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JB Shreve is the author of "How the World Ends: Understanding the Growing Chaos." He has been the host of the End of History podcast since 2012. He has degrees in International Relations and Middle East Studies. His other books include the Intelligence Brief Series. Regular posts and updates from JB Shreve are available at www.theendofhistory.net
global review January 2023
What is the state of the world in this first month of the new year and where are things going? This global review of January 2023 looks at the key events and indicators across the globe this month. This special podcast will release monthly throughout 2023 as we seek...
natural disasters
Older readers will remember a time when natural disasters were significant events. Today, they seem all too common. Does it feel like it is getting worse? It is! As the global economy stretches beyond capacity and national debt burdens far too high, the weight and impact of natural disasters...
age of polycrisis

The Age of Polycrisis

Welcome to the age of polycrisis. This is the age when what we once imagined as topics of dystopian fantasy has become the present daunting reality. It is where the predictable outcomes and arrangements of the world economy and global political system have faded into one round of convulsive...
debt limit crisis
On Friday, the US Secretary of the Treasury, Janet Yellen, warned the US must take “extraordinary measures” to avoid defaulting on its debt as soon as January 19. Yellen explained she would impose those extraordinary measures until Congress agreed to raise the debt ceiling – again. Welcome to the...
In an earlier episode in our History of Africa podcast series,we looked at the Congo Free State. This was the ruthless and murderous regime under King Leopold of Belgium in the Congo. Public outcries against the Congo Free State, where millions died, finally led to its end in 1908....
history of Ethiopia
As this podcast was being recorded, Ethiopia is entering its second year of brutal civil war that launched on November 3, 2022, when Ethiopian forces invaded Tigray province. This terrible war is the latest occasion of ethnic violence in the history of Ethiopia. This two-part podcast special episode in...
africa and World War I
When most of us think of World War I, we rarely consider the continent of Africa. But Africa and World War I are important stories in the histories of both. This episode looks at the impact of the Great War on the continent of Africa. We look at the...
French Colonial Empire in Africa
This episode on the French Colonial Empire in Africa is part of our ongoing series in the History of Africa podcast series. This is the last episode on the period covering the era of the Great Scramble and the Berlin Conference, but there are lots more episodes in this...
Wagner Group
The Russian mercenary organization, the Wagner Group, is no longer hiding in the shadows. A recent Washington Post report detailed the acknowledgment and accolades poured upon the Wagner Group by Russian state media for its involvement in the Ukraine War. As the Russian military was stunned by its slowed and...
German Southwest Africa
Compared to other European powers like the French, the Belgians, and the British, the Germans were late to the great scramble game on the continent. Nevertheless, the Germans left their imprint on the continent and history with the first recorded genocide of the 20th century in what was then...