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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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Feb 20, 2020

This week Undercurrents returns with interviews on decolonization and the impact of the coronavirus crisis on China’s economy.

Ben is joined by Events team colleague Amrit Swali to interview Tristram Hunt and Meera Sabaratnam about the decolonization process. They explore the role of civic institutions in re-thinking the legacies of the British Empire and breaking down colonial power structures which survive to this day. 

Next, Agnes discusses the Coronavirus crisis with Yu Jie from the Asia-Pacific Programme. They assess the impact of the health emergency on China's economy and its reputation globally. 

Watch the Chatham House Event:

Understanding Decolonization in the 21st Century

Read the Chatham House Expert Comment:

Centralization is Hobbling China's Response to the Coronavirus

Listen to the new podcast:

Independent Thinking - The Events Podcast from Chatham House


Speakers: Tristram Hunt, Meera Sabaratnam, Yu Jie

Hosts: Agnes Frimston, Ben Horton, Amrit Swali

Sound Editor: Jamie Reed

Producer: Ben Horton

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