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Independent Thinking

Independent Thinking is the new podcast from Chatham House.

Each week our director, Bronwen Maddox, will host conversations with leading policymakers, journalists and our own Chatham House experts to provide insight and depth on the big international questions of the week.

Independent Thinking gives you, the listener, the opportunity to engage with the high-level conversations that the institute hosts, and, for Chatham House members, to ask questions directly to the participants in each episode.

Jul 14, 2023

On the podcast this week we discuss the fallout from the NATO Summit in Vilnius. Turkey cleared the way for Sweden to join the alliance this week, and across Vilnius there were signs aplenty calling for F-16s for Ukraine, and of course, NATO membership. We discuss what was agreed at the summit, what was deferred and what the NATO joint communique means for President Zelenskyy and the Ukrainian people.

Also, on the show this week we discuss the European Union and its relations with countries eager to join, such as Ukraine and Turkey and one that’s just left, namely the UK. Faced with the prospect of EU enlargement for the first time in over a decade, will Brussels and EU capitals be able to handle all the newcomers

Joining Bronwen Maddox to help answer all these questions are Roland Oliphant, the Telegraph’s senior foreign correspondent, Mariia Zolkina, the DINAM Fellow at the London School of Economics and Galip Dalay, an Associate Fellow with our Middle East and North Africa programme. 

Read our expertise:

How to end Russia’s war on Ukraine

Ukraine is disappointed after the NATO summit – but not discouraged

Divisions remain, but NATO is expanding. This will not sit comfortably in Moscow

 Preparing NATO for climate-related security challenges

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Presented by Bronwen Maddox. Produced by John Pollock. Sound by Matthew Docherty and Abdul Boudiaf.