Podcast | Episode 6: Strongmen at 1600 Penn.


Just days after crossing his one-hundred day milestone, U.S. President Donald Trump invited Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte to the White House. Nations & States’ Edward Mahabir and Casey Mendoza discussed Trump’s decision in the context of U.S.-Philippines relations and Trump’s apparent affinity for strongmen.

Length: 00:34:06
Host: Edward Mahabir
Guests: Casey Mendoza

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Image: Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte delivering his first State of the Nation Address on July 25, 2016. (Wikimedia Commons)


Casey Mendoza is a multimedia journalist with a specialization in video production and editing. She is a recent graduate of Knox College, where she majored in political science with a double minor in journalism and Chinese language. Mendoza has worked in various newsrooms and production companies as a photographer, videographer, writer, graphic designer, and production assistant. Most notably, she worked as editor-in-chief of The Knox Student, the oldest known college newspaper in Illinois. During her time with The Knox Student, Mendoza was awarded First Place in Multimedia Reporting by the Illinois Collegiate Press Association.


Edward Mahabir is a Program Assistant for the Russia and Eurasia Program at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace. He previously interned for U.S. Senator Angus S. King, Jr., the Center for Democracy in the Americas, and World Learning. He is a graduate of Bowdoin College, where he double majored in history and eastern European studies, and minored in government. His honors thesis, “Imagery and Empire: Visual Representation and Political Authority in Imperial Russia, 1762–1917” was awarded the Dr. Samuel and Rose A. Bernstein Prize for Excellence in European History.

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