The Rachman Review

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Gideon Rachman, the Financial Times chief foreign affairs columnist talks to the decision-makers and thinkers who are shaping world affairs.

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164 episodes

China protests test the limits of Xi Jinping’s authority

Severe lockdowns associated with China’s zero-Covid policy have combined with economic woes to incite the most widespread protests since Tiananmen Square. President Xi Jinping is now under pressure to address this discontent. Gideon discusses what his options are with the FT’s Yuan Yang, who has recently returned to London from Beijing. MORE ON THIS TOPIC: Xi’s pandemic triumphalism returns to haunt him https://www.ft.com/content/1b8104be-8abf-422a-a58d-354231590acf Guangzhou eases restrictions despite worsening Covid outbreak https://www.ft.com/content/cc8502e1-a59b-4df2-a392-2fec4ab72edd China’s high youth unemployment stokes student Covid protests https://www.ft.com/content/7d286faf-dccd-453a-a413-470babc7f1cc Restless Beijingers rise up against Covid controls https://www.ft.com/content/0d53a578-e9ed-4d67-b07b-3ea9623966c9 Subscribe to The Rachman Review wherever you get your podcasts - please listen, rate and subscribe. Presented by Gideon Rachman. Produced by Fiona Symon. Sound design is by Breen Turner READ A TRANSCRIPT OF THIS EPISODE ON FT.COM https://www.ft.com/content/2caa99dd-462c-45bc-be10-45a3ac8f7d5a * Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy https://acast.com/privacy for more information.

19m
Dec 01
90,000 migrants arrive in Italian ports

Italy has become one of the main entry points to the EU for irregular migrants but its new nationalist prime minister Giorgia Meloni has taken a hard line and is demanding Europe do more to help. Why has Meloni taken such a confrontational approach? Ben’s guest is Nicoletta Pirozzi, head of the EU programme at Italy’s Institute for International Affairs in Rome. Subscribe to The Rachman Review wherever you get your podcasts - please listen, rate and subscribe. Presented by Ben Hall. Produced by Fiona Symon and Howie Shannon. The sound engineer was Breen Turner.  -Read the latest on https://www.ft.com/world/uk -Follow @gideonrachman   -Subscribe to https://www.ft.com/newsletters READ A TRANSCRIPT OF THIS EPISODE ON FT.COM https://www.ft.com/content/8c2b9d4d-404b-40e4-b71a-6f0fd5f490ff * Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy https://acast.com/privacy for more information.

19m
Nov 24
Brazil’s Lula joins leftist leaders pushing for change in Latin America

Brazil joins a group of Latin American countries that have elected leftwing leaders. What kind of change will they bring to the region and its relations with the rest of the world? Michael Stott, the FT’s Latin America editor, discusses these questions with Andrés Velasco, dean of the school of public policy at the London School of Economics and a former finance minister of Chile, and Chris Sabatini, senior fellow for Latin America at Chatham House in London.   MORE ON THIS TOPIC: Lula seeks Brazil constitutional change to fund campaign pledges https://www.ft.com/content/8e3fe53c-77f6-4b60-a8fa-76ace75375d3 Amazon destruction woes overshadow Brazil’s farming advances https://www.ft.com/content/29899f4b-147d-4524-8ac4-b72073ec721a Chile’s Boric seeks ‘new path forward’ after voters reject constitutional changes https://www.ft.com/content/23784a2e-7ed7-4f37-8921-eb5112683c33 Latin America moves to bring Venezuela’s Maduro in from the cold https://www.ft.com/content/707cec57-5cea-4b9f-8e03-a20f361fe368 Subscribe to The Rachman Review wherever you get your podcasts - please listen, rate and subscribe. Presented by Gideon Rachman. Produced by Fiona Symon. Sound design is by Breen Turner READ A TRANSCRIPT OF THIS EPISODE ON FT.COM https://www.ft.com/content/a06c83a0-b211-4fc6-9c41-e92e1860ba0a * Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy https://acast.com/privacy for more information.

29m
Nov 17
How the Ukraine war reshaped US alliances

Thomas Wright, director of strategic planning at the National Security Council in the Biden White House, tells Gideon how the war in Ukraine changed US thinking about the need for broader alliances.   MORE ON THIS TOPIC: Xi Jinping’s China and the rise of the ‘global west’ https://www.ft.com/content/d885aecf-4202-41cd-ad3f-476ffb19631e US coal phaseout plan meets divided response at COP27 https://www.ft.com/content/8a48a45e-3d49-4d23-a677-5b05786e2892 China and the US remain locked in mutually assured co-operation https://www.ft.com/content/717fcaf1-75ab-497e-81b1-a8e028582a23 Subscribe to The Rachman Review wherever you get your podcasts - please listen, rate and subscribe. Presented by Gideon Rachman. Produced by Fiona Symon. Sound design is by Breen Turner READ A TRANSCRIPT OF THIS EPISODE ON FT.COM https://www.ft.com/content/2d1dd859-72f9-42f6-8bb9-2f575c745421 * Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy https://acast.com/privacy for more information.

27m
Nov 10
US midterms: Republicans on the rise

Joe Biden’s Democrats look set to lose control of Congress in this month's elections. But many of the Republicans poised to take office support Donald Trump's claim that the last presidential election was stolen. Gideon discusses his prospects for a return to the White House with journalist Susan Glasser, co-author of a history of the Trump presidency.   More on this topic: Joe Biden fights to revive Democrats one week before midterm elections https://www.ft.com/content/ab8cbb48-4088-4a15-be4d-d00452af5bcd This will be the mother of all American midterm elections https://www.ft.com/content/b6bd1a2b-88fb-441a-b088-9fffca9450d7 Britain and America’s electoral geographies are broken https://www.ft.com/content/940323de-74b7-459d-bb13-0a55409f7135 Subscribe to The Rachman Review wherever you get your podcasts - please listen, rate and subscribe. Presented by Gideon Rachman. Produced by Fiona Symon. Sound design is by Breen Turner. READ A TRANSCRIPT OF THIS EPISODE ON FT.COM https://www.ft.com/content/20aedbc8-aabe-4669-91a7-253c81e990e2 * Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy https://acast.com/privacy for more information.

26m
Nov 03
Xi consolidates his rule as economic problems mount

Gideon talks to economist Linda Yueh of Oxford university about recent dramatic developments at the Chinese Communist party’s congress in Beijing. They discuss what the growing centralisation in China tells us about how Xi Xinping will handle the private sector, the property crisis and international tensions over Taiwan. More on this topic: China’s limitless presidency means limited diplomacy https://www.ft.com/content/f22b2616-7232-45f1-bdf2-9524c4ca4061 China’s growth stutters as exports fail to rescue economy https://www.ft.com/content/a53c4f92-0999-4cd1-beb7-c901c0f6cb19 China’s wealthy activate escape plans as Xi Jinping extends rule https://www.ft.com/content/3e2376bf-24ef-407f-b0b0-c60bed4ec97b Hit film Return to Dust has vanished from China’s cinemas. Why? https://www.ft.com/content/e1cc4df7-b671-4a15-b417-48f18b722b34 Subscribe to The Rachman Review wherever you get your podcasts - please listen, rate and subscribe. Presented by Gideon Rachman. Produced by Fiona Symon. Sound design is by Breen Turner. READ A TRANSCRIPT OF THIS EPISODE ON FT.COM https://www.ft.com/content/4a565233-991b-43de-aab2-7757f5410657 * Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy https://acast.com/privacy for more information.

31m
Oct 27
US-Saudi ties at an all-time low

There was outrage in Washington over Saudi Arabia’s decision to back Opec output cuts during a global energy crisis. What was the kingdom’s motive for putting its strategic partnership with the US at risk? As a regular visitor to Saudi Arabia, Emile Hokayem of the International Institute for Strategic Studies in London offers his view of the Saudi leader’s calculations and plans for a new global role for the country. More on this topic: The plight of expat workers at KPMG Saudi Arabia https://www.ft.com/content/45f2eda8-9219-4aa5-9434-277d74ea175b Joe Biden’s limited room for manoeuvre on Saudi Arabia https://www.ft.com/content/6bd53320-c960-428e-9927-58d33b686b14 The new oil war: Opec moves against the US https://www.ft.com/content/70853af8-b7a4-4a28-bdfe-b4f3e375a1f0 Subscribe to The Rachman Review wherever you get your podcasts - please listen, rate and subscribe. Presented by Gideon Rachman. Produced by Fiona Symon. Sound design is by Breen Turner. READ A TRANSCRIPT OF THIS EPISODE ON FT.COM https://www.ft.com/content/1a77c7db-8a50-4148-a1c2-3098244cebf6 * Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy https://acast.com/privacy for more information.

27m
Oct 20
Russia's nuclear threat

Ukrainian cities have faced an onslaught of missiles from Russia this week in retaliation for the attack on the Kerch bridge that links Russia with occupied Crimea. Russia has threatened to go further and to use tactical nuclear weapons rather than face the defeat of its forces in Ukraine. But would it? Alexander Gabuev, a senior fellow for the Carnegie Endowment think-tank, tells Gideon he thinks Putin’s threat is deadly serious. More on this topic: Putin suggests Nord Stream gas exports to Europe could be restored https://www.ft.com/content/228ca694-3edf-49c1-9a41-17175683ddff Nato allies struggle to secure air defence systems for Ukraine https://www.ft.com/content/c7164b68-46f6-4081-855f-f1ae93f2c51b Russia’s invasion of Ukraine in maps — latest updates https://www.ft.com/content/4351d5b0-0888-4b47-9368-6bc4dfbccbf5 Subscribe to The Rachman Review wherever you get your podcasts - please listen, rate and subscribe. Presented by Gideon Rachman. Produced by Fiona Symon. Sound design is by Breen Turner READ A TRANSCRIPT OF THIS EPISODE ON FT.COM https://www.ft.com/content/11b882ba-c756-4e4d-810a-b5d276a88faa * Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy https://acast.com/privacy for more information.

29m
Oct 13
Protests show Iran’s social contract is broken

The death of a young woman detained by Iran’s ‘morality police’ has sparked nationwide protests that the government is struggling to control. Gideon talks to Iranian analyst Sanam Vakil about what the unrest tells us about the weakening authority of the regime that has been in place for the past 40 years. More on this topic: How Iranian students are shaping anti regime protests https://www.ft.com/content/9a010e5a-24aa-43fd-8752-4b719c1fec08 Iran’s Ayatollah Khamenei blames US and Israel for street protests https://www.ft.com/content/ba83383a-63ed-4a0d-93a4-2e345911b124 Mahsa Amini has become a potent symbol for women in Iran https://www.ft.com/content/628a2cc7-88a7-42fa-8487-efe5d24944a9 Subscribe to The Rachman Review wherever you get your podcasts - please listen, rate and subscribe. Presented by Gideon Rachman. Produced by Fiona Symon. Sound design is by Jake Fielding READ A TRANSCRIPT OF THIS EPISODE ON FT.COM https://www.ft.com/content/be60aa36-f569-41c6-9c8f-46a5bf22faaa * Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy https://acast.com/privacy for more information.

22m
Oct 06
The remaking of Europe

Europe’s priorities have undergone a massive shift in response to Russia’s aggression against Ukraine. Gideon talks to political scientist Ivan Krastev about how central Europe is gaining influence within the EU as a result of the Ukraine war. More on this topic: EU to put price cap on Russian oil in new sanctions package https://www.ft.com/content/c4930d44-9db2-40ef-9800-e52a0112aceb The 90km journey that changed the course of the war in Ukraine https://ig.ft.com/ukraine-counteroffensive Denmark, Germany and Poland warn of ‘sabotage’ after Nord Stream leaks https://www.ft.com/content/85f24052-10a6-48de-8eb1-7a6f8be95759 Endless frictions with Brussels risk fuelling Euroscepticism in Poland https://www.ft.com/content/5e5ebc9c-7723-4a16-a29e-56c2b8715cdb The EU should press Hungary hard on rule of law https://www.ft.com/content/40173191-8567-4f37-8a9a-a995f553aee7 Subscribe to The Rachman Review wherever you get your podcasts - please listen, rate and subscribe. Presented by Gideon Rachman. Produced by Fiona Symon. Sound design is by Breen Turner. READ A TRANSCRIPT OF THIS EPISODE ON FT.COM https://www.ft.com/content/21fcd17b-e4ac-43b1-b05b-734324a6c50d * Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy https://acast.com/privacy for more information.

25m
Sep 29
What next for Global Britain?

Britain's new prime minister is facing huge challenges on both the domestic and international stage. Gideon talks to Bronwen Maddox, director of Chatham House, the Royal Institute of International Affairs, in London about how Liz Truss will deal with the Ukraine war, Brexit and relations with the US and China. More on this topic: Liz Truss admits UK trade deal with US is not on the agenda https://www.ft.com/content/1b0e6267-d46e-4eb8-9071-d12532a9abb9 The economic consequences of Liz Truss https://www.ft.com/content/a9be9db6-a91e-48e4-8d69-4bbfff7e0f5f Liz Truss to launch UK defence review as she calls for Russian reparations https://www.ft.com/content/4a021c07-5b2e-4ec5-8eca-4075e6028bd8 Britain enters the era of King Charles III https://www.ft.com/content/b90ea29d-246b-4392-a460-d1e07ed8e1ec Subscribe to The Rachman Review wherever you get your podcasts - please listen, rate and subscribe. Presented by Gideon Rachman. Produced by Fiona Symon. Sound design is by Breen Turner READ A TRANSCRIPT OF THIS EPISODE ON FT.COM https://www.ft.com/content/ac068761-624d-4508-a1b8-739516111dfe * Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy https://acast.com/privacy for more information.

23m
Sep 22
Russia faces defeat in Ukraine

Ukraine’s rapid recapture of territory in recent days has put Russian forces on the back foot and raised the prospect of an early end to the war. Gideon talks to Lawrence Freedman, emeritus professor of war studies at King's College in London about the dramatic turnaround and what happens next. MORE ON THIS TOPIC Military briefing - Ukraine offensive ‘dooms’ Russia’s aims for Donbas https://www.ft.com/content/eeecf636-adb4-424a-9cc7-5609af86a7bc Russian army hobbled by shortage of soldiers https://www.ft.com/content/534b68ce-66eb-4446-8997-c2430b5890ec Ukraine faces ‘tough fight’ even as Russian forces retreat, says US https://www.ft.com/content/ee62788a-8191-48e2-87ee-e455614d58ca Russia’s invasion of Ukraine in maps — latest updates https://www.ft.com/content/4351d5b0-0888-4b47-9368-6bc4dfbccbf5 Subscribe to The Rachman Review wherever you get your podcasts - please listen, rate and subscribe. Presented by Gideon Rachman. Produced by Fiona Symon. Sound design is by Breen Turner READ A TRANSCRIPT OF THIS EPISODE ON FT.COM https://www.ft.com/content/5805788e-38e0-44f7-9c73-536443405e09 * Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy https://acast.com/privacy for more information.

20m
Sep 15
How Italy is facing a crucial election

Polls suggest that the largest single party will be the Brothers of Italy - and its leader Giorgia Meloni will therefore be prime minister. That’s causing consternation in some quarters because the party has roots in the fascist-influenced politics of post-war Italy. Gideon’s guest this week is Nathalie Tocci, the director of the Institute for International Affairs, a think-tank based in Rome. Subscribe to The Rachman Review wherever you get your podcasts - please listen, rate and subscribe. Presented by Gideon Rachman. Produced by Howie Shannon. The sound engineer was Breen Turner.  Read the latest on https://www.ft.com/world/uk Follow @gideonrachman   Subscribe to https://www.ft.com/newsletters READ A TRANSCRIPT OF THIS EPISODE ON FT.COM https://www.ft.com/content/19e7ba22-f54b-4c07-92f5-36e4bb009953 * Our GDPR privacy policy was updated on August 8, 2022. Visit acast.com/privacy https://acast.com/privacy for more information.

23m
Sep 08
Will India soar or struggle in the coming years?

Gideon’s guest this week is Ramachandra Guha, who is often hailed as the most distinguished historian of modern India. He is also a noted critic of the government of Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Subscribe to The Rachman Review wherever you get your podcasts - please listen, rate and subscribe. Presented by Gideon Rachman. Produced by Fiona Symon and Howie Shannon. The sound engineer was Breen Turner.  -Read the latest on https://www.ft.com/world/uk -Follow @gideonrachman   -Subscribe to https://www.ft.com/newsletters Read a transcript of this episode on FT.com https://www.ft.com/content/cfe810d4-fcf3-40b3-8a53-ca648855cb01? * Our GDPR privacy policy was updated on August 8, 2022. Visit acast.com/privacy https://acast.com/privacy for more information.

21m
Sep 01
Who's winning the war in Ukraine?

Six months into the Ukraine war, Gideon talks to Phillips O'Brien, professor of strategic studies at the University of St Andrews, Scotland, about the balance of forces on each side. With Russian forces bogged down, is a Ukrainian victory now a possibility? More on this topic: Six months of war in Ukraine: ‘The enemy learned fast’ http://ft.com/content/5c01e5f9-d9bf-4ada-9f79-4126fea92f74 Join the FT Telegram channel to receive Ukraine coverage alerts https://www.ft.com/telegram Russia’s invasion of Ukraine in maps — latest updates https://www.ft.com/content/4351d5b0-0888-4b47-9368-6bc4dfbccbf5 The global reach of Alexander Dugin https://www.ft.com/content/7184ab8c-c155-4198-a844-87b9a98d8b9b Subscribe to The Rachman Review wherever you get your podcasts - please listen, rate and subscribe. Presented by Gideon Rachman. Produced by Fiona Symon. Sound design is by Breen Turner READ A TRANSCRIPT OF THIS EPISODE ON FT.COM https://www.ft.com/content/bc30363e-012f-4357-8746-44bee90b5cde * Our GDPR privacy policy was updated on August 8, 2022. Visit acast.com/privacy https://acast.com/privacy for more information.

23m
Aug 25
Would China go to war over Taiwan?

Gideon talks to Chinese-American academic Minxin Pei about China’s reaction to US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s visit to Taiwan. What does it tell us about Xi Jinping’s leadership as he bids for a third term as president? More on this topic: Taiwan tensions force multinationals to rethink China risk https://www.ft.com/content/0943c969-01b0-481a-9f4b-ee38323561d5 China ratchets up pressure on Taiwan after US congressional visit https://www.ft.com/content/29d75988-217e-458d-88dc-0d679e055e93 Taiwan greets Chinese military intimidation with parties rather than panic https://www.ft.com/content/6daf911e-0adb-428a-8c12-74fa02628492 Xi Jinping grasps ‘knife’ of internal security to complete grip on power https://www.ft.com/content/cff2160d-a279-4562-ba43-3d56ba99f06d Subscribe to The Rachman Review wherever you get your podcasts - please listen, rate and subscribe. Presented by Gideon Rachman. Produced by Fiona Symon. Sound design is by Breen Turner READ A TRANSCRIPT OF THIS EPISODE ON FT.COM https://www.ft.com/content/f571957d-9a8a-4e7c-8bd6-2174995342ed * Our GDPR privacy policy was updated on August 8, 2022. Visit acast.com/privacy https://acast.com/privacy for more information.

27m
Aug 18
Whatever happened to Mandela’s dream for South Africa?

Gideon talks to the South African writer and political activist, Songezo Zibi, about the need to build a coalition for change to help restore some of the high hopes that accompanied the end of apartheid. More on this topic: Bain barred from UK state contracts over ‘grave misconduct’ in South Africa https://www.ft.com/content/79bc3b96-9be4-4c1e-8cbf-41aeb2848207 South Africa hopes private sector can help end Eskom power crisis https://www.ft.com/content/9d643059-54fe-4051-b582-bc7263493956 South Africa’s Ramaphosa under fire after ranch burglary fuels questions over wealth https://www.ft.com/content/29a680f1-6603-4481-8353-7ac80782bc1b How three brothers ‘captured’ a country https://www.ft.com/content/0b13099f-a152-45fe-b363-bfd2d6aee056 Subscribe to The Rachman Review wherever you get your podcasts - please listen, rate and subscribe. Presented by Gideon Rachman. Produced by Fiona Symon. Sound design is by Breen Turner READ A TRANSCRIPT OF THIS EPISODE ON FT.COM https://www.ft.com/content/fbe355d4-7f1c-446f-ba83-4559b89574eb * Our GDPR privacy policy was updated on August 8, 2022. Visit acast.com/privacy https://acast.com/privacy for more information.

27m
Aug 11
How to broker a deal between Russia and Ukraine

Sergio Jaramillo was one of the architects behind Colombia’s landmark peace deal with Marxist guerrilla group Farc. Now, as a senior adviser at the European Institute of Peace, he explains if and how Ukraine and Russia could ever arrive at a ceasefire or peace negotiation. John Paul Rathbone, security and defence correspondent for the Financial Times, talks to Jaramillo about how negotiations are as important a part of military strategy as fighting on the battlefield, and what Europe should do to support Ukraine. READ A TRANSCRIPT OF THIS EPISODE ON FT.COM https://www.ft.com/content/b86cfd68-787e-44e5-a485-8c694467e664 * See acast.com/privacy https://acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

20m
Aug 04
How social media platforms put profits before people

Human rights lawyer Cori Crider co-founded Foxglove, a group that fights on behalf of those harmed by the misuse of technology. She talks to the FT’s Madhumita Murgia about why social media companies need to bear more of the cost for the poisonous content they host on their platforms. Want to read more? A tale of two Facebook whistleblowers https://www.ft.com/content/b704a8d8-702c-4256-bd00-e93c6ee3b50d Big Tech makes concessions on EU’s new anti-disinformation code https://www.ft.com/content/dfd4dfaf-9b28-4fae-98e3-6d1bcce250c6 EU approves groundbreaking rules to police Big Tech platforms https://www.ft.com/content/031bba2b-87de-4adf-8cd7-a86a6e9b0b54 Civil society must be part of the Digital Services Act https://www.ft.com/content/99bb6c10-bb09-40c0-bdd9-5b74224a5086 Subscribe to The Rachman Review wherever you get your podcasts - please listen, rate and subscribe. READ A TRANSCRIPT OF THIS EPISODE ON FT.COM https://www.ft.com/content/62805ce1-ac7d-4ef9-bf4b-99876960af08 * See acast.com/privacy https://acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

30m
Jul 28
Can Turkey help end the Ukraine grain crisis?

Turkey’s president Recep Tayyip Erdoğan has been working hard to help open up an export route for Ukrainian grain via the Black Sea. But as he wins plaudits for this key mediating role, his nation is struggling with soaring inflation and a cost of living crisis. Andrew England, standing in for Gideon, talks to Asli Aydıntaşbaş of the European Council on Foreign Relations and Laura Pitel, the FT's Turkey correspondent, about what’s motivating Erdoğan. Want to read more? Erdoğan is an infuriating but indispensable ally https://www.ft.com/content/c6300920-f8ed-4897-99bc-fa9e749de3cd Ukraine grain deal and Syria top agenda for Putin’s talks with Iran and Turkey https://www.ft.com/content/e2e17f22-f761-40b8-8e9a-e6052cf63870 Fruit becomes a luxury in Erdoğan’s Turkey as inflation threatens re-election bid https://www.ft.com/content/aeac051e-9ab7-45e8-87a6-a728fc9a0f94 Ukraine warns that only lifting Black Sea blockade can avert global food crisis https://www.ft.com/content/bbaa9e19-c07c-4222-a7f3-ce35cc4b1f1b Subscribe to The Rachman Review wherever you get your podcasts - please listen, rate and subscribe. READ A TRANSCRIPT OF THIS EPISODE ON FT.COM https://www.ft.com/content/6a9b7b72-8056-4d38-884e-9325efb45bc1 * See acast.com/privacy https://acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

23m
Jul 21
Russia’s future: a giant Iran of Eurasia

Alexander Gabuev, senior fellow at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, tells Gideon why he believes Russia is destined to become a giant Iran of Eurasia. It will remain a significant military power, but one that is increasingly under the sway of China, the main destination for its energy exports. More on this topic: Iran plans to provide drones to Russia for Ukraine war, says US https://www.ft.com/content/75225ea1-7fae-48bc-a3d4-ecae65e9fb4b Putin warns of ‘catastrophic’ energy crisis if west boosts sanctions https://www.ft.com/content/45210531-0fc6-48e3-82d2-aece0d02a675 China’s image loses its shine in Europe https://www.ft.com/content/bd97c088-232f-4a04-92fa-f1c70c3111ec Subscribe to The Rachman Review wherever you get your podcasts - please listen, rate and subscribe. Presented by Gideon Rachman. Produced by Fiona Symon. Sound design is by Breen Turner READ A TRANSCRIPT OF THIS EPISODE ON FT.COM https://www.ft.com/content/51eca13e-49b2-40c0-ab03-95294c09d65f * See acast.com/privacy https://acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

20m
Jul 14
Ukraine: a view from the Baltics

Gideon talks to Kersti Kaljulaid, former president of Estonia, about the policy failures that led to the war in Ukraine. A weak response to Russia’s invasion of Georgia and Crimea gave Vladimir Putin the green light. Now the strength of Ukrainian resistance is giving the west another chance to "put its house in order". More on this topic: Europe’s new defence bloc: Nordics and Baltics unite in face of Russian threat https://www.ft.com/content/c14eda06-5196-478d-b4ce-edae5716f3e3 Estonia’s PM says country would be ‘wiped from map’ under existing Nato plans https://www.ft.com/content/a430b191-39c8-4b03-b3fd-8e7e948a5284 War in Ukraine: will the Baltics become the ‘new West Berlin’? https://www.ft.com/content/d711c884-653d-4336-a490-b9075e5ce82f Subscribe to The Rachman Review wherever you get your podcasts - please listen, rate and subscribe. Presented by Gideon Rachman. Produced by Fiona Symon. Sound design is by Breen READ A TRANSCRIPT OF THIS EPISODE ON FT.COM https://www.ft.com/content/6c4ecab4-37fe-49ea-a7ba-02fef4ac55f8 * See acast.com/privacy https://acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

19m
Jul 07
Introducing: Hot Money

The FT just launched a new podcast on porn, power and profit. When FT reporter Patricia Nilsson started digging into the porn industry, she made a shocking discovery: nobody knew who controlled the biggest porn company in the world. Now, she and her editor, Alex Barker, reveal who is behind it and much more. This eight-part investigative podcast reveals the secret history of the adult business and the billionaires and financial institutions who shape it. Brought to you by the Financial Times and Pushkin. To listen to new episodes, search ‘Hot Money’ wherever you listen. * See acast.com/privacy https://acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

32m
Jul 04
Wirecard: the investigation that brought down a German tech giant

It took years of digging and a lucky break to uncover the fraud at the heart of Wirecard. Gideon talks to Dan McCrum about the strange netherworld of financial speculators, private detectives, bumbling accountants and outright criminals that he encountered along the way. More on this topic: Why we trust fraudsters https://www.ft.com/content/be87eb5a-d1c9-4b57-a750-be97bc651d82 Less work for EY auditors? What about more accountability https://www.ft.com/content/f8b900ca-0b9e-4f79-8a1a-1fde5d367acd Wirecard middleman pleads guilty to hacking https://www.ft.com/content/3407547b-7709-4a18-bc65-654903f8d6c8 Inside Wirecard https://www.ft.com/wirecard Subscribe to The Rachman Review wherever you get your podcasts - please listen, rate and subscribe. Presented by Gideon Rachman. Produced by Fiona Symon. Sound design is by Breen READ A TRANSCRIPT OF THIS EPISODE ON FT.COM https://www.ft.com/content/927d86db-7b17-487a-839c-abb31483cff1 * See acast.com/privacy https://acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

32m
Jun 30
Can EU unity on Ukraine hold?

European leaders have been united in their support for Ukraine against Russia’s aggression. But as costs mount they could face growing calls to compromise with Russia. Gideon talks to Ulrike Franke, senior policy fellow at the European Council on Foreign Relations, about how France and Germany in particular are handling the crisis. More on this topic: Farewell to Russia and to the Sinatra doctrine https://www.ft.com/content/65933229-460c-4bf6-8dc3-b45d0071d384 Olaf Scholz says partnership with Putin’s Russia is ‘inconceivable’ https://www.ft.com/content/9c9af968-3baf-4a15-9738-ec4fc0093e13 Ukraine weighs up impact of EU leaders’ trip to Kyiv https://www.ft.com/content/783cfe4f-80be-4220-80ac-fd6037d7af72 Subscribe to The Rachman Review wherever you get your podcasts - please listen, rate and subscribe. Presented by Gideon Rachman. Produced by Fiona Symon. Sound design is by Breen READ A TRANSCRIPT OF THIS EPISODE ON FT.COM https://www.ft.com/content/924e5bce-90a2-4687-a3b2-c9d5ac5de36f * See acast.com/privacy https://acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

20m
Jun 23
Where money and power collide

Gideon talks to the billionaire investor Ray Dalio about the connections he's found between the rise and fall of markets and the rise and fall of nations.  More on this topic:   Policy errors of the 1970s echo in our times https://www.ft.com/content/d5d68068-d3d7-4948-a13d-b36e8c2b8339 Fed begins quantitative tightening on unprecedented scale https://www.ft.com/content/2496105a-d211-4abe-ab5d-46a91876428f Top investors split on direction of ‘tempestuous’ China’s markets https://www.ft.com/content/eb7dce16-fc1c-45dc-bc6e-5f521623bd3e Subscribe to The Rachman Review wherever you get your podcasts - please listen, rate and subscribe. Presented by Gideon Rachman. Produced by Fiona Symon. Sound design is by Breen READ A TRANSCRIPT OF THIS EPISODE ON FT.COM https://www.ft.com/content/6a365acb-58b4-4284-ba57-d852a806e7b1 * See acast.com/privacy https://acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

26m
Jun 16
Putin’s energy power play

Russia’s global power has rested in large part on its oil and gas reserves. Will Vladimir Putin’s decision to invade Ukraine and Europe’s decision to seek alternative supplies shrink this power irreparably? Gideon talks to the American expert Dan Yergin about the role played by energy in the Ukraine conflict and its implications for the rest of the world. More on this topic:   Europe at risk of winter energy rationing, energy watchdog warns https://www.ft.com/content/078e2d50-f161-4257-8364-c80b5bfecc7f LNG revolution: Germany’s plan to wean itself off Russian gas takes shape https://www.ft.com/content/6c6352c3-cb60-48e5-aa5e-7cf02328f544 Saudi Arabia is increasing supply — so why is the oil price holding firm? https://www.ft.com/content/2b6ed520-347b-4c1d-be08-6e70b767f4fc Trafigura warns oil prices could reach ‘parabolic state’ in threat to economy https://www.ft.com/content/a6e7fdb3-be01-4473-9eee-2e496a3dda82 Subscribe to The Rachman Review wherever you get your podcasts - please listen, rate and subscribe. Presented by Gideon Rachman. Produced by Fiona Symon. Sound design is by Breen Turner. READ A TRANSCRIPT OF THIS EPISODE ON FT.COM https://www.ft.com/content/47603d6d-b65e-4aae-9747-e60a025963df * See acast.com/privacy https://acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

26m
Jun 09
Poverty and inequality drive change in Latin America

Gideon talks to Venezuelan economist Moisés Naím about the reasons for the collapse of the political centre in Latin America, and about the tactics used by populist politicians to rise to power in the region and beyond. Want to read more? How the Colombia election could change Latin America https://www.ft.com/content/b91ef3e6-6969-40de-84db-26e220ddf18a Colombia’s Rodolfo Hernández goes from also-ran to the brink of power https://www.ft.com/content/0d7d4a13-bea7-41b2-9e9f-d45498c29fa4 Conservative young Brazilians complicate Lula’s path to presidency https://www.ft.com/content/91e1a176-424b-4005-a240-ced05a954a5e Subscribe to The Rachman Review wherever you get your podcasts - please listen, rate and subscribe. READ A TRANSCRIPT OF THIS EPISODE ON FT.COM https://www.ft.com/content/edf677cf-0002-49ee-a1b6-8ff24bd538b6 * See acast.com/privacy https://acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

19m
Jun 02
Ukraine and the global food emergency

Russia’s blockade of the port of Odesa is preventing Ukraine from exporting vital supplies of grain to a hungry world. A failure to resolve the problem will lead to food price rises and starvation, resulting in more migration and global unrest, according to David Beasley, head of the UN World Food Programme. He talks to Gideon about what needs to be done to avert catastrophe. Want to read more? Military briefing: Ukraine seeks way to break Russia’s Black Sea blockade https://www.ft.com/content/8151ba97-5c07-4cef-9ad9-234c532b2481 Pakistan seeks to renegotiate IMF loan as food prices surge https://www.ft.com/content/f5b83ce2-80bd-4f68-9921-1350fadd0150 ‘Millions’ at risk of death as Ukraine war hits food supplies, Egypt warns https://www.ft.com/content/ce2c9890-1aa2-4d56-bd4f-bcf9d4b5a0c4 World’s poorest nations to receive aid amid soaring food prices https://www.ft.com/content/c9e42dde-5375-47ed-af8e-10bee33101a4 Subscribe to The Rachman Review wherever you get your podcasts - please listen, rate and subscribe. READ A TRANSCRIPT OF THIS EPISODE ON FT.COM https://www.ft.com/content/d9402949-12e5-4cdb-b219-8446ae71c44a * See acast.com/privacy https://acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

24m
May 26
Ukraine’s nationalists and the Azov battalion

The roots of Ukrainian nationalism go back to the second world war, when one prominent group sided briefly with Hitler against the Soviet Union. Gideon talks to Princeton academic Kim Lane Scheppele about the legacy of this group and whether any remnants of its ideology still have influence over the country’s politics and military. More on this topic:   ‘Don’t confuse patriotism and Nazism’: Ukraine’s Azov forces face scrutiny https://www.ft.com/content/7191ec30-9677-423d-873c-e72b64725c2d Ukraine says rescue under way for troops at Azovstal steel mill in Mariupol https://www.ft.com/content/79f3a398-ed1a-4232-ad3e-b0cc3997e86c Russia’s invasion of Ukraine in maps — latest updates https://www.ft.com/content/4351d5b0-0888-4b47-9368-6bc4dfbccbf5 Subscribe to The Rachman Review wherever you get your podcasts - please listen, rate and subscribe. Presented by Gideon Rachman. Produced by Fiona Symon. Sound design is by Breen Turner. READ A TRANSCRIPT OF THIS EPISODE ON FT.COM https://www.ft.com/content/9f9a7aee-04e7-45ce-871c-f5d157e08d08   * See acast.com/privacy https://acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

24m
May 19