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Balloon-gate, Earthquakes, and Russia's New Offensive

Bethany Allen-Ebrahimian, Stefan Kornelius, and Giles Whittell join Ivo Daalder to discuss the week's top news stories.
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About This Episode

The death toll climbs above 20,000 in Turkey and Syria following two massive earthquakes, while China’s spy balloon raises US-China tensions. How will presidents Erdogan and Xi face the tests of their leadership? Plus, Ukraine expects a new Russian offensive in the east as attacks intensify. Council President Ivo Daalder dives in with Bethany Allen-Ebrahimian, Stefan Kornelius, and Giles Whittell on World Review.

About the Panelists
China Reporter, Axios
Before joining Axios, Bethany Allen-Ebrahimian served as the lead reporter for the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists' China Cables project, a major leak of classified Chinese government documents revealing the inner workings of mass internment camps in Xinjiang. Previously, she worked at Foreign Policy magazine and the Daily Beast.
Political Editor, Süddeutsche Zeitung
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Stefan Kornelius has spent over 20 years at Süddeutsche Zeitung. Throughout his career, he has covered Germany's Christian Democratic Party, the chancellorship of Helmut Kohl, and defense issues in Europe. His biography of German Chancellor Angela Merkel, entitled “Angela Merkel, the Chancellor and her World,” has been translated into 13 languages.
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World Affairs Editor, Tortoise Media
Giles Whittell is an English author and journalist who has worked for the London Times as a correspondent in LA, Moscow, and Washington. He was the Times' chief leader-writer for three years before joining Tortoise Media in 2018.
CEO, Chicago Council on Global Affairs
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Ivo H. Daalder served as the US ambassador to NATO from 2009 to 2013. He joined the Council as president in 2013 and took on the new role of CEO in 2023. Previously, he was a senior fellow in foreign policy studies at the Brookings Institution and served as director for European affairs on President Bill Clinton’s National Security Council. He is the author or editor of 10 books.
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