Twilight Struggle: Cold War Lessons for US-China Today

ChinaTalk | 7 May 2022 | 1h 24m | Listen Later | Podcasts | Spotify
Interview with Hal Brands about his book The Twilight Struggle: What the Cold War Teaches Us about Great-Power Rivalry Today. Discusses how the US capitalised on Soviet heavy-handedness in the developing world; how technology impacted the broader trajectory of the Cold War; the US’s never-ending cycles of self-confidence and self-doubt; today’s Sinologists versus Cold War Sovietologists; why the only person who can stop the war in Ukraine is the one who started it.

Helen Thompson on Disorder

Talking Politics | 24 February 2022 | 0h 46m | Listen Later | Podcasts | Spotify
Interview with Helen Thompson about her book Disorder: Hard Times in the Twenty-First Century. Discusses the energy transition, the perils of QE, the travails of the Eurozone, the crisis of democracy, China, and America, from the past to the present to the future. Argues that past and future geopolitical turbulence is a function of fossil fuel energy.

Empire: Why Ray Dalio Thinks We May Be Headed for Civil War

The Next Big Idea | 10 March 2022 | 1h 14m | Listen Later | Podcasts | Spotify
Interview with Ray Dalio about his book Principles for Dealing with the Changing World Order: Why Nations Succeed and Fail. Discusses his research that shows that nations rise and fall according to an inevitable cycle where peace and prosperity are always followed by depression and war. Argues that the United States is now in the downward part of that cycle.

John Mearsheimer On Handling Russia And China

The Dishcast with Andrew Sullivan | 28 January 2022 | 1h 11m | Listen Later | iTunes | Spotify
Interview with John Mearsheimer about his book The Great Delusion: Liberal Dreams and International Realities. Argues for a return to realism in US foreign policy, rather than the advancement of liberalism pursued 1990–2016. Discusses the relationship with Russia and China, especially with regard to Ukraine and Taiwan.

To The Quad! The Origins of “Indo-Pacific”

ChinaTalk | 13 March 2021 | 0h 51m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Rory Medcalf about his book Indo-Pacific Empire: China, America and the Contest for the World’s Pivotal Region. Discusses 15th-century Korean maps, the promise of the 1947 Asian Relations Conference, Australia and India’s shifting conceptions of their place in the region, the origins of the Quad (US, Japan, Australia-India Quadrilateral Security Dialogue), and China-Australia relations.

Adam Tooze and Matt Klein on Trade Wars are Class Wars

ChinaTalk | 11 March 2021 | 0h 53m | Listen Later | iTunes
Adam Tooze and Matt Klein discuss Klein’s book Trade Wars Are Class Wars. Discusses Ricardo’s comparative advantage in a globalized age, why Stalin’s embrace of “socialism in one country” was a response to the hegemonic power of British (and American) capital, whether a Bolshevik Revolution is the best way to solve global inequality, how intra-elite conflict drives sovereignty-limiting engagement in international organizations, vaccines, Europe’s carbon markets, Keynes’ “bancor”, the Strategic Shiraz Reserve, and more.

Dan Yergin on The New Map

Inside the ICE House | 8 October 2020 | 0h 45m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Danel Yergin about his book The New Map: Energy, Climate, and the Clash of Nations. Discusses the effects on geopolitics of the changing forces in the world of energy: climate change, the pandemic, and especially, the shale revolution, which has transformed the American economy by ending the era of energy shortage.

Zach Vertin – A Rope from the Sky

Press Conference USA | 1 March 2019 | 0h 29m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Zach Vertin about his book A Rope from the Sky: The Making and Unmaking of the World’s Newest State. Discusses the forces driving the creation of South Sudan and its subsequent collapse into civil war – drawing lessons for US foreign policy.