The Carnegie Podcast

The Carnegie Podcast
The Carnegie Podcast is a regular series hosted b…
Denis McDonough on the Role of Chief of Staff
Sep 15 • 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 • 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 • 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 • 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 • 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 • 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 • 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 • 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 • 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 • 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 • 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 • 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 • 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 • 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 • 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 • 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 • 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 • 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 • 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 • 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 • 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 • 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 • 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 • 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 • 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 • 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.