Here Are the 5 Best Foreign Policy Podcasts in 2018
We've spoken before about how podcasts cover a wide range of topics, from business to politics to culture and comedy. In the last couple of years, podcasts have begun to cover the DC policy universe. From foreign policy and diplomacy to national security and the defense industry, there's a whole podcast ecosystem produced by policy experts. These shows are widely consumed and shared within the DC Beltway and beyond. Below, we'll cover some of the biggest and most well-respected foreign policy shows you should know about in 2018.
1. Global Dispatches
What it is: Mark Goldberg, editor of the United Nations' blog UN Dispatch, hosts this show about foreign policy and diplomacy. As he puts it, Global Dispatches "is about world affairs and the people who shape it."
Each week, Mark interviews policy experts, government officials, authors, and journalists about the stories happening in Washington and around the world. His show often covers a wide range of issues, from flashpoint crises in Venezula and Gaza to wider themes, such as how the spread of HIV in Africa is related to colonialism. Mark draws upon his experience at the UN and connections with influential policy makers to get the behind-the-scenes story of how diplomacy works and what's happening on the ground in countries around the world.
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Post Schedule: Twice weekly (Wednesdays and Fridays)
Apple Podcasts Rating: 5 stars (106 reviews)
2. Rational Security
What it is: A roundtable discussion featuring Shane Harris of the Wall Street Journal and Brookings Institution Fellows Benjamin Wittes, Tamara Cofman Wittes, and Susan Hennessey. This weekly show covers much of the news happening in the national security and foreign policy space: Middle East peace, the Russia investigation, surveillance, cybersecurity, and more. These four hosts bring decades of foreign policy experience, and the podcast is unique in how it is able to break down such complex issues for its audience. Like Global Dispatches, Rational Security is well-known within the national security and foreign policy spaces for its sharp and timely commentary on industry news.
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Post Schedule: Every Wednesday
Apple Podcasts Rating: 5 stars (661 reviews)
3. The Lawfare Podcast
What it is: The Lawfare blog is a highly respected blog that covers national security and policymaking in DC. Its podcast is hosted by Benjamin Wittes (also of the Rational Security podcast) and occasionally by other Lawfare contributors. Drawing upon Lawfare's expertise and pull within the industry, the podcast features interviews with policymakers, scholars, journalists, and analysts. It also will post recordings of special live events and panel discussions hosted by Lawfare.
Recent guests on the Lawfare podcast include former FBI director James Comey, former Deputy Attorney General Sally Yates, Russia expert and to Alexei Navalny's advisor Vladimir Milov, and authors Steven Levitsky and Daniel Ziblatt.
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Post Schedule: Varies (1-3 times per week)
Apple Podcasts Rating: 5 stars (1,344 reviews)
What it is: Produced by the defense policy and national security news outlet War on the Rocks, Bombshell dissects today’s foreign policy crises and tomorrow’s security challenges. Hosted by contributors Loren DeJonge Schulman, Radha Iyengar Plumb, and Erin Simpson, Bombshell provides insightful commentary on news surrounding North Korea, the Iran Deal, the Middle East, counter-terrorism, nuclear disarmament and more.
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Post Schedule: Every other Wednesday
Apple Podcasts Rating: 5 stars (302 reviews)
5. The Center for a New American Security (CNAS) Podcast
What it is: The Center for New American Security is a think tank that engages policymakers, experts and the public with innovative, fact-based research, ideas and analysis to shape and elevate the national security debate. The CNAS podcast draws upon the organization's deep expertise in the fields of foreign policy, national security, and defense policy to cover a wide range of topics currently relevant in the industry.
Recent interviews with CNAS experts and guests at CNAS live events have covered topics like American drone policy, Chinese covert operations, and the effect of AI on the future of warfare.
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Post Schedule: Every other week (Wednesdays or Fridays)
Apple Podcasts Rating: 4.5 stars (6 reviews)
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