In this week’s Reaction Podcast, Iain Martin and I reflect on what a rocky week it’s been for President Trump’s travel ban, and for the the legal checks and balances that have been attempting to stall it. We also discuss the landmark vote in the House of Commons to trigger Article 50, Jeremy Corbyn’s fleeting moment of triumph, and the dire prospects for the future of the Labour Party. We end with a tribute to the recently departed Hans Rosling, the Swedish data visionary whose “fact-based worldview” promoted optimism and progress.

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Rachel Cunliffe  / 11 Feb 2017

In this week’s Reaction Podcast, Iain Martin and I analyse the House of Commons debate on triggering Article 50, then look further a field to check up on how the French presidential election is looking for the main contenders (answer: not good). And since it’s impossible to comment on global affairs without mentioning the US, we review the chaos of President Trump’s Muslim ban and assess how his administration is coping two weeks in.

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Rachel Cunliffe  / 3 Feb 2017

In this week’s Reaction Podcast, Iain Martin and I delve into what the Supreme Court’s ruling on triggering Article 50 means for the Brexit timetable. We also scrutinise the continuing demise of the Labour party under Jeremy Corbyn, the odds of a satisfactory UK-US trade deal, and what Theresa May should say to Donald Trump when she finds herself in the Oval Office tomorrow.

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Rachel Cunliffe  / 26 Jan 2017

In the new Reaction Podcast – a weekly conversation between me and Rachel Cunliffe, deputy editor of Reaction – we discuss giving Trump a chance, scandals, trade, and where we disagree on the the legacy of Barack Obama (who?).

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Can Donald Trump really make a deal with Vladimir Putin? How much weight should we give to his eyebrow-rising cabinet appointments? And with all the disruption, what are the chances that he won’t work out his full four-year term?

Xenia Wickett, the head of the US and the Americas Programme at Chatham House, is an expert on foreign policy of all varieties, and has previously worked in the White House. She’s the ideal person to analyse what we know – and more crucially, don’t know – so far about Trump and his impending presidency. From America’s relationship with Russia to the prospect of impeachment, Xenia cuts through the cloud of “anything could happen” to remind us what frameworks Trump will be working within.

While we’re cautious about making predictions, Xenia argues there are at least some things we can be certain won’t happen.

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Rachel Cunliffe  / 16 Dec 2016

Like the rest of the world, I was shocked when Donald Trump broke decades of diplomatic protocol by speaking directly to the president of Taiwan, angering China. It seemed yet another accidental gaffe born out of inexperience and carelessness.

But Tim Marshall, former diplomatic editor of Sky news and author of numerous books about global politics and history, had other ideas. At first, he too was unimpressed. Then Trump’s phone call with President Tsai Ing-Wen of Taiwan started to make a lot more sense. On this episode of the Reaction podcast, I chat to Tim about the controversies surrounding that conversation, and about Trump’s big business style of diplomacy.

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Rachel Cunliffe  / 8 Dec 2016

Anti-establishment forces triumphed over the weekend and the Italian political elite is now in crisis mode. But with all the focus on the outgoing prime minister Matteo Renzi, there’s a risk of missing the underlying causes of the dissatisfaction that has recently bubbled to the surface. It is no secret that Italy’s economy has been flagging with slow growth and an unappealing entrepreneurial landscape. Will the referendum and the resignation of Renzi do anything to change that?

On this week’s episode of the Reaction Podcast, I spoke to Roger Bootle, Managing Director of Capital Economics. He some some imaginative ideas about where to start when it comes to fixing Italy’s economy.

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Rachel Cunliffe  / 6 Dec 2016

We know Italians are headed to the polls on December 4th. We know the prime minister, Matteo Renzi, has made this referendum personal, and that he may fall victim to a wave of anti-establishment backlash as Italy’s new populist party, the Five Star Movement, attempts to take him down. And we know that everything happening in Europe these days is tied up the with the EU, in some way. But how?

To answer that question, and to help clarify what’s actually going on with the referendum, I spoke to Beatrice Faleri about the political chaos going on in her home country.

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Rachel Cunliffe  / 24 Nov 2016

Today’s the day. For those of us outside of the United States, all we can do is sit back and watch, as Americans head to the polls to decide the fate of their country, and of the world.

But if you’re finding it difficult to concentrate on anything else while the most important election of a generation is underway, here’s the latest edition of the Reaction podcast, in which I talk to historian Mark Malcomson and Trump supporter David Hawkins to get their take.


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Rachel Cunliffe  / 8 Nov 2016