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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 6, 2018


Join Ben and Agnes for the final episode of Undercurrents in 2018. This week they speak to Robin Niblett, Director of Chatham House, about his recent work on the future of think tanks in the new uncertain political landscape. Up for discussion:

  • How think tanks should respond to the rise of populist politics
  • Whether think tanks have spent too long defending globalisation
  • How think tanks can re-engage the public in a time of declining trust in experts 

All this and more - we hope you enjoy the episode. 

Read the International Affairs article:

'Re-discovering a sense of purpose: the challenge for western think-tanks'

Watch the speech:

Do think tanks have a future?