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CSIS Smart Women, Smart Power is a speaker series on women in international business and global affairs. The weekly podcast features leading women from the corporate, government, and national security worlds discussing top international issues. This podcast series is made possible with support from Citigroup.




Global Emerging Infectious Diseases – Challenges, Risks, and Policies

Dr. Audrey Jackson, an infectious diseases expert and senior fellow with the CSIS Global Health Policy Center, discusses global health security and what governments need to do to fight emerging infectious disease threats.

Duration: 00:28:35

Geopolitical Forecasting – Predicting Global Conflicts?

Good Judgment Project Superforecaster Regina Joseph explains geopolitical forecasting, including its use in predicting armed conflicts and election outcomes. She also discusses its connection to artificial intelligence and usefulness to policymakers.

Duration: 00:24:11

Leadership, STEM Education, and Breaking Barriers w/USAF Lt Gen Stayce Harris

Lt Gen Stayce Harris is Assistant Vice Chief of Staff of the U.S. Air Force and Director of the Air Staff. She discusses breaking barriers, the role her STEM education played in developing leadership skills, and how she’s mentoring young women and girls nationally in engineering and math.

Duration: 00:23:52

The Internet of Things and the Cost of Privacy

AT&T Vice President Jill Singer and CSIS Technology Policy Program Director Denise Zheng discuss security, privacy, and policy challenges as more and more everyday “things” are connected to the internet.

Duration: 00:36:05

Civilian Control of the Military and Why it Matters

CSIS International Security Program Senior Fellow Alice Hunt Friend talks shop on civilian control of the U.S. military – past and present – and what really matters about this concept.

Duration: 00:27:37

Trump, Putin, and the G20 Summit

Dr. Kathleen Hicks, Director of the International Security Program at CSIS discusses North Korea, Syria, migration, climate change and other issues on the G20 agenda and what’s at stake for U.S. leadership and alliances.

Duration: 00:25:08

Trump, Putin, and the G20 Summit

Dr. Kathleen Hicks, Director of the International Security Program at CSIS discusses North Korea, Syria, migration, climate change and other issues on the G20 agenda and what’s at stake for U.S. leadership and alliances.

Duration: 00:25:08

Driving Change in the Middle East: A Conversation with Manal Al-Sharif

Manal Al-Sharif, author of Daring to Drive: A Saudi Woman's Awakening, sits down at CSIS for a conversation about women's rights, challenges, and opportunities in the Middle East.

Duration: 00:55:25

British Snap Election Surprise – What It Means

CSIS Europe expert Heather Conley explains what happened to Prime Minister Theresa May’s Conservative Party and what the results mean for Brexit. She also analyzes recent elections in France and the Netherlands and looks ahead to the upcoming vote in Germany.

Duration: 00:25:09

The Business of Startups: A Conversation With Two of India's Top Women Entrepreneurs

Ishita Anand (BitGiving Founder and CEO) and Suhani Mohan (Saral Designs Founder) describe their respective businesses, the challenges of starting companies, and how they’re doing well by doing good.

Duration: 00:27:47

Deterring Iran After the Nuclear Deal

Melissa Dalton, Senior Fellow and Deputy Director for the International Security Program at CSIS, explores Iran’s strategy, motivations, military, and paramilitary capabilities and how the U.S. and its allies can enhance security.

Duration: 00:29:04

Recalibrating U.S. Strategy Toward Russia

Lisa Sawyer Samp, Senior Fellow for the International Security Program at CSIS, discusses Russia’s strategic motivations, objectives and tools, and strategy recommendations for U.S. in dealing with the Kremlin’s more belligerent security posture.

Duration: 00:27:14

Representative Martha McSally Talks Women in the Military, Border Security, and 9/11

Representative Martha McSally (R-AZ) describes her path to becoming the first woman fighter pilot to fly in combat and command a fighter squadron in combat in U.S. history, what she remembers about 9/11, and her take on border security.

Duration: 00:26:49

Breaking Down the Iran Nuclear Deal

Sharon Squassoni, Senior Fellow and Director of the CSIS Proliferation Prevention Program discusses the Iran nuclear deal’s provisions and gray areas.

Duration: 00:28:35

Christine Lagarde Talks Empowering Women and Economic Growth

In celebration of International Women’s Day, IMF Managing Director Christine Lagarde explains the economic and social benefits of women's empowerment.

Duration: 00:52:19

Global Challenges for the Trump Administration

CSIS Senior Adviser Christine Wormuth, the former undersecretary of defense for policy, discusses North Korea, China, Russia and other global challenges facing the new administration.

Duration: 00:31:40

Human Rights and Countering Violent Extremism - What's the connection?

Shannon Green, director and senior fellow of the Human Rights Initiative at CSIS discusses the growing threat of extreme ideology, the "lone wolf" phenomena, and the comprehensive strategies needed to reduce their appeal globally.

Duration: 00:35:53

America’s Place in the World – A Conversation with former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright

Former Secretary of State, Madeleine Albright discusses the importance of American leadership and engagement in world affairs and the refugee crisis.

Duration: 01:01:19

Weapon of War: Gender-based Violence Around the World

Alyse Nelson, President and CEO of Vital Voices Global Partnership and Jennifer Cooke, Director of CSIS’s Africa Program, talk about efforts globally to end gender-based violence as a weapon of war and how government and local communities can help.

Duration: 00:33:32

Space Exploration, Geopolitics, and Climate Change

NASA Chief Scientist Dr. Ellen Stofan discusses international collaboration in space exploration and how NASA uses its technology to explain the impact of climate change in various parts of the world.

Duration: 00:35:06

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