GPI Podcasts: Coffee Break with Paolo

Check out our weekly podcasts “Coffee Break with Paolo”. Paolo von Schirach is the President of the Global Policy Institute. He teaches global affairs and innovation at Bay Atlantic University (BAU), also DC based. He is the Editor of the Schirach Report. “Coffee Break with Paolo” podcasts give you out of the box, fresh views on key domestic and international issues that affect us all. From health care to energy, from the environment to the national debt, Paolo and the experts he brings to the program offer you thought-provoking perspectives. 



Episode 29: In this episode, Paolo von Schirach talks about Charter Schools, secondary education entities funded by taxpayer dollars but run by private entities. On average, students attending these schools perform better. Can these experiments produce tomorrow’s new standard?

October 3, 2019

Episode 28: “Latin America: Crises and Positive Changes” In this episode, Paolo von Schirach talks with Peter Schechter, a seasoned expert on Latin America, and the co-host of the podcast Altamar. Peter discusses key developments in problem countries such as Venezuela, Brazil and Argentina. He also points out positive changes in Colombia, Peru and Chile.

September 26, 2019

Episode 27: “How can we fix US immigration policies?” In this episode, Paolo von Schirach talks with Linda Rahal and Elizabeth Kohler Maya, immigration attorneys. The discussion is about current laws affecting residency, work permits, student visas, asylum, and a lot more. Can US elected leaders at some point agree on sensible reforms that will allow immigration to take place in a way that will strengthen America?

September 19, 2019

Episode 26: “No Afghanistan Exit for the US?” In this episode, BAU Faculty and GPI President Paolo von Schirach discusses the implication of the abrupt suspension, maybe cancellation, of all peace talks between the US and the Taliban in Afghanistan announced by US President Donald Trump. Does this mean that America is prepared to keep a military presence in Afghanistan for many more years? Will the US stay engaged? What about support for the country’s fragile economy?

September 12, 2019

Episode 25: “Rethinking US national security priorities”. In this episode, Paolo von Schirach talks with Doug Macgregor, retired US Army Colonel, PhD and author of five books. The discussion focuses on the misguided security priorities that are at the foundation of prolonged and wasteful military engagements, such as the occupation of Afghanistan and the war in Iraq.

September 5, 2019

Episode 24: “Can women work and have children in our society?” In this episode, Paolo von Schirach discusses the implications of new findings indicating that babies need direct contact with their mothers in the critical first year of life. Day care centers, even if available and affordable, are not enough. This is about the healthy development of our children. What can be done?

August 29, 2019

Episode 23: “The Future of Energy in America” In this episode, Paolo von Schirach hosts Lou Pugliaresi, an eminent energy expert, currently President of the Energy Policy Research Foundation, based in Washington DC. The conversation begins with the US energy renaissance which made America into the world leading oil and gas producer. It continues with a discussion on global warming, renewables and EVs.

August 22, 2010

Episode 22: “What is happening in Europe”? In this episode, Paolo von Schirach hosts Zsofia Racz, analyst with the Budapest-based Center for Fundamental Rights. The discussion focuses on the resurgence of nationalism in Europe, and the ultimate objectives and limits of the process of European integration.

August 15,2019

Episode 21: “US-Turkey relations: a complicated agenda”. In this episode, Paolo von Schirach hosts Mark Meirowitz, Associate Professor at SUNY Maritime College and Global Policy Institute Fellow. The discussion focuses on problems related to Turkey’s purchase of the S-400 air defense system from Russia, differences over Gulen, the future of Syria, Middle East security, and energy issues in Cyprus. August 8, 2019

Episode 20: “The new global geopolitics and implications for American security”. In this episode, Paolo von Schirach hosts John Sitilides, geopolitical strategists at Trilogy Advisors, and Diplomacy Consultant at the U.S. Department of State. The discussion focuses on the implications of growing tensions with Iran, U.S. disengagement from Afghanistan and Iraq, the future of NATO and the challenges represented by China’s economic and military rise.

August 1, 2019

Episode 19: “How firms and governments can assess and mitigate risks involved in their policies”. In this episode, Paolo von Schirach hosts Jennifer Hoffman, Senior Vice President of Global Risk Intel, a multi-service consultancy that provides customized services to companies and organizations. The discussion focuses on how corporations and other actors can better understand the context in which they operate, properly assess the risks involved, and take the appropriate measures aimed at avoiding or mitigating them.

July 25, 2019

Episode 18: “Brexit and the future of the European Union” In this episode, Paolo von Schirach hosts Martin Sieff, international affairs journalist and author. The discussion focuses on how Great Britain will finally exit the European Union and how Europe is facing the challenges of globalization.

July 18, 2019

Episode 17: “The US and World Threats” In this episode, Paolo von Schirach hosts Arnold Dupuy, international security expert with Booz Allen Hamilton and Adjunct Professor at George Mason University and Virginia Tech. The conversation includes the level of US defense spending, the new role of NATO, and the challenges represented by China’s growing military capabilities.

July 11, 2019

Episode 16: “Crisis at the US Mexico border”, Paolo von Schirach discusses the phenomenon of fake asylum claims. US laws should be changed, including the creation of a robust guest workers visa program.

July 4, 2019

Episode 15: In this episode, Paolo von Schirach talks about the Geopolitics of Oil and Gas with Robert Cekuta, former US Ambassador to Azerbaijan, with a long and distinguished career in the US Department of State. The discussion includes the new role that the US is playing as a major world energy producer and now exporter, and how Russia uses energy as a political influence tool.

June 27, 2019

Episode 14: “China and Hong Kong, a troubled relationship”, Paolo von Schirach talks about the new extradition treaty between China and Hong Kong and why millions of Hong Kong citizens protested against it because they see it as a threat to their freedom.

June 20, 2019

Episode 13: “The Ethics of Islam”, Paolo von Schirach talks to Professor Abdulaziz Sachedina, Chair of Religious Studies at George Mason University. Sachedina makes critical distinctions between message of love and tolerance of Islam and subsequent interpretations.

June 13, 2019

Episode 12: “The South China Sea Dispute”, Paolo von Schirach discusses China’s claims on the South China Sea and how this issue affects US-China relations.

June 06, 2019

Episode 11: “Brexit 2.0 and European Parliament Elections”, Paolo von Schirach talks about Brexit, the complex process leading to the UK departure from the European Union and the elections of the new European Parliament.

May 30, 2019

Episode 10: “US – Iran Relations”, Paolo von Schirach discusses the current state of relations between Washington and Tehran; why the sanctions? Can this get better?

May 23, 2019

Episode 9: “Boeing”, Paolo von Schirach talks about the 737 Max crisis. How bad is this for Boeing? Did the company fail to flag problems with its new airplanes? What about federal regulations?

May 16, 2019

Episode 8: “Vertical Farming”, Paolo von Schirach explains urban vertical farming, a disruptive innovation that will help us restore the environment.

May 2, 2019

Episode 7: “Emerging Markets Need Private Capital”, Paolo von Schirach argues why developing countries need large injections of private capital to be on their way to growth. Traditional aid will not do it.

April 25, 2019

Episode 6: “Tons of Plastic in the Oceans”, Paolo von Schirach talks about out of control sea pollution caused by mountains of plastic garbage. It kills sea creatures, it stays there forever.

April 18, 2019

Episode 5: “The Health Care Crisis”, Paolo von Schirach talks about the urgent need to focus on prevention. Good prevention means much lower medical costs and healthier Americans

April 11, 2019

Episode 4, “Censorship,” Paolo von Schirach interviews Chris Lewis, vice president of Public Knowledge, about censorship vs responsibility on the web and the repercussions of the New Zealand mass murders.

April 4, 2019

GPI President Paolo von Schirach interviewed Chris Lewis, Vice President, Public Knowledge about Censorship vs Responsibility on the Web and Repercussions from the New Zealand Mass Murders.    


Episode 3: The National Debt
March 27, 2019

GPI President Paolo von Schirach comments about the national debt in the US.

Episode 2: The Future of Commuting
March 14, 2019

GPI President Paolo von Schirach discusses the future of commuting and recommends some practical policies for solution.

Episode 1: 3D Printing
March 6, 2019

GPI President Paolo von Schirach comments about 3D Printing and its benefits.