The Foreign Affairs Interview

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Foreign Affairs invites you to join its editor, Daniel Kurtz-Phelan, as he talks to influential thinkers and policymakers about the forces shaping the world. Whether the topic is the war in Ukraine, the United States’ competition with China, or the future of globalization, Foreign Affairs’ biweekly podcast offers the kind of authoritative commentary and analysis that you can find in the magazine and on the website.

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    Interesting and Informative Podcast
    This is very worthy listening to. The interviews are pertinent, and informative.
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    Tune into the American Foreign Policy Council
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    Will you also ofter a counter opinion???
    Good to hear and listen to the liberal view of the previous, current, and future situation in Israel. Will you know provide the same appraisals of previous, current and future perspective of the current government?? This is balance is something any series journalistic organization, of the past, would offer its readers but is seriously lacking from all quote/unquote journalism today. I challenge Foreign Affairs to do this but frankly will not hold my breathe for a more balanced presentation. Thanks Tomj
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  • achang1990
    I used to save my money up in grad school to buy the quarterly journals that were published and could only find them at B&N. I love all the insights and perspectives that it gives me so that I can talk to my my teens about it. Thank you for your incredible podcast - I’m a true fan!
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    so helpful for a student of IR. thank you for making this resource public.
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    Margaret Mac
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    Max Boot
    Excellent, it is unfortunate very few people have respect when someone admits an error. It is my foundation of living that the more someone knows the more they know how little they actually know. I believe it is called the Dunning Kruger effect. Of course I am also guilty at times!
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    Unequaled expertise
    This is the gold standard for quality of interviews about foreign affairs; no podcast has such access to the array of experts that come on this show
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    My only issue with this podcast is that I discovered it too early and I’m already finished with the backlog; have been flying through the episodes and have enjoyed every one. Great interviewing, engaging and knowledgeable guests.
  • TRex Jones
    Kurtz-Phelan is a skilled and insightful interviewer. This podcast makes me feel that there just might be hope for humanity after all.
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    Clear-headed take
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    Great New Podcast
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    Fascinating, great listen
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  • SubLant
    Wonderfully surprised.
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