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FP's First Person

By Foreign Policy

Each week here at Foreign Policy, we interview one person for an intimate, narrative-driven conversation about something timely and important in the world. Our guests are people who have participated directly in events, either as protagonists or eyewitnesses. We get them to tell a story about their experience, not just offer their analysis. That approach is driven by the feeling here at Foreign Policy that to understand our world—to grasp the complexities and nuances of our time—we need to get as close to the source as possible. Hence the name First Person.

  1. 1.
    Budapest Blues01/18/2019
    30:39
  2. 2.
    Climate Change Evangelist01/11/2019
    29:52
  3. 3.
    The China Syndrome01/04/2019
    24:19
  4. 4.
    Why Economists Hate Tariffs 12/27/2018
    28:50
  5. 5.
    Are Brazilians Ready for Bolsonaro?12/20/2018
    29:31
  6. 6.
    The Brexit Rubik's Cube12/14/2018
    29:31
  7. 7.
    Shot in Sri Lanka, Shelled in Syria12/07/2018
    33:22
  8. 8.
    Costa Rica’s War on Climate Change11/30/2018
    29:49
  1. 9.
    Inside China’s Reeducation Camps11/23/2018
    28:23
  2. 10.
    ‘To Be a Journalist in Turkey Means You’re Ready to Sacrifice Everything’11/16/2018
    29:55
  3. 11.
    ‘How Do You Balance a Million People Murdered Against 22 Defendants?’11/09/2018
    30:52
  4. 12.
    Not Just Bombs but Economic Warfare11/02/2018
    29:14
  5. 13.
    Flirting with Fascism10/26/2018
    30:31
  6. 14.
    ‘They Took Them Quietly. All of Them Are in Jail Today.'10/19/2018
    30:16
  7. 15.
    A note to our listeners10/19/2018
    2:02
  8. 16.
    In Negotiations with Iran, ‘There’s Always One More Thing’10/12/2018
    30:01
  9. 17.
    The Spanish Fraud10/05/2018
    24:02
  10. 18.
    Limit Migration to Save Migration09/28/2018
    28:09
  11. 19.
    The Bombings the World Forgot 09/21/2018
    36:30
  12. 20.
    Talking to the Taliban09/14/2018
    30:09
  13. 21.
    Wrong Place, Wrong Time09/07/2018
    34:14
  14. 22.
    The Ghost of Smoot-Hawley08/31/2018
    27:11
  15. 23.
    Why Was a Private Israeli Intel Firm Digging Up Dirt on This Former Obama Administration Official?08/24/2018
    18:24
  16. 24.
    He Didn’t Know the Klan Handshake. It Almost Cost Him His Life.08/17/2018
    34:42
  17. 25.
    Ordinary Iranians Will Suffer but Regime Insiders will Profit08/10/2018
    31:38
  18. 26.
    The Ghost of Smoot-Hawley08/03/2018
    27:11
  19. 27.
    ‘It Could Have Led to a Nuclear War in the Middle East’07/27/2018
    31:00
  20. 28.
    The Woman Who Defied Iran07/20/2018
    22:53
  21. 29.
    When Ronnie Met Mikhail​07/13/2018
    29:48
  22. 30.
    Peru’s National Identity Was Bound Up With Conflict and Corruption for Decades — Then It Qualified for the World Cup.07/06/2018
    25:05
  23. 31.
    They Took the Children for a Bath and Never Brought Them Back06/29/2018
    26:49
  24. 32.
    He Feared the CIA Would Delete a Document Detailing its Torture Program. So He Took It. 06/22/2018
    24:47
  25. 33.
    Stalin Falsified the Data, Then Killed the Statisticians06/15/2018
    19:32
  26. 34.
    This American Visited North Korea’s Most Sensitive Nuclear Sites. What He Saw Blew His Mind.06/08/2018
    23:19
  27. 35.
    Rohingyas Were Shot, Hacked With Machetes, and Then They Made for the Border06/01/2018
    20:07
  28. 36.
    Why Was a Private Israeli Intel Agency Digging Up Dirt on This Former Obama Administration Official?05/25/2018
    25:51
  29. 37.
    How To Haggle With a Dictator05/19/2018
    30:53
  30. 38.
    The Untold Story of the Jerusalem Embassy Act of 199505/11/2018
    22:48
  31. 39.
    The Road Ahead with North Korea05/04/2018
    16:56
  32. 40.
    Reporter’s Notebook: Brazil’s Forgotten Children and Russia’s #MeToo Problem04/27/2018
    26:11
  33. 41.
    What Comes Next in Syria?04/20/2018
    13:52
  34. 42.
    Reporter’s Notebook: Germany’s Family Reunification Problem04/13/2018
    17:40
  35. 43.
    How Far Will China Go? 04/06/2018
    29:19
  36. 44.
    The Double Life of Nikki Haley03/30/2018
    22:10
  37. 45.
    Is Democracy Dying?03/22/2018
    37:22
  38. 46.
    What to Expect From Talks With North Korea 03/15/2018
    24:03
  39. 47.
    The State Department's #MeToo Moment03/08/2018
    34:26
  40. 48.
    The Strange Legal Journey of the Trump Dossier03/02/2018
    26:57
  41. 49.
    Bonus Episode: Susan Glasser Joins the E.R. to Talk Trump, Russia and All Those Indictments02/23/2018
    31:40
  42. 50.
    A Former Peace Negotiator Muses on Trump and the Future of the Israeli-Palestinian Peace Process02/22/2018
    40:42
  43. 51.
    The Mysterious Origins of a DHS Report Calling for Sunni Muslim Surveillance02/15/2018
    25:41
  44. 52.
    How Far is Too Far for Israel’s Targeted Killings?02/08/2018
    26:44
  45. 53.
    The Olympics on The E.R.: Figure Skater and Two-time Olympian Sasha Cohen Weighs in on Athletes and Mental Health, North Korea, and the “Olympic Truce”02/02/2018
    23:25
  46. 54.
    The Olympics on The E.R.: What Can We Learn From Past Olympics Ahead of PyeongChang? 02/01/2018
    21:20
  47. 55.
    After ISIS01/25/2018
    28:05
  48. 56.
    Meet the Godfather of Modern Counterinsurgency01/18/2018
    35:52
  49. 57.
    Rational Security on The E.R.: The "Beam Me Up, Santa" Edition12/22/2017
    1:03:22
  50. 58.
    What Are Billionaires Doing to the Space Industry?12/19/2017
    28:24
  51. 59.
    Meet the Unsung Codebreakers of the Second World War12/11/2017
    37:22
  52. 60.
    Rational Security: The "When You’re President They Let You Do It" Edition12/08/2017
    51:32
  53. 61.
    Rational Security on The E.R.: The "Power of Delusional Thinking" Edition11/30/2017
    48:23
  54. 62.
    What’s Next for the Middle East?11/28/2017
    44:09
  55. 63.
    Spies, Lies and the Murder of a President11/21/2017
    32:37
  56. 64.
    Among the Memes and YouTube Videos, What Do the Bin Laden Files Hold?11/17/2017
    33:59
  57. 65.
    Rational Security on The E.R.: The "DMs on the DL" Edition11/16/2017
    48:11
  58. 66.
    Trump’s Big Asian Adventure 11/10/2017
    33:23
  59. 67.
    The E.R. Presents: Lawfare and FP’s Bar Review Live11/07/2017
    1:11:45
  60. 68.
    Can Anyone Stop the Tragedy in Myanmar — Before It’s Too Late? 11/03/2017
    30:21
  61. 69.
    Rational Security on The E.R.: The "Million Dollars in Rugs" Edition11/02/2017
    49:21
  62. 70.
    From Moscow to Havana: Secret Weapons and Diplomats10/31/2017
    33:02
  63. 71.
    Can Libya Be Put Back Together?10/27/2017
    43:12
  64. 72.
    Rational Security on The E.R.: The “How Many Elephants Make a Stampede” Edition10/26/2017
    47:34
  65. 73.
    Tackling the FBI’s ‘Black Identity Extremists’ Designation10/24/2017
    28:06
  66. 74.
    Rational Security on The E.R.: The “Decertified” Edition10/20/2017
    56:57
  67. 75.
    So You Want to Be a Leaker? 10/17/2017
    30:47
  68. 76.
    Does Kaspersky Have Something to Hide?10/12/2017
    35:36
  69. 77.
    Book Talk: Spy Schools10/10/2017
    39:32
  70. 78.
    Europe Slams Its Gates (Part Two)10/06/2017
    31:58
  71. 79.
    Rational Security on The E.R.: The “Moron” Edition10/06/2017
    49:52
  72. 80.
    Europe Slams Its Gates-The Making of FP's Special Investigation10/04/2017
    46:13
  73. 81.
    Is U.S. Immigration Policy Worse Than It’s Ever Been?09/29/2017
    36:28
  74. 82.
    Rational Security on The E.R.: The "Lady, You Can Drive Your Car" Edition09/28/2017
    45:31
  75. 83.
    Who Is the Real Winner in Germany?09/25/2017
    44:22
  76. 84.
    Staring Down the Barrel of Russia’s Big Guns09/22/2017
    28:06
  77. 85.
    Rational Security on The E.R.: The "Age of Flynnocence" Edition09/21/2017
    52:10
  78. 86.
    Trump vs. The World09/19/2017
    35:04
  79. 87.
    Inside Afghanistan’s Most Dangerous Corner 09/15/2017
    38:01
  80. 88.
    Rational Security on the E.R.: The “Boris and Natasha Buy a Facebook Ad” Edition09/14/2017
    47:21
  81. 89.
    With Allies Like These 09/13/2017
    47:11
  82. 90.
    Where in the World Is Rex Tillerson?09/11/2017
    35:03
  83. 91.
    Rational Security on The E.R.: The "Hurricane Alley" Edition09/07/2017
    46:59
  84. 92.
    About That Other Nuclear Threat...09/06/2017
    43:48
  85. 93.
    Rational Security on The E.R.: The "No Morka" Edition08/31/2017
    51:04
  86. 94.
    Where Is The Administration On Africa?08/25/2017
    28:02
  87. 95.
    Rational Security on the E.R.: The "Everything Old is New Again" Edition08/24/2017
    46:35
  88. 96.
    The Prince of Darkness Has Left the Building08/22/2017
    44:47
  89. 97.
    Is There A Way Out Of Afghanistan?08/18/2017
    31:12
  90. 98.
    The Object of McMaster’s Obsession 08/15/2017
    37:36
  91. 99.
    Are We Going to War with North Korea?08/11/2017
    41:16
  92. 100.
    Rational Security on The E.R.: The "Fire and Fury" Edition08/10/2017
    53:51
  93. 101.
    Can Sessions Turn Off the Faucet?08/08/2017
    33:13
  94. 102.
    Can Anyone Save Venezuela?08/04/2017
    42:05
  95. 103.
    Rational Security on The E.R.: The "Send In the Adults" Edition08/02/2017
    45:26
  96. 104.
    Morale Takes a Nosedive at State Department08/01/2017
    35:40
  97. 105.
    Rational Security on the E.R.: The "Beleaguered" Edition07/26/2017
    46:37
  98. 106.
    Six Months Of Trump Foreign Policy--The Good, The Bad, and the Downright Mystifying07/25/2017
    47:07
  99. 107.
    Trump’s Bigly Plan to Be Better at ‘the Cyber’07/21/2017
    32:54
  100. 108.
    Rational Security on the E.R.: The "Wray of Sunshine" Edition07/20/2017
    48:55
  101. 109.
    Is Trump Jr.’s Meeting Evidence of a Conspiracy or a Circus?07/18/2017
    24:23
  102. 110.
    Is This the End of ISIS?07/14/2017
    40:51
  103. 111.
    Rational Security On The E.R.: The "Looks Like I Picked the Wrong Week to Stop Sniffing Glue" Edition07/13/2017
    47:10
  104. 112.
    Trump, Putin, and the G2007/11/2017
    29:23
  105. 113.
    Rational Security On The E.R.: The Smoke and the Gun07/07/2017
    48:35
  106. 114.
    The Russia Investigation Takes Another Twist07/06/2017
    35:05
  107. 115.
    Book Talk: The Exile: The Stunning Inside Story of Osama Bin Laden and Al Qaeda in Flight.07/03/2017
    32:12
  108. 116.
    The Showdown in the Gulf Gets Nasty06/30/2017
    40:39
  109. 117.
    Can Trump End the Never-Ending War?06/27/2017
    32:04
  110. 118.
    Is Trump Preparing For a Conflict With Iran?06/23/2017
    31:47
  111. 119.
    Book Talk: Are the United States and China Destined for War?06/21/2017
    49:17
  112. 120.
    Is Kim Jong Un Ready to Talk to Donald Trump?06/16/2017
    31:09
  113. 121.
    Comey, Sessions, and the Barrage of the Russia Investigation06/13/2017
    29:13
  114. 122.
    Book Talk Part II: Can the U.S. Government Survive Nuclear War?06/08/2017
    24:12
  115. 123.
    Book Talk: How the U.S. Government Plans to Save Itself While the Rest of Us Die06/06/2017
    29:45
  116. 124.
    Has the U.S. Lost All Credibility on the International Stage?06/02/2017
    51:53
  117. 125.
    Was Trump’s Trip to Europe a Total Disaster?05/31/2017
    38:53
  118. 126.
    Book Talk, Part II: Churchill & Orwell and the Fight for Freedom05/26/2017
    33:38
  119. 127.
    Book Talk: Tom Ricks on Churchill and Orwell in the Age of Trump05/24/2017
    33:28
  120. 128.
    Is There Anything Normal About the Firing of James Comey?05/10/2017
    59:57
  121. 129.
    The European Union Just Squeaked By05/09/2017
    41:21
  122. 130.
    Trump Takes the Global Stage05/04/2017
    34:54
  123. 131.
    Clean Up on the Foreign-Policy Aisle05/03/2017
    42:01
  124. 132.
    Trump’s 100-Day Theater04/27/2017
    55:25
  125. 133.
    Deciphering the French Election Results and Trump’s 100 Days04/25/2017
    49:17
  126. 134.
    Book Talk: The Great Questions of Tomorrow04/20/2017
    26:13
  127. 135.
    Book Talk: The Retreat of Western Liberalism04/18/2017
    31:37
  128. 136.
    The Power of the Arts04/13/2017
    1:05:19
  129. 137.
    How Will We Choose to Leave our Earth for Future Generations?04/07/2017
    31:29
  130. 138.
    Get Ready for a ‘Very Difficult’ Trump-Xi Summit04/05/2017
    33:32
  131. 139.
    Nice Doing Business With You, Moscow03/30/2017
    46:00
  132. 140.
    Has Moscow Already Taken Down the Trump Administration?03/29/2017
    41:06
  133. 141.
    Book Talk, Part II: “Madame President: The Extraordinary Journey of Ellen Johnson Sirleaf”03/23/2017
    33:21
  134. 142.
    Book Talk: “Madame President: The Extraordinary Journey of Ellen Johnson Sirleaf”03/21/2017
    30:10
  135. 143.
    Are We on the Verge of a Full-On Trade War With China?03/16/2017
    46:32
  136. 144.
    ‘The President is Aware’03/14/2017
    46:57
  137. 145.
    Behind the Latest WikiLeaks Dump: New News?03/09/2017
    51:16
  138. 146.
    The Middle East Welcomes Trump, Warily 03/07/2017
    42:56
  139. 147.
    Is Russia Running Circles Around the United States?03/02/2017
    38:28
  140. 148.
    And the Oscar Goes To…02/28/2017
    48:05
  141. 149.
    Has America Become a Reality Show?02/23/2017
    38:05
  142. 150.
    Trump vs. The Bureaucracy 02/21/2017
    41:56
  143. 151.
    How Long Until Trump’s First War?02/16/2017
    47:46
  144. 152.
    Trump and the ‘War on Truth’02/14/2017
    39:24
  145. 153.
    What You’ve Been Missing Following Trump’s Every Tweet02/09/2017
    46:25
  146. 154.
    But Mattis, but the World, but the Law, but Bureaucracy… 02/07/2017
    42:12
  147. 155.
    A Tale of a Very Messy Trump Transition01/31/2017
    52:45
  148. 156.
    Welcome to President Trump’s (Un)Ethical World01/24/2017
    48:03
  149. 157.
    Life in the Post-Truth World01/17/2017
    43:35
  150. 158.
    It’s the End of the World as We Know It01/10/2017
    47:15
  151. 159.
    Why We Should Remain Optimistic in 201701/03/2017
    42:31
  152. 160.
    The Best Things of 201612/27/2016
    28:12
  153. 161.
    The Worst Things of 201612/20/2016
    34:33
  154. 162.
    Trump’s Four-Star Friends12/13/2016
    41:41
  155. 163.
    On Digital Diplomacy, Empowering Citizens Globally, and AI12/09/2016
    38:28
  156. 164.
    Entering into the Era of the Unknown12/06/2016
    49:52
  157. 165.
    Hitting the Reset Button on International Order11/29/2016
    38:12
  158. 166.
    Is Donald Trump’s Cabinet a Cause for Concern? 11/22/2016
    35:22
  159. 167.
    After One Week with President-elect Donald Trump, What Do We Really Know?11/15/2016
    48:04
  160. 168.
    Can President Trump Undo Obama’s Legacy?11/11/2016
    38:35
  161. 169.
    How To Survive a Trump Hangover11/08/2016
    36:06
  162. 170.
    The News We’re Missing Because of the U.S. Presidential Election 11/01/2016
    48:17
  163. 171.
    Battlegrounds: The Fight for Mosul and Election Day Disruptions 10/25/2016
    45:44
  164. 172.
    Could America Get Even Uglier?10/18/2016
    34:55
  165. 173.
    How Much Did the Second Debate Change the Race for the Oval Office? 10/11/2016
    51:19
  166. 174.
    How Much Can Russia Mess With the U.S. Elections?10/04/2016
    30:50
  167. 175.
    Obama, Syria, and the Missed Opportunities of UNGA 201609/27/2016
    38:06
  168. 176.
    Syria Is Now Everyone’s War09/20/2016
    37:04
  169. 177.
    Back to Escuela with Trump and Obama09/13/2016
    47:45
  170. 178.
    What Is ‘War’ Anymore?09/06/2016
    47:19
  171. 179.
    Is It Too Early to Call the Election for Hillary Clinton?08/23/2016
    36:47
  172. 180.
    How Chekhov Explains the Republican Revolt Against Trump08/16/2016
    28:18
  173. 181.
    What Does Expanding the Definition of War Mean for the U.S. Military?08/09/2016
    42:25
  174. 182.
    Is Trump Putin’s ‘Guy’?08/02/2016
    44:12
  175. 183.
    What Will It Take to Keep China From Behaving Badly in the South China Sea? 07/26/2016
    30:39
  176. 184.
    Do Trump, Turkey, and Brexit Signal a Shift Toward Chaos?07/21/2016
    48:14
  177. 185.
    The World After the Iran Deal: Better or Worse?07/12/2016
    30:47
  178. 186.
    Is Globalization to Blame for Brexit?07/05/2016
    28:18
  179. 187.
    The End of Eras: Donald Trump and the TPP06/28/2016
    40:17
  180. 188.
    What Policies Should Decide the Presidential Election?06/21/2016
    34:42
  181. 189.
    The Future History of Obama’s Foreign Policy06/14/2016
    33:19
  182. 190.
    The Collapse of the Political Middle06/07/2016
    28:39
  183. 191.
    The United States of Politically Crazy05/31/2016
    37:01
  184. 192.
    The Case for Electing a President Who Knows How to Fail 05/24/2016
    36:22
  185. 193.
    The Washington Insider Who Believes He’s an Outsider05/17/2016
    35:20
  186. 194.
    Examining Sy-raq05/10/2016
    34:44
  187. 195.
    Should Britain Stay, or Should It Go?05/03/2016
    32:29
  188. 196.
    Is Brazil the Chicago of Latin America?04/26/2016
    35:01
  189. 197.
    Defending Donald Trump … Again?04/19/2016
    32:03
  190. 198.
    Not to Defend Donald Trump, but…04/12/2016
    20:00
  191. 199.
    Is Obama Too Thoughtful for His Own Good?04/05/2016
    32:30
  192. 200.
    Who Would Bibi Vote for?03/29/2016
    35:52

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