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FP's First Person

Each week here at Foreign Policy, we interview one person for an intimate, narrative-driven conversation about something timely and important in the world. Our guests are people who have participated directly in events, either as protagonists or eyewitnesses. We get them to tell a story about their experience, not just offer their analysis. That approach is driven by the feeling here at Foreign Policy that to understand our world—to grasp the complexities and nuances of our time—we need to get as close to the source as possible. Hence the name First Person.

Introducing I Spy
A new podcast from Foreign Policy featuring former intelligence operatives from around the world.
32 min
The Syrian Filmmaker Who Risked Her Life to Doc...
Waad al-Kateab’s film focuses on one of the hardest-hit cities in Syria’s ongoing civil war.
32 min
BONUS EPISODE: The Jerusalem Murder That Set Of...
Palestinian-Israeli filmmaker Tawfiq Abu Wael on the challenges of co-creating the HBO series Our Boys
16 min
The Jerusalem Murder that Set Off a War
An Israeli drama series on HBO about the 2014 murder of a Palestinian teen stirs compassion and controversy
24 min
And Now the Hard Part—How to Manage North Korea
Brookings senior fellow Jung H. Pak on why the United States has failed to prevent North Korea from developing nuclear weapons and what to do about it.
28 min
Lebanon's Arab Spring?
Protesters are directing their anger at the political elite for years of corruption and mismanagement.
30 min
When the U.S. Turns its Back on Allies
A former U.S. intelligence officer explains what happens to locals who helped the United States when troops leave a conflict zone.
30 min
How North African Migrants Ended Up in Permanen...
The Irish journalist Sally Hayden traces the story of many of them.
30 min
Bonus Content: Roundtable Discussion on China
36 min
Why Hong Kongers Are Still Protesting Against C...
A democracy activist describes how the demonstrations got underway and where they go from here.
28 min
And Now the Hard Part: Resetting the U.S. Relat...
Brookings scholar Bruce Riedel on how America's oldest alliance in the Middle East is being tested and what to do about it.
30 min
Why for Some Spaniards the Wounds of the Civil ...
A new film traces the stories of people still seeking justice for Franco's crimes.
28 min
Haven America or Fortress America?
Harvard historian Jill Lepore on the long and tortured history of the U.S. immigration debate.
26 min
Roots of a Quagmire
On the podcast: America's first post 9/11 envoy to Afghanistan recounts the early months of the war there.
34 min
The Future of Kashmir
How India decided to end the area's autonomous status and what it means for the region.
25 min
Death on Everest
On the podcast: An American mountaineer describes the dangers of climbing one of the world's tallest peaks.
40 min
How an Upscale Chef Came to Serve Those in Need
On the podcast: José Andrés on food insecurity, Puerto Rico, and battling hunger.
28 min
How War Traumatizes the Victims and the Perpetr...
On the podcast: A new film explores the experience of Australian soldiers in Afghanistan.
26 min
The Dark Legacy of China’s One-Child Policy
On the podcast: The filmmaker Nanfu Wang tells the harrowing story of her own family’s one-child ordeal.
29 min
Trump, Immigration, and the Fight for America’s...
On the podcast: Where Trump’s effort to block asylum-seekers fits in the history of U.S. immigration policy.
28 min
A Survivor’s Struggle to Care for Her People an...
On the podcast: The filmmaker Alexandria Bombach followed the Yazidi human rights activist Nadia Murad for her film "On Her Shoulders"
25 min
A U.S. Marine Looks Back at Fallujah
On the podcast: Elliot Ackerman served five tours of duty in Iraq and Afghanista
32 min
Argentina, Iran, and the Enduring Mystery Surro...
On the podcast: Alberto Nisman accused Argentina's president of covering up Iran's role in the 1994 bombing of a Jewish Center in Buenos Aires. Then he was shot in the head.
25 min
A Dream Deferred
On the podcast: Journalist Laura Wides-Muñoz traces the lives of several undocumented immigrants brought to the United States as children.
33 min
The Dirty Residue of Brazil's Car Wash Probe
On the podcast: The editor in chief of Americas Quarterly explains why investigators are now under scrutiny in Brazil’s largest corruption inquiry.
26 min
The Tragedy of Mohamed Morsi
On the podcast: Shadi Hamid recounts the quick rise and spectacular fall of Morsi and the Moslem Brotherhood in Egypt.
32 min
How an Extradition Bill Became a Red Line for H...
On the podcast: A former China correspondent traces Beijing's gradual effort to erode human rights in Hong Kong.
33 min
Death and Debris at 30,000 Feet
On the podcast: An American adventuerer describes climbing over bodies to reach the top of Mount Everest.
39 min
Shot by Israelis, Healed by Israelis
On the podcast: Yousef Bashir describes growing up in Gaza during the second Palestinian uprising.
30 min
The Referendum That Changed Ireland
On the podcast: A look back at the vote in Ireland that ended the abortion ban.
30 min
How Richard Holbrooke Represented America's Bes...
On the podcast: George Packer, in conversation with Stephen M. Walt, on America’s long-serving diplomat.
36 min
How Assad’s Brutality Inspired Courage and Comp...
On the podcast: Members of the White Helmets describe what it’s like to charge to the scene when a bomb goes off.
18 min
How Algerians Ousted Bouteflika
On the podcast: Algeria’s Arab Spring has been peaceful so far, but its future remains uncertain.
26 min
Thirty Years After Tiananmen Square
On the podcast: A look back at the student protests that changed China’s trajectory.
35 min
The Butcher of Bosnia on Trial
On the podcast: A film on the war in Bosnia probes the psychology of genocide and justice.
29 min
How Israel’s Netanyahu Uses Fear and Loathing t...
On the podcast: The Israeli journalist Anshel Pfeffer looks back at Bibi’s first general election campaign in 1996.
26 min
How to Defeat Political and Religious Extremism
On the podcast: A former State Department official who led the outreach to the Muslim world after the attacks of 9/11.
27 min
Inside the Fall of the Islamic State
On the podcast: A reporter who embedded with U.S.-backed forces in Syria describes the battles there.
23 min
Meltdown at Chernobyl
On the podcast: A journalist reconstructs the world's worst nuclear disaster.
33 min
How Citizen Journalists Solved the Mystery of M...
On the podcast: The founder of the group Bellingcat on using open sources to investigate war crimes and other abuses.
28 min
Toward a More Feminist Foreign Policy
On the podcast: Swedish Foreign Minister Margot Wallstrom on how to give women a voice in an arena dominated by men.
25 min
China's War on Uighurs
On the podcast: a Uighur journalist in exile tells her family's story
30 min
Inside the Battle to Decriminalize Homosexualit...
On the podcast: A human rights lawyer describes the 10-year fight for LGBT rights.
26 min
Paellas for the People
On the podcast: How chef José Andrés feeds the needy around the world.
28 min
How the Taliban Won
On the podcast: Former Pakistani ambassador Husain Haqqani on America's endgame in Afghanistan.
31 min
Preview: Seeking Peace
First Person listeners get a preview of the new podcast Seeking Peace, from Georgetown’s Institute for Women, Peace & Security.
28 min
Venezuela Unraveled
31 min
An American Captive in Iran
On the podcast: Washington Post journalist Jason Rezaian recounts his grueling 18 months in an Iranian prison
32 min
Budapest Blues
On the podcast: What its like to be a journalist in Orban's Hungary
30 min
Climate Change Evangelist
On the podcast: A scientist who is also an evangelical Christian wants conservatives to believe in climate change.
29 min
The China Syndrome
On the podcast: A former CIA analyst on Beijing's interference in the affairs of other countries.
24 min
Why Economists Hate Tariffs
On the podcast: How the Smoot-Hawley Act of 1930 embroiled the U.S. in a trade war and prolonged the Great Depression.
27 min
Are Brazilians Ready for Bolsonaro?
On the podcast: The era of the strongman returns to Brazil.
28 min
The Brexit Rubik's Cube
On the podcast: Inside the British campaign for a second vote on leaving Europe.
28 min
Shot in Sri Lanka, Shelled in Syria
On the podcast: War correspondent Marie Colvin documented the horrors of war until one of them took her life.
32 min
Costa Rica’s War on Climate Change
On the podcast: How a tiny Central American country became a leader in reducing carbon emissions.
28 min
Inside China’s Reeducation Camps
On the podcast: A Uighur journalist describes the ordeal of her own relatives interned in Xinjiang.
27 min
‘To Be a Journalist in Turkey Means You’re Read...
On the podcast: The price one Turkish newspaper editor is paying for angering Erdogan.
29 min
‘How Do You Balance a Million People Murdered A...
On the podcast: The last living Nuremberg prosecutor describes the Allied trials against Nazi leaders.
28 min
Not Just Bombs but Economic Warfare
On the podcast: How a Saudi-led campaign has starved Yemen’s children
29 min
Flirting with Fascism
On the podcast: How Brazilians grew tired of democracy and rallied around a strongman.
29 min
‘They Took Them Quietly. All of Them Are in Jai...
On the podcast: A woman who challenged the Saudi regime by getting behind the wheel of a car speaks out.
30 min
A note to our listeners
FP's flagship podcast gets a reboot
1 min
In Negotiations with Iran, ‘There’s Always One ...
On the podcast: Wendy Sherman recounts the grueling path to the Iran nuclear deal.
27 min
The Spanish Fraud
Javier Cercas’s new book on the man who impersonated a Holocaust survivor.
23 min
Limit Migration to Save Migration
Reihan Salam takes on the immigration debate.
28 min
The Bombings the World Forgot 
Ambassador Prudence Bushnell survived the 1998 bombing of the U.S. Embassy in Kenya. Now she tells her story.
36 min
Talking to the Taliban
American journalist Ashley Jackson wanted to learn more about Taliban leaders. So she donned a burka and knocked on their doors.
30 min
Wrong Place, Wrong Time
On the podcast: An American who was in Turkey during the coup attempt is accused of being one of the plotters.
32 min
The Ghost of Smoot-Hawley
On the podcast: The United States’ last big trade war was in 1930. It did not end well. [First broadcast Aug 3, 2018]
27 min
Why Was a Private Israeli Intel Firm Digging Up...
Colin Kahl was targeted by Black Cube, the same company Hollywood mogul Harvey Weinstein hired to discredit his accusers.
18 min
He Didn’t Know the Klan Handshake. It Almost Co...
On our podcast: Journalist Vegas Tenold describes the six years he spent with white supremacists.
34 min
Ordinary Iranians Will Suffer but Regime Inside...
On our podcast: Journalist Jason Rezaian recalls life in Iran under sanctions.
29 min
The Ghost of Smoot-Hawley
On the podcast: The United States’ last big trade war was in 1930. It did not end well.
27 min
‘It Could Have Led to a Nuclear War in the Midd...
On the podcast: When Israeli extremists plotted to blow up the Dome of the Rock.
30 min
The Woman Who Defied Iran
On the podcast: Masih Alinejad took off her headscarf and started a movement.
22 min
When Ronnie Met Mikhail​
As Trump sits down with Putin, we look back at a summit in Reykjavik that helped end the Cold War.
29 min
Peru’s National Identity Was Bound Up With Conf...
On our podcast, how a country scores two goals in the soccer tournament and finds redemption.
25 min
They Took the Children for a Bath and Never Bro...
26 min
He Feared the CIA Would Delete a Document Detai...
A Senate investigator who exposed the agency’s torture secrets tells his story
24 min
Stalin Falsified the Data, Then Killed the Stat...
19 min
This American Visited North Korea’s Most Sensit...
23 min
Rohingyas Were Shot, Hacked With Machetes, and ...
20 min
Why Was a Private Israeli Intel Agency Digging ...
25 min
How To Haggle With a Dictator
30 min
The Untold Story of the Jerusalem Embassy Act o...
22 min
The Road Ahead with North Korea
16 min
Reporter’s Notebook: Brazil’s Forgotten Childre...
26 min
What Comes Next in Syria?
13 min
Reporter’s Notebook: Germany’s Family Reunifica...
17 min
How Far Will China Go?
29 min
The Double Life of Nikki Haley
22 min
Is Democracy Dying?
37 min
What to Expect From Talks With North Korea
23 min
The State Department's #MeToo Moment
34 min
The Strange Legal Journey of the Trump Dossier
26 min
Bonus Episode: Susan Glasser Joins the E.R. to ...
31 min
A Former Peace Negotiator Muses on Trump and th...
40 min
The Mysterious Origins of a DHS Report Calling ...
25 min
How Far is Too Far for Israel’s Targeted Killings?
26 min
The Olympics on The E.R.: Figure Skater and Two...
23 min
The Olympics on The E.R.: What Can We Learn Fro...
21 min
After ISIS
28 min
Meet the Godfather of Modern Counterinsurgency
How would the outcome of the Vietnam War differ if we had listened to Edward Lansdale? The world may never know. 
35 min
Rational Security on The E.R.: The "Beam Me Up,...
Robert Mueller got hold of emails from the presidential transition and the Pentagon has been researching sightings of UFOs. Yes, seriously.
63 min
What Are Billionaires Doing to the Space Industry?
Privately-funded space ventures are altering the industry … and, maybe, the final frontier itself.
28 min
Meet the Unsung Codebreakers of the Second Worl...
Liza Mundy discusses how she uncovered the lives of the women codebreakers who helped turn the tide of World War II.
37 min
Rational Security: The "When You’re President T...
Mike Flynn is cooperating with Bob Mueller’s Russia investigation, and President Trump raises questions about whether he sought to obstruct justice.
51 min
Rational Security on The E.R.: The "Power of De...
Mike Flynn may be cooperating with Mueller’s investigation, but President Trump thinks the investigation may be nearing its end.
48 min
What’s Next for the Middle East?
44 min
Spies, Lies and the Murder of a President
What do the JFK releases really tell us?
32 min
Among the Memes and YouTube Videos, What Do the...
The CIA recently released hundreds of thousands of files seized from Osama bin Laden’s compound. What can we learn from them?
33 min
Rational Security on The E.R.: The "DMs on the ...
Does democracy go down in the DMs? The folks at Lawfare discuss.
48 min
Trump’s Big Asian Adventure
President Trump is making his way through Asia on the longest trip to the region since the age of ping-pong diplomacy. But how much will he actually accomplish?
33 min
The E.R. Presents: Lawfare and FP’s Bar Review ...
Has the role of the White House counsel drastically changed in the time of Trump?
71 min
Can Anyone Stop the Tragedy in Myanmar — Before...
The U.S. pulled military assistance to Myanmar in the wake of abuses toward the Rohingya people, but does anyone have enough leverage to end the ethnic cleansing?
30 min
Rational Security on The E.R.: The "Million Dol...
Sure, Manafort got indicted. But the real question is how did he spend so much on rugs?
49 min
From Moscow to Havana: Secret Weapons and Diplo...
The “sonic attacks” in Cuba aren’t the first suspected instance of invisible attacks on U.S. diplomats.
32 min
Can Libya Be Put Back Together?
Six years after the fall of Qaddafi, Libya still teeters on the edge of chaos. Here’s why that matters.
43 min
Rational Security on The E.R.: The “How Many El...
Trump’s GOP critics decide: should they stay or should they go?
47 min
Tackling the FBI’s ‘Black Identity Extremists’ ...
The government’s designations continue to confound and upset critics.
28 min
Rational Security on The E.R.: The “Decertified...
Trump deems Iran in violation of the “worst deal ever.”
56 min
So You Want to Be a Leaker?
No method is foolproof, but some are better than others.
30 min
Does Kaspersky Have Something to Hide?
35 min
Book Talk: Spy Schools
Exploring the dark relationship between intelligence services and academia.
39 min
Europe Slams Its Gates (Part Two)
Are the moral consequences of Europe’s increasingly hardline policy on African immigration outweighed by the political imperatives?
31 min
Rational Security on The E.R.: The “Moron” Edition
Is Trump’s undermining of Tillerson another step in his “madman” theory of diplomacy?
49 min
Europe Slams Its Gates-The Making of FP's Speci...
European aid intended to combat African migration may just be making the problem worse.
46 min
Is U.S. Immigration Policy Worse Than It’s Ever...
Suketu Mehta and Becca Heller talk President Trump, the real economy of immigration, and getting trolled by Ann Coulter.
36 min
Rational Security on The E.R.: The "Lady, You C...
Saudi women will get the right to drive … in 2018. Maybe.
45 min
Who Is the Real Winner in Germany?
Merkel went silent as the AfD went viral.
44 min
Staring Down the Barrel of Russia’s Big Guns
The massive Zapad 2017 military exercise proves once again that Putin never does anything small. But what’s he really after here?
28 min
Rational Security on The E.R.: The "Age of Flyn...
Do legal defense funds accept rubles?
52 min
Trump vs. The World
The president delivers his first U.N. address Tuesday. Which version of Trump will show up—the bully or the dealmaker?
34 min
Inside Afghanistan’s Most Dangerous Corner
What reporting from Afghanistan’s unruliest province signals about the future of the country, the influence of Iran and Pakistan, and whether Trump’s mini-surge will make a difference in the longest war.
37 min
Rational Security on the E.R.: The “Boris and N...
Was the purchase of targeted social media ads by Russian “troll farms” during the 2016 election a criminal act?
47 min
With Allies Like These
Unwavering U.S. support for Saudi Arabia comes at a terrible price for Yemen
47 min
Where in the World Is Rex Tillerson?
The Secretary of State fiddles in Texas as the world may, quite literally, burn.
34 min
Rational Security on The E.R.: The "Hurricane A...
What did Rod Rosenstein know and when did he know it?
46 min
About That Other Nuclear Threat...
Is the Trump administration trying to blow up the Iran deal - or just playing hardball?
43 min
Rational Security on The E.R.: The "No Morka" E...
Can you still be fired if you resign?
50 min
Where Is The Administration On Africa?
Eight months in, the continent has barely been mentioned.
27 min
Rational Security on the E.R.: The "Everything ...
America’s longest war stumbles into its next phase.
46 min
The Prince of Darkness Has Left the Building
Steve Bannon is gone from the West Wing. Can Trump’s White House finally get itself in order?
44 min
Is There A Way Out Of Afghanistan?
Trump is frustrated with the lack of options.
31 min
The Object of McMaster’s Obsession
Mike Cernovich tries to walk the line between journalist and activist. Can he have it both ways?
37 min
Are We Going to War with North Korea?
The rhetorical battle of words is at an all-time high. Here’s how the real shooting could break out.
41 min
Rational Security on The E.R.: The "Fire and Fu...
Donald Trump didn’t start the battle of words with North Korea, but he’s certainly not helping.
53 min
Can Sessions Turn Off the Faucet?
Attorney General tries to prove he’s not “very weak” on leaks.
33 min
Can Anyone Save Venezuela?
An economic and humanitarian crisis, precipitated by the Maduro regime, has brought Venezuela to the brink of collapse.
42 min
Rational Security on The E.R.: The "Send In the...
The new White House chief of staff tries to make a chain of command out of chaos.
45 min
Morale Takes a Nosedive at State Department
And you don’t need an employee-wide survey to understand why.
35 min
Rational Security on the E.R.: The "Beleaguered...
The attorney general continues to show up for work as his boss shames him on the record.
46 min
Six Months Of Trump Foreign Policy--The Good, T...
The President’s tweets and cringe-inducing rants have antagonized allies and enemies alike. But for all his bluster, it’s not the doomsday many foretold.
47 min
Trump’s Bigly Plan to Be Better at ‘the Cyber’
The administration is planning key changes to U.S. cyberintelligence structure, but is it a step backward for U.S. national security?
32 min
Rational Security on the E.R.: The "Wray of Sun...
The Senate questions FBI Director nominee Christopher Wray. Democrats file suit against the Trump campaign over leaked emails. And the UAE is reportedly behind a cyber attack that led to upheaval in the Gulf region.
48 min
Is Trump Jr.’s Meeting Evidence of a Conspiracy...
A meeting with Donald Trump, Jr. has made a Russian attorney and an Azerbaijani pop star household names.
24 min
Is This the End of ISIS?
The Islamic State has lost the battle for Mosul. Raqqa will be next to fall. But is the so-called caliphate dead — and who are the winners?
40 min
Rational Security On The E.R.: The "Looks Like ...
President Trump’s eldest son met with a Kremlin-connected lawyer to get Russian government dirt on Hillary Clinton. Iraqi forces liberate the city of Mosul from ISIS.
47 min
Trump, Putin, and the G20
President Trump has returned from his first G20 summit and a highly anticipated sit-down with Putin. Did it live up to expectations?
29 min
Rational Security On The E.R.: The Smoke and th...
The first signs of potential collusion between the Trump Campaign and Russia emerge
48 min
The Russia Investigation Takes Another Twist
New reports appear to show the most concrete ties yet between an associate of the Trump campaign and Russian hackers. But is it collusion?
35 min
Book Talk: The Exile: The Stunning Inside Story...
Al Qaeda’s leader was in hiding for over a decade. A new account tell us what he was doing.
32 min
The Showdown in the Gulf Gets Nasty
Saudi Arabia and its Arab allies have given Qatar until Monday to comply with a list of demands that are unreasonable at best. So where does it go from here?
40 min
Can Trump End the Never-Ending War?
Sixteen years into the war in Afghanistan, the Trump administration is preparing to finally win or go home trying.
31 min
Is Trump Preparing For a Conflict With Iran?
Tensions are rising within the Trump administration and on the ground in Syria. This could be the beginning of a very ugly confrontation.
31 min
Book Talk: Are the United States and China Dest...
It’s a law of nature: rising states and established powers come to blows. But can the Trump administration avoid a clash of nuclear superpowers?
49 min
Is Kim Jong Un Ready to Talk to Donald Trump?
North Korea poses a growing threat to the U.S. and neighboring countries. But there may be room for negotiation.
31 min
Comey, Sessions, and the Barrage of the Russia ...
Allegations of the Trump administration’s collusion or cover-up are now daily front-page headlines. Is Trump a sinking ship?
29 min
Book Talk Part II: Can the U.S. Government Surv...
In his new book, Raven Rock, Garrett Graff uncovers the secret programs meant to keep America alive.
24 min
Book Talk: How the U.S. Government Plans to Sav...
Garrett Graff’s "Raven Rock" and the ugly truth about the continuity of government in the event of nuclear war.
29 min
Has the U.S. Lost All Credibility on the Intern...
As Trump pulls out of the Paris Agreement, rails on Iran, and does a 180° on China, America’s allies are reeling and looking elsewhere for leadership.
51 min
Was Trump’s Trip to Europe a Total Disaster?
A U.S. president who has repeatedly undermined NATO just met with NATO allies. Yeah, it didn’t go great.
38 min
Book Talk, Part II: Churchill & Orwell and the ...
Are we living through the 1930s all over again?
33 min
Book Talk: Tom Ricks on Churchill and Orwell in...
Do the legacies of these two figures still resonate in today’s world?
33 min
Is There Anything Normal About the Firing of Ja...
The short answer: no.
59 min
The European Union Just Squeaked By
Is Western liberalism safe with Macron’s win, or are more and more Europeans really migrating to the right?
41 min
Trump Takes the Global Stage
With upcoming trips to Europe and the Middle East, what can we expect from these high-profile and greatly anticipated meetings?
34 min
Clean Up on the Foreign-Policy Aisle
Trump’s Cabinet is always at the ready with brooms and mops to clean up the commander-in-chief’s errant outbursts. But does the administration have a real strategy?
41 min
Trump’s 100-Day Theater
What has the U.S. president really accomplished so far? Or is everything just for show?
55 min
Deciphering the French Election Results and Tru...
What does the latest round in the French elections tell us about U.S. foreign policy and Trump’s first 100 days?
49 min
Book Talk: The Great Questions of Tomorrow
The planet is in a deep moment of transformation. What are the fundamental questions we should be asking?
26 min
Book Talk: The Retreat of Western Liberalism
Does Donald Trump’s victory cement the idea that democracy is in crisis?
31 min
The Power of the Arts
How can culture be used to address some of the greatest challenges of our time?
65 min
How Will We Choose to Leave our Earth for Futur...
David Rothkopf sits down and speaks with one of FP’s Global Thinker Lifetime Achievement Award winners Dr. Jane Goodall.
31 min
Get Ready for a ‘Very Difficult’ Trump-Xi Summit
Does the administration have a strategy for this vital meeting with the Chinese president or does Trump just want to tweet about it?
33 min
Nice Doing Business With You, Moscow
That Trump campaign members may have colluded with Kremlin officials is a huge problem. But that the U.S. president may still have substantial interests in Russia is an even bigger issue.
45 min
Has Moscow Already Taken Down the Trump Adminis...
Donald Trump can’t seem to get ahead of the wave of Russia news stories, no matter how hard he tries.
41 min
Book Talk, Part II: “Madame President: The Extr...
From inspiring young women leaders to forging relationships with the hardest hitters on the international stage, how will Ellen Johnson Sirleaf’s legacy live on?
33 min
Book Talk: “Madame President: The Extraordinary...
Can Liberia’s rock-star president lead her country to another leader?
30 min
Are We on the Verge of a Full-On Trade War With...
China was once a cheerleader for Trump. But now that the president is singing a different tune, that could quickly change.
46 min
‘The President is Aware’
The Pentagon is sending in more troops to Syria and Afghanistan. And, apparently, the president has been made “aware.” Is that it?
46 min
Behind the Latest WikiLeaks Dump: New News?
The jury is still out about whether the latest CIA document release will cause harm. But what they could potentially be holding back may be more alarming.
51 min
The Middle East Welcomes Trump, Warily
With a new Trump administration changing policy from Israel to Yemen, the volatile region could be in for a wild ride.
42 min
Is Russia Running Circles Around the United Sta...
America may have the best intelligence, military, and diplomacy programs, but it’s getting played bigly by the Kremlin.
38 min
And the Oscar Goes To…
Sunday’s Oscar snafu was the perfect summary of the world we live in today. Is this the new norm in Trump’s America?
48 min
Has America Become a Reality Show?
Donald Trump seems to be more concerned with his “ratings” than U.S. foreign policy and managing the government. Welcome to the new America.
37 min
Trump vs. The Bureaucracy
With a president trying to challenge and discredit Washington’s establishment, how is our government supposed to accomplish anything?
41 min
How Long Until Trump’s First War?
The Trump administration’s unpredictable foreign policy could force the United States into an unintended conflict.
47 min
Trump and the ‘War on Truth’
In an age of alternative facts, it’s up to leaks and public outcry to hold the executive branch accountable.
39 min
What You’ve Been Missing Following Trump’s Ever...
In this relentless, breathless news cycle, critical issues are getting lost in the chatter.
46 min
But Mattis, but the World, but the Law, but Bur...
Can we hold on to these little bits of optimism as the Trump administration takes us into a turbulent, unprecedented future?
42 min
A Tale of a Very Messy Trump Transition
With just a week gone by, how much damage can the new Trump administration do?
52 min
Welcome to President Trump’s (Un)Ethical World
The 45th president of the United States has just been sworn in. Can the mountain of potential ethical violations that he is under investigation for bring him down?
47 min
Life in the Post-Truth World
A damning but unverified report on Trump and Russia has recently surfaced. But do the American people even care?
43 min
It’s the End of the World as We Know It
Richard Haass, the president of the Council on Foreign Relations, discusses the fragility of international order and his latest book, “A World in Disarray.”
47 min
Why We Should Remain Optimistic in 2017
New York Times’ columnist Thomas Friedman argues that despite all the disruptions in today’s world, we should instead look to opportunity and growth, and stay positive.
42 min
The Best Things of 2016
Leonardo DiCaprio finally won an Oscar. Beyonce’s ‘Lemonade’ was released. But what else happened this past year that calls for celebrating?
28 min
The Worst Things of 2016
Donald Trump became president, Russia hacked the U.S. elections, and Europe may have unraveled. But what else awful happened in 2016?
34 min
Trump’s Four-Star Friends
The incoming Trump administration keeps nominating former top military brass. Is that such a bad thing?
41 min
On Digital Diplomacy, Empowering Citizens Globa...
Executive chairman for Alphabet Inc., Eric Schmidt, on the future of technology, harnessing information, and what’s next for Google.
38 min
Entering into the Era of the Unknown
What we know: Trump loves Putin, China is moving to take advantage of America’s non-strategy in Asia, and the rest? We’re still not sure.
49 min
Hitting the Reset Button on International Order
From a realignment with Russia to the revocation of global trade deals, is the Trump administration relapsing to an era we once thought confined to the dustbin of history?
38 min
Is Donald Trump’s Cabinet a Cause for Concern?
President-elect Trump’s national security apparatus is beginning to take shape. Here’s who and what to look out for.
35 min
After One Week with President-elect Donald Trum...
Even as the incoming Trump administration fills its top cabinet and advisory roles, Trump’s foreign policy plans are still a mystery.
47 min
Can President Trump Undo Obama’s Legacy?
A stunning upset that sent shockwaves around the world is sinking in. Is the world order forever changed?
38 min
How To Survive a Trump Hangover
The United States has endured what is arguably one of the most polarizing elections in recent history. How will America recover once it’s over?
36 min
The News We’re Missing Because of the U.S. Pres...
Campaign news might be dominating headlines, but it’s the stack of international problems awaiting the next president that really deserves our attention.
48 min
Battlegrounds: The Fight for Mosul and Election...
What will come next in the offensive against the Islamic State in Iraq? And should U.S. voters be wary of a cyber attack on November 8?
45 min
Could America Get Even Uglier?
Racism, nativism, and anti-Semitism are disturbingly apparent in this year’s presidential race. But what comes after November 8 could disrupt American democracy itself.
34 min
How Much Did the Second Debate Change the Race ...
The hot mic tape, dissention in the G.O.P, and another defense of an aggressive Russia has put Donald Trump on the ropes. But whether Hillary Clinton landed her political punches, remains to be seen.
51 min
How Much Can Russia Mess With the U.S. Elections?
If Vladimir Putin really is behind the hacks of the DNC and Clinton campaign, it could mark the frightening beginning of a new cyber-era of election tampering.
30 min
Obama, Syria, and the Missed Opportunities of U...
World leaders gathered in New York City to give speeches and discuss the world’s most pressing foreign-policy issues, but they neglected two of its biggest problems.
38 min
Syria Is Now Everyone’s War
With more than a million refugees in Europe, the spread of conflict throughout the region, and Russia’s involvement — why what’s happening in Syria matters everywhere.
36 min
Back to Escuela with Trump and Obama
As Trump talks softly in Mexico, and Obama gets pranked in Asia, a quick run through the big international stories driving late-summer headlines
47 min
What Is ‘War’ Anymore?
The lines between violence, conflict, and war are being increasingly blurred -- with dangerous consequences.
47 min
Is It Too Early to Call the Election for Hillar...
While we’re at it, let’s just pick her foreign policy team of advisers…
36 min
How Chekhov Explains the Republican Revolt Agai...
And who's on tap for the top national security jobs in the Trump administration?
28 min
What Does Expanding the Definition of War Mean ...
Increasingly, America’s armed forces are tasked with protecting new battlefronts around the world — from cyberwarfare to post-conflict peacekeeping. And that could be very bad for the United States.
42 min
Is Trump Putin’s ‘Guy’?
From the DNC email hack to his comments on NATO and Crimea, why Trump might be the Russian president’s secret weapon.
44 min
What Will It Take to Keep China From Behaving B...
Beijing was denied its maritime claims to the contested waters, but will The Hague’s ruling really make a difference?
30 min
Do Trump, Turkey, and Brexit Signal a Shift Tow...
It feels like the world is in a state of constant upheaval, and maybe it’s time to start connecting the global dots.
48 min
The World After the Iran Deal: Better or Worse?
One year later, it appears the historic nuclear agreement is a success. But that doesn’t mean the world is a safer place.
30 min
Is Globalization to Blame for Brexit?
Britain shocked the world by voting to leave the European Union, but what comes next could be even more dangerous.
28 min
The End of Eras: Donald Trump and the TPP
What do the success of the controversial presidential candidate and the free trade deal have in common?
40 min
What Policies Should Decide the Presidential El...
A campaign-platform wish list for the next U.S. president
34 min
The Future History of Obama’s Foreign Policy
In the coming decades, will the outgoing president’s foreign policy ultimately be remembered as a success or will it be overshadowed by what some would call his inability to act?
33 min
The Collapse of the Political Middle
Does the rise of Donald Trump and right-wing groups across the West mean the world is experiencing a democracy crisis?
28 min
The United States of Politically Crazy
Who’s the Worst Presidential Candidate in U.S. History?
36 min
The Case for Electing a President Who Knows How...
Does Hillary Clinton’s experience making — and surmounting — mistakes strengthen her POTUS potential?
36 min
The Washington Insider Who Believes He’s an Out...
What Ben Rhodes tells us about ego and politics inside the Obama administration.
35 min
Examining Sy-raq
For this week’s discussion on Syria and Iraq, The E.R. team asks "Is the worst yet to come"?
34 min
Should Britain Stay, or Should It Go?
With the U.K. on the verge of saying “piss off” to Brussels, the great European democratic project hangs in the balance.
32 min
Is Brazil the Chicago of Latin America?
We shouldn’t be surprised that Brazil — and other countries in the BRICS — is dealing with the stumbles and falls of an emerging economy. Meaningful progress takes decades.
34 min
Defending Donald Trump … Again?
Why playing devil’s advocate with the Republican front-runner’s rhetoric eventually leads back to the source of the problem — Washington.
31 min
Not to Defend Donald Trump, but…
Why the contentious presidential candidate may not be wrong about how to negotiate on foreign policy. Maybe.
19 min
Is Obama Too Thoughtful for His Own Good?
In today’s complex, tumultuous world of global affairs, perhaps nuance and patience aren’t assets for an American president.
32 min
Who Would Bibi Vote for?
AIPAC, the Iran deal, Israel’s recent outreach to Russia — which of the presidential candidates is going to corner the vote on Middle East policy and tackle the legacy of the current administration?
35 min
Is Cuba Really a Triumph for Obama?
As his last year in office winds down, the president looks to cement his legacy by forging a new path in Latin America.
38 min
Let the Judging of the Obama Administration Begin
From the Islamic State to Libya, from China to Putin, can the sitting U.S. president offer real perspective while he’s still inside the White House?
48 min
Bernie Sanders’s Campaign Is Not a Real Revolution
The United States isn’t going to see the kind of change brought by the Arab Spring and Euromaidan—no matter how many millennials rock the vote.
40 min
The Future of Putin’s Russia and the Syria Dilemma
What will the next president choose: war, diplomacy, or inaction?
34 min
Saving Syria at the 11th Hour
In lieu of a clear commitment to stopping the violence, the Obama administration has settled for limited intervention without a clear strategy. Can the United States still make a difference?
32 min
The Tension Between Political Will and Politica...
From Syria to Germany, from the U.S. election to the plot line of Homeland, this week’s panel debates whether even the best political intentions can produce real change.
28 min
Why Is the United States More Afraid of the Isl...
It’s actually Putin and a rising Russia that pose the greater threat to world order. And that's something we need to acknowledge, for ourselves and our allies.
29 min
Newscast: What Looms on the 2016 Horizon
From China’s economic downturn to the lifting of sanctions on Iran, this week’s panel reviews the scariest, biggest, and most important stories in the year ahead.
42 min
The Truth About Davos
Why it was another disappointing year for the World Economic Forum's big meeting.
40 min
2015, in Hindsight
The great migrant crisis, the Latin American Left, and Putin’s power plays: What else will the world remember about last year?
36 min
Here’s Looking at You, 2016
From Syria to the Islamic State to electing the next U.S. president to Adele’s pop music domination, naming the biggest global story of the coming year.
26 min
On Trump, the GOP, and Muslim Refugees
The pursuit of life, liberty, and a culture of religious intolerance.
38 min
The Power of Love, Etc.
From Canada’s open immigration policies to FP’s inspiring Global Thinkers, can outsiders change America’s political culture?
38 min
Does the United States Have a Gun Problem or a ...
Why Americans are getting stuck in the rhetorical mud about true threats to national security.
34 min
Rating the U.S. Reaction to Terrorist Attacks
Looking at the world’s response to recent terrorist attacks — from policy shifts to political stumping to emotional outpourings and shows of solidarity — how does America measure up?
37 min
How Is the War on Terror Like the War on Drugs?
The U.S. fight against global terrorism is costly, distracting, self-perpetuating, unceasing, and unresolvable. Is there any way to fix it?
49 min
How to Reboot America’s Global Influence
A foreign-policy to-do list for the next administration.
40 min
Which International Architecture Rules the World?
Between the Atlantic and the Pacific, recent developments and displays of power could be changing the way the world works in a fundamental way.
48 min
Do Your Generals Speak Economics?
Why the military can't fix a broken foreign economy — and possibly shouldn't be asked to.
38 min
It’s Time the U.S. Military Reinvented Itself t...
Is the U.S. military still too much of an industrial-era relic to meet the challenges of the moment and adapt to a new world order?
46 min
‘We Fail Better’ Should Not Be the Motto of the...
David Rothkopf, Rosa Brooks, Kori Schake, and Tom Ricks wrestle with America's recent legacy in the Middle East and what's broken with the last superpower's armed forces.
39 min
Cyberoffense, Deterrence, and the Dawn of a New...
Do our leaders know enough about code and IT to develop sufficient cyberpolicy? Listen to David Rothkopf, Rosa Brooks, Kori Schake, and David Sanger explore the modern challenges facing cybersecurity.
45 min
Living in the Aftermath of the Iran Deal
How does the "new" Middle East look now that the Iran deal is done? David Rothkopf, Rosa Brooks, Kori Schake, and David Sanger debate.
41 min
Who’s the Most Successful One of All? Rating th...
David Rothkopf, Rosa Brooks, Bob Kagan, and Kori Schake debate who's been the world's most effective head of state since Barack Obama took office. Spoiler alert: It doesn't help to be a good guy.
35 min
If the World Is So Dangerous, How Come So Few o...
CEO and editor David Rothkopf sizes up the 2016 contenders on foreign policy with Rosa Brooks, Robert Kagan, and Kori Schake.
47 min
American Power at a Crossroads
Is it even possible to "Make America Great Again"? David Rothkopf takes on American exceptionalism with Rosa Brooks, Kori Schake, and Robert Kagan.
36 min
Decoding the Iran Deal
FP Group CEO and editor David Rothkopf discusses the implications of the Iran deal with Rosa Brooks, Kori Schake, and Robert Kagan.
34 min