Regardless of how Russia's war in Ukraine comes to an end, the Kremlin will increasingly be concerned about its western flank with Europe. This means it will have decreasing bandwidth for its strategic rear, Central Asia. Middle East expert Kamran Bokhari joins the John Batchelor Show to discuss the geopolitics of the region, where nations like China and Russia are competing for influence.
Antonia Colibasanu joins John Batchelor from Bucharest to discuss two historic economic models that can shed light on modern crises that exist in many regions, including Russia, the United States, and China. And in the second segment, a discussion on the building energy crisis in Black Sea.
As Europe looks to sources outside of Russia to meet their energy demands, the continent sees Caspian countries like Kazakhstan and Azerbaijan as key alternative energy suppliers. Moscow-based Analyst Ekaterina Zolotova joins John Batchelor to discuss why this region is so promising and what are the challenges that lie ahead.
Chile's new constitutional referendum is the culmination of a three-year effort to write a new social contract that can address wealth inequality and political volatility. Dir. of Analysis Allison Fedirka joins John Batchelor to discuss the country's unique geography and resources, and its hopes for the future.
In the Middle East, lack of cooperation is a way of life. Geopolitical Futures Senior Analyst Hilal Khashan joins John Batchelor to discuss the possibility a Middle East NATO and what could keep the region from developing this kind of alliance, a topic he recently wrote about for GPF.
Russia is now in full control of Ukraine’s breakaway Luhansk region, putting it in position to gain control over more of Donetsk. Geopolitical Futures Chairman George Friedman joins John Batchelor to discuss what Russia plans to do next, and to examine its military doctrine as it has evolved since the Cold War, a topic he recently wrote about for GPF.
Is anyone actually winning the war in Ukraine? Are European leaders already positioning themselves for post-conflict relations with Russia? George Friedman joins Gallup Podcast host Mohamed Younis to discuss China's and Germany's positioning throughout the conflict, U.S. standing in NATO and more.
Poland has been adamant throughout the Ukraine war that Russia must be defeated. George Friedman joins John Batchelor from Warsaw to discuss the Polish position and its importance on the European Plain, and in the second segment, a discussion on advances in modern warfare.
Inflation is at record highs as global markets struggle to recover from COVID-19 supply chain bottlenecks and disruptions from the Ukraine war. GPF Chairman George Friedman joins John Batchelor to discuss how the U.S. has been in this position before, and how it might navigate its way out of these crises.
Moscow is looking for allies given its deteriorating trade relationship with its most important partner, the European Union. Will the Kremlin be able to sway Arab states to abandon neutrality and side with Russia? Ekaterina Zolotova joins John Batchelor to discuss Moscow’s diplomacy in energy production and food supplies.
Is Japan planning to take on China, in the event that China attempts to invade Taiwan? GPF Chairman George Friedman joins John Batchelor to discuss Japan's efforts to increase its military capabilities and in the second segment, why the idea of an off-ramp for Putin in the Ukraine war may be an illusion.
Henry Kissinger recently argued that Ukraine must be prepared to cede some territory to Russia in order to reach a peace treaty. GPF Chairman George Friedman disagrees. He joins John Batchelor to discuss a century of Russian aggression and why the U.S. is so heavily involved in the Ukraine conflict.