US Strategy in the Sahel

Oct. 13, 2017 Xander Snyder and Allison Fedirka discuss U.S. strategic use of force in Africa. Sign up here for free updates on topics like this.

Fighting More Familiar Enemies in the Middle East

Dec. 15, 2017 Xander Snyder and Kamran Bokhari explain how traditional rivalries are returning now that the Islamic State is in decline. Sign up here for free updates on topics like this.

What’s Next in Northern Syria

Last week, U.S. President Donald Trump announced the withdrawal of all troops from Syria, a move that has obvious implications for everyone involved in civil war, including the Kurds, Turkey, Russia, Iran, Israel, the Islamic State and Syria itself. Who benefits the most from the departure? Or, is that even the right question to ask? On this week’s podcast, Jacob, Cole and Xander discuss the situation, try to separate fact from fiction, and get lost in semantic arguments.

 

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China’s Failure

Part one of a conversation between GPF CEO George Friedman and Newstalk ZB’s Leighton Smith. They discuss GPF’s 2019 forecast, China’s shortcomings, and New Zealand’s place in the world.

Everything in the World

After two weeks off, it’s time to catch up on the world’s events – perfect timing, considering this week may prove to be such a geopolitically consequential one. Jacob and Cole discuss Putin’s continued tenure in Russia, Israel’s combat readiness, Xi’s Marxist beliefs, the Iran deal and more.

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South Korea’s Degrees of Freedom

Sept. 28, 2017 Xander Snyder and Phillip Orchard discuss the possibility of a transfer of power in the U.S.-South Korean alliance structure and the damage that North Korea’s artillery can cause. Sign up here for free updates on topics like this.

The Islamic State: Origins and Future

March 9, 2017

Kamran Bokhari and Jacob L. Shapiro discuss where IS came from, the history and politics of radical Islam, and what happens if IS is defeated in Raqqa. Click here to sign up for free updates on topics like this.

Italy’s View of France and Germany

GPF Director Jacob Shapiro welcomes special guest Dario Fabbri, Senior Analyst at Limes, to talk about Italy’s view of Europe. Along the way, they touch on Italy’s relationship with the U.S., Germany’s lack of strategy and France’s double-edged demographic advantage.

Intro music: Antonio Vivaldi, Concerto No. 1 In E major, performed by John Harrison (violin) with Robert Turizziani conducting the Wichita State University Chamber Players.

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Sunni and Shiite Nations?

June 22, 2017

Jacob Shapiro and Kamran Bokhari discuss some recent anomalies in the Middle East and consider the relationship between sectarianism and nationalism in the Muslim world. Click here to sign up for free updates on topics like this.

Midway Moments: Waterloo and Gettysburg

June 30, 2017

Jacob L. Shapiro and Xander Snyder reflect on some key historical battles and whether they challenge GPF’s model of how the world works. Click here to sign up for free updates on topics like this.

Why the Philippines Matters

Feb. 24, 2017

GPF analysts Allison Fedirka and Jacob L. Shapiro discuss the geopolitical importance of the Philippines for both the U.S. and China, and whether the Philippines will follow through on Duterte’s threats to ally with China. Click here to sign up for free updates on topics like this.

Jacob Shapiro on the Leighton Smith Podcast

GPF Director of Analysis Jacob L. Shapiro joins Newstalk ZB’s Leighton Smith to discuss the latest developments in China and the connection to Hong Kong, Taiwan, Australia and New Zealand.