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What are the world’s leaders really thinking about? Host Ryan Heath takes you up close and personal with global insiders: from the decision-makers who set policy to the business visionaries who shape the global economy and the activists who remake the world order. Global Insider brings you intimate conversations with the leaders tackling the biggest challenges facing our world — plus the latest whispers from the corridors of Davos and the United Nations. Come for the big ideas — stay for the reality checks.






Going nuclear in Davos with director Oliver Stone

In our penultimate episode from Davos, POLITICO Europe's Editor-in-Chief, Jamil Anderlini, sits down with Academy Award-winning film director Oliver Stone to discuss his new documentary, "Nuclear." In this live conversation recorded at the Blockchain Hub at WEF, Jamil and Oliver are joined by Joshua Goldstein, author of the book which inspired the film, "A Bright Future." The European Commissioner for the Economy, Paolo Gentiloni, also explains to POLITICO's Jakob Hanke Vela why the EU needs...


EU-U.S. subsidy spat

We're back with another episode from the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland. POLITICO's Suzanne Lynch, Alex Ward and Jakob Hanke Vela reveal the on-the-ground EU-U.S. subsidy spat playing out here in Davos. We analyze European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen's speech at the WEF, where she announced the EU's policy response to compete with Washington's subsidy spree. And Alex speaks to U.S. Senator Joe Manchin, who played an instrumental role in passing America's Inflation...


Pessimistic CEOs, WEF after Klaus Schwab and a crypto trust deficit

As the World Economic Forum gets underway, we dive into the stories everyone is talking about on the Magic Mountain. POLITICO's Jakob Hanke Vela sits down with PwC Global Chairman Bob Moritz to discuss the findings from their global CEO survey — most CEOs are more pessimistic than they've been in over a decade about the economic growth outlook in the next year. Host Suzanne Lynch discusses the future of the World Economic Forum with POLITICO's Ryan Heath. He has spoken to dozens of people...


World Economic Forum guide: Richard Edelman on trust

From Davos, Switzerland, the POLITICO crew unpacks the big global issues facing businesses, governments and international organizations as top leaders gather for this year's World Economic Forum. Host Suzanne Lynch is joined by Ryan Heath, Erin Banco and Alex Ward to debate which issues are likely to dominate over the coming days — everything from recession concerns to climate and crypto. The veterans on our crew reveal their top tips for surviving the dizzying week atop the magic mountain,...


Bonus interview with World Bank President David Malpass

Last week at a New York Times event during the U.N. General Assembly, World Bank President David Malpass dodged questions about the science of climate change and said, "I don't even know — I'm not a scientist." On the heels of the controversial comments, POLITICO reporter and Global Insider author Ryan Heath interviewed Malpass to get his perspective on the comments. They also examined the World Bank's approach to funding projects to combat climate change and the challenges facing global...


Catching up to climate goals

A growing energy crisis, record greenhouse gas concentrations, and increasing extreme weather events, have been hot topics at this year's U.N. General Assembly. Climate action promised by countries worldwide has fallen far short of what's needed to meet the international goal to keep global warming below 1.5 degrees Celsius. This week The Global Energy Alliance for People and Planet (GEAPP) held its first meeting of the new Global Leadership Council, a coalition of global public and private...


To Russia without love

Russia's invasion of Ukraine has been a constant backdrop to the U.N. General Assembly this year. From influencing commodity prices to exacerbating already difficult U.N. Sustainable Development Goals to challenging the rules-based global order and effectiveness of multilateral organizations. Events this week catapulted the conflict back to the forefront as international leaders gathered. Werner Hoyer, President of the European Investment Bank, and Urmas Reinsalu, Estonia's foreign minister,...


Will optimism finally tip the scale?

Global Insider is on the ground at the U.N. General Assembly (UNGA) in New York. If there is a single word that defines or encapsulates UNGA, it's partnerships. That's mostly good because it means collaborating to reach the scale that all advocates and activists here work towards. There's a radical opportunity to implement solutions at scale, but it's also a case-by-case basis to ensure a partnership works. To learn what it takes to scale local solutions and the need for optimism in the...


Putin is at war with all of Europe, Spanish PM says

This week Global Insider is on the ground at the U.N. General Assembly (UNGA) in New York. After decades of progress in reducing poverty and improving health outcomes, the world has started falling far behind in meeting the 17 U.N. sustainable development goals (SDGs) agreed to by all governments in 2015. And this year, Russia is the drama that colors everything that happens in the debates, donor conferences, and planning for how the U.N. meets its global goals. POLITICO's Ryan Health asked...


Tradewinds & the worst job in the world: selling globalization in an era of nationalism

The free-wheeling globalization era is over: That makes life tough for Anne-Marie Trevelyan, the British Trade Secretary charged with selling her country’s “Global Britain” policy. Singapore’s Trade Minister Gan Kim Yong has to cope with the rise of his massive neighbor, China. Both are promoting export hubs battered from all sides as first Covid and now Russia’s invasion of Ukraine upend supply chains. Despite the World Trade Organization’s failure to conclude new global trade deals or...


Elevators show U.S. needs a lift to catch up with EU

The European Union has spent 60 years tearing down commercial and migration barriers between its member countries: and yet the flow of people and goods and services between California and Texas, is still much larger than between Germany and France. Rather than that being a sign of failure, this week’s guests — Matthias Matthijs and Craig Parsons — say the opposite is true. They argue the EU has removed regulatory barriers but failed to tear down cultural ones: leaving the continent with an...


In search of very bad people

Where on earth can you combine interests in arms trafficking, blood diamonds and expensive cars? Global Witness is one such place. The non-profit’s co-founder Patrick Alley — who’s made a career out of scrutinizing “very bad people” — shares timely lessons about what works and what doesn’t in exposing corruption, as the world puts Russian interests under the microscope.


Are there off-ramps to the war

POLITICO’s Ryan Heath joins Ivo Daalder, former US Ambassador to NATO and now President of the Chicago Council on Global Affairs, Carla Robbins (Council on Foreign Relations) and Elise Labott (Zivvy Media) for a panel discussion on the dangerous new phase of Russia’s Ukraine invasion, corporate Germany’s deep ties to Moscow, and NATO’s likely northern expansion


Prosecuting war crimes is never enough

Prosecuting war crimes can take decades. What if, in the case of Ukraine, that’s because there is too much evidence to sift through, rather than not enough? How much of it can be used to deliver justice? Who will decide who to prosecute and who to forgive? And what evidence are Russian forces already destroying? Linda Kinstler is a writer and war crimes expert who studied how Soviets pioneered modern war crimes evidence collection in Ukraine in the 1940s — only for those lessons to...


$33 billion - trading Tesla stock or feeding the world

What’s worse than the horrifying scenes of those murdered in recent days in Bucha, Ukraine? Sadly, it’s the prospect of millions of people starving to death because of the food supply disruptions and price spikes caused by Russia’s invasion. More than a billion people in dozens of countries will be at risk in coming months. Lawrence Haddad, executive director of the Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition, explains what can be done to reallocate food and change farming incentives, and why he...


How to stare down Beijing

Mantas Adomėnas represents the 2.8 million citizens in the Baltic nation of Lithuania, but he’s staring down the might of 1.4 billion Chinese citizens and their Communist government. How? By allowing its defacto embassy in Vilnius to use Taiwan in its name, instead of a convoluted alternative demanded by Beijing. The price is diplomatic and economic punishment, but Adomėnas says he won't be bullied and the global political tide is shifting his way.


Breaking Bad Dependencies - Europe's struggle to ditch Russian gas

European Commission Vice President Maroš Šefčovič tells Global Insider the EU is serious about throwing its financial weight around to limit Russian oil and gas dependency, but admits it will take months to make a dent on the problem. His message to American officials and companies: “We need more” LNG and “we are ready to work with you.” A native of Slovakia, Šefčovič warns that Putin wants nothing less than to overturn the peaceful world order, and that because of the massive sums needed to...


Putting a price tag on peace

Is global peace worth $15 trillion a year? That’s the price tag Steve Killelea attached. Killelea is the philanthropist behind the Institute for Economics and Peace and author of the Global Peace Index. In this week’s episode he takes us beyond the deadly conflict in Ukraine to the regions we should worry about next, and explores ways of thinking to help us avoid the complacencies that blinded so much of the world to Russia’s intentions among its neighbors.


"It didn’t have to unfold this way”

Biden’s Global Covid Response coordinator Gayle Smith, now back leading the ONE Campaign, opens up about what went wrong with global Covid vaccine markets and what she’d do to make a Covax 2.0 work better.


Beyond Silicon Valley

Where are all the jobs going to come from in a world where digital technology is everywhere, and in every sector of the economy? How can education be reshaped, so that getting the skills for a solid middle class job doesn’t mean taking on a lifetime of debt? Ravi Kumar, the President of the giant Indian tech company Infosys, thinks he has some of the answers, and they involve building tech hubs far from Silicon Valley and partnering with educational institutions far from the Ivy League.