THE WORLD IN 30 MINUTES WITH MARK LEONARD

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Europe and the US-Iran escalation

Mark Leonard is joined by Ellie Geranmayeh, deputy head of ECFR’s MENA programme, Hossein Mousavian, former Iranian diplomat and scholar, and Ilan Goldenberg, director of the Middle East Security Program at the Center for a New American Security (CNAS) and former Pentagon official. They explore the latest development around the JCPOA, the European and Iranian point of views, and scenarios for potential US-Iran escalation.

The podcast was recorded on 14 May 2019.

Bookshelf:

60 days to save the JCPOA by Ellie Geranmayeh 
There Is Still Time for Diplomacy With Iran by Ilan Goldenberg and Elizabeth Rosenberg 
It’s Time for the Leaders of Saudi Arabia and Iran to Talk by Hossein Mousavian and Abdulaziz Sager 

Gilets Jaunes: A French crisis?

Mark Leonard speaks with Simon Kuper, Tara Varma and Manuel Lafont Rapnouil about the Yellow Vest Movement, and whetherit’s only a French phenomenon. The podcast was recorded on 21 March 2019.

Bookshelf:

Sur le fil de l'asile by Pasquale Brice 

Harcelées by Astrid de Villaines 

Heroic Failure: Brexit and the Politics of Pain by Fintan O’Toole 

Twilight of the Elites: Prosperity, the Periphery, and the Future of France by Christophe Guilluy & Malcolm DeBevoise 

The 2019 European Election: How anti-Europeans plan to wreck European and what can be done to stop it by Susi Dennison and Pawel Zerka 

Why Viktor Orbán and his allies won’t win the EU elections by Ivan Krastev 

Will the yellow vests movement spread across Europe? by Tara Varma 

Unlock Europe’s majority 

Secrets of the populist playbook: How a new breed of political strategist paved the way for Trump and Orbán by Simon Kuper 

Crimea at five

Jeremy Shapiro is standing in for the regular host Mark Leonard and discusses the current situation in Crimea and relations between Russia and Ukraine with ECFR experts Kadri Liik and Nicu Popsecu. The podcast was recorded on 13 March 2019.

EU Radio is now also broadcasting this podcast on Tuesdays at 7pm and Wednesdays at 9am CET every week. You can listen to the station at euradio.fr.

Bookshelf:
We need to talk about Putin by Mark Galeotti 

History of the Russian Revolution by Leon Trotsky 

The Bully Pulpit: Theodore Roosevelt, William Howard Taft, and the Golden Age of Journalism by Doris Kearns Goodwin 

Protests in Algeria: A fifth term for Bouteflika?

Mark Leonard speaks with Andrew Lebovich, Anthony Dworkin and Chloe Teevan, about what the demonstrators want, and EU-Algeria relations.

Bookshelf:

La Martingale Algérienne, Réflexions sur une crise by Abderrahmane Hadj-Nacer 

A History of Algeria by James McDougall 

Algiers, Third World Capital: Freedom Fighters, Revolutionaries, Black Panthers by Elaine Mokhtefi 

The Battlefield: Algeria 1988-2002, Studies in a Broken Polity by Hugh Roberts 

Protests and the ailing president: Algeria's political crisis by Andrew Lebovich 

Renewing Europe by Emmanuel Macron 

Why did Iran's foreign minister resign?

Mark Leonard speaks with Ellie Geranmayeh and Dr Kayhan Barzegar about Mohammad Javad Zarif’s resignation and the current political situation in Iran. The podcast was recorded on 27 February 2019.

Bookshelf:

Becoming by Michelle Obama

Reading Lolita from Tehran by Azar Nafisi 

Let the swords encircle me by Scott Peterson 

 

Films:

The Insult

No Man’s Land 

About Elly 

A Separation

Highlights of the Munich Security Conference 2019

Direct from the Hotel Bayerischer Hof, Mark Leonard, Ulrike Franke and Jonathan Hackenbroich share their post-conference insights. They discuss speeches by German chancellor Angela Merkel, US vice-president Mike Pence, and Britain’s defence secretary Gavin Williamson, and talk about their favourite side-events. 

Bookshelf:

Munich Security Report 2019 "The Great Puzzle: Who Will Pick Up the Pieces?"

La ruée vers l'Europe : La jeune Afrique en route pour le Vieux Continent by Stephen Smith

The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet by Becky Chambers

The Light that Failed: How the West Won the Cold War But Lost the Peace by Ivan Krastev & Stephen Holmes (forthcoming September 2019)

The podcast was recorded on 17 February 2017.

EU Elections: Could anti-Europe parties wreck the EU from within?

Mark Leonard speaks with Susi Dennison, director of ECFR’s European Power programme, and Pawel Zerka, programme coordinator for European Power, about the upcoming European Parliament elections, the possibility of a surge in Eurosceptic parties, and how to reach the silent pro-European majority.

New ECFR report: "The 2019 European Elections: How anti-Europeans plan to wreck Europe and what can be done to stop"

Bookshelf:

The Happiness Industry by William Davies

Nervous States by William Davies

Bourgeois Equality by Deirdre N. McCloskey

 The Theory of Moral Sentiments by Adam Smith

The Age of Surveillance Capitalism by Shoshana Zuboff 

The podcast was recorded on 11 February 2019.

The crisis in Venezuela: What does Europe’s move mean?

Anthony Dworkin steps in for Mark Leonard and speaks with Jose Ignacio Torreblanca, Federica Paddeu, and Sergey Sukhankin, about what risks the recognition of Juan Guaido as interim president of Venezuela by several European countries will bring. The podcast was recorded on 5 February 2019.

Bookshelf:

Russian mercenaries on the march: next stop Venezuela? by Sergey Sukhankin

Dismantling Democracy in Venezuela: The Chávez Authoritarian Experiment by Allan R. Brewer-Carías 

The Mutiny - the name of the third world by Evgeny Messner

Caracas Chronicles 

AI Superpowers: China, Silicon Valley and the New World Order by Kai-Fu Lee

US tariffs on Chinese exports: Can the two reach a deal?

Anthony Dworkin steps in for Mark Leonard and speaks with Janka Oertel and Sebastian Mallaby about US-China trade talks, their relationship and Europe’s role. The podcast was recorded on 30 January 2019.

Bookshelf:

Troublemakers: Silicon Valley's Coming of Age by Leslie Berlin 

The Code: Silicon Valley and the remaking of America by Margeret O’Mara 

Die Neuerfindung der Diktatur by Kai Strittmatter 

Algiers, Third World Capital: Freedom Fighters, Revolutionaries, Black Panthers by Elaine Mokhtefi 

The Aachen Treaty: A closer Franco-German relationship?

Anthony Dworkin steps in for Mark Leonard and speaks with Almut Möller, Manuel Lafont Rapnouil and Tom Nuttall about how significant the new treaty of friendship between France and Germany is. The podcast was recorded on the 17 January 2019.

Bookshelf:

Iron Kingdom by Christopher Clark 

Wir sind ja nicht zum Spaß hier: Reportagen, Satiren und andere Gebrauchstexte by Deniz Yügel 

La Faiblesse du vrai: Ce que la post-vérité fait à notre monde commun by Myriam Revault d'Allonnes 

Sabbath's Theater by Philip Roth 

Warnings From Versailles: The Lessons of 1919, a Hundred Years On by Margaret MacMillan 

The US role in Syria

Anthony Dworkin steps in for Mark Leonard and discusses the US strategy in Syria with Asli Aydintasbas, Julien Barnes-Dacey and Jasmin El-Gamal. The podcast was recorded on 10 January 2019.

Trends for 2019

Mark Leonard and Jeremy Shapiro review the year gone by and predict the 10 foreign policy trends that will define 2019.

The GCM: The clash between populism and technocracy

Mark Leonard speaks with Shoshana Fine, Tom Nuttall, Jose Ignacio Torreblanca, and Patrycja  Sasnal about the UN’s Global Compact for Migration, and whether it matters that some European countries haven’t signed it. The podcast was recorded on 12 December 2018.

Bookshelf:
Go, went, gone by Jenny Erpenbeck 
How Democracies Die by Steven Levitsky and Daniel Ziblatt 
Security at the Borders: Transnational Practices and Technologies in West Africa by Philippe M. Frowd 
Revolution Of Hope: Toward a Humanized Technology by Erich Fromm 
Distant Love by Ulrich Beck and Elisabeth Beck-Gernsheim 

How has Germany’s strategy shifted?

Mark Leonard speaks with Michael Thumann about Germany and its new role in the world.

Bookshelf:
The Great Delusion: Liberal Dreams and International Realities by John J. Mearsheimer 
Spionagechef im geheimen Krieg by Markus Wolf 
Die Zeit articles by Michael Thumann 

The Sea of Azov: The newest front in the war in Ukraine?

Mark Leonard speaks with Andrew Wilson, Kadri Liik and Nicu Popescu about the Kerch Strait ship capture, what this means and how the international community could react to the latest tensions. The podcast was recorded on 26 November 2018.

Bookshelf:
The Cuckoo's Egg: Tracking a Spy Through the Maze of Computer Espionage by Cliff Stoll 
Why doctors hate their computers by Atul Gawande
Cyberwar: How Russian Hackers and Trolls Helped Elect a President - What We Don't, Can't, and Do Know by Kathleen Hall Jamieson 
Network Propaganda - Manipulation, Disinformation, and Radicalization in American Politics by Yochai Benkler, Robert Faris, and Hal Roberts 
Distant love by Ulrich Beck and Elisabeth Beck-Gernsheim 

Could EU entry bans protect human rights?

Anthony Dworkin speaks with Gerald Knaus about how the EU can protect human rights and prevent rising illiberalism.

Bookshelf:
Moral Tribes by Joshua Greene
Not Enough - Human Rights in an Unequal World by Samuel Moyn 

Brexit: This deal or no deal?

Anthony Dworkin speaks with Douglas Alexander about the proposed withdrawal agreement, whether it will get through parliament and what might happen if it doesn't.

Midterm elections: Will US foreign policy change?

Mark Leonard speaks with Craig Kennedy, Jeremy Shapiro and Anna Kuchenbecker about the election results and Donald Trump's tenure. The podcast was recorded on 8th November 2018.

Bookshelf:
The Great Delusion by John J. Mearsheimer
Sapiens by Yuval Noah Harari 
Lords of the Desert by James Barr 
The Coming of Democracy by Mark R. Cheathem 

A world without Angela Merkel

What does Angela Merkel’s decision to stand down as leader of the Christian Democratic Union (CDU) mean for Germany and Europe? Mark Leonard discusses with Josef Janning and Susi Dennison the political implications, and expectations for party leadership: Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer, Friedrich Merz, Jens Spahn.

The podcast was recorded on 31 October 2018.

 

Bookshelf

ECFR’s EU Coalition Explorer 
Counter-Revolution - Liberal Europe in Retreat by Jan Zielonka 
Fauda, Netflix

Close Contact? Coalition Building in the EU

ECFR’s EU28 Survey reveals the interactions, perceptions, and chemistry between the 28 EU member states. This week, Mark Leonard joins Josef Janning, Christoph Klavehn and Almut Möller to discuss findings of the expert poll that will be published in the “EU Coalition Explorer” on Thursday, 30 October 2018. 

Bookshelf:

- EU Coalition Explorer (Stay tuned for the new edition on 30 October)

- Country analyses with data from the EU28 Survey by Josef Janning and Almut Möller 
 
- Poems by Tomáš Kafka 

- 1815 Waterloo by Thierry Lentz

This podcast was recorded on 25 October.

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