Lefty perspectives on international affairs to help you get smarter about the world. Policy analyst Derek Davison brings you news and analysis global events in a daily newsletter and weekly podcast.
One the things I've noticed over several years studying Islamic history and US foreign policy is that it's hard for most Americans to get a handle on what’s happening overseas. We have a media that, when it bothers to dig in to international affairs at all, usually does so in furtherance the conventional DC wisdom. This makes it very easy for our foreign policy to be hijacked by forces that want perpetual war, a massive military state, and the continued forcible expansion American empire.
Foreign Exchanges exists to try to change that. My nightly international news digests collect important stories from around the world and give them to you in an easily digestible format with the context (and sometimes commentary) that you need to stay on top what’s happening. I look for interesting perspectives on world events and US foreign policy and try to bring those perspectives to you along with my own take on those perspectives if I think it’s applicable. I also write occasional pieces about aspects world history that I hope might familiarize people with other parts the world (at the very least, I hope they’re interesting).
If people naturally fear the unknown, then the antidote to that is knowledge. If ignorance breeds apathy, then the solution is less ignorance. If we’re going to fight for a smarter foreign policy in Washington when we need to combat that ignorance. That's what I'm trying to achieve.