The Problem with ‘Populism’

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Is populism an ideology? Is it a political tool? A political weapon? The term has been bastardized over the years, so much so that it is nearly devoid of any meaning, and yet it is invoked nearly every day, levied against politicians of every political persuasion in every region of the world. In this week’s episode, the team digs into what it means to be populist and applies it to Mexico’s newly elected president.

Surveillance: What Russia Does is Bluff

George Friedman, Geopolitical Futures Chairman, says that a great deal of what Russia does is a “bluff.” He spoke with Bloomberg Surveillance’s Tom Keene on the day of the meeting between U.S. President Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin in Helsinki.

Is NATO Obsolete?

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This week, the head of NATO wrote a column politely reminding everyone about the use of the military alliance. Can NATO continue to meet the needs of all its members?

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Italy’s View of France and Germany

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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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Making Sense of the North Korea Talks

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The unprecedented meeting between U.S. President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un raises an important question: So what?

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War Games, Malaysian Intrigue, the ‘Libya Model’

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This week, Jacob and Cole stitch together a few separate recordings that were made throughout the week. We have George Friedman with a special guest on war games, Phillip Orchard on Malaysia’s political drama, and Xander Snyder on the so-called Libya model. Also, basketball.

Music credit for this week’s podcast: Paul Cantrell playing Frédéric Chopin’s Prelude Op. 28, No. 4, and “Off to The Shaman For Ancient Medicines” by The Koreatown.

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An Italian-American Summit

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In this bonus episode, GPF Chairman George Friedman sits down for a short conversation with Limes magazine director Lucio Caracciolo in Genoa, Italy. George and Lucio discuss Italy’s perspective on U.S.
foreign policy in Europe, Germany’s true nature, and the future of the European Union. Exit music is a recording of Italian baroque composer Arcangelo Corelli’s Concerto grosso, Op. 6, No. 4, graciously provided by the Advent Chamber Orchestra.

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Everything in the World

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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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Not Another Cold War

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Russia and the United States have been convenient strawmen for each other for some time. It makes sense for two powerful countries to be a little adversarial, but are they in the throes of another Cold War? The answer to that question requires a top-to-bottom understanding of Russia. Jacob Shapiro and Cole Altom explain why.

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What Happens in Iran Doesn’t Stay in Iran

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Domestic politics always play a role in international affairs. But do they do so now more than other times? After previewing the week ahead, Jacob Shapiro and Cole Altom take discuss how Iran’s potential instability shapes its behavior abroad. Sign up here for free updates on topics like these.

Toasting London, a Year Before Brexit

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GPF Podcast returns after a week off to address what promises to be a busy few days ahead. Plus, Jacob Shapiro and Cole Altom pore over GPF’s new special reports on The Geopolitics of London and The Geopolitics of Dune. Sign up here for free updates on topics like these.

Spotlight on Turkey

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