ReConsider, by Xander and Erik, is a twice per month podcast in which we take on, in-depth, one pressing political issue facing western Democracies with a fresh, researched, and challenging perspective. We help listeners see the full context behind the issue and make up their own minds.
Turkey invades Syria amid a hasty and poorly-planned US withdrawal. It's not the first time: why is it getting this level of media attention and international outrage?
…and hurricanes pop up throughout the Middle East.
How does a tiny US deployment in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia affect the geopolitical outlook of nations throughout the Middle East and the world?
The world’s a complicated place, and small moves can have ramifications for many years to come. Today, we look at the possible ramifications of a US deployment of troops to Saudi Arabia could play out.
WELCOME TO EPISODE 100. HOW EXCITING.
Today we’re going to talk about our favorite book series ever, The Expanse. More specifically, we’re going to talk about the “astropolitics” (geopolitics IN SPAAAACE) of The Expanse, and see how it as a case study can teach us about boring old geopolitics on Earth. It’s an awesome episode; enjoy!
And to everyone who’s been with us for the whole ride: holy simoleons, thank you!
Prof. Chris Balding, Professor at Fullbright University Vietnam, joins us to help us break into the factors driving US-China competition, and helps us understand some of the fundamentals behind what's likely to come over the next few years.
Repeat-guest Michael Mazarr of RAND, has recently published a bunch of very intriguing work that challenges how Xander and Erik think about foreign policy and war. We decided to grill him to see what we could learn!
18 years have passed, and Kabul and its US allies have failed to destroy the Taliban. Finally, it seems like serious peace talks are beginning, but war remains and any peace would likely include Talibani power in Afghanistan. This is a moment for the US to reflect on its true goals.
It's often taken as given that Trump is acting on Moscow's behalf in his foreign policy. In this episode we ask: what foreign policy would be in Russia's interest? And is Trump following that foreign policy, or a different one?
We explore such topics as Trump’s foreign policy in the Middle East, with NATO, in Ukraine, and even in trade. We’ll see how he does.
What have been the long term consequences of US and allied drug policy? In this episode we look at both domestic demand (The “War on Drugs” and foreign supply (The “Drug War”) efforts, and the results that have come from them.
This is all in a response to questions from listener Russell Waldman; keep them coming, everyone!
One of our beloved Patrons asked us: "what are the long-term consequences of the Iraq War?" Great question--we couldn't resist taking a crack at it.
In this episode we hear about the balance of the middle east changed, for Iraq, Iran, Saudi Arabia, ISIS, and global powers.
India has just launched a military operation—an airstrike—for the first time in decades. And they’re both nuclear powers. We rarely get to stay on top of very current events, but this is such a significant incident—and something so easy to spin and sensationalize—that we wanted to get ahead of it. So get the full scoop of what happened, and the ramifications, right now from Xander.
In this episode we do a big listener Q&A! We’ve gathered a few questions over the past few months and we decided to run with the juiciest ones. We’ll do this again, keep sending questions in! Here’s what we cover:
Sports in diplomacy
Sweden, immigration, and sexual crime
China's history is long. Like, really long. Its memory is, too. Want to understand how China sees the world today? You need to understand how it sees its place over the last 3600 years.
We're lucky enough to welcome Chris Stewart of The History of China Podcast to help us scratch the surface. But really, if you want to dive in, go check out his podcast: http://www.thehistoryofchina.wordpress.com
Trade war’s on, baby. Why is it happening? What’s at stake? How does free trade even work?
Are tariffs against China The Art of the Deal, or the tantrums of a madman? Is China a trade cheater or is Trump just pandering to the base?
Time to get some context.
Is the Chinese economy a powerhouse, or a house of cards ready to fall down? Is it going to overtake the US, or crash terribly and burn?
In this episode we'll talk about the incredible complexities inherent in understanding China's economy, some of the forces behind its miraculous growth, and the undeniable risks it faces.
Trump just reimposed the sanctions on Iran that had been previously lifted by the nuclear deal--the deal is dead. Trump wants a new deal. Rouhani is under pressure and claiming he wants a fight. Is scrapping the deal a good idea or a bad idea? What does it mean for Iran and the Middle East?
We're having a trade war! How exciting. So China is... our friend? Enemy? FRENEMY? They... want to take over Asia? Taiwan? The US? THE WORLD? Are they a fair trading partner or a cheater? A reasonable place or a dictatorship?
There are many conceptions and misconceptions about China. Let's start taking them on.
Since we've been talking about economics for 6 months, a lot has happened throughout the world! And people have wanted to know about it. So today we're covering interesting events in South Africa, North Korea, Iran, and Turkey. All great opportunities to ReConsider.
Erik and Xander podcast together for the 3rd time ever in Boston! We grab a map and go: no agenda, no plan. It's a ton of fun. You'll find out all there is to know about the world as of precisely March 22nd, 2018.
Santa's workshop is underwater, and new shipping lanes emerge in an area once thought of as an insignificant edge on the global map. What happens when the Arctic starts getting wet in the summer? How does climate change affect the conflict between NATO and Russia, global shipping lanes, and habitation patterns?
You've heard of the Fracking Revolution. You may also know that your fuel bill is a little lower than it was in the 2000s.
But man oh man, the picture is much bigger than that. The Middle East, Europe, Russia, and the foreign policy of the United States may be substantially different--for decades to come--than they would have been without the Revolution.
So yeah. Big deal.