Podcast: THE CABLE


Tune in to THE CABLE - the transatlantic wire on security and democracy.

The Cable is a production of the Transatlantic Democracy Working Group and the Institute of Current World Affairs in Washington.

Join us every other week as host Gregory Feifer takes you behind the threats facing democracy in Europe and the transatlantic relationship to tackle thorny questions, such as:

Why is populism popular?
How and why does propaganda work?
Who defines patriotism and how?
Will the transatlantic alliance survive?

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episode 3

battleground Moldova

Join host Gregory Feifer as he discusses the little-known former Soviet republic of Moldova, one of the important battlegrounds in the mounting confrontation between Russia and the West. Joining Greg are Jonathan Katz of the German Marshall Fund, Corina Rebega of the Center for European Policy Analysis, and Valeriu Pasha of Watchdog.MD.Elections next week will be a key determining factor for whether the country can push ahead with democratic reform or slide back into Moscow's corrupt orbit.

Episode 2


Join host Greg Feifer as he speaks with Joerg Forbrig of the German Marshall Fund and Wojciech Przybylski, of Visegrad Insight, the authors of an important new report called Central European Futures, on their forecast of 5 possible scenarios for the future of Europe.

Episode 1

Is 2019 pivotal for the democratic world order?

Join Greg Feifer as he speaks with Transatlantic Democracy Working Group Director Susan Corke and founding steering committee co-chairs Jeff Gedmin and Norm Eisen for a discussion of the working group’s mission—prioritizing a core value of the transatlantic alliance: that our democratic foundation is our security—in what may be a pivotal year ahead.

about this podcast

Democracy is under attack in Europe as the assumptions that underpinned the development of the E.U. and NATO during more than six decades following World War II are now under question. Illiberal governments are burgeoning in Poland and Hungary. A nationalist, populist wave has seen right-wing governments come to power in Italy, Austria and other countries. The European project’s previously stalwart leader, Germany’s chancellor Angela Merkel, is on her way out, and her would-be successor, France’s President Emmanuel Macron, is unpopular and confronted by protests. And the main guarantor of transatlantic security, the United States, is led by one of the alliance’s most bitter critics.

Seeking to address these issues, the Transatlantic Democracy Working Group (TDWG) was launched last year as a bipartisan platform for discourse and coordination. We felt that the discussion needed deeper context. We needed The Cable.