THE WORLD IN 30 MINUTES WITH MARK LEONARD

LATEST EPISODES:

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.

The disappearance of Jamal Khashoggi

Mark Leonard speaks with Asli Aydintasbas, Jeremy Shapiro and Julien Barnes-Dacy about what effect the incident might have on relations between Saudi Arabia, the US and Turkey. The podcast was recorded on the 16 October 2018.

Bookshelf:

The Jungle Grows Back by Robert Kagan

The River of Doubt by Candice Millard 

Lords of the Desert by James Barr 

Khashoggi disappearance: Time for an independent investigation by Julien Barnes-Dacey 

The Sahel: A transit region for migration

Mark Leonard speaks with Shoshana Fine and Andrew Lebovich about what is Europe trying to so in the Sahel.

Bookshelf:

The Good Immigrant by Nico Schuettler

From Empires to NGOs in the West African Sahel by Gregory Mann

Halting ambition: EU migration and security policy in the Sahel by Andrew Lebovich

The sanctions weapon

Mark Leonard speaks with Erica Moret and Manuel Lafont Rapnouil about European sanctions policies, secondary sanctions and counter measures. The podcast was recorded on the 27 September 2018.

Bookshelf:
Keeping Europe Safe after Brexit - Findings of a reflection group led by Marta Dassù, Wolfgang Ischinger, Pierre Vimont, and Robert Cooper. Edited by Susi Dennison 
Cassandra by Christa Wolf 
Un publicista en apuros by Natalia Moret 
Why Europe should focus on its growing interdependence with Africa by Jeremy Cliffe
La Rue vers L’Europe by Stephen Smith

UN General Assembly 2018: What will be discussed?

Mark Leonard and Richard Gowan go through the likely talking points at the meeting and discuss what might be on some countries' hidden agendas. The podcast was recorded on 19 September 2018.

Bookshelf:

The Secret of the World: A History of Intelligence by Christopher Andrew

Enough Said by Mark Thompson

The Idlib crisis – Can Turkey and Europe avert disaster?

Mark Leonard examines the looming Syrian-Russian military action in Idlib in discussion with ECFR experts Asli Aydıntaşbaş, Julien Barnes-Dacey, and Almut Möller. What do Turks and Europeans make of the possible humanitarian and geopolitical consequences?

Bookshelf
The tiger who came to tea by Judith Kerr
Into the Hands of the Soldiers: Freedom and Chaos in Egypt and the Middle East  by David D. Kirkpatrick
The Death of Truth: Notes on Falsehood in the Age of Trump by Michiko Kakutani
Francis Fukuyama Postpones the End of History by Louis Menand

The podcast was recorded on 12 September.

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