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FPRI Radio

FPRI Radio is a podcast dedicated to topical discussions between members of the FPRI staff and leading experts on current events relating to and affecting world affairs in the diplomatic, informational, military, and economic domains. These conversations generally range from between 15 and 45 minutes in duration.

Taiwan’s Sunflower Seeds: Student Protests, Cross-Strait Agreements, and Their Implications for Taiwan Politics and US Policy

April 14, 2014
Jacques deLisle
, June Teufel Dreyer
, Shelley Rigger
, Vincent Wei-Cheng Wang
In this edition of FPRI radio, Jacques deLisle assembles three FPRI Senior Fellows to explore why a group of students recently occupied Taiwan’s legislature, and the group’s evolving mix of aims and agendas. Other topics include the Cross-Strait Trade in Services Agreement and its perceived economic implications, allegations of undemocratic processes by Taiwan’s ruling KMT Party, the call for a citizens' constitutional conference, and how all of these issues affect Taiwan's upcoming local (2014) and national (2016) elections, Cross-Strait relations, and US foreign policy in the region.

Dr. Henri J. Barkey on Turkey’s Ban of Social Media

April 1, 2014
Tally Helfont
, Henri Barkey
In this edition of FPRI Radio, FPRI's Tally Helfont interviews Dr. Henri J. Barkey on Turkey’s ban of social media and Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan’s increasingly erratic policies.  Henri J. Barkey is the Bernard L. and Bertha F. Cohen Professor of International Relations at Lehigh University. He served as a member of the U.S. State Department Policy Planning Staff. His most recent works include Iraq, Its Neighbors and the United States, co-edited with Phebe Marr and Scott Lasensky, (Washington, DC: United States Institute of Peace, 2011).

Is Xi Jinping Changing China's Course? Reforms Under the New Leadership in Beijing

March 24, 2014
Jacques deLisle
, Avery Goldstein
, Neysun Mahboubi
, Marshall Meyer
, Yuhua Wang
, John Yasuda
In November 2013 China's ruling Communist Party, headed by Xi Jinping, held a widely anticipated meeting of its central committee. This plenary session approved a sixty point decision outlining a new wave of reforms. Some observers have hailed the document as an ambitious blueprint tackling many of the most important problems now facing China. Others have been more skeptical. Six experts from Penn’s Center for the Study of Contemporary China offer their perspectives on the meaning and significance of the proposed reforms.

Amb. Adrian Basora on the Crisis in Ukraine

March 3, 2014
Adrian A. Basora
In this edition of FPRI Radio focusing on the latest events in Ukraine, Alan Luxenberg interviews Adrian Basora, Director of FPRI's Project on Democratic Transitions and the former Ambassador to Prague.

Dr. Stephen Blank on Russia and Ukraine

March 2, 2014
Stephen Blank
In this edition of FPRI Radio, FPRI's Michael Noonan interviews Senior Fellow Stephen Blank on the latest news out of Ukraine.   Dr. Stephen J. Blank is an FPRI Senior Fellow, and a Senior Fellow at the American Foreign Policy Council. He has published over 900 articles and monographs on Soviet/Russian, U.S., Asian, and European military and foreign policies, testified frequently before Congress on Russia, China, and Central Asia, consulted for the Central Intelligence Agency, major think tanks and foundations, chaired major international conferences in the U.S. and in Florence; Prague; and London, and has been a commentator on foreign affairs in the media in the U.S. and abroad. He has also advised major corporations on investing in Russia and is a consultant for the Gerson Lehrmann Group. He has published or edited 15 books, most recently Russo-Chinese Energy Relations: Politics in Command (London: Global Markets Briefing, 2006). He has also published Natural Allies? Regional Security in Asia and Prospects for Indo-American Strategic Cooperation (Carlisle, PA: Strategic Studies Institute, U.S. Army War College, 2005). He is currently completing a book entitled Light From the East: Russia’s Quest for Great Power Status in Asia to be published in 2014 by Ashgate. Dr. Blank is also the author of The Sorcerer as Apprentice: Stalin's Commissariat of Nationalities (Greenwood, 1994); and the co-editor of The Soviet Military and the Future (Greenwood, 1992). 

2012 Global GoTo Think Tank Report

March 1, 2013
James G. McGann
, Ronald J. Granieri
James G. McGann is an FPRI Senior Fellow and Director of its Think Tanks and Foreign Policy Program. In this edition of FPRI Radio he discusses the latest release of the Think Tanks Ranking and Trends report. The report can be accessed here.

A Conversation with new FPRI Senior Fellow Anit Mukherjee

February 20, 2013
Anit Mukherjee
, Michael P. Noonan
In this installment of FPRI Radio new Senior Fellow Anit Mukherjee sits down with Michael Noonan to discuss Indian civil-military relations, his service in the Indian Army, and how military service shapes and affects a veteran's analytical prism.

Events in Libya

August 22, 2011
Edward A. Turzanski
FPRI Senior Fellow, Edward Turzanski, comments on developments in Libya.

Venezuela after Chavez

December 11, 2012
Vanessa Neumann
, Edward A. Turzanski
FPRI Senior Fellow Vanessa Neumann takes a peek at the future of Venezuela in the event Hugo Chavez can no longer govern the country. Moderated by FPRI Templeton Fellow Edward A. Turzanski, co-chair of FPRi's Center for the Study of Terrorism.  Program Length 22 minutes

The Death of Kim Jong Il and Implications for East Asia

December 19, 2011
Gilbert Rozman
FPRI Senior Fellow, Gilbert Rozman, comments on the death of Kim Jong Il, future developments in North Korea and the implications for the region and U.S. foreign policy. Program length: 12 minutes