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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 implications of Boris Johnson's victory for British domestic politics and the UK's policy overseas. 

Svyatoslav Vakarchuk is a Ukrainian activist and politician, who in 2019 founded a new political party, Golos. In legislative elections this year the party made a statement by winning 20 seats in the Ukrainian parliament. Ben meets Svyatoslav to discuss the challenges facing Ukraine at home and abroad. 

Read the Chatham House Expert Comments:

What Boris Johnson's Big Win Means for Brexit and Scotland

UK General Election 2019: The UK's New Foreign Policy Divide


Speakers: Thomas Raines and Svyatoslav Vakarchuk

Hosts: Agnes Frimston and Ben Horton 

Sound Editor: Jamie Reed

Producer: Ben Horton

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