Divided States
Divided States
Jan 15, 2021
Insurrection, impeachment, inauguration
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In the first fortnight of 2021 we have seen extraordinary events in the United States. After a violent pro-Trump mob stormed the United States Capitol, Donald Trump has become the only US President to be impeached twice. The security threat in Washington DC and other state capitals is at an all-time high as the country prepares to inaugurate President-elect Joe Biden. 

US Correspondent Cordelia Lynch and Washington Bureau Chief Emily Purser Brown reflect on a crazy couple of weeks. 
The Anthill
The Anthill
The Conversation
Recovery part six – 2008 financial crisis and lessons for today
The 2008 financial crisis resulted in the worst global recession since the second world war. The collapse of US investment bank Lehman Brothers in September 2008 caused a meltdown of the global financial system. Money markets froze and there was a major credit crunch as the ability to borrow money suddenly dried up.  To stop contagion and make sure other major financial institutions didn’t collapse, governments stepped in to shore up the system by bailing out the banks. Anastasia Nesvetailova, professor of international political economy at City, University of London, explains what these bailouts involved and why they were so necessary.  Aidan Regan, associate professor at University College Dublin, tells us how the crisis spread across the eurozone and why some countries rebounded a lot more quickly than others. We also discuss how the austerity policies that many governments adopted following the 2008 financial crisis hampered economic growth.  And we explore how emerging markets such as Brazil and China were affected by the 2008 financial crisis. Carolina Alves, fellow in economics at the University of Cambridge, outlines how they were shielded from some elements of the crisis but also left vulnerable to the large reduction in finance that followed.  You can read more research into the 2008 financial crisis and what lessons we can learn from it for today's coronavirus recovery alongside other articles in our Recovery series, which accompany this podcast. This episode was produced by Gemma Ware and Annabel Bligh, with sound design by Eloise Stevens. The Anthill is a podcast from The Conversation UK. We’re an independent news media outlet that exists purely to take reliable, informed voices direct to a wide audience. If you’re able to to support our work, please consider donating via our website. Thanks to everyone who has already done so. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
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Talk Eastern Europe
Talk Eastern Europe
Talk Eastern Europe
Episode 64: Chaos looms in Moldova
*** Support this podcast! Become a Patron here: www.patreon.com/talkeasterneurope In December 2020, Maia Sandu became the new president of Moldova. Her main focus so far has been a strong foreign policy, meeting with neighbours and western partners. Domestically, the political situation gives the impression of looming chaos. Her main aim is to force new parliamentary elections, while her opponents plan to stop her at any cost. In this episode, Adam and Maciek catch up with Oktawian Milewski, a political scientist specialising in Central and Eastern Europe. They discuss an early assessment of President Sandu’s foreign policy successes as well as the ongoing turbulent political situation in the country. Resources “Challenging the status quo in Moldova. What now after Maia Sandu’s victory?” By: Oktawian Milewski. 1 December 2020. New Eastern Europe https://neweasterneurope.eu/2020/12/01/challenging-the-status-quo-in-moldova-what-now-after-maia-sandus-victory/ “Integrity and identity – the dilemmas of Maia Sandu” By: Piotr Oleksy. 9 February 2021 New Eastern Europe: https://neweasterneurope.eu/2021/02/09/integrity-and-identity-the-dilemmas-of-maia-sandu/ “2020’s electoral lessons: Moldova, Georgia and Ukraine” By: Denis Cenusa. New Eastern Europe issue 1-2/2021: https://neweasterneurope.eu/2021/02/03/2020s-electoral-lessons-moldova-georgia-and-ukraine/ >>> Help New Eastern Europe – buy our latest issue debating the current state of democracy in the region here: https://bit.ly/3oMbKpd
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