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A bi-monthly interview series from The Munk Debates, featuring past and future debaters on issues and ideas driving public debate. The interviews will be published in the Saturday Globe and Mail. Full length podcasts of each interview will also be...Show More
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The future of American politics in the age of Trump with E.J. Dionne

29:24 | May 27th, 2016

In a little over twelve months Donald Trump has gone from vanity candidate to the presumptive Republican nominee for President of the United States. What explains Trump’s meteoric rise? And, what does his candidacy say about the state and future of A...Show More
The future of investing with Mohamed El-Erian

31:51 | Apr 8th, 2016

From quantitative easing to negative interest rates, central banks around the world have become, in the worlds of mega-investor Mohamed El-Erian, “the only game in town” when it comes to reviving economic growth. But when does too much central bank i...Show More
The future of protest and revolution with Micah White

25:16 | Mar 16th, 2016

Are we living in a post-revolutionary age? From the Arab Spring uprisings in the Middle East to Occupy Wall Street movement in the West, mass social movements have failed spectacularly in recent years to achieve meaningful and lasting social change. ...Show More
The future of China’s economy with Stephen Roach

25:24 | Feb 5th, 2016

For weeks now financial markets have been in turmoil over whether a cooling Chinese economy will drag the world into recession. Renowned economist and Asia expert, Stephen Roach, thinks fears of a China “crash” are exaggerated and reveal how little w...Show More
The future of Saudi-Iranian relations with Vali Nasr

29:19 | Jan 14th, 2016

The international communities’ hopes for pushing back ISIS and ending the humanitarian crisis in Syria have been dealt a major blow by Saudi Arabia as it doubles down its regional rivalry with Iran. Vali Nasr, one of the world’s top authorities on th...Show More
The future of Putin’s Russia with Garry Kasparov

33:20 | Dec 4th, 2015

From Crimea to Eastern Ukraine to Syria, Russian President Vladimir Putin has taken on an outsized role in global events in the last 18 months. For Russian dissident and chess grandmaster, Garry Kasparov, Putin’s ambition to reassert Russian power on...Show More
The future of Europe’s refugee crisis with Anne Applebaum

25:12 | Nov 20th, 2015

Warsaw-based historian and foreign policy expert, Anne Applebaum, is worried that Europe’s far-right parties, in both the East and the West, are successfully exploiting the continent's refugee crisis to advance their anti-refugee and Euroskeptic agen...Show More
The future of evolution with Matt Ridley

24:39 | Nov 6th, 2015

We are taught that the world is a top-down place. Generals win battles; politicians run countries; scientists discover truths; inventors make breakthroughs; and Goldman Sachs rules the world. But is this really the case? Matt Ridley, in his provocati...Show More
The future of race in America with Shelby Steele

35:59 | Oct 23rd, 2015

It is a controversial thesis: Black Americans have struggled to attain the full promise of the American Dream because of government’s efforts to level the playing field that citizens compete on for everything from educational success to employment. T...Show More
The future of global affairs with Janice Gross Stein

26:32 | Sep 25th, 2015

Are we at once in a generation inflection point when comes to international relations and how the global order -- circa 2015 -- is working or not? Janice Stein, one of Canada’s most respected commentators on foreign affairs, thinks an era of nostalgi...Show More
The future of the past with Margaret Macmillan

27:00 | Sep 11th, 2015

How do we understand the past? Is history at its essence the sweep of nations and empires and the large impersonal social, economic and environmental forces that drive change? For historian Margaret MacMillan the past is more complicated than this. I...Show More
The future of China and global growth with Dambisa Moyo

21:32 | Aug 26th, 2015

All eyes were on China this week as financial markets in the world’s second largest economy spurred fears of a global economic slowdown. Is China’s multi-decade economic miracle finally faltering? While international economist and best-selling author...Show More
The future of oil with Daniel Yergin

22:57 | Aug 13th, 2015

With oil prices testing decade lows the commodity that powers the planet is unsettling financial markets and upending our expectations about the future of economic growth. How long could oil’s slump last? What is driving prices down and supply up? An...Show More
The future of a German-led Europe with Josef Joffe

27:03 | Jul 30th, 2015

It has been as tumultuous summer in Europe as the continent struggled to keep Greece in the Euro Zone. The controversial and harsh bailout terms ultimately imposed on Greece have led many to wonder if Europe is entering a new, uncertain phase in its ...Show More
The future of North Korea with Hyeonseo Lee

25:40 | Jul 15th, 2015

At the age of eighteen Hyeonseo Lee escaped North Korea, bringing with her remarkable first hand stories of what it was like to grow up in the world’s last remaining totalitarian dictatorship. Her experiences reveal the incredible lengths the reclusi...Show More
The future of war with Ian Morris

26:45 | Jul 3rd, 2015

It is a disturbing thesis: war is the engine of human civilization. The remarkable decline in rates of violence from the Stone Age to our own time did not happen by coincidence. It is the product of millennia of violent conflict producing larger and ...Show More
The future of the South China Sea with Robert D. Kaplan

26:44 | Jun 18th, 2015

Man-made islands rising out of the empty sea. Military planes and ships threating each other. A growing drumbeat of nationalist rhetoric on all sides. Seemingly out of nowhere the South China Sea has emerged as a global flash point pitting a rising C...Show More
The future of Syria with Lyse Doucet

30:13 | Jun 3rd, 2015

The statistics are mind numbing. 200,000 dead. 10,000 children killed. Upwards of 4 million refugees. Now in its fifth year, the Syrian crisis has emerged as the greatest humanitarian disaster of our time. But where is this crisis headed? Does the We...Show More
The future of revolt and rebellion with Chris Hedges

23:59 | May 21st, 2015

It's a controversial thesis: The system of global capitalism is breaking down. The economic social and environmental grievances of millions of the poor and disempowered are growing. The consequence will be nothing less than a new age of revolt and re...Show More
The future of economic inequality with Joseph Stiglitz

26:43 | May 8th, 2015

More than just about anyone else, Joseph Stiglitz is the intellectual father of the global debate on economic inequality and what governments, corporations and citizens should to do about it. His new book, The Great Divides, explores his writing and ...Show More
The future of artificial intelligence with Nick Bostrom

20:35 | Apr 29th, 2015

It sounds like science fiction: a computer many times smarter than any human being wiping out civilization. But the existential risks associated with thinking machines is an increasingly hot top topic in Silicon Valley and high-tech hubs everywhere. ...Show More
The future of the liberal arts with Fareed Zakaria

21:01 | Apr 16th, 2015

In an era of billion-dollar high-tech start-ups and fierce global competition in the sciences, engineering and maths, the once venerated liberal arts are getting a bad rap from students, employers and governments. Author and liberal arts grad Fareed ...Show More
The future of ISIS and the Middle East with Ahmed Rashid

27:32 | Apr 2nd, 2015

As the West expands and deepens its military mission against the Islamic State, how much do we really know about the foe we are fighting? Pakistani journalist, bestselling author and renowned expect on radical Islam, Ahmed Rashid, thinks the West has...Show More
The future of the global economy with Lawrence Summers

22:54 | Mar 19th, 2015

It's a controversial and sobering argument: ignore the soaring stock market, strong job growth in the U.S. and the global financial vibe that finally, after seven long years, better days lie ahead of the economies of the developing world. Instead, th...Show More
Welcome to The Next Debate

00:42 | Mar 12th, 2015

Welcome to The Next Debate, a new bi-monthly interview series from The Munk Debates, featuring past and future debaters on issues and ideas driving public debate.