Departures Podcast featuring CY Huang

It was just three years ago when the Economist magazine ran a cover story on Taiwan, describing it as “the most dangerous place in the world.” With intensifying competition with China and deteriorating global security following Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, there are many arguments that continue to support that negative outlook. But that’s not the […]

The Slings and Arrows of Defending a Church in Wartime Ukraine

It’s probably not a good use of time responding to Twitter users such as @officejjsmart @JayinKyiv et al., but these people are simply not telling the truth. Lies and dishonesty sometimes should be confronted instead of ignored. I’m no “pal” of Tucker Carlson. The ony time I’ve ever spoken with him was during that interview. […]

Departures Podcast featuring Nicolai Petro, author of ‘The Tragedy of Ukraine’

As the war in Ukraine rages on into its second year, there remains little consensus or understanding of how the conflict could be resolved outside of military outcomes, and a persisting misunderstanding on behalf of the West regarding Ukraine’s own internal preexisting social divisions. This week we’re pleased to have a special guest, Dr. Nicolai […]

Departures Podcast featuring Karl Schlögel, author of “The Soviet Century: Archaeology of a Lost World”

From the Russian Revolution of 1917 to the chaotic disintegration of the Soviet Union in 1991, there is a dazzling and disorienting array of histories. While many books detail the lives and politics of Soviet leaders, Karl Schlögel invites us to better understand the experience of the country through the lives lived by more common […]

Departures Podcast featuring Oren Kessler, author of ‘Palestine 1936’

There is a strong argument to be made that the root of Palestinian identity can be traced back to the 1936-1939 Great Revolt, which united rival families and communities, melded urban with rural, and joined rich and poor together in a struggle against Zionism and the British Empire. This is the starting point in Oren […]

Departures Podcast featuring Susan L. Shirk, author of ‘Overreach: How China Derailed Its Peaceful Rise’

Formulated by PRC think tanks in the mid-1990s, China’s official slogan of the “peaceful rise” sought to calm Western fears regarding its blossoming economic, military, and political power as the nation resumed an outsized role in global affairs. However the mood did not last long, as in the later years of President Hu Jintao’s administration, […]