Democracy and Geopolitics

July 21, 2017

Jacob L. Shapiro and Kamran Bokhari think about the relationship between power and ideology, and whether political forms are predestined. Click here to sign up for free updates on topics like this.

The State of Central Asia

Nov. 30, 2017 Allison Fedirka and Xander Snyder explain the importance of this often overlooked region. Sign up here for free updates on topics like this.

India’s Centralization Moves

Sept. 22, 2017 Allison Fedirka and Xander Snyder discuss Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s moves to assert greater central authority over aspects of India’s economy and financial institutions. Sign up here for free updates on topics like this.

French Elections and the Future of Europe

Apr. 27, 2017

Jacob L. Shapiro and Xander Snyder discuss what is and isn’t important about the French elections and what is at stake for Europe. Click here to sign up for free updates on topics like this.

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.

Leighton and George, Part II

After focusing on China in Part I, George and Leighton are at it again, this time talking about the US, Brexit, and a host of other important geopolitical issues.

Building Out the Model

Aug. 18, 2017

Allison Fedirka and Xander Snyder detail how we incorporate history, maps and forecasting to create our geopolitical model. Learn more about our methodology with our free report.

Making Sense of the North Korea Talks

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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The Brexit That Never Ends

Cole hosts Phillip, Jacob, and Ryan to talk about the latest developments on the Brexit soap opera. Other exciting topics include Turkey’s economy and everyone’s favorite — Chinese banking reform.

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A Southeast Asian Homecoming

China, Japan and the Korean Peninsula tend to overshadow Southeast Asia, a geographically confounding region that was, until very recently, also home to our very own Phillip Orchard. Now that he’s back, he, Jacob Shapiro and Cole Altom will discuss this oft-overlooked area. But first, they address the elephant in the room: the meeting in May between Kim Jong Un and Donald Trump.

Turkey and the US: An On-Again, Off-Again Relationship

The U.S. and Turkey have a lot of big mutual problems (Iran, the Islamic State, Bashar Assad) yet seem to be preoccupied by much smaller ones (pastors and alleged deep state operatives). To help explain why this is so, this week’s episode checks in on the status of U.S.-Turkey relations. Also, what’s with the stories about Rex Tillerson preventing a Saudi invasion of Qatar?