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The Inside Story Podcast

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The Inside Story Podcast -- where we dissect, analyse and help define major global stories.
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How will US and German tanks help Ukraine in its war against Russia?

The US and Germany are sending Leopard and Abrams tank models to Ukraine, a move in which Russia calls a provocation. But will such new weaponry change the course of the conflict?  Join host Mohammed Jamjoom. Guests: Pavel Felgenhauer - An independent defence and military analyst. Theresa Fallon - Director at Centre for Russia Europe Asia Studies. Olaf Boehnke - Berlin Director of Rasmussen Global.

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What's behind America's debt ceiling standoff?

Yet again, the United States has hit its debt ceiling, triggering a political battle in Congress. Republicans say spending must be cut, to lift the borrowing cap. But President Biden insists there should be no pre-conditions. So, what happens next? Join host Laura Kyle. Guests: William Lee - Chief Economist at the Milken Institute. Laura Blessing, Senior Fellow, Government Affairs Institute at Georgetown University. June Park, Shmidt Futures Asia Fellow at the International Strategy Forum.

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Can universal jurisdiction stop impunity?

A human rights group has filed a lawsuit in Germany against Myanmar's military leadership, accusing it of genocide and war crimes. But can this lawsuit change the situation on the ground? Join host Laura Kyle. Guests: Christopher Gunness - Director of the Myanmar Accountability Project. Toby Cadma - Lawyer and co-founder of the Guernica Group. Dr Sasa - Spokesman of the National Unity Government of Myanmar.

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What's behind West Africa's growing anger against France?

France is ordered to withdraw its troops from another African country, this time Burkina Faso. So, what's behind the growing anger against the former colonial power? And what does it mean for the fight against armed groups in West Africa? Join host Adrian Finighan. Guests: Ovigwe Eguegu - Policy analyst for Development Reimagined. Niagale Bagayoko - Chair of African Security Sector Network. Alex Vines - Director of Africa Programme at Chatham House.

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How will India's plan to ban fake news affect media freedom?

The Indian government is proposing tough measures to clamp down on what it considers fake news. But opposition parties and journalists say it's state censorship. So, what do the plans mean for media freedom? Or are they necessary to stamp out disinformation?  Join host Nick Clark. Guests:  Ashish Shukla - Founder of NewsBred website. Rana Ayyub - Global opinions writer at Washington Post. Anant Nath - General secretary of Editors Guild of India.

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Why are tanks so crucial in the Ukraine war?

The supply of weapons to Ukraine has become something of an international political battle. Germany has come under intense pressure to change its position and allow the supply of its most modern Leopard 2 tanks to Kyiv. What's behind Germany's reluctance? And why are tanks seen as so crucial in the war? Join host Nick Clark. Guests: Arthur Denaro - Retired British Army Major General.Domitilla Sagramoso - Senior Lecturer in Security and Development at King's College London.  Ben Aris - Founder and Editor-in-chief of BNE IntelliNews in Berlin.

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What's fuelling public anger in Peru?

Mass protests calling for change have taken place for weeks in Peru ever since the previous president was impeached and arrested. Peru is no stranger to political crises, so how is this one different? And what will it take to fix it? Join host Dareen Abughaida. Guests: Juan Claudio Lechin- political analyst and writer. Michael Shifter - President of Inter-American Dialogue and member of the Council on Foreign Relations. Alonso Gurmendi Dunkelberg - Lecturer in international relations at Oxford University.  

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Is China on the path to a demographic crisis?

China's population has shrunk for the first time in 61 years. So, what's behind this downturn? And what will it take to reverse the trend? Join host Sohail Rahman. Guests: Einar Tangen - Senior Fellow, Taihe Institute Winnie King - Senior Lecturer in Chinese International Political Economy, University of Bristol. Guido Cozzi - Professor of Macroeconomics, University of St Gallen.

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Is globalisation coming to an end?

World leaders at this year's gathering in Davos are debating ways to revive the global economic order. But after Covid-19 and with the war in Ukraine ongoing, how realistic is that? And can the geopolitical challenges be overcome? Join host Laura Kyle. Guests: Max Lawson - Head of inequality policy and advocacy at Oxfam International. Shirley Yu - Senior practitioner fellow at Harvard Kennedy School. Inderjeet Parmar - Professor of International Politics at City University of London.

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What's behind the Biden documents case?

Classified documents are found in the home and private office of US President Joe Biden, months after the FBI recovered secret papers from the home of his predecessor Donald Trump. So, what are the political implications of this latest discovery? And how significant is the timing? Join host Folly Bah Thibault. Guests: Arshad Hasan - Democratic Party Political Strategist. James Davis - Republican Party Political Strategist. Glenn Carle - Former Central Intelligence Agency Officer.


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