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Season five- WORLD: we got this podcast

The WORLD: we got this podcast returned on 25 September 2023 for a fifth season offering a combination of themed and 'In Conversation' episodes.

In our themed episodes we talk to experts about global challenges we face today, and ask them to suggest ways that individuals, decision-makers and society can help overcome these. In our 'In Conversation' episodes, one of our academics talks with a student about a global issue related to their study and research.

Episode 6: What do current conflicts tell us about the world today and our prospects for peace?

As the war in Ukraine enters its third year, there is also ongoing fighting in Gaza, attacks on cargo ships in the Red Sea and subsequent US and UK air strikes. This has prompted some to warn we are a moving from a post-war to a pre-war world.

In this episode, Dr Marina Miron, a post-doctoral researcher in the Department of War Studies, explores whether we are in a time of increased conflicts, what lies behind the current wars, what is NATO’s role and what we need to do differently if we want a more peaceful future. (Note this episode was recorded prior to the appointment of General O. Syrkyi).

Episode 5: Can we really rely on planting trees to help limit climate change?

In this episode, researcher Ol Perkins explores whether land-based carbon dioxide removal schemes such as reforestation can live up to their promises and help us meet global pledges to limit climate change.

Ol outlines some of the challenging implications of this approach and why experts and policymakers also need to consider the socio-cultural, environmental, and institutional factors that seem to have been overlooked to date. 

Episode 4: In conversation about Nigeria's strategic role in West Africa

What strategic role has Nigeria played on issues of peace and security in West Africa? What do Nigeria's past interventions in Liberia and Sierra Leone tell us about its role in the region today?

In this episode, Dr Folahanmi Aina, who recently completed his PhD from the African Leadership Centre at King's, talks to Dr Olawale Ismail, Senior Lecturer at ALC, about the findings of his PhD research and how he navigated the ups and downs of the PhD journey.

Episode 2: In conversation about the Dravidian movement's transition into party politics

How does a movement for social justice transform into a viable political party? How are the ideas of the movement reshaped in the process?

In this episode, Dr Vignesh Rajahmani, who completed his PhD from the King's India Institute, speaks to Professor Christophe Jaffrelot, Professor of Indian Politics and Sociology, about his thesis on the Dravidian movement in Tamil Nadu in southern India. He shares his insights on the movement's journey from being a grassroots social mobilisation into a political party and its impact on Indian politics. He discusses why studying the Dravidian movement offers unique insights into the potential of identity politics to achieve social justice.

Episode 3: The impact of colourism on people and societies around the world

This episode looks at how colourism affects people and their life chances, and how research is helping to fill the gaps in our knowledge around this pervasive but perhaps not widely known form of discrimination.

Featuring Dr Aisha Phoenix, a social justice lecturer from the School of Education, Communication & Society at King’s College London, the episode also explores what lies behind colourism and hears about her research that is helping improve understanding around the prevalence and effects of colourism on individuals and societies around the world.

Episode 1: How Russia is outmanoeuvring Western sanctions brought in after it invaded Ukraine

The international community imposed far-reaching sanctions on Russia following its invasion of Ukraine in a bid to weaken its economic base and curtail its ability to wage war. However, the war continues. So, what has happened? Have the sanctions not worked as hoped? And if not, why not?

In this episode, Dr Alexander Kupatadaze, Senior Lecturer at King’s Russia Institute, shares his new research which reveals how Russia is outmanoeuvring Western sanctions thanks to help from neighbouring countries and the “implicit approval” of producers in the West.

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