David Sanger on New Cold Wars

C-SPAN Bookshelf | 4 May 2024 | 1h 00m | Listen Later | Podcasts | Spotify
Interview with David Sanger about his book New Cold Wars: China’s Rise, Russia’s Invasion, and America’s Struggle to Defend the West. Discusses China’s rise, Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, and America’s role in the world in the 21st century.

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Is Australia an American Puppet?

The Sound of Solidarity | 11 November 2022 | 0h 37m | Listen Later | Podcasts | Spotify
Interview with Clinton Fernandes about his book Sub-Imperial Power: Australia in the International Arena. Argues that rather than being an independent middle power, that Australia chooses to subordinate itself to the American empire.

I got to this via Branko Milanovic’s review.

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Kissinger

The Documentary | 30 November 2023 | 0h 49m | Listen Later | Podcasts | Spotify
Henry Kissinger has died at 100 (NY Times obituary). This 2022 interview discusses his book Leadership: Six Studies in World Strategy and reflects on his role in creating the modern world.

See also the interviews with Niall Ferguson and Barry Gewen about Henry Kissinger.

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Cold War II: Niall Ferguson on The Emerging Conflict With China

Uncommon Knowledge | 1 May 2023 | 1h 01m | Listen Later | Podcasts | Spotify
Interview with Niall Ferguson about the conflict over Taiwan: why it’s a cold war, when it started, how to avoid allowing it to become a hot war, and how to de-escalate and even win it. Along the way, discusses the Russian invasion of Ukraine, the role of the United States and Western Europe in both conflicts, and how we can avoid once again living under the threat of nuclear war as we did in Cold War I.

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False Narratives – A Path to a World of Conflict ft. Stephen Roach

Top Traders Unplugged | 19 April 2023 | 1h 01m | Listen Later | Podcasts | Spotify
Interview with Stephen Roach about his book Accidental Conflict: America, China and the Clash of False Narratives. Delves into the deteriorating relationship between China and the US, offering insight into the complexity of the relationship and how it can be mended. Unravels the narratives that led to this new Cold War and suggests a path towards interdependency and healthier economies.

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Economic Warfare: Implications for Sanctions Today

ChinaTalk | 8 March 2023 | 1h 03m | Listen Later | Podcasts | Spotify
Part 2 of an interview with Nick Mulder about his book The Economic Weapon. Discusses why the Great Depression made importing commodities cheaper, and how that affected Germany’s and Japan’s protectionism; the difference between autarky and autarchy; whether Kim Jong-un’s North Korea could survive a full-on fuel embargo today by using Nazi-era technology; “temporal claustrophobia” and what it has to do with Japan siding with the Axis; parallels between the “ABCD circle” (America, Britain, China, Dutch East Indies) and the semiconductor export controls today; why having an empire was a liability for Britain; what sanctions had to do with the Czechoslovaks – even with a larger army – falling to the Nazis; how the blockades of WWI differed from WWII; and what lessons pro-decouplers should learn from this history of sanctions.

 

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Economic Warfare: A History

ChinaTalk | 3 March 2023 | 1h 20m | Listen Later | Podcasts | Spotify
Part 1 of a podcast with Nick Mulder about his book The Economic Weapon: The Rise of Sanctions as a Tool of Modern War. Discusses the recent advent of the use of sanctions; why Europeans were reluctant to employ blockades and sanctions in the early 20C, and how their thinking evolved through two world wars; how Wilson’s notion of “moral sanctions” and decision to keep blockades in place after the war were important to the development of sanctions, especially during the interwar period; the League of Nations’ efforts to establish a “positive sanctions” fund, and why the concept never took off; why Hoover is underrated; and when and why Italy almost fought a war against Germany over Austria.

 

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Robert Kaplan: The Tragic Mind

The Book Club | 8 February 2023 | 0h 28m | Listen Later | Podcasts | Spotify
Interview with Robert Kaplan about his book The Tragic Mind: Fear, Fate and the Burden of Power. Argues that Greek tragedy has important lessons about how to navigate the 21st century. Reflects on how the book arose from his remorse at having influenced the Bush administration with his support for the Iraq War; why it still makes sense to think about ‘fate’ in a world without gods; and why George H W Bush was a paragon of the tragic mindset while his son George W Bush was a tragic hero.

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