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Calder Walton on the History of Intelligence, Russian Espionage, and His Favorite Secret

10/3/2018
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Calder Walton (@calder_walton), the author of Empire of Secrets: British intelligence, the Cold War, and the Twilight of Empire, sits down with with Aroop Mukharji (@aroopmukharji) to talk about the history of intelligence, Russian espionage, and his favorite secret.

Duration:00:26:01

James K. Sebenius on Kissinger the Negotiator, Negotiating Tactics, and Trump the Negotiator

9/4/2018
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James K. Sebenius, the Gordon Donaldson Professor of Business Administration at Harvard Business School and author (with R. Nicholas Burns and Robert H. Mnookin) of Kissinger the Negotiator, talks with Aroop Mukharji (@aroopmukharji) about why Kissinger was an effective negotiator, the lessons we can all learn about negotiation, and Trump’s private sector negotiations.

Duration:00:44:55

Cathryn Clüver Ashbrook on U.S.-Europe Relations, Language Influencing Policy, and Dual Citizenship

8/1/2018
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Cathryn Clüver Ashbrook (@Cluverc), Executive Director of the Belfer Center’s Future of Diplomacy Project and the newly created Project on Europe and the Transatlantic Relationship, speaks with Aroop Mukharji (@aroopmukharji) about the future of the U.S.-Europe relationship, how language can influence policy, and the benefits of dual citizenship.

Duration:00:37:11

Halla Logadóttir on the Future of the Arctic Region, Sustainability in Iceland, and Icelandic Names

7/2/2018
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Halla Logadóttir, former director of the Iceland School of Energy at Reykjavík University and co-founder of the Belfer Center’s Arctic Initiative, speaks with Aroop Mukharji (@aroopmukharji) about the future of the Arctic region, sustainability in Iceland, and how Icelanders get their names.

Duration:00:29:41

Radosław Sikorski on the Rise of Right-wing Nationalism, Russia, and Gastrodiplomacy

6/1/2018
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Radosław Sikorski (@sikorskiradek), former Foreign Minister and Defense Minister of Poland and a Fisher Family Fellow with the Future of Diplomacy Project, talks with Aroop Mukharji (@aroopmukharji) about the rise of right-wing nationalism, Russia, and gastrodiplomacy.

Duration:00:21:51

Margaret Macmillan on Good History, Dead White Man Theory and Canadian vs. U.S. Donuts

5/3/2018
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Margaret Macmillan, Professor of History at the University of Toronto and affiliate with the Belfer Center’s Applied History Project, talks with Aroop Mukharji (@aroopmukharji) about how to identify good history, dead white man theory, and Canadian vs. U.S. donuts.

Duration:00:24:48

Kendall Hoyt on Bio Defense, Outbreaks, and Anti-Vaxxers

4/2/2018
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Kendall Hoyt, Assistant Professor of Medicine at the Dartmouth Medical School and former fellow with the Belfer Center’s International Security Program, talks with Aroop Mukharji (@aroopmukharji) about improving response time to outbreaks, a brief history of anti-vaxxers, and how she got into biodefense.

Duration:00:23:21

Chuck Freilich on the Israeli National Security, U.S. Retrenchment from the Middle East and Making Aliyah

3/1/2018
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Chuck Freilich, former Israeli Deputy National Security Adviser, Belfer Center Senior Fellow, and Author of “Israeli National Security: A New Strategy for an Era of Change,” talks with Aroop Mukharji (@aroopmukharji) about Israel’s goals for the future, its relationship with the U.S., and his personal experience making aliyah as a teenager.

Duration:00:26:15

Elizabeth Sherwood-Randall on the DOE’s National Laboratories, Clean Energy, the U.S. Nuclear Arsenal, and Her Favorite Energy Bar

2/1/2018
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Elizabeth Sherwood-Randall (@LSRTweets), former Deputy Secretary of Energy and Belfer Center Senior Fellow, talks with Aroop Mukharji (@aroopmukharji) about the mystery surrounding the Energy Department’s National Laboratories, the smart grid, the U.S. nuclear arsenal, energy sources of the future, and her favorite energy bar.

Duration:00:29:57

Ash Carter on Connecting Defense and Technology, Being in the Cabinet, and the Usefulness of Medieval History

1/3/2018
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Ash Carter, the 25th Secretary of Defense and the Director of the Belfer Center, talks with Aroop Mukharji (@aroopmukharji) about how he connected the technology industry with the Defense Department through DIUx, the tensions between the President and his cabinet, and what lessons we can learn from medieval history.

Duration:00:20:17

Vera Mironova on ISIS’s Drinking Problem, Embedding in Conflict Zones, and the Job Market for Insurgents

12/1/2017
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Vera Mironova (@vera_mironov), an Associate with the Belfer Center’s International Security Program, talks with Aroop Mukharji (@aroopmukharji) about ISIS’s drug and alcohol problem, her experience embedded in combat zones, and how insurgents shop around for the best job opportunities.

Duration:00:25:49

Jake Sullivan on the Secret 2015 Iran Nuclear Negotiations, Staying Sharp on a Demanding Travel Schedule

11/1/2017
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Jake Sulllivan, former Director of the Policy Planning Office at the U.S. State Department and former National Security Adviser to Vice President Joe Biden, talks with Aroop Mukharji (@aroopmukharji) about the secret negotiations behind the Iran nuclear deal, long-term policy planning at the State Department, and how to stay sharp on a demanding travel schedule.

Duration:00:22:21

Avril Haines on Being the First Woman No. 2 at the CIA, North Korea, and Living the Hipster Dream

10/2/2017
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Avril Haines, former CIA Deputy Director and former Deputy National Security Adviser to President Obama, chats with Aroop Mukharji (@aroopmukharji) about being a woman at the CIA, why we don’t know much about North Korea, what it’s like inside the White House situation room, and how she went from indie bookstore owner to No. 2 at the CIA.

Duration:00:19:12

Meghan O’Sullivan on Fracking, Climate Change, Tight Oil, and Her Early Career Start

9/1/2017
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Meghan O’Sullivan, Jeane Kirkpatrick Professor of the Practice of International Affairs at the Harvard Kennedy School and author of 'Windfall: How the New Energy Abundance Upends Global Politics and Strengthens America’s Power,' talks with Aroop Mukharji (@aroopmukharji) about fracking, America’s strategic petroleum reserve, energy abundance, and her early start in geopolitics.

Duration:00:31:52

Ban Ki-moon on Trump, Climate Change, the UN, and His Favorite Foods

8/1/2017
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Ban Ki-moon, the 8th Secretary-General of the United Nations (2007–2016), takes a moment to talk with Aroop Mukharji (@aroopmukharji) about Trump’s withdrawal from the Paris climate agreement, how to become UN Secretary-General, and his favorite meals in New England.

Duration:00:22:57

Graham Allison on U.S.-China, War, Thucydides, and Corgis

6/30/2017
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Harvard Kennedy School Professor Graham Allison (@GrahamTAllison) takes a moment to talk with Aroop Mukharji (@aroopmukharji) about his new book “Destined for War: Can America and China Escape Thucydides’s Trap?” Allison explains the big idea that is Thucydides’s Trap, what might spark war between America and China, and what he has in common with Queen Elizabeth II.

Duration:00:24:40

Mike Rogers on Leaks, the Russian Ambassador, and What Causes the Divide in Congress

6/1/2017
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Former Chair of the House Intelligence Committee Mike Rogers (@RepMikeRogers), the U.S. Representative for the 8th district in Michigan from 2001 – 2015, and a non-resident Senior Fellow at the Belfer Center, talks with Aroop Mukharji (@aroopmukharji) about tensions between the FBI and the White House, meeting Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak, and who’s his favorite spy.

Duration:00:24:15

Ehud Barak on Israel, the U.S., Trump, and His Curiosity About Clocks

5/1/2017
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Former Prime Minister of Israel Ehud Barak (@barak_ehud), the most decorated soldier in Israel’s history and a non-resident Senior Fellow at the Belfer Center, talks with Aroop Mukharji (@aroopmukharji) about who needs to defeat ISIS, how Israelis view President Trump, and his curiosity about clocks.

Duration:00:23:36

Wendy Sherman on The P5+1 Iran Nuclear Deal, Putin's Sense of Humor, and Snacks for Negotiators

4/28/2017
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Former Undersecretary of State Wendy Sherman, a lead negotiator of the P5+1 Iran Nuclear deal and a non-resident Senior Fellow at the Belfer Center, talks with Aroop Mukharji (@aroopmukharji) about her place in history as the first female Undersecretary of State, Vladimir Putin’s sense of humor, and how many snacks it takes to fuel a negotiating team.

Duration:00:24:29

Mike Mullen on National Service, Worrying Trends, and Golf

4/28/2017
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U.S. Navy Admiral (ret.) Mike Mullen, Chairman of the joint Chiefs of Staff from 2007 to 2011, talks with Aroop Mukharji (@aroopmukharji) about global leaders who are moving the needle, worrying trends in U.S. government, and golf and fly fishing.

Duration:00:26:59