The Global Politico

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Each week, POLITICO’s Susan Glasser will go backstage in a world disrupted, interviewing leaders in Washington — and around the globe — who can help us understand an international scene that can seem like it’s spinning out of control. The podcast will skip the punditry to feature candid, revealing, … read more

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What comes next in a world disrupted

April 16th, 2018

In her last episode as host of the show, Susan joins her "partner in crime" Blake Hounshell, the editor of POLITICO Magazine, to make sense of the ways the Trump Administration has disrupted Washington's relations with …

Trump vs Putin? Time to be ‘scared’

April 9th, 2018

Contributing writer to The Atlantic Julia Ioffe joins The Global Politico for a comprehensive conversation on all things Russia.

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Hugh Hewitt gives rare praise for Trump’s national security purge

April 2nd, 2018

Conservative radio host Hugh Hewitt, an influential voice among national security conservatives, is struggling over what to think of the GOP’s …

Jake Sullivan: "Difficult to overestimate the potential danger John Bolton could put us in"

March 26th, 2018

John Bolton has advocated for war with Iran and North Korea. He loathes the United Nations, disdains international law, and still thinks the 2003 …

Adam Schiff: I thought there would be more Jeff Flakes, John McCains and Bob Corkers

March 19th, 2018

Days ago, Republican abruptly shut down the committee’s yearlong investigation of President Trump and the 2016 Russian election meddling, Congressman …

Chuck Todd on the high wire act of covering Trump

March 12th, 2018

"Meet the Press" host Chuck Todd sits down with Susan Glasser to discuss covering this most unusual of White Houses amid the chaos and upheaval of the last few weeks. Chuck also explains what it's like to be attacked by …

Naftali Bennett: ‘I Intend to Be the Prime Minister of Israel’

March 8th, 2018


The dance of the pro-Trump Republican with Senator Jim Risch

March 5th, 2018

Sen. Jim Risch, the conservative Idaho Republican who now stands to take over Foreign Relations next year, joins The Global Politico to discuss his …

The Russian bots are coming. This bipartisan duo is on it.

February 26th, 2018

Laura Rosenberger and Jamie Fly are an unlikely bipartisan duo who teamed up a year ago on a Washington think tank project to combat the Kremlin’s influence campaign but now find themselves right in the midst of …

Former Defense Secretary Ash Carter on the war America isn’t fighting

February 19th, 2018

President Obama’s fourth secretary of defense joins The Global Politico to give his take on where we went wrong on the Russia hacking response, North …

Kim Jong Un, North Korea's '10-foot-tall baby'

February 12th, 2018

CIA veteran Jung Pak sits down with Susan Glasser to discuss what we're getting wrong about North Korea's infamous leader and why he's not the "mad man" President Trump has deemed him to be. Pak helps us understand how …

Victoria Nuland on ringing Russia alarm bell inside Obama administration

February 5th, 2018

Victoria Nuland, former top State Department official, sits down with Susan Glasser to discuss what it was like to spend months in the middle of the …

Bonus: The Gulf family feud (with Donald Trump in the middle)

February 1st, 2018

Qatar’s defense minister Khalid bin Mohammed Al Attiyah joins The Global Politico for his first extensive comments to a U.S. journalist since the …

Mark Warner on Russia: 'We've had new information that raises more questions'

January 29th, 2018

Senator Mark Warner, the Virginia Democrat who is the vice chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee, joins The Global Politico for an exclusive, …

The man who put Andrew Jackson in Trump’s Oval Office

January 22nd, 2018

Historian Walter Russell Mead has become the favorite Trump whisperer for everyone from Steve Bannon to Tom Cotton. Mead sits down with Susan Glasser to explain the historical antecedents for Trump’s hostility toward …

How does Obama’s foreign policy look a year into Trump?

January 15th, 2018

Former U.S. ambassador to the United Nations Samantha Power and Obama's deputy national security adviser Ben Rhodes join The Global Politico to …

Is Trump stuck with Iran deal he loathes?

January 8th, 2018

Leading Iran expert Suzanne Maloney and Iranian-born journalist Maziar Bahari join The Global Politico to discuss the Iran sanction deadline …

5 key takeaways from 2017: The Donald Trump presidency and a world disrupted

December 25th, 2017

For a special 50th episode of The Global Politico, Susan Glasser looks back on a year of the Donald Trump presidency and the world's reaction. She …

Assessing a year of Trump with #NeverTrumpers Eliot Cohen and Max Boot

December 18th, 2017

Lifelong Republicans and policy intellectuals Eliot Cohen and Max Boot discuss the toll – personal as well as political – that Trump’s takeover of …

Former CIA deputy director Michael Morell on the intelligence failure of Russia

December 11th, 2017


Former Prime Minister of Israel Ehud Barak talks Netanyahu's Israel

December 5th, 2017

In part two of this week's Global Politico, Israel's former Prime Minister Ehud Barak talks with Susan Glasser just hours after the New York Times …

Ambassador Ron Dermer on Trump's Mideast peacemaking tactics

December 4th, 2017

In part one of this week's Global Politico, Israel's ambassador to the United States Ron Dermer sits down with Susan Glasser for a rare on-the-record …

Trump’s Russia problem, with Ambassador Kurt Volker

November 27th, 2017

Ambassador Kurt Volker, the Trump administration’s special envoy charged with ending the war in Ukraine, joins The Global Politico this week. Volker …

Ben Cardin on how Trump is driving Democrats and Republicans together

November 20th, 2017

Senator Ben Cardin, the ranking Democrat on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, discusses where the committee stands on new sanction on Russia, …

Episode 41: Inside the secret back-channel North Korea talks

November 13th, 2017

For years, Suzanne DiMaggio and Joel Wit have been quietly meeting with North Koreans to talk about the country’s nuclear program. Since Trump was elected, DiMaggio and Wit have watched an initial outreach descend into …

Sexism on America's front lines: Part Two

November 7th, 2017

This week, a special part two of The Global Politico, our report on the everyday culture of sexual harassment — and sexism — that still plagues women …

Episode 40: Sexism on America’s front lines

November 6th, 2017

Six women with careers in national security sit down with Susan Glasser to explore the challenges they've faced as they step up to participate in the …

Episode 39: James Clapper: The Russians have succeeded beyond their wildest expectations

October 30th, 2017

The former director of national intelligence has emerged publicly as one of President Donald Trump’s foremost critics and he wants you to know that no matter how much Trump rants about the “Russia hoax,” the 2016 …

Episode 38: The myth about the great and horrible Putin

October 23rd, 2017

Mikhail Khodorkovsky, Russia’s richest man until he was jailed for a decade by Vladimir Putin, joins The Global Politico to discuss opposing Putin, …

Episode 37: Ai WeiWei: 'China is laughing about this situation'

October 16th, 2017

Legendary Chinese dissident artist Ai Weiwei talks about Trump, Western democracy and the plight of refugees around the world. Weiwei is making a strong case for himself as America’s leading dissident of the Trump era. …

Episode 36: Tom Cotton, the Senate's Trump whisperer

October 9th, 2017

Arkansas Senator Tom Cotton sits down with Susan Glasser to discuss the role of President Trump's national security team and the course of action …

Episode 35: Iran's Foreign Minister has some things he wants to say to Donald Trump

October 2nd, 2017

Mohammed Javad Zarif, Iran’s Foreign Minister, joins The Global Politico this week. Zarif responds to President Trump’s public assault on the Iran …

Episode 34: Tony Blair says the left has lost its way

September 25th, 2017

Former Prime Minister of the United Kingdom Tony Blair sits down with Susan Glasser in New York City to discuss the similarities between Brexit and …

Episode 33: Twitter Man vs. Rocket Man

September 18th, 2017

The Global Politico dives into North Korea this week with Admiral Dennis Blair, the former U.S. Director of National Intelligence, and Ambassador …

Episode 32: Are Democrats more than the Party of Not Donald Trump?

September 11th, 2017

On this week's episode of The Global Politico, a group of leading Democrat leaders and strategists reconvene a year later to debate their election …

Episode 31: Dealing With Hurricane Trump, with Jeh Johnson

September 4th, 2017

Jeh Johnson, former Homeland Security chief, on the many crises, natural and otherwise, of the Trump era. President Trump has yet to name a replacement as secretary of Homeland Security. Not only that, he appears …

Episode 30: For all his fire and fury, Trump hasn’t changed much

August 28th, 2017

A look back on the first seven months of the Trump administration, Susan Glasser walks through ten lessons we've learned about Donald Trump's foreign …

Episode 29: The new Cold War?

August 21st, 2017

This week The Global Politico examines whether America and Russia are really doomed to clash on the world stage, how we got Vladimir Putin so wrong — …

Episode 28: The Republican Party's war within

August 14th, 2017

The Republican Party under President Trump is a party divided, one at war with itself. Torn between a leader who came to office vowing to drain the Washington swamp – and the swamp creatures in his own party who now run …

Episode 27: What it's like to watch a democracy die in Venezuela

August 7th, 2017

Hannah Dreier joins The Global Politico this week to recount her experience covering the Venezuela crisis, as an AP correspondent. She takes …

Episode 26: Why the Middle East hated Obama but loves Trump

July 31st, 2017

Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri, fresh from a summit with Trump, explains a region in turmoil. The tone was measured, but taken together his comments amount to a striking and stark indictment of Obama and much …

Episode 25: The Trump White House’s war within

July 24th, 2017

Until a couple weeks ago Laurel Miller was America’s top diplomat charged with dealing with Afghanistan and Pakistan. Miller joins The Global …

Episode 24: Don’t compare Trump to Nixon. It’s unfair to Nixon.

July 17th, 2017

This week's guest, Elizabeth Drew, wrote the book, Washington Journal, as a real-time  diary of how the American political world handled the …

Episode 23: Tom Donilon on the one thing Trump gets right about Obama and Russia

July 10th, 2017

Tom Donilon, President Obama’s national security adviser and co-chair of Hillary Clinton’s national security transition team, makes a strong case for why who sits in the Situation Room really matters, why Donald Trump’s …

Episode 22: J.T. Rogers, foreign policy wonk meets playwright

July 3rd, 2017

J.T. Rogers is not a diplomat or a military officer or politician. He’s something most unusual in American public life: a playwright whose subject is …

Episode 21: Why Rep. Adam Kinzinger is raising ‘holy hell’ over Russia

June 26th, 2017

Illinois Congressman Adam Kinzinger says he is prepared to wage a rebellion and raise “holy hell” in the face of new efforts by the White House and …

Episode 20: Tom Malinowski on arguing with dictators and human rights in the Trump era

June 19th, 2017

Tom Malinowski served on President Clinton’s National Security Council staff, then became Washington director of Human Rights Watch, and then for the last term of President Obama’s administration, as assistant secretary …

Episode 19: The shove heard round the world

June 12th, 2017

A conversation with Montenegro Prime Minister Dusko Markovic about the shove he received from U.S. President Donald Trump at the NATO summit in Brussels. Plus, a conversation with Damon Wilson of the Atlantic Council to …

Episode 18: A master class on Putin & Trump from legendary Russia hand, Strobe Talbott

June 5th, 2017

Brookings Institution President Strobe Talbott delves into Trump and Putin, Moscow and Washington, as we find ourselves consumed by the unlikely confluence of two stories that he happens to know more about than just …

Episode 17: Is Prime Minister Theresa May a British Hillary Clinton?

May 28th, 2017

The Global Politico hits the road again, to the scene of last week’s terrorist attack in Manchester — as it caused an unprecedented halt to political …

Episode 16: John Podesta, the Clinton campaign chief on Trump, Comey and his own email being hacked

May 22nd, 2017

In an exclusive interview with Susan Glasser, Clinton campaign chairman John Podesta blasts Donald Trump as unfit for office and predicts Trump's GOP …

Episode 15: Condoleezza Rice: American democracy will survive Trump

May 15th, 2017

Former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice acknowledges her concerns about a president accused of eroding democracy at home and ignoring it abroad …

Bonus episode: How France’s new president will change the world

May 8th, 2017

POLITICO’s European colleagues Nicholas Vinocur in Paris and Ryan Heath in Brussels join Susan Glasser for a special edition of the Global Politico. …

Episode 14: The resistance will be tweeted with Sen. Chris Murphy

May 8th, 2017

The Connecticut senator has emerged as a leader of the national resistance to President Trump — and a foreign policy wonk with a lot to say about the …

Episode 13: Sweden's Carl Bildt on Europe vs. Trump

May 1st, 2017


Episode 12: ‘I think there is a fantastic opportunity here’ Paul Wolfowitz on Trump’s foreign policy

April 24th, 2017

In an exclusive for The Global POLITICO, Paul Wolfowitz, architect of the Iraq war, talks Trump, Iraq and his fears the country could descend into …

Episode 11: Inside Trump’s NSC with Michael Anton

April 17th, 2017

Michael Anton wrote inflammatory essays backing Trump during last year’s campaign. Now he’s in charge of explaining Trump’s keep-em-guessing foreign …

Episode 10: Andrea Mitchell on Trump's media wars

April 10th, 2017

After President Trump called her “Hillary Clinton’s P.R. Person,” NBC’s Andrea Mitchell has some choice words for him too. In an exclusive interview …

Episode 9: "This theory we didn't do anything" Lisa Monaco on Obama & the Russia hack

April 3rd, 2017

Obama’s top homeland security adviser Lisa Monaco talks about the Russia hacking of 2016 and whether the White House should have talked more publicly …

Episode 8: The man who would beat Bibi: Israel's Yair Lapid

March 24th, 2017

Donald Trump wants to team up with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to make the deal of the century between Israel and the Palestinians. But what if …

Episode 7: A Russia trap? Masha Gessen on Trump, Putin and what really to worry about

March 20th, 2017

Are the spiraling investigations around Trump and Russia “a conspiracy trap”? How much is Trump like President Putin after all? Russia-born author and journalist Masha Gessen joins The Global POLITICO this week to talk …

Episode 6: Can Iraq survive Trump?

March 13th, 2017

The Global POLITICO hits the road this week, traveling to Kurdistan to talk to Deputy Prime Minister Qubad Talabani about the the raging battle to …

Episode 5: Dan Fried, America's longest-serving diplomat

March 5th, 2017

America’s most senior diplomat just hit the exits from Trump’s melting down State Department after 40 years of being the man in the room when Russia …

Episode 4: Alpha Ladies: Madeleine Albright, Michele Flournoy and Wendy Sherman

February 26th, 2017

The foreign policy powerhouses respond to President Trump's macho national security policy; the ladies delve into the world's view of the United …

Episode 3: Congressman Adam Schiff

February 20th, 2017

Rep. Adam Schiff, ranking member of the House Intelligence Committee, says President Trump has a “pathological unwillingness to criticize anything …

Bonus episode: Dan Shapiro

February 15th, 2017

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu flew to DC to kick off a new better era after his rocky dealings with President Obama. Then Trump’s White House melted down. Longtime US ambassador Dan Shapiro, who served as …

Episode 2: Senator Bob Corker

February 9th, 2017

The chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee sits down with Susan Glasser for an exclusive interview on his disagreements with Trump-and how he views a White House torn between deals and disruption The Global …

Episode 1: Jim Baker

February 6th, 2017

POLITICO's Susan Glasser sits down with former Secretary of State Jim Baker to discuss his take on President Donald Trump's immigration policies, …

Coming Soon: The Global Politico with Susan Glasser

February 3rd, 2017

Each week, POLITICO’s Susan Glasser will go backstage in a world disrupted, interviewing leaders in Washington — and around the globe — who can help us understand an international scene that can seem like it’s spinning …
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