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We live in a confusing time, bombarded every day with news from around the world that can be hard to follow, or fully understand. Let Worldly be your guide. Every Thursday, senior writer Zack Beauchamp, senior foreign editor Jennifer Williams, and staff defense writer Alex Ward give you the history and context you need to make sense of the moment and navigate the world around you. Produced by Vox and the Vox Media Podcast Network.

Latest Episodes

Rep. Ro Khanna’s vision for a new, “progressive” foreign policy

Rep. Ro Khanna (D-CA), one of the leading minds advocating for a radical rethinking of US foreign policy, sits down with Jenn for a conversation about what a “progressive” foreign policy would look like and how it would actually be applied in tough conflicts from Yemen to Iran to China.Links to resources discussed: We are conducting an audience survey to better serve you. It takes no more than five minutes, and it really helps out the show. Please take our survey here.Rep. Khanna referencedAlexis De Tocqueville’s Democracy in AmericaFrancis Fukuyama’s The End of History?John Quincy Adams’ Warning Against the Search for “Monsters to Destroy”Adam Smith’s Theory of Moral SentimentsAnd the writings of Katrina vanden HeuvelHere are two pieces that provide more background on Yemen More on Kissinger and realpolitik The NYT op-ed by Masuda Sultan that Khanna referenced Guest:US Congressman Ro Khanna (@RepRoKhanna), representing Silicon Valley's CA17Host:Jennifer Williams (@jenn_ruth...

28 MIN4 days ago
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Rep. Ro Khanna’s vision for a new, “progressive” foreign policy

How Italy, Australia, and Britain got dragged into the Ukraine scandal

Zack, Jenn, and Alex break down the latest news in the Trump-Ukraine scandal — the emergence of related allegations about inappropriate administration requests to the governments of Britain, Italy, and Australia. They explain what happened in each case, look at the bizarre conspiracy theories behind all of this, and draw out the implications of a world in which US foreign policy is being increasingly enlisted in both the pursuit of falsehoods and the president’s reelection campaign.Links to resources discussed: If you want to listen to our last episode on the Trump-Ukraine scandal as a refresher, please do so.We mentioned Alex’s two pieces: one on Pompeo and another on how these four countries got embroiled in Trump’s conspiracy messZack wrote about how Trump’s Ukraine scandal is part of the president’s attack on democracyHere’s the Politico piece on a potential scandal whereby even a foreign government buys hotel rooms at Trump properties but has no one stay in themTrump is ...

31 MIN1 weeks ago
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How Italy, Australia, and Britain got dragged into the Ukraine scandal

The whistleblower complaint: a close read

Zack, Jenn, and Alex dive into the just-released whistleblower report about Trump’s call with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky. They explain what exactly it alleges about Trump and his administration — and the wider coverup operation it reveals. Bottom line? It sure looks like the president deliberately abused his powers of office for political gain — and then the White House engaged in a systematic, corrupt effort to hide his misconduct from the world.Links to resources discussed: The full text of the whistleblower complaint, with some context More background on the Ukraine scandalWe read some key passages from the complaint that Alex highlighted on Twitter, namely this one, this one, this one, and this one.Zack’s close read of the “transcript”We are conducting an audience survey to better serve you. It takes no more than five minutes, and it really helps out the show. Please take our survey here. Hosts:Jennifer Williams (@jenn_ruth), Senior Foreign Editor, VoxZack Beau...

21 MIN2 weeks ago
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The whistleblower complaint: a close read

War for Oil

EZack and Jenn are joined by Matt Yglesias to talk about the worrying fallout of an attack on Saudi oil facilities this weekend. The United States has blamed Iran for the attack, and President Trump tweeted that America is “locked and loaded” to retaliate — but so far, there hasn’t been a military response. The Worldly team talks through the debate over what the US should do, what Trump might be thinking, and the very real chance that escalation could trigger a recession. Jenn busts out some Arabic, Matt comes up with a new CSI spinoff, and Zack brings it back to the original Gulf War.Links to resources discussed: Jen Kirby’s explainer on the Saudi Arabia oil attacks.President Trump’s “locked and loaded” tweetMatt’s piece, “Trump’s weird ideas on the US-Saudi relationship, sort of explained.” He mentions the Washington Post article about Saudi visits to Trump hotels. The team discussed Lindsey Graham’s tweets about the situation.Jenn mentioned that Martin Indyk at Brooki...

23 MIN3 weeks ago
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War for Oil

Why the US can’t win in Afghanistan

Zack and Alex are joined by Ben Pauker, Vox’s managing editor for news and a longtime foreign correspondent, to talk about the war in Afghanistan — and why the US can’t seem to win it. They discuss the reasons that Afghanistan is fertile ground for an insurgency, why the Taliban has become a particularly effective bunch of militants, and why the US’ ultimate goal — building up an Afghan government and military that can sure the country in its absence — is so hard to achieve. Come for the policy pessimism, stay for Zack’s oblique reference to a dril tweet.Read this interview Alex did with warfare expert Dominic Tierney on why the US has trouble winning wars.The New York Times has a good history (with pictures!) of why many have tried and failed to win in Afghanistan.Here’s how the US “won” in IraqAlex wrote about how the Taliban has very slightly moderated its stances towards women and minorities in recent years.Yes, a Taliban fighter really did say “You have the watches. ...

23 MINSEP 13
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Why the US can’t win in Afghanistan

The case for foreign policy restraint

In this special crossover episode, Weeds host Matt Yglesias talks to Emma Ashford, Research Fellow in Defense and Foreign Policy at the Cato Institute. It's a wide ranging discussion covering everything from China to the middle east, our relationship with Russia since the cold war, and the defense budget. They also explore the difference between restraint and realism, and whether or not Trump is an isolationist.Guest Host:Matthew Yglesias (@mattyglesias)GuestEmma Ashford (@emmamashford)More to explore:Subscribe for free to The Weeds. On Vox’s twice-weekly policy and politics podcast, Matthew Yglesias is joined by Ezra Klein, Dara Lind, Jane Coaston and other Vox voices to dig into important national issues, including healthcare, immigration, housing, and everything else that matters. About Vox:Vox is a news network that helps you cut through the noise and understand what's really driving the events in the headlines.Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

60 MINSEP 5
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The case for foreign policy restraint

Boris's Great British Brexit-Off

Zack and Jenn are joined by Vox foreign writer Jen Kirby to talk about UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s decision to “prorogue” Parliament — meaning suspend it for five weeks — during the runup to the October 31st Brexit deadline. They explain how this is an obvious maneuver to prevent Parliament from blocking a no-deal Brexit, and then break down what Parliament could do in response, and how all of this represents a serious challenge for British democracy.Here’s Jen Kirby’s explainer on the whole proroguing controversy. We mentioned that the UK government’s own analyses suggest a no-deal Brexit would be a disaster for the UK. And here’s a link to our past episode “The looming Brexit catastrophe” on what a no-deal Brexit could mean for Britain. The UK House of Commons Library has a good summary of how proroguing normally works.Here’s more on how the opposition Labour Party was planning to thwart Johnson before all this happened. Here’s a member of Johnson’s Conservativ...

19 MINAUG 30
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Boris's Great British Brexit-Off

The Amazon is on fire

EIn Jenn’s and Alex’s absence, Zack is joined by Umair Irfan, a climate change reporter at Vox, to talk about the wildfires raging in Siberia, Greenland, and — most worryingly — the Amazon rainforest. They explain why preserving the health of the massive rainforest is vital to addressing climate change, and how the policies of Brazil’s right-wing populist president, Jair Bolsonaro, have helped cause the wildfires and jeopardized the Amazon rainforest’s very survival. Umair tells stories from his recent visit to Brazil, while Zack recalls a sweaty walk to work.Links!Here’s Umair’s piece on all the fires raging around the world right now.Vox’s Jen Kirby explained Bolsonaro 101.Some background on Bolsonaro’s environmental policy. It’s very bad!Bolsonaro has gone after indigenous rights since literally the first day of his presidency.São Paulo’s drought problem has been really serious.The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change’s big new report on land use and climate cha...

23 MINAUG 23
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The Amazon is on fire

INF'd

Zack, Jenn, and Alex discuss the recently deceased Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces treaty — a Cold War-era agreement that was supposed to stop the US and Russia from putting destabilizing missiles too close to each other. They explain where the treaty came from, why it mattered, and why Trump pulled out of it — and cap it off with a discussion of whether the treaty’s demise was a good thing or not. Zack does his best (worst?) Yaakov Smirnoff impression, Jenn breaks down the song “99 Red Balloons” at length, and Alex laughs at Mikhail Gorbachev’s jokes.Alex’s recent INF treaty explainerUS President Reagan and Soviet leader Gorbachev sign the INF in 1987Here’s the full text of the treaty if you want to read it yourself.The Worldly hosts prefer this cover of “99 Red Balloons” by Goldfinger, but their producer Byrd maintains that the Nena version is best. Editorial director Liz Nelson, meanwhile, recommends this version from the punk band 7 Seconds.Zack mentioned that there ...

22 MINAUG 15
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India’s power grab in Kashmir

Zack, Jenn, and Alex talk about India’s decision to revoke Article 370 of its constitution, the provision giving special status to the majority-Muslim state of Jammu and Kashmir, a decision that has sparked a political crisis with Pakistan. The Worldly team explains why Kashmiri autonomy is so sensitive, the ideological reasons why Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi chose to do something so destabilizing and provocative, and what this could mean for the always-volatile India-Pakistan relationship.Alex has an explainer about India’s Kashmir power grab.The New Yorker has a good piece on the India-Pakistan partition.Vox also has an explainer on the violence between Pakistan and India earlier this year.A part of Article 370 of India’s constitution reads: “[T]he President may, by public notification, declare that this article shall cease to be operative or shall be operative only with such exceptions and modifications and from such date as he may specify.”India’s home minister sai...

21 MINAUG 9
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India’s power grab in Kashmir

Latest Episodes

Rep. Ro Khanna’s vision for a new, “progressive” foreign policy

Rep. Ro Khanna (D-CA), one of the leading minds advocating for a radical rethinking of US foreign policy, sits down with Jenn for a conversation about what a “progressive” foreign policy would look like and how it would actually be applied in tough conflicts from Yemen to Iran to China.Links to resources discussed: We are conducting an audience survey to better serve you. It takes no more than five minutes, and it really helps out the show. Please take our survey here.Rep. Khanna referencedAlexis De Tocqueville’s Democracy in AmericaFrancis Fukuyama’s The End of History?John Quincy Adams’ Warning Against the Search for “Monsters to Destroy”Adam Smith’s Theory of Moral SentimentsAnd the writings of Katrina vanden HeuvelHere are two pieces that provide more background on Yemen More on Kissinger and realpolitik The NYT op-ed by Masuda Sultan that Khanna referenced Guest:US Congressman Ro Khanna (@RepRoKhanna), representing Silicon Valley's CA17Host:Jennifer Williams (@jenn_ruth...

28 MIN4 days ago
Comments
Rep. Ro Khanna’s vision for a new, “progressive” foreign policy

How Italy, Australia, and Britain got dragged into the Ukraine scandal

Zack, Jenn, and Alex break down the latest news in the Trump-Ukraine scandal — the emergence of related allegations about inappropriate administration requests to the governments of Britain, Italy, and Australia. They explain what happened in each case, look at the bizarre conspiracy theories behind all of this, and draw out the implications of a world in which US foreign policy is being increasingly enlisted in both the pursuit of falsehoods and the president’s reelection campaign.Links to resources discussed: If you want to listen to our last episode on the Trump-Ukraine scandal as a refresher, please do so.We mentioned Alex’s two pieces: one on Pompeo and another on how these four countries got embroiled in Trump’s conspiracy messZack wrote about how Trump’s Ukraine scandal is part of the president’s attack on democracyHere’s the Politico piece on a potential scandal whereby even a foreign government buys hotel rooms at Trump properties but has no one stay in themTrump is ...

31 MIN1 weeks ago
Comments
How Italy, Australia, and Britain got dragged into the Ukraine scandal

The whistleblower complaint: a close read

Zack, Jenn, and Alex dive into the just-released whistleblower report about Trump’s call with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky. They explain what exactly it alleges about Trump and his administration — and the wider coverup operation it reveals. Bottom line? It sure looks like the president deliberately abused his powers of office for political gain — and then the White House engaged in a systematic, corrupt effort to hide his misconduct from the world.Links to resources discussed: The full text of the whistleblower complaint, with some context More background on the Ukraine scandalWe read some key passages from the complaint that Alex highlighted on Twitter, namely this one, this one, this one, and this one.Zack’s close read of the “transcript”We are conducting an audience survey to better serve you. It takes no more than five minutes, and it really helps out the show. Please take our survey here. Hosts:Jennifer Williams (@jenn_ruth), Senior Foreign Editor, VoxZack Beau...

21 MIN2 weeks ago
Comments
The whistleblower complaint: a close read

War for Oil

EZack and Jenn are joined by Matt Yglesias to talk about the worrying fallout of an attack on Saudi oil facilities this weekend. The United States has blamed Iran for the attack, and President Trump tweeted that America is “locked and loaded” to retaliate — but so far, there hasn’t been a military response. The Worldly team talks through the debate over what the US should do, what Trump might be thinking, and the very real chance that escalation could trigger a recession. Jenn busts out some Arabic, Matt comes up with a new CSI spinoff, and Zack brings it back to the original Gulf War.Links to resources discussed: Jen Kirby’s explainer on the Saudi Arabia oil attacks.President Trump’s “locked and loaded” tweetMatt’s piece, “Trump’s weird ideas on the US-Saudi relationship, sort of explained.” He mentions the Washington Post article about Saudi visits to Trump hotels. The team discussed Lindsey Graham’s tweets about the situation.Jenn mentioned that Martin Indyk at Brooki...

23 MIN3 weeks ago
Comments
War for Oil

Why the US can’t win in Afghanistan

Zack and Alex are joined by Ben Pauker, Vox’s managing editor for news and a longtime foreign correspondent, to talk about the war in Afghanistan — and why the US can’t seem to win it. They discuss the reasons that Afghanistan is fertile ground for an insurgency, why the Taliban has become a particularly effective bunch of militants, and why the US’ ultimate goal — building up an Afghan government and military that can sure the country in its absence — is so hard to achieve. Come for the policy pessimism, stay for Zack’s oblique reference to a dril tweet.Read this interview Alex did with warfare expert Dominic Tierney on why the US has trouble winning wars.The New York Times has a good history (with pictures!) of why many have tried and failed to win in Afghanistan.Here’s how the US “won” in IraqAlex wrote about how the Taliban has very slightly moderated its stances towards women and minorities in recent years.Yes, a Taliban fighter really did say “You have the watches. ...

23 MINSEP 13
Comments
Why the US can’t win in Afghanistan

The case for foreign policy restraint

In this special crossover episode, Weeds host Matt Yglesias talks to Emma Ashford, Research Fellow in Defense and Foreign Policy at the Cato Institute. It's a wide ranging discussion covering everything from China to the middle east, our relationship with Russia since the cold war, and the defense budget. They also explore the difference between restraint and realism, and whether or not Trump is an isolationist.Guest Host:Matthew Yglesias (@mattyglesias)GuestEmma Ashford (@emmamashford)More to explore:Subscribe for free to The Weeds. On Vox’s twice-weekly policy and politics podcast, Matthew Yglesias is joined by Ezra Klein, Dara Lind, Jane Coaston and other Vox voices to dig into important national issues, including healthcare, immigration, housing, and everything else that matters. About Vox:Vox is a news network that helps you cut through the noise and understand what's really driving the events in the headlines.Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

60 MINSEP 5
Comments
The case for foreign policy restraint

Boris's Great British Brexit-Off

Zack and Jenn are joined by Vox foreign writer Jen Kirby to talk about UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s decision to “prorogue” Parliament — meaning suspend it for five weeks — during the runup to the October 31st Brexit deadline. They explain how this is an obvious maneuver to prevent Parliament from blocking a no-deal Brexit, and then break down what Parliament could do in response, and how all of this represents a serious challenge for British democracy.Here’s Jen Kirby’s explainer on the whole proroguing controversy. We mentioned that the UK government’s own analyses suggest a no-deal Brexit would be a disaster for the UK. And here’s a link to our past episode “The looming Brexit catastrophe” on what a no-deal Brexit could mean for Britain. The UK House of Commons Library has a good summary of how proroguing normally works.Here’s more on how the opposition Labour Party was planning to thwart Johnson before all this happened. Here’s a member of Johnson’s Conservativ...

19 MINAUG 30
Comments
Boris's Great British Brexit-Off

The Amazon is on fire

EIn Jenn’s and Alex’s absence, Zack is joined by Umair Irfan, a climate change reporter at Vox, to talk about the wildfires raging in Siberia, Greenland, and — most worryingly — the Amazon rainforest. They explain why preserving the health of the massive rainforest is vital to addressing climate change, and how the policies of Brazil’s right-wing populist president, Jair Bolsonaro, have helped cause the wildfires and jeopardized the Amazon rainforest’s very survival. Umair tells stories from his recent visit to Brazil, while Zack recalls a sweaty walk to work.Links!Here’s Umair’s piece on all the fires raging around the world right now.Vox’s Jen Kirby explained Bolsonaro 101.Some background on Bolsonaro’s environmental policy. It’s very bad!Bolsonaro has gone after indigenous rights since literally the first day of his presidency.São Paulo’s drought problem has been really serious.The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change’s big new report on land use and climate cha...

23 MINAUG 23
Comments
The Amazon is on fire

INF'd

Zack, Jenn, and Alex discuss the recently deceased Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces treaty — a Cold War-era agreement that was supposed to stop the US and Russia from putting destabilizing missiles too close to each other. They explain where the treaty came from, why it mattered, and why Trump pulled out of it — and cap it off with a discussion of whether the treaty’s demise was a good thing or not. Zack does his best (worst?) Yaakov Smirnoff impression, Jenn breaks down the song “99 Red Balloons” at length, and Alex laughs at Mikhail Gorbachev’s jokes.Alex’s recent INF treaty explainerUS President Reagan and Soviet leader Gorbachev sign the INF in 1987Here’s the full text of the treaty if you want to read it yourself.The Worldly hosts prefer this cover of “99 Red Balloons” by Goldfinger, but their producer Byrd maintains that the Nena version is best. Editorial director Liz Nelson, meanwhile, recommends this version from the punk band 7 Seconds.Zack mentioned that there ...

22 MINAUG 15
Comments
INF'd

India’s power grab in Kashmir

Zack, Jenn, and Alex talk about India’s decision to revoke Article 370 of its constitution, the provision giving special status to the majority-Muslim state of Jammu and Kashmir, a decision that has sparked a political crisis with Pakistan. The Worldly team explains why Kashmiri autonomy is so sensitive, the ideological reasons why Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi chose to do something so destabilizing and provocative, and what this could mean for the always-volatile India-Pakistan relationship.Alex has an explainer about India’s Kashmir power grab.The New Yorker has a good piece on the India-Pakistan partition.Vox also has an explainer on the violence between Pakistan and India earlier this year.A part of Article 370 of India’s constitution reads: “[T]he President may, by public notification, declare that this article shall cease to be operative or shall be operative only with such exceptions and modifications and from such date as he may specify.”India’s home minister sai...

21 MINAUG 9
Comments
India’s power grab in Kashmir