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What is the story of Hong Kong? In our first episode for our new NARRATIVE series, Up to Speed, POFA tells the story of Hong Kong’s rise, its earth-shaking protests, and its future under the newly imposed National Security Law. Up to Speed: The Story of Hong Kong If you liked this narrative style, or hated it, please let us know! Shoot us an email …
 
On his first day in office, President Joe Biden revoked the Keystone Pipeline’s permit, all but shutting down construction. But, why did the Biden Administration decide to do this? What has made the Keystone Pipeline so controversial in the United States? And what does that mean for the future of US-Canada relations? Joining us today on the podcast…
 
Millions of people worldwide are affected by the human trafficking crisis, which has only been exacerbated by the COVD-19 pandemic. In this episode, we will cover what human trafficking or modern slavery is, and what makes people vulnerable. We will also discuss the international security risks posed by human trafficking, including how it can be us…
 
In the early hours of February 1st, 2021, Myanmar’s military staged a coup d’etat against its democratically elected government. Myanmar’s defacto civilian leader, Aung san suu kyi was arrested, alongside Myanmar’s president and dozens of other civilian officials. By the afternoon, the military had announced the imposition of a one-year state of em…
 
Does the new EU-China investment agreement signal a closer relationship between the two powers? The EU and China reached an important investment agreement – just as the US is seeking to strengthen its own relationships with its European allies. Why have the EU and China reached this deal, what does it contain, and how will the new Biden administrat…
 
Is the Brexit saga coming to an end? On the last day of 2020, the United Kingdom and the European Union signed an important agreement that will define much of the post-Brexit relationship between the two powers. What does this Trade and Cooperation Agreement contain, and how will it impact the economies and politics between and within the EU and th…
 
In this episode of the foreign policy toolbox, we discuss the importance of nuclear arms control, its history and its future. FP Toolbox: Nuclear Arms Control with Ms. Rebecca Hersman Rebecca Hersman is director of the Project on Nuclear Issues (PONI) and senior adviser with the International Security Program at the Center for Strategic and Interna…
 
In this special episode of the podcast, we discuss the future of U.S.-Russia relations under the Biden Administration with former U.S. Ambassador to Russia Michael McFaul. The collapse of the Soviet Union and the end of the Cold War generated meteoric expectations for US-Russia relations. Just thirty years later, not only have these expectations no…
 
Today on the podcast, we discuss Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, Turkish foreign policy, and Turkey’s increasing impact on the Middle East and the world. Who is President Erdogan? What are his domestic and foreign policy goals and motivations? What has President Erdoğan’s policies been towards neighboring Middle Eastern countries, specifica…
 
Today, former Vice President Joseph R. Biden was inaugurated into office as the 46th President of the United States. Throughout his campaign, Biden promised to conduct a drastically different foreign policy than his predecessor. We look at what this change could look like in Latin America on issues such as global action for climate change, counteri…
 
Welcome back to the Hopkins Podcast on Foreign Affairs, the entirely student-run podcast out of Johns Hopkins University. In this episode, we dive into the topic of Hindu nationalism — how has it affected Indian politics, society, and foreign policy? To help us answer these questions, today on the podcast we are joined by Dr. Milan Vaishnav. To lis…
 
Welcome back to the Hopkins Podcast on Foreign Affairs, the entirely student-run podcast out of Johns Hopkins University. The U.S. – Russia relationship is at a near thirty year low. From the Russian annexation of Crimea, to covert poisonings authorized by the Kremlin abroad, interference in democratic elections, and most recently, a massive cyber …
 
Welcome back to the Hopkins Podcast on Foreign Affairs, the entirely student-run podcast out of Johns Hopkins University. Today on the podcast, we will be discussing U.S. foreign policy toward Taiwan, and the future of U.S.-Taiwan relations under President Joe Biden. What are the drivers of the relationship between the United States and Taiwan? How…
 
For some, the Central Intelligence Agency remains shrouded in secrecy. Others recall the CIA’s Cold War-era attempts at regime changes and the ensuing national repercussions of these actions. Today, we will discuss the basics of what the CIA is in order to understand what its true goals and missions are. What has the CIA done throughout its history…
 
Years since the roar of the first steam engine, we have become increasingly dependent on non-renewable sources of energy that spurred growth but also created the current climate crisis.. Our generation stands at a crossroads. Faced with the monumental task of saving our planet, international cooperation on the issue of climate change is a necessity…
 
NATO has been a critical pillar of US foreign policy since its inception in 1949. Since the end of the Cold War however, NATO’s purpose has been reimagined, its challenges expanded, and its unity weakened. What will the future of US-NATO relations look like under the incoming Biden administration, and what role will the alliance play in US foreign …
 
The emergence of social media in recent years has profoundly improved communication and information-sharing around the world. However, social media has also become a powerful tool in conflicts and warfare. Today, the same platforms used to organize protests are used by terrorist groups and belligerent nations to spur attacks and sway elections. In …
 
For several months now, tens of thousands of Thais have taken to the streets of Thailand to demand constitutional and monarchical reforms. The movement gained steam in September and October, galvanized by student groups organizing pro-democracy protests over social media. What sparked these protests, what are the specifics of their demands, what ma…
 
The United Kingdom is fraying. After decades of neoliberal economic policy, devolution, the end of empire, and recent events such as Brexit and the COVID-19 pandemic, the people of Scotland have questioned their place in the United Kingdom. Support for a second independence referendum is at a record high, and those who favor independence now compos…
 
Welcome to our second episode in our Foreign Policy Toolbox Series — where we unravel the mysteries of the most important institutions, concepts, and policies that decision makers actually use to implement foreign policy. In today’s episode, we are discussing the United Nations Peacekeepers. What do UN peacekeepers actually do, where are they deplo…
 
On this episode, we discuss China’s Belt and Road Initiative, the signature foreign policy project of Chinese President Xi Jinping. What are the objectives of the BRI, is debt-trap diplomacy a real threat, and what are the global implications of the initiative? To help us answer these questions, today on the podcast we are joined by Dr. Daniel Mark…
 
In this episode, POFA hosts share their personal opinions on the election series as a whole! As a reminder, our personal opinions are not representative of Johns Hopkins University. To listen to this episode, find the Hopkins Podcast on Foreign Affairs on iTunes or Spotify, or click the link below! 2020 Elections: POFA Roundtable Follow us on Twitt…
 
Today we’ll be talking about the #EndSARS movement in Nigeria. In October 2020, protests erupted in Nigeria against the country’s Special Anti-Robbery Squad, mirroring the American Black Lives Matter movements. Though these protests are a new event, civil unrest and issue of government-sanctioned violence have existed in Nigeria since its colonizat…
 
In our final episode of our 2020 election series, we discuss public opinion polling on issues of foreign policy. On what issues of foreign policy do Democrats and Republicans agree with each other? What does the American public view as most threatening to America’s national security? How have opinions of trade and alliances changed over time? To he…
 
In this episode, we discuss what foreign policy may look like under a Biden Administration, should he win the November 2020 presidential election. What worldview guides Joe Biden’s decision making in foreign policy? What foreign policy priorities might a Biden Administration choose to tackle first? How would a Biden Administration’s foreign policy …
 
In this episode, we are discussing technology and its role in election interference, from 2016 to this new election cycle. Since the 2016 elections, Americans have been warned by their intelligence agencies that international actors, primarily Russia, have engaged in both cyberattacks and influence operations to attempt to sway the presidential ele…
 
You’re listening to the second episode of our 2020 presidential election series. In this series, POFA will cover the progressives’ as well as the Biden and Trump administrations’ approach to foreign policy. We will also examine the role of technology in election interference and the importance of polling Americans on foreign policy issues. To liste…
 
Welcome to the first episode of our 2020 presidential election series. To prepare for the upcoming election, POFA will discuss the recent emergence of a progressive approach to foreign policy as well as what foreign policy would look like under either a Biden administration or a second Trump term. Then, we will be examine the role of technology in …
 
Today we will discuss the recent events in Mali and what a democratic future looks like for the Malian people. We will talk about the coup this summer, how it compares to the 2012 coup, and the recent transitional deal announced by the military government. Furthermore, we will explore the role of international actors and how they have contributed t…
 
Welcome to the first episode in our brand new series, the Foreign Policy Toolbox! In the FP Toolbox, POFA will be unraveling the mysteries of the most important institutions, concepts, and policies that decision makers actually use to implement foreign policy. What is the National Security Council? How do sanctions work? What is the process for cra…
 
Since it was first discovered in Wuhan in late 2019, COVID-19 has risen to become a raging pandemic, with over 27 million confirmed cases around the world. Scientists, government leaders, and experts agree that a key strategy to ending the pandemic must be the development of a vaccine, which has prompted laboratories, academic institutions, and pha…
 
On August 28, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, the longest continuously serving Prime Minister of Japan, announced that he would resign the prime ministership. In order to further explain Prime Minister Abe’s domestic and foreign policy legacy, we are joined today on the podcast by Dr. Sheila Smith. To listen to this episode, find the Hopkins Po…
 
For over ten years, Venezuela has been engulfed in a political and economic crisis which has impoverished millions in the oil-rich country and brought authoritarianism to one of Latin America’s oldest democracies. Caught in a global geopolitical competition amidst the COVID-19 pandemic, and with upcoming elections in December of this year, the stak…
 
Since the turn of the century, China’s economic, political, and military strength has risen meteorically– from international institutions and trade relationships to telecommunications networks and public perceptions, China is increasingly garnering influence and in some cases, control. This rise to dominance has prompted a dramatic rethink of US fo…
 
In this episode of the Hopkins Podcast on Foreign Affairs, we discuss Anne Applebaum’s new book, Twilight of Democracy. What is democracy, what is authoritarianism, why are some intellectuals drawn to authoritarianism, and how can we protect democracy? To help us answer these questions, today on the podcast we are joined by Anne Applebaum herself. …
 
Over the last couple of weeks thousands of people have taken to the streets in Belarus to protest the recent reelection of President Lukishenko. Lukisheko’s government stated that he won with over 80% of the vote, leading many to believe that this election was rigged and the results were fradulant. Today we explore the root of these protests and ho…
 
In this episode, we discuss the Quadrilateral Security Dialogue, the “Quad”, an Indo-Pacific security grouping of the United States, Australia, Japan, and India. What is the purpose of the Quad? What has the Quad already done? How has China responded to the Quad? To help us answer these questions, today on the podcast we are joined by Jeff Smith. J…
 
From Africa to Asia and Latin America, the US and China are increasingly competing for global influence. With each promoting different visions for global development. In this episode, we discuss the role of US foreign aid in the context of rising Great Power Competition. What does USAID look like on the ground? How does the US use foreign aid to sh…
 
This week, tragedy struck Lebanon. Over two thousands tons of ammonium nitrate stored in a warehouse in Beirut’s port exploded with earth shattering force — ripping apart the center of Beirut – destroying hospitals, businesses, and the homes of an estimated 300,000 people. Hundreds lost their lives. The scale of destruction and toll on the Lebanese…
 
24 million. That is the number of men, women, and children in need of humanitarian assistance in Yemen. Since the civil conflict started, Yemen has quickly become one of the most unforgiving places to be a child in the world. 10.2 million children don’t have basic healthcare. 7.8 million children don’t have access to education. 12 million children …
 
Antarctica, with its freezing temperatures, wind blown surfaces, and shockingly low amount of precipitation is the earth’s most inhospitable continent — surrounded on all sides by the southern ocean, it took until 1911 for explorers to reach the southern pole. Yet, the continent is not beyond the reach of politics. In this special episode of our tw…
 
The polar regions have become a vector of geopolitical competition stemming from the effects of Climate Change. In this podcast, we discuss the geopolitical competition over the Arctic. Who are the major players, why does the region matter, and what, if anything, should the United States do in the region? To help us answer these questions, today on…
 
The ethnically diverse region of Kashmir has been hotly contested even before India and Pakistan won their independence in 1947. In August 2019, India revoked the significant autonomy of Indian-administered Kashmir and implemented a communications ban. Today, we will discuss the history of conflict in Kashmir, including relevant state and non-state…
 
In May 2020, the Chinese Communist Party announced a sweeping new National Security Law over Hong Kong. The law, enacted in late June, ambiguously outlaws separatism, subversion, and terrorism, allowing China to limit the autonomy of Hong Kong’s institutions and crackdown on freedoms enjoyed by those in Hong Kong in an unprecedented manner. Those i…
 
The United States invaded Afghanistan in 2001, launching the first phase of its global war on terrorism. Now, 20 years later, the US is still there. In February 2020, an agreement was concluded between the US and Taliban, paving the way for significant withdrawal of US troops, and laying the groundwork for intra-Afghan negotiations. However, only d…
 
Since the death of George Floyd on May 25, 2020, the United States has witnessed the awakening of a national conversation on racial justice and equity, especially within our institutions. The January 2020 Government Accountability Office report on diversity in the Department of State found troubling patterns. For example, racial or ethnic minoritie…
 
COVID-19 has spread across the globe, but Brazil has been hit particularly hard. Brazil currently has second highest number of COVID-19 cases deaths in the world. In this episode, we investigate why, including discussing the administration of Jair Bolsonaro and the economic consequences of Brazil’s failure to address COVID-19 in the region. Filipe …
 
Since the outbreak of COVD-19 from Wuhan in early 2020, Taiwan has succeeded in fighting the virus. Throughout Taiwan, there have been only 446 confirmed cases and 7 deaths to date. Today, we will be discussing what strategies Taiwan has implemented to prevent the outbreak and reopen, and whether these strategies can be extrapolated to other countr…
 
On June 15th, a deadly brawl between Chinese and Indian troops along the India-China border in the Himalayas resulted in casualties for the first time in four decades. In this episode we will discuss the history of this long-standing border dispute as well as other points of tensions between China and India. Joining us today is Dr. Joshua White. Jo…
 
In this episode, we discuss Kim Jong Un, the authoritarian supreme leader of North Korea — a country known for its nuclear weapons program and isolation from the world. What do we know about Kim? What is going on with the recent escalation of tensions between North Korea and South Korea? What does the future of US – NK relations look like? To help …
 
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