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Hidden Forces

Hidden Forces

Demetri Kofinas

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Demetri Kofinas interviews some of the most brilliant minds in science, technology, finance, politics, and culture as he uncovers the hidden forces driving the most powerful changes we see in the world.

Latest Episodes

The Kill Chain: Defending America in the Future of High-Tech Warfare | Chris Brose

In Episode 159, Demetri speaks with Chris Brose, fmr. Staff Director of the Senate Armed Services Cmte., speechwriter to two Secretaries of State, and Head of Strategy at Anduril Industries, a defense product company working at the bleeding edge of innovation in defense strategy, procurement, & development. The two discuss how the nature of warfare is changing, the threat posed to US Armed Forces by next-generation weapons deployed by Russia & China, and how America’s military is meeting that threat.

61 min5 d ago
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The Kill Chain: Defending America in the Future of High-Tech Warfare | Chris Brose

Isolationism: A History of America’s Efforts to Shield Itself from the World | Charles Kupchan

In Episode 158, Demetri Kofinas speaks with Charles Kupchan, a professor of international affairs at Georgetown University, who served as special assistant to the president for national security affairs in the Obama Whitehouse and on the National Security Council under President Bill Clinton. The two explore the history of isolationism in the United States and apply those lessons towards a broader conversation about the future of America and the 2020 election.

42 min1 w ago
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Isolationism: A History of America’s Efforts to Shield Itself from the World | Charles Kupchan

Chinese Invasion Threat: Taiwan's Defense & American Strategy in Asia | Ian Easton

In Episode 157, Demetri Kofinas speaks with Ian Easton, Senior Director at the Project 2049 Institute, and author of "The Chinese Invasion Threat” about the likelihood and consequences of a Chinese invasion of Taiwan. In this two-hour long conversation, Ian provides us with an extraordinary overview of the island’s history, its strategic, commercial, and political significance, and what an invasion of Taiwan would mean the United States, its allies, and the world.

60 min2 w ago
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Chinese Invasion Threat: Taiwan's Defense & American Strategy in Asia | Ian Easton

The Rise of Mohammed bin Salman and the Future of Saudi Arabia | Bradley Hope & Justin Scheck

In Episode 156, Demetri Kofinas speaks with Wall Street Journal reporters Bradley Hope and Justin Scheck about their new book, “Blood & Oil” that chronicles the rise to power of Saudi Crown Prince Mohamed bin Salman, a story full of multi-billion dollar business deals, high-powered finance, and political intrigue.

51 min3 w ago
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The Rise of Mohammed bin Salman and the Future of Saudi Arabia | Bradley Hope & Justin Scheck

'Accommodative' Monetary Policy & Risks to Central Bank Independence | Bill Nelson

In Episode 155, Demetri Kofinas speaks with Bill Nelson, Chief Economist of BPI and a former deputy director of the Division of Monetary Affairs at the Federal Reserve Board who helped design and manage several of the Fed’s emergency liquidity facilities during the 2008 financial crisis.

57 minSEP 21
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'Accommodative' Monetary Policy & Risks to Central Bank Independence | Bill Nelson

The Hype Machine: The Promise and the Peril of Social Media | Sinan Aral

In Episode 154, Demetri Kofinas speaks with Sinan Aral, MIT Professor and author of “The Hype Machine,” about the promise and the peril of social media. Is social media a force for meaningful connection, collaboration, and social support? Or is it a propaganda machine that, left unchecked, will destroy democracy, civil society, and our health? This episode is the latest in a long series of thoughtful conversations that we have hosted on technology, politics, & society. Learn more at HiddenForces.

62 minSEP 14
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The Hype Machine: The Promise and the Peril of Social Media | Sinan Aral

The Rise of Carry: the New Financial Order of Decaying Growth & Recurring Crisis

In Episode 153, Kevin Coldiron, Jamie Lee, and Tim Lee explain how the behavior of financial markets is no longer a function of the economy, interest rates, or political developments, but rather a manifestation of what they call “the rise of carry” or the suppression of volatility. The rise of carry can be understood as part of a much broader phenomenon, with implications for all aspects of human affairs. Its expression in financial markets alone has had profound consequences for society and the wor

56 minSEP 7
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The Rise of Carry: the New Financial Order of Decaying Growth & Recurring Crisis

Some Thoughts to End the Summer...

In this short segment, Demetri Kofinas shares some thoughts to end the summer and looks ahead at what listeners can expect to hear in the next few months.

13 minAUG 31
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Some Thoughts to End the Summer...

Erdoğan’s Turkey & the Revival of the Ottoman Empire | Soner Çağaptay

In Episode 152, Demetri Kofinas speaks with Soner Çağaptay, director of the Turkish Research Program at The Washington Institute and author of “Erdoğan's Empire: Turkey & the Politics of the Middle East.” The two discuss the recent crisis in the Mediterranean, the plight of the Turkish lira, and the role that Erdoğan seeks for Turkey to play in the emerging, international disorder.

53 minAUG 24
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Erdoğan’s Turkey & the Revival of the Ottoman Empire | Soner Çağaptay

Uncharted Future: Learning to Navigate an Unpredictable World | Margaret Heffernan

In Episode 151, Demetri Kofinas speaks with journalist, author, and documentary filmmaker Margaret Heffernan about our unhealthy relationship with the future and how to confront the unknown challenges to come.

63 minAUG 17
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Uncharted Future: Learning to Navigate an Unpredictable World | Margaret Heffernan

Latest Episodes

The Kill Chain: Defending America in the Future of High-Tech Warfare | Chris Brose

In Episode 159, Demetri speaks with Chris Brose, fmr. Staff Director of the Senate Armed Services Cmte., speechwriter to two Secretaries of State, and Head of Strategy at Anduril Industries, a defense product company working at the bleeding edge of innovation in defense strategy, procurement, & development. The two discuss how the nature of warfare is changing, the threat posed to US Armed Forces by next-generation weapons deployed by Russia & China, and how America’s military is meeting that threat.

61 min5 d ago
Comments
The Kill Chain: Defending America in the Future of High-Tech Warfare | Chris Brose

Isolationism: A History of America’s Efforts to Shield Itself from the World | Charles Kupchan

In Episode 158, Demetri Kofinas speaks with Charles Kupchan, a professor of international affairs at Georgetown University, who served as special assistant to the president for national security affairs in the Obama Whitehouse and on the National Security Council under President Bill Clinton. The two explore the history of isolationism in the United States and apply those lessons towards a broader conversation about the future of America and the 2020 election.

42 min1 w ago
Comments
Isolationism: A History of America’s Efforts to Shield Itself from the World | Charles Kupchan

Chinese Invasion Threat: Taiwan's Defense & American Strategy in Asia | Ian Easton

In Episode 157, Demetri Kofinas speaks with Ian Easton, Senior Director at the Project 2049 Institute, and author of "The Chinese Invasion Threat” about the likelihood and consequences of a Chinese invasion of Taiwan. In this two-hour long conversation, Ian provides us with an extraordinary overview of the island’s history, its strategic, commercial, and political significance, and what an invasion of Taiwan would mean the United States, its allies, and the world.

60 min2 w ago
Comments
Chinese Invasion Threat: Taiwan's Defense & American Strategy in Asia | Ian Easton

The Rise of Mohammed bin Salman and the Future of Saudi Arabia | Bradley Hope & Justin Scheck

In Episode 156, Demetri Kofinas speaks with Wall Street Journal reporters Bradley Hope and Justin Scheck about their new book, “Blood & Oil” that chronicles the rise to power of Saudi Crown Prince Mohamed bin Salman, a story full of multi-billion dollar business deals, high-powered finance, and political intrigue.

51 min3 w ago
Comments
The Rise of Mohammed bin Salman and the Future of Saudi Arabia | Bradley Hope & Justin Scheck

'Accommodative' Monetary Policy & Risks to Central Bank Independence | Bill Nelson

In Episode 155, Demetri Kofinas speaks with Bill Nelson, Chief Economist of BPI and a former deputy director of the Division of Monetary Affairs at the Federal Reserve Board who helped design and manage several of the Fed’s emergency liquidity facilities during the 2008 financial crisis.

57 minSEP 21
Comments
'Accommodative' Monetary Policy & Risks to Central Bank Independence | Bill Nelson

The Hype Machine: The Promise and the Peril of Social Media | Sinan Aral

In Episode 154, Demetri Kofinas speaks with Sinan Aral, MIT Professor and author of “The Hype Machine,” about the promise and the peril of social media. Is social media a force for meaningful connection, collaboration, and social support? Or is it a propaganda machine that, left unchecked, will destroy democracy, civil society, and our health? This episode is the latest in a long series of thoughtful conversations that we have hosted on technology, politics, & society. Learn more at HiddenForces.

62 minSEP 14
Comments
The Hype Machine: The Promise and the Peril of Social Media | Sinan Aral

The Rise of Carry: the New Financial Order of Decaying Growth & Recurring Crisis

In Episode 153, Kevin Coldiron, Jamie Lee, and Tim Lee explain how the behavior of financial markets is no longer a function of the economy, interest rates, or political developments, but rather a manifestation of what they call “the rise of carry” or the suppression of volatility. The rise of carry can be understood as part of a much broader phenomenon, with implications for all aspects of human affairs. Its expression in financial markets alone has had profound consequences for society and the wor

56 minSEP 7
Comments
The Rise of Carry: the New Financial Order of Decaying Growth & Recurring Crisis

Some Thoughts to End the Summer...

In this short segment, Demetri Kofinas shares some thoughts to end the summer and looks ahead at what listeners can expect to hear in the next few months.

13 minAUG 31
Comments
Some Thoughts to End the Summer...

Erdoğan’s Turkey & the Revival of the Ottoman Empire | Soner Çağaptay

In Episode 152, Demetri Kofinas speaks with Soner Çağaptay, director of the Turkish Research Program at The Washington Institute and author of “Erdoğan's Empire: Turkey & the Politics of the Middle East.” The two discuss the recent crisis in the Mediterranean, the plight of the Turkish lira, and the role that Erdoğan seeks for Turkey to play in the emerging, international disorder.

53 minAUG 24
Comments
Erdoğan’s Turkey & the Revival of the Ottoman Empire | Soner Çağaptay

Uncharted Future: Learning to Navigate an Unpredictable World | Margaret Heffernan

In Episode 151, Demetri Kofinas speaks with journalist, author, and documentary filmmaker Margaret Heffernan about our unhealthy relationship with the future and how to confront the unknown challenges to come.

63 minAUG 17
Comments
Uncharted Future: Learning to Navigate an Unpredictable World | Margaret Heffernan
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