Our top 5 podcast episodes of 2022 (so far…)

In August, ECFR is having a short break from our World in 30 Minutes podcast, so we’re taking the opportunity to sit back and look – or listen – over the past six months

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Unsurprisingly, Russia’s attack on Ukraine has affected all major areas of foreign policy. And our top five podcasts are no exception. Our most listened-to episodes of the past half-year are below.
Have a listen and explore the different ramifications the war in Ukraine has had on Germany, France, Sweden and Finland, China, and not least NATO and Europe’s security architecture.

1️ Sino-Russian relations after the Kremlin’s attack on Ukraine

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This podcast was released on 4 March 2022.

Mark Leonard was joined by ECFR senior policy fellow, Kadri Liik, and the head of ECFR’s Asia programme, Janka Oertel, to talk about how the Ukraine war is affecting Sino-Russian relations.

Listen again to this episode to find out how Russia’s attack on Ukraine was perceived in China – and whether an ‘alliance of autocracies’ is in the making.


2️ How Putin’s war is shaping France’s election

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This podcast was released on 11 March 2022.

Mark Leonard and Tara Varma, senior policy fellow and head of ECFR’s Paris office, considered how Vladimir Putin’s war on Ukraine was affecting France and the French presidential race.

Listen again to this episode for some Paris summer vibes, and to hear what role foreign policy played in the election campaign before and after Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.


3. War in Ukraine: a stale-mate for the West and NATO’s future?

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This podcast was released on 18 March 2022.

Does the war in Ukraine mean a complete collapse of NATO member states’ policy towards Russia? Mark Leonard was joined by Marie Dumoulin, head of our Wider Europe programme, and Jeremy Shapiro, ECFR’s research director, to try to answer this question.

Listen again to this episode to explore how could Europe could respond to a Russian loss or victory in the Ukraine war.

4. New era, new alliance: NATO, Sweden, and Finland

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This podcast was released on 22 April 2022.

Mark Leonard spoke to Carl Bildt, former prime minister of Sweden and ECFR co-chair, and Alexander Stubb, former prime minister of Finland and ECFR council member, about their home countries’ road to NATO membership.

Listen again to this episode to learn more about the Swedish Zeitenwende and Finnish pragmatism that helped set these two Nordic countries on this path.

5. Germany’s Zeitenwende: what does it mean for Europe?

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This podcast was released on 13 May 2022.

Mark Leonard and ECFR Berlin colleagues Janka Oertel, Jana Puglierin, and Jonathan Hackenbroich took stock: How is Germany really doing in overhauling its security and defence policies? And what kind of change is afoot in Germany’s most beloved field of economic policy?

Listen again to this episode to discover if Germany has made progress in living up to its allies’ expectations – or have promises made in May proved empty?

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