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Gideon Rachman, the Financial Times chief foreign affairs columnist talks to the decision-makers and thinkers who are shaping world affairs.
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Can South Africa’s national unity government succeed?

This week South Africa’s President Cyril Ramaphosa took office at the head of the country’s first power-sharing government since the immediate post-apartheid period. Many are hoping this will offer the prospect for economic renewal and bring much needed investment back to the country. Gideon discusses its chance of success with the FT’s Monica Mark and Alec Hogg, editor and publisher of Biznews.com.Clip: eNCA TVFree links to read more on this topic:Investors cheer as Cyril Ramaphosa sworn in as South Africa’s presidentRamaphosa re-elected South African president after striking deal with oppositionCan the party that liberated South Africa still hold it together?In charts: 30 years of ANC rule in South AfricaSubscribe to The Rachman Review wherever you get your podcasts - please listen, rate and subscribe.Presented by Gideon Rachman. Produced by Fiona Symon. Sound design is by Breen TurnerRead a transcript of this episode on FT.com Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
6/20/202423 minutes, 44 seconds
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Macron's gamble

After a grim showing for his party in the European elections, President Emmanuel Macron stunned observers by calling snap elections in France. With Marine Le Pen’s National Rally riding high in the polls, could French voters elect a far-right government? Gideon discusses the possible ramifications of Macron’s gamble with Célia Belin, head of the Paris office of the European Council on Foreign Relations. Clip: La ProvinceFree links to read more on this topic:Jordan Bardella: the far-right TikTok king gunning for France’s premiershipEmmanuel Macron appeals for rivals to join his fight against ‘extremist fever’Victory for French far right could trigger Liz Truss-style debt crisis, warns finance ministerWhy Emmanuel Macron went all in against Marine Le PenSubscribe to The Rachman Review wherever you get your podcasts - please listen, rate and subscribe.Presented by Gideon Rachman. Produced by Fiona Symon. Sound design is by Breen TurnerRead a transcript of this episode on FT.com Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
6/13/202427 minutes, 6 seconds
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China’s great power strategy

Gideon talks to Oriana Skylar Mastro, author of Upstart: How China Became A Great Power. They discuss China’s rapid rise, Beijing’s ambitions on the global stage and how the US will respond.Clip: Bogdan KokkonenFree links to read more on this topic:China emerges as one of biggest bilateral lenders to PhilippinesChina hits out at ‘aggressive’ Taiwan for military build-upUS and allies say China is ‘aggressively recruiting’ their fighter pilotsChina accuses US of seeking ‘Asia-Pacific Nato’China’s army tests gun-toting version of robot dogSubscribe to The Rachman Review wherever you get your podcasts - please listen, rate and subscribe.Presented by Gideon Rachman. Produced by Fiona Symon. Sound design is by Breen TurnerRead a transcript of this episode on FT.com Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
6/6/202428 minutes, 43 seconds
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How much power can far-right parties win in Europe?

Gideon talks to Henry Foy, the FT’s bureau chief in Brussels, about next week’s EU parliamentary elections. Far-right parties are set to win more seats, but how will this translate into their ability to influence policy? Clip: Bruegel TVHow will the European parliamentary elections change the EU? Join Henry Foy and colleagues on June 12 for a subscriber webinar on the election results. You can register by going to ft.com/euwebinarFree links to read more on this topic:Ursula von der Leyen’s bid for second term in trouble over Giorgia Meloni tiesHow the far right is winning over young EuropeansPolice raid European parliament staffer’s office in Russian influence probeRussia plotting sabotage across Europe, intelligence agencies warnSubscribe to The Rachman Review wherever you get your podcasts - please listen, rate and subscribe.Presented by Gideon Rachman. Produced by Fiona Symon. Sound design is by Breen TurnerRead a transcript of this episode on FT.com Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
5/30/202420 minutes, 16 seconds
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Introducing Untold: Power for Sale

Introducing Power for Sale, a new season of Untold from the Financial Times. In Untold: Power for Sale, host Valentina Pop and a team of FT correspondents from all over Europe investigate what happened in the Qatargate scandal, where EU lawmakers were accused of accepting payments from Qatar to whitewash its image.Subscribe and listen on: Apple Podcasts, Spotify or wherever you get your podcasts. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
5/29/20242 minutes, 25 seconds
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Ukraine war at a tipping point

Gideon discusses the state of Ukraine’s defences with Jack Watling, senior fellow for land warfare at the Royal United Services Institute. Russia’s advantage in ammunition and forces is beginning to show on the battlefield. What would it take to turn things back in Ukraine’s favour? Clip: BBCFree links to read more on this topic:Russia has advanced 10km towards Kharkiv, says UkraineG7 warms to plan for Trump-proofing Ukraine aidNato training soldiers in Ukraine does not escalate war, says Estonian PMStrikes in Russia with US weapons would help Kyiv hold line, says officialSubscribe to The Rachman Review wherever you get your podcasts - please listen, rate and subscribe.Presented by Gideon Rachman. Produced by Fiona Symon. Sound design is by Breen Turner.Read a transcript of this episode on FT.com Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
5/23/202424 minutes, 47 seconds
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Has the US declared economic war on China?

As the US election looms, President Joe Biden has announced huge new tariffs on Chinese electric vehicles and other green tech goods. Gideon Rachman sits down with Michael Froman, former US trade representative and the president of America's Council on Foreign Relations, to discuss the widening of protectionism in the US and globally, and the dangers this could bring.Clip: PBSFree links to read more on this topic: Joe Biden and Donald Trump battle to prove who can be toughest on ChinaAmerica is pulling up the drawbridgeChinese competition a ‘defining challenge’ for EU companiesVolkswagen warns Brussels against raising tariffs on Chinese electric carsSubscribe to The Rachman Review wherever you get your podcasts - please listen, rate and subscribe. Presented by Gideon Rachman. Produced by Audrey Tinline. Sound design is by Breen TurnerRead a transcript of this episode on FT.com Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
5/16/202431 minutes, 1 second
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Coming soon: China, the new tech superpower

In a new season of Tech Tonic, longtime FT China reporter Jame Kynge travels around the world to see how China is pushing towards tech supremacy. Will China be able to get an edge in crucial technological areas? What does China’s attempt to leapfrog the west look like on the ground? A 6-part series looking at China’s tech industry.Presented by James Kynge. Edwin Lane is the senior producer. The producer is Josh Gabert-Doyon. Executive producer is Manuela Saragosa. Sound design by Breen Turner and Samantha Giovinco, with original music from Metaphor Music. The FT’s head of audio is Cheryl Brumley. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
5/10/20241 minute, 7 seconds
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Italy and the Giorgia Meloni phenomenon

With elections for the European parliament a month away, Italy's Prime Minister Giorgia Meloni is emerging as a key figure in European politics. Gideon talks to Amy Kazmin, the FT’s Rome correspondent, about the rise of Meloni, her roots in the Italian far right, her close relationship with European Commission president Ursula von der Leyen, and the great challenges that lie ahead for Italy. Clip: Fratelli d’ItaliaFree links to read more on this topic: Italian journalists strike in dispute with Giorgia Meloni’s rightwing governmentItaly’s far-right leader Matteo Salvini fights for political survivalMeloni’s radical plan: rewriting Italy’s post-fascist constitutionSubscribe to The Rachman Review wherever you get your podcasts - please listen, rate and subscribe. Presented by Gideon Rachman. Produced by Tamara Kormornick. Sound design is by Breen Turner.Read a transcript of this episode on FT.com Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
5/9/202424 minutes, 55 seconds
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Modi’s mission

Narendra Modi looks set to win a third term in office thanks to the popularity of his economic policies. But the Indian prime minister has a vision of a Hindu homeland that clashes with the country’s original secular values. Gideon talks to Ravi Agrawal, editor-in-chief of Foreign Policy magazine, about the secret of Modi’s success and what the future holds for India. Clip: Capital TVFree links to read more on this topic:Narendra Modi increases anti-Muslim rhetoric in India election campaignHow to understand Modi’s IndiaIndia’s Jekyll and Hyde journeyIndia’s Rahul Gandhi bets on 6,700km trek to stop Narendra Modi’s election juggernautSubscribe to The Rachman Review wherever you get your podcasts - please listen, rate and subscribe.Presented by Gideon Rachman. Produced by Fiona Symon. Sound design is by Breen TurnerRead a transcript of this episode on FT.com Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
5/2/202426 minutes, 10 seconds
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US aid package offers fresh hope to Ukraine

Outgunned and outmanned, Ukraine has been forced to cede territory to Russia in recent months. Now it has been thrown a lifeline with the latest US military aid package. How much difference will this make and can Ukraine still hope to win the war? Gideon puts these questions to the FT’s Christopher Miller, recently back from the frontline. Clips: Sky News, MSNBCFree links to read more on this topic:Ukraine is the front line of a much larger conflict Greece and Spain under pressure to provide Ukraine with air defence systemsUkraine faces race against time to deploy US fundingMilitary briefing: Russian ‘glide bombs’ pound Ukrainian troops and townsSubscribe to The Rachman Review wherever you get your podcasts - please listen, rate and subscribe.Presented by Gideon Rachman. Produced by Fiona Symon. Sound design is by Breen Turner.Read a transcript of this episode on FT.com Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
4/25/202422 minutes, 31 seconds
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Iran raises the stakes with attack on Israel

Gideon discusses Iran’s attack on Israel with Emile Hokayem, senior fellow for Middle East security at the International Institute for Strategic Studies. What will the leaders of Israel and Iran be thinking about as they ponder their next move? And where does this leave the prospects for a ceasefire and hostage release in Gaza? Clip: ABC News Free links to read more on this topic: Ukraine’s air defence struggle highlights risks to IsraelUS and EU prepare fresh sanctions against Iran after Israel attackThe Biden dilemma on IsraelMilitary briefing: Israel’s options to strike IranSubscribe to The Rachman Review wherever you get your podcasts - please listen, rate and subscribe.Presented by Gideon Rachman. Produced by Fiona Symon. Sound design is by Breen Turner.Read a transcript of this episode on FT.com Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
4/18/202421 minutes, 41 seconds
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How do you define a war crime?

Gideon discusses the history of international humanitarian law since the first world war with Boyd van Dijk, a historian at Oxford university and author of a recent book, Preparing for War - The Making of the Geneva Conventions. They discuss current efforts to prevent war crimes and hold leaders engaged in conflict to account. Clip: The Fog of War, RadicalMedia and SenArt Films, distributed by Sony Pictures Classics, 2003Free links to read more on this topic:Russia ‘prepared’ for nuclear war, warns Vladimir PutinIsrael grapples with ‘Eichmann’ dilemma over Hamas attack trialsMexico and Chile ask ICC to investigate Israel-Hamas conflictS Africa accuses Israel of breaking international laws on genocide in GazaSubscribe to The Rachman Review wherever you get your podcasts - please listen, rate and subscribe.Presented by Gideon Rachman. Produced by Fiona Symon. Sound design is by Breen TurnerRead a transcript of this episode on FT.com Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
4/11/202423 minutes, 12 seconds
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Is Japan at a turning point?

Japan has been celebrating the end of a near 20-year deflationary cycle. But the country’s shrinking population remains a serious cause for concern. Gideon talks to the FT’s Kana Inagaki and Leo Lewis about whether the new mood of optimism about Japan is justified. Clip: BBC Free links to read more on this topic: Why good news for Japan may be bad news for hedge fundsJapan relaxes defence export rules to allow sales of new fighter jetUS and Japan plan biggest upgrade to security pact in over 60 yearsMarriage holds key to Japan’s falling birthsThe professor vs the PM: a political funding probe shakes Japan’s governmentSubscribe to The Rachman Review wherever you get your podcasts - please listen, rate and subscribe.Presented by Gideon Rachman. Produced by Fiona Symon. Sound design is by Simon Panayi.Read a transcript of this episode on FT.com Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
4/4/202426 minutes, 10 seconds
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Is Europe battle-ready?

Gideon talks to Bastian Giegerich, chief executive of the International Institute for Strategic Studies, about the state of Europe's defences. The scramble to come to the aid of Ukraine and doubts about future US willingness to contribute have exposed significant vulnerabilities. How quickly can Europe’s armed forces be upgraded to meet the Russian threat? Clips: CBS News; France 24; Daily TelegraphFree links to read more on this topic:Europe’s leaders have woken up to hard powerEU looks to bypass treaty ban on buying arms to support UkraineWars in Ukraine and Middle East boost orders at German defence supplierDefence CEO calls for European version of Israel’s Iron DomeSubscribe to The Rachman Review wherever you get your podcasts - please listen, rate and subscribe.Presented by Gideon Rachman. Produced by Fiona Symon. Sound design is by Breen TurnerRead a transcript of this episode on FT.com Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
3/28/202423 minutes, 20 seconds
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Malcolm Turnbull on US and Australian politics

Gideon talks to former Australian prime minister Malcolm Turnbull about the prospect of a second Trump presidency. They discuss why Rupert Murdoch’s ‘anger-tainment’ industry has done less harm to Australia’s democracy than it has in the US, and why the recent referendum on Aboriginal rights in Australia failed.Free links to read more on this topic:China urges Australian caution on ‘third-party’ disruption of relationshipDonald Trump’s betrayal of UkraineDemocracy dies in Trumpian boredomSubscribe to The Rachman Review wherever you get your podcasts - please listen, rate and subscribe.Presented by Gideon Rachman. Produced by Fiona Symon. Sound design is by Breen Turner.Read a transcript of this episode on FT.com Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
3/21/202424 minutes
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Is there a way out of Haiti’s nightmare?

Henry Mance discusses the breakdown of the rule of law in Haiti with Robert Fatton, professor of government and foreign affairs in the Department of Politics at the University of Virginia. How has the past influenced recent events and is there a way out of the nightmare? Clips: The Times and The Sunday Times; APFree links to read more on this topic:The gangster named ‘Barbecue’ who controls Haiti’s violent slumsHaiti prime minister to quit as gang violence rocks countryHaiti declares state of emergency after mass jailbreakSubscribe to The Rachman Review wherever you get your podcasts - please listen, rate and subscribe.Presented by Henry Mance. Produced by Fiona Symon. Sound design is by Breen Turner.Read a transcript of this episode on FT.com Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
3/14/202426 minutes, 25 seconds
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Netanyahu defies the west on Gaza

Henry Mance, standing in for Gideon, talks to James Shotter, FT correspondent in Jerusalem, about the Israeli political landscape and why the country’s leadership is pursuing such a scorched earth policy in Gaza. Clip: Sky NewsUS begins Gaza aid airdrops after Joe Biden rebukes IsraelThe Israel-Hamas war in maps: latest updates Berlin and Paris join outcry over Israel’s role in Gaza aid convoy deaths The urgent need to end the catastrophe in GazaIsrael’s Rafah offensive: a tipping point for US support?Subscribe to The Rachman Review wherever you get your podcasts - please listen, rate and subscribe.Presented by Henry Mance. Produced by Fiona Symon. Sound design is by Breen TurnerRead a transcript of this episode on FT.com Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
3/7/202420 minutes, 38 seconds
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Global threats: contrasting views in Europe, Asia and the Pacific

Gideon Rachman talks to Michael Fullilove, executive director of the Lowy Institute in Sydney, about the differing views he encountered at recent security conferences in India, Europe, the US and Australia. Clip: midday indiaFree links to read more on this topic:The squawkus about Aukus is getting louderLeaked Russian military files reveal criteria for nuclear strikeWhite House decision to not replace Asia tsar stokes concern among US allies Asia space race heats up as China, Japan and India reach for the starsSubscribe to The Rachman Review wherever you get your podcasts - please listen, rate and subscribe.Presented by Gideon Rachman. Produced by Fiona Symon. Sound design is by Breen Turner.Read a transcript of this episode on FT.com Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
2/29/202419 minutes, 33 seconds
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Russia’s threat to Europe

How much of a threat would Russia pose to Europe if its invasion of Ukraine was successful? Given recent remarks by the US Republican presidential contender Donald Trump, does Europe have the firepower to defend itself without the aid of the US? Gideon discusses these questions with the writer and historian Anne Applebaum, just back from the 2024 Munich Security Conference. Clip: Deutsche WelleFree links to read more on this topic:Ursula von der Leyen calls on EU to subsidise defence productionRussian victories shake global leaders’ faith in Ukraine war prospectsAlexei Navalny, Russian opposition activist, 1976-2024Joe Biden blasts Donald Trump for ‘un-American’ comments about Nato alliesSubscribe to The Rachman Review wherever you get your podcasts - please listen, rate and subscribe.Presented by Gideon Rachman. Produced by Fiona Symon. Sound design is by Breen Turner.Read a transcript of this episode on FT.com Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
2/22/202418 minutes, 1 second
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Is China’s power on the wane?

China’s property crisis and slowing growth rate have raised questions about its future as an economic and military power. Gideon discusses whether it’s time to call ‘peak China’ with Richard McGregor, senior fellow at the Lowy Institute in Sydney. Clip: BloombergFree links to read more on this topic:China’s consumers tighten belts even as prices fallChina’s growth enigmaThe looming trade tensions over China’s subsidiesWe shouldn’t call ‘peak China’ just yetSubscribe to The Rachman Review wherever you get your podcasts - please listen, rate and subscribe.Presented by Gideon Rachman. Produced by Fiona Symon. Sound design is by Breen Turner. Read a transcript of this episode on FT.com Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
2/15/202428 minutes, 29 seconds
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Why we need the UN

Gideon talks to Mark Malloch-Brown, former deputy secretary-general of the UN and president of the Open Society Foundation, about the role of the United Nations. While it sometimes struggles to make an impact on matters of global security, it plays a unique and often unrecognised role in shaping policy on migration, refugees and climate. Clip: The GuardianICJ’s Israel judgment seeks to restore rule of law to a brutal conflictHead of UN agency for Palestinians defies Israeli calls to quitA ‘multipolar’ world defies the ‘rules-based’ orderSubscribe to The Rachman Review wherever you get your podcasts - please listen, rate and subscribe.Presented by Gideon Rachman. Produced by Fiona Symon. Sound design is by Breen Turner.Read a transcript of this episode on FT.com Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
2/8/202425 minutes, 42 seconds
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Introducing: Swamp Notes from The FT News Briefing

If you have questions about this year's US presidential election, we have answers.Swamp Notes is a new podcast from the FT News Briefing. Listen every Saturday morning as our journalists analyse and discuss the latest happenings in US politics. We’ll go beyond the horse race for the White House and offer a global perspective on the election.  You can subscribe to Swamp Notes here or wherever you get your podcasts. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
2/5/20241 minute, 11 seconds
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Germans push back against extremist AfD

Germans have been staging mass protests against the far-right ideology of the AfD party. This followed revelations about a meeting late last year in which the party and its backers discussed the potential for mass deportations of people of foreign origin. Gideon discusses whether this could be a turning point in German politics with international affairs analyst Constanze Stelzenmüller. Clip: The GuardianFree links to read more on this topic: In praise of mass immigrationGerman far right defeated in regional electionGermany’s top court paves way for financing ban on extremist political partiesSubscribe to The Rachman Review wherever you get your podcasts - please listen, rate and subscribe.Presented by Gideon Rachman. Produced by Fiona Symon. Sound design is by Breen TurnerRead a transcript of this episode on FT.com Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
2/1/202422 minutes, 10 seconds
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The battle for the control of Poland’s institutions

Donald Tusk’s re-election cheered democrats across Europe and paved the way for the biggest change in Poland since the fall of communism. He’s hoping to rebuild the country's institutions and began with a clear-out of state TV that had become a mouthpiece for the previous government. Now he's waging war with the president and constitutional court. Ben Hall, the FT’s Europe editor, discusses Tusk’s first month in office and what lies ahead with Andrzej Bobiński, managing director of Polityka Insight. Clips: CNBC, tvpFree links to read more on this topic:EU to sidestep Polish president’s veto to release billions in fundingPoland’s escalating power strugglePoland’s ‘iron broom’ shows that democrats can bite backSubscribe to The Rachman Review wherever you get your podcasts - please listen, rate and subscribe.Presented by Gideon Rachman. Produced by Fiona Symon. Sound design is by Breen TurnerRead a transcript of this episode on FT.com Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
1/25/202420 minutes, 15 seconds
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Introducing Untold: The Retreat

Introducing Untold, a new podcast from the special investigations team at the Financial Times. In its first series, The Retreat, host Madison Marriage examines the world of the Goenka network, which promotes a type of intensive meditation known as Vipassana. Thousands of people go on Goenka retreats every year. People rave about them. But some people go to these meditation retreats, and they suffer. They might feel a deep sense of terror, or a break with reality. And on the other side, they’re not themselves anymore. Untold: The Retreat launches Jan. 24.Subscribe and listen on: Apple Podcasts, Spotify or wherever you get your podcasts. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
1/23/20241 minute, 57 seconds
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Putin’s nemesis in the west

Bill Browder tells Gideon the story of his battle against Russian corruption, which took off when his lawyer was murdered in a Russian prison in 2009. The war in Ukraine has turbocharged his campaign. Can he now take it further to persuade western governments to use frozen Russian assets for the benefit of Ukraine? Clip: World Economic ForumFree links to read more on this topic:Washington puts forward G7 plan to confiscate $300bn in Russian assetsThe west would harm itself with rash seizures of frozen Russian assetsWe must keep fighting Russia with banks as well as tanksFreezing Order — Bill Browder on the trail of dirty Russian moneySubscribe to The Rachman Review wherever you get your podcasts - please listen, rate and subscribe.Presented by Gideon Rachman. Produced by Fiona Symon. Sound design is by Breen TurnerRead a transcript of this episode on FT.com Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
1/18/202426 minutes, 32 seconds
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Can a wider Middle East war be averted?

As Israel continues its offensive against Hamas in the Gaza Strip, more and more regional actors are being drawn in, from the Houthis in Yemen, to Isis in Iraq and Syria. Gideon discusses whether a widening regional war can be averted with Kim Ghattas, distinguished fellow at Columbia University's Institute of Global Politics. Clip: ReutersFree links to read more on this topic:US intensifies efforts to prevent Middle East conflagrationSenior Hizbollah and Hamas figures killed as fears grow of regional warThe edge of the abyss looms in the Middle EastSubscribe to The Rachman Review wherever you get your podcasts - please listen, rate and subscribe.Presented by Gideon Rachman. Produced by Fiona Symon. Sound design is by Breen TurnerRead a transcript of this episode on FT.com Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
1/11/202427 minutes, 11 seconds
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The future of Europe

It's an important year for the European Union, which holds parliamentary elections in June. As geopolitical turbulence continues to test the strength of global alliances, will Europe pursue further integration or start to pull apart? Gideon discusses these questions, and the role played by European Commission presidents, past and present, with Charles Grant, director of the Centre for European Reform in London. Clip: European CommissionFree links to read more on this topic:Jacques Delors, who drove EU integration, dies at 98How migration is pushing Europe to the rightEU readies €20bn plan B to fund UkraineUkraine and its backers need a credible path to victorySubscribe to The Rachman Review wherever you get your podcasts - please listen, rate and subscribe.Presented by Gideon Rachman. Produced by Fiona Symon. Sound design is by Simon Panayi.Read a transcript of this episode on FT.com Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
1/4/202421 minutes, 15 seconds
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The world in 2024

Who will win the US presidential election? Will China continue its rapprochement with the west? What are the prospects for an end to the wars in Ukraine and Gaza? Gideon discusses these and other questions with the FT’s Martin Wolf, Karin von Hippel, director-general of the Royal United Services Institute, and Ian Bremmer, president of the Eurasia Group. Clip: CNNFree links to read more on this topic:Americans won’t be terrified into rejecting TrumpTime is of the essence in defending UkraineAmerica’s cultural supremacy and geopolitical weaknessPeace is impossible without resolving the leadership vacuum in Israel and GazaThe US retains the economic advantage in its rivalry with ChinaSubscribe to The Rachman Review wherever you get your podcasts - please listen, rate and subscribe.Presented by Gideon Rachman. Produced by Fiona Symon. Sound design is by Breen TurnerRead a transcript of this episode on FT.com Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
12/21/202330 minutes, 4 seconds
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COP28: is the Dubai deal enough for the climate?

Countries at the COP 28 climate summit in Dubai have reached a deal to transition away from fossil fuels. Gideon speaks to the FT’s Simon Mundy, who’s in Dubai covering the talks, about the agreement. Will it actually help the world reach global net zero emissions by 2050? You can raise money for the FT's charity, the Financial Literacy and Inclusion Campaign, by bidding to have lunch with Gideon or one of his colleagues at top restaurants which are donating meals for an excellent cause. Go to ft.com/appeal to see what's on offer.Free links:Countries reach ‘historic’ COP28 deal to transition from fossil fuelsCOP’s love-hate relationship with businessCOP28 president denies using UN climate summit to pitch oil dealsCOP28: The struggle to say ‘fossil fuels’ out loudSubscribe to The Rachman Review wherever you get your podcasts - please listen, rate and subscribe. Presented by Gideon Rachman. Produced by Fiona Symon, Persis Love and Manuela Saragosa. Sound design is by Jake Fielding.Read a transcript of this episode on FT.com Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
12/14/202325 minutes, 18 seconds
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Biden and Xi mend ties

A recent visit to the US by China’s president Xi Jinping has raised hopes of a bilateral rapprochement. But how stable is this more positive relationship and can a conflict over Taiwan be averted? Gideon discusses these questions with Washington-based China experts Evan Medeiros and Jude Blanchette. Clip: CNBCFree links to read more on this topic:America and a crumbling global orderMoody’s cuts China’s credit outlook to negativeUS, UK and Australia move to track ‘emerging threats’ in spaceEU must stand up for Taiwan at China summitSubscribe to The Rachman Review wherever you get your podcasts - please listen, rate and subscribe.Presented by Gideon Rachman. Produced by Fiona Symon. Sound design is by Breen TurnerRead a transcript of this episode on FT.com Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
12/7/202330 minutes, 16 seconds
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Trump closes in on a second term in office

Gideon talks to FT colleague Ed Luce and Susan Glasser of The New Yorker about Donald Trump’s campaign to be the Republican nominee in next year’s US presidential election. Is his success all but assured and, if so, what does this mean for Joe Biden’s chances of re-election? Looking further ahead, what would a second Trump presidency mean for American democracy?Clip: CNNFree links to read more on this topic:The Nikki Haley wild card for 2024Ron DeSantis leads Donald Trump and Joe Biden in $250mn 2024 election advertising raceBiden can’t spin his way to re-electionDonald Trump would gut Joe Biden’s landmark IRA climate law if electedSubscribe to The Rachman Review wherever you get your podcasts - please listen, rate and subscribe.Presented by Gideon Rachman. Produced by Fiona Symon. Sound design is by Breen TurnerRead a transcript of this episode on FT.com Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
11/30/202330 minutes, 9 seconds
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How united are Arab and Muslim leaders on Gaza?

The war in Gaza has provoked mass demonstrations across the Arab and Muslim world and exposed the policy failings of regional leaders. Gideon discusses regional leaders’ response to the crisis with Sanam Vakil, director of the Middle East Programme at Chatham House in London. Is there now sufficient unity to bring about a new plan for Middle East peace? Clips: NBC News, Al-JazeeraFree links to read more on this topic:Israel, Oppenheimer and the laws of warThe world must start preparing for peacemaking in the Middle EastIsrael’s government meets as Joe Biden says Hamas hostage deal is closeArab foreign ministers press China to support end to Israel-Hamas fightingSubscribe to The Rachman Review wherever you get your podcasts - please listen, rate and subscribe.Presented by Gideon Rachman. Produced by Fiona Symon. Sound design is by Breen TurnerRead a transcript of this episode on FT.com Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
11/23/202320 minutes
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Is the balance tilting towards Russia in Ukraine?

Some have described Russia’s war against Ukraine as being at a stalemate. But one side could quickly gain the upper hand. Gideon discusses the strengths and weaknesses of both sides with Jack Watling of the Royal United Services Institute in London. Clips: Deutche Welle; NBC NewsFree links to read more on this topic:Ukraine’s counteroffensive against Russia in maps — latest updatesRussia’s war economy leaves businesses starved of labourUkraine reaches deal with insurers for grain shipmentsDenmark could block Russian oil tankers from reaching marketsSubscribe to The Rachman Review wherever you get your podcasts - please listen, rate and subscribe.Presented by Gideon Rachman. Produced by Fiona Symon. Sound design is by Breen TurnerRead a transcript of this episode on FT.com Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
11/16/202332 minutes, 13 seconds
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Who will run Gaza once the war is over?

Gideon talks to Emile Hokayem, senior fellow at the International Institute for Strategic Studies in London, about Israel’s military campaign in Gaza. How long is it likely to last and what will be the repercussions for Israel and the wider region? Clips: Channel 4 News; AFPFree links to read more on this topic:Iran’s interests are trumping the Palestinian tragedyFrom the US to Ukraine, the Gaza war will change the world‘Dead man walking’: How Yahya Sinwar deceived Israel for decadesGaza: the history of an embattled territorySubscribe to The Rachman Review wherever you get your podcasts - please listen, rate and subscribe.Presented by Gideon Rachman. Produced by Fiona Symon. Sound design is by Breen TurnerRead a transcript of this episode on FT.com Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
11/9/202326 minutes, 7 seconds
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The global power of the dollar

Gideon talks to Wally Adeyemo, US deputy Treasury Secretary, about the power of US financial sanctions to punish autocrats and dictators and curb terrorism. What exactly are these sanctions designed to do and how effective are they? Clip: PBSFree links to read more on this topic:US pushes allies for more sanctions on HamasChina capitalises on US sanctions in fight to dethrone dollarRussia is increasingly using China’s currency to evade sanctionsQatar’s super-fixer role in Israel-Hamas war brings praise and scrutinySubscribe to The Rachman Review wherever you get your podcasts - please listen, rate and subscribe.Presented by Gideon Rachman. Produced by Fiona Symon. Sound design is by Simon Panayi.Read a transcript of this episode on FT.com Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
11/2/202324 minutes, 54 seconds
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Coups make a comeback in Africa

Gideon talks to Comfort Ero, president of the International Crisis Group, about what’s behind the recent resurgence of military coups in the Sahel region. Clip: BBCFree links to read more on this topic:US signals intention to engage with Niger juntaWhere is the next African coup?Niger is the graveyard of French policy in the SahelEthiopia’s plan to rebuild in the wake of a ‘brutal’ warSubscribe to The Rachman Review wherever you get your podcasts - please listen, rate and subscribe.Presented by Gideon Rachman. Produced by Fiona Symon. Sound design is by Breen Turner Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
10/24/202326 minutes, 13 seconds
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Can the Gaza conflict be contained?

Gideon talks to Baroness Catherine Ashton, former high representative of the EU on foreign affairs, about the role of diplomacy in helping to contain the Israel-Gaza conflict. Clip: The White HouseFree links to read more on this topic:The Israel-Hamas war in maps: latest updatesHumanity must prevail in GazaSupporting Israel and protecting Palestinians are not contradictory policiesIran is positioning itself to benefit from the Israel-Gaza conflictSubscribe to The Rachman Review wherever you get your podcasts - please listen, rate and subscribe.Presented by Gideon Rachman. Produced by Fiona Symon. Sound design is by Breen TurnerRead a transcript of this episode on FT.com Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
10/18/202326 minutes, 5 seconds
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Israel and Gaza at war

Gideon talks to the historian and writer Lawrence Freedman about what led to the catastrophic events of the past week in Israel and what options the Netanyahu government has to respond to Hamas's deadly attack. Clips: 11Alive; NBC NewsFree links to read more on this topic:The Israel-Hamas conflict in maps‘Nothing is normal any more’: war with Hamas reshapes life in IsraelA bitter blame game will follow Israel’s wartime unityAll involved in the Israel-Hamas conflict should heed the warnings of 1982Subscribe to The Rachman Review wherever you get your podcasts - please listen, rate and subscribe.Presented by Gideon Rachman. Produced by Fiona Symon. Sound design is by Breen TurnerRead a transcript of this episode on FT.com Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
10/11/202320 minutes, 49 seconds
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The problem with Bidenomics

Will Bidenomics help the US Democrats win another term in office? Will the policies be effective in tackling the climate crisis? Adam Posen, president of the Peterson Institute for International Economics, thinks not. In the last in our series on Bidenomics, he tells Gideon why offering incentives to private sector businesses is, in his view, a bad strategy.Free links to read more on this topic:John Kerry: Energy transition is the ‘new industrial revolution’Adam Posen: ‘Russia and North Korea worked hard to be self-sufficient, it has not turned out well for them’The west shouldn’t give up on ‘gentle commerce’ just yetWTO warns about fragmentation of global trade into allied blocsSubscribe to The Rachman Review wherever you get your podcasts - please listen, rate and subscribe.Presented by Gideon Rachman. Produced by Fiona Symon. Sound design is by Breen TurnerRead a transcript of this episode on FT.com Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
10/5/202323 minutes, 33 seconds
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Bidenomics and global trade

In the second of our three-part series, Gideon talks to WTO chief Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala about the impact of Bidenomics on countries' attitudes to free and open global trade and the WTO's role in protecting this. Clip: France 24Free links to read more on this topic:Western companies take slow steps towards China ‘de-risking’South American leaders issue ultimatum on EU trade pactUS and China to launch economy and finance working groups to stabilise tiesGlobal trade falls at fastest pace since pandemicModels can mislead us on the impact of global tradeSubscribe to The Rachman Review wherever you get your podcasts - please listen, rate and subscribe.Presented by Gideon Rachman. Produced by Fiona Symon. Sound design is by Breen TurnerRead a transcript of this episode on FT.com Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
9/28/202327 minutes, 19 seconds
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What is Bidenomics and is it working?

In the first of a three-part series on Bidenomics, Gideon talks to Brian Deese, former head of the National Economic Council in the Biden White House. They discuss how big a change of direction this was for the US, what motivated the policy and whether it is working well enough to convince American voters to re-elect Joe Biden next year. Clip: Biden-Harris 24Free links to read more on this topic:White House embraces ‘Bidenomics’ as it seeks to woo sceptical votersInvestors must realise the pendulum of history is swinging to BidenomicsWhy Joe Biden is the heir to TrumpInside the $220bn American cleantech project boomSubscribe to The Rachman Review wherever you get your podcasts - please listen, rate and subscribe.Presented by Gideon Rachman. Produced by Fiona Symon. Sound design is by Breen TurnerRead a transcript of this episode on FT.com Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
9/21/202327 minutes, 49 seconds
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Coming soon: Can AI help us speak to animals?

Subscribe now to the FT's Tech Tonic podcast: Some scientists believe that rapid advances in artificial intelligence may also hold the key to decoding animal sounds, allowing us to ‘translate’ them into human language. In a new season of Tech Tonic, FT innovation editor John Thornhill and series producer Persis Love explore how the same technology that powers ChatGPT is being applied to research in animal communication. Could we one day learn to ‘speak whale’ or even chat with bats? And if so, can we trust ourselves to do so responsibly?Presented by John Thornhill, produced by Persis Love, sound design by Breen Turner and Sam Giovinco. The executive producer is Manuela Saragosa and Cheryl Brumley is the FT’s head of audio. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
9/18/20231 minute, 9 seconds
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Post-Brexit Britain

Opinion polls now suggest that about two-thirds of British people think that Brexit has failed. So was it all a terrible mistake? Gideon talks to FT colleague Peter Foster about his new book, What Went Wrong With Brexit: And What We Can Do About ItClip: BBCFree links to read more on this topic:UK SMEs not ready for ‘avalanche’ of Brexit 2.0 rules and taxesLondon and the fight for its future as a fashion hubThe EU’s transformations will reshape its ‘British question’ too EU and UK to unveil €1bn in N Ireland funding to boost reconciliationSubscribe to The Rachman Review wherever you get your podcasts - please listen, rate and subscribe.Presented by Gideon Rachman. Produced by Fiona Symon. Sound design is by Breen TurnerRead a transcript of this episode on FT.com Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
9/14/202329 minutes, 30 seconds
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The nuclear and biological weapons threat

Are our politicians doing enough to protect humanity from the potential risk of a nuclear war, a deadly pandemic or AI without guardrails? Gideon discusses these risks with Jason Matheny, president of the Rand Corporation in California and former director for technology policy on President Joe Biden’s National Security Council.Clips: YahooFinance; Dr Strangelove, Columbia Pictures (1964)Free links to read more on this topic:The US and Iran look for de-escalationRegulating artificial intelligence is a 4D challengeUS seeks to deepen Tokyo-Seoul security links to boost Pacific deterrenceGovernments are waking up to biosecurity risks — but we must act fastSubscribe to The Rachman Review wherever you get your podcasts - please listen, rate and subscribe.Presented by Gideon Rachman. Produced by Fiona Symon. Sound design is by Breen TurnerRead a transcript of this episode on FT.com Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
9/7/202327 minutes, 57 seconds
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Biden’s plan for a US-Saudi-Israeli peace deal

Gideon talks to Senator Chris Murphy, a member of the US Senate Foreign Relations Committee, about the strength of bipartisan support for Ukraine and about President Joe Biden’s proposed “grand bargain” that could see Saudi Arabia and Israel normalise diplomatic relations in return for American security guarantees. Clip: CBS NewsFree links to read more on this topic:Joe Biden makes his big Middle East push: a Saudi Arabia-Israel pactGrand Delusion — America’s imposition on incompatible Middle East realitiesUkraine launches biggest drone attack yet inside Russian territorySubscribe to The Rachman Review wherever you get your podcasts - please listen, rate and subscribe.Presented by Gideon Rachman. Produced by Fiona Symon. Sound design is by Breen Turner.Read a transcript of this episode on FT.com Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
8/31/202319 minutes, 4 seconds
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The end of Prigozhin

Gideon talks to political commentator and economist Sergei Guriev about the lessons Russians and the outside world will draw from the apparent killing of Yevgeny Prigozhin. How does this affect the stability of the Russian regime and the outlook for the war in Ukraine? Clip: BBCFree links to read more on this topic:When democratic spin conceals a descent into dictatorshipRussia files lawsuit against billionaire oligarch Andrey MelnichenkoRussia fires ‘General Armageddon’ in Wagner crackdownVladimir Putin plans meeting on Russian currency controls after rouble’s slideRead a transcript of this episode on FT.comSubscribe to The Rachman Review wherever you get your podcasts - please listen, rate and subscribe.Presented by Gideon Rachman. Produced by Fiona Symon. Sound design is by Breen Turner Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
8/24/202320 minutes, 55 seconds
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Introducing: The Russian Banker

Who is Sergei Leontiev? To the US asylum system, he’s an exiled Russian banker who was persecuted by the state and forced to flee. To Russia, he’s guilty of massive fraud. On The Russian Banker, a new series from the Financial Times, reporters Courtney Weaver and Stefania Palma try to uncover the truth, and find a story that tells us about Russia today and how people in the west build stories about who’s good and who’s bad. The Russian Banker is a special series that will run on the Behind the Money podcast starting Aug. 30. Listen to The Russian Banker by subscribing to the Behind the Money podcast here. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
8/21/20231 minute, 44 seconds
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Sanctions, global terror and the drugs trade

Gideon talks to the FT’s Miles Johnson, author of a new book called Chasing Shadows about the links between international crime and geopolitics. They discuss how wars and the breakdown of democratic accountability have contributed to the ability of criminals to operate across borders and, in some cases, with state backing.Free links to read more on this topic:Wagner leader generated $250mn from sanctioned empireUsing crypto for crime is not a bug — it’s an industry featureEcuador gripped by fear after presidential candidate killingNorth Korea and the triads: gangsters, ghost ships and spies | FT FilmSubscribe to The Rachman Review wherever you get your podcasts - please listen, rate and subscribe.Presented by Gideon Rachman. Produced by Lulu Smyth and Fiona Symon. Sound design is by Breen TurnerRead a transcript of this episode on FT.com Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
8/17/202326 minutes, 2 seconds
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Japan’s role in US-China strategic rivalry

China’s assertiveness on the global stage has reinvigorated economic and political ties between the US and Japan. Leo Lewis, the FT’s Asia business editor, discusses what’s changed with Rahm Emanuel, the US ambassador to Japan. Want more? Free links:Corporate Japan back in the hunt for US dealsJapan looks to expand diplomatic corps in overseas charm offensiveTokyo could win ‘not China’ global hub status — but it must want itSubscribe to The Rachman Review wherever you get your podcasts – please listen, rate and subscribe. Presented by Gideon Rachman. Produced by Lulu Smyth and Fiona Symon. Sound design by Breen Turner.  Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.Read a transcript of this episode on FT.com Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
8/10/202323 minutes, 11 seconds
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Will Donald Trump end up in prison or the White House?

Donald Trump was indicted this week on charges related to his attempts to overturn the results of the 2020 presidential election. But the former president is also in the running for the 2024 presidential election and polls suggest he’s likely to win the Republican nomination. Gideon Rachman is joined by Professor Peter Trubowitz, director of the US Centre at the London School of Economics and Political Science, to discuss what this all means for Trump’s future and the future of American democracy. Want more?Trump and American democracy’s time of trial  Donald Trump indicted for ‘unprecedented’ attempt to overturn US election The cases against Donald Trump  Subscribe to The Rachman review wherever you get your podcasts – please listen, rate and subscribe. Presented by Gideon Rachman. Produced by Lulu Smyth and Manuela Saragosa. Sound design is by Breen Turner. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information. Read a transcript of this episode on FT.com Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
8/3/202321 minutes, 32 seconds
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Sudan power struggle risks turning into civil war

The Sudanese people are being held hostage by warring generals in a power struggle that has already lasted 100 days. With no solution in sight, the fighting risks drawing in outside actors like Russia’s Wagner group and destabilising neighbouring countries. David Pilling, the FT’s Africa editor, discusses the state of the conflict and its repercussions for the region with political analysts Kholood Khair and Alan Boswell. Clips: Middle East Eye; VOA; Human Rights Watch; Sky News.More on this topic:Sudan’s descent into violence poses new threat to volatile Sahel regionThe crisis in Sudan calls for a new model of humanitarian aid‘The garden of war’: horseback killers return to DarfurSudan conflict delivers fresh blow to China’s African lending strategySubscribe to The Rachman Review wherever you get your podcasts - please listen, rate and subscribe.Presented by David Pilling. Produced by Fiona Symon. Sound design is by Breen TurnerRead a transcript of this episode on FT.com Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
7/27/202323 minutes, 23 seconds
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Spain's lurch to the right

The government of Socialist leader Pedro Sánchez looks set to lose Sunday's elections to the centre-right People's party. But the PP may be unable to form a government without the participation of the hard-right party Vox. Henry Mance, standing in for Gideon Rachman, discusses what this will mean for Spain with the Madrid-based political scientist Pablo Simón. Clips: Deutsche Welle; El PaísMore on this topic:Franco’s ghost fails to scare Spain away from the hard right‘Spain first’: Vox party on brink of sharing powerThe ex-Eta terrorist bringing down Pedro Sánchez in SpainWhy Spain’s election threatens the EU’s climate agendaSubscribe to The Rachman Review wherever you get your podcasts - please listen, rate and subscribe.Presented by Henry Mance. Produced by Fiona Symon. Sound design is by Breen Turner.Read a transcript of this episode on FT.com Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
7/20/202326 minutes, 46 seconds
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Will this year’s climate talks be a washout?

The UAE, host of this year’s UN climate conference, has pushed for a “global stocktake” of progress towards Paris targets, aimed at triggering fresh climate action. But it has also been criticised for its choice of an oil executive, Sultan al-Jaber, as president of the talks. Henry Mance, standing in for Gideon Rachman, talks to Farhana Yamin, British lawyer and climate activist about what we can expect from COP28.Clips: COP 28, The National News, United NationsMore on this topic:UAE to set out vision for UN climate summitClimate graphic of the week: Global heat records alarm scientistsExtreme wildfires are here to stay. Can human beings really fight them?'Green nationalism' endangers the global energy transitionSubscribe to The Rachman Review wherever you get your podcasts - please listen, rate and subscribe.Presented by Henry Mance. Produced by Fiona Symon. Sound design is by Breen TurnerRead a transcript of this episode on FT.com Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
7/13/202325 minutes, 46 seconds
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How much should we fear artificial intelligence?

Scientists have been sounding the alarm about the potentially catastrophic dangers posed by artificial intelligence. Gideon talks to Anu Bradford, professor at Columbia University and author of a forthcoming book on the global battle to regulate technology about the different approaches being taken in the US, Europe and China. Clips: Amanpour & company; C-SPANMore on this topic:How actors are losing their voices to AIWe must avoid the evils of social media with AIEuropean companies sound alarm over draft AI lawAI executives warn its threat to humanity rivals ‘pandemics and nuclear war’Subscribe to The Rachman Review wherever you get your podcasts - please listen, rate and subscribe.Presented by Gideon Rachman. Produced by Fiona Symon. Sound design is by Simon Panayi. Read a transcript of this episode on FT.com Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
7/6/202329 minutes, 57 seconds
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Has the Wagner revolt fatally undermined Putin?

Gideon talks to Edward Lucas, author and senior fellow at the Center for European Policy Analysis, about the stability of Vladimir Putin’s regime in Russia. With his weaknesses exposed by the Prigozhin rebellion, how will rival centres of power respond? Clip: BBCMore on this topic:The revolution will now be TelegrammedA huge humiliation’: failed Russian putsch exposes deep flaws in Putin’s regimeUkraine says ‘main event’ in counteroffensive still to comeWagner’s future in Africa in question after Russian mutinySubscribe to The Rachman Review wherever you get your podcasts - please listen, rate and subscribe.Presented by Gideon Rachman. Produced by Fiona Symon. Sound design is by Breen TurnerRead a transcript of this episode on FT.com Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
6/29/202319 minutes, 46 seconds
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When should countries intervene to prevent mass murder?

Gideon talks to Indian opposition Congress politician and former diplomat Shashi Tharoor about the concept of the 'responsibility to protect', which allows countries to intervene militarily in order to protect a population from mass murder. This was first mooted by Kofi Annan in the late 1990s after the Rwandan genocide. Can it be applied today, and in what circumstances? Clips: Global News, C-SPANMore on this topic:Rwandan genocide fugitive arrested in South AfricaThere can be no impunity for the crime of aggression against Ukraine‘The garden of war’: horseback killers return to DarfurPol Pot’s prime minister loses appeal against genocide convictionSubscribe to The Rachman Review wherever you get your podcasts - please listen, rate and subscribe.Presented by Gideon Rachman. Produced by Fiona Symon. Sound design is by Breen TurnerRead a transcript of this episode on FT.com Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
6/22/202318 minutes, 32 seconds
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How Ukraine’s fightback could change the world

Gideon talks to Karin von Hippel, director-general of the UK defence think-tank RUSI, about Ukraine’s counteroffensive and the discussions that are already taking place about a new world order once the fighting is over. Clips: Channel 4 NewsMore on this topic:Military briefing: Ukrainian troops make early gains against ‘well-prepared’ RussiansGermany’s first-ever security strategy names Russia as ‘greatest threat’ to peaceWestern allies plan to provide long-term security assurances to UkraineMilitary briefing: Russia has most to gain from Ukrainian dam breachSubscribe to The Rachman Review wherever you get your podcasts - please listen, rate and subscribe.Presented by Gideon Rachman. Produced by Fiona Symon. Sound design is by Breen TurnerRead a transcript of this episode on FT.com Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
6/15/202325 minutes, 18 seconds
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David Lammy on Britain’s place in the world

Gideon meets Britain’s shadow foreign secretary on the sidelines of the Shangri-La Dialogue, the main forum for discussion of security issues in the Indo-Pacific, in Singapore. They discuss Britain’s relations with China, Ukraine, Brexit and the Commonwealth. Clips: ShanghaiEye, CNAMore on this topic:US pledges to maintain military capacity to defend TaiwanThe Starmer Project: Labour’s surprisingly bold economic agendaUK seeks to revive post-Brexit trade links with Latin AmericaSubscribe to The Rachman Review wherever you get your podcasts - please listen, rate and subscribe.Presented by Gideon Rachman. Produced by Fiona Symon. Sound design is by Breen TurnerRead a transcript of this episode on FT.com Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
6/8/202328 minutes, 5 seconds
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Is the Ukraine war reaching a turning point?

Gideon talks to the FT’s Chris Miller about the recent upsurge in military operations between Ukraine and Russia. Is this the start of Kyiv’s long-awaited offensive and if so, what would constitute a successful fightback? Clip: NBCMore on this topic:Military briefing: Ukraine’s daring ‘shaping operations’ stretch Russian defencesRussia’s invasion of Ukraine in maps — latest updatesF-16s might not win Ukraine’s war, but they promise a more equal fightRussia claims it ‘fully liquidated’ pro-Kyiv militias who crossed borderSubscribe to The Rachman Review wherever you get your podcasts - please listen, rate and subscribe.Presented by Gideon Rachman. Produced by Fiona Symon. Sound design is by Breen TurnerRead a transcript of this episode on FT.com Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
6/1/202316 minutes, 53 seconds
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Modi’s moment in the spotlight

Gideon talks to strategist Raja Mohan about India’s rising geopolitical influence. As the countries of the world form alliances to counterbalance the power of China, India is being courted for its support. How is India responding, and what are the prospects that it could one day become a superpower itself? Clips: DD IndiaMore on this topic:The G7 must accept that it cannot run the worldBBC accused of defaming Indian PM Narendra Modi in Delhi lawsuitThis is the hour of the global southSubscribe to The Rachman Review wherever you get your podcasts - please listen, rate and subscribe.Presented by Gideon Rachman. Produced by Fiona Symon. Sound design is by Jake FieldingRead a transcript of this episode on FT.com Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
5/25/202325 minutes, 56 seconds
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China’s next generation

Gideon talks to economist Keyu Jin about China’s goal of becoming the world’s biggest economy despite a falling population, the impact of the deterioration in US-China relations, and the way in which the aspirations of its younger generation are shaping policy in Beijing. The podcast was recorded in collaboration with Intelligence Squared. Clips: CGTN; Sky NewsMore on this topic:Xi Jinping’s Taiwan ambitions threaten China’s riseChinese tech entrepreneurs go on global offensiveChina’s raids on foreign firms hurt its own interestsChina’s economic recovery in doubt as industrial output falls shortSubscribe to The Rachman Review wherever you get your podcasts - please listen, rate and subscribe.Presented by Gideon Rachman. Produced by Fiona Symon. Sound design is by Breen Turner.Read a transcript of this episode on FT.com Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
5/18/202329 minutes, 54 seconds
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Putin’s historical magical mystery tour

Gideon talks to Russia expert Fiona Hill about the forthcoming Ukrainian counter-offensive, the state of Russia and the similarities between the leadership styles of Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin. Clips: Daily Telegraph, PBSMore on this topic:Russia’s invasion of Ukraine in maps — latest updatesUS rejects Kremlin claims it was behind drone attackRussian spy network smuggles sensitive EU tech despite sanctionsChina vows to retaliate against EU sanctions on its companiesIt is now battered Ukraine’s turn for an offensiveSubscribe to The Rachman Review wherever you get your podcasts - please listen, rate and subscribe.Presented by Gideon Rachman. Produced by Fiona Symon. Sound design is by Breen Turner. Read a transcript of this episode on FT.com Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
5/11/202328 minutes, 5 seconds
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How far will the rehabilitation of Assad go?

Leaders in the UAE, Saudi Arabia and Jordan have decided that they need to work with the regime in Syria to solve problems ranging from the return of refugees to curbing the local drugs trade. Gideon talks to Kim Ghattas about what has motivated this change of strategy and its chance of success in helping restore stability to the region. Clip: WSJMore on this topic:Arab world weighs price for Assad’s rehabilitationIran’s president visits Syria as he seeks to bolster Tehran’s sway over allySpy chief’s daughter highlights UN’s tangled relations with Syrian regimeSyria’s state capture: the rising influence of Mrs AssadRussia’s myth-making in Syria was a template for the horrors in UkraineSubscribe to The Rachman Review wherever you get your podcasts - please listen, rate and subscribe.Presented by Gideon Rachman. Produced by Fiona Symon. Sound design is by Breen TurnerRead a transcript of this episode on FT.com Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
5/4/202328 minutes, 26 seconds
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Is Turkey about to see the end of the Erdoğan era?

President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan has been in power for 20 years - and he has every intention of carrying on. But the Turkish leader faces a serious challenge in May’s general election. A change at the top in Turkey could also have profound implications for the wider region. But would Erdoğan accept defeat? Gideon hears from Soner Cagaptay at the Washington Institute for Near East Policy about Erdoğan's psychology, his political following and how a united opposition could finally unseat him.Clips: Middle East Eye, CNNRead a transcript of this episode on FT.com Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
4/27/202327 minutes, 1 second
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Is there such a thing as a rules-based international order?

Gideon talks to the US political theorist John Ikenberry about why the Ukraine war has been both a challenge and a spur for those who want to see liberal democratic values thrive. Clip: Global NewsMore on this topic:The new Washington consensusLula vows partnership with China to ‘balance world geopolitics’‘Dare to fight’: Xi Jinping unveils China’s new world orderIt is time to cut Russia out of the global financial systemSubscribe to The Rachman Review wherever you get your podcasts - please listen, rate and subscribe.Presented by Gideon Rachman. Produced by Fiona Symon. Sound design is by Breen Turner.Read a transcript of this episode on FT.com Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
4/20/202326 minutes, 44 seconds
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Macron’s flawed diplomacy in China

Emmanuel Macron sparked an international backlash over remarks he made to the press about Taiwan after a visit to China. The French president is also facing growing opposition at home after he pushed through an unpopular policy to raise the retirement age. Gideon talks to Célia Belin of the European Council on Foreign Relations about Macron’s image, his diplomatic gaffes and his struggle to win support for his policies at home. Clips: Sky, Daily Telegraph.More on this topic:Macron allies defend his comments on TaiwanTea with Xi: Macron gets personal touch as China visit highlights EU differencesThe jilted ally behind Macron’s pensions crisisSubscribe to The Rachman Review wherever you get your podcasts - please listen, rate and subscribe.Presented by Gideon Rachman. Produced by Fiona Symon. Sound design is by Breen TurnerRead a transcript of this episode on FT.com Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
4/13/202320 minutes, 59 seconds
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Ukraine's other battleground: the economy

Gideon talks to Hlib Vyshlinsky, director of Ukraine's Centre for Economic Strategy, about keeping Ukraine's economy alive while the war goes on. Despite a shortage of cash and labour, efforts are under way to try to build a more dynamic and transparent economy when the fighting is over.Clips: CTV, SkyMore on this topic:The breaking and making of UkraineSaving Ukraine’s economy: the grain giant fighting for survivalUkraine clinches $15.6bn IMF loanSubscribe to The Rachman Review wherever you get your podcasts - please listen, rate and subscribe.Presented by Gideon Rachman. Produced by Fiona Symon. Sound design is by Breen TurnerRead a transcript of this episode on FT.com Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
4/6/202327 minutes, 43 seconds
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The rise and fall of Yevgeny Prigozhin

Gideon talks to the FT’s Max Seddon and Miles Johnson about Russia’s Wagner paramilitary group and its once secretive leader Yevgeny Prigozhin. They discuss how Prigozhin came to prominence during the fighting around Bakhmut in Ukraine and whether he can hold on to his position of influence with Russia’s president Vladimir Putin. Clips: euronews; NBC; CNNMore on this topic:‘Like Icarus’: Russian mercenary Yevgeny Prigozhin falls foul of Kremlin old guardWagner leader generated $250mn from sanctioned empireWagner Inc: a Russian warlord and his lawyersSubscribe to The Rachman Review wherever you get your podcasts - please listen, rate and subscribe. Presented by Gideon Rachman. Produced by Fiona Symon. Sound design is by Breen TurnerRead a transcript of this episode on FT.com Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
3/30/202321 minutes, 16 seconds
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Divided Iran makes peace with its neighbours

Gideon talks to the FT’s Middle East editor Andrew England about his recent visit to Iran in the aftermath of some of the worst unrest since the establishment of the Islamic Republic in 1979. Iran’s reconciliation with Saudi Arabia and its growing trade with Russia may help the regime survive, but relations with the west have plummeted and hopes for a revival of the nuclear deal look bleak.Clips: Reuters; BBCRead More on this topic:Exiled son of Iran’s last shah steps up to lead galvanised diasporaSaudi rapprochement with Iran is an exercise in buying timeIran agrees to reinstall IAEA cameras at nuclear facilitiesSubscribe to The Rachman Review wherever you get your podcasts - please listen, rate and subscribe.Presented by Gideon Rachman. Produced by Fiona Symon. Sound design is by Breen TurnerRead a transcript of this episode on FT.com Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
3/23/202322 minutes, 26 seconds
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Israeli democracy at a crossroads

Israeli journalist Nadav Eyal tells Gideon why he believes Israel is on course for a full-blown constitutional crisis. The Netanyahu government’s plan to curtail the power of the judiciary, he says, will remove democratic checks and balances that are crucial for the survival of a liberal democracy. Opponents include business, the military and the country's intellectual elite, as well as many middle-class Israelis who will not accept the proposed changes.Clips: Anadolu Agency; NBCProtests by Israeli reservists raise stakes in battle over judicial changesIlliberal democracy comes to IsraelUS defence secretary cuts short trip to Israel ahead of mass protestsSubscribe to The Rachman Review wherever you get your podcasts - please listen, rate and subscribe.Presented by Gideon Rachman. Produced by Fiona Symon. Sound design is by Breen TurnerRead a transcript of this episode on FT.com Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
3/16/202325 minutes, 24 seconds
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Is Mexico slipping into autocracy?

Gideon talks to academic and writer Denise Dresser about President Andrés Manuel López Obrador’s autocratic tendencies and why she thinks the leader she once voted for is dismantling democracy in Mexico. Clips: France 24, Andrés Manuel López Obrador Amlo’s strongman act is weakening MexicoThousands protest in Mexico against cuts to electoral watchdogMexico’s former security chief convicted in US of helping cartel smuggle drugsSubscribe to The Rachman Review wherever you get your podcasts - please listen, rate and subscribe.Presented by Gideon Rachman. Produced by Fiona Symon. Sound design is by Breen TurnerRead a transcript of this episode on FT.com Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
3/9/202330 minutes, 19 seconds
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Bill Gates on Ukraine’s ‘shock to the system’

The Microsoft co-founder and philanthropist talks to Gideon about his efforts to keep global development goals alive amid rising geopolitical tensions. They discuss shrinking aid budgets, climate, technology, China-US tensions and whether Gates remains an optimist about the future.Bill Gates warns Ukraine war is sapping Europe’s foreign aid budgetsElon Musk’s Twitter is ‘stirring up’ digital polarisation, says Bill GatesBill Gates loves trashSubscribe to The Rachman Review wherever you get your podcasts - please listen, rate and subscribe.Presented by Gideon Rachman. Produced by Fiona Symon. Sound design is by Breen TurnerRead a transcript of this episode on FT.com Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
3/2/202327 minutes, 51 seconds
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Ukraine series: the battle for Bakhmut

Christopher Miller moved to the Ukrainian city of Bakhmut in 2010 as a volunteer for the US Peace Corps. Now an FT correspondent in Kyiv, he tells Gideon about how the eastern city came to play a central role in the war and how he sees the conflict unfolding in the coming months.Clips: CNNMore on this topic:A 12-year journey to the heart of the war in Ukraine‘Hell. Just hell’: Ukraine and Russia’s war of attrition over BakhmutBehind the Money podcast: ​​The costs of Russia’s invasion of UkraineHow Ukrainian photographers captured a year of conflictRussia’s invasion of Ukraine in maps — latest updatesSubscribe to The Rachman Review wherever you get your podcasts - please listen, rate and subscribe.Presented by Gideon Rachman. Produced by Fiona Symon. Sound design is by Breen TurnerRead a transcript of this episode on FT.com Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
2/23/202320 minutes, 45 seconds
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Ukraine series: how long will the war last?

In the second episode in our special series, Gideon talks to war historian Hein Goemans about what it would take to end the fighting in Ukraine. FT podcast surveyMore on this topic:A year of war in Ukraine has left Europe’s armouries dryMilitary briefing: Russia prepares Ukraine spring offensiveThe keyboard warriors on Ukraine’s digital front lineRussia’s invasion of Ukraine in maps — latest updatesSubscribe to The Rachman Review wherever you get your podcasts - please listen, rate and subscribe.Presented by Gideon Rachman. Produced by Fiona Symon. Sound design is by Breen TurnerRead a transcript of this episode on FT.com Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
2/16/202319 minutes, 35 seconds
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Ukraine series: life in a war zone

In the first of a three-part series, Gideon talks to Ukraine MP Lesia Vasylenko about what it was like to wake up in a country at war, how Ukrainians surprised the world with their fightback, and the need for reparations and justice for the victims of Russia’s war crimes.More on this topic:FT podcast surveyVolodymyr Zelenskyy demands ‘wings for freedom’ as UK pledges fighter pilot trainingMilitary briefing: what the west’s shifting red lines mean for UkraineRussia’s budget deficit soars as energy revenues slump by almost halfRussia’s invasion of Ukraine in maps — latest updatesSubscribe to The Rachman Review wherever you get your podcasts - please listen, rate and subscribe. Presented by Gideon Rachman. Produced by Fiona Symon. Sound design is by Breen TurnerRead a transcript of this episode on FT.com Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
2/9/202327 minutes, 45 seconds
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How to fix our flawed democracies

Gideon talks to Martin Wolf, the FT’s chief economics commentator, about his new book, The Crisis of Democratic Capitalism. They discuss why the post-war settlement between democratic governments and their people is no longer fit for purpose and what can be done to restore our faith in it.More on this topic:FT podcast surveyMartin Wolf: in defence of democratic capitalismThe great disruption has only just begunCEOs beware: cost-cutting isn’t the same as growthSubscribe to The Rachman Review wherever you get your podcasts - please listen, rate and subscribe.Presented by Gideon Rachman. Produced by Fiona Symon. Sound design is by Breen Turner.Read a transcript of this episode on FT.com Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
2/2/202324 minutes, 55 seconds
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Philippines caught in the line of fire

The Filipino people are paying a heavy price for regional tensions between China and the US, Philippine president Ferdinand Marcos Jr tells Gideon. He explains how he hopes to steer clear of conflict, build up the economy and focus on mitigating the economic damage caused by climate change.Clips: Inquirer.netMore on this topic:Ferdinand Marcos Jr says Taiwan tensions ‘very, very worrisome’ for PhilippinesUS military deepens ties with Japan and Philippines to prepare for China threatChina and Philippines vow to handle maritime tensions with ‘friendly consultations’US vice-president visits Philippine island off contested South China SeaSubscribe to The Rachman Review wherever you get your podcasts - please listen, rate and subscribe. Presented by Gideon Rachman. Produced by Fiona Symon. Sound design is by Breen TurnerRead a transcript of this episode on FT.com Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
1/26/202328 minutes, 55 seconds
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The global battle against impunity

The war in Ukraine has had dire consequences for millions of people beyond Europe. Gideon talks to David Miliband, IRC president, about why Putin's challenge to the world order must not go unpunished.Clips: CNNMore on this topic:Geopolitics threatens to destroy the world Davos madeWar in Tigray may have killed 600,000 people, peace mediator saysHow the law finally caught up with notorious human trafficker KidaneSubscribe to The Rachman Review wherever you get your podcasts - please listen, rate and subscribe. Presented by Gideon Rachman. Produced by Fiona Symon. Sound design is by Breen TurnerRead a transcript of this episode on FT.com Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
1/19/202326 minutes, 6 seconds
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America’s hard right

A small group of Republican party zealots, backed by former president Donald Trump, have forced their way into a position of power in the US Congress. Gideon talks to Jacob Heilbrunn, editor of the National Interest magazine in Washington and senior fellow at the Atlantic Council, about what they are seeking to achieve and whether they will end up playing into the hands of President Joe Biden if he seeks re-election.Clips: ABC, CNN More on this topic:Speaker Kevin McCarthy faces tough first week seeking to unify RepublicansJoe Biden’s claim to presidential greatnessThe debt ceiling is scarier this timeSubscribe to The Rachman Review wherever you get your podcasts - please listen, rate and subscribe.Presented by Gideon Rachman. Produced by Fiona Symon. Sound design is by Breen TurnerRead a transcript of this episode on FT.com Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
1/12/202323 minutes, 22 seconds
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What next for Putin’s Russia?

How has Russia changed since Putin embarked on his Ukraine war nearly a year ago? Gideon talks to Angela Stent of Georgetown University about the origins of Russia’s imperialist ambitions, its rupture with Europe and reliance on revived alliances with the global south.Clips: @Rumoaohepta7; Channel 4 News More on this topic: ‘Untrainable’: Russian army faces backlash over conscripts’ death in Ukraine attackTurning the tide in Russia’s war on UkraineRussia’s invasion of Ukraine in maps — latest updatesSubscribe to The Rachman Review wherever you get your podcasts - please listen, rate and subscribe.Presented by Gideon Rachman. Produced by Fiona Symon. Sound design is by Jake FieldingRead a transcript of this episode on FT.com Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
1/5/202324 minutes, 31 seconds
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2022 Year In Review

Gideon Rachman is joined by a panel of colleagues: FT editor Roula Khalaf, Moscow correspondent Max Seddon and US editor Edward Luce. This year was defined by Vladimir Putin's invasion of Ukraine. Will 2023 be any different? Meanwhile, in China, Xi Jinping was confirmed for a third term as the country's leader, with many believing he's now set to rule for life. Subscribe to The Rachman Review wherever you get your podcasts - please listen, rate and subscribe.Presented by Gideon Rachman. Produced by Fiona Symon and Howie Shannon. The sound engineer was Breen Turner. -Read the latest on https://www.ft.com/world/uk-Follow @gideonrachman-Subscribe to https://www.ft.com/newslettersRead a transcript of this episode on FT.com Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
12/22/202229 minutes, 13 seconds
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Qatar’s soft power play

Qatar’s decision to host the World Cup was mired in controversy from the start but ultimately seems to have paid off, bringing the tiny Gulf emirate new friends and winning over old enemies. Gideon talks to Simeon Kerr, the FT’s Gulf correspondent, about what motivates the emirate to seek to deploy its vast wealth for political ends.Clips: Qatar Airways; France 24 More on this topic:Qatar wooed EU lawmakers ahead of football World CupHow the unlikeliest World Cup ever came to beQatar faces the harsh glare of World Cup publicityQatar World Cup provides rare source of unity to Arab statesSubscribe to The Rachman Review wherever you get your podcasts - please listen, rate and subscribe.Presented by Gideon Rachman. Produced by Fiona Symon. Sound design is by Breen TurnerRead a transcript of this episode on FT.com Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
12/15/202226 minutes, 14 seconds
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How threatened is Australia by the rise of China?

Australia’s relations with China have taken a dive in recent years, forcing Canberra to reassess regional security and trade ties. Gideon talks to Michael Fullilove, director of the Lowy Institute, Australia’s leading foreign-policy think-tank, about how Australia is adapting to the new reality.Clips: ABC, ChannelNewsAsia More on this topic:Australia, China and the judgment of the SolomonsAustralia’s defence dilemma: projecting force or provoking China?US to ‘deepen’ defence ties with Australia in face of China threatAustralian business hopeful of better ties with ChinaSubscribe to The Rachman Review wherever you get your podcasts - please listen, rate and subscribe.Presented by Gideon Rachman. Produced by Fiona Symon. Sound design is by Breen TurnerRead a transcript of this episode on FT.com Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
12/8/202226 minutes, 43 seconds
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China protests test the limits of Xi Jinping’s authority

Severe lockdowns associated with China’s zero-Covid policy have combined with economic woes to incite the most widespread protests since Tiananmen Square. President Xi Jinping is now under pressure to address this discontent. Gideon discusses what his options are with the FT’s Yuan Yang, who has recently returned to London from Beijing.Clips: BBCMore on this topic:Xi’s pandemic triumphalism returns to haunt himGuangzhou eases restrictions despite worsening Covid outbreakChina’s high youth unemployment stokes student Covid protestsRestless Beijingers rise up against Covid controlsSubscribe to The Rachman Review wherever you get your podcasts - please listen, rate and subscribe.Presented by Gideon Rachman. Produced by Fiona Symon. Sound design is by Breen TurnerRead a transcript of this episode on FT.com Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
12/1/202219 minutes, 24 seconds
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90,000 migrants arrive in Italian ports

Italy has become one of the main entry points to the EU for irregular migrants but its new nationalist prime minister Giorgia Meloni has taken a hard line and is demanding Europe do more to help.Why has Meloni taken such a confrontational approach? Ben’s guest is Nicoletta Pirozzi, head of the EU programme at Italy’s Institute for International Affairs in Rome.Subscribe to The Rachman Review wherever you get your podcasts - please listen, rate and subscribe.Presented by Ben Hall. Produced by Fiona Symon and Howie Shannon. The sound engineer was Breen Turner. -Read the latest on https://www.ft.com/world/uk-Follow @gideonrachman -Subscribe to https://www.ft.com/newslettersRead a transcript of this episode on FT.com Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
11/24/202219 minutes, 33 seconds
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Brazil’s Lula joins leftist leaders pushing for change in Latin America

Brazil joins a group of Latin American countries that have elected leftwing leaders. What kind of change will they bring to the region and its relations with the rest of the world? Michael Stott, the FT’s Latin America editor, discusses these questions with Andrés Velasco, dean of the school of public policy at the London School of Economics and a former finance minister of Chile, and Chris Sabatini, senior fellow for Latin America at Chatham House in London.Clips: AP, VOA, BBC More on this topic:Lula seeks Brazil constitutional change to fund campaign pledgesAmazon destruction woes overshadow Brazil’s farming advancesChile’s Boric seeks ‘new path forward’ after voters reject constitutional changesLatin America moves to bring Venezuela’s Maduro in from the coldSubscribe to The Rachman Review wherever you get your podcasts - please listen, rate and subscribe.Presented by Gideon Rachman. Produced by Fiona Symon. Sound design is by Breen TurnerRead a transcript of this episode on FT.com Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
11/17/202229 minutes, 47 seconds
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How the Ukraine war reshaped US alliances

Thomas Wright, director of strategic planning at the National Security Council in the Biden White House, tells Gideon how the war in Ukraine changed US thinking about the need for broader alliances.Clips: The White House, Channel 4 News More on this topic:Xi Jinping’s China and the rise of the ‘global west’US coal phaseout plan meets divided response at COP27China and the US remain locked in mutually assured co-operationSubscribe to The Rachman Review wherever you get your podcasts - please listen, rate and subscribe.Presented by Gideon Rachman. Produced by Fiona Symon. Sound design is by Breen TurnerRead a transcript of this episode on FT.com Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
11/10/202227 minutes, 16 seconds
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US midterms: Republicans on the rise

Joe Biden’s Democrats look set to lose control of Congress in this month's elections. But many of the Republicans poised to take office support Donald Trump's claim that the last presidential election was stolen. Gideon discusses his prospects for a return to the White House with journalist Susan Glasser, co-author of The Divider, a history of the Trump presidency.Clips: CNN, Forbes Breaking News More on this topic:Joe Biden fights to revive Democrats one week before midterm electionsThis will be the mother of all American midterm electionsBritain and America’s electoral geographies are brokenSubscribe to The Rachman Review wherever you get your podcasts - please listen, rate and subscribe.Presented by Gideon Rachman. Produced by Fiona Symon. Sound design is by Breen Turner.Read a transcript of this episode on FT.com Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
11/3/202226 minutes, 24 seconds
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Xi consolidates his rule as economic problems mount

Gideon talks to economist Linda Yueh of Oxford university about recent dramatic developments at the Chinese Communist party’s congress in Beijing. They discuss what the growing centralisation in China tells us about how Xi Jinping will handle the private sector, the property crisis and international tensions over Taiwan.Clips: CGTN; CNAMore on this topic:China’s limitless presidency means limited diplomacyChina’s growth stutters as exports fail to rescue economyChina’s wealthy activate escape plans as Xi Jinping extends ruleHit film Return to Dust has vanished from China’s cinemas. Why?Subscribe to The Rachman Review wherever you get your podcasts - please listen, rate and subscribe.Presented by Gideon Rachman. Produced by Fiona Symon. Sound design is by Breen Turner.Read a transcript of this episode on FT.com Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
10/27/202231 minutes, 23 seconds
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US-Saudi ties at an all-time low

There was outrage in Washington over Saudi Arabia’s decision to back Opec output cuts during a global energy crisis. What was the kingdom’s motive for putting its strategic partnership with the US at risk? As a regular visitor to Saudi Arabia, Emile Hokayem of the International Institute for Strategic Studies in London offers his view of the Saudi leader’s calculations and plans for a new global role for the country.Clips: France 24; CNN; Fox newsMore on this topic:The plight of expat workers at KPMG Saudi ArabiaJoe Biden’s limited room for manoeuvre on Saudi ArabiaThe new oil war: Opec moves against the USSubscribe to The Rachman Review wherever you get your podcasts - please listen, rate and subscribe.Presented by Gideon Rachman. Produced by Fiona Symon. Sound design is by Breen Turner.Read a transcript of this episode on FT.com Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
10/20/202227 minutes, 31 seconds
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Russia's nuclear threat

Ukrainian cities have faced an onslaught of missiles from Russia this week in retaliation for the attack on the Kerch bridge that links Russia with occupied Crimea. Russia has threatened to go further and to use tactical nuclear weapons rather than face the defeat of its forces in Ukraine. But would it? Alexander Gabuev, a senior fellow for the Carnegie Endowment think-tank, tells Gideon he thinks Putin’s threat is deadly serious.Clips: BBCMore on this topic:Putin suggests Nord Stream gas exports to Europe could be restoredNato allies struggle to secure air defence systems for UkraineRussia’s invasion of Ukraine in maps — latest updatesSubscribe to The Rachman Review wherever you get your podcasts - please listen, rate and subscribe.Presented by Gideon Rachman. Produced by Fiona Symon. Sound design is by Breen TurnerRead a transcript of this episode on FT.com Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
10/13/202229 minutes, 38 seconds
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Protests show Iran’s social contract is broken

The death of a young woman detained by Iran’s ‘morality police’ has sparked nationwide protests that the government is struggling to control. Gideon talks to Iranian analyst Sanam Vakil about what the unrest tells us about the weakening authority of the regime that has been in place for the past 40 years.Clips: BBC, France 24More on this topic:How Iranian students are shaping anti regime protestsIran’s Ayatollah Khamenei blames US and Israel for street protestsMahsa Amini has become a potent symbol for women in IranSubscribe to The Rachman Review wherever you get your podcasts - please listen, rate and subscribe.Presented by Gideon Rachman. Produced by Fiona Symon. Sound design is by Jake FieldingRead a transcript of this episode on FT.com Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
10/6/202222 minutes, 55 seconds
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The remaking of Europe

Europe’s priorities have undergone a massive shift in response to Russia’s aggression against Ukraine. Gideon talks to political scientist Ivan Krastev about how central Europe is gaining influence within the EU as a result of the Ukraine war.Clips: United Nations; France24More on this topic:EU to put price cap on Russian oil in new sanctions packageThe 90km journey that changed the course of the war in UkraineDenmark, Germany and Poland warn of ‘sabotage’ after Nord Stream leaksEndless frictions with Brussels risk fuelling Euroscepticism in PolandThe EU should press Hungary hard on rule of lawSubscribe to The Rachman Review wherever you get your podcasts - please listen, rate and subscribe.Presented by Gideon Rachman. Produced by Fiona Symon. Sound design is by Breen Turner. Read a transcript of this episode on FT.com Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
9/29/202225 minutes, 49 seconds
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What next for Global Britain?

Britain's new prime minister is facing huge challenges on both the domestic and international stage. Gideon talks to Bronwen Maddox, director of Chatham House, the Royal Institute of International Affairs, in London about how Liz Truss will deal with the Ukraine war, Brexit and relations with the US and China.Clips: Royal Family Channel; France 24More on this topic:Liz Truss admits UK trade deal with US is not on the agendaThe economic consequences of Liz TrussLiz Truss to launch UK defence review as she calls for Russian reparationsBritain enters the era of King Charles IIISubscribe to The Rachman Review wherever you get your podcasts - please listen, rate and subscribe.Presented by Gideon Rachman. Produced by Fiona Symon. Sound design is by Breen TurnerRead a transcript of this episode on FT.com Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
9/22/202223 minutes, 19 seconds
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Russia faces defeat in Ukraine

Ukraine’s rapid recapture of territory in recent days has put Russian forces on the back foot and raised the prospect of an early end to the war. Gideon talks to Lawrence Freedman, emeritus professor of war studies at King's College in London about the dramatic turnaround and what happens next.Clips from BBC, Russian state TVMore on this topicMilitary briefing - Ukraine offensive ‘dooms’ Russia’s aims for DonbasRussian army hobbled by shortage of soldiersUkraine faces ‘tough fight’ even as Russian forces retreat, says USRussia’s invasion of Ukraine in maps — latest updatesSubscribe to The Rachman Review wherever you get your podcasts - please listen, rate and subscribe.Presented by Gideon Rachman. Produced by Fiona Symon. Sound design is by Breen TurnerRead a transcript of this episode on FT.com Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
9/15/202220 minutes, 27 seconds
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How Italy is facing a crucial election

Polls suggest that the largest single party will be the Brothers of Italy - and its leader Giorgia Meloni will therefore be prime minister. That’s causing consternation in some quarters because the party has roots in the fascist-influenced politics of post-war Italy. Gideon’s guest this week is Nathalie Tocci, the director of the Institute for International Affairs, a think-tank based in Rome.Subscribe to The Rachman Review wherever you get your podcasts - please listen, rate and subscribe.Presented by Gideon Rachman.Produced by Howie Shannon. The sound engineer was Breen Turner. Read the latest on https://www.ft.com/world/ukFollow @gideonrachman Subscribe to https://www.ft.com/newslettersRead a transcript of this episode on FT.com Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
9/8/202223 minutes, 51 seconds
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Will India soar or struggle in the coming years?

Gideon’s guest this week is Ramachandra Guha, who is often hailed as the most distinguished historian of modern India.He is also a noted critic of the government of Prime Minister Narendra Modi.Subscribe to The Rachman Review wherever you get your podcasts - please listen, rate and subscribe.Presented by Gideon Rachman.Produced by Fiona Symon and Howie Shannon. The sound engineer was Breen Turner. -Read the latest on https://www.ft.com/world/uk-Follow @gideonrachman -Subscribe to https://www.ft.com/newslettersRead a transcript of this episode on FT.com Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
9/1/202221 minutes, 1 second
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Who's winning the war in Ukraine?

Six months into the Ukraine war, Gideon talks to Phillips O'Brien, professor of strategic studies at the University of St Andrews, Scotland, about the balance of forces on each side. With Russian forces bogged down, is a Ukrainian victory now a possibility?Clips: The Guardian, Al Jazeera, The Aspen InstituteMore on this topic:Six months of war in Ukraine: ‘The enemy learned fast’Join the FT Telegram channel to receive Ukraine coverage alertsRussia’s invasion of Ukraine in maps — latest updatesThe global reach of Alexander DuginSubscribe to The Rachman Review wherever you get your podcasts - please listen, rate and subscribe.Presented by Gideon Rachman. Produced by Fiona Symon. Sound design is by Breen TurnerRead a transcript of this episode on FT.com Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
8/25/202223 minutes, 49 seconds
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Would China go to war over Taiwan?

Gideon talks to Chinese-American academic Minxin Pei about China’s reaction to US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s visit to Taiwan. What does it tell us about Xi Jinping’s leadership as he bids for a third term as president?Clips: The Sun; Daily TelegraphMore on this topic:Taiwan tensions force multinationals to rethink China riskChina ratchets up pressure on Taiwan after US congressional visitTaiwan greets Chinese military intimidation with parties rather than panicXi Jinping grasps ‘knife’ of internal security to complete grip on powerSubscribe to The Rachman Review wherever you get your podcasts - please listen, rate and subscribe.Presented by Gideon Rachman. Produced by Fiona Symon. Sound design is by Breen TurnerRead a transcript of this episode on FT.com Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
8/18/202227 minutes, 34 seconds
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Whatever happened to Mandela’s dream for South Africa?

Gideon talks to the South African writer and political activist, Songezo Zibi, about the need to build a coalition for change to help restore some of the high hopes that accompanied the end of apartheid.Clips: SABC, The SunMore on this topic:Bain barred from UK state contracts over ‘grave misconduct’ in South AfricaSouth Africa hopes private sector can help end Eskom power crisisSouth Africa’s Ramaphosa under fire after ranch burglary fuels questions over wealthHow three brothers ‘captured’ a countrySubscribe to The Rachman Review wherever you get your podcasts - please listen, rate and subscribe.Presented by Gideon Rachman. Produced by Fiona Symon. Sound design is by Breen TurnerRead a transcript of this episode on FT.com Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
8/11/202227 minutes, 46 seconds
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How to broker a deal between Russia and Ukraine

Sergio Jaramillo was one of the architects behind Colombia’s landmark peace deal with Marxist guerrilla group Farc. Now, as a senior adviser at the European Institute of Peace, he explains if and how Ukraine and Russia could ever arrive at a ceasefire or peace negotiation. John Paul Rathbone, security and defence correspondent for the Financial Times, talks to Jaramillo about how negotiations are as important a part of military strategy as fighting on the battlefield, and what Europe should do to support Ukraine.Presented by John Paul Rathbone. Produced by Fiona Symon and Persis Love. Sound design by Breen TurnerClips: BBC, MSNBC, Associated PressRead a transcript of this episode on FT.com Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
8/4/202220 minutes, 54 seconds
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How social media platforms put profits before people

Human rights lawyer Cori Crider co-founded Foxglove, a group that fights on behalf of those harmed by the misuse of technology. She talks to the FT’s Madhumita Murgia about why social media companies need to bear more of the cost for the poisonous content they host on their platforms.Clip: C-SPANWant to read more?A tale of two Facebook whistleblowersBig Tech makes concessions on EU’s new anti-disinformation codeEU approves groundbreaking rules to police Big Tech platformsCivil society must be part of the Digital Services ActSubscribe to The Rachman Review wherever you get your podcasts - please listen, rate and subscribe.Presented by Gideon Rachman. Produced by Fiona Symon. Sound design by Breen TurnerRead a transcript of this episode on FT.com Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
7/28/202230 minutes, 21 seconds
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Can Turkey help end the Ukraine grain crisis?

Turkey’s president Recep Tayyip Erdoğan has been working hard to help open up an export route for Ukrainian grain via the Black Sea. But as he wins plaudits for this key mediating role, his nation is struggling with soaring inflation and a cost of living crisis. Andrew England, standing in for Gideon, talks to Asli Aydıntaşbaş of the European Council on Foreign Relations and Laura Pitel, the FT's Turkey correspondent, about what’s motivating Erdoğan.Want to read more?Erdoğan is an infuriating but indispensable allyUkraine grain deal and Syria top agenda for Putin’s talks with Iran and TurkeyFruit becomes a luxury in Erdoğan’s Turkey as inflation threatens re-election bidUkraine warns that only lifting Black Sea blockade can avert global food crisisSubscribe to The Rachman Review wherever you get your podcasts - please listen, rate and subscribe.Presented by Gideon Rachman. Produced by Fiona Symon. Sound design by Breen TurnerRead a transcript of this episode on FT.com Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
7/21/202223 minutes, 25 seconds
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Russia’s future: a giant Iran of Eurasia

Alexander Gabuev, senior fellow at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, tells Gideon why he believes Russia is destined to become a giant Iran of Eurasia. It will remain a significant military power, but one that is increasingly under the sway of China, the main destination for its energy exports.Clips: DW; Global NewsMore on this topic:Iran plans to provide drones to Russia for Ukraine war, says USPutin warns of ‘catastrophic’ energy crisis if west boosts sanctionsChina’s image loses its shine in EuropeSubscribe to The Rachman Review wherever you get your podcasts - please listen, rate and subscribe.Presented by Gideon Rachman. Produced by Fiona Symon. Sound design is by Breen TurnerRead a transcript of this episode on FT.com Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
7/14/202220 minutes, 49 seconds
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Ukraine: a view from the Baltics

Gideon talks to Kersti Kaljulaid, former president of Estonia, about the policy failures that led to the war in Ukraine. A weak response to Russia’s invasion of Georgia and Crimea gave Vladimir Putin the green light. Now the strength of Ukrainian resistance is giving the west another chance to "put its house in order".Clips: Sky News, APMore on this topic:Europe’s new defence bloc: Nordics and Baltics unite in face of Russian threatEstonia’s PM says country would be ‘wiped from map’ under existing Nato plansWar in Ukraine: will the Baltics become the ‘new West Berlin’?Subscribe to The Rachman Review wherever you get your podcasts - please listen, rate and subscribe.Presented by Gideon Rachman. Produced by Fiona Symon. Sound design is by BreenRead a transcript of this episode on FT.com Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
7/7/202219 minutes, 39 seconds
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Introducing: Hot Money

The FT just launched a new podcast on porn, power and profit. When FT reporter Patricia Nilsson started digging into the porn industry, she made a shocking discovery: nobody knew who controlled the biggest porn company in the world. Now, she and her editor, Alex Barker, reveal who is behind it and much more. This eight-part investigative podcast reveals the secret history of the adult business and the billionaires and financial institutions who shape it. Brought to you by the Financial Times and Pushkin. To listen to new episodes, search ‘Hot Money’ wherever you listen. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
7/4/202232 minutes, 37 seconds
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Wirecard: the investigation that brought down a German tech giant

It took years of digging and a lucky break to uncover the fraud at the heart of Wirecard. Gideon talks to Dan McCrum about the strange netherworld of financial speculators, private detectives, bumbling accountants and outright criminals that he encountered along the way.Clips: Bloomberg, Money TalksMore on this topic:Why we trust fraudstersLess work for EY auditors? What about more accountabilityWirecard middleman pleads guilty to hackingInside WirecardSubscribe to The Rachman Review wherever you get your podcasts - please listen, rate and subscribe.Presented by Gideon Rachman. Produced by Fiona Symon. Sound design is by BreenRead a transcript of this episode on FT.com Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
6/30/202232 minutes, 46 seconds
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Can EU unity on Ukraine hold?

European leaders have been united in their support for Ukraine against Russia’s aggression. But as costs mount they could face growing calls to compromise with Russia. Gideon talks to Ulrike Franke, senior policy fellow at the European Council on Foreign Relations, about how France and Germany in particular are handling the crisis. Clips: Euronews; CNN; France24More on this topic:Farewell to Russia and to the Sinatra doctrineOlaf Scholz says partnership with Putin’s Russia is ‘inconceivable’Ukraine weighs up impact of EU leaders’ trip to KyivSubscribe to The Rachman Review wherever you get your podcasts - please listen, rate and subscribe.Presented by Gideon Rachman. Produced by Fiona Symon. Sound design is by BreenRead a transcript of this episode on FT.com Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
6/23/202220 minutes
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Where money and power collide

Gideon talks to the billionaire investor Ray Dalio about the connections he's found between the rise and fall of markets and the rise and fall of nations. Clips: CBS, CNBC, BBCMore on this topic:  Policy errors of the 1970s echo in our timesFed begins quantitative tightening on unprecedented scaleTop investors split on direction of ‘tempestuous’ China’s marketsSubscribe to The Rachman Review wherever you get your podcasts - please listen, rate and subscribe.Presented by Gideon Rachman. Produced by Fiona Symon. Sound design is by BreenRead a transcript of this episode on FT.com Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
6/16/202226 minutes, 36 seconds
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Putin’s energy power play

Russia’s global power has rested in large part on its oil and gas reserves. Will Vladimir Putin’s decision to invade Ukraine and Europe’s decision to seek alternative supplies shrink this power irreparably? Gideon talks to the American expert Dan Yergin about the role played by energy in the Ukraine conflict and its implications for the rest of the world.Clips: BBC, ABC, Sky NewsMore on this topic:  Europe at risk of winter energy rationing, energy watchdog warnsLNG revolution: Germany’s plan to wean itself off Russian gas takes shapeSaudi Arabia is increasing supply — so why is the oil price holding firm?Trafigura warns oil prices could reach ‘parabolic state’ in threat to economySubscribe to The Rachman Review wherever you get your podcasts - please listen, rate and subscribe.Presented by Gideon Rachman. Produced by Fiona Symon. Sound design is by Breen Turner.Read a transcript of this episode on FT.com Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
6/9/202226 minutes, 4 seconds
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Poverty and inequality drive change in Latin America

Gideon talks to Venezuelan economist Moisés Naím about the reasons for the collapse of the political centre in Latin America, and about the tactics used by populist politicians to rise to power in the region and beyond.Clips: Euronews; AP; Al Jazeera; NBC; Andrés Manuel López Obrador channelWant to read more?How the Colombia election could change Latin AmericaColombia’s Rodolfo Hernández goes from also-ran to the brink of powerConservative young Brazilians complicate Lula’s path to presidencySubscribe to The Rachman Review wherever you get your podcasts - please listen, rate and subscribe.Presented by Gideon Rachman. Produced by Fiona Symon. Sound design by Breen TurnerRead a transcript of this episode on FT.com Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
6/2/202219 minutes, 31 seconds
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Ukraine and the global food emergency

Russia’s blockade of the port of Odesa is preventing Ukraine from exporting vital supplies of grain to a hungry world. A failure to resolve the problem will lead to food price rises and starvation, resulting in more migration and global unrest, according to David Beasley, head of the UN World Food Programme. He talks to Gideon about what needs to be done to avert catastrophe.Clips: NewsNation, ABC news, CNNWant to read more?Military briefing: Ukraine seeks way to break Russia’s Black Sea blockadePakistan seeks to renegotiate IMF loan as food prices surge‘Millions’ at risk of death as Ukraine war hits food supplies, Egypt warnsWorld’s poorest nations to receive aid amid soaring food pricesSubscribe to The Rachman Review wherever you get your podcasts - please listen, rate and subscribe.Presented by Gideon Rachman. Produced by Fiona Symon. Sound design by Breen TurnerRead a transcript of this episode on FT.com Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
5/26/202224 minutes, 29 seconds
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Ukraine’s nationalists and the Azov battalion

The roots of Ukrainian nationalism go back to the second world war, when one prominent group sided briefly with Hitler against the Soviet Union. Gideon talks to Princeton academic Kim Lane Scheppele about the legacy of this group and whether any remnants of its ideology still have influence over the country’s politics and military.Clips: NBC, Open Ukraine, Eurovision Song ContestMore on this topic:  ‘Don’t confuse patriotism and Nazism’: Ukraine’s Azov forces face scrutinyUkraine says rescue under way for troops at Azovstal steel mill in MariupolRussia’s invasion of Ukraine in maps — latest updatesSubscribe to The Rachman Review wherever you get your podcasts - please listen, rate and subscribe.Presented by Gideon Rachman. Produced by Fiona Symon. Sound design is by Breen Turner.Read a transcript of this episode on FT.com Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
5/19/202224 minutes, 25 seconds
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Why do some countries remain poor?

Why do some countries stay poor while others find a rapid path towards growth and development? Economist Stefan Dercon thinks it’s all about the willingness of those in power to prioritise development over protecting their own interests. He explains how he came to this view in conversation with the FT’s Africa editor, David Pilling.Clips: IMF, Africa NewsMore on this topic:  Gambling on Development, by Stefan DerconThe Rachman Review: the rising toll of famine and conflictEthiopia is a tragedy for the whole of AfricaSubscribe to The Rachman Review wherever you get your podcasts - please listen, rate and subscribe.Presented by David Pilling. Produced by Fiona Symon. Sound design is by Breen Turner.Read a transcript of this episode on FT.com Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
5/12/202229 minutes, 15 seconds
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Why the global south won’t take sides on Ukraine

When Russia invaded Ukraine, a group of countries in the global south, including India and South Africa, held back from the chorus of condemnation led by Europe and the US. Gideon discusses why they have adopted a neutral stance with Tanvi Madan of the Brookings Institution and Elizabeth Sidiropoulos, chief executive of the South African Institute of International Affairs.Clips: Reuters; Republic WorldWant to read more?Nato’s eastern front: will the military build-up make Europe safer?Indonesia under pressure as it weighs buying Russia’s ‘blood oil’How Russia’s war in Ukraine upended the breadbasket of EuropeXi Jinping faces a fateful decision on UkraineSubscribe to The Rachman Review wherever you get your podcasts - please listen, rate and subscribe.Presented by Gideon Rachman. Produced by Fiona Symon. Sound design by Breen TurnerRead a transcript of this episode on FT.com Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
5/5/202223 minutes, 49 seconds
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Putin’s nuclear threat and China ‘friendship’

Russia raised the spectre of nuclear war this week as it struggles to make headway in Ukraine. How seriously should this threat be taken and can Vladimir Putin rely on his friendship with China’s Xi Jinping? Gideon discusses these questions with US political scientist Graham Allison, author of the classic study of the Cuban missile crisis, ‘Essence of Decision’, and of a book on US-China relations, ‘Destined for War’.Clips: ABC, BloombergWant to read more?‘At war with the whole world’: why Putin might be planning a long conflict in UkraineBiden, Putin and the danger of VersaillesRussia’s invasion of Ukraine in maps Subscribe to The Rachman Review wherever you get your podcasts - please listen, rate and subscribe.Presented by Gideon Rachman. Produced by Fiona Symon. Sound design by Jasiu SigsworthRead a transcript of this episode on FT.com Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
4/28/202229 minutes, 6 seconds
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Le Pen, patriots and the anti-globalist movement

Gideon talks to former World Trade Organization chief Pascal Lamy about the French election and what political trends in France tell us about nationalism and anti-globalist movements around the world.Clips: France 24Want to read more?‘She’s radiant’: what French voters like about Le Pen this timePatriots vs globalists replaces the left-right divideFrench election polls: the race for the presidencySubscribe to The Rachman Review wherever you get your podcasts - please listen, rate and subscribe.Presented by Gideon Rachman. Produced by Fiona Symon. Sound design by Jasiu SigsworthRead a transcript of this episode on FT.com Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
4/21/202229 minutes, 7 seconds
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“That was frightening as hell”: Ukrainian MP on working in a warzone

In a country besieged by war, Ukrainian politicians continued to meet in their parliamentary building, despite the clear threat of attack from Russian troops. Ukrainian MP Dmytro Natalukha shares his experiences of keeping parliament running while Kyiv was under siege. As chairman of Ukraine’s economic affairs committee, Natalukha tells how the country’s economy has been ravaged, and how he expects the war will develop over the coming months.Clips: NBC News, BBC, DW News, CNAPresented by Gideon Rachman. Produced by Persis Love. Sound design by Guldem Masa.Read a transcript of this episode on FT.com Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
4/14/202218 minutes, 45 seconds
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French presidential election too close to call

Far-right leader Marine Le Pen has put in an unexpectedly strong showing and looks set to go head to head with Emmanuel Macron in the second round of France’s presidential election. Gideon talks to the FT’s Anne-Sylvaine Chassany and Bruno Cautrès of Sciences Po about the issues French voters care about and what happens next.Clips: Reuters, HuffPost, France inter www.ft.com/rachman-reviewhttps://play.acast.com/s/therachmanreviewWant to read more?French election polls: the race for the presidencyRightwing presidential candidates’ immigration ‘obsession’ belies reality of modern FranceEmmanuel Macron warns he could lose French election to the far rightFrance votes: Macron’s frontrunner status conceals deep rifts in societySubscribe to The Rachman Review wherever you get your podcasts - please listen, rate and subscribe.Presented by Gideon Rachman. Produced by Fiona Symon. Sound design by Jasiu SigsworthRead a transcript of this episode on FT.com Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
4/7/202227 minutes, 16 seconds
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Putin and his entourage

Gideon talks to Catherine Belton, author of the bestselling book Putin’s People, about who is likely to be influencing the Russian president as he decides whether to step back or press on with the war in Ukraine.Clips: Reuters, BBCWant to read more?Putin’s People: How the KGB Took Back Russia and Then Turned on the WestGermany and Austria plan for gas rationing over payment stand-off with RussiaWar in Ukraine: what explains the calm in global stock markets?Antigua investigates yacht with possible Abramovich tiesSubscribe to The Rachman Review wherever you get your podcasts - please listen, rate and subscribe.Presented by Gideon Rachman. Produced by Fiona Symon. Sound design by Jasiu SigsworthRead a transcript of this episode on FT.com Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
3/31/202226 minutes, 19 seconds
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How Putin’s war is reshaping Europe’s alliances

Europe has been united by opposition to Putin’s war in Ukraine, but will this new found unity last and will Russia be permanently isolated? Gideon talks to Alexander Stubb, former prime minister of Finland, about how the conflict is reshaping Europe’s alliances with the rest of the world.Clips: British PathéWant to read more? Nato to discuss extending Jens Stoltenberg’s term as secretary-generalBiden heads for Europe with mission to maintain west’s unity in response to RussiaWe should not abandon Russian citizens to a culture of brutalityPutin’s war demands a concerted global economic responseSubscribe to The Rachman Review wherever you get your podcasts - please listen, rate and subscribe.Presented by Gideon Rachman. Produced by Fiona Symon. Sound design by Breen Turner.Read a transcript of this episode on FT.com Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
3/24/202218 minutes, 51 seconds
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What would a Ukraine peace deal look like?

Ben Hall talks to Rose Gottemoeller, an American diplomat who was deputy secretary-general of Nato from 2016 to 2019, about the kind of deal Russian and Ukrainian negotiators are working towards. Will Ukraine agree to give up its ambitions for Nato membership and pledge neutrality instead? How might the west guarantee its security and could Vladimir Putin tolerate an independent Ukraine?Clips: Sky News, BBC, NBCWant to read more?Ukraine and Russia signal progress in talksHow is Ukraine using western weapons to exploit Russian weaknesses?Life under occupation: how Ukrainians are resisting Russian ruleTracking Russia’s invasion of Ukraine in maps Subscribe to The Rachman Review wherever you get your podcasts - please listen, rate and subscribe.Presented by Ben Hall. Produced by Fiona Symon and Persis Love. Sound design by Breen TurnerRead a transcript of this episode on FT.com Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
3/16/202219 minutes, 27 seconds
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Where is the Ukraine conflict heading?

How long can the Ukrainians hold out? Will Vladimir Putin be stuck in a never-ending war and how would Russians tolerate that? Might western powers be dragged in? Ben Hall, the FT’s Europe editor, discusses these questions with John Paul Rathbone, defence and security correspondent, and Henry Foy, European diplomatic correspondent and former Moscow bureau chief. Clips: BBC, Nato NewsWant to read more? Ukraine accuses Russia of Mariupol hospital bombing ‘atrocity’Russia’s techies flee country they fear is ‘flying into an abyss’War in Ukraine: will the Baltics become the ‘new West Berlin’?Military briefing: Russian invaders exposed to guerrilla attacksSubscribe to The Rachman Review wherever you get your podcasts - please listen, rate and subscribe.Presented by Ben Hall. Produced by Fiona Symon. Sound design by Jasiu SigsworthRead a transcript of this episode on FT.com Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
3/10/202223 minutes, 10 seconds
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Ukraine failures tarnish Putin’s aura of invincibility

Putin’s war in Ukraine is not going to plan, but it’s as yet unclear how the Russian leader will react to these failures. Gideon talks to strategic expert Lawrence Freedman about what the Russian military can realistically achieve and, in particular, how worried Nato should be about Russia’s decision to put its nuclear weapons on standby.Clips: BBC, CNN Want to read more?Another Stalingrad’: assault on Kharkiv shatters ties that once bound two nationsAir power counts for little in Ukraine war as caution prevails on both sidesWest takes Putin’s nuclear weapons threat seriouslyTracking Russia’s invasion of Ukraine in mapsSubscribe to The Rachman Review wherever you get your podcasts - please listen, rate and subscribe.Presented by Gideon Rachman. Produced by Fiona Symon. Sound design by Breen Turner.Read a transcript of this episode on FT.com Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
3/3/202220 minutes, 14 seconds
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Russia invades Ukraine

Russia has confirmed what western powers had long predicted and invaded Ukraine. On the eve of war, Gideon spoke to Sabine Fischer of the German Institute for International and Security Affairs, a Russian specialist recently back from Moscow, and to Polina Ivanova, FT correspondent in Kyiv, about the mood in the two capitals.Clips: RT, The White HouseWant to read more?EU hits Putin’s defence minister and chief of staff with sanctionsPutin’s denial of Ukrainian statehood carries dark historical echoesUkraine prepares to impose state of emergency and calls up reserve troopsPutin’s made-for-TV security debate gives him answers he wants to hear on UkraineSubscribe to The Rachman Review wherever you get your podcasts - please listen, rate and subscribe.Presented by Gideon Rachman. Produced by Fiona Symon. Sound design by Breen Turner.Read a transcript of this episode on FT.com Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
2/24/202221 minutes, 22 seconds
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How Russia’s Ukraine threat galvanised western alliances

After a week of frenetic diplomacy, the Ukraine crisis has yet to be resolved. But it has had a significant impact on reshaping western alliances. Gideon talks to Charles Grant, head of the Centre for European Reform, a London-based think-tank, about the impact of the Russian threat on US ties with Europe, and on Nato and the EU.Clips: The White House, Sky NewsWant to read more?Poland prepares for possible influx of refugees fleeing UkraineTop finance watchdog urges west to ‘think twice’ about Russia sanctionsCan the Minsk accords help de-escalate Russia-Ukraine tensions?Ukraine crisis pushes Russia and China into a closer embraceSubscribe to The Rachman Review wherever you get your podcasts - please listen, rate and subscribe.Presented by Gideon Rachman. Produced by Fiona Symon. Sound design by Breen Turner.Read a transcript of this episode on FT.com Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
2/17/202221 minutes, 48 seconds
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Drone warfare and the battle to control the skies

Governments and militias around the world, from Ukraine to Ethiopia, have a new and powerful weapon at their disposal: armed drones. Gideon talks to Ulrike Franke of the European Council on Foreign Relations about how this is changing the balance of power and causing growing concern about civilian casualties.Clips: WSJ, CBS,Sky NewsRead a transcript of this episode on FT.com Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
2/10/202222 minutes
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Is the Orban era coming to an end?

Gideon talks to Hungary’s opposition leader Peter Marki-Zay about his chances of overcoming the powerful political machine created by Viktor Orban and his Fidesz party in April's elections.Clips: Fox News, ReutersRead a transcript of this episode on FT.com Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
2/3/202219 minutes, 56 seconds
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The Ukraine crisis: a view from Moscow

Russia’s military build-up on its border with Ukraine has set off alarm bells and led to a flurry of transatlantic diplomacy. Gideon talks to Dmitri Trenin, director of the Carnegie Moscow Center, about what President Vladimir Putin is seeking to achieve, and whether he can realise these goals without launching an attack on Ukraine.Read a transcript of this episode on FT.com Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
1/27/202221 minutes, 54 seconds
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What would a Ukraine conflict look like?

Diplomacy has so far failed to defuse the crisis in Ukraine and many fear that war is imminent. Gideon discusses the remaining diplomatic possibilities and, if they fail, what a war might look like, with Samuel Charap, a political scientist at the Rand Corporation think-tank in Washington.Clips: Sky News, CBS NewsRead a transcript of this episode on FT.com Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
1/20/202220 minutes, 33 seconds
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The rising toll of famine and conflict

Gideon talks to David Miliband, president of the International Rescue Committee, about the organisation’s 2022 watchlist, which reveals that people in 20 countries, representing 10 per cent of the world’s population, are at risk or in dire need of humanitarian aid, and the situation is getting worse. What has gone wrong and are there any solutions?Clips: DW, Live Aid, ReutersIRC’s 2022 Emergency WatchlistDavid Miliband’s speech to the Council on Foreign RelationsRead a transcript of this episode on FT.com Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
1/13/202224 minutes, 4 seconds
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Sudan’s painful struggle for democracy

Read a transcript of this episode on FT.comhttps://www.ft.com/content/c2a23023-df6b-49ed-af06-149bb0b35237Three years of demonstrations have proved the Sudanese people’s strong desire for democratic change after decades of military rule. But this week the latest attempt to secure a peaceful transition foundered with the resignation of Abdalla Hamdok, interim prime minister. Gideon Rachman discusses what happens next with London-based journalist Yousra Elbagir and Muzan Alneel, a writer based in Sudan.Clips: BBC, Euronews, CNN Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
1/6/202223 minutes, 41 seconds
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Gideon and his team review 2021

Read a transcript of this episode on FT.comhttps://www.ft.com/content/03234d8d-0548-4e84-b7c9-5ed87b2b7a57For the last podcast of 2021 and to review the year, Gideon Rachman is joined by his FT colleagues Martin Wolf and Gillian Tett.We’re coming to the end of a tumultuous year, which began with the unprecedented storming of the US capitol by supporters of Donald Trump. And which ends with a pandemic still raging, inflation on the rise and Vladimir Putin threatening to invade Ukraine.Audio: BBC, ABC News Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
12/23/202129 minutes, 30 seconds
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The underside of globalisation

Read a transcript of this episode on FT.comhttps://www.ft.com/content/ce91ffd7-0549-4187-8dda-61b20548d2c8Gideon talks to Mark Leonard, director of the European Council on Foreign Relations, about the ways in which global powers try to exert influence over others in an interconnected world. Mark Leonard is author of The Age of Unpeace: How Connectivity Causes Conflict.Clips: Reuters, BBC Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
12/16/202125 minutes, 41 seconds
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Cyber power: a moment of reckoning

Read a transcript of this episode on FT.comhttps://www.ft.com/content/402578f3-6ad6-45f8-8340-cb1e809fe95bIn this special interview, Sir Jeremy Fleming, head of the UK signals intelligence agency GCHQ, talks to FT editor Roula Khalaf and FT correspondent Helen Warrell about cyber threats from China and other state actors, the global competition for data and the "Snowden effect" on spy agencies.Clips: IISS, NBC Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
12/11/202127 minutes, 5 seconds
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Is Russia on the brink of war with Ukraine?

Read a transcript of this episode on FT.comhttps://www.ft.com/content/34bb8aee-612e-4b2e-ab59-0d11518e1d82Gideon talks to Kadri Liik, a senior policy fellow at the European Council on Foreign Relations, about Russia’s military build-up on the Ukraine border and about how policymakers in Nato and the EU are responding.Clips: Nato News; VOA; BBC Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
12/2/202123 minutes, 20 seconds
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China and the US: competition or conflict?

Read a transcript of this episode on FT.comhttps://www.ft.com/content/c40abc3c-5a4b-4ebe-9f24-82241f2939f5Gideon talks to former White House official Evan Medeiros about the recent summit between the US and Chinese presidents. Was the relative cordiality of the meeting a sign of reconciliation or are the two powers heading towards a military confrontation?Clips: The White House, Deutsche Welle Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
11/25/202123 minutes, 44 seconds
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COP26: success or failure?

Read a transcript of this episode on FT.comhttps://www.ft.com/content/f1dbd73c-381c-475b-8b22-fa07abd6d92fGideon talks to Simon Mundy, author of Race For Tomorrow, about how he would assess global efforts to tackle climate change in the wake of this month’s gathering of world leaders in Glasgow.Clips: Bloomberg; NBC; ABC Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
11/18/202124 minutes, 53 seconds
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Poland’s challenge to the EU

Read a transcript of this episode on FT.comhttps://www.ft.com/content/e66fa8b7-7b92-4497-8585-cf43e8cd41fcPoland’s judicial reforms have put it on a collision course with the EU over human rights and the rule of law. Can the bloc adapt to accommodate its more awkward members or should it take a hard line? Gideon discusses the problem with Catherine De Vries, a professor of political science who specialises in the EU and is based at Bocconi University in Milan.Clips: BBC, Euronews. European Commission Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
11/11/202122 minutes, 23 seconds
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COP26: climate goals at stake in Glasgow

Read a transcript of this episode on FT.comhttps://www.ft.com/content/07579093-643e-4300-87c3-3b3e6b36526bGideon talks to Leslie Hook, the FT’s environment correspondent, about what to expect from the UN climate change conference in Glasgow. Will determination to give teeth to the Paris accord survive the global energy crisis?Clips: UN; ITV News; Reuters Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
11/4/202118 minutes, 25 seconds
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Israel’s new political landscape

Read a transcript of this episode on FT.comhttps://www.ft.com/content/7dd6de54-58d0-4a5f-9c74-d599b513a668Benjamin Netanyahu, Israel’s longest-serving prime minister, finally left office this year. He is now on trial on corruption charges and Israel is ruled by the most diverse coalition in its history. Gideon discusses Israel’s new political landscape with Yohanan Plesner, president of the Israel Democracy Institute.Clips: IsraeliPM, Reuters Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
10/28/202118 minutes, 13 seconds
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Great power rivals of the 21st century

Gideon talks to historian Paul Kennedy about how long America’s period as the world’s most powerful nation can last in the face of a rising China.Clips: British Pathé Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
10/21/202123 minutes, 28 seconds
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American democracy under pressure

Gideon discusses the strength of America’s political system with Jacob Heilbrunn, editor of the foreign policy magazine The National Interest. Are fears about the Republican party’s commitment to democracy justified, and can Joe Biden win back the support of white, working class America?Clips: MSNBC, TODAY, CNN Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
10/14/202127 minutes, 30 seconds
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Populations on the move

Gideon talks to Parag Khanna, founder and managing partner of FutureMap, a global strategic advisory firm, and author of a new book on mass migration called Move: the forces uprooting us. Clips: PBS, Channel 4 News Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
10/7/202120 minutes, 49 seconds
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Germany’s traffic light coalition

Gideon talks to Ulrike Franke of the European Council on Foreign Relations about Olaf Scholz’s election win, his Social Democratic party’s likely alliance with the Greens and Free Democrats, and whether this will lead to a change of direction for Germany. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
9/30/202121 minutes, 2 seconds
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The Biden administration and the world

Joe Biden says "relentless diplomacy" will be at the heart of American foreign policy. But the Aukus pact with Britain and Australia, reached without consulting other allies, angered European leaders, notably France’s Emmanuel Macron. Derek Chollet, counsellor at the state department in Washington, explains the rationale for the deal and why he thinks the diplomatic friction is likely to be shortlived.CLIPS: The White House, France 24 Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
9/23/202123 minutes, 23 seconds
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Trudeau's future on the line in Canada's election

Gideon talks to Darrell Bricker, author of several books on Canadian politics and CEO of Ipsos Public Affairs, about Canada’s upcoming federal election. With the vote opening on September 20th, the two discuss what led to this early election, the campaign debates and whether Canada is on the brink of a major political shift. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
9/16/202122 minutes, 14 seconds
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Covid and the end of the post 9/11 era

Gideon talks to Thomas Wright, director of the Center on the US and Europe at the Brookings Institution, about the aftermath of a global crisis when ‘no-one was home’ on the international leadership side. Clips: Global News, NBC News and AP Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
9/9/202120 minutes, 8 seconds
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America’s Afghan legacy

Sarah Chayes, a writer and former journalist who worked as a special adviser to the US military leadership in Afghanistan, talks to Martin Sandbu about what will be the legacy of America’s 20-year involvement.Clips: White House; ITV News; ABC 7 Chicago Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
9/2/202123 minutes, 51 seconds
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Peru’s triple crisis

Years of political instability, the world’s highest coronavirus death rate, and the recent election of leftwing President Pedro Castillo have plunged Peru into crisis. Michael Stott, FT Latin America editor, talks to Oswaldo Molina, executive director of think-tank REDES and head of economics at Lima’s Pacific University, about the origins of this crisis and whether this is part of a wider trend in Latin America. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
8/26/202122 minutes, 36 seconds
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Iran under Raisi

How will Iran’s new president tackle growing disillusionment at home, a potentially hostile regime on its eastern border and negotiations to revive the nuclear deal? Andrew England, the FT’s Middle East editor, discusses what we can expect from Ebrahim Raisi with Sanam Vakil, deputy director of the Middle East North Africa programme at Chatham House in London.Clips: Al Jazeera, BBC, Reuters Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
8/19/202130 minutes, 10 seconds
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Can climate damage be repaired?

Gideon Rachman talks to Professor Sir David King about the string of environmental disasters across the globe this summer. With the IPCC report this week confirming that climate change is accelerating, Sir King says that it is no longer enough to aim for net zero emissions, we must use technology to repair damage to the polar ice caps.Clips: BBC, Latin America News Agency (Reuters), Bloomberg Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
8/12/202124 minutes, 47 seconds
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Is Lebanon a failed state?

Gideon Rachman talks to Chloe Cornish, the FT’s Middle East correspondent, on how decades of misgovernance have led to Lebanon’s current political, economic and social crisis. Chloe recounts how the year since the explosion in Beirut, the country’s capital city, has been one of worsening struggle for the Lebanese people.Chloe’s piece, Lebanon’s year from hell: a diary, can be read hereClips: AP Archive, Reagan Library Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
8/5/202122 minutes, 15 seconds
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Ecocide: a new weapon in the fight to save the planet

Pilita Clark talks to Philippe Sands, human rights barrister, professor, author and an expert in international law who recently co-chaired a panel that produced a legal definition of the crime of ‘ecocide’. He says there is growing support for the introduction of a law that could put presidents and chief executives in the dock at the International Criminal Court in the Hague.Clips: CBS, ABC Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
7/29/202123 minutes, 35 seconds
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India, China and the contested border

The foreign ministers of India and China have held talks amid an enduring standoff that has opened up new fault lines over Asia’s future. Meanwhile, the US has shown a growing interest in its alliance with India, despite concerns about the Modi government's domestic policies. Gideon Rachman talks to Tanvi Madan, senior fellow at the Brookings Institution, about the triangular relationship between India, China and the US.Review clips: India Today Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
7/22/202122 minutes, 28 seconds
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How much trouble is Bolsonaro in?

Gideon talks to Oliver Stuenkel, a professor of international relations at the Getulio Vargas foundation in São Paulo about Brazil’s president Jair Bolsonaro. His government’s failure to tackle the coronavirus pandemic and recent corruption allegations have caused Bolsonaro's popularity to sink ahead of next year’s election. But is he already laying the ground for claims that the vote was fraudulent?Clips: EFE, Reuters Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
7/15/202119 minutes, 30 seconds
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South Africa’s pivotal moment

Gideon talks to Judith February, South African lawyer and journalist, about the case against former president Jacob Zuma. His refusal to cooperate with an inquiry into corruption during his nine years as president set a crucial test for the country’s democratic institutions. The decision to send him to prison marks a pivotal moment, says February. Clips: Eyewitness News, SABC News Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
7/8/202121 minutes, 12 seconds
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Can Germany atone for its colonial-era genocide?

Gideon speaks to Esther Muinjangue, a former chair of the Ovaherero Genocide Foundation, and Franziska Boehme, a professor of political science, about the decades-long journey towards official recognition of Germany’s colonial-era atrocities in Namibia as genocide and why the apology that is now offered is not the reconciliation descendants of some of the victims sought.Review clips: AFP Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
7/1/202121 minutes, 27 seconds
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Coming to terms with Putin's Russia

Gideon talks to Fiona Hill of the Brookings Institution about the recent US-Russia summit and what the former presidential adviser sees as the best way to deal with a state 'run by operatives' who don't play by the rules. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
6/24/202126 minutes, 49 seconds
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Martin Wolf on G7 opportunities missed

Gideon talks to Martin Wolf, the FT’s chief economics commentator, about the pressing problems requiring international co-operation, and asks him if, in light of the G7 summit, the west is up to the task. Review clips: The Guardian, WION Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
6/17/202119 minutes, 52 seconds
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Can Asian prosperity survive US-China rivalry?

South-east Asia has enjoyed a long period of sustained economic growth. But is this endangered by rising tensions between the US and China? Gideon puts this question to James Crabtree, executive director of the International Institute for Strategic Studies in Singapore.Clips: CGTN Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
6/10/202121 minutes, 4 seconds
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Belarus: more than a moral dilemma

The decision by Belarus to divert a plane to Minsk to arrest a dissident journalist was intended to send a message to opponents of President Alexander Lukashenko, whose 27 years in office have seen him dubbed Europe’s last dictator. However, the act has renewed international condemnation and calls for sanctions against the Lukashenko regime. In this episode Gideon talks to Katia Glod, a Belarusian political consultant, about what happens next now that the world is watching Belarus. Review clips: EU Debates, DW, CBS, CNN Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
6/3/202122 minutes, 38 seconds
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Washington’s will to find a Middle East solution

A ceasefire is in place and an 11-day war is over, but that may not move Israelis and Palestinians closer to a two-state solution according to Martin Indyk, of the Council on Foreign Relations. Indyk has experience at the negotiation table as a former US ambassador to Israel and US special envoy during the Israeli-Palenstinan peace talks. In this episode Gideon talks to him about the stance the Biden administration is taking in the Middle East.  Review clips: C-SPAN Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
5/27/202122 minutes, 19 seconds
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Myanmar on the brink

The military coup in Myanmar threatens to roll back a decade of democratisation. In the months since the February coup, there have been strikes and protests as well as mass arrests and escalating violence as the junta attempts to quell rebellions. Gideon talks to Thant Myint-U, a Burmese historian and political analyst, about the situation in Myanmar and whether the country risks becoming a failed state.   Review clips: LBJ Presidential Library, AP, Reuters Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
5/20/202121 minutes, 48 seconds
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A crisis in the Middle East

Protests in Jerusalem at the beginning of the week have escalated to rocket launches, retaliatory airstrikes and civilian deaths. Gideon talks to Diana Butto, a Palestinian lawyer, and Noga Tarnopolsky, a journalist based in Jerusalem, about the political conditions that have kindled the worst fighting the region has seen in years. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
5/13/202120 minutes, 41 seconds
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Why we should all give up meat

Gideon talks to the FT’s Henry Mance about why he became a vegan. He says it's not just about preserving wildlife and the environment, it’s also about being true to our human values. Henry’s book How to Love Animals: In a Human-Shaped World, was published last month. Review clips: BBC, NPR Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
5/6/202122 minutes, 5 seconds
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India’s wake up call to the world

Gideon Rachman talks to Abraar Karan, a physician at Harvard Medical School and a specialist in global health, about the current surge in coronavirus cases in India and why nationalistic approaches to curbing the pandemic will not help solve a worldwide health crisis Review Clips: NDTV, India Today, CNBC, US Department of State Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
4/29/202124 minutes, 36 seconds
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Leaving Afghanistan

Gideon talks to Tom Tugendhat, head of the UK parliament’s foreign affairs committee, about the US decision to finally withdraw from Afghanistan. How will this affect the credibility of the western powers and their ability to conduct successful military interventions abroad? Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
4/22/202123 minutes, 10 seconds
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Britain's legacy of empire

Gideon talks to Sathnam Sanghera about his book Empireland and the legacy of racism and nostalgia that Britain has yet to come to terms with.Warning: This episode contains references to racist language.Clips: Sky News; Conservative party Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
4/15/202126 minutes, 44 seconds
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Are the US and China entering a Cold War?

The US president has promised that, after four years of retreat from the global stage, “America is back”. Over the past few years, China has continued to expand its economic and political influence and matched its growing clout on the world stage with a bigger military that is flexing its might in the Pacific. In this episode Demetri Sevastopulo, the FT’s US-China correspondent, talks to Michèle Flournoy of the Center for a New American Security, a bipartisan think-tank in Washington, about how the Biden administration might handle Beijing. Flournoy served in the Pentagon during the Clinton and Obama administrations.Review clips: C-SPAN, CNN, DW, CNBC, The White House, UN Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
4/8/202127 minutes, 35 seconds
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Britain shifts its military focus

The UK’s defence forces are slimming down and harnessing the power of AI and satellites to meet the emerging threats of the 21st century. Helen Warrell, the FT’s defence and security editor, talks to General Sir Patrick Sanders, head of the UK’s Strategic Command, about the biggest transformation in Britain’s armed forces since the cold war.Clips: parliamentlive, Forces News Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
4/1/202130 minutes, 5 seconds
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Europe's Mr Normal

Ben Hall, the FT’s Europe editor, talks to Dutch historian Luuk van Middelaar about Mark Rutte’s re-election as prime minister of the Netherlands and his country’s changing role within the EU. Clips: Bloomberg, Reuters Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
3/25/202122 minutes, 20 seconds
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Spying in the digital age

Helen Warrell, the FT’s defence and security editor, talks to cybersecurity expert Dmitri Alperovitch about the SolarWinds and Microsoft hacks. How extensive was the damage inflicted and how should the west respond to such attacks?Clips: CBS, CNN, NBC Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
3/18/202123 minutes, 28 seconds
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Could this year mark a turning point for climate?

Britain is hosting this year’s UN climate summit, COP26, in Glasgow. Pilita Clark discusses what these summits have achieved over the past three decades and what needs to be done to make the talks a success. Her guest is Richard Kinley, a veteran of the talks who is now president of the Foundation for Global Governance and Sustainability think-tank.Clips: Joe Biden; United Nations; Bloomberg Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
3/11/202122 minutes, 51 seconds
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Italy’s make or break moment

Ben Hall, the FT’s Europe editor, discusses Italy as former European Central Bank chief Mario Draghi takes on the premiership. How Draghi decides to spend up to €200bn in grants and loans from the EU recovery fund will be crucial, not just for Italy, but for the future direction of the EU. Ben’s guest is Enrico Letta, a former Italian prime minister, who is now dean of the Paris School of International Affairs at Sciences Po.Clips: UKTI; France 24; Channel 4 Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
3/4/202125 minutes
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Michael Mann on the politics of global warming

Pilita Clark talks to Michael Mann, distinguished professor of atmospheric science at Penn State university, and one of the world’s best-known climate scientists. They discuss the evolution of the climate change debate, from the war on science to denialism, doomism and the forces of ‘inactivism’.Clips: Nobel Prize, Euronews, Extinction Rebellion, Fox news Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
2/25/202130 minutes, 15 seconds
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The world in review

In a special retrospective episode, Gideon Rachman looks at some of his favourite podcast conversations that illuminate the state of geopolitics today, asking whether the pandemic has permanently changed the world. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
2/18/202125 minutes, 3 seconds
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Britain’s post-Brexit role as ‘global broker’

Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s diplomatic skills will be tested as host of both the G7 and UN COP26 climate change summit this year. Gideon talks to Robin Niblett, director of the Chatham House think-tank and economist Linda Yueh, currently a visiting professor at the London School of Economics, about Britain’s future role on the world stage. Clips: Parliamentlive, APFurther reading; LSE Economic Diplomacy Commission Chatham House: Global Britain, Global Broker Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
2/11/202123 minutes, 42 seconds
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Navalny’s crusade against the Kremlin

Gideon talks to journalists Arkady Ostrovsky and Max Seddon in Moscow about why Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny decided to return home after he was poisoned and what his political movement can achieve if its leader is in jail. Max Seddon is the FT’s Moscow correspondent and Arkady Ostrovsky is author of The Invention of Russia, winner of the 2016 Orwell Prize, and a staff journalist for The Economist. Clips: Reuters, RFE/RL Russian Service, Al Jazeera English, “Aquadiskoteka” by Cream Soda Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
2/4/202119 minutes, 43 seconds
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António Guterres on the United Nations in a fractured world

The pandemic, climate change and peacekeeping are all priorities for the UN in 2021, but these challenges require multilateral solutions at a time when the world's superpowers are drifting further apart. Gideon Rachman talks to António Guterres, secretary-general of the UN, about bridging security and military divides to solve pressing global problems.  Review clips: World Economic Forum Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
1/28/202121 minutes, 2 seconds
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Germany after Merkel

Germany’s ruling Christian Democratic Union has chosen Armin Laschet to replace Angela Merkel as party leader ahead of September’s federal elections, paving the way for the end of the Merkel era. Gideon discusses what a post-Merkel Germany will look like with Wolfgang Ischinger, veteran diplomat and chairman of the Munich Security Conference. Clips: UK Parliament, Welt Nachrichten Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
1/21/202118 minutes, 29 seconds
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America’s political meltdown

After the storming of the Capitol, can America recover its democratic values? Gideon discusses what the recent lawlessness means for the US and its place in the world with Anne-Marie Slaughter, head of New America, a think-tank. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
1/14/202123 minutes, 25 seconds
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David Miliband on the global leadership vacuum

The former British foreign secretary championed the UK to remain in the EU. As head of the International Rescue Committee, David Miliband has seen the consequence of a lack of global leadership in helping the world’s vulnerable populations. In this episode, the FT’s Gideon Rachman talks to Mr Miliband about whether a “global Britain” after Brexit and a new US administration might bring a turn towards greater international cooperation.   Review clips: BBC, IRCNote: this interview was recorded before a mob of Trump supporters stormed the US Capitol building and interfered with the certification of Joe Biden's presidential victory.  Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
1/7/202118 minutes, 58 seconds
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The best and worst of 2020

Gideon talks to Roula Khalaf, FT editor, and Martin Wolf, chief economics commentator, about the extraordinary events of 2020 - from Covid-19 to the US election and unexpected signs of reconciliation between Israel and Arab Gulf states. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
12/17/202029 minutes, 40 seconds
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EU at a turning point

EU leaders are facing showdowns on several fronts this week, with the UK over Brexit, and with Hungary and Poland over the rule of law. Gideon discusses what’s at stake with Professor Catherine De Vries of Bocconi University in Italy. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
12/10/202018 minutes, 54 seconds
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Thai students call for change

Gideon talks to Thai opposition leader Thanathorn Juangroongruangkit and John Reed, the FT’s Bangkok bureau chief, about the student protests that have challenged Thailand’s traditional power structures by demanding constitutional change. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
12/3/202018 minutes, 40 seconds
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Ethiopia’s struggle with ethnic nationalism

A country that enjoyed decades of economc growth and stability now risks being torn apart by ethnic divisions. Gideon discusses what’s behind the outbreak of violence with Gabriel Negatu, a senior fellow at the Atlantic Council in Washington, and David Pilling, the FT’s Africa editor.Clips: Reuters, Live Aid Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
11/26/202024 minutes, 46 seconds
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Macron's world

Gideon discusses the international ambitions, and problems, of the French president with Sylvie Kauffmann, editorial director of Le Monde. Are Emmanuel Macron’s views on European integration and strategic independence winning out? Clips: Reuters Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
11/19/202020 minutes, 33 seconds
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Biden’s global goals

Ivo Daalder, president of the Chicago Council on Global Affairs, served as US ambassador to Nato during the Obama years. He joins Gideon Rachman to talk about how Joe Biden may seek to rebuild the US’s broken alliances and project a new image to the world. Clips: CBS 60 Minutes; Reuters. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
11/12/202020 minutes, 45 seconds
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An American chasm

Americans woke on November 4 to find that the result of their presidential election remained unclear. President Donald Trump’s statements about the integrity of the vote and his plan to dispute the final result at the Supreme Court signalled that the US could face days or weeks of political uncertainty. In this special early edition episode, Gideon talks to Jeremy Shapiro, a former US state department official and the current research director of the European Council on Foreign Relations, about the razor-thin election results so far, why the Democrats did not achieve a ‘blue wave’, and why, even in the event of a Joe Biden presidency, Trumpism is not going to disappear.Review clips: Reuters Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
11/4/202017 minutes, 22 seconds
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Susan Glasser on the pandemic election

The columnist has written about life in Trump’s Washington for The New Yorker magazine for almost four years. As voters head to the polls to elect the next US president, Gideon Rachman talks to Glasser about what to expect on November 3 — and after, if there is not a decisive victor and the election ends up in the courts.Review clips: C-SPAN, CNN, Reuters Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
10/29/202021 minutes, 34 seconds
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Bringing history back to Burma

Western nations have tended to regard the recent history of Myanmar, formerly Burma, as a struggle between democracy and dictatorship. But the country’s colonial past and climate change have also played a key role in its complex problems, Burmese historian Thant Myint-U tells Gideon Rachman. Clips: ReutersThant’s book, The Hidden History of Burma, is published by Atlantic. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
10/22/202027 minutes, 14 seconds
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Why humans wage wars

Gideon Rachman talks to historian Margaret MacMillan about her study of warfare through the ages and why she fears that, while the manner in which we wage war has changed, our propensity to stumble into conflict remains the same. Clips: ReutersMargaret MacMillan’s book War: How Conflict Shaped Us is published by Random House   Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
10/15/202021 minutes, 59 seconds
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American entanglement in the Middle East

Philip Gordon, a senior fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations, is a long-time Washington insider who worked on Middle East policy for the Obama administration and is now an informal adviser to the Biden campaign. In this episode, Gideon Rachman talks to him about the US presidential election and American policy in the Middle East — the subject of his new book, Losing the Long Game. After decades of American engagement in the region, Gordon shares his thoughts on why no recent US president has been able to ignore it.Review clips: C-SPAN--Read the FT's New Cold War series here: https://www.ft.com/content/4fda1b2c-48f5-42e0-9b87-58816adf2a78 Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
10/8/202024 minutes, 51 seconds
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China’s second world war obsession

China’s authorities have started to celebrate the country’s role in the second world war after long regarding it as a subject best forgotten. Gideon talks to the historian Rana Mitter about what’s behind this revised outlook on such a tormented period in the country’s history. Rana Mitter’s book China’s Good War is published by Harvard University Press. Clips: Reuters and ‘The Eight Hundred’ official trailer Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
10/1/202034 minutes, 21 seconds
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Mexico's populist president

When Andrés Manuel López Obrador, also known as Amlo, took office in late 2018 he promised a fourth political transformation of the country. Gideon Rachman talks to Jude Webber, the FT’s Mexico and Central America correspondent, about how Amlo’s plans to end 'neoliberalism' and fight corruption are faring during the coronavirus pandemic.   Review clips: Reuters, PBS News Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
9/24/202018 minutes, 55 seconds
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German diplomacy tested by multiple crises

From the poisoning of Russian opposition politician Alexei Navalny and pressure to cancel the Nord Stream 2 pipeline from Russia, to the refugee catastrophe in Greece and headaches over Brexit, Germany has no shortage of foreign policy crises to deal with. Gideon Rachman discusses how best to handle them with Norbert Röttgen, chairman of the Bundestag’s foreign affairs committee and a long-shot contender to replace Angela Merkel as leader of the ruling Christian Democrats. Clips: Reuters Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
9/17/202025 minutes, 22 seconds
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Netanyahu's diplomatic success

Israel’s new deal to normalise diplomatic relations with the United Arab Emirates comes without any concessions on the Palestinian peace process. Gideon Rachman talks to Anshel Pfeffer, author of Bibi: The Turbulent Life and Times of Benjamin Netanyahu, about whether this agreement is a political triumph for the Israeli prime minister. They also discuss the lingering questions it leaves about lasting peace.  Review clips: Reuters, CBS Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
9/10/202018 minutes, 55 seconds
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Putting existential risk on the agenda

What are the biggest threats to the future of human existence on the planet? Not nuclear war or climate change as some might think, but man-made pathogens and thinking machines, the Australian philosopher Toby Ord tells Gideon Rachman. He talks about how he reached this conclusion and what can be done to avert disaster. Clips: ReutersToby Ord’s book, The Precipice: Existential Risk and the Future of Humanity, is published by Bloomsbury Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
9/3/202023 minutes, 49 seconds
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Investigating ‘the doubts’ about the US presidential election

Rumours about the US presidential election abound: is voting by mail secure, can Donald Trump postpone it, will the United States Postal Service be able to deliver ballots in time. Gideon Rachman sorts through what is fact and what is fiction in a discussion with Judith Kelley, Dean of the Sanford School of Public Policy at Duke University, and Edward Luce, the FT’s US national editor. Review clips: C-SPAN, Democratic National Convention, ABC News, Reuters, Tony Orlando and Dawn - “Tie A Yellow Ribbon Round the Ole Oak Tree”  Bell Records (1973) Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
8/27/202026 minutes, 2 seconds
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What China makes of ‘new cold war’ with US

Gideon Rachman discusses how America’s tech war on China has affected Beijing’s long-held plan to assert its economic and military strength on the global stage with Steve Tsang, director of the China Institute of SOAS at London University. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
8/20/202021 minutes, 45 seconds
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The future of Lebanon

The Lebanese have survived civil war, decades of rolling blackouts and even managed the influx of 1.5m Syrian refugees, about a quarter of the country's population. But the explosion in Beirut's port in early August that killed scores of people, left hundreds of thousands homeless and cost billions in property damage, have prompted a more intense reckoning about the decades of corruption and mismanagement by the country’s political elite. Chloe Cornish, the FT’s Middle East correspondent, is in Beirut and tells Gideon Rachman, chief foreign affairs commentator, about the changes taking place in Lebanon in the aftermath of the blast.  Review clips: Reuters, Associated Press Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
8/13/202017 minutes, 42 seconds
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Turkey’s assertive foreign policy

Gideon Rachman talks to academic and writer Sinan Ulgen about Turkey’s foreign policy under President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, focusing on the controversial decision to turn Istanbul’s Hagia Sophia museum back into a mosque and the rationale behind Turkish military interventions in Syria and Libya.Clips: Reuters and Anadolu Agency Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
8/6/202019 minutes, 50 seconds
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US economist William Spriggs on scars of the pandemic

Many countries agreed that the best way to stem the pandemic was to shut down movement, but the US took a different path than its peers in handling the economic fallout. Instead of being kept on payrolls through furlough schemes, millions of Americans have had to seek jobless benefits. Rana Foroohar, the FT’s global business columnist, is standing in for Gideon Rachman this week. She talks with William Spriggs, a professor of economics at Howard University and chief economist of the American Federation of Labor and Congress of Industrial Organizations, about how the pandemic is changing the labour market, and what happens to monopoly power, big data and faith in the free market in its wake.  Review clips: Reuters Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
7/30/202021 minutes, 51 seconds
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Is US global leadership still possible?

Donald Trump’s “America First” policy represented a marked shift in how the US engaged with its allies. Now Democratic presidential contender Joe Biden is focusing his campaign in part on restoring US leadership on the world stage through strategic alliances. Gideon Rachman is joined by Schwarzman Senior Fellow for Asia Studies at the Council on Foreign Relations, Mira Rapp-Hooper, who is author of Shields of the Republic: The Triumph and Peril of America’s Alliances, and Jeremy Shapiro of the European Council on Foreign Relations in a debate about the future of America’s alliances.*This episode has been updated to include Mira Rapp-Hooper's title. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
7/24/202021 minutes, 33 seconds
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Fabulists and the limits of deception

Gideon Rachman talks to FT journalist Michael Peel about the use of false and misleading narratives by world leaders in democracies and dictatorships alike, and how the pandemic may have exposed the limits of doing politics "according to the world as you spin it".  Michael’s book The Fabulists is published by Oneworld. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
7/16/202020 minutes, 51 seconds
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Putin: a president trapped in power

Now in power until 2036 after a recent constitutional change, Vladimir Putin is nevertheless facing a difficult future as the Russian economy stagnates and popular unrest grows. Gideon Rachman and Catherine Belton, author and former FT journalist, discuss how the president and a coterie of close aides took over the wealth of the country on the pretext of reasserting Russia's role on the world stage, but now find themselves without a succession plan. Catherine Belton's book, Putin's People: How the KGB Took Back Russia and Then Took on the West, is published by William Collins. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
7/9/202019 minutes, 53 seconds
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Black Lives Matter goes international

In recent weeks people across the world have joined Black Lives Matter protests in response to the police killing of George Floyd in the US. Some activists are uniting under country-specific banners calling for racial equality. Gideon Rachman hosts a panel about the international BLM movement, featuring Dele Olojede, a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist from Nigeria, Divya Cherian, a professor of south Asian history at Princeton University and the FT’s Africa editor, David Pilling. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
7/2/202029 minutes, 47 seconds
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Brazil: a country without a plan

Brazil this week became the second country after the US to register more than 50,000 deaths from Covid-19. President Bolsonaro’s mis-handling of the pandemic has led to calls for his impeachment and even fears of a military coup. Gideon Rachman discusses what happens next with Oliver Stuenkel, professor at the Getúlio Vargas Foundation in São Paulo.Sign up to our coronavirus briefing at www.ft.com/rachmanreviewcovidTake part in our survey to offer your views on the show at www.ft.com/rachmansurvey Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
6/25/202020 minutes, 30 seconds
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India’s twin crises: coronavirus and China

India is facing two crises: coronavirus and China. Despite one of the toughest lockdowns in the world, the country has not been able to bring the pandemic under control. Hospitals in New Delhi are overwhelmed. Now a long-standing border dispute with China has turned deadly, with multiple Indian casualties reported. Gideon Rachman talks to Pratap Bhanu Mehta of Ashoka University about how the Modi government is handling the pandemic and the biggest foreign policy crisis the country has seen in decades. --- For more insight and analysis into how the coronavirus pandemic is changing global markets and geopolitics subscribe to the FT’s Coronavirus Business Update. Follow this link to sign up and enjoy a 30-day trial to FT.com: https://www.ft.com/newsletter-signup/coronavirus?segmentId=5af4021f-9697-677a-32eb-b119977b2770 Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
6/18/202019 minutes, 16 seconds
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Is global oil dominance coming to an end?

Will the current pandemic hasten the end of the oil era, and if so what impact will this have on the global economy and geopolitics? Gideon Rachman discusses the future of energy with former BP chief executive Lord Browne and the FT's energy editor David Sheppard. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
6/11/202024 minutes, 19 seconds
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George Floyd and the politics of protest

The killing of George Floyd by Minnesota police officers sparked protests in cities across the United States and a government crackdown after nights of unrest. Gideon Rachman talks to Omar Wasow, a professor at Princeton University, about how narratives about rights, justice and crime shape our understanding of protest movements.--- You can find more on Dr. Wasow’s research here: https://www.cambridge.org/core/journals/american-political-science-review/article/agenda-seeding-how-1960s-black-protests-moved-elites-public-opinion-and-voting/136610C8C040C3D92F041BB2EFC3034CFor more insight and analysis into how the coronavirus pandemic is changing global markets and geopolitics subscribe to the FT’s Coronavirus Business Update. Follow this link to sign up and enjoy a 30-day trial to FT.com: https://www.ft.com/newsletter-signup/coronavirus?segmentId=5af4021f-9697-677a-32eb-b119977b2770 Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
6/4/202024 minutes, 37 seconds
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A new diplomacy in the Pacific Rim

Australia is in the crosshairs of China’s ‘wolf warrior’ diplomacy after Prime Minister Scott Morrison called for an inquiry into the origins of the coronavirus outbreak. Gideon Rachman talks to Michael Fullilove, director of the Lowy Institute, about what the rest of the world can learn from how Australia manages a more aggressive China.--- For more insight and analysis into how the coronavirus pandemic is changing global markets and geopolitics subscribe to the FT’s Coronavirus Business Update. Follow this link to sign up and enjoy a 30-day trial to FT.com: https://www.ft.com/newsletter-signup/coronavirus?segmentId=5af4021f-9697-677a-32eb-b119977b2770 Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
5/28/202020 minutes, 10 seconds
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Merkel’s pandemic moment

A German court’s challenge to the supremacy of EU law has brought Chancellor Angela Merkel back into the limelight after she had been regarded as a spent force. Gideon Rachman talks to Constanze Stelzenmüller of the Brookings Institution about Angela Merkel’s resurgence as a leader for the European project. --- For more insight and analysis into how the coronavirus pandemic is changing global markets and geopolitics subscribe to the FT’s Coronavirus Business Update. Follow this link to sign up and enjoy a 30-day trial to FT.com: https://www.ft.com/newsletter-signup/coronavirus?segmentId=5af4021f-9697-677a-32eb-b119977b2770 Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
5/21/202016 minutes, 48 seconds
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China comes out of lockdown

China was once the epicentre of the coronavirus outbreak, but now the country is coming out of lockdown. Gideon Rachman talks to FT correspondents Yuan Yang and James Kynge about how quickly China can find a new normal. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
5/14/202018 minutes, 11 seconds
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Joseph Nye on presidential morality during the pandemic

Gideon Rachman talks to American political scientist Joseph Nye about how the moral stances adopted by past US presidents boosted the country's soft power and why Donald Trump is squandering this legacy. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
5/7/202023 minutes, 58 seconds
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Coronavirus in Africa

Gideon Rachman discusses how African countries are coping with the pandemic with Donald Kaberuka, a Rwandan economist and former president of the African Development Bank, who has been appointed by the African Union to be one of its four special envoys, mobilising international support for the continent Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
4/30/202017 minutes, 18 seconds
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Politics and perils of running the WHO

Gro Harlem Brundtland, former WHO chief, talks to Gideon Rachman about how she handled the SARS pandemic, why the world was not prepared for coronavirus and the lessons we need to learn to avert another disaster. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
4/23/202021 minutes, 11 seconds
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Francis Fukuyama on coronavirus and the crisis of trust

Gideon Rachman talks to writer Francis Fukuyama about the way different political systems have responded to the pandemic and about the crisis of trust that has undermined some countries’ efforts to tackle the disease. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
4/16/202020 minutes, 59 seconds
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Coronavirus and curbs on democratic freedoms

Gideon Rachman talks to journalist and historian Anne Applebaum about the threat to democracy as authoritarian leaders like Viktor Orban in Hungary exploit public willingness to have freedoms curtailed during the coronavirus crisis. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
4/8/202017 minutes, 52 seconds
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New York hit by double shock

Gideon Rachman talks to the FT's Gillian Tett about New Yorkers' battle to contain the coronavirus pandemic and the shock to the US financial system that the virus has carried in its wake. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
4/1/202015 minutes, 45 seconds
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Life in Europe's coronavirus hotspots

Foreign affairs columnist Gideon Rachman discusses how the coronavirus epidemic has been handled in Italy and Spain with the local FT correspondents, Miles Johnson in Rome and Daniel Dombey in Madrid. How are citizens reacting to the lockdown and what will be the long-term political and economic impact?You can listen to The Rachman Review for free on Spotify, soon on Apple Podcasts, Acast, or wherever you get your podcasts. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
3/25/202017 minutes, 59 seconds
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Pandemics in the age of hyperconnectivity

In this week's Rachman Review, Gideon Rachman speaks to Ian Goldin of Oxford University - an economist who has long warned of the dangers of pandemics. Professor Goldin explains his theory of "the butterfly defect" in globalisation - in which a hyper-connected world is vulnerable to global emergencies.You can listen to The Rachman Review for free on Spotify, soon on Apple Podcasts, Acast, or wherever you get your podcasts. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
3/18/202018 minutes, 30 seconds
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How Saudi Arabia and Iran's rivalry is unravelling the Middle East

Why has the Middle East been in turmoil for decades? Author Kim Ghattas argues that the contest for supremacy between the Saudis and the Iranians is key to understanding the region's troubles. In conversation with Gideon Rachman, she explains why the Saudi-Iran dispute is about much more than politics or even religion, and has transformed lives and whole societies across the region.You can listen to The Rachman Review for free on Spotify, soon on Apple Podcasts, Acast, or wherever you get your podcasts. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
3/11/202019 minutes, 56 seconds
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Human rights under threat from politics

Gideon Rachman talks to Andrew Gilmour, former UN assistant secretary-general for human rights about the increase in human rights violations over the past ten years and the UN ambassadors and countries politicising their human rights work.You can read Andrew Gilmour’s article here. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
3/4/202021 minutes, 2 seconds
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How is Modi's ideology shaping Indian society?

The ideology shaping India today is markedly different from the time of its first post-independence prime minister, Jawaharlal Nehru. Narendra Modi and his Bharitaya Janata Party, the BJP, are leading with a Hindu nationalist philosophy, which is sparking protests across the country. Gideon Rachman discusses the ideology and its history with Shruti Kapila, director of studies in history at Corpus Christi college Cambridge. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
2/26/202015 minutes, 52 seconds
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Is there a Democrat that can beat Trump?

With the Democratic primaries underway and Super Tuesday on the horizon this week's episode takes a look at the US presidential election. Is there a Democratic frontrunner? Can we predict how the public will vote? How likely is it that Donald Trump will be re-elected?Gideon Rachman talks to Miriam Estrin, former US state department official and current policy manager at Google, and Jeremy Shapiro, also a former US state department official and currently the head of research for the European Council on Foreign Relations. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
2/19/202020 minutes, 58 seconds
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Bolsonaro’s isolationism and deference to Trump

Celso Amorim, who served as foreign minister under former Brazilian president Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva, talks to Gideon Rachman about Jair Bolsonaro’s rise to power, his subordination to the US and whether he’ll have a lasting impact on the country. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
2/12/202016 minutes, 38 seconds
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The global politics of climate change

Gideon Rachman talks to historian Adam Tooze about his forthcoming book on the origins of the climate crisis and the prospects for international agreement to curb emissions and avert disaster. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
2/5/202019 minutes, 33 seconds
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'Let's just get out of there' is not a strategy

General John Allen, head of the Brookings Institution and former Nato forces commander, talks to Gideon Rachman about the importance of clear objectives and staying power in the Middle East and Afghanistan. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
1/29/202018 minutes, 33 seconds
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Taiwan treads fine line between democracy and China

In the wake of Tsai Ing-Wen’s re-election as President of Taiwan, Gideon Rachman discusses the Asian island's future ties with China and the rest of the world with Shelley Rigger, a professor at Davidson College in the US and Taiwan expert, Ketty Chen, head of the Taiwan Foundation for Democracy and Professor Alexander Huang, adviser to the opposition KMT party. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
1/22/202019 minutes, 37 seconds
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The dictator and the strongman

Gideon Rachman talks to Frank Dikötter, professor of humanities at the University of Hong Kong and author of How to be a dictator, about the cult of personality behind some of the twentieth century’s most renowned dictators and which of today's leaders fall under the same category. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
1/15/202015 minutes, 58 seconds
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Africa’s transnational challenges

Climate change, increased violence in the Sahel, and foreign intervention: Gideon Rachman talks to Comfort Ero, International Crisis Group’s Africa Program Director, about what the African continent faces in 2020. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
1/8/202015 minutes, 14 seconds
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Matteo Renzi on the problem with populists

Gideon Rachman talks to Italy's former centre-left prime minister Matteo Renzi about the problem with populists, how to solve Europe's migration crisis and his future role in politics. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
1/2/202012 minutes, 17 seconds
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Central Europe's backlash against liberal ideas

Gideon Rachman talks to Bulgarian academic and writer Ivan Krastev about the rise of populist leaders in central and eastern Europe. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
12/18/201917 minutes, 11 seconds
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Tensions at the heart of Europe

Gideon Rachman talks to Franziska Brantner, a rising star of Germany's Green party and its spokesperson on European policy, about the tense relationship between France and Germany as discussions on Russia, China and deregulation take centre stage.   Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
12/11/201914 minutes, 50 seconds
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The future of British unity and the EU

Gideon Rachman talks to Denis Staunton, London editor for the Irish Times and Tessa Szyszkowitz, author and UK correspondent for Austrian news magazine Profil, about the future of Britain and the EU ahead of a Brexit-focused UK general election. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
12/4/201922 minutes, 25 seconds
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Xi Jinping's China

Gideon Rachman talks to Minxin Pei of Claremont McKenna College in California and Elizabeth Economy of the Council on foreign relations in New York about the cult of personality around Xi Jinping in China. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
11/27/201917 minutes, 36 seconds
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Germany's shifting foreign policy

Thomas Bagger, chief foreign policy adviser to the German president, talks to Gideon Rachman about the fall of the Berlin Wall and Germany's position in a changing European Union. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
11/20/201924 minutes, 11 seconds
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What would a progressive Democratic president look like?

Elizabeth Warren is the bookmakers' favourite to win the US Democratic party presidential nomination. Gideon Rachman discusses what a Warren presidency would mean for the rest of the world with Tom Wright, US foreign policy analyst at the Brookings Institution. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
11/13/201920 minutes, 41 seconds
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Singapore and the US-China trade war

Writer and former diplomat Kishore Mahbubani talks to Gideon Rachman about the US-China trade war and Singapore's special relationship with both sides of the dispute. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
11/6/201920 minutes, 15 seconds
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Nick Clegg on Facebook

The former UK deputy premier talks to Gideon Rachman about his new role at Facebook and regulating big tech Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
10/30/201924 minutes, 50 seconds
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Trump's China policy

Gideon Rachman talks to Nadia Schadlow, widely regarded as the intellectual architect of Trump's foreign policy Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
10/23/201921 minutes, 11 seconds
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Trump, Brexit and America's shrinking role

Gideon Rachman discusses the similarities between the Brexit and Trump phenomena and America's shrinking role on the global stage with two London-based US foreign policy analysts. Kori Schake is deputy head of the International Institute for Strategic Studies and Jeremy Shapiro is research director of the European Council on Foreign Relations. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
10/16/201923 minutes, 30 seconds
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Putin's Russia

Gideon Rachman goes to Moscow to talk to Fyodor Lukyanov, editor-in-chief of the journal Russia in Global Affairs and regarded as close to Vladimir Putin. Mr Lukyanov offers some fascinating insights into the Russian president’s drive to re-establish Russia as a global power — and on his curious relationship with Donald Trump.  Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
10/9/201924 minutes, 47 seconds
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Coming soon: Putin's Russia

In this new podcast exclusively for FT subscribers, Gideon Rachman takes you with him on his travels, as he meets the decision-makers and thinkers who are shaping world affairs. Here's a taste of what to expect in our first episode, in which Gideon goes to Moscow to interview Fyodor Lukyanov, a journalist considered close to the Kremlin, about Putin's Russia. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
9/26/20191 minute, 51 seconds
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Introducing The Rachman Review

The Rachman Review is a brand new podcast, produced exclusively for FT Subscribers.Gideon brings you into the debates and trends shaping global politics, tapping into his network of international contacts. The podcast will come out weekly on Wednesdays, and every episode brings you an in-depth conversation about a big issue in foreign affairs. It launches October 9, and you can sign up now using the subscription links here.  Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
8/20/201939 seconds