3. Predicting 2035 with John Hudson and Amy Zalman

In the third episode of our Global Risks 2035 series, host Alex Ward speaks to John Hudson, a senior reporter at Foreign Policy magazine, and Amy Zalman, former president and CEO of the World Future Society. They discuss how the future will change depending on America’s actions, and how certain events will occur and shape the global context no matter what America does.

For more information on the Atlantic Council’s Strategy Initiative, check out ACstrategy.net, and engage with us on social media using hashtag #Lifein2035. If you have any videos or ideas about the world in 2035 that you want to submit to us, please do so at Lifein2035@atlanticcouncil.org.

EU Foreign Policy Chief Federica Mogherini on 2016 US Presidents and EU Challenges

We’re delighted that one of Europe’s top-ranked women joined us for this “inaugural” show: Federica Mogherini, the European Union’s foreign policy chief, also a vice president of the European Commission (EC). She agreed to speak to Teri Schultz, the host of this podcast, just a few hours after Donald Trump was confirmed as the next US president, a development which shocked Brussels along with all those American pollsters. Mogherini says the phrase that has stuck with her from Obama’s first White House campaign was that “everything is possible in America”.   It meant one thing during the election of America’s first black president in 2008.  Now, she notes pointedly, two very different interpretations are possible.

2. Imagining 2035 with science fiction authors August Cole and Madeline Ashby

This is the second episode in a three-part series on the Atlantic Council’s landmark report, Global Risks 2035: Search for a New Normal, by Mathew Burrows, director of the Atlantic Council’s Strategic Foresight Initiative. In this episode, Alex Ward, associate director at the Atlantic Council’s Brent Scowcroft Center on International Security, speaks with August Cole, the co-author of Ghost Fleet, and Madeline Ashby, the author of vN, two science fiction writers who help us think completely differently about the many possibilities the future holds.

For more information on the Atlantic Council’s Strategy Initiative, check out ACstrategy.net, and engage with us on social media using hashtag #Lifein2035. If you have any videos or ideas about the world in 2035 that you want to submit to us, please do so at Lifein2035@atlanticcouncil.org.

Former NATO Deputy Secretary General Alexander “Sandy” Vershbow on the challenge posed by Russia

When someone with the long-range perspective of Alexander “Sandy” Vershbow says relations with Russia are the worst he’s seen in his entire career, everyone should take notice. Vershbow has been a student of the Soviet Union and Russia for many decades, rising to the highest levels of the US State Department, the Pentagon and NATO.  Before his recently-ended tenure as NATO’s deputy secretary general, Vershbow had served as the American ambassador to the Alliance from 1998 to 2001 and to Moscow from 2001 to 2005.  With all that Russia-watching history, Vershbow says he’d have to go back to the Berlin crises of the early 1960s to imagine “as volatile and unpredictable and dangerous a situation as we have now.”

Madeleine Albright and Stephen Hadley: A New Approach for the Middle East

On November 30, 2016, The Atlantic Council released the Middle East Strategy Task Force: Final Report of the Co-Chairs by former Secretary of State Madeleine K. Albright and former National Security Advisor Stephen J. Hadley. The Atlantic Council convened the Middle East Strategy Task Force (MEST) in February 2015 to examine the underlying issues of state failure and political legitimacy that drive extremist violence and threaten fundamental interests broadly shared by the peoples of the region and the rest of the world. The result of almost two years of intensive study, Albright and Hadley’s final report proposes nothing short of a paradigm shift in how the international community and the Middle East interact. Not only does the report present solutions to the region’s most immediate crises in Syria, Iraq, Yemen, and Libya, it also puts forward a pragmatic and actionable long-term strategy that emphasizes the efforts of the people of the Middle East themselves, with an eye toward harnessing the region’s enormous human potential. The event was introduced by Mr. Frederick Kempe, President and CEO of the Atlantic Council, and moderated Mr. Ayman Mohyeldin, Foreign Correspondent of NBC News and Anchor of MSNBC.