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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 3, 2020

Undercurrents is back with two new interviews!

This week, as President-elect Joe Biden’s transition to the White House gathers pace, Ben speaks to academic and author Claire Yorke about the role that empathy played in the 2020 election campaign. They talk about empathy as a dynamic in campaigns, but also as a tool for governing, and take a look at examples elsewhere in the world of political empathy in action.

Then Ben is joined by Pepijn Bergsen from the Europe Programme at Chatham House. They discuss the current trajectory of EU-China relations, particularly in the economic sphere, and consider how COVID-19 and US trade wars have impacted this complex geopolitical situation.

Read The World Today article:

Will Empathy Win the Day?

Read the Expert Comment:

Why the Pandemic and Populism Still Work Together


Speakers: Pepijn Bergsen, Claire Yorke

Host: Ben Horton

Editor: Jamie Reed

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