What is POFA?

The Hopkins Podcast on Foreign Affairs (POFA) is an entirely student run Podcast at Johns Hopkins University. At POFA, we speak to professors and foreign policy professionals about the most pressing issues in international relations and global political affairs. In our four years of podcasting, we have had guests from Hopkins, think tanks including Brookings, CSIS, AEI and Heritage, ambassadors, congressmen and even a Vice President.

POFA is available on Spotify, Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, Stitcher, and for special episodes, Youtube!

POFA currently has over thirty team members and welcomes new members each year. We post six episodes per month on topical issues in international affairs. At Hopkins, POFA aims to engage with the student body to address the world’s most pressing conflicts and current events. At POFA, we believe that knowledge of the world is essential to a well rounded student and global citizen.

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Recent Posts

Modern Espionage

The work of the government has transformed to accord with an increasingly digitized world. How has the change in technology transformed espionage?  On today’s episode, we explore modern espionage, its evolution since the Cold War, and its role in current foreign relations. We consider the future of espionage and international security as technology continues to … Continue reading Modern Espionage

The Future of Censorship and Free Speech

On August 12, 2022, novelist Salman Rushdie was almost fatally stabbed nearly thirty years after the Iranian Supreme leader issued a fatwa placing a several million dollar bounty on the novelist’s life. This attack has shined a spotlight onto the state of free speech worldwide. How have states cracked down on free speech? And in … Continue reading The Future of Censorship and Free Speech

Afghanistan: One Year Later

August 15 marks one year since the Taliban took over Kabul after the U.S. withdrawal. Afghanistan has since undergone dramatic changes. Outside monitors have raised human rights concerns, as the Taliban implemented changes to women’s rights, education systems, and activism. We explore the current political structure and economic state of the country under the Taliban’s … Continue reading Afghanistan: One Year Later

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