Global Tennessee Podcast – Midterms | Inside Qatar – Ep 2

Global Tennessee — Episode 2




Time: 00:01

Roundtable — The nexus of global affairs and the 2018 U.S. elections

“Global Tennessee” episode 2 opens with the Roundtable segment featuring David Plaza of “The Tennessean,” Middle Tennessee’s leading news source; and Pat Ryan and Logan Monday of the World Affairs Council. Today the Roundtable opens with talk about the nexus of global affairs and midterm election politics. First, do citizens know enough about what’s going on in the world? And what are our candidates doing to inform the voters? A proposition to consider:

“Citizens must be informed about what’s going on in the world to be effective participants in America’s democracy and the current discourse among candidates, especially for the U.S. Senate, has failed to disclose their positions and future likely behaviors in carrying out their international affairs related duties if elected.”

Next, the Roundtable report card on Senatorial candidates. Governor Bredesen and Congressman Blackburn on their attention to global issues — in their public remarks, debates and on their online presentations — both get a failing grade.

Globalist. A new dirty word? We take a look at President Trump’s dismal view, “A globalist is a person that wants the globe to do well, frankly not caring about the country so much. You know, we can’t have that.” Our Roundtable of “global geeks” wonder if people interested in global prosperity and security are about to become the next “Enemies of the People.”

Time: 23:30

The Conversation — An interview with Jim Shepherd, just back from a week in the Persian Gulf State of Qatar.

The Conversation segment of “Global Tennessee” is our interview with World Affairs Council Chairman Jim Shepherd who participated in a fact-finding delegation visit to Qatar. Jim and representatives from sister world affairs councils from around America participated in meetings with government, business, military, scholars and others coupled with visits around this Persian Gulf nation to learn what makes Qatar tick.

The group, organized by the World Affairs Councils of America and hosted by the Government of Qatar had extraordinary access to people, places and things. Jim describes his conversations about U.S.-Qatar government to government and business to business relations, education achievements, the stunning cityscapes, the extensive U.S. military deployment — largest in the Middle East — at an airbase, the Al Jazeera global news network, and plans for the 2022 World Cup in Qatar.

Jim shares what he learned about the “Crisis,” the embargo of Qatar by its neighbors led by Saudi Arabia: how did the country cope with the sudden cut off of its food and other essentials, what is behind the embargo, and how are Qatari’s dealing with the new reality?

Don’t miss this insightful look at an important country in America’s Middle East policy and interests.


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