Hosted by Dan Runde, William A. Schreyer Chair and Director, Project on Prosperity and Development, Building the Future explores topics at the intersection of global development, foreign policy, and national security. In each episode, Dan sits down for a discussion with a leading expert from government, the private sector, and international organizations to discuss the challenges and opportunities facing the world today.
America in the World – A Conversation on the Hi...
Dan speaks with Ambassador Bob Zoellick, an American public official who most recently served as the 11th President of the World Bank.
Opportunities for Sustainable Development in th...
Dan and Romina Bandura discuss sustainable infrastructure in the Amazon.
The Importance of Diversity and Inclusion in In...
Dan and Nicole Aandahl discuss diversity and inclusion in the international affairs and foreign policy community.
Present and Future Threats to Stability in Sout...
Dan speaks with Sergio de la Peña about factors currently destabilizing South America, including refugee flows, drug trafficking, illegal gold mining, and China's growing influence.
From Structures to Services: Improving Infrastr...
Tomás Serebrisky and Dan cover the growing need to prioritize service provision in Latin America, and how Covid-19 has impacted this need.
Reducing Crime and Poverty: A Conversation with...
In a special Spanish-language episode, Dan speaks with María Eugenia Vidal, the former Governor of the Buenos Aires Province in Argentina.
Foreign-Focused Propaganda: China's Belt and Ro...
Joshua Eisenman sits down with Dan Runde to talk about the specifics of China’s development narrative
A Moment of Global Adjustment: China’s Ambition...
Dan Runde and Dr. Jonathan Ward discuss how China’s relationship with the rest of the world has changed in the last 18 months.
Brazil, Bolsonaro and Bossa Nova: A Conversatio...
Dan speaks with Ambassador Nestor Forster Jr. on the history of the U.S.-Brazil relationship and avenues for potential future collaboration.
Using Machine-Learning to Predict China’s Next ...
Dan and Dr. Weifeng Zhong discuss the development of the Policy Change Index, which analyzes propaganda to predict policy changes.
Revising U.S. Foreign Policy with Representativ...
In this episode of Building the Future, Dan Runde is joined by Representative Joe Wilson (SC-2) to discuss the recent Republican Study Committee National Security Strategy.
U.S. Foreign Policy: The Case of Mexico
In this episode, Dan Runde speaks with Ambassador Bárcena on the President AMLO’s response to Covid-19, the future of Mexico – U.S. trade relations, and the significance of Mexico’s recently announced feminist foreign policy.
Globalization: The Conservative Case for Partic...
In this episode, Dalibor Rohac (American Enterprise Institute) repudiates the recent push for isolationism in the name of national sovereignty and instead makes the case for maintaining and improving the multilateral system.
Middle Class People Change the World
In this episode, Dan Runde speaks to Jene Thomas, Mission Director for USAID Peru, about the strength of the middle class when it comes to economic growth, the conservation of the Amazon, and the U.S. government counternarcotics strategy in Peru.
Fighting for Free & Fair Press
Dan Runde hosts Jamie Fly (President, Radio Free Europe) to discuss Radio Free Europe’s work providing free and independent media in countries where a free press is banned by the government or not fully established.
Covid-19: How Is This All Going to End?
In this episode of Building the Future, Dan speaks with Andrew Natsios, former USAID administrator, about what the future holds for Covid-19 in the United States and the developing world.
A New Atlantic Charter for the Post-Coronavirus...
In this episode of Building the Future, Dan Runde talks to Richard Fontaine (President/CEO for the Center for New American Security) about the need to create a new Atlantic charter for the post-coronavirus era.
The Lethal Legacy of Landmines
In this episode of Building the Future, Dan Runde sits down with General James Cowan (CEO of the Halo Trust) to discuss the continuing devastation caused by landmines, and the work of the Halo Trust, the oldest and largest humanitarian landmine clearance organization in the world.
The Importance of the IADB: Historical Perspect...
In this episode, Dan is joined by Eugenio Díaz-Bonilla, head of the Latin American and Caribbean Program at the International Food Policy Research Institute, to discuss the importance of regional development banks (RDBs).
Power Africa: Lessons Learned and the Future of...
Dan sits down with Andrew Herscowitz (former Coordinator of Power Africa) and Paul Weisenfeld (Vice President of RTI International) to discuss the Power Africa initiative, the East Africa energy project, and the future of electrification in Africa.
A Conversation with Ambassador Siddiqui on the ...
In this episode, Dan is joined by Ali Siddiqui, Pakistan’s Ambassador for foreign investment, to discuss the future of Pakistan and U.S.-Pakistan relations.
Reaching the Next Billion Internet Users
Jennifer Spies, product manager for Google's Next Billion Users (NBU) initiative, discusses the NBU project and the role of internet access in bringing emerging economies into a new age of technology development.
The Past and Promise of Enterprise Funds
On the 25th anniversary of the Western Newly Independent States Enterprise Fund, Dan is joined by Jaroslawa Johnson and Dennis Johnson to discuss the role of enterprise funds in Ukraine and Moldova's development future.
Leveraging New Technologies for Global Development
Michael Leifman and Marco Annunziata discuss the ways that new technologies are going to evolve in developing countries, and how governments can support these efforts.
Campaign Finance: Does Money Matter?
President of Right Country Lists Brian Chatwin discusses how financial factors can drive political campaign structures.
Unlocking Africa's Innovation Agenda
Dan is joined by Patrick Awuah, the founder and president of Ashesi University in Ghana.
How the U.S. Should Respond to China's Strength
In this episode, Dan is joined by Dr. Jonathan Ward, author of China’s Vision of Victory, to discuss China’s ambitions for the world and how the United States should respond. Jonathan explains that in order to continue leading a free world, the United St
Leveraging Change in UN Organizations
In this episode, Dan is joined by Catherine Bertini, former executive director of the World Food Programme, as they discuss Catherine’s recent report for the Chicago Council on Global Affairs entitled, “Leading Change in UN Organizations.” The conversati
Infrastructure Development in "God's Own Countr...
In this episode, Dan is joined by Rick Rossow, CSIS Wadhwani Chair in U.S.-India Policy Studies, as they host two senior bureaucrats from the Indian state of Kerala, Tom Jose and Sanjeev Kaushik. They all discuss how Kerala is becoming a force to be reck
In this episode, Dan sits down with Dean Piedmont, Senior Advisor for Disarmament, Demobilization, and Reintegration (DDR) at Creative Associates, where Mr. Piedmont leads the charge in implementing DDR programs in various countries. Dan and Mr. Piedmont
Why Migrants Risk It All
In this episode, Dan is joined by Pablo Maldonado. Mr. Maldonado led a comprehensive study of unique factors that are driving migration from the Northern Triangle, including vicitmization, household income, and international relations. Much of the extens
Incentivizing Reform: the MCC's Approach to Red...
In this episode, Dan sits down with Sean Cairncross, Chief Executive Officer of the Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC). As CEO, Mr. Cairncross leads the agency and provides strategic direction and vision as MCC fulfills its mission of reducing povert
Passionate Yet Neutral: A Conversation with the...
In this episode Dan sits down with the Swiss Ambassador to the US, Martin Dahinden. Ambassador Dahinden began his diplomatic service in 1987, has headed many European oriented institutions such as the Geneva International Center for Humanitarian Demining
Foreign Policy and Public Opinion: A Pollster’s...
In this episode, Dan sits down for a second time with Whit Ayres, author of 2016 and Beyond: How Republicans Can Elect a President in the New America, to discuss the issues facing the current U.S. political climate. Whit delivers his research on the uniq
In this episode, Dan interviews Alex Kitain, Chief of Party for DAI’s Revenue Generation for Governance and Growth (RG3) project in Liberia, and John Yates, Global Practice Lead for Public Financial Management at DAI. Alex and John both supported our rec
Fathering a New Idea of National Security
In this episode of Building the Future, Dan hosts Father Daniel Mode, a Catholic priest who serves the Archdiocese for the Military Services. Fr. Mode describes his life as a Navy chaplain, his love of flying, and his fellowship with the Religious Freedo
Disruption in the Aid Sector
In this episode, Dan interviews Raj Kumar, the founding president and editor-in-chief of Devex. Raj is also the author of a new book, "The Business of Changing the World". 10 percent of the world is still living in extreme poverty. At the same time, bill
Defense and Development: Experiences from Capit...
In this podcast, Dan has the chance to speak with Bradley Bowman, Senior Director of the Center of Military and Political Power at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies (FDD). Bradley spent nearly nine years in the U.S. Senate including serving as Na
Smart is Not Enough
In this podcast, Dan is joined by Brigit Helms who has nearly 30 years of experience pioneering innovative approaches to financial inclusion. Brigit discusses her new book, Access for All: Building Inclusive Economic Systems, and the importance of promot
Why do the SDGs Matter?
In this episode of Building the Future, Dan is joined by Ulrika Modéer, the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Assistant Administrator and Director of the Bureau of External Relations and Advocacy. Dan and Ulrika discuss the UN’s Sustainable Dev
Monitoring and Evaluating Development Projects
In this podcast, Dan sits down with Larry Cooley, founder of MSI (now a part of Tetra Tech) and current President Emeritus and Senior Advisor. Before founding MSI, Larry worked at the World Bank, UN Development Programme, Practical Concepts, and as a Pea
The Intersection of Development and Stabilizati...
This week, Dan is joined by General Kip Ward to talk about civilian-military collaboration in Africa. General Ward was the inaugural commander of the U.S. Africa Command and has four decades of military experience, serving in Korea, Egypt, Somalia, Bosni
Entrepreneurship Education and Its Impact on Gl...
This week, Dan is joined by Dr. Kerry Healey, President of Babson College. In this podcast, Dr. Healey discusses her path from 70th Lieutenant Governor of Massachusetts to first female president of Babson College. Babson is a small liberal arts school lo
Oceans Ventured: Winning the Cold War at Sea
In this podcast, Dan is joined by former Secretary of the Navy, John Lehman. Secretary Lehman served under President Ronald Reagan and took office at the age of just 38 years old. This podcast explores the influence of the U.S. Navy during the Cold War a
The State of Democracy in America and Abroad
In this episode, Dan sits down with Lindsay Lloyd, Deputy Director of the Human Freedom Initiative at the George W. Bush Institute, to talk about the health of democracy worldwide. Mr. Lloyd was involved in the Democracy Project: a joint national survey
Catalyzing Not Colonizing: American Ingenuity i...
This week Dan hosts Rick Barton, former U.S. Ambassador to the Economic and Social Council of the United Nations and author of the recently published book, Peace Works: America’s Unifying Role in a Turbulent World. Rick discusses his extensive career tra
What are the Industries of the Future?
In this episode, Dan is joined by Alec Ross - technology policy expert and author of the bestseller The Industries of the Future. This book explores the technological and economic trends that will shape the next ten years and is targeted towards non-engi
The Future of Global Stability: The World of Wo...
This week, Dan is joined by Romina Bandura, Senior Fellow with the Project on Prosperity and Development and the Project on U.S. Leadership in Development at CSIS. They discuss her new report on the Future of Global Stability: The World of Work in Develo
Electrifying Africa’s Future
In this week’s podcast, Dan is joined by Todd Moss, Executive Director of the Energy for Growth Hub. On September 27, Todd launched the Energy for Growth Hub, a new global network connecting research and policymakers to build high-energy systems. Todd ha
Forging the Future of Work
In this installment of “Building the Future with Dan Runde,” International Labor Organization (ILO) Director-General Guy Ryder discusses how technology is defining what work, careers, and industry will look like in the future. The ILO is at the forefront
Bringing U.S. Development Finance into the 21st...
On this episode, Dan is joined by David Bohigian, Executive Vice President of the Overseas Private Investment Corporation (OPIC), the United States’ development finance institution. Mr. Bohigian has considerable experience in both the public and private
Is this the African Century?
On this episode, Dan is joined by C.D. Glin, President of the U.S. African Development Foundation (USADF). Mr. Glin has substantial experience in Africa, beginning with the Peace Corps in Ghana and South Africa. Mr. Glin also worked for the IFC in Nigeri
Beyond Returns: Private Capital for Development
Dan is joined by Agnes Dasewicz, Fellow at the Rockefeller Foundation and former Director of the Office of Private Capital and Microenterprise at USAID. Her career has spanned over 20 years in development finance, working at SEAF, AIG, and IFC at differe
Dallas: An Unlikely Home for Refugees and Migrants
Dan is joined in this podcast by Michael Rawlings, the Mayor of Dallas and a member of our Task Force on Forced Migration. Before becoming Mayor, Mr. Rawlings worked in the private sector and was the CEO of Pizza Hut. One out of four residents in Dallas
Soviet Sabotage and the Marshall Plan
In this podcast, Dan Runde is joined by Benn Steil, Senior Fellow and Director of International Economics at the Council on Foreign Relations. In February 2018, Dr. Steil published a new book, The Marshall Plan: Dawn of the Cold War, that places foreign
Delivering on Democracy
Dan Runde is honored to be joined for this podcast by Kenneth Wollack, President of the National Democratic Institute (NDI). In his 25 years as President, Ken Wollack has been a champion of democracy along with support from NDI chair, former Secretary of
Shaping Effective Strategies to Diminish Fragil...
In this podcast, Dan Runde is joined by Ambassador James Michel, a Senior Advisor to the Project on Prosperity and Development at CSIS and former chair of the Development Assistance Committee of the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (
A Perspective on the Future of Development: Inv...
This podcast features Daniella Ballou-Aares, a Partner for Dalberg Advisors and former Senior Advisor for Development to U.S. Secretaries of State John Kerry and Hillary Clinton. This discussion focuses on the role of blended finance in achieving the UN’
A New Wave of Enterprise Funds
This podcast features James A. Harmon, the Chairman of the Egyptian-American Enterprise Fund (EAEF). Mr. Harmon shares his unique and insightful experiences as Chairman of the EAEF, including the obstacles he had to overcome to make enterprise funds succ
The Next Few Decades of U.S. and Pakistan Relat...
This podcast features His Excellency Aizaz Ahmad Chaudhry, Ambassador of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan to the United States. Relations between the United States and Pakistan have been strained in recent months. It is important for the United States an
The Power of Civil Society in an Evolving Globa...
This podcast features Shannon Green, who is the Senior Director of Programs at the Center for Civilians in Conflict (CIVIC). This podcast was recorded at the closing of Ms. Green’s time at CSIS. Her concluding remarks pose an optimistic view of the progr
The Future of Technology for Development
This podcast features Ambassador Casper Klynge, Denmark’s first Technology Ambassador. In this interview, Ambassador Klynge discusses his new role and the growing importance of technology and Silicon Valley in the development agenda. Ambassadors are typi
A Look at OECD’s DAC: The Major League Baseball...
In this podcast, Ambassador Jim Michel, Senior Adviser at CSIS and former U.S Ambassador to Guatemala, discusses the critical role of the OECD’s Development Assistance Committee (DAC) and the international dialogue around new approaches toward developmen
Is This the Cuban Glasnost?
Antonio Rodiles, a Cuban dissident, opens up to Dan Runde in this podcast about the challenges he has faced opposing as an activist in Cuba and his hopes for political change. In addition, he discusses U.S.-Cuba relations and the ongoing challenges that
Partnering with Australia to Tackle Today’s Dev...
Andrew Shearer, Director of the Alliances and American Leadership Project at CSIS, join Dan for this week’s podcast to discusses the importance of international partnerships and the changing landscape of the Asia-Pacific region. How can the United States
Is Development the Answer to the Forced Migrati...
Andrew Natsios, former USAID Administrator and a key member of the CSIS Forced Migration Task Force, shares his views on the evolving role of USAID and international organizations and their responses to the forced migration crisis. More people are displa
Resilient Women: A Conversation with the First ...
In this podcast, First Lady of Afghanistan, Rula Ghani, discusses the resiliency of Afghan women and their increasing re-emergence in grade schools, universities, and professions (such as engineering and law) after years of war and oppressive Taliban rul
Palestine’s Youth: Born into Conflict, Working ...
This week’s podcast features Lana Abu-Hijleh, who is the Palestine Country Director for Global Communities and a member of the CSIS Forced Migration Task Force. Lana shares the struggles she faced pursuing a career as an engineer growing up in Palestine