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 will be posted on a roughly bi-weekly schedule through the Fall and Winter and will feature international affairs experts as guests. 

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


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