The Heat Podcast

How Russia is becoming the Middle East’s main power broker

After U.S. abandoned the Kurds in Northern Syria, the former ally turned Damascus – and Moscow – for protection from Turkish assault. As the U.S. withdraws from Middle East, is it handing over its role as power broker – and peace keeper – to Moscow? Anton Fedyashin of American University joins us to discuss Russia’s growing reach.

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Will the INF Treaty’s collapse restart a dangerous nuclear arms race?

In 1987, the INF Treaty between the U.S. and Soviets was a significant step in reducing the threat of nuclear war. But in 2019, both parties pulled out. Why? And will the treaty’s demise mean a dangerous new arms race? Kingston Reif joins us for a look forward.

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Will attacks on Saudi oil drag the US into war with Iran?

Saudi Arabia and the US say it was Iran – not Yemen Houthis rebels – that crippled key oil facilities in Saudi Arabia. Are they right? And could this latest aggression lead to war? Dr. Harlan Ullman joins us to discuss what the options are moving forward.

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Understanding South Africa’s surge of anti-immigrant violence

In South Africa, at least ten people have been killed and shops burned to the ground in a recent surge of anti-immigrant violence. SA columnist Pinky Khoabane joins us to talk about where this anger originates – and how it is aimed at the wrong people.

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India’s crackdown on Kashmir: What’s at stake?

India’s move to revoke Jammu and Kashmir state’s autonomy has threatened to ignite one of the world’s most dangerous flashpoints. Sadanand Dhume of the Wall Street Journal joins CGTN’s Nathan King to explore how the current crisis in Kashmir came to be.

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Democratic debates - Do centrists or progressives have the edge to beat Trump?

Democratic debates – Will progressives or centrists have the edge to beat Trump?

The Democratic debates wrapped up Wednesday night. We saw a clear difference between how progressives and moderates within the Party articulated their vision for the United States. So who lost ground and who gained? Were there any breakout candidates?

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Could Robert Mueller’s testimony backfire for the Democrats?

On this episode of The Heat Podcast, host Anand Naidoo talks with Jason Mollica, professor with American University’s School of Communication, about whether Democrats have the spark for impeachment they were hoping for from former Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s testimony, and future implications for Donald Trump’s presidency.

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How can Africa benefit from a US, Chinese battle for influence?

How vital will Africa be in the U.S.’s battle for global dominance? On the latest episode of The Heat Podcast, host Anand Naidoo talks with security and policy analyst Abdullahi Boru Halakhe about the U.S., Chinese and Russian fight for African influence.

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How does a trade war hurt American and Chinese consumers?

What does a trade war look like? In China, beef prices are at their highest level in more than a decade. Meanwhile, nearly 1,200 of Wisconsin’s dairy farms have shut down in just two years. On today’s episode of The Heat Podcast, host Anand Naidoo talks with CGTN’s senior international affairs correspondent Nathan King about what a trade war means in dollars and cents for American and Chinese consumers.

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How Trump’s arms deal impacts US – Saudi relations

While the Congress will take up an arms deal with Saudi Arabia next month, President Trump has already vowed to veto any legislation. On the next The Heat Podcast we talk with Joel Rubin, professor and the U.S. State Department’s former senior official to the House Foreign Affairs Committee.

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