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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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May 28, 2020

This week the Undercurrents team present a double-bill of interviews exploring the politics of Israel. 

Agnes discusses the recent political fortunes of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu with Professor Yossi Mekelberg, including the domestic and foreign policy implications of his ongoing corruption trial. Then Ben speaks to Dr Galia Press-Barnathan and Naama Lutz about their investigation into the identity politics behind Israel's hosting of the 2019 Eurovision Song Contest. 

Read the Expert Comment:

Israel Coalition: Third Time Lucky or Same Old Story?

Read the International Affairs article:

The multilevel identity politics of the 2019 Eurovision Song Contest

Watch the team's favourite song from Eurovision 2020:


Speakers: Yossi Mekelberg, Galia Press-Barnathan, Naama Lutz

Hosts: Agnes Frimston and Ben Horton

Producer: Ben Horton

Sound Editor: Jamie Reed

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