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A Quick List of Foreign Policy and National Security Podcasts


Looking for new ways to get your foreign policy and national security news? Check out some of these podcasts and add your favorites to your favorite podcatcher. Inclusion on our list isn’t an endorsement, but we are sure  all of these shows will give you new perspectives and plenty to think about.

War on the Rocks

BOMBSHELL: This new bi-weekly series is hosted by Loren DeJonge Schulman, Radha Iyengar Plumb, and Erin Simpson. In each episode, they will dissect today’s foreign policy crises and tomorrow’s security challenges. In the first episode, In the first episode, they will launch into a guide as to what is going to face the Trump administration as it takes hold of the reins of power. If you’re wondering about new appointments, how the new National Security Council could run, and possible crises that could erupt as soon as day one, this is the episode for you. [Bombshell]

Foreign Policy 

The Editor’s Roundtable: Each week, Foreign Policy’s CEO and editor David Rothkopf, and his panel, including regulars Rosa Brooks and Kori Schake, triage the big issues of the day with emergency room-like urgency and some mayhem. [The E.R.] 


World Weekly With Gideon Rachman: Each week World Weekly focuses on some of the major international political stories that are making the headlines – drawing upon the FT’s team of foreign correspondents and international analysts to make sense of world events World Weekly is presented by Gideon Rachman and produced by Hannah Murphy. Recent episodes include Trade, Trump and Brexit, Trump’s confirmation hearings: nominees in the spotlight, and Turkey battles political turmoil and terrorists. [World Weekly]

The Council on Foreign Relations

Religion and Foreign Policy Series: CFR’s Religion and Foreign Policy Initiative brings together faith leaders, religion scholars, and policy experts for nonpartisan, cross-denominational conversations on timely issues at the intersection of religion and global affairs. [Religion and Foreign Policy Series]

Al Jazeera

The Listening Post: A weekly programme that examines and dissects the world’s media, how they operate, and the stories they cover. Recent episodes include Netanyahu’s media manipulation revealed, Secrets and hacks: Russia’s role in the US election, and Normalising Trump: The US media whitewash. [The Listening Post]

 Global Dispatches

 The stories, crises and provocations that will drive the global agenda in 2017: This podcast focuses on the big stories, ideas, trends and crises and provocations that will set the agenda at the United Nations and beyond. It is hosted by Mark Goldberg and Richard Gowen, who is a part of the European Council on Foreign Affairs. In this episode, they have a lively conversation about Trump’s relationship with the UN, the new incoming secretary general, and more. [Global Dispatches 1/3/17]


Trump waived Iran sanctions because the nuclear deal is working

  Win Without War Director Stephen Miles released the following statement regarding President Trump’s decision to waive nuclear related sanctions on Iran: The Iran deal is working, and that’s why Donald Trump yet again kicked the can down the road today. The Joint Comprehensive Plan of A[...]

Tell Congress: Stop Trump’s Attack on North Korea

  Trump just hit code red status on North Korea. Multiple news outlets have reported that the Trump administration is seriously considering a “bloody nose” strike as a “warning” for North Korea. In other words: Donald Trump is looking for excuses for an attack on North Korea that could ea[...]