Frontlines: Israel vs Hamas, U.S. military constraints, and reasons to look beyond the conflict


Welcome to the latest edition of our new (how long can we call it that?) monthly podcast: “Frontlines — Geopolitics affecting agriculture,” with Shaun Haney of RealAgriculture and Jacob Shapiro, geopolitical analyst with Cognitive Investments and Perch Perspectives.

As you would expect, this episode features a discussion on the Israel-Palestine conflict as it continues to unfold, including how neighbouring countries, such as Iran and Saudi Arabia, factor into the many potential scenarios in the Middle East.

To the north, Russia continues what appears to be a literal war of attrition against Ukraine. Shaun and Jacob dig into the latest developments in the war, including U.S. support for Ukraine, both in terms of money and ammunition.

One theme that has emerged over the past few years is the idea that the world is moving toward “multi-polarity,” with others challenging the U.S. for superpower status. Whether it’s the Ukraine-Russia war, the conflict in Israel, tensions between China and its southeast Asian neighbours, there’s a widening gap between what U.S. policymakers think they can do versus what the U.S. is capable of, says Shapiro.

And while our human minds may naturally focus on the conflict and doom and gloom, there are reasons to be optimistic about disruptive technological innovations that will be good for humanity, and agriculture will likely be part of this, argues Shapiro.

Check out the latest episode of Frontlines (recorded Oct. 26, 2023):


  • Israel vs Hamas conflict. 0:00
  • Broader Middle East implications of the Israel-Palestine conflict. 7:10
  • US foreign policy in a multipolar world. 12:03
  • US-Iran relations. 16:23
  • Ukraine-Russia conflict and US-EU support. 21:19
  • Reasons to look past the doom and gloom. 27:31

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