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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.

Chatham House is an independent policy institute based in London. Our mission is to help build a sustainably secure, prosperous and just world.

May 7, 2020

This week, Ben speaks to Charles Clift from the Global Health Programme about the WHO's communication challenges around the coronavirus. They explore how pandemics are defined, and the implications of when the announcement was made. Then Agnes meets Max Fras to find out how former Georgian President Mikheil Saakashvili has gained political office in Ukraine. 

Read the Expert Comments: 

Coronavirus: Public Health Emergency or Pandemic - Does Timing Matter?

WHO Can Do Better - But Halting Funding is No Answer


Speakers: Charles Clift, Max Fras

Hosts: Agnes Frimston, Ben Horton

Sound Editor: Jamie Reed

Producer: Ben Horton

Recorded and produced at Chatham House.