Episode 13: Coronavirus and the Future of Politics

Catastrophe and resilience, human and economic costs, and the future of democratic politics: Shadi and Damir hunker down for an intense coronavirus podcast (while of course observing appropriate social distancing protocols).

Reading List:
“Pandemics Kill Compassion, Too,” by David Brooks (https://www.nytimes.com/2020/03/12/opinion/pandemic-coronavirus-compassion.html)

“The Wuhan Virus and the Imperative of Hard Decoupling,” by Andrew Michta (https://www.the-american-interest.com/2020/03/17/the-wuhan-virus-and-the-imperative-of-hard-decoupling/)

“The Coronavirus Called America’s Bluff,” by Anne Applebaum (https://www.theatlantic.com/ideas/archive/2020/03/coronavirus-showed-america-wasnt-task/608023/)

Episode 12: Sanders’ Goldwater Moment and The Future of the Left

In the shadow of Bernie Sanders’ underperforming on Super Tuesday, Shadi and Damir welcome author Ben Judah to the podcast to talk about the enduring promise of left-populism in an Age of Trump.

Relevant Reading:
“Left Populism and the Rediscovery of Agonistic Politics,” by Shadi Hamid (https://americanaffairsjournal.org/2018/11/left-populism-and-the-rediscovery-of-agonistic-politics/)

“Traditional ‘foreign policy’ no longer exists. Democrats are the last to know,” by David Adler and Ben Judah (https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2019/dec/02/traditional-foreign-policy-no-longer-exists-democrats-are-the-last-to-know)

“Hawks say Sanders will be weak on Russia. But Putin should fear a President Bernie,” by Ben Judah and David Adler (https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2020/feb/20/bernie-sanders-russia-putin-kremlin)

“Is Joe Biden the American Brezhnev?” by Ben Judah (https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2020/mar/06/biden-soviet-russia-status-quo-democratic-ussr)

“The Emergence of Foreign Policy,” by Halvard Leira (https://academic.oup.com/isq/article/63/1/187/5307236)

Episode 11: The Weaponization of Wokeness

Shadi and Damir talk about how racism, virtue signaling, the fundamental illegitimacy of the Chinese state, and how both consensus and irreconcilability can be fatal for democracy.

Reading List:
“China is the Real Sick Man of Asia” by Walter Russell Mead (https://www.wsj.com/articles/china-is-the-real-sick-man-of-asia-11580773677)

“Birth of the Nations” by Damir Marusic (https://www.washingtonexaminer.com/opinion/birth-of-the-nations-review-of-from-peoples-into-nations-by-john-connelly)

“It’s Not About Britain. It’s About Europe” by Damir Marusic (https://www.the-american-interest.com/2020/02/11/its-not-about-britain-its-about-europe/)

“The dark side of consensus in Tunisia: Lessons from 2015-2019” by Sharan Grewal and Shadi Hamid (https://www.brookings.edu/research/the-dark-side-of-consensus-in-tunisia-lessons-from-2015-2019/)

“After Europe” by Ivan Krastev (https://www.amazon.com/dp/B06ZYGQYKH/ref=dp-kindle-redirect?_encoding=UTF8&btkr=1)

Episode 10: The Russians and Their Souls

Author and essayist Peter Pomerantsev and Karina Orlova of Echo of Moscow Radio join Shadi and Damir to talk about the Russian soul, imperialism, historical memory, opioids, and bad cocaine. (It’s a lot less depressing than it sounds!)

Reading List:

This Is Not Propaganda: Adventures in the War Against Reality, by Peter Pomerantsev (https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/1541762118)

Nothing Is True and Everything Is Possible: The Surreal Heart of the New Russia, by Peter Pomerantsev (https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00L4FSVZ6/)

Secondhand Time: The Last of the Soviets, by Svetlana Alexievich (https://www.amazon.com/Secondhand-Time-Soviets-Svetlana-Alexievich/dp/0399588825/)

“The Dying Russians” by Masha Gessen (https://www.nybooks.com/daily/2014/09/02/dying-russians/)

Episode 9: Meritocracy, Depoliticization, and the End of the End of History

Shadi and Damir start talking about the appeals and perils of Pete Buttigieg and end up discussing the dangerous dead ends of meritocratic right-think.

Mentioned in the Podcast:
Shadi’s tweetstorm about Mayor Pete (https://twitter.com/shadihamid/status/1203416084189196288)
Luuk van Middelaar’s latest book (https://www.amazon.com/Alarums-Excursions-Improvising-Politics-European-ebook/dp/B07PHV1Y4M/)
“Lanes Are Starting to Emerge in the 2020 Primary” -Nathaniel Rakich, 538 (https://fivethirtyeight.com/features/lanes-are-starting-to-emerge-in-the-2020-democratic-primary/)
“Anti-Solutionism as a Strategy” – Natan Sacks, Foreign Affairs (https://www.foreignaffairs.com/articles/israel/2015-10-20/why-israel-waits)

Episode 8: The Wisdom and Folly of Impeachment and Trump

Should Trump be impeached? And is he a transformational president? The Washington Post’s national security reporter John Hudson joins Shadi and Damir to talk high-wire politics.

Articles Mentioned in the Podcast:
How The Framers Thought About Impeachment – Gary Schmitt

U.S. Officials Ignored Trump On Syria And We Are All Paying The Price – Aaron Stein

Trump Is Doing Exactly What He Was Elected To Do – Daniel McCarthy

Episode 7: Macron’s Defensive Crouch and the Problem of European Statism

Shadi and Damir talk Europe, its problems of integrating of foreigners, and how European mental reliance on the state as a solution to everything is a long-term problem for the continent.

Required Reading:
Emmanuel Macron’s interview in the Economist magazine: https://www.economist.com/europe/2019/11/07/emmanuel-macron-in-his-own-words-english
Riada Akyol in Al-Jazeera: https://www.aljazeera.com/indepth/opinion/macron-remarks-bosnia-dangerous-191110133224396.html
Bruno Maçaes in Politico Europe: https://www.politico.eu/article/emmanuel-macron-islamophobic-undercurrent-french-vision/
Ash Jain and Matthew Kroenig at Atlantic Council: https://www.atlanticcouncil.org/in-depth-research-reports/report/present-at-the-re-creation/

Episode 5: Impeachment, Polarization, and Hate-tweets

What’s that in the air? It’s not autumn. It’s that feeling you get knowing that all we’ll be collectively discussing in the next 14 months is the impeachment of Donald J. Trump. Shadi and Damir discuss the fate of our republic in these polarized times.

Articles discussed in this episode:
How the Framers Thought About Impeachment – Gary Schmitt
The Decay of American Political Institutions – Francis Fukuyama
The Problem of Donald Trump Didn’t Start With Donald Trump – Damir Marusic