Global Translations

Global Translations

www.politico.com/global-translations
The globe is beset by giant problems that don’t respect political boundaries. But are political actors up to the task of solving them?


A new tone from some in GOP on climate change — but mostly behind closed doors
Aug 22 • 32 min
Driven by a public clamoring for action and pressure from corporate CEOs, lawmakers are noting an evolution in attitudes toward climate action among some of their Republican colleagues – a subtle but significant shift in tone that could pave the way for…
The U.S. left a hole in climate leadership. China is filling it
Aug 15 • 41 min
Call it the China climate paradox. Often considered the bogeyman of global climate diplomacy, China is making greater and faster strides than expected away from fossil fuels, all part of a long-term economic strategy to dominate in critical…
Sponsored content: Embracing fintech in the fight against extinction
Aug 1 • 29 min
Artificial intelligence. Facial recognition. Lightning fast networks. The pace of technological change is dizzying - and upending industries, transforming the consumer experience and challenging the way lawmakers craft policy. So how are some of the…
The struggle to write the rulebook for social media
Jul 25 • 36 min
Social media firms say governments risk cleaving the global internet if they overdo rules for the platforms. And one member of Congress worries some of his colleagues are too technologically illiterate to even get the rules right. So how are governments…
The new Sputnik: China challenges the U.S. in global A.I. race
Jul 18 • 31 min
Artificial intelligence is poised to transform the world. And just as Sputnik’s launch brought fears of a foreign power’s mastery of technology, the anxiety behind this battle for control of artificial intelligence is driven by fears of what an…
Dissecting America’s mixed signals in challenging China on tech
Jul 11 • 33 min
The dominance of the Chinese tech firm Huawei in 5G and its close relationship with the Chinese government are seen as a dire threat to America and its allies, and they’re animating the Trump administration’s demands to block the company from building…
Sponsored content: Rethinking America’s role in global trade
Jun 27 • 19 min
In this special branded episode of Global Translations, sponsored by Citi, we are revisiting our understanding of global trade. We’ll speak with Mike Corbat, the CEO of Citi, and Randall Stephenson, the CEO of AT&T, about how they are riding the economic…
The world according to Robert Lighthizer
Jun 20 • 35 min
Companies and foreign governments are scrambling to adjust to a world in which tariffs could escalate and the very foundations of world trading rules are in doubt. And there is fear they’ll be forced to take sides between the reigning global superpower…
The new politics of trade
Jun 13 • 34 min
As Donald Trump fights tariff wars around the world, he’s upended the usual politics of trade and put politicians from both parties in an awkward spot. Many 2020 Democrats are trying to out-tough the president on the trade fight with China, while…
The method and the madness
Jun 6 • 30 min
Donald Trump is not winging it. Or at least he’s not totally winging it. However improvisational his daily machinations on trade may seem, Trump and his team are acting on a well-developed theory of the case, one that has been decades in the…
Global Politico is now Global Translations
Jun 4 • 1 min
What if you were witnessing the most pivotal moment in a generation — one that would determine the future of technology, trade, the climate of the planet — and you didn’t even realize it, because you were too distracted by partisan fights on social media…
What comes next in a world disrupted
Apr 16, 2018 • 38 min
In her last episode as host of the show, Susan joins her “partner in crime” Blake Hounshell, the editor of POLITICO Magazine, to make sense of the ways the Trump Administration has disrupted Washington’s relations with the world. Blake turns the tables on…
Trump vs Putin? Time to be ‘scared’
Apr 9, 2018 • 47 min
Contributing writer to The Atlantic Julia Ioffe joins The Global Politico for a comprehensive conversation on all things Russia.Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Hugh Hewitt gives rare praise for Trump’s national security purge
Apr 2, 2018 • 39 min
Conservative radio host Hugh Hewitt, an influential voice among national security conservatives, is struggling over what to think of the GOP’s Trumpian remake. He joins The Global Politico to discuss Trump’s temperament, his love of Ronald Regan, and the…
Jake Sullivan: “Difficult to overestimate the potential danger John Bolton could put us in”
Mar 26, 2018 • 54 min
John Bolton has advocated for war with Iran and North Korea. He loathes the United Nations, disdains international law, and still thinks the 2003 U.S. invasion of Iraq was the right idea. Hillary Clinton’s top foreign policy adviser Jake Sullivan joins…
Adam Schiff: I thought there would be more Jeff Flakes, John McCains and Bob Corkers
Mar 19, 2018 • 42 min
Days ago, Republican abruptly shut down the committee’s yearlong investigation of President Trump and the 2016 Russian election meddling, Congressman Adam Schiff joins The Global Politico to discuss how it all went down, what it’s like when a…
Chuck Todd on the high wire act of covering Trump
Mar 12, 2018 • 38 min
“Meet the Press” host Chuck Todd sits down with Susan Glasser to discuss covering this most unusual of White Houses amid the chaos and upheaval of the last few weeks. Chuck also explains what it’s like to be attacked by the president and how the nature of…
Naftali Bennett: ‘I Intend to Be the Prime Minister of Israel’
Mar 8, 2018 • 35 min
Is the Bibi era over? A conversation with Naftali Bennett, the brash right-winger who wants to succeed Benjamin Netanyahu.Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
The dance of the pro-Trump Republican with Senator Jim Risch
Mar 5, 2018 • 34 min
Sen. Jim Risch, the conservative Idaho Republican who now stands to take over Foreign Relations next year, joins The Global Politico to discuss his outlook on Trump’s foreign policy. Risch shares his views on North Korea, the Russia investigations on…
The Russian bots are coming. This bipartisan duo is on it.
Feb 26, 2018 • 50 min
Laura Rosenberger and Jamie Fly are an unlikely bipartisan duo who teamed up a year ago on a Washington think tank project to combat the Kremlin’s influence campaign but now find themselves right in the midst of escalating American battles over the…
Former Defense Secretary Ash Carter on the war America isn’t fighting
Feb 19, 2018 • 44 min
President Obama’s fourth secretary of defense joins The Global Politico to give his take on where we went wrong on the Russia hacking response, North Korea’s nuclear capabilities and the importance of having a clear, unified military strategy.Learn more…
Kim Jong Un, North Korea’s ‘10-foot-tall baby’
Feb 12, 2018 • 48 min
CIA veteran Jung Pak sits down with Susan Glasser to discuss what we’re getting wrong about North Korea’s infamous leader and why he’s not the “mad man” President Trump has deemed him to be. Pak helps us understand how Kim’s childhood in Switzerland has…
Victoria Nuland on ringing Russia alarm bell inside Obama administration
Feb 5, 2018 • 46 min
Victoria Nuland, former top State Department official, sits down with Susan Glasser to discuss what it was like to spend months in the middle of the U.S. government’s frustrating attempts to understand the Russian attack on the U.S. electoral system — and…
Bonus: The Gulf family feud (with Donald Trump in the middle)
Feb 1, 2018 • 28 min
Qatar’s defense minister Khalid bin Mohammed Al Attiyah joins The Global Politico for his first extensive comments to a U.S. journalist since the small country’s regional diplomatic crisis began. Al Attiyah and top officials came to Washington this week…
Mark Warner on Russia: ‘We’ve had new information that raises more questions’
Jan 29, 2018 • 47 min
Senator Mark Warner, the Virginia Democrat who is the vice chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee, joins The Global Politico for an exclusive, in-depth briefing on the state of play in its investigation of the 2016 hacking of the American…
The man who put Andrew Jackson in Trump’s Oval Office
Jan 22, 2018 • 42 min
Historian Walter Russell Mead has become the favorite Trump whisperer for everyone from Steve Bannon to Tom Cotton. Mead sits down with Susan Glasser to explain the historical antecedents for Trump’s hostility toward free trade, establishment-bashing and…
How does Obama’s foreign policy look a year into Trump?
Jan 15, 2018 • 53 min
Former U.S. ambassador to the United Nations Samantha Power and Obama’s deputy national security adviser Ben Rhodes join The Global Politico to discuss their upcoming HBO documentary “The Final Year.” They speak frankly about Obama’s legacy, how aides…
Is Trump stuck with Iran deal he loathes?
Jan 8, 2018 • 52 min
Leading Iran expert Suzanne Maloney and Iranian-born journalist Maziar Bahari join The Global Politico to discuss the Iran sanction deadline President Trump faces and how a wave of street protests are affecting his decision. Trump has called the agreement…
5 key takeaways from 2017: The Donald Trump presidency and a world disrupted
Dec 25, 2017 • 31 min
For a special 50th episode of The Global Politico, Susan Glasser looks back on a year of the Donald Trump presidency and the world’s reaction. She offers five key takeaways from Global Politico interviews in 2017; guests ranging from the Iranian foreign…
Assessing a year of Trump with #NeverTrumpers Eliot Cohen and Max Boot
Dec 18, 2017 • 45 min
Lifelong Republicans and policy intellectuals Eliot Cohen and Max Boot discuss the toll – personal as well as political – that Trump’s takeover of their party has had, from broken friendships to a GOP unmoored from basic principles like free trade and…
Former CIA deputy director Michael Morell on the intelligence failure of Russia
Dec 11, 2017 • 48 min
Ex-CIA deputy director and two time acting director Michael Morell joins Susan Glasser to talk Trump, social media and how the intelligence community failed on Russia. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Former Prime Minister of Israel Ehud Barak talks Netanyahu’s Israel
Dec 5, 2017 • 30 min
In part two of this week’s Global Politico, Israel’s former Prime Minister Ehud Barak talks with Susan Glasser just hours after the New York Times published his scathing op-ed on the current government of Israel. He elaborates on what he wrote, discussing…
Ambassador Ron Dermer on Trump’s Mideast peacemaking tactics
Dec 4, 2017 • 58 min
In part one of this week’s Global Politico, Israel’s ambassador to the United States Ron Dermer sits down with Susan Glasser for a rare on-the-record conversation about the likelihood of Trump recognizing Jerusalem as Israel’s capital and the effect that…
Trump’s Russia problem, with Ambassador Kurt Volker
Nov 27, 2017 • 39 min
Ambassador Kurt Volker, the Trump administration’s special envoy charged with ending the war in Ukraine, joins The Global Politico this week. Volker talks at length about just how troubled relations are with Russia these days despite Trump’s hoped-for…
Ben Cardin on how Trump is driving Democrats and Republicans together
Nov 20, 2017 • 33 min
Senator Ben Cardin, the ranking Democrat on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, discusses where the committee stands on new sanction on Russia, the Iran nuclear deal and diplomatic solutions to the North Korea standoff. The senator also delves into…
Episode 41: Inside the secret back-channel North Korea talks
Nov 13, 2017 • 37 min
For years, Suzanne DiMaggio and Joel Wit have been quietly meeting with North Koreans to talk about the country’s nuclear program. Since Trump was elected, DiMaggio and Wit have watched an initial outreach descend into a fury of name-calling, mutual…
Sexism on America’s front lines: Part Two
Nov 7, 2017 • 45 min
This week, a special part two of The Global Politico, our report on the everyday culture of sexual harassment — and sexism — that still plagues women who dare to represent America in the world. This episode features interviews with Congresswoman Pat…
Episode 40: Sexism on America’s front lines
Nov 6, 2017 • 68 min
Six women with careers in national security sit down with Susan Glasser to explore the challenges they’ve faced as they step up to participate in the policy debates about America’s place in the world. Laura Rosenberger, Evelyn Farkas, Mieke Eoyang, Loren…
Episode 39: James Clapper: The Russians have succeeded beyond their wildest expectations
Oct 30, 2017 • 45 min
The former director of national intelligence has emerged publicly as one of President Donald Trump’s foremost critics and he wants you to know that no matter how much Trump rants about the “Russia hoax,” the 2016 hacking was not only real and aimed at…
Episode 38: The myth about the great and horrible Putin
Oct 23, 2017 • 42 min
Mikhail Khodorkovsky, Russia’s richest man until he was jailed for a decade by Vladimir Putin, joins The Global Politico to discuss opposing Putin, the price he paid, and the current status of the liberal resistance. Plus, author and Pulitzer Prize winner…
Episode 37: Ai WeiWei: ‘China is laughing about this situation’
Oct 16, 2017 • 36 min
Legendary Chinese dissident artist Ai Weiwei talks about Trump, Western democracy and the plight of refugees around the world. Weiwei is making a strong case for himself as America’s leading dissident of the Trump era. Authoritarian leaders in China and…
Episode 36: Tom Cotton, the Senate’s Trump whisperer
Oct 9, 2017 • 43 min
Arkansas Senator Tom Cotton sits down with Susan Glasser to discuss the role of President Trump’s national security team and the course of action advisers should take if they disagree with the president, the senator’s thinking on an Iran strategy, and how…
Episode 35: Iran’s Foreign Minister has some things he wants to say to Donald Trump
Oct 2, 2017 • 48 min
Mohammed Javad Zarif, Iran’s Foreign Minister, joins The Global Politico this week. Zarif responds to President Trump’s public assault on the Iran nuclear deal, discusses the vetting process for his own Twitter feed, and reveals his take on a potential…
Episode 34: Tony Blair says the left has lost its way
Sep 25, 2017 • 35 min
Former Prime Minister of the United Kingdom Tony Blair sits down with Susan Glasser in New York City to discuss the similarities between Brexit and Trump, negiotating peace in the Middle East and the populism of the far left.Learn more about your ad…
Episode 33: Twitter Man vs. Rocket Man
Sep 18, 2017 • 73 min
The Global Politico dives into North Korea this week with Admiral Dennis Blair, the former U.S. Director of National Intelligence, and Ambassador Chris Hill, the last senior American to negotiate with the North Koreans. With fire, fury and war panic…
Episode 32: Are Democrats more than the Party of Not Donald Trump?
Sep 11, 2017 • 57 min
On this week’s episode of The Global Politico, a group of leading Democrat leaders and strategists reconvene a year later to debate their election losses, the diagnosis of why Trump beat them in 2016, and how much to stake themselves on an…
Episode 31: Dealing With Hurricane Trump, with Jeh Johnson
Sep 4, 2017 • 57 min
Jeh Johnson, former Homeland Security chief, on the many crises, natural and otherwise, of the Trump era. President Trump has yet to name a replacement as secretary of Homeland Security. Not only that, he appears nowhere close to doing so and has not even…
Episode 30: For all his fire and fury, Trump hasn’t changed much
Aug 28, 2017 • 56 min
A look back on the first seven months of the Trump administration, Susan Glasser walks through ten lessons we’ve learned about Donald Trump’s foreign policy philosophy since he took office. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Episode 29: The new Cold War?
Aug 21, 2017 • 73 min
This week The Global Politico examines whether America and Russia are really doomed to clash on the world stage, how we got Vladimir Putin so wrong — and what’s next for the Kremlin leader. Is it a new Cold War? Are we Russian hands too obsessed with…
Episode 28: The Republican Party’s war within
Aug 14, 2017 • 61 min
The Republican Party under President Trump is a party divided, one at war with itself. Torn between a leader who came to office vowing to drain the Washington swamp – and the swamp creatures in his own party who now run both houses of Congress. This week,…
Episode 27: What it’s like to watch a democracy die in Venezuela
Aug 7, 2017 • 42 min
Hannah Dreier joins The Global Politico this week to recount her experience covering the Venezuela crisis, as an AP correspondent. She takes listeners inside what it is like to live through complete upheaval and the crazy things you get used to when your…
Episode 26: Why the Middle East hated Obama but loves Trump
Jul 31, 2017 • 29 min
Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri, fresh from a summit with Trump, explains a region in turmoil. The tone was measured, but taken together his comments amount to a striking and stark indictment of Obama and much recent U.S. policy in the Middle…
Episode 25: The Trump White House’s war within
Jul 24, 2017 • 52 min
Until a couple weeks ago Laurel Miller was America’s top diplomat charged with dealing with Afghanistan and Pakistan. Miller joins The Global Politico for an exclusive interview on the State Department shutting down SRAP (the Special Representative for…
Episode 24: Don’t compare Trump to Nixon. It’s unfair to Nixon.
Jul 17, 2017 • 48 min
This week’s guest, Elizabeth Drew, wrote the book, Washington Journal, as a real-time diary of how the American political world handled the spiraling Watergate investigations. Susan and Elizabeth discuss how Nixon is — and isn’t — like Trump, why our new…
Episode 23: Tom Donilon on the one thing Trump gets right about Obama and Russia
Jul 10, 2017 • 61 min
Tom Donilon, President Obama’s national security adviser and co-chair of Hillary Clinton’s national security transition team, makes a strong case for why who sits in the Situation Room really matters, why Donald Trump’s explosive new ways and foreign…
Episode 22: J.T. Rogers, foreign policy wonk meets playwright
Jul 3, 2017 • 57 min
J.T. Rogers is not a diplomat or a military officer or politician. He’s something most unusual in American public life: a playwright whose subject is world affairs — we call him America’s only foreign policy playwright — and he’s just won pretty much…
Episode 21: Why Rep. Adam Kinzinger is raising ‘holy hell’ over Russia
Jun 26, 2017 • 34 min
Illinois Congressman Adam Kinzinger says he is prepared to wage a rebellion and raise “holy hell” in the face of new efforts by the White House and its allies to water down a bill enshrining into law tough sanctions on Vladimir Putin’s government. The…
Episode 20: Tom Malinowski on arguing with dictators and human rights in the Trump era
Jun 18, 2017 • 58 min
Tom Malinowski served on President Clinton’s National Security Council staff, then became Washington director of Human Rights Watch, and then for the last term of President Obama’s administration, as assistant secretary of state for human rights. In other…
Episode 19: The shove heard round the world
Jun 11, 2017 • 52 min
A conversation with Montenegro Prime Minister Dusko Markovic about the shove he received from U.S. President Donald Trump at the NATO summit in Brussels. Plus, a conversation with Damon Wilson of the Atlantic Council to lend context to the incident and on…
Episode 18: A master class on Putin & Trump from legendary Russia hand, Strobe Talbott
Jun 4, 2017 • 49 min
Brookings Institution President Strobe Talbott delves into Trump and Putin, Moscow and Washington, as we find ourselves consumed by the unlikely confluence of two stories that he happens to know more about than just about anybody. The former deputy…
Episode 17: Is Prime Minister Theresa May a British Hillary Clinton?
May 28, 2017 • 55 min
The Global Politico hits the road again, to the scene of last week’s terrorist attack in Manchester — as it caused an unprecedented halt to political campaigning just two weeks before the general election. And we’ll explore the backstory of Brexit, how it…
Episode 16: John Podesta, the Clinton campaign chief on Trump, Comey and his own email being hacked
May 21, 2017 • 58 min
In an exclusive interview with Susan Glasser, Clinton campaign chairman John Podesta blasts Donald Trump as unfit for office and predicts Trump’s GOP enablers on Capitol Hill will stonewall the Russia hacking probe. As for the president’s excuse that he…
Episode 15: Condoleezza Rice: American democracy will survive Trump
May 14, 2017 • 56 min
Former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice acknowledges her concerns about a president accused of eroding democracy at home and ignoring it abroad and says Trump, a novice in world affairs, has a “steeper learning curve than most” presidents. Rice also…
Bonus episode: How France’s new president will change the world
May 8, 2017 • 29 min
POLITICO’s European colleagues Nicholas Vinocur in Paris and Ryan Heath in Brussels join Susan Glasser for a special edition of the Global Politico. The group delves into how Emmanuel Macron has just pulled off a great political upset, winning the…
Episode 14: The resistance will be tweeted with Sen. Chris Murphy
May 7, 2017 • 45 min
The Connecticut senator has emerged as a leader of the national resistance to President Trump — and a foreign policy wonk with a lot to say about the world. The Democrat talks Clinton and Comey, the White House’s dictator problem and why the Saudis aren’t…
Episode 13: Sweden’s Carl Bildt on Europe vs. Trump
Apr 30, 2017 • 42 min
“They thought the man had gone bananas”: a conversation on Trump and why Europe sees him as a threat to rival Putin with Sweden’s Carl Bildt Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Episode 12: ‘I think there is a fantastic opportunity here’ Paul Wolfowitz on Trump’s foreign policy
Apr 24, 2017 • 49 min
In an exclusive for The Global POLITICO, Paul Wolfowitz, architect of the Iraq war, talks Trump, Iraq and his fears the country could descend into “chaotic violence” all over again, and the need for America to step back up in the melting down Middle East.…
Episode 11: Inside Trump’s NSC with Michael Anton
Apr 16, 2017 • 53 min
Michael Anton wrote inflammatory essays backing Trump during last year’s campaign. Now he’s in charge of explaining Trump’s keep-em-guessing foreign policy at Trump’s NSC. In an exclusive interview with Susan Glasser’s Global POLITICO podcast, Anton talks…
Episode 10: Andrea Mitchell on Trump’s media wars
Apr 9, 2017 • 49 min
After President Trump called her “Hillary Clinton’s P.R. Person,” NBC’s Andrea Mitchell has some choice words for him too. In an exclusive interview for The Global Politico, Mitchell says “I’ve never seen anything like” the flat-out lies of the Trump…
Episode 9: “This theory we didn’t do anything” Lisa Monaco on Obama & the Russia hack
Apr 3, 2017 • 59 min
Obama’s top homeland security adviser Lisa Monaco talks about the Russia hacking of 2016 and whether the White House should have talked more publicly about it before the election. Plus: her thoughts on how Trump is undoing their counterterrorism policies…
Episode 8: The man who would beat Bibi: Israel’s Yair Lapid
Mar 23, 2017 • 32 min
Donald Trump wants to team up with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to make the deal of the century between Israel and the Palestinians. But what if a Trumpian TV star-turned-politician gets Netanyahu first? Israel’s leading opposition politician Yair…
Episode 7: A Russia trap? Masha Gessen on Trump, Putin and what really to worry about
Mar 19, 2017 • 49 min
Are the spiraling investigations around Trump and Russia “a conspiracy trap”? How much is Trump like President Putin after all? Russia-born author and journalist Masha Gessen joins The Global POLITICO this week to talk about the strange confluence of…
Episode 6: Can Iraq survive Trump?
Mar 12, 2017 • 46 min
The Global POLITICO hits the road this week, traveling to Kurdistan to talk to Deputy Prime Minister Qubad Talabani about the the raging battle to retake Mosul from the Islamic State, the “failure of Iraqi politics” — and what America First means to the…
Episode 5: Dan Fried, America’s longest-serving diplomat
Mar 5, 2017 • 61 min
America’s most senior diplomat just hit the exits from Trump’s melting down State Department after 40 years of being the man in the room when Russia was involved. Daniel Fried reveals what he would have told Trump about Putin — if he’d asked — plus what…
Episode 4: Alpha Ladies: Madeleine Albright, Michele Flournoy and Wendy Sherman
Feb 26, 2017 • 45 min
The foreign policy powerhouses respond to President Trump’s macho national security policy; the ladies delve into the world’s view of the United States, the consequences of not having women negiotating at the table and why millennials give them hope for…
Episode 3: Congressman Adam Schiff
Feb 20, 2017 • 45 min
Rep. Adam Schiff, ranking member of the House Intelligence Committee, says President Trump has a “pathological unwillingness to criticize anything the Kremlin does.” Schiff is one of the leading Democrats calling for a more serious investigation of…
Bonus episode: Dan Shapiro
Feb 14, 2017 • 42 min
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu flew to DC to kick off a new better era after his rocky dealings with President Obama. Then Trump’s White House melted down. Longtime US ambassador Dan Shapiro, who served as Obama’s top Israel adviser throughout…
Episode 2: Senator Bob Corker
Feb 9, 2017 • 41 min
The chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee sits down with Susan Glasser for an exclusive interview on his disagreements with Trump-and how he views a White House torn between deals and disruption The Global Politico takes listeners backstage…
Episode 1: Jim Baker
Feb 5, 2017 • 52 min
POLITICO’s Susan Glasser sits down with former Secretary of State Jim Baker to discuss his take on President Donald Trump’s immigration policies, what he learned from the Reagan White House and more. The Global Politico will take listeners backstage in a…
Coming Soon: The Global Politico with Susan Glasser
Feb 3, 2017 • 1 min
Each week, POLITICO’s Susan Glasser will go backstage in a world disrupted, interviewing leaders in Washington — and around the globe — who can help us understand an international scene that can seem like it’s spinning out of control. The podcast will…