Global Shocks Podcast

Global Shocks

In a world facing multiple overlapping crises and wars, understanding how existing international institutions can tackle mounting global challenges is more crucial than ever. At Global Shocks, the podcast of the Oxford Martin Programme on Changing Global Orders, we enter the conversation with leading figures from the world’s major international organisations — from the International Committee of the Red Cross to the World Health Organisation.

As an integral element of our research programme, the podcast explores the different strategies used by international organisations to adapt and shape global turbulence.

Dr. Jan Eijking, along with his guests, will draw insights from conversations with experienced and leading practitioners. Together, they will explore a range of experiences and ideas regarding institutional responses to a spectrum of international crises, spanning fields as diverse as health, political economy, humanitarianism, and more.

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In the first episode of Global Shocks, we speak to humanitarian leader Yves Daccord, former Director General of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) in Geneva. Hear Yves share his first-hand experience with how the ICRC dealt with humanitarian crises in Yemen, how social media affects the work of ICRC staff, and how 9/11 has affected the work of Red Cross organisations around the world

In Episode 2, Jan is in conversation with UN peacekeeping expert Renata Dwan, former Chief of Peacekeeping Policy at the UN headquarters in New York. Renata shares first-hand experience with peacekeeping in Mali, peacekeeping after the Arab Spring, and how peacekeeping was affected by the 2008 financial crisis.

How does the global financial system cope with a turbulent world? In the third episode of Global Shocks, Jan Eijking is joined by Maurice Obstfeld, former Chief Economist of the International Monetary Fund (IMF). Maurice Obstfeld is a Senior Fellow at the Peterson Institute for International Economics and Professor of Economics Emeritus at the University of California, Berkeley. From 2015 through 2018, he served as Economic Counsellor and Director of Research at the International Monetary Fund. In 2014 and 2015, he was a Member of President Obama’s Council of Economic Advisers. 

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