Tea Leaves Podcast

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October 20, 2020

Robert Zoellick

In this Tea Leaves episode, Kurt talks with Robert Zoellick, former president of the World Bank and a distinguished diplomat, about diplomatic history as a tool to educate future policymakers in government. Using Bob’s newly published book: “America in the World: A History of U.S. Diplomacy and Foreign Policy,” the two dive into specific events in U.S. history – including events before the outbreak of World War II – that can be applied to contemporary issues pertaining to trade, security, and the role domestic politics plays in shaping foreign policy. To view the full video of the conversation, please visit: https://theasiagroup.com/in-the-news/

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October 13, 2020

Aparna Pande

In this Tea Leaves episode, Kurt and Rich sit down with Aparna Pande and discuss her new book, “Making India Great: The Promise of a Reluctant Global Power.” The three also discuss tensions in the India-China relationship, protectionist dynamics in local Indian politics and society, and assessing the future trajectory of the U.S.-India relationship with regards to defense, people-to-people ties, and diplomacy. To view the full video of the conversation with Aparna, please visit: https://theasiagroup.com/in-the-news/

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September 27, 2020

Daniel Yergin

In this Tea Leaves conversation, Kurt and Rich sit down with one of the leading energy policy experts in the world – Dr. Daniel Yergin. The three discuss the significant geopolitical ramifications of U.S. energy independence following the shale gas revolution. Dr. Yergin also discusses the emergence of a mixed global energy system as well as the complexities associated with nuclear power as an energy source in both Asia and the United States. They also talk about the energy demands of China associated with its Belt and Road Initiative and its actions in the South China Sea.

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September 14, 2020

Evan Medeiros

Have Washington and Beijing stumbled into uncharted territory? In this Tea Leaves discussion, Kurt, Rich, and TAG Senior Advisor Evan Medeiros discuss all things China. The three pull back the veil on what’s going on today in the upper echelons of Chinese politics and offer unique insights that explain China’s rise and how the rest of the world – including the United States – has reacted to it. Evan also talks about the difficulties that the United States faces in cultivating future policy alongside allies and partners toward China in the years ahead. To access the full video conversation of the episode, please visit: https://theasiagroup.com/in-the-news/

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August 31, 2020

Ben Bland

In this Tea Leaves episode, Kurt and Rich are joined by Ben Bland, Director of the Southeast Asia program at the Lowy Institute. Ben, currently based in Sydney, shares important insights from his new book, “Man of Contradictions: Joko Widodo and the Struggle to Remake Indonesia,” which is the first English-language biography of Indonesian President Joko Widodo. The three roll back the curtain on Indonesia – Southeast Asia’s largest economy – and discuss what’s currently at stake amid the COVID pandemic. To access the full video conversation of the episode, please visit: https://theasiagroup.com/in-the-news/

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