2015, in Hindsight

The great migrant crisis, the Latin American Left, and Putin’s power plays: What else will the world remember about last year?


In this week’s podcast, The E.R., David Rothkopf, Kori Schake, Lara Jakes, and Walter Russell Mead debate which country had the best (and worst) 2015, reviewing the year’s big headlines: Iran and the nuke deal; the imploding left of Latin America; Putin’s new role as mediator in the Syria talks; and David Cameron’s surprise election win. And from worsening conditions in Syria and the growing problems in Iraq to the millions of displaced people who, upon entering new countries in Europe, faced xenophobia, discrimination, and segregation, the panel discusses the coming historical significance of 2015.

Finally, in addition to inventing a new drinking game that plays off the media’s many mistakes in reporting on refugees,the panel wonders if 2016 will yield better circumstances, or if things are going to get worse before they get better?

Lara Jakes is the deputy managing editor for news at FP. Follow her on Twitter: @larajakesFP.

Walter Russell Mead is a professor of foreign affairs and humanities at Bard College, a Hudson scholar, and editor at large for the American Interest Online. Follow him on Twitter: @wrmead.

David Rothkopf is the CEO and editor of the FP Group. Follow him on Twitter: @djrothkopf.

Kori Schake is a research fellow at the Hoover Institution, where she focuses on military history, and was formerly a foreign-policy advisor to Sen. John McCain. Follow her on Twitter: @KoriSchake.

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