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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 26, 2022

What was NATO’s original purpose and what is its role in the war in Ukraine? Will Finland and Sweden join NATO and what significance does this have? What is Russia’s historical relationship with NATO and how did it sour?

Host: Ned Sedgwick 

Clips used: BBC News

Guests: Jamie Shea (Former NATO official, Chatham House associate fellow), Dan Sabbagh (The Guardian’s Defense and Security Editor), Renata Dwan (Chatham House Deputy Director)

This episode was produced by David Dargahi and Anouk Millet of Earshot Strategies on behalf of Chatham House.