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Undercurrents

Undercurrents is a new podcast series from Chatham House. Agnes Frimston and Ben Horton interview Chatham House experts about the critical underlying issues which are shaping modern society.

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Jun 4, 2020

In this week's episode Ben speaks to Erin Baines and Camile Oliviera about their research on the social status of children born as the result of ‘forced marriage’ during the Ugandan civil war of the 1990s and early 2000s, and attempts by some of the fathers to assume responsibility for their care...


May 28, 2020

This week the Undercurrents team present a double-bill of interviews exploring the politics of Israel. 

Agnes discusses the recent political fortunes of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu with Professor Yossi Mekelberg, including the domestic and foreign policy implications of his ongoing corruption trial. Then Ben...


May 21, 2020

This week the Undercurrents team explore two perspectives on the global response to the coronavirus pandemic.

Ben speaks to Dr Urvashi Aneja from the Asia-Pacific Programme about the Indian government's response to the virus, exploring the impact of a severe lockdown and the limitations of a new contact...


May 14, 2020

This week Agnes is joined by Lysa John, the Secretary-General of CIVICUS, to discuss the impact of the coronavirus pandemic on worker's rights across the world. 

Then Ben speaks to Leena Hoffmann from the Africa Programme at Chatham House about the food security crisis in West Africa and the Sahel. They explore the...


May 7, 2020

This week, Ben speaks to Charles Clift from the Global Health Programme about the WHO's communication challenges around the coronavirus. They explore how pandemics are defined, and the implications of when the announcement was made. Then Agnes meets Max Fras to find out how former Georgian President Mikheil Saakashvili...