un. They examine what the North Koreans might want from talks, what…
Putin 4.0
Feb 9 • 14 min
Jen Psaki sat down this week with Andrei Kolesnikov, a senior fellow at the Carnegie Moscow Center, and Andrew Weiss, the vice president for studies overseeing the Carnegie’s Russia and Eurasia program for the latest episode of DiploPod. They discussed…
Four Days in North Korea: An Interview with Jeffrey Feltman
Jan 8 • 15 min
For the first episode of DiploPod this year, Jen Psaki sat down with Jeffrey Feltman, the United Nations under-secretary-general for political affairs, to discuss his December 2017 trip to North Korea, the upcoming talks between North and South Korea, and…
What Is Happening With the Iran Deal
Dec 22, 2017 • 21 min
Jen Psaki sat down with Carnegie’s Jake Sullivan and Jarrett Blanc for the final episode of DiploPod of 2017. They discussed the status of the Iran deal, including what U.S. President Donald Trump may do next year, what is happening in Congress, and how…
Interview with Nicholas Rasmussen
Dec 15, 2017 • 14 min
In a special episode of Diplopod, Jen Psaki sat down with the outgoing Director of the National Counterterrorism Center and former Carnegie junior fellow Nick Rasmussen. They discussed how the threats facing the United States have changed since September…
The North Korean Nuclear Threat: The View from the Intelligence Community
Dec 8, 2017 • 21 min
Earlier this week Jen Psaki sat down with the former acting director of the CIA, Michael Morell, for a conversation about North Korea and the nuclear threat. Tune in to hear their discussion on what Morell would recommend to U.S. President Donald Trump,…
The North Korean Nuclear Threat: The View From Beijing
Nov 17, 2017 • 16 min
In the second episode of DiploPod, Jen Psaki spoke with Paul Haenle¸ the director of the Carnegie–Tsinghua Center. The wide ranging conversation, coming on the heels of President Trump’s trip to Asia, focused on the view from Beijing of the North Korean…
Avoiding Nuclear Collisions: The View from Russia
Nov 2, 2017 • 16 min
The Carnegie Endowment for International Peace has relaunched our podcast—newly titled “DiploPod”—with the first interview in a series that will run through the end of the year. The series will focus on the dual nuclear threats posed by Iran and North…
Denis McDonough on the Role of Chief of Staff
Sep 15, 2017 • 25 min
Carnegie Visiting Senior Fellow and former White House chief of staff Denis McDonough joined Tom Carver for a wide-ranging conversation, including reflections on his time as White House chief of staff during U.S. President Barack Obama, his views on the…
Chayes, Coll, and Suraju on Corruption in the Oil Industry
Sep 8, 2017 • 22 min
The oil industry has long been an attractive target for corruption and corrupt actors. State owned oil companies have frequently been accused of being a conduit for syphoning off public funds into private bank accounts, despite repeated civil society…
Moises Naim on the Global Outlook
Sep 1, 2017 • 28 min
Lot of cross-trends are buffeting the global scene at the moment: populism, nationalism, anti-globalization. Many of these come together in the form of Trump. But beneath these issues are other longer term shifts: in technology, demographics, and economy…
Brown, Cammack, and Zomlot on Revitalizing Palestinian Nationalism
Jul 21, 2017 • 28 min
With other headlines coming out of the Middle East in recent years, the Palestinian issue has been pushed to the background. Repeated efforts to negotiate a two-state solution have faltered, and conditions in the Palestinian Territories have continued to…
Michael Chertoff and Tim Maurer on Economic Cyber Security
Jul 14, 2017 • 21 min
Last year, hackers used malware to steal $101 million remotely from a Bangladesh bank from thousands of miles away. Cyberattacks can be as debilitating and dangerous as conventional warfare — particularly in the financial sector, where a single attack…
Sullivan on the G20 Summit and the Future of U.S. Leadership
Jul 6, 2017 • 21 min
Heads of state from the G20 countries assemble this weekend for their international summit, and all eyes are on U.S. President Trump. So far his track record overseas has been one of sparring and tension, following the withdrawal from the Paris climate…
Livingston, Hagerman and Shah on the Transition to a Low-Carbon Economy
Jun 30, 2017 • 29 min
Despite the U.S. withdrawal from the Paris Climate Agreement, the transition to a low-carbon economy is speeding along. For example, twice as many Americans are employed by the solar industry as in the coal industry, and that trend seems to be…
Tellis and Emmott on the Challenges Facing Western States
Jun 23, 2017 • 26 min
The West has long been a font of stability, prosperity, and security. Yet when faced with global instability and economic uncertainty, it is tempting for states to react by closing borders, hoarding wealth, and solidifying power. In a compelling new book,…
Ülgen and Brattberg on Turkey’s Future
Jun 16, 2017 • 26 min
Where is Turkey heading? Last month president Erdogan narrowly won a referendum to give his presidency sweeping new powers. What does this portend for Turkey’s relationship with the region and the rest of the world? And how far is he planning to go to…
Chayes and Teachout on Corruption
Jun 8, 2017 • 29 min
Millions of people in the developing world encounter corruption every day, in the form of bribes they have to pay to go about their daily lives. But there’s an insidious form of corruption that permeates entire structures, including governments, which is…
Tellis on Afghanistan’s Taliban problem
Jun 5, 2017 • 19 min
As the recent horrific bombings show, there are no easy solutions in Afghanistan. The conflict is the United States’ longest-running war, and despite the billions of dollars that have been spent in foreign support since 9/11, the Taliban continues to pose…
Sadjadpour on Iran’s Presidential Election
May 26, 2017 • 23 min
On May 19, Iran elected a new president. Centrist incumbent Hassan Rouhani won by a comfortable margin in a high-turnout election, defeating hardline cleric Ebrahim Raisi. With the dust settled, what does the outcome mean for Iran’s young population, for…
Vaishnav, Kapur and Mehta on Rethinking Indian Public Insititutions
May 19, 2017 • 29 min
18 million people are estimated to work for the Indian national government, and that number doesn’t include India’s regional and state governments. Yet, compared to the size of the Indian population—1.3 billion—it’s not very large. The biggest challenge…
Youngs on Europe’s Relationship with Russia and Ukraine
May 12, 2017 • 18 min
Europe’s relationship with its eastern frontier is at a turning point. Russian President Vladimir Putin’s invasion of Crimea in 2014, and the ensuing crisis in Ukraine, has forced the EU to reevaluate its relationship with its eastern neighbors. The…
Brattberg and Vimont on the French Presidental Elections
May 4, 2017 • 23 min
The French presidential elections have captured attention around the world as the populist firebrand Marine Le Pen faces off with political newcomer Emmanuel Macron. As the final round of voting approaches, Tom Carver is joined by Erik Brattberg, director…
Toby Dalton Reviews the 2017 Nuclear Policy Conference
Apr 27, 2017 • 30 min
As tension grows on the Korean peninsula, dissension simmers over the future of the Iran Deal, and conflict brews on the India-Pakistan border, the global nuclear landscape is more complicated than ever. In a special edition of the Carnegie Podcast, Toby…
Hamzawy on New Activism in Egyptian Politics
Apr 21, 2017 • 29 min
Egypt is going through an unprecedented period in its history. In the space of a few years, the most populous country in the Arab world witnessed huge street demonstrations, the overthrow of longtime president Hosni Mubarak, the election of the Muslim…
Andrew S. Weiss and Eugene Rumer on the U.S.-Russia Relationship
Mar 24, 2017 • 26 min
In the current political environment, developing any kind of effective strategy toward Russia is fraught with difficulty. A two-year, bipartisan task force convened by Carnegie Endowment and the Chicago Council on Global Affairs, has recommended that…
Michael Pettis on U.S.-China Trade Relations
Mar 10, 2017 • 21 min
President Trump has made it clear that he wants to reduce the U.S trade deficit with China. If he follows through on his campaign promises to impose tariffs, how would China react? Is a trade deficit with China necessarily a bad thing for the US? One of…
Judy Dempsey on Europe in the Trump era
Mar 2, 2017 • 19 min
How should Europe handle President Trump? There is more uncertainty in the transatlantic relationship now than at any time since the end of the cold war. And preoccupied by its internal issues, the EU has failed to find a coherent approach for dealing…
James M. Acton and Toby Dalton on the Global Nuclear Order
Mar 1, 2017 • 22 min
The global nuclear order is facing unprecedented challenges with Russia, North Korea and Iran all testing the limits of nuclear non-proliferation. The landmark Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty marks its 50th anniversary next year. Will it be able to…
Muasher, Dunne, and Cammack on Arab Fractures
Feb 23, 2017 • 27 min
Where is the Arab world heading? It’s been 5 years since the start of the Arab Awakening and in many ways, the region appears to be going backwards. Join Tom Carver and Carnegie’s Middle East team to discuss Carnegie’s new wide-ranging report, Arab…
Paul Haenle on U.S.-China relations in the Trump Administration
Feb 17, 2017 • 23 min
The U.S.-China relationship is pivotal to the world order. U.S. President Donald Trump has repeatedly criticized China during his campaign and since his inauguration. The director of the Carnegie-Tsinghua Center for Global Policy, Paul Haenle, discusses…
Milan Vaishnav on Corruption in Indian Politics
Feb 2, 2017 • 25 min
In India, the world’s largest democracy, as many as a third of elected politicians are under criminal indictment. Carnegie Senior Fellow Milan Vaishnav discusses his groundbreaking new book, When Crime Pays: Money and Muscle in Indian Politics, which…
James Schoff on U.S.-Japan Relations
Jan 23, 2017 • 21 min
Carnegie Senior Fellow James L. Schoff discusses his research on U.S.-Japan relations and regional engagement, Japanese politics and security, and the private sector’s role in Japanese policymaking.
Sarah Chayes on Corruption
Jan 4, 2017 • 23 min
Carnegie Senior Fellow Sarah Chayes discusses her research on systemic corruption and its consequences for governance around the world, including within the United States.
Trenin on What a Trump Presidency Means for Russia
Dec 14, 2016 • 21 min
As part of our series looking at what a Trump presidency could mean for the world, Carnegie Moscow Center Director Dmitri Trenin examines what Russia and Russian president Vladimir Putin may want from Trump’s administration.
Paal on What a Trump Presidency Means for East Asia
Dec 5, 2016 • 18 min
Donald Trump’s call with Taiwan’s leader suggests that the U.S.-China relationship might be about to change, a shift that would impact the balance of power throughout the region. As part of our series looking at what a Trump presidency could mean for the…
Perkovich and Sadjadpour on What a Trump Presidency Means for Iran and Nonproliferation
Dec 5, 2016 • 21 min
Carnegie Vice President for Studies George Perkovich and Senior Fellow Karim Sadjadpour discuss Iranian reactions to Trump’s election, possibilities for U.S.-Iranian relations and the international sanctions regime, and future of the Iran nuclear deal.
Carothers and Kleinfeld on What a Trump Presidency Means for Populism and Rule of Law
Nov 30, 2016 • 22 min
As part of our series looking at what a Trump presidency might mean for different parts of the world, Carnegie Senior Vice President for Studies Thomas Carothers and Senior Fellow Rachel Kleinfeld discuss how the election of Donald Trump might affect…
Muasher, Dunne, and Bahout on What a Trump Presidency Means for the Middle East
Nov 16, 2016 • 20 min
In the first in our series looking at what a Trump presidency might mean for different parts of the world, Carnegie Vice President for Studies Marwan Muasher, Middle East Program Director Michele Dunne, and Visiting Scholar Joseph Bahout explain how…
Tim Maurer and David Brumley on Cyber Security
Nov 4, 2016 • 29 min
Some of the fastest-changing technology is occurring in cyberspace, often outpacing existing norms and ethics around the use of such technology. Autonomous weapons are already a reality, but defense departments and politicians are only now beginning to…
Debbie Gordon on Unconventional Oils and the Oil Climate Index
Oct 20, 2016 • 14 min
The world of oils is becoming increasingly complex. Compared to a decade ago when there were very few types of oils, new technologies such as fracking have allowed around 300 new oils to come on-stream. Figuring out which oils are the most carbon…
George Perkovich and Toby Dalton on India-Pakistan Relations
Sep 23, 2016 • 20 min
The recent attacks in Kashmir, which left 18 Indian soldiers dead, has put the spotlight back on the tense and troubled relationship between India and Pakistan. Political friction between the two countries—both with nuclear capabilities—is high, and each…
Doug Paal and Yukon Huang on G20
Aug 25, 2016 • 12 min
Douglas H. Paal discusses key issues for the 2016 G20 Summit in Hangzhou, China, with Yukon Huang, senior associate in Carnegie’s Asia program.
Karim Sadjadpour on Iranian Elections
Aug 25, 2016 • 14 min
Karim Sadjadpour, an expert on Iranian politics, discusses the outcome of Iran’s February 2016 parliamentary elections and the near-term ramifications on domestic politics in the theocratic state.