The Heat

April 11, 2024

The Heat: IMF/World Bank Spring Meetings

Policy makers will gather in Washington next week for the annual IMF – World Bank spring meetings. The Managing Director of the International Monetary Fund, Kristalina Georgieva, says the meetings come at a sensitive time for the world economy.  Joining the discussion: Qu Qiang ie […]

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April 10, 2024

The Heat: U.S.-Japan Relations

Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida is on a state visit to the United States and was greeted at the White House by President Biden. Both leaders announced plans for closer cooperation in areas like military and defense. But, the visit is drawing attention to a […]

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April 9, 2024

The Heat: U.S. Politics

U.S. President Joe Biden is under fire over his handling of the Gaza crisis. During primary contests, Democratic voters in some states marked “uncommitted” on ballots, in a sign of protest against Biden. Will that hinder his chances for reelection in November?   Joining the discussion: […]

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April 8, 2024

The Heat: Israel-Hamas Conflict

Six months ago, Hamas crossed the border into Israel, leaving 1,200 people dead and taking more than 250 hostage.  The Gaza Healthy Ministry says more than 33,000 people have been killed by Israel. Meanwhile, Israel has become increasingly isolated internationally, with even its closest ally, […]

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April 4, 2024

The Heat: U.S. Guns in Latin America

The United States is known for having some of the most relaxed firearms laws in the world, to the delight and dismay of the domestic population, depending on one’s political views. But the availability of guns also creates problems for America’s geographical neighbors in Latin […]

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April 2, 2024

The Heat: Israel-Hamas Conflict

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu admitted that Israeli forces “unintentionally” hit civilians in Gaza and killed seven foreign aid workers with the World Central Kitchen. The incident drew global outrage. Meanwhile, Iran and Syria have accused Israel of bombing an Iranian consulate in Damascus.  Joining […]

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April 1, 2024

The Heat: U.S. Politics

With seven months to the presidential elections, U.S. President Joe Biden and former U.S. President Donald Trump already have enough delegates to win their parties’ nomination ahead of the summer conventions. What are the key issues voters care about?  Joining the discussion:  Rina Shah is […]

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March 29, 2024

The Heat: Artificial Intelligence

AI is transforming the way we live but it is happening so quickly that it is also raising serious issues. One of them is the deceptive use of AI to manipulate and create video, images and audio. What are the major challenges posed by the […]

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March 28, 2024

The Heat: Boao Forum for Asia

World leaders gathered for the annual Boao Forum to discuss regional and global development. China’s top legislator made a keynote speech reaffirming the country’s commitment to being open for business and to lead economic growth.   Joining the discussion: Carl Fey is a Professor at BI […]

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March 27, 2024

The Heat: Israel-Hamas Conflict

After months of defending Israel’s actions in Gaza and blocking measures at the United Nations Security Council, the United States changed its position and abstained from a vote allowing a resolution to pass calling for an immediate ceasefire in Gaza and the release of all […]

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March 27, 2024

The Heat: U.S. Bridge Disaster

A cargo ship crashed into a bridge in the U.S. city of Baltimore after the vessel lost power. The structure gave way instantly, sending cars and construction workers into the water below.  Joining the discussion:  Adolfo Franco is an Attorney and Republican Strategist. Joseph Williams […]

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March 25, 2024

The Heat: China-Honduras Relations

China and Honduras celebrate one year of formal diplomatic ties. The relationship is making progress in areas such as trade and Chinese investment. Joining the discussion:  Einar Tangen is a Senior Fellow with the Taihe Institute and the founder and chairman of Asia Narratives.  Jorge […]

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March 22, 2024

The Heat: Space Exploration

China launched a Long March 8 rocket carrying a satellite that will serve as a communication relay for the Chang’e 6 mission. The probe will gather lunar material from the far side of the moon. Beijing is planning for a record 100 launches this year […]

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March 21, 2024

The Heat: Israel-Hamas Conflict

The United States has submitted a draft resolution before the United Nations Security Council calling for an immediate ceasefire in Gaza and the release of all hostages kidnapped by Hamas. It comes after a declaration by the UN this week of imminent famine in parts […]

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March 20, 2024

The Heat: Haiti Crisis

The crisis in Haiti continues to worsen with deadly violence on the rise and growing humanitarian concerns. There are also real fears that the capital Port-au-Prince is descending into anarchy.  Is there any hope for a political solution? Joining the discussion:  Albert DeCady is a […]

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March 19, 2024

The Heat: U.S. Politics

The presidential race is heating up in the United States with President Joe Biden and former President Donald Trump sparring on the campaign trail. With less than eight months to go before election day, who will Americans vote for and how will it impact the […]

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March 18, 2024

The Heat: Russia Election

Russian President Vladimir Putin won a fifth term with 87% of the vote and will lead the country until 2030. Putin’s victory has been dismissed by western countries as not a genuine reflection of the president’s popularity. What does Putin’s new term mean for Russia […]

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March 15, 2024

The Heat: Israel-Hamas Conflict

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu met with his war cabinet on Friday and approved plans for a military operation in Gaza’s southernmost city of Rafah. The Israeli military said it will evacuate civilians to what it calls “humanitarian islands” in the middle of the Gaza […]

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March 13, 2024

The Heat: Pakistan’s Priorities

Newly elected Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif has pledged to heal Pakistan’s political divisions, launch an economic revitalization plan and improve ties with its neighbors. Will he succeed? Joining the discussion:  Syed Ali Zafar serves in Pakistan’s Senate as a member of Imran Khan’s PTI party.  […]

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March 12, 2024

The Heat: U.S. Politics

Recent polls show 30% of American voters don’t want U.S. President Joe Biden or former President Donald Trump as their next president.  What does it mean for the upcoming elections in November?  Joining the discussion: Joel Rubin is a former U.S. Deputy Assistant Secretary of […]

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March 11, 2024

The Heat: Two Sessions

Chinese officials and lawmakers closed out the Two Sessions after more than a week of meetings and deliberations. Those policy decisions will now serve as the country’s blueprint going forward. What are the key takeaways? Joining the discussion: Einar Tangen is a Senior Fellow at […]

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March 8, 2024

The Heat: Two Sessions

It has been a major political week in Beijing where China’s annual Two Sessions is taking place.  What have we learned about China’s plans for 2024? Joining the discussion: Einar Tangen is a Senior Fellow with the Taihe Institute and the founder and chair of […]

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March 7, 2024

The Heat: Two Sessions | China’s Economy

China’s economy tops the agenda at the 14th National People’s Congress.  Top economic officials, including its commerce and finance ministers, held a news conference on the state of the nation’s economy.  Our guests from Beijing:  Einar Tangen is Senior Fellow at the Taihe Institute and […]

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March 5, 2024

The Heat: Israel-Hamas Conflict

There is no sign of progress in talks aimed at reaching a ceasefire between Israel and Hamas. Meanwhile, the humanitarian crisis is worsening by the day in Gaza with hundreds of thousands of Palestinians are on the brink of famine.  Joining the discussion: Khalil Jahshan […]

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March 5, 2024

The Heat: Two Sessions

The annual Two Sessions is underway in China, bringing together thousands of delegates to chart a new course for 2024. The meetings will provide insight into Beijing’s policy priorities, laying the blueprint for social and economic development. Joining the discussion: Yan Liang is Chair Professor […]

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February 29, 2024

The Heat: Israel-Hamas Conflict

More than 100 people were killed and hundreds more have been injured in Gaza while trying to get food from aid trucks. According to the United Nations, more than half a million people are at risk of famine.  To discuss the ongoing conflict, joining us: […]

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February 29, 2024

The Heat: Mobile World Congress

Mobile World Congress is underway in Barcelona, Spain showcasing innovative products. What’s on display at the world’s biggest tech event? Joining the discussion: Amr Awadallah is the Founder and CEO of Vectara Inc., a generative AI company. Winston Ma is an Adjunct Professor at New […]

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February 27, 2024

The Heat: Climate Change Crisis

The period from February 2023 to January 2024 was the hottest 12-month span ever recorded. Global average temperatures rose above 1.52 degrees Celsius, an important marker by climate scientists as global warming and the climate crisis continue to impact communities across the globe. Joining the […]

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February 26, 2024

The Heat: Global Economy

The International Monetary Fund upgraded its outlook for global economy for 2024, pointing to the better-than-expected performance of China and the United States last year. Meanwhile, Japan, the United Kingdom and Germany are dealing with recession.   Joining the discussion:  John Quelch is the Executive Vice […]

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February 23, 2024

The Heat: U.S. Presidential Election

In the race for the White House, the Republican Party is set to hold another primary on Saturday in South Carolina. The question is not so much whether Donald Trump will win, but will Nikki Haley stay in the contest. Joining the discussion: Eleanor Clift […]

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February 22, 2024

The Heat: China’s Electric Vehicles

China has become the world’s largest auto market as its electric vehicle industry takes center stage. According to an International Energy Agency report, China’s booming EV industry now accounts for nearly 60% of sales worldwide with Chinese car manufacturer BYD surpassing Tesla as the number […]

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February 22, 2024

The Heat: Israel-Hamas Conflict

Israel vowed a Rafah ground assault by Ramadan if hostages are not freed. Meanwhile, the International Court of Justice began hearings into the legality of Israel’s occupation of the West Bank, Gaza and East Jerusalem. Joining the discussion: Adnan Abu Hasna is UNRWA’s media advisor.  […]

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February 20, 2024

The Heat: African Union Summit

From education to conflict and instability, leaders at the African Union Summit in Ethiopia discuss the top priorities for the continent. Africa is facing numerous challenges including inadequate infrastructure, poor funding and armed conflict. Joining the discussion:  Hannah Wanjie Ryder is the CEO of Development […]

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February 19, 2024

The Heat: Munich Security Conference

Foreign policy leaders gathered in Germany for the Munich Security Conference to discuss security issues amid the escalating conflicts in Ukraine and Gaza. Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi spoke at the event, highlighting China’s efforts against the return of Cold War mentality.  Joining the discussion: […]

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February 16, 2024

The Heat: U.S. Politics

Former U.S. President Donald Trump and the Trump Organization are ordered to pay nearly $355 million in damages in his civil fraud case.

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February 13, 2024

The Heat: Israel-Hamas Conflict

It’s a cliche that the first casualty of war is the truth but cliches exist and are endlessly repeated because they are often true. Many critics have accused Western media of taking Israel’s side in the conflict. Today we pose the question: Is Western media […]

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February 12, 2024

The Heat: Lunar New Year 2024

Lunar New Year celebrations continue in China and around the world.  This year’s annual gathering of family and friends celebrates the Year of the Loong. Joining us: Gabriel Yin Yue is a CGTN correspondent in Beijing. Harlan Wong is the Director of San Francisco’s Chinese […]

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February 9, 2024

The Heat: Spring Festival 2024

China’s Spring Festival Gala kicked off the New Year on Friday. The week-long holiday starts the celebration of the Year of the Loong or Dragon. Watched by nearly 700 million people, it’s believed to be the world’s most-watched TV program. Joining us:  Yan Liang is […]

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February 7, 2024

The Heat: Social Media Controversy

The executives of the largest social media platforms were questioned in the U.S. Congress about the lack of safety for young people online. Parents claim that the unchecked content has led to child exploitation and even suicide. Is social media harmful to mental health? Joining […]

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February 6, 2024

The Heat: Israel-Hamas Conflict

Qatar’s prime minister said Hamas has given a “generally positive” response to a proposed truce deal with Israel, while reiterating its demand for an end to the Israeli assault on Gaza.  Joining the discussion:  Yossi Mekelberg is an Associate Fellow at Chatham House.  Negar Mortazavi […]

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February 5, 2024

The Heat: Black History Month

Historian and author Carter G. Woodson founded Black History Month in 1926 to celebrate the achievements of African Americans. It was also meant to educate Americans about the suffering of slaves to highlight the fight for civil liberties and the successful contributions of Black people […]

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February 2, 2024

The Heat: U.S. Politics

After months of negotiations, key U.S. Senators say they’ve reached a deal to overhaul the asylum system and manage the influx of migrants at the U.S.–Mexico border. Details are expected to be released with a possible vote next week on a national security package that […]

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February 1, 2024

The Heat: Latin America Roundup

The United States is considering closing the border to Mexico, as thousands of people try to enter the country to apply for asylum, fleeing poverty and violence. In Ecuador, a country once considered an “island of peace,” the president declared a state of emergency to […]

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January 31, 2024

The Heat: Israel-Hamas Conflict

About 27,000 Palestinians have been killed in Gaza as Israel presses ahead with the military campaign it says is aimed at destroying Hamas.  To discuss the latest on the Israel-Hamas conflict, our guests:  Hanan Ashrawi is a longtime Palestinian politician, leader, activist and scholar.  Dan […]

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January 30, 2024

The Heat: Pakistan-Iran Ties

Pakistan and Iran agreed to restore diplomatic ties and de-escalate tensions along their border following the recent tit-for-tat missile strikes. On Monday, foreign ministers from both countries met in Islamabad to mend relations. Joining the discussion:  Ali Akbar Dareini is a Researcher and Writer for […]

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January 29, 2024

The Heat: China-France Relations

China and France mark the 60th anniversary of diplomatic ties. France became the first Western country to normalize ties with China in 1964 and since then Sino-French relations have strengthened and expanded.  Today, France is China’s third-largest trading partner in the European Union, with bilateral […]

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