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Undercurrents is a regular podcast series featuring interviews with Chatham House experts - and others - about the critical underlying issues which are shaping modern society. Hosted by staff from across the institute, each episode goes in-depth on a topic, looking beyond the news to explore the issues shaping global politics.

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Dec 19, 2019

In this final episode before Christmas the team discuss the implications of the UK General Election, before Ben meets Ukrainian opposition politician Svyatoslav Vakarchuk.

As the dust begins to settle after an intense general election campaign in the UK, Ben and Agnes are joined by Tom Raines to reflect on the...

Dec 12, 2019

This week Ben takes a deep dive into the US-China economic competition over technology, and then discusses intelligence agencies in the Global South. 

Marianne Schneider-Petsinger from the Americas Programme and Yu Jie from the Asia-Pacific Programme explain their recent co-authored report on US-China strategic...

Nov 29, 2019

Undercurrents returns with interviews on data-driven advertising in media and politics, and why Chile had to give up the COP25 climate conference. 

Artificial Intelligence and machine learning have given advertisers the tools to target specific groups of people with personalised messaging. In a new research paper for...

Nov 7, 2019

Undercurrents is back with two new interviews!

This week Ben speaks to Ory Okolloh from Luminate about the flows of dark money permeating the global economy, and how they could endanger democracy. 

Then Cleo Paskal of the Asia-Pacific programme and Energy, Environment & Resources department at Chatham House joins us to...

Aug 8, 2019

In the second summer special episode of Undercurrents, Ben speaks to Allison Gardner about how to prevent bias in AI.

Artificial intelligence is widely heralded as a key component of the 'fourth industrial revolution', a wave of technological innovation which will transform the global economy. The concepts...