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8 EpisodesProduced by Foreign BriefWebsite

A short series about how the events of 2020 have accelerated global trends and made the world’s challenges, like authoritarianism, soft power, data privacy and the future of work, more visible. Produced in partnership with The Fletcher Forum.

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End of the Oil Age: Power Politics

April 27th, 2021


In this episode of TwentyTwenty, we interview Robbie Diamond, founder and CEO of Securing America's Future Energy (SAFE), about the way in which …

The End of the Oil Age: Tipping Points

March 8th, 2021


In this episode of TwentyTwenty, we interview Rachel Kyte, former World Bank president and CEO of Sustainable Energy for All, about the need to use the COVID19 crisis as an opportunity to build back better and invest in …

Automation Acceleration

December 14th, 2020


This episode of TwentyTwenty explores the prospects of an increasingly automated world that has grown even more so in the wake of COVID-19 induced supply chain breakdowns. Now more than ever before, we must ask …

Hard Truths; Soft Power

November 15th, 2020


This episode of TwentyTwenty explores the role of American soft power in its international relations: how human rights have historically shaped …

Tomorrow's Debt Crisis, Today

October 27th, 2020


In this episode, TwentyTwenty discusses how the COVID-19 pandemic might potentially play the match to a global sovereign debt tinderbox, particularly …

Chaining the Digital Titans

October 13th, 2020


Elizabeth Dykstra-McCarthy interviews Josephine Wolff and Peter Chase to discuss how the COVID-19 pandemic has catalysed a shift toward virtual life, …

Tightening the Belt

September 16th, 2020


Elizabeth Dykstra interviews Jonathan Hillman and Alessandro Arduino to discuss how the economic impacts of coronavirus will impact the Belt and Road …

Cracking Down in Lockdown

September 1st, 2020


The first episode interviews Nic Cheeseman and Aniko Szucs to explore how national leaders have leveraged lockdowns to consolidate their power: what …

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