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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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Jun 30, 2022

How has the war impacted Ukranians' sense of identity? How has Ukrainian language, culture, and politics changed after fall of the Soviet Union. Are Putin’s views on Ukrainian identity shared by others in Russia?

Host: Ned Sedgwick 

Guests: Orysia Lutsevych (Head and Research Fellow, Ukraine Forum, Russia and Eurasia...

Jun 17, 2022

This episode of Reflections at 100, marking the centenary of International Affairs, the journal of Chatham House, looks at China’s role in the world over the past century. Isabel Muttreja and Krisztina Csortea speak to Evelyn Goh, who provides a whistle-stop tour of Chinese history. They also discuss how China has...

Jun 16, 2022

How has the relationship with the United States and Putin changed from president to president? When did the relationship sour and what, if anything, could have been done to send warning signals to Putin?

Host: Ned Sedgwick 

Guests: Dr Leslie Vinjamuri (Director, US and the Americas Programme Chatham House), Dr Charles...

Jun 9, 2022

How have Brazil and Africa reacted to the war in Ukraine? With impending elections in Brazil, how is President Bolsonaro’s relationship with Putin received by the public?  How will food insecurity affect African nations' response to the war?

Host: Ned Sedgwick 

Guests: Oliver Stuenkel (Associate Professor at the...

Jun 3, 2022

The war in Ukraine and global cost-of-living crisis are exerting pressure on economies across the world. With ongoing COVID-19 lockdowns and food supply chain issues on top of this, China is facing a particularly severe challenge. 

In this episode Ben speaks with Dr Yu Jie (Asia-Pacific Programme, Chatham House) about...