In this episode of Building the Future, Dan is joined by Dr. Evelyn Farkas, the Executive Director of the McCain Institute, a nonprofit organization that focuses on democracy, human rights, and character-driven leadership. Evelyn shares insights from her government career, including as Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Russia, Ukraine, and Eurasia under the Obama administration, and discusses her work on the conflict in Ukraine.
In this episode of Building the Future, Dan is joined by Dr. Rafael Romeu, the President and CEO of DevTech Systems, Inc. Rafael explains how his company helps confront the challenges facing public financial management and debt in the developing world, both of which define the future of global development.
In this episode of Building the Future, Dan is joined by Dex M. Burns, the Founder, President, and CEO of First Trip, an organization focused on diversifying the field of International Relations by alleviating barriers for underrepresented college students to travel abroad for the first time and pursue global careers.
In this episode of Building the Future, Dan is joined by Andrew Mack, Founder and CEO of Agromovil. Andrew explains how his company helps connect small farmers with markets around the world and discusses the importance of digital technology in the agricultural sector, particularly in developing countries.
In this episode of Building the Future, Dan is joined by Catherine Ashton, former High Representative of the EU for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, to discuss her new book, And Then What. Catherine’s book draws on her experience in the role to provide insights on international diplomacy and the strategic importance of the Western Balkans for the EU and the US.
In this episode of Building the Future, Dan is joined by Arturo McFields. Arturo served as the former Ambassador of Nicaragua to the Organization of American States (OAS) until his fateful decision to publicly break ranks with the government, call it a dictatorship, and denounce its human rights violations. Today, Dan and Arturo discuss that personally and nationally consequential moral decision, the situation in Nicaragua which gave rise to that decision, and how the international community...
In this episode of Building the Future, Dan is joined by Ambassador John Simon, Dr. Jendayi Frazer, and Bobby Pittman to discuss a recent publication by Stephen Hadley entitled, Hand-Off: The Foreign Policy George W. Bush Passed to Barack Obama. Each guest held senior roles in the Bush Administration working on development in Africa, and they speak with Dan about their roles and the foreign policy lessons we learned during the Bush Administration that we should remember today.
This episode Dan Runde is interviewed by Ambassador John Simon about his new book, The American Imperative. Dan’s book explores how the US can and must use non-military, soft power tools to entrench its dominant global influence in the face of competition from China and Russia.
In this episode of Building the Future, Dan is joined by Larry McDonald, Deputy Assistant Secretary at the U.S. Department of Treasury and leader of the U.S. Treasury Office of Technical Assistance (OTA). In this podcast, Dan and Larry discuss Larry’s career, what OTA is and does, and OTA’s role in shaping countries' economic systems and relieving the global debt crisis.
In this episode of Building the Future, Dan is joined by Kathy Guis, Vice President of Investments at Kiva. In this podcast, Dan and Kathy discuss what Kiva does, how loans can improve lives, and how Kiva works with institutions to foster financial inclusion.
In this episode of Building the Future, Dan is joined by Shannon O'Neil, Vice President, Deputy Director of Studies, and Nelson and David Rockefeller, Senior Fellow for Latin America Studies at the Council on Foreign Relations. In this podcast, Dan and Shannon discuss the reality of globalization, the impact of regional trade, and her book, The Globalization Myth: Why Regions Matter.
In this episode of Building the Future, Dan is joined by Atul Tandon, CEO of the non-profit Opportunity International. In this podcast, Dan and Atul discuss Atul’s career path, the purpose of Opportunity International, the theory of change, and how loans can change lives.
In this episode of Building the Future, Dan is joined by Peter Roskam. Peter is a former six-term U.S. Congressman from Illinois and is currently a Partner at Sidley Austin LLP. Peter held some of the most significant positions in Congress during his tenure from 2007 to 2019. In addition to serving in the House Leadership as the Chief Deputy Whip, he chaired three major subcommittees of the House Ways and Means Committee. In this podcast, Dan and Peter discuss Peter’s career, what it means to...
In this episode of Building the Future, Dan is joined by Katie Taylor, the Executive Director of the Pan American Development Foundation (PADF). In this podcast, Dan and Katie discuss PADF’s impact over the last 60 years, and the ongoing challenges and progress that Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC) have seen over the past decades.
In this episode of Building the Future, Dan Runde is joined by Olivia Enos, the new Washington Director of The Committee for Freedom in Hong Kong (CFHK). In this podcast, they discuss the CFHK’s work, the ongoing effects of the Chinese-imposed National Security Law (introduced to Hong Kong in 2020), the U.S.-Hong Kong relationship, and how listeners can help political prisoners in Hong Kong.
In this episode of Building the Future, Dan is joined by Jamie Bowman, who worked as a legal consultant across Asia, Africa, and Europe for various U.S. and international agencies. In this podcast, Dan and Jamie discuss Jamie’s career and her recently published book Bike Riding in Kabul: The Global Adventures of a Foreign Aid Practitioner.
In this episode of Building the Future, Dan Runde is joined by Ambassador Ramón Eduardo Martínez de la Guardia, the Ambassador of Panama in the U.S. In this podcast, they discuss how Panama is a great candidate for U.S. companies to nearshore operations, opportunities for tourism in the country, and Panama’s role in advancing the global health system.
In this episode of Building the Future, Dan Runde is joined by Erin Murphy, Deputy Director and Senior Fellow in the Economics Program at CSIS. In this podcast, they discuss Murphy's career and her new book Burmese Haze, foreign policy and Myanmar, and Aung San Suu Kyi.
In this episode of Building the Future, Dan Runde is joined by Harry Bader, Deputy Assistant Administrator in the Bureau for Development, Democracy, and Innovation (DDI) at USAID. In this podcast, they discuss USAID’s new Supply Chain Integrity and Freedom program (SCIF).
In this episode of Building the Future, Dan Runde is joined by Ambassador John Feeley, former U.S. ambassador to Panama. In this podcast, they discuss Feeley's career in the foreign service, the importance of Nicaragua, Daniel Ortega and his "mafia"-style dictatorship, the Vatican's relationship with Nicaragua's government, and short- and long-term solutions to the dictatorship.
In this episode of Building the Future, Dan Runde is joined by Takehiko Nakao, former President of the Asian Development Bank (ADB). In this podcast, they discuss Nakao's career in Japan's Ministry of Finance, the potential reasons why the U.S. and Japan did not join the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB), Nakao’s various memoirs- including his recently published The Rise of Asia: Perspectives and Beyond, and the relationship between democracy and human rights.
In this episode of Building the Future, Dan Runde is joined by Ali Wyne, Senior Analyst with Eurasia Group's Global Macro practice. In this podcast, they discuss Ali’s newly published book, "America's Great-Power Opportunity: Revitalizing U.S. Foreign Policy to Meet the Challenges of Strategic Competition," how to learn from the Cold War, the future of the U.S.-China relationship, and U.S. comparative advantages.
In this episode of Building the Future, Dan Runde is joined by Colombian Admiral Álvaro Echandía Durán, who discusses his career, his experiences with the FARC, the role of civil intelligence in a democracy, and why we should renew our commitment to counternarcotics. Throughout his career the Admiral has held various high level positions, including Chief of Naval Operations of Colombia’s National Armada, Chief of Staff of the Caribbean Naval Force, Chief of Naval Intelligence and Chief of...