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Podcast episodes

  • Election Intrigue: The Biden Shadow (over the NATO Summit)

    Election Intrigue: The Biden Shadow (over the NATO Summit)

    Hi folks, John here. Both Kristen and I are in the field talking to sources and trying to get close to the people in the rooms where decisions are made. We hear you about the audio quality - it's not the best it could be, but if you can bear with us, we'll back in our home studios soon. Until then, we hope you enjoy our timely, insightful and most importantly, free(!) content. Who noticed the NATO summit even happened? The shadow Biden's future cast over the proceedings obscured the relatively important takeaways from the two day summit. And isn't that the problem? If the president's future is more important than the work he's elected to do, it feels a little like the tail is wagging the dog. John and Kristen discuss the implications of the US political drama and what it means. 👉 Sign up for weekly editions of the Election Intrigue newsletter. 📧 Shoot us an email here.

  • Election Intrigue: Biden hanging on and a new government in the UK

    Election Intrigue: Biden hanging on and a new government in the UK

    The UK has a new Prime Minister, and the US doesn't have a new president... yet! What does a Labour government mean for the 'Special Relationship'? *To the emailers: Kristen apologises for her less than perfect audio, but we'll be back in our home studios soon! Join John Fowler and Kristen Talman for their takes on the US election and what it means for the world. 👉 Sign up for weekly editions of the Election Intrigue newsletter. 📧 Shoot us an email here. Key takeaways: US Political Climate: There are ongoing debates about President Biden's health and the media's role in shaping public perception. Media outlets have shifted their narrative, facing criticism for potentially downplaying Biden's cognitive issues. Foreign Policy Focus: The Biden administration's foreign policy decisions are still made with input from key figures like Blinken and Sullivan, even as domestic policy decisions remain somewhat opaque. UK Election Results: The Labour Party won a significant victory in the UK election, leading to discussions on what this means for UK foreign policy, particularly in relation to the US and NATO. The Labour Party's stance on Brexit and its commitment to NATO and Ukraine were highlighted. Labour's Foreign Policy Strategy: Labour's approach to foreign policy is described as "progressive realism," focusing on using realistic means to achieve progressive ends. This includes a strong commitment to NATO and supporting Ukraine, distancing themselves from the previous leadership under Jeremy Corbyn. Future Implications: There is speculation on how the Labour Party, under Keir Starmer, will navigate relationships with global powers, particularly the US, depending on the outcome of the US election. Labour needs to balance domestic priorities with maintaining strong international alliances.

  • Election Intrigue: What to make of THAT debate performance?

    Election Intrigue: What to make of THAT debate performance?

    What will Xi Jinping, Vladimir Putin or Benjamin Netanyahu make of Biden's stumbling performance? Did we learn anything about Trump or Biden's foreign policy 2.0? Will Biden even be the candidate come November? Join John Fowler and Kristen Talman for their reaction to the Trump-Biden debate last night. 👉 Sign up for weekly editions of the Election Intrigue newsletter. 📧 Shoot us an email here. Key takeaways: Biden's performance in the debate raised concerns about his fitness to lead The Democratic Party may need to replace Biden if they want to win over undecided voters Trump's worldview is isolationist, while Biden's is more aligned with traditional alliances The candidates' views on foreign policy, including NATO and the Russia-Ukraine war, differ significantly The messaging on Israel-Gaza relations is not clear for Biden China is an area of common ground between the parties, with both candidates likely to take a tough stance

  • Intrigue Explained: Al-Jabbering about COP28

    Intrigue Explained: Al-Jabbering about COP28

    Hey Intriguers! We'll be back soon posting new and exciting content in this feed, but in the meantime, check out an episode of our sister podcast Intrigue Explained. On this episode, Intrigue co-founders John Fowler and Helen Zhang are joined by Dmitry Grozoubinski of ExplainTrade to discuss the COP28 Summit in Dubai. Check out more episodes of Intrigue Explained here.

  • Don't touch that dial!

    Don't touch that dial!

    After 100 episodes, we're taking a break from Intrigue Outloud for a few weeks to create something even better. If you love this podcast, you'll love what we're making next, so make sure you stick around this channel! If you have feedback to help us make Intrigue audio even better, email us at john@internationalintrigue.io or ethan@internationalintrigue.io