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The Irish Times' unrivalled foreign affairs coverage, now brought to you in weekly podcast form. Hosted by Chris Dooley with regular contributors Patrick Smyth, Denis Staunton, Lara Marlowe, Suzanne Lynch, Derek Scally, Tom Hennigan, Clifford Coonan and R

Latest Episodes

Colombia: Dissidents Threaten A Fragile Peace - with Emilio Archila

It's less than three years since a historic peace deal ended a 52-year war between the Colombian state and Farc guerrillas. Over 200,000 people were killed in that war and 7 million more were displaced. Today, the peace process is still taking root. But two weeks ago on August 29th, Colombians were shocked to see a video message from the jungle appearing on YouTube, featuring several former Farc commanders dressed in camouflage and brandishing assault rifles. In the video, the former FARC commanders Ivan Marquez and Jesus Santrich accuse the government of not living up to its commitments under the peace deal and declare their return to arms. To talk about the threat posed by dissidents to the peace process, the peace deal’s difficult implementation, deputy foreign editor David McKechnie interviewed Emilio Archila, Presidential Counsellor for Stabilisation in Colombia, and one of the key people in charge of implementing the peace deal.

30 MIN2 days ago
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Colombia: Dissidents Threaten A Fragile Peace - with Emilio Archila

The Democratic Field Narrows - with Suzanne Lynch

Washington Correspondent Suzanne Lynch on the events of the summer that has seen the lengthy list of Democratic candidates for the 2020 presidential election race reduced significantly. Gone are no-hopers such as Swalwell, Moulton and Hickenlooper. Only ten will take to the stage for this Thursday night's televised debate, the third so far. Who are the remaining candidates and how are they faring?

24 MIN1 weeks ago
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The Democratic Field Narrows - with Suzanne Lynch

Brexit: The Tory Rebels Take On Boris Johnson

The House of Commons is set for a showdown as rebel Tory MPs seek to introduce legislation today, blocking a no-deal exit from EU. Prime minister Boris Johnson held a last-ditch meeting with potential rebels within his party this morning, including former cabinet ministers, but is reported to have failed in his bid to win them over. Denis Staunton is on the line from London to explain how things might play out this evening and whether a general election is likely to be called. Johnson, meanwhile, has yet to provide the EU with alternatives to the Irish backstop as outlined in the Withdrawal Agreement. Europe editor Paddy Smyth reports on how the goings on at Westminster are being viewed in Brussels. Is there any truth to Johnson's claim that negotiations are bearing fruit?

30 MIN2 weeks ago
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Brexit: The Tory Rebels Take On Boris Johnson

Brazil under Bolsonaro - with Tom Hennigan

Brazilian president Jair Bolsonaro found himself under the spotlight at last weekend’s G7 summit, amid international alarm at a spike in fires in the Amazon, linked to his administration’s disdain for environmental controls. Eight months after he was elected by a comfortable margin, Brazil's economy is still staggering along and Bolsonaro has so far failed to deliver on reforms he promised during his election campaign. Yet, many Brazilians still support him and believe he is doing a good job. In this week's podcast, Irish Times South America correspondent Tom Hennigan talks to Chris about why that is and how long Brazilians are likely to put up with Bolsonaro's autocratic leadership style.

35 MIN3 weeks ago
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Brazil under Bolsonaro - with Tom Hennigan

Inside China’s Detention Centres - with Peter Goff

The Chinese say their vocational training centres are voluntary and aimed at eradicating extremism and terrorism. Others say they are extra-judicial detention centres and part of an elaborate system to assimilate Muslims into Han China. Irish Times correspondent in China Peter Goff visited some of these centres in the country's barren northwest Xinjiang province, where an estimated 1.5 million Uighurs, Kazakhs, Kyrgyz and other Muslim minorities have been placed over the past few years. He speaks to Chris Dooley about what he saw. He also talks about the Hong Kong protests, how the authorities have reacted there and what could happen next.

26 MINAUG 20
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Inside China’s Detention Centres - with Peter Goff

Who was Jeffrey Epstein? / Kashmir in Lockdown

The death in prison of financier Jeffrey Epstein has thrown up many questions, not least among them, how did US authorities allow this to happen? But who was Jeffrey Epstein and why was he such a notorious figure even before his arrest? Suzanne Lynch has the latest on this story from Washington. Plus: Large parts of Kashmir remain under a communications and security lockdown, more than a week after the Indian government stripped the troubled Himalayan region of its special rights. Rahul Bedi reports from New Delhi on the continuing fallout from the Indian government's decision.

35 MINAUG 13
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Who was Jeffrey Epstein? / Kashmir in Lockdown

Trump's Foreign Policy, 'Great-Power Competition' & The 2020 Waiting Game - with Thomas Wright

This week's podcast is a discussion with foreign policy expert Thomas Wright on: - The emergence of global "Great-power competition" - How Trump views the EU, and why the EU's 'wait-and-see' approach to Trump's presidency makes sense - The logic behind Trump's North Korea policy - The role of foreign policy in the Democratic Party's challenge to Trump in 2020 Thomas Wright is a Senior Fellow at The Brookings Institution, a Washington-based foreign policy think tank, where he is also the director of the Center on the United States and Europe.

43 MINAUG 6
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Trump's Foreign Policy, 'Great-Power Competition' & The 2020 Waiting Game - with Thomas Wright

Trump Eyes Reelection and Ramps Up The Rhetoric / Boris's First Week

Donald Trump launched fresh attacks on black political opponents this week, labeling civil rights leader Reverend Al Sharpton “a con man” who “Hates Whites & Cops”. It follows comments he made on Sunday about Congressman Elijah Cummings, an African-American Democrat who represents Baltimore, describing the city as a “rodent-infested” place where “no human being would want to live”. Washington correspondent Suzanne Lynch reports on the controversy, which comes after the president told four non-white female members of congress to “go back” to the countries they came from earlier this month. Is it all part of a plan, and if so, is it working? Plus: Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has spoken to British prime minister Boris Johnson for the first time since his appointment, in a phone call described as “warm” by both Dublin and London. Denis Staunton is on the line to assess Johnson’s first week in the job.

38 MINJUL 30
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Trump Eyes Reelection and Ramps Up The Rhetoric / Boris's First Week

What Are Boris Johnson's Beliefs? / Ukraine's Political Novices Take Over

Boris Johnson is poised to become the next British prime minister after a resounding victory in the Tory leadership contest, beating his rival Jeremy Hunt by 92,153 votes to 46,656. Johnson began his career as a journalist and is the author of a number of books. London editor Denis Staunton has explored his back catalogue and in today’s podcast he speaks about what he has learned about prime minister designate from his writing. Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky’s party is on course to secure a historic win in the country’s parliamentary election, with Servant of the People expected to claim around 253 of 424 available seats. The vote is an endorsement of the reform agenda of its new president, a former comedic actor, who came to power three months ago. Daniel McLaughlin reports.

31 MINJUL 23
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What Are Boris Johnson's Beliefs? / Ukraine's Political Novices Take Over

The US President Says "Go Back Where You Came From"

President Trump's tweets calling for four Democratic congresswomen to 'go back to where they came from' have elicited a strong international backlash - but not much condemnation from other Republicans. Will it matter in 2020? Meanwhile, for the Democrats the controversy may have helped heal some internal division. Washington Correspondent Suzanne Lynch talks to Foreign Editor Chris Dooley about the story.

26 MINJUL 16
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The US President Says "Go Back Where You Came From"

Latest Episodes

Colombia: Dissidents Threaten A Fragile Peace - with Emilio Archila

It's less than three years since a historic peace deal ended a 52-year war between the Colombian state and Farc guerrillas. Over 200,000 people were killed in that war and 7 million more were displaced. Today, the peace process is still taking root. But two weeks ago on August 29th, Colombians were shocked to see a video message from the jungle appearing on YouTube, featuring several former Farc commanders dressed in camouflage and brandishing assault rifles. In the video, the former FARC commanders Ivan Marquez and Jesus Santrich accuse the government of not living up to its commitments under the peace deal and declare their return to arms. To talk about the threat posed by dissidents to the peace process, the peace deal’s difficult implementation, deputy foreign editor David McKechnie interviewed Emilio Archila, Presidential Counsellor for Stabilisation in Colombia, and one of the key people in charge of implementing the peace deal.

30 MIN2 days ago
Comments
Colombia: Dissidents Threaten A Fragile Peace - with Emilio Archila

The Democratic Field Narrows - with Suzanne Lynch

Washington Correspondent Suzanne Lynch on the events of the summer that has seen the lengthy list of Democratic candidates for the 2020 presidential election race reduced significantly. Gone are no-hopers such as Swalwell, Moulton and Hickenlooper. Only ten will take to the stage for this Thursday night's televised debate, the third so far. Who are the remaining candidates and how are they faring?

24 MIN1 weeks ago
Comments
The Democratic Field Narrows - with Suzanne Lynch

Brexit: The Tory Rebels Take On Boris Johnson

The House of Commons is set for a showdown as rebel Tory MPs seek to introduce legislation today, blocking a no-deal exit from EU. Prime minister Boris Johnson held a last-ditch meeting with potential rebels within his party this morning, including former cabinet ministers, but is reported to have failed in his bid to win them over. Denis Staunton is on the line from London to explain how things might play out this evening and whether a general election is likely to be called. Johnson, meanwhile, has yet to provide the EU with alternatives to the Irish backstop as outlined in the Withdrawal Agreement. Europe editor Paddy Smyth reports on how the goings on at Westminster are being viewed in Brussels. Is there any truth to Johnson's claim that negotiations are bearing fruit?

30 MIN2 weeks ago
Comments
Brexit: The Tory Rebels Take On Boris Johnson

Brazil under Bolsonaro - with Tom Hennigan

Brazilian president Jair Bolsonaro found himself under the spotlight at last weekend’s G7 summit, amid international alarm at a spike in fires in the Amazon, linked to his administration’s disdain for environmental controls. Eight months after he was elected by a comfortable margin, Brazil's economy is still staggering along and Bolsonaro has so far failed to deliver on reforms he promised during his election campaign. Yet, many Brazilians still support him and believe he is doing a good job. In this week's podcast, Irish Times South America correspondent Tom Hennigan talks to Chris about why that is and how long Brazilians are likely to put up with Bolsonaro's autocratic leadership style.

35 MIN3 weeks ago
Comments
Brazil under Bolsonaro - with Tom Hennigan

Inside China’s Detention Centres - with Peter Goff

The Chinese say their vocational training centres are voluntary and aimed at eradicating extremism and terrorism. Others say they are extra-judicial detention centres and part of an elaborate system to assimilate Muslims into Han China. Irish Times correspondent in China Peter Goff visited some of these centres in the country's barren northwest Xinjiang province, where an estimated 1.5 million Uighurs, Kazakhs, Kyrgyz and other Muslim minorities have been placed over the past few years. He speaks to Chris Dooley about what he saw. He also talks about the Hong Kong protests, how the authorities have reacted there and what could happen next.

26 MINAUG 20
Comments
Inside China’s Detention Centres - with Peter Goff

Who was Jeffrey Epstein? / Kashmir in Lockdown

The death in prison of financier Jeffrey Epstein has thrown up many questions, not least among them, how did US authorities allow this to happen? But who was Jeffrey Epstein and why was he such a notorious figure even before his arrest? Suzanne Lynch has the latest on this story from Washington. Plus: Large parts of Kashmir remain under a communications and security lockdown, more than a week after the Indian government stripped the troubled Himalayan region of its special rights. Rahul Bedi reports from New Delhi on the continuing fallout from the Indian government's decision.

35 MINAUG 13
Comments
Who was Jeffrey Epstein? / Kashmir in Lockdown

Trump's Foreign Policy, 'Great-Power Competition' & The 2020 Waiting Game - with Thomas Wright

This week's podcast is a discussion with foreign policy expert Thomas Wright on: - The emergence of global "Great-power competition" - How Trump views the EU, and why the EU's 'wait-and-see' approach to Trump's presidency makes sense - The logic behind Trump's North Korea policy - The role of foreign policy in the Democratic Party's challenge to Trump in 2020 Thomas Wright is a Senior Fellow at The Brookings Institution, a Washington-based foreign policy think tank, where he is also the director of the Center on the United States and Europe.

43 MINAUG 6
Comments
Trump's Foreign Policy, 'Great-Power Competition' & The 2020 Waiting Game - with Thomas Wright

Trump Eyes Reelection and Ramps Up The Rhetoric / Boris's First Week

Donald Trump launched fresh attacks on black political opponents this week, labeling civil rights leader Reverend Al Sharpton “a con man” who “Hates Whites & Cops”. It follows comments he made on Sunday about Congressman Elijah Cummings, an African-American Democrat who represents Baltimore, describing the city as a “rodent-infested” place where “no human being would want to live”. Washington correspondent Suzanne Lynch reports on the controversy, which comes after the president told four non-white female members of congress to “go back” to the countries they came from earlier this month. Is it all part of a plan, and if so, is it working? Plus: Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has spoken to British prime minister Boris Johnson for the first time since his appointment, in a phone call described as “warm” by both Dublin and London. Denis Staunton is on the line to assess Johnson’s first week in the job.

38 MINJUL 30
Comments
Trump Eyes Reelection and Ramps Up The Rhetoric / Boris's First Week

What Are Boris Johnson's Beliefs? / Ukraine's Political Novices Take Over

Boris Johnson is poised to become the next British prime minister after a resounding victory in the Tory leadership contest, beating his rival Jeremy Hunt by 92,153 votes to 46,656. Johnson began his career as a journalist and is the author of a number of books. London editor Denis Staunton has explored his back catalogue and in today’s podcast he speaks about what he has learned about prime minister designate from his writing. Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky’s party is on course to secure a historic win in the country’s parliamentary election, with Servant of the People expected to claim around 253 of 424 available seats. The vote is an endorsement of the reform agenda of its new president, a former comedic actor, who came to power three months ago. Daniel McLaughlin reports.

31 MINJUL 23
Comments
What Are Boris Johnson's Beliefs? / Ukraine's Political Novices Take Over

The US President Says "Go Back Where You Came From"

President Trump's tweets calling for four Democratic congresswomen to 'go back to where they came from' have elicited a strong international backlash - but not much condemnation from other Republicans. Will it matter in 2020? Meanwhile, for the Democrats the controversy may have helped heal some internal division. Washington Correspondent Suzanne Lynch talks to Foreign Editor Chris Dooley about the story.

26 MINJUL 16
Comments
The US President Says "Go Back Where You Came From"