On Shifting Ground

It’s been 78 years since a nuclear weapon was last used in war. Since then, the number of countries with a nuclear arsenal has increased from one… to nine. For the US government, two of the greatest nuclear threats are China and Russia – two superpowers that are escalating their nuclear capacity. US State Department nuclear expert, Mallory Stewart, shares how serious these threats are to the US.

 

Guest:

 

Mallory Stewart, Assistant Secretary for the Bureau of Arms Control, Deterrence, and Stability.

 

Host:  

 

Ray Suarez

 

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Former president Dwight Eisenhower described nuclear war as “unwinnable, unsurvivable and unthinkable.” But what changes when the use of a nuclear weapon now seems thinkable, and maybe… inevitable? 

 

Ray Suarez sits down with Shannon E. French, Director of the Inamori International Center for Ethics and Excellence, and Matt Korda, Senior Research Fellow for the Nuclear Information Project at the Federation of American Scientists, to unpack why talk of nuclear annihilation is now being so casually thrown around by world leaders.

 

Guests:

 

Shannon E. French, Director of the Inamori International Center for Ethics and Excellence and a tenured professor in the philosophy department at Case Western Reserve in Cleveland

 

Matt Korda, Senior Research Fellow for the Nuclear Information Project at the Federation of American Scientists and Associate Researcher with the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute’s Weapons of Mass Destruction program

 

Host:  

 

Ray Suarez

 

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Former U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan, who died in 2018, was one of the most famous diplomats of his time. In today’s episode, we're sharing an Foreign Policy Magazine's The Negotiators about Annan’s mediation of a Kenyan political crisis in 2008—which stands out as one of his most impressive acts of diplomacy.

 

What we can learn about the nuances of negotiating? 

 

Guest:

 

Meredith Preston McGhie, Secretary General for the Global Centre for Pluralism

 

Hosts:

 

Ray Suarez

 

Jenn Williams

 

Producer:

 

Laura Rosbrow-Telem

 

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During APEC, President Xi Jinping reminded world leaders that China is “open for business.” So what does the next era of US-China relations look like? Ivan Kanapathy, Senior Associate at the Center for Strategic & International Studies, joins Ray Suarez to unpack the stakes of the Biden-Xi sideline talks, and just how far the two leaders will go to reestablish ties.

 

Guest:

 

Ivan Kanapathy, Senior Associate, Freeman Chair in China Studies at the Center for Strategic & International Studies

 

Host:  

 

Ray Suarez

 

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While the past year has seen major gains for LGBT+ rights, politicians around the world are increasingly using the community as scapegoats. Julie Dorf, Co-Chair of the Council for Global Equality, joins Ray Suarez to explain how a transnational network of American Christians is targeting LGBT+ rights at home… and abroad.

 

Guest:

 

Julie Dorf, Co-Chair of the Council for Global Equality

 

Host:  

 

Ray Suarez

 

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This year, Uganda enacted one of the harshest anti-LGBT+ laws in the world, making homosexuality punishable by death. Ugandan Human Rights activist Dr. Frank Mugisha joins Ray Suarez to share how American Christian evangelicals radicalized the East African country, and how the fight for human rights has turned deadly.

 

Guest:

 

Dr. Frank Mugisha, Ugandan LGBT advocate and Executive Director of Sexual Minorities Uganda

 

Host:  

 

Ray Suarez

 

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Can economic power-brokering overcome decades of repression and human rights abuses? Karen Elliott House has covered Saudi Arabia for over four decades, and the Pulitzer-Prize reporter joins Ray Suarez to share her take on Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman’s vision for his country’s future. 

 

Guest:

 

Karen Elliott House, Senior Fellow at Harvard Kennedy School’s Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs

 

Host: 

 

Ray Suarez

 

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Saudi Arabia has embarked on a bold vision of innovation, but Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s stated aims for a long war on Gaza could interrupt Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman’s plans. NPR International Correspondent Aya Batrawy joins Ray Suarez to unpack how Saudi Arabia’s leader may react. 

 

Guest:

 

Aya Batrawy, NPR International Correspondent and head of NPR’s Gulf Bureau

 

Host:  

 

Ray Suarez

 

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By 2030, around 600 million people will be struggling with extreme poverty. And the effects of climate change will only exacerbate the problem. Jorge Familiar joins Ray Suarez to share how the World Bank has revised its mission to tackle the twin problems of climate change and inequality.

 

Guest:

 

Jorge Familiar, VP and Treasurer of the World Bank

 

Host:

 

Ray Suarez

 

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