The Doorstep

An initiative of the U.S. Global Engagement program


The Doorstep is an innovative international news podcast that invites listeners to recognize that all global news is local in a borderless internet. Hosted by award-winning professor of journalism Tatiana Serafin, with author and international relations scholar, Nikolas Gvosdev, The Doorstep seeks to challenge insular thinking and broaden listener perspectives. Each week, Serafin and Gvosdev will tackle new topics and regions discussing why they matter to a rising young electorate changing the shape of the United States today.

Listeners are encouraged to send questions in via Twitter to @DoorstepPodcast, @TatianaSerafin, or @CarnegieCouncil, or via

The Doorstep is posted on a bi-weekly schedule and features international affairs experts, newsmakers, and new voices in global affairs. 

This podcast is an initiative of Carnegie Council's U.S. Global Engagement program.

Read the transcripts or listen to all the podcasts below on the Carnegie Council website, or listen on Apple Podcasts or Spotify, or watch on YouTube


January 13, 2022: Opportunities for New Narratives in Foreign Policy, with Judah Grunstein

December 16, 2021: Grading the Biden/Harris "Foreign Policy for the Middle Class" with Mo Elleithee

December 3, 2021: Mercenaries & the New Middle Ages, with Sean McFate

November 12, 2021: Reversing Missed Opportunities in Africa, with Howard W. French

October 28, 2021: The Evangelical Right Takes Latin America, with Francisco de Santibañes

October 14, 2021: The New Age of Mass Migration, with FutureMap's Parag Khanna

September 30, 2021: Can the United Nations Save the World? with Catherine Tinker

September 15, 2021: Haiti on the Precipice of Change, with Emmanuela Douyon & Jean Eddy Saint Paul

September 2, 2021: What's Next for Biden's Asia Pivot? with Paul Saunders

August 19, 2021: The Future of Afghanistan Roundtable Discussion with Ali M Latifi & Said Sabir Ibrahimi

August 5, 2021: How Shipping Can Help Reenergize Globalization, with BIMCO's Peter Sand

July 23, 2021: Biden's India Strategy, with Dhruva Jaishankar

July 9, 20201: China in the Middle East & U.S. Foreign Policy, with Asha Castleberry-Hernandez

June 18, 2021: Cryptocurrencies & Global Decentralization, with NYU Stern's David Yermack

June 4, 2021: Press Freedom & Foreign Policy Panel, with Stephen J. Adler & Carlos Martínez de la Serna

May 21, 2021: Analyzing Biden's New Approach to Sanctions, with CNAS's Rachel Ziemba

May 7, 2021: What Does Biden's "Omnipolicy" Mean for the U.S.? with Politico's Nahal Toosi

April 23, 2021: Sustainability vs. Food Security in Our Oceans, with Duke University's Martin Smith

April 9, 2021: The New Space Race with The Washington Post's Christian Davenport

March 26, 2021: Assessing Trump's Legacy on Biden's Foreign Policy, with George Mason's Colin Dueck

March 12, 2021: Climate Statecraft & the Race to Net Zero, with Dr. Carolyn Kissane

February 26, 2021: Generational Change in Government, with YPFP's Aubrey Cox Ottenstein

February 12, 2021: Can the U.S. Regain the World's Trust? with Eurasia Group's Ali Wyne

January 29, 2021: TikTok & the Normalization of Protests Around the World, with Dr. Tia C. M. Tyree

January 15, 2021: Reviving Democracy & Re-establishing Alliances, with the Atlantic Council's Ash Jain

January 8, 2021: Capitol Chaos, Power Vacuums, & a Global Reckoning

December 18, 2020: Connecting U.S. Foreign & Domestic Policy in 2021, with Judah Grunstein

December 4, 2020: Opportunities for a New U.S. Policy Toward African Nations, with Ambassador Charles A. Ray

November 20, 2020: The U.S. & Latin America under Joe Biden with the Wilson Center's Cynthia Arnson

November 5, 2020: The World Waits for the Next U.S. President, with Professor Tom Nichols

October 23, 2020: America in the Middle East & the "Caliphate" Controversy, with NYU's Mohamad Bazzi

October 9, 2020: Spy Games & Trump's Health, Pence vs. Harris, & Europe's Refugee Crisis, with Politico's Nahal Toosi

September 25, 2020: Financial Scandals, Trump vs. Biden, & What To Do About China