March 23, 2020
Private militaries or PMC's have been popping up in all of the worlds conflict zones, guns for hire being paid to the dirty work nation-states don't want to do. Is this the future of war or is this a slippery slope that takes all the accountability out of the battlefield?
This week we do a deep dive into the Wagner group (Putin's private army) and Blackwater/Frontier Services Group (Erik Princes Hong Kong-based White House hit squad).
We go through what they have been up to, and where they are likely to pop up over the next few years
Guests this week are
Sahar Khan and
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March 9, 2020
Venezuela, home to the largest proven oil reserves in the world was once the jewel of South America, the envy of the Latin world, but now the country sits on the brink of collapse.
Venezuela has gone so far now that other nations like China, Russia, and the US have begun circling like hungry vultures, looking to smash apart the nation and divide up the assets.
So this week we sit down and ask where will it all go, how did we get here and what is next for this South American titan.
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February 23, 2020
The Libyan civil war is ramping to a climax, general Haftars forces have arrived at the gates on the capital Tripoli and the entire world is taking sides.
Russia, the UAE, Turkey, France, Italy, Qatar and Egypt are all throwing fuel onto this already raging fire, not realising those flames are unlikely to remain contained inside Libya.
Three huge guests for this episode.
Jonathon Winer (Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for the USA)
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February 10, 2020
Foreign aid is one of the most misunderstood parts of any nations budget, why would a country give money to another country when they have hungry people at home?
What people may not realise is that that 0.22% of your budget may be the only thing standing between you and your enemy setting up its armed forces in your backyard.
This weeks guests are
Tess Newton Cain
and Will Clapton
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January 26, 2020
Every month we seem to escalate the tensions with Iran, drawing Iran and the West closer and closer into large scale conflict. One that would likely drag in the rest of the nations in the Middle-East and then crash the world economy.
This week we sit down with 4 expert witnesses to go through exactly how difficult an invasion of Iran will be, and what risks we would be taking on to do so.
January 12, 2020
Kyrgyzstan stands at one of the most important decisions the country will ever make about its future, to look toward Moscow or to look toward Beijing....
The Kyrgyz people live upon some of the most important real estate in all of Asia, and now all the superpowers are beginning to compete for access to this vital crossroad.
Chris Schwatz - (University of Leuven)
Erica Marat - (National Defence University)
Alexander Cooley (Columbia University)
December 30, 2019
2020 is set to be one of the most impactful years for human history, where we will make choices that will steer our future for a decade to come. With critical elections, wars, and crises set to shape the next 12 months, next year will be year will we discuss in history classes for generations.
We sit down with three of the world's top experts to see what they think will be the biggest stories for 2020.
This weeks guests are
Andrew Hindmoor (University of Sheffield)
Jake Hanrahan (Popular Front)
and Brian Glyn Williams (CIA, Whitehouse, and NSA advisor)
December 16, 2019
Between Moldova and Ukraine lies the breakaway republic of Transnistria the last nation to hold the hammer and sickle upon its flag, this unrecognized nation doesn't exist on any map but does hold the entire balance of power in Eastern Europe. This is the last barrier between the encroachment of the EU and the heartlands of Russia, so to better understand this breakaway republic we turn to 3 expert witnesses.
December 1, 2019
The UK has been polarised and dragged to a stop over the biggest issue to face the country since WW2....Brexit. With the government paralyzed the mandate has been turned back to the people with an early election, son we sit down with 3 expert guests to analyze what each party stands for and what they offer to right the path of Britain.
Guests this week
Peter Sloman (University of Cambridge)
Imke Henkel (University of Lincoln)
Alan Wager (Kings College London)
November 17, 2019
Yemen is currently the home to the worst humanitarian crisis of our time, with a civil war that has dragged in countries from all around the globe. This small desert country is now the 5-way battleground for the world's powers, with the world's oil routes at stake.
Guests for this episode are
and Thomas Small