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  • Thailand’s Pro-Democracy Protesters Aren’t Backing Down

    Thailand’s Pro-Democracy Protesters Aren’t Backing Down

    04/11/2020 Duração: 36min

    For nearly five months, Thailand has been in the throes of a historic pro-democracy uprising. Demonstrators have braved water cannons and arbitrary arrests to challenge the current government of Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha, the leader of a 2014 coup who then headed the military junta that ruled Thailand until last year. The protest movement has also broken a longstanding taboo by demanding reforms of Thailand’s monarchy, which is protected by one of the world’s harshest lèse-majesté laws. Thailand’s king addressed the protests for the first time in rare public comments over the weekend, suggesting he may be open to compromise with the demonstrators. Meanwhile, as with all political unrest in Thailand, the ever-present possibility that the military will step in hangs over the protest movement. Today on Trend Lines, WPR’s Elliot Waldman discusses the latest developments from the Thai protests with Tyrell Haberkorn, a professor of Southeast Asian Studies at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and a 2020 Gu

  • ‘Reality Is Catching Up’: Edward Luce on Trump, the Election and What Comes After

    ‘Reality Is Catching Up’: Edward Luce on Trump, the Election and What Comes After

    29/10/2020 Duração: 44min

    Over the past four years, American politics have been consumed and subsumed by one man: Donald Trump. Since his election in 2016, Trump’s disregard for convention has upended the norms of the U.S. presidency and undermined the separation of powers on which America’s constitutional system depends. His iconoclastic approach to foreign policy has further frayed the global order the U.S. has historically used to advance its interests, while raising questions about America’s commitment and dependability as an ally. Long-standing political partisanship and divisions within the U.S. have become particularly acute in the runup to next week’s election, amid heightened anxiety over the potential for tampering and manipulation of the outcome. In today’s big picture Trend Lines interview, Edward Luce joins WPR’s editor-in-chief, Judah Grunstein, to discuss the impact of Trump’s four years in office, the atmosphere surrounding next week’s election and what’s at stake for America and the world. Luce is a columnist and the

  • How to Guard Against Election-Related Misinformation

    How to Guard Against Election-Related Misinformation

    28/10/2020 Duração: 25min

    This year’s election season in the U.S. has been unusual in many ways, unfolding against the backdrop of a raging global pandemic, a historic economic recession and an incumbent president who is willing to discard America’s democratic norms. But there is one thing that has become predictable about recent U.S. elections, and sadly, other polls around the world: the torrent of misinformation that inevitably seems to accompany them. At the same time, the modalities of how misinformation spreads aren’t necessarily consistent across elections. According to Shelby Grossman, a political scientist and research scholar at the Stanford Internet Observatory, foreign influence operations are becoming more sophisticated, and the unintentional spread of misinformation can be just as pernicious. She joins WPR’s Elliot Waldman on the Trend Lines podcast this week to break down the latest trends in online misinformation and some of the things voters should watch out for on Election Day and thereafter. Relevant Articles on WP

  • Russia Faces a Reckoning on Its Periphery

    Russia Faces a Reckoning on Its Periphery

    21/10/2020 Duração: 32min

    Despite President Vladimir Putin’s efforts to project the image that Russia is a productive and internationally engaged great power, recent developments on the country’s periphery suggest, if anything, a decline in the Kremlin’s influence. In Belarus, President Alexander Lukashenko is clinging to power despite the regular chants from thousands of protesters demanding he resign. Intense fighting has erupted again between Armenia and Azerbaijan, over the disputed territory of Nagorno-Karabakh. And Kyrgyzstan is in chaos after protests forced the country’s Russia-friendly leader, Sooronbai Jeenbekov, to resign last week. This week on Trend Lines, WPR’s Elliot Waldman is joined by Matthew Rojansky, director of the Kennan Institute at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, to discuss Putin’s response to the rapidly unfolding crises in Russia’s “near abroad.” Relevant Articles on WPR: Can Russia Steer the Endgame in Nagorno-Karabakh to Its Advantage? How Russia’s Putin Could Respond to the Protest

  • South America’s New Era of Pragmatism

    South America’s New Era of Pragmatism

    16/10/2020 Duração: 51min

    Over the past two decades, perhaps no region of the world has seen such a dramatic reversal of fortune as South America. Beginning in 1999, a political shift to the left combined with an economic boom allowed governments across the continent to make dramatic inroads in the fight against poverty. The region’s transformation was held up as a model of what governments can achieve when they make addressing inequality a central priority. But beginning in 2013, the end of the commodities boom led to slowed growth and, in some cases, political instability, calling into question the sustainability of the previous decade’s gains. In today’s big picture Trend Lines interview, Frida Ghitis joins WPR’s editor-in-chief, Judah Grunstein, to discuss the changes the past two decades have brought to South America, and where they leave the region today as it faces long-standing challenges exacerbated by the fallout from the coronavirus pandemic. Frida is a contributing columnist at The Washington Post, as well as a frequent on

  • The Case for Reopening America’s Doors to Refugees

    The Case for Reopening America’s Doors to Refugees

    14/10/2020 Duração: 27min

    Late last month, President Donald Trump told Congress that his administration plans to further slash the ceiling for refugee admissions during the fiscal year that began on Oct. 1, to 15,000 from an already historically low 18,000. The new limit is less than one-seventh the 110,000 slots that former President Barack Obama approved in 2016. As The New York Times put it, Trump has “virtually sealed off a pathway for the persecuted into the country and obliterated the once-robust American reputation as a sanctuary for the oppressed.” This comes as the number of refugees worldwide continues to grow. According to the United Nations, there are currently around 80 million forcibly displaced people around the world, including 26 million refugees and more than 4 million asylum-seekers. Trump’s opponent in next month’s presidential election, Joe Biden, has said he will raise the cap on refugees to 125,000. But should he win, he will have his work cut out for him in repairing the U.S. refugee program. Today on Trend Li

  • ‘The World Has Moved On’: Carl Bildt on the EU in the Trump Era—and After

    ‘The World Has Moved On’: Carl Bildt on the EU in the Trump Era—and After

    09/10/2020 Duração: 43min

    Strategic autonomy has long been a recurring refrain for advocates of a more forceful European Union on the global stage. Upon taking office in December 2019, European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen announced that hers would be a “geopolitical commission.” The sense of urgency has only grown since then. Ongoing tensions with Russia over its role in Eastern Europe and new ones with Turkey in the Eastern Mediterranean have called attention to the threats the EU faces in its own neighborhood. Managing strained ties with the United States and defining the new terms of relations with the post-Brexit United Kingdom have called into question long-standing partnerships. And a fast-emerging reassessment of the challenge posed by China has underscored the importance of the EU becoming a rule-maker, not a rule-taker in the shifting world order. In today’s big picture Trend Lines interview, WPR editor-in-chief Judah Grunstein is joined by Carl Bildt to discuss these and other challenges facing the EU, as well

  • How Southeast Asia Is Navigating China’s Rise

    How Southeast Asia Is Navigating China’s Rise

    07/10/2020 Duração: 39min

    With every major religion in the world represented, and political systems that range from relatively open democracies to authoritarian one-party states, Southeast Asia is one of the most spectacularly diverse regions in the world. It stretches from the highlands of northern Myanmar to the beaches of southern Thailand and the Philippines, and includes low-income economies like Laos and Cambodia, as well as Singapore, one of the wealthiest places in the world on a per capita basis.  Each of the 11 countries in this multifarious region, though, face a common foreign policy challenge: how to deal with the political and economic juggernaut to their north, China. Today on Trend Lines, WPR’s Elliot Waldman is joined by journalist Sebastian Strangio to discuss his new book, “In the Dragon’s Shadow: Southeast Asia in the Chinese Century.” Relevant Articles on WPR: Vietnam, Under Increasing Pressure From China, Mulls a Shift Into America’s Orbit Why Is China Pressing Indonesia Again Over Its Maritime Claims? Laos, T

  • The Preexisting Conditions That Doomed Britain’s COVID-19 Response

    The Preexisting Conditions That Doomed Britain’s COVID-19 Response

    02/10/2020 Duração: 39min

    The U.K. this week recorded its highest single-day increase in new coronavirus cases so far, and its biggest one-day death toll since July. Today on Trend Lines, The Atlantic’s Tom McTague joins WPR’s Elliot Waldman to discuss the structural failures that undermined Britain’s COVID-19 response. If you like what you hear on Trend Lines and what you’ve read on WPR, you can sign up for our free newsletter to get our uncompromising analysis delivered straight to your inbox. The newsletter offers a free preview article every day of the week, plus three more complimentary articles in our weekly roundup every Friday. Sign up here. Then subscribe. Relevant Articles on WPR: For the U.K. and Ireland, Brexit and COVID-19 Are a Perfect Storm Will Ireland and the U.K.’s Divided Responses to COVID-19 Fuel Irish Unification? ‘It Was Always Going to Be Horrible.’ Britain’s Former Top Emergency Planner on COVID-19 Boris Johnson Is Hurtling the U.K. Toward Another Brexit Cliff Trend Lines is produced and edited by Peter Dö

  • ‘A Litany of Failed Enterprises’: Robert Malley on a Changing Middle East

    ‘A Litany of Failed Enterprises’: Robert Malley on a Changing Middle East

    30/09/2020 Duração: 01h01s

    In today’s big picture Trend Lines interview, WPR editor-in-chief Judah Grunstein is joined by Robert Malley, president and CEO of International Crisis Group, to discuss the drivers of recent developments in the Middle East, as well as the global trends shaping conflict and crisis more broadly. If you like what you hear on Trend Lines and what you’ve read on WPR, you can sign up for our free newsletter to get our uncompromising analysis delivered straight to your inbox. The newsletter offers a free preview article every day of the week, plus three more complimentary articles in our weekly roundup every Friday. Sign up here. Then subscribe. Relevant Articles on WPR: No More ‘-Isms’: A Non-Ideological Generation Takes to the Streets in the Middle East This New, Narrow Vision for the Middle East Isn’t Really About Peace Why Hitting the Pause Button Is the Best the U.S. and Iran Can Hope For Russia Is Getting More Than It Bargained For in Libya and Syria How China Is Quietly Expanding Its Economic Influence

  • Things Just Got Worse for Refugees in Greece

    Things Just Got Worse for Refugees in Greece

    23/09/2020 Duração: 30min

    Earlier this month, Europe’s largest refugee camp, on the Greek island of Lesbos, burned down, leaving most of its 13,000 residents homeless. Today on Trend Lines, WPR’s Elliot Waldman discusses the refugee crisis with Matthew Cassel, a Vice News correspondent who reported on the aftermath of the fire. If you like what you hear on Trend Lines and what you’ve read on WPR, you can sign up for our free newsletter to get our uncompromising analysis delivered straight to your inbox. The newsletter offers a free preview article every day of the week, plus three more complimentary articles in our weekly roundup every Friday. Sign up here. Then subscribe. Relevant Articles on WPR: For Migrants and Refugees, Greece Has Become Hostile Territory Has the World Learned the Lessons of the 2015 Refugee Crisis? Refugees Are Being Ignored Amid the COVID-19 Crisis As the Migration Crisis Evolves, the Wealthiest Countries Still Aren’t Doing Enough Trend Lines is produced and edited by Peter Dörrie, a freelance journalist an

  • Dealing With an ‘Infinitely More Assertive China’

    Dealing With an ‘Infinitely More Assertive China’

    11/09/2020 Duração: 30min

    This week on Trend Lines, Kevin Rudd, the former prime minister of Australia, joins WPR editor-in-chief Judah Grunstein to discuss the nature of the challenge China poses to the West, the implications of Xi Jinping’s rule, and the future prospects of both China’s rise and America’s global leadership role. If you like what you hear on Trend Lines and what you’ve read on WPR, you can sign up for our free newsletter to get our uncompromising analysis delivered straight to your inbox. The newsletter offers a free preview article every day of the week, plus three more complimentary articles in our weekly roundup every Friday. Sign up here. Then subscribe. Relevant Articles on WPR: When It Comes to Soft Power, China Is Already Outpacing the U.S. Beijing Will Come to Regret the End of Hong Kong’s Autonomy As China Rises and U.S. Influence Wanes, Australia Aims for Self-Reliance China’s Coronavirus Outbreak Exposes the Limits of Xi’s Centralized Power Is China’s Repressive Turn Under Xi a Sign of Strength—or Wea

  • How COVID-19 Is Changing Education—Not Always for the Worse

    How COVID-19 Is Changing Education—Not Always for the Worse

    09/09/2020 Duração: 30min

    This week on Trend Lines, WPR’s Elliot Waldman is joined by Rebecca Winthrop for a conversation about the changing face of education in the era of COVID-19. She argues that now is the time to “chart a vision for how education can emerge stronger from this global crisis than ever before.” If you like what you hear on Trend Lines and what you’ve read on WPR, you can sign up for our free newsletter to get our uncompromising analysis delivered straight to your inbox. The newsletter offers a free preview article every day of the week, plus three more complimentary articles in our weekly roundup every Friday. Sign up here. Then subscribe. Relevant Articles on WPR: Kenya’s Decision to Cancel Its School Year Will Reverberate Across Africa A New ‘Lockdown Generation’ Is Raising the Risk of Global Upheaval What the Pandemic Looks Like in the World’s ‘Ungoverned Spaces’ Trend Lines is produced and edited by Peter Dörrie, a freelance journalist and analyst focusing on security and resource politics in Africa. You can

  • Rerun: Why Societies Are Resilient to Disasters Like COVID-19

    Rerun: Why Societies Are Resilient to Disasters Like COVID-19

    02/09/2020 Duração: 30min

    “When life is at its worst,” journalist Dan Gardner argues, “we are at our best.” For this week’s interview on Trend Lines, Gardner joins WPR’s Elliot Waldman to discuss the resilience of human societies and how our penchant for prosocial behavior will help us overcome the coronavirus pandemic. If you like what you hear on Trend Lines and what you’ve read on WPR, you can sign up for our free newsletter to get our uncompromising analysis delivered straight to your inbox. The newsletter offers a free preview article every day of the week, plus three more complimentary articles in our weekly roundup every Friday. Sign up here. Then subscribe. Relevant Articles on WPR: Building Trust, Confidence and Collective Action in the Age of COVID-19 A Rough Guide to Getting a COVID-19 Lockdown Right Planning for the World After the Coronavirus Pandemic Will the Model of an Interconnected World Survive the COVID-19 Pandemic? Trend Lines is produced and edited by Peter Dörrie, a freelance journalist and analyst focusing

  • What We Talk About When We Talk About Decolonization

    What We Talk About When We Talk About Decolonization

    26/08/2020 Duração: 37min

    This week on Trend Lines, political theorist Adom Getachew joins WPR’s Elliot Waldman to talk about the history of anti-colonial nationalist movements that tried to remake the world in an egalitarian mold, eschewing old concepts of empire and subjugation—and the resonance of their vision today. If you like what you hear on Trend Lines and what you’ve read on WPR, you can sign up for our free newsletter to get our uncompromising analysis delivered straight to your inbox. The newsletter offers a free preview article every day of the week, plus three more complimentary articles in our weekly roundup every Friday. Sign up here. Then subscribe. Relevant Articles on WPR: As BLM Goes Global, It’s Building on Centuries of Black Internationalist Struggle Legacies of Colonialism Are Holding Back Racial Justice in Britain and France How Third-Worldism Can Be Reimagined Today Trend Lines is produced and edited by Peter Dörrie, a freelance journalist and analyst focusing on security and resource politics in Africa. You

  • Are Lukashenko’s Days Numbered in Belarus?

    Are Lukashenko’s Days Numbered in Belarus?

    19/08/2020 Duração: 33min

    Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko is facing the greatest challenge yet to his rule as pro-democracy demonstrations rock the country. This week on Trend Lines, Candace Rondeaux joins Elliot Waldman to discuss the competition for influence in Belarus, and what the protests mean for its future. If you like what you hear on Trend Lines and what you’ve read on WPR, you can sign up for our free newsletter to get our uncompromising analysis delivered straight to your inbox. The newsletter offers a free preview article every day of the week, plus three more complimentary articles in our weekly roundup every Friday. Sign up here. Then subscribe. Relevant Articles on WPR: ‘It’s Not Normal for Belarus.’ Lukashenko Faces Growing Pre-Election Protests Making Sense of the Arrest of Russian Mercenaries in Belarus Is Russia’s Pressure on Belarus Putting It in Play for the West? Trend Lines is produced and edited by Peter Dörrie, a freelance journalist and analyst focusing on security and resource politics in Afric

  • Will Cities Ever Be the Same After COVID-19?

    Will Cities Ever Be the Same After COVID-19?

    12/08/2020 Duração: 28min

    The explosive growth of cities worldwide has produced economic gains, but also entails significant risks to health, as we’re seeing now with the coronavirus pandemic. This week on Trend Lines, WPR’s Elliot Waldman is joined by Ronak B. Patel to discuss how cities are changing in the era of COVID-19. If you like what you hear on Trend Lines and what you’ve read on WPR, you can sign up for our free newsletter to get our uncompromising analysis delivered straight to your inbox. The newsletter offers a free preview article every day of the week, plus three more complimentary articles in our weekly roundup every Friday. Sign up here. Then subscribe. Relevant Articles on WPR: What the Pandemic Looks Like in the World’s ‘Ungoverned Spaces’ To Save the Economy From COVID-19, Protect Informal Workers Can an Open World Exist After COVID-19? A New ‘Lockdown Generation’ Is Raising the Risk of Global Upheaval Trend Lines is produced and edited by Peter Dörrie, a freelance journalist and analyst focusing on security an

  • The Real Reasons to Be Concerned About TikTok

    The Real Reasons to Be Concerned About TikTok

    05/08/2020 Duração: 49min

    Over the past few months, the wildly popular video-sharing app TikTok and its Chinese parent company have faced rising suspicions over their alleged ties with the Chinese Communist Party. This week on Trend Lines, WPR’s Elliot Waldman discusses the debate over TikTok with Samantha Hoffman and Fergus Ryan. If you like what you hear on Trend Lines and what you’ve read on WPR, you can sign up for our free newsletter to get our uncompromising analysis delivered straight to your inbox. The newsletter offers a free preview article every day of the week, plus three more complimentary articles in our weekly roundup every Friday. Sign up here. Then subscribe. Relevant Articles on WPR: Banning TikTok Would Let China Off the Hook on Tech Reciprocity Overshadowed by a Pandemic, the U.S.-China Tech War Is Heating Up China’s Protectionism Online Is Driving Its Own Decoupling With the U.S. Trend Lines is produced and edited by Peter Dörrie, a freelance journalist and analyst focusing on security and resource politics in

  • As Conflict Escalates in the Sahel, Is Chad’s Deby Overstretched?

    As Conflict Escalates in the Sahel, Is Chad’s Deby Overstretched?

    29/07/2020 Duração: 43min

    President Idriss Deby of Chad announced a Cabinet reshuffle earlier this month in preparation to run for president yet again in 2021. For this week’s interview on Trend Lines, Michael Shurkin joins WPR’s Elliot Waldman to discuss Deby’s three-decade reign and Chad’s outsized security role in the Sahel. If you like what you hear on Trend Lines and what you’ve read on WPR, you can sign up for our free newsletter to get our uncompromising analysis delivered straight to your inbox. The newsletter offers a free preview article every day of the week, plus three more complimentary articles in our weekly roundup every Friday. Sign up here. Then subscribe. Relevant Articles on WPR: Will Chad’s Deby Suffer the Same Fate as Bashir in Sudan? Al-Qaida and ISIS Turn On Each Other in the Sahel, With Civilians in the Crossfire How Counterinsurgency Campaigns Are Fueling Human Rights Abuses in the Sahel Deby Set to Keep Power in Chad Election, but Discontent Is Growing Trend Lines is produced and edited by Peter Dörrie, a

  • The EU Gets a Budget, and China Loses a Consulate

    The EU Gets a Budget, and China Loses a Consulate

    24/07/2020 Duração: 40min

    In this week’s editors’ discussion on Trend Lines, WPR’s Judah Grunstein, Elliot Waldman and Prachi Vidwans talk about the implications of the European Union’s new budget and coronavirus recovery fund, as well as the Trump administration’s sudden decision to shut down China’s consulate in Houston. If you like what you hear on Trend Lines and what you’ve read on WPR, you can sign up for our free newsletter to get our uncompromising analysis delivered straight to your inbox. The newsletter offers a free preview article every day of the week, plus three more complimentary articles in our weekly roundup every Friday. Sign up here. Then subscribe. Relevant Articles on WPR: Is the EU’s COVID-19 Response Losing Central and Eastern Europe to China? The U.S. Can No Longer Ignore or Contain China. What Now? How China Is Quietly Expanding Its Economic Influence in the Gulf In Sri Lanka’s Elections, a Rajapaksa Win Would Seal Democracy’s Fate Don’t Rush to Judge the CIA’s Covert Cyber Offensive Trend Lines is produc

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