Foreign Policy Podcasts Hit Their Stride


News Story from: 11/4/15

November 4, 2015 – Washington, D.C. – The Foreign Policy podcast series is celebrating its two-month anniversary, a short period of time, perhaps, but productive; FP now produces three separate podcasts, The Editor’s Roundtable (The E.R.), Global Thinkers, and The Backstory. The mandate of the FP podcasts is in keeping with the mandate of Foreign Policy magazine: bringing together the powerful with those committed to speaking truth to power.

All episodes are available at and on iTunes, which has cited them as “new and noteworthy” since their launch just after Labor Day.


Here’s a breakdown of the FP podcasts:

The Editor’s Roundtable (The E.R.): Each week, Foreign Policy’s CEO and editor, David Rothkopf, and his panel, triage the big issues of the day with emergency room-like urgency and some mayhem. The panel, pulling from FP’s impressive roster of contributors, changes from week to week.

The E.R. regulars are Rosa Brooks, a senior fellow at the New America Foundation who teaches international law, national security, and constitutional law at Georgetown University; and Kori Schake, a research fellow at the Hoover Institution whose focus is military history, and also a former foreign policy advisor to Sen. John McCain. They have been joined by Tom Ricks, a senior adviser at the New America Foundation; David Sanger, the chief Washington correspondent for the New York Times and an expert on cyber security; Ed Luce, the chief Washington correspondent and columnist for Financial Times; and Robert Kagan, a historian, best-selling author, columnist at the Washington Post, and senior fellow at the Brookings Institution.


Decoding the Iran Deal: David Rothkopf, Rosa Brooks, Kori Schake, and Robert Kagan discuss the implications of the Iran deal.

American Power at the Crossroads: David Rothkopf, Rosa Brooks, Kori Schake, and Robert Kagan take on American exceptionalism.

If The World Is So Dangerous, How Come So Few of the ’16 Candidates Know Anything About It? David Rothkopf, Rosa Brooks, Kori Schake, and Robert Kagan size up the 2016 contenders on foreign policy issues.

Rating The World’s Leaders: David Rothkopf, Rosa Brooks, Kori Schake, and Robert Kagan debate who’s been the world’s most effective head of state since Barack Obama took office.

Living In The Aftermath of the Iran Deal: David Rothkopf, Rosa Brooks, Kori Schake, and David Sanger debate how the “new” Middle East looks now that the Iran deal is done.

Cyberoffense, Deterrence, and the Dawn of a New Era of War: David Rothkopf, Rosa Brooks, Kori Schake, and David Sanger explore the modern challenges facing cyber threats. Do our leaders know enough about code and IT to develop sufficient cyber policy?

“We Fail Better” Should Not Be the Motto of the U.S. Military: David Rothkopf, Rosa Brooks, Kori Schake, and Tom Ricks wrestle with America’s recent legacy in the Middle East and what’s broken with the last superpower’s armed forces.

It’s Time the U.S. Military Reinvented Itself to Operate in the Information Age: David Rothkopf, Rosa Brooks, Kori Schake, and Tom Ricks debate whether the U.S. military is still too much of an industrial-era relic to meet the challenges of the moment and adapt to a new world order.

Do Your Generals Speak Economics?: David Rothkopf, Rosa Brooks, Kori Schake, and Ed Luce discuss why the military can’t fix a broke foreign economy – and possibly shouldn’t be asked to.


Global Thinkers: Hosted by FP’s print magazine team, executive editor for print, Mindy Kay Bricker, deputy editor for print Seyward Darby, and story editor for print Amanda Silverman, this weekly podcast brings together individuals who have been named to FP’s annual list of 100 Leading Global Thinkers – people whose ideas are changing the world and touching the lives of millions.


Understanding Genocide’s Perpetrators: documentary filmmaker Joshua Oppenheimer, author David Rieff, and host Amanda Silverman explore just how different victims are from victimizers.

From Bombs to Books: David Rothkopf talks to Nobel laureate Malala Yousafzai and her father, Ziauddin Yousafzai, on education equality and the value of dreaming big.

What Is The Way Out In Yemen: FP contributor Elizabeth Dickinson, Yemeni activist Farea al-Muslimi, and host Amanda Silverman, discuss the reach of Riyadh and how the West could actually help.

Global Warming: Is God Having A Climate Moment? Atmospheric scientist Katharine Hayhoe, activist Bill McKibben, FP senior reporter Keith Johnson, and host Mindy Kay Bricker discuss the pope, global warming, and the making of faith-based environmentalism.

Is The World Losing A Generation of Syrians to Trauma? FP contributor Lauren Wolfe, Wendy Young, head of Kids Need of Defense, and host Seyward Darby, discuss the hardships children endure when they flee war – and when they cross U.S. and EU borders.

What Are Africa’s New Missionaries Peddling? 2014 Global Thinker and visual artist Sam Hopkins joins FP contributor Michela Wrong and host Seyward Darby to discuss the aid industry’s skewed view of East Africa – and how artists can offer a better picture.

Why Won’t Regulators Rein in the Wall Street? 2014 Global Thinker Anat Admati, Pedro Nicolaci da Costa of the Peterson Institute, and host Amanda Silverman, explain why, even now, no one wants to stand up to Wall Street.

Why Water is a Fundamental National Security Issue: 2014 Global Thinker Arye Kohavi and writer Charles Fishman explain why the world’s water problems are solvable – if it weren’t for the clunky policies standing in the way.


The Backstory: This occasional podcast provides an editorial debrief of Foreign Policy journalists on the behind the scenes of particular and special stories.


Inside the MSF Hospital in Kunduz: FP deputy editor Rebecca Frankel and FP chief national security correspondent Dan De Luce speak with photojournalist Andrew Quilty about what it was like covering the aftermath of the tragic U.S. airstrike on the ground in Afghanistan.


All FP podcast episodes can be found on, iTunes, and Stitcher. Please contact us if you would like more information or would like to do a story about the FP podcasts.