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Friday Focus: Putin-Xi Summit – Paris is Burning

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Friday Focus provides listeners with a focused, half-hour masterclass on the big issues, events and trends driving the news and current events. The show features Janice Gross Stein, the founding director of the Munk School of Global Affairs and bestselling author, in conversation with Rudyard Griffiths, Chair and moderator of the Munk Debates. 

The following is a sample of the Munk Debates’ weekly current affairs podcast, Friday Focus.

On this week’s edition of the Friday Focus podcast, Janice and Rudyard start the show with a discussion of this week’s summitry between Putin and Xi. What did we learn about these two autocratic leaders and how they plan to work together to thwart American hegemony? Friday Focus wraps up with a discussion of the growing protests in France over raising the retirement age. Is France on the brink of 1968-style unrest? What do the protests say about the government’s ability to reform entitlement programs as populations age and deficit spending soars? 

To access full-length editions of the Friday Focus podcast, consider becoming a donor to the Munk Debates for as little as $25 annually, or $.50 per episode. Canadian donors receive a charitable tax receipt.

This podcast is a project of the Munk Debates, a Canadian charitable organization dedicated to fostering civil and substantive public dialogue.

More information at www.munkdebates.com.

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