Trump, Biden and Israel (bonus episode)

Just a few weeks ago, former Trump administration officials were still claiming that they had brought peace to the Middle East. But the latest round of violence demonstrates that their approach was deeply flawed and only set the conditions for long-term escalation. Meanwhile, the Biden team has clearly been caught flat-footed, having been distracted byContinue reading “Trump, Biden and Israel (bonus episode)”

Politics of Voter Suppression

In response to the Big Lie – that last November’s election was stolen from them – Republicans are moving to pass voter suppression legislation across dozens of American states, most prominently in Georgia. In this episode I’m joined by former Obama campaign official Karin Robinson to discuss the scariest parts of the voter suppression effort,Continue reading “Politics of Voter Suppression”

Debating Afghan withdrawal

This last week, Joe Biden announced the biggest foreign policy move of his administration so far – a plan to withdraw U.S. forces from Afghanistan this year. In this episode we talk about the arguments for and against withdrawal, why this isn’t so straightforward of a win for progressives as it might appear, and howContinue reading “Debating Afghan withdrawal”

Biden, savior of global democracy?

All over the world, democracy is in retreat and authoritarianism is on the march. The Biden administration has put the advancement of democracy around the world at the center of its foreign policy agenda. But at the same time, American foreign relations always involves relationships with autocrats and dictators. In this episode we take aContinue reading “Biden, savior of global democracy?”

Southern border blues

Arrivals of migrants and refugees at the southern border are surging – this year could see over two million border-crossers, the highest level in 20 years. The Biden administration inherited a deeply broken refugee admission system from Trump, but it has also made its own choices which are shaping what is happening at the borderContinue reading “Southern border blues”

Plague, disaster, and scandal

It often seemed over the last four years that with so much media attention focused on Donald Trump’s daily outrages, there was little oxygen left for more normal types of political scandal. But the coronavirus and the monster winter storm which recently battered the United States have left many state governors trapped in a quagmireContinue reading “Plague, disaster, and scandal”

American exceptionalism

Americans have always liked to believe that their country is special – or, as the phrase goes, exceptional. And as a consequence of believing that their country is exceptional, many Americans have also believed that it has a uniquely uplifting and moral role to play in international affairs. But in Donald Trump, America has had aContinue reading “American exceptionalism”