The intelligence community has a warning about Russia and the 2018 elections. Security Clearances: What are they good for? And swapping foreign aid for votes at the UN. Stick around for a report on biathletes, Norwegian fashion, and dogsledding.
This bonus episode is a one-one-one discussion with Dr. Kevin Woods, who has spent years studying American and Iraqi attempts to understand each other’s intentions and signals from the time before the first Gulf War through the fall of Saddam Hussein’s regime. It’s an instructive example because the many challenges inherent to clearly sending and accurately interpreting other countries’ signals are an active part of today’s public discourse about other potential crisis flash points.
We dissect the National Defense Strategy and then unpack common misconceptions about what’s possible, military-wise, in North Korea. National Defense Strategy: https://www.defense.gov/Portals/1/Documents/pubs/2018-National-Defense-Strategy-Summary.pdf
The team tries to take on the question of what the Trump administration has done well, decides that question is too hard, and so answers a different one instead. We also give the president some advice. And we talk about nuclear weapons; more particularly, the Nuclear Posture Review.
We read the 2017 National Security Strategy so you don’t have to. What in it, what’s not, and what’s important. But if you want to, it's here: https://www.whitehouse.gov/wp-content/uploads/2017/12/NSS-Final-12-18-2017-0905.pdf This is our final show of 2017. Happy New Year -- We'll see you on the flip side!
This week the team talks about ICAN, winner of the 2017 Nobel Peace Prize and a former client of host David Solimini. Then it's off to Paris for a discussion about US leadership on global issues. Third we talk about the administration's forthcoming national security strategy. And then Xander takes us into the weird world of talking robots in Saudi Arabia. Yes, seriously.
A quick show this week: The president decides to move the U.S. embassy in Israel to Jerusalem and recognize that city as the capital, Michael Flynn’s indictment raises the mixing of private interests and government action, and Rex Tillerson’s slow-motion exit from Foggy Bottom.
The team returns from Thanksgiving break to talk North Korea’s new ICBM launch, the closing of the State Department sanctions coordinator office, gender and diversity in national security, the Pope’s trip to Myanmar, and some fun at the end.
In the shadow of this week’s terrorist attack in New York, we discuss the connection between domestic politics and radicalization. And after the Senate holds hearings on Russian Facebook ads during the 2016 campaign, we dive deep into how voters and policymakers should think about the responsibilities of social media companies.
This week we’re jumping off comments by WH Chief of Staff John Kelly to dive deep into how Americans think about how civilians and military leaders should interact. Then we take a trip to Asia with promised follow-up on the 19th Communist Party Congress in China and the president’s planned trip the Asia in November. Links mentioned in the show: WH Chief of Staff John Kelly Remarks in the press briefing room https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ps5ttDzWBaY Robert Killebew, US Army (Ret.) An Old...
The world responds to President Trump decertifying the Iran nuclear agreement. The death of 4 servicemembers in Niger raises questions about US Train Advise and Assist (TAA) counter-terrorism missions. Practice for US civilian evacuation of South Korea raise eyebrows (unnecessarily, it turns out). And the CIA tweets about dogs.
If you work in national security issues, you've been asked 42 times this month: "How scared should I be about North Korea?" So we figured it was time to answer it for everyone. What do they want? What can they do? What are the likely and unlikely scenarios? We got you covered. Then we dive deep into the Afghanistan strategy -- focused not just on the security questions at stake, but the moral and values challenges at the heart of that 16 year long conflict.
For our milestone 10th anniversary episode, the team dives deep into why the Special Envoy and Ambassador roles being cut at the State Department are important. We join North Korea's missiles mid-flight over Japan for a quick chat before coming back to earth and talking about NAFTA. Alex talks up a bank that sells uranium, and Xander reveals both her questionable taste in movies and why NASA wants to frack a volcano. Yeah, this one's fun.
We return after a week off. The team takes a look at Charlottesville from the perspective of domestic terrorism and radicalization with guest expert Jasmine El-Gamal, before asking what impact these events and related politics have on our ability to execute a foreign policy. Then it’s a brief chat about the president’s speech on Afghanistan before wrapping up with good news.