The End of History ft. Francis Fukuyama

The Neoliberal Podcast | 15 December 2022 | 1h 01m | Listen Later | Podcasts | Spotify
Interview with Francis Fukuyama about how the ideas from his book The End of History and the Last Man apply to geopolitics today. Discusses whether neoliberalism is to blame for the rise of authoritarianism in recent decades, the contradictions that give strong states inherent weaknesses, and what he’s watching for to see if the world might experience another wave of democratization.

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Anarchy and Empire with Robert Kaplan

The Green Room | 4 January 2019 | 0h 43m | Listen Later | Podcasts | Spotify
Interview with Robert Kaplan looking back on his 1994 article The Coming Anarchy. Traces the ambitions and disasters of the last three decades of American empire, from the early Nineties to the War on Terror and the retreat of the Obama and Trump years.

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Chris Coyne – In Search of Monsters to Destroy

Ideas Having Sex | 5 December 2022 | 1h 04m | Listen Later | Podcasts | Spotify
Interview with Chris Coyne about his book In Search of Monsters to Destroy: The Folly of American Empire and the Paths to Peace. Uses economics as a frame to critique American interventionist foreign policy. Argues that liberalism cannot be advanced with illiberal means and suggests alternative approaches to conflicts that promote peace.

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Are We Really Prisoners of Geography?

The Audio Long Reads | 25 November 2022 | 0h 39m | Listen Later | Podcasts | Spotify
A wave of bestselling authors claim that global affairs are still ultimately governed by the immutable facts of geography – mountains, oceans, rivers, and resources. Daniel Immerwahr reviews the effect of geography on international relations.

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Vladislav Zubok on The Fall of the Soviet Union

The Lawfare Podcast | 27 December 2021 | 0h 45m | Listen Later | Podcasts | Spotify
Interview with Vladislav Zubok about his book Collapse: The Fall of the Soviet Union. Discusses the collapse of the Soviet Union and its implications, Mikhail Gorbachev’s economic and political reforms, Solzhenitsyn, and more.

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Scott Reynolds Nelson on Oceans of Grain

Eat This Podcast | 20 June 2022 | 0h 30m | Listen Later | Podcasts | Spotify
Eat This Podcast | 27 June 2022 | 0h 29m | Listen Later | Podcasts | Spotify
Eat This Podcast | 4 July 2022 | 0h 31m | Listen Later | Podcasts | Spotify
Three-part interview with Scott Reynolds Nelson about his book Oceans of Grain. Discusses the various ways in which the ability to move wheat more efficiently changed world history, geography and economics; the various financial innovations developed to facilitate the grain trade; and the history of empires taxing and controlling the movement of grain as an exercise of political and commercial power.

I read this book after listening to the Meb Faber episode. It is an excellent read, framing world history through the lens of grain trading, generating numerous insights along the way.

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Scott Reynolds Nelson – How Wheat Made The Modern World

The Meb Faber Show | 25 July 2022 | 0h 54m | Listen Later | Podcasts | Spotify
Interview with Scott Reynolds Nelson about his book Oceans of Grain: How American Wheat Remade the World. Discusses the role of wheat in the world; why access to wheat has caused the rise and fall of empires, social unrest like the Arab spring, and plagues; why the Russia / Ukraine war is another example of countries going to war for access to wheat and the related trade routes; the history of US financial crises and the role of commodities in each.

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John Mueller – The Stupidity of War

Ideas Having Sex | 4 July 2022 | 1h 12m | Listen Later | Podcasts | Spotify
Interview with John Mueller about his book The Stupidity of War: American Foreign Policy and the Case for Complacency. Argues that international war is in decline, that the threats have been exaggerated, and recommends a policy of complacency and appeasement.

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