Zachary Karabell on the History and Lasting Legacy of the Suez Canal

April 13, 2021

Connecting the world - the risks and rewards

On this episode, Peter Ravella and Tyler Buckingham are joined by Zachary Karabell, author, columnist (NYT, WSJ, WaPo, Politico, Wired), and grand thinker to talk about the Suez Canal, the Ever Given crash, and what it means, if anything, for international trade and our future. Karabell wrote Parting the Desert: The Creation of the Suez Canal and is a recognized expert on history, economics, and international trade. His latest book, Inside Money: Brown Brothers Harriman and the American Way of Power, comes out in May.  A great conversation with one of the leading thinkers around today.

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Peter Ravella & Tyler Buckingham

Peter and Tyler joined forces in 2015 and from the first meeting began discussing a project that would become Coastal News Today and the American Shoreline Podcast Network. At the time, Peter and Tyler were coastal consultants for Pete’s firm, PAR Consulting, LLC. In that role, they worked with coastal communities in Texas, Florida, and North Carolina, engaged in grant writing, coastal project development, shoreline erosion and land use planning, permitting, and financial planning for communities undertaking big beach restoration projects. Between and among their consulting tasks, they kept talking and kept building the idea of CNT & ASPN. In almost every arena they worked, public engagement played a central role. They spent thousands of hours talking with coastal stakeholders, like business owners, hotel operators, condo managers, watermen, property owners, enviros, surfers, and fishermen. They dived deep into the value, meaning, and responsibility for the American shoreline, segment-by-segment. Common threads emerged, themes were revealed, differences uncovered. There was a big conversation going on along the American shoreline! But, no place to have it. That's where CNT and ASPN were born.