American Prestige

By Daniel Bessner & Derek Davison

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 Nov 5, 2021

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A podcast from Daniel Bessner and Derek Davison that provides listeners with everything they need to know about what’s going on in the world.

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Episode Date
News Roundup - September 30, 2022
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Danny and Derek report on the Nord Stream leaks (0:53), Russians’ reaction to the recent mobilization (7:26), referendums in eastern Ukraine and an update on the conflict (9:19), the Italian general election (14:59), economic troubles in the UK (16:33), protests in Iran (18:45), MBS becoming prime minister of Saudi Arabia (22:28), the upcoming Brazilian election (25:35), and a ceasefire in Colombia.

Recorded Thursday, September 29, 2022

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Sep 30, 2022
E64 - The Triumph of Broken Promises, Ep. 1 w/ Fritz Bartel
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Danny and Derek welcome Fritz Bartel, assistant professor at the Bush School of Government & Public Service at Texas A&M University, for a conversation on his book The Triumph of Broken Promises: The End of the Cold War and the Rise of Neoliberalism. They lay the groundwork for the neoliberal era, discussing the particularities of the original Cold War as compared with the new one with China, why great power competition might end peacefully when that’s not anticipated, the social contract promising “modernity’s good life”, the politics behind making promises, and more.

Grab a copy of Fritz’s book here!

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Sep 27, 2022
Special - The 2022 Italian General Election w/ Paolo Gerbaudo
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Danny and Derek welcome Paolo Gerbaudo, sociologist at the Scuola Normale Superiore in Florence, to discuss the 2022 Italian General Election, in which the far right Brothers of Italy won a significant portion of the vote.

Recorded Monday, September 26, 2022
Sep 26, 2022
Bonus - The Currency of Politics, Ep. 2 w/ Stefan Eich
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Danny and Derek welcome back Stefan Eich, assistant professor of government at Georgetown University, to continue the discussion of his book The Currency of Politics. They focus on the oft-overlooked work of Johann Gottlieb Fichte, state experimentation with fiat currencies in the late 18th and early 19th centuries, parallels with modern crypto currencies, MMT, and more.

Check out Stefan’s book here and Episode 1 of the series here.
Sep 25, 2022
Special - The September 2022 Protests in Iran w/ Sussan Tahmasebi
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Danny and Derek welcome Sussan Tahmasebi, co-founder and Executive Director of FEMENA, to talk about the ongoing protests in Iran. They discuss the background of the inciting incident, the history and enforcement of dress laws in Iran, government reaction to the unrest, underlying grievances among protesters, and more.

Check out FEMENA’s work at their official website.

Recorded Friday, September 23, 2022
Sep 23, 2022
News Roundup - September 23, 2022
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Danny and Derek discuss the UN General Assembly (0:53), the Tigray Conflict in Ethiopia (3:05), protests in Iran (5:02), protests in Haiti (8:55), Ukraine annexation referendums (12:36), the Russian mobilization (15:19), and a Havana Syndrome update (32:24).

Recorded Thursday, September 22, 2022

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Sep 23, 2022
E63 - The Crisis in Progressive Foreign Policy w/ Stephen Wertheim
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Danny and Derek welcome back Stephen Wertheim, senior fellow in the American Statecraft Program at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, to discuss his new article in Foreign Affairs, “The Crisis in Progressive Foreign Policy”. They discuss DC’s rhetoric around Ukraine, the schisms within “progressive” foreign policy, Joe Biden and Taiwan, and more.

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Sep 20, 2022
Bonus - States of Liberation, Ep. 2 w/ Samuel Huneke
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Danny and Derek welcome back Samuel Huneke, assistant professor of history at George Mason University, to discuss his book States of Liberation: Gay Men between Dictatorship and Democracy in Cold War Germany. In this episode, they pick up at the end of World War I, discussing domestic factors in that loss and the narrative around it, the Weimar constitution and Paragraph 175, queer writers of the time such as Friedrich Radszuweit and Klaus Mann, high profile gay fascists like Ernst Röhm, and more.

Check out Dr. Huneke’s book here.
Sep 17, 2022
News Roundup - September 16, 2022
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Danny and Derek discuss the Ukrainian counter-offensive (0:58), renewed tensions between Armenia and Azerbaijan (9:27), Ethiopia and Eritrea’s Tigray offensive (16:50), Islamic State in the Sahara making gains in Mali (19:36), Sweden’s new far-right majority parliament (21:21), and DPRK legislation codifying itself as a nuclear power (25:06).

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Sep 16, 2022
E62 - The Blockade of Gaza w/ Omar Shakir
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Danny and Derek welcome back Omar Shakir, Israel and Palestine Director at Human Rights Watch, to discuss the blockade of Gaza. A follow-up to our special episode on the recent Israeli attacks on the Strip, this episode touches on the 2005 Israeli disengagement from Gaza, the effect of Gaza’s isolation from the West Bank on Palestinian civil society, Israel’s Gaza “policy”, regional enablers of the Strip’s isolation, the Abraham Accords, and more.

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Sep 13, 2022
Special - The Life and Death of Elizabeth II
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Danny welcomes Kathryn Lamontagne, lecturer in social sciences at Boston University, to discuss the life and death of Elizabeth II, her vision of empire and the commonwealth, the gender politics surrounding her, King Charles, Princess Diana, Prince Andrew, and more.
Sep 12, 2022
Bonus - The Vikings and White Supremacy w/ Lauren Poyer
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Danny and Derek welcome back to the program Lauren Poyer, assistant teaching professor at the University of Washington, to discuss the use of viking culture in the context of white supremacy. They explore 19th century efforts to create a Scandinavian and Germanic Volk, the dialogue between viking age archaeology and mythology, Scandanavian immigrants in the early 20th century US, Nazi interest in viking age imagery, how scholars of the viking age reoncile with white supremacist appropriation, and more.
Sep 11, 2022
Bonus - Tony Stark in Afghanistan w/ Leslie Lee III
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**Originally recorded and released in September, 2021**

Danny and Derek speak with Leslie Lee III, the host of Struggle Session, about post-9/11 culture and how the United States' imperial adventures influenced movies, TV, and video. They discuss a number of cultural products, including the Marvel Cinematic Universe, the DC universe, 24, The Shield, and …
Sep 11, 2022
Special - Rescue 9/11 w/ Jim Lobe and Laila Ujayli
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**This episode was originally recorded and released in September, 2021**

Danny and Derek begin the episode with some reflections on their 9/11 experience. They then interview Jim Lobe, director of LobeLog and contributing editor at the Quincy Institute’s Responsible Statecraft, about the intellectual origins of the coalition that after 9/11 pursued endle…
Sep 11, 2022
Special - Ukraine's Kharkiv Counter-Offensive
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Derek and Danny give an update in light of the ongoing counter-offensive in northeastern Ukraine.

Recorded Saturday, September 10, 2022
Sep 10, 2022
Special - The Chilean Constitutional Plebiscite w/ René Rojas
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In lieu of a News Roundup this week, Danny and Derek welcome René Rojas—assistant professor of human development at SUNY Binghamton, member of the editorial board of Catalyst, and contributor to Jacobin—to discuss the September 4 Chilean constitutional plebiscite and what it means for Chilean politics.

Check out René’s latest essay in Catalyst, “Chile’s Resurgent Left”. Also, keep an eye out for his piece on the plebiscite in Jacobin this coming weekend, as well as an upcoming book on 21st Century leftist movements for Verso.

Recorded Friday, September 9, 2022

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Sep 09, 2022
E61 - Current Conflicts in the Eastern DR Congo w/ Jason Stearns
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Danny and Derek welcome Jason Stearns, assistant professor at Simon Fraser University and director of the Congo Research Group at NYU, for a discussion of the conflicts currently transpiring in the eastern Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). They unpack a number of topics, including the background of the March 23 Movement (M23), the Democratic Forces for the Liberation of Rwanda (FDLR), the controversy over UN and East African peacekeeping missions, the Allied Democratic Forces (ADF), the Ituri Conflict, and more.

Grab copies of Jason’s books Dancing in the Glory of Monsters: The Collapse of the Congo and the Great War of Africa and The War That Doesn't Say Its Name: The Unending Conflict in the Congo.

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Sep 06, 2022
Bonus - The History of Afghanistan, Ep. 8 w/ Tim Nunan
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Danny and Derek welcome back Tim Nunan, lecturer in global history at the Free University of Berlin, for the eighth episode on Afghanistan's history. They pick up at the end of the Obama administration, examining the Afghanistan War’s place in the American imagination, why the war was hardly discussed in the 2016 election, Abdul Rashid Dostum, Jalaluddin Haqqani and the Haqqani Network, the push for peace talks, Trump’s influence on the war, and the 2019 Afghanistan presidential election.

Check out Tim's book here!
Sep 03, 2022
News Roundup - September 2, 2022
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Danny and Derek discuss flooding in Pakistan (0:30), the Greenland ice sheet melting (3:11), violence in Baghdad (4:39), factional fighting in Tripoli, Libya (8:15), the expansion of the Tigray War in Ethiopia (10:45), IAEA inspectors and the beginning of a counteroffensive in Ukraine (13:31), the EU suspending visas for Russians (17:54), tension in the Solomon Islands (20:11), and the Pentagon’s new initiative to minimize civilian casualties (23:50).

Recorded Thursday, September 1, 2022.

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Sep 02, 2022
E60 - For Might and Right, Ep. 1 w/ Michael Brenes
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Danny and Derek welcome Michael Brenes, associate director of the Brady-Johnson Program in Grand Strategy and lecturer in history at Yale University, to discuss his book For Might and Right: Cold War Defense Spending and the Remaking of American Democracy. They discuss the origins of the military-industrial complex (MIC), the MIC-New Deal connection, NSC-68, the MIC as a tool of social mobility, labor unions’ relation to the security state, and more.

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Aug 30, 2022
All Hailbag the Mailbag 4
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It’s time for subscribers’ favorite feature: Danny and Derek divulging their personal financial data! No, our mailbags don’t get quite so transactional, but the two hosts happily respond to questions and comments from our dear subscribers. Topics of this mailbag include: CPAC, Ukraine, the art of regional branding, an update on the Blob, a prognosis on Brazil, and more.

Recorded Wednesday, August 17, 2022
Aug 27, 2022
News Roundup - August 26, 2022
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Danny and Derek discuss fighting between U.S. and Syrian militias, the JCPOA, Imran Khan's legal troubles, the resumption of fighting in Ethiopia, the murder of Darya Dugina, and Joe Biden's $3 billion arms transfer to Ukraine.

Recorded Thursday, August 25, 2022

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Aug 26, 2022
E59 - Understanding Modern Iran, Ep. 1 w/ Assal Rad and Pouya Alimagham
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Danny and Derek welcome Assal Rad, research director at the National Iranian American Council (NIAC), and Pouya Alimagham, historian of the Middle East at MIT, for the first episode in a series on modern Iran. The crew sets the stage for the 1953 coup against prime minister Mohammad Mosaddegh, discussing Iranians’ attempts to wrest sovereignty from the hands of foreign powers since the 19th century, the 1890 tobacco concession, the ousting of the Qajars, the rise of the Pahlavis, the 1941 allied occupation, Mosaddegh’s background, “Third World” nationalism, and more.

Pre-order your copy of Assal’s book, The State of Resistance: Politics, Culture, and Identity in Modern Iran, and also pick up Pouya’s book, Contesting the Iranian Revolution: The Green Uprisings.

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Aug 23, 2022
Bonus - The Galactic Vietnam w/ Daniel Immerwahr
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Danny and Derek welcome back Daniel Immerwahr, professor of history at Northwestern University, to talk about about his new essay, “The Galactic Vietnam: Technology, Modernization, and Empire in George Lucas’s Star Wars”. They discuss the ideological projects of Lucas’ early work, Star Wars as a “Vietnam film”, its characters’ real-life counterparts, the franchise’s Orientalism, and more.

Check out Daniel’s chapter in the volume Ideology in U.S. Foreign Relations: New Histories.
Aug 20, 2022
Special - Trump and the Espionage Act w/ Maryam Jamshidi
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With the recent FBI raid at Mar-a-Lago and the revelations of this particular investigation into Donald Trump, the Espionage Act is the talk of the town. Danny and Derek spoke with Maryam Jamshidi, professor of law at the University of Florida and specialist in national security law, in order to contextualize the Espionage Act, past cases where it has been implemented, and more.

Recorded Friday, August 19, 2022
Aug 19, 2022
News Roundup - August 19, 2022
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Danny and Derek talk about the Kenyan presidential election (0:35), the UK prime minister race poll (4:53), Ukraine (7:11), the Iran nuclear talks (14:39), and Biden's decision not to release Afghan central bank funds (18:17). 

Recorded Thursday, August 18, 2022

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Aug 19, 2022
E58 - Left Internationalism in the Heart of Empire w/ Aziz Rana
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Danny and Derek welcome back to the show Aziz Rana, Richard and Lois Cole Professor of Law at Cornell University, for a discussion on his recent article in Dissent, “Left Internationalism in the Heart of Empire”. They discuss left foreign policy as it relates to postcolonial movements, transnational programs like the NIEO, the post-Bernie moment, institutional impediments past and present, the post-Cold War era, and more.

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Aug 16, 2022
Bonus - The History of the Kurds, Ep. 4 w/ Djene Bajalan
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Danny and Derek are once again joined by Djene Bajalan, associate professor of history at Missouri State University, to continue their miniseries on the history of the Kurds. In this episode, they begin in post-World War I Turkey. They discuss life under the Kamalist regime, the new republic’s changing geostrategic position in the 1920s, the “Kurdish Question”, the Sheikh Said Rebellion and other Kurdish nationalist uprisings, the influence of fascism in the 1930s, and more.
Aug 13, 2022
News Roundup - August 12, 2022
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Danny and Derek discuss the Antarctic ice sheet melting (0:34), the attack on Gaza (4:05), election polls in Israel (6:53), JCPOA negotiations (8:29), Russia and New START inspections (12:20), Ukraine (16:00), Sweden & Finland and NATO (20:08), and Antony Blinken's Africa trip & US Africa policy (23:00).

Recorded Thursday, August 11, 2022

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Aug 12, 2022
Special - Gaza Under Attack w/ Omar Shakir
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Danny and Derek welcome Omar Shakir, Israel and Palestine Director at Human Rights Watch, for a special discussion contextualizing the recent Israeli attacks on Gaza.

Check out Omar’s work at Human Rights Watch.

Recorded Tuesday, August 9, 2022
Aug 09, 2022
E57 - Technology as a Weapon of Empire w/ Kevin Klyman
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Danny and Derek welcome Kevin Klyman, researcher at Harvard University’s Belfer Center, to discuss science, technology, and US imperialism. The discussion covers vaccine diplomacy/colonialism, digital democracy and authoritarianism, the role of Big Tech, the Declaration for the Future of the Internet, the Chips and Science Act, and more.

Check out Kevin’s (Twitter handle @kevin_klyman) work discussed in the episode:

“Biden's Campaign for ‘Digital Democracy’ is Really a Giveaway to Big Tech” (Jacobin)

“Biden's Successor to TPP is a Boon for Big Tech (The American Prospect)

“Vaccine Apartheid has Reinforced US Empire” (Jacobin)

“High-Tech Pandemic Solutions Don't Save Lives. They Just Boost Profits

(Jacobin)

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Aug 09, 2022
Bonus - The History of Taiwan, Ep. 2 w/ James Lin
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Danny and Derek welcome back James Lin, assistant professor of international studies at the University of Washington, to continue the discussion of the history of Taiwan. In this episode, they discuss the indigenous peoples who originally inhabited the island, the co-colonization of the Dutch and Han Chinese during the Ming Dynasty, the House of Koxinga, the island under Qing rule, the Japanese occupation, and more leading up to the February 28th Incident in 1947.
Aug 06, 2022
News Roundup - August 5, 2022
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Danny and Derek talk about the killing of al-Qaeda leader Ayman al-Zawahiri (1:01), Nancy Pelosi's visit to Taiwan (6:53), the war in Ukraine (14:30), protests and the political situation in Iraq (20:10), and the ceasefire in Yemen (23:19).

For a more in-depth analysis of Pelosi’s Taiwan visit, check out our special episode with James Lin.

Recorded August 4, 2022

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Aug 05, 2022
Special - Pelosi in Taiwan w/ James Lin
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Danny and Derek picked up the big red phone to James Lin to help us all contextualize Nancy Pelosi’s contentious trip to Taiwan.
Aug 03, 2022
E56 - Global Inequality and American Foreign Policy in the 1970s w/ Michael Franczak
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Danny and Derek welcome Michael Franczak, postdoctoral fellow at the University of Pennsylvania’s Perry World House, to discuss his book Global Inequality and American Foreign Policy in the 1970s. The conversation explores the role of the 1970s in US historiography; the Nixon, Ford, and Carter administrations’ respective responses to the food, oil, and debt crises of that decade; the New International Economic Order (NIEO); figures like Earl Butz, Henry Kissinger, and Daniel Patrick Moynihan; and more.

Grab a copy of Dr. Franczak’s book here!

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Aug 02, 2022
Bonus - Making the Republic of Vietnam, Ep. 2 w/ Nu-Anh Tran
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Danny welcomes back Nu-Anh Tran, assistant professor at the University of Connecticut, to continue the discussion of her book Disunion: Anticommunist Nationalism and the Making of the Republic of Vietnam. In this episode, they pick things up at the 1954 Geneva Conference and the partition of Vietnam. They discuss the implications of partition, President Ngô Đình Diệm’s struggles to centralize control, the 1955 Battle of Saigon, the Bình Xuyên Force, the Cần Lao Party, and more.

Grab a copy of Dr. Tran’s book here: https://bit.ly/3cKggnG

Jul 30, 2022
News Roundup - July 29, 2022
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Danny and Derek talk about the Tunisian constitutional referendum (1:01), Iraqi protesters storming parliament (2:55), the Iran nuclear deal (7:05), executions in Myanmar (12:26), al-Shabab on the Somali-Ethiopian border (15:14), Ukraine (17:51), Biden's phone call with Xi (27:15), and the melting of the Greenland ice sheet (28:26).

Recorded July 28, 2022

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Jul 29, 2022
This Week in History - July 24-30
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Greetings!

We’re trying a new series, “This Week in History” brought to you by Foreign Exchanges (FX). I (Producer Jake) will choose a few interesting historical events each week based on what Derek has compiled for FX, and I’ll turn them into a mini podcast episode. Maybe I’ll end up using some of that ol’ “radio magic”, anything is possible! This will also be a series for paid subscribers, but we’re putting this first one out for everyone.

This week we find ourselves at the beginning of French colonization in the Americas and, remarkably, the conclusion of several major wars. Enjoy!

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Jul 28, 2022
E55 - Making the Republic of Vietnam, Ep. 1 w/ Nu-Anh Tran
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Danny and Derek welcome Nu-Anh Tran, assistant professor at the University of Connecticut, for a discussion on her book Disunion: Anticommunist Nationalism and the Making of the Republic of Vietnam. In this first episode, they discuss the ideologies of independence movements dating back to the 1920s, the Japanese occupation of World War II, the Việt Minh, the roles of the Cao Đài and Hòa Hảo religious movements in anticolonial resistance, the outbreak of the Anti-French Resistance (First Indochina) War, and more until the Geneva negotiations of 1954.

Grab a copy of Dr. Tran’s book here: https://bit.ly/3cKggnG

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Jul 26, 2022
News Roundup - July 22, 2022
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Danny and Derek talk about Biden's Middle East trip (0:33), the apparent Turkish attack in Northern Iraq (4:05), Putin's and Erdoğan's trip to Iran (7:16), Sri Lanka's new president (12:49), Bolsonaro's claims of election fraud (15:36), Draghi's resignation in Italy (19:21), Ukraine (23:02), and the European heatwave (31:02).

Recorded July 21, 2022

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Jul 22, 2022
E54 - States of Liberation, Ep. 1 w/ Samuel Huneke
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Danny and Derek welcome back Samuel Huneke, assistant professor of history at George Mason University, to discuss his book States of Liberation: Gay Men between Dictatorship and Democracy in Cold War Germany. In this first episode, they begin in the era of German unification in the 19th century, discussing the contemporary scholarship on sexuality, German liberalism and the rights available to homosexuals in Germanic states, the influence of the Enlightenment and French Revolution on proto-German laws, conservative ennobling of homoerotic bonding, and more until the WWI.

Check out Dr. Huneke’s book here: https://bit.ly/3OdZMBn

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Jul 19, 2022
News Roundup - July 15, 2022
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Danny and Derek wish you a happy day-after-Bastille Day! They discuss tensions around Kaliningrad Oblast (1:19), the war in Ukraine (4:13), protests in Sri Lanka (8:50), the Pacific Islands Forum (13:36), the UN Security Council and Syria (15:35), and Biden's Middle East trip (18:18).

Recorded July 14, 2022

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Jul 15, 2022
E53 - Money Meddlers w/ Jamie Martin
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Danny welcomes Jamie Martin, assistant professor of history and of social studies at Harvard University, to talk about his new book, The Meddlers: Sovereignty, Empire, and the Birth of Global Economic Governance. They discuss global economic governance, the League of Nations, interwar imperialism, the transition from dollar diplomacy to the IMF, and more.

Check out Dr. Martin’s book here: https://bit.ly/3AEMLOh

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Jul 12, 2022
PREVIEW - The Legacy of Abe Shinzo w/ Chelsea Szendi Schieder
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This is a free preview of the special we put out on Abe Shinzo. Sign up for the paid list or trial it for two weeks to see all the bonus content you can get, including exclusive series, discussion threads, and more.

Danny and Derek welcome Chelsea Szendi Schieder, author of Coed Revolution: The Female Student in the Japanese New Left, for a special episode in the wake of former prime minister of Japan Abe Shinzo’s assassination. They discuss postwar Japan and the “peace constitution”, the Abe family’s political history, the Liberal Democratic Party (LDP), Nippon Kaigi, Abe’s terms as PM, and more.

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Jul 09, 2022
News Roundup - July 8, 2022
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Derek and Danny—through Covid and the sniffles, respectively— reunite for a news update. This week, they cover the fraught Iran nuclear discussions in Doha (0:31), the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) meeting (3:47), the start of the Chilean constitutional campaign (8:05), Ukraine (11:00), Finland and Sweden inching towards NATO membership (17:11), and dear Boris Johnson’s resignation (21:23).

The music played under our Bojo sendoff is “Nimrod” from the Enigma Variations by Edward Elgar.

Recorded July 7, 2022

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Jul 08, 2022
E52 - Deference to Empire w/ Matthew Specter
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Danny and Derek welcome Matthew Specter, senior fellow at the Institute for European Studies at UC Berkley and lecturer of history at Santa Clara University, to talk about his pathbreaking book The Atlantic Realists. They discuss the origins of realism, thinkers at the fin de siècle, the national interest, Hans Morgenthau, the finer points of liberal internationism vs. realism, and more.

Grab a copy of The Atlantic Realists here: https://www.sup.org/books/title/?id=28906

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Jul 06, 2022
Special - Empire Burlesque w/ Danny Bessner
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*Derek is on vacation, so no news recap this week!*

With Derek out of town, Producer Jake takes the opportunity to chat with Danny a bit about his new article in Harper’s, “Empire Burlesque”. They discuss some of the concepts presented in the piece, including the American century, liberal internationalists and restrainers, the latter two ideologies’ approaches towards US-China relations, where the American public stands on US armed primacy, and more.

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Jul 01, 2022
E51 - A Deeper Sickness w/ Margaret Peacock and Erik Peterson
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Danny and Derek welcome Margaret Peacock and Erik Peterson, associate professors at the University of Alabama, to discuss their book A Deeper Sickness: Journal of America in the Pandemic Year. They discuss the book’s aims, how history informs the COVID moment, where the pandemic intersects with the political, the state of the historian profession, and more.

Grab a copy of the book here: https://bit.ly/3NpZhE8

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Jun 28, 2022
Special - Danny and Derek on "Unf*cking the Republic" Podcast
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ICYMI, here is Danny and Derek’s guest appearance on the UNFTR podcast for a new series of theirs called “Phone a Friend”.

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Jun 26, 2022
News Roundup - June 24, 2022
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Derek and Producer Jake (filling in for Danny) bring you news highlights of the week, including: an update on Ukraine (2:32), the parliamentary election in France (11:43), the presidential election in Colombia (17:00), protests in Ecuador (21:40), the collapse of the Israeli coalition government (25:06), Mohammed bin Salman’s Middle Eastern tour (31:09), and the earthquake in Afghanistan (36:26).

If you’d like to support victims of the earthquake, here are some places you can go:

Red Cross

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Islamic Relief

Doctors Without Borders

Recorded June 23, 2022

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Jun 24, 2022
E50 - Thorny Think Tanks w/ Eli Clifton
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Danny and Derek welcome Eli Clifton, senior advisor at the Quincy Institute and Investigative-Journalist-at-Large at Responsible Statecraft, for a discussion on Beltway think tanks. They talk about the recent kerfuffle at Brookings Institution, the Foreign Agent Registration Act, dark money, the influence of think tanks on legislation, and much more.

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Jun 21, 2022
E49 - Contemporary Philippine Politics w/ Lisandro Claudio
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Danny and Derek discuss Biden's trip to Saudi Arabia and Israel (1:06), the potential collapse of the ruling Israeli political coalition (6:41), the M23 conflict in the Democratic Republic of Congo (10:01), the first round of the French parliamentary election (14:11), and Ukraine (17:25). They then speak with Lisandro Claudio, assistant professor at UC Berkley, about Philippine politics from the 1980s through today. They discuss the Duterte and Marcos families, the U.S.-Philippines relationship, the Philippines “balancing act” between the U.S. and China, and much more.

Check out Dr. Claudio’s book Liberalism and the Postcolony: Thinking the State in 20th-Century Philippines here: https://bit.ly/3Hz0BTH

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Jun 17, 2022
E48 - Queer Theory w/ Samuel Huneke
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Danny and Derek do a lightning round of news: they talk about a potential Chinese naval base in Cambodia (0:54), the SIGAR report on missing Afghanistan funds (5:01), the IAEAs' censure of Iran (8:33), the recent Israeli vote on settlements (12:54), Ukraine (16:52), and the Summit of the Americas meeting (22:05). They they speak with Samuel Huneke (29:52), assistant professor of history at George Mason University, about queer theory. They discuss Foucault, the rise of sexual identities, essentialism vs social constructionism, the role of the state in gay liberation, and more.

Check out Dr. Huneke’s book States of Liberation: Gay Men between Dictatorship and Democracy in Cold War Germany here: https://bit.ly/3O2kiFP

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Jun 10, 2022
E47 - Lessons of Guerrero, Pt. 1 w/ Alexander Aviña
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Danny and Derek talk about Ukraine (0:34), the Yemen ceasefire extension (20:18), and the Colombian election (23:59). They then speak with Alexander Aviña (27:34), associate professor of history at Arizona State University, about his book Specters of Revolution: Peasant Guerrillas in the Cold War Mexican Countryside. They discuss the background of the Mexican state of Guerrero, the Mexican Revolution and historical memory, how rural teachers formed the revolutionary vanguard of the 1960s, and the major players in the fight against the ruling PRI.

Check out Alexander’s book here: https://bit.ly/3an4DBX

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Jun 03, 2022
E46 - The Currency of Politics, Ep. 1 w/ Stefan Eich
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Danny and Derek talk about the Australian election (0:33), Biden's Asia trip (6:48), island transfers in the Red Sea (14:22), and Ukraine (21:08). They then speak with Stefan Eich (32:44), assistant professor of government at Georgetown University, about his new book The Currency of Politics. They discuss the history of money, the relationship between war and currency, and much more through the time of John Locke.

Check out Stefan’s book here: https://bit.ly/3NEHyt3

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May 27, 2022
Special - Strategic Ambiguity? w/ James Lin
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Danny and Derek are joined by James Lin, assistant professor of international studies at the University of Washington, to discuss Joe Biden’s “gaffe” about U.S. policy toward Taiwan.

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May 24, 2022
Danny on Wisdom of Crowds Podcast
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Danny argues with the folks at the Wisdom of Crowds podcast. Enjoy!

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May 23, 2022
E45 - Putting the "You" in UAE w/ Annelle Sheline
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Danny and Derek discuss the Lebanese election (0:35), fighting in Libya (6:28), problems confronting Finland and Sweden's attempt to join NATO (10:23), and Ukraine (16:28). They then speak with Annelle Sheline (20:28), research fellow at the Quincy Institute, about the UAE, how it functions and its growing geopolitical prominence, before pivoting into a discussion of the current situation in Yemen and tensions in US relations with both the UAE and Saudi Arabia.

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May 20, 2022
Special - The Northern Irish Assembly Election w/ Daniel Finn
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Danny and Derek talk with Daniel Finn, features editor at Jacobin and author of One Man's Terrorist: A Political History of the IRA, about the May 5 Northern Ireland Assembly election, wherein Sinn Féin became the largest party. They discuss the factors leading to this result, why an Irish nationalist/republican party winning a majority is significant, what it means for the prospect of Irish reunifcation, and more.

Check out Daniel's book herehttps://www.versobooks.com/books/3755-one-man-s-terrorist

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May 16, 2022
E44 - The Northpeople w/ Lauren Poyer
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Danny and Derek talk Ukraine (0:33), the crisis in Sri Lanka (11:36), the killing of Shireen Abu Akleh in Palestine (17:59), and a possible Summit of the Americas boycott (23:40). They're then joined by Lauren Poyer (29:24), assistant teaching professor at the University of Washington, to discuss the movie The Northman, what it gets right and wrong, Viking legends’ influence on American mythology, and the history of the Vikings more broadly.

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May 13, 2022
E29 - Cuba's American History, Ep. 2 w/ Ada Ferrer
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In recognition of Ada Ferrer receiving the 2022 Pulitzer Prize in History, we’re re-posting the two episodes in which she’s the featured guest.

Danny and Derek begin by talking about Havana Syndrome (1:44), the Houthi attack in Abu Dhabi (7:31), U.S. diplomacy with regards Ukraine (17:14), and the recent North Korean missile tests (28:02). They are then again joined by Ada Ferrer (32:50), professor of history and Latin American and Caribbean Studies at NYU, to discuss the history of Cuba in the first half of the twentieth century. They talk about a variety of issues, including Guantanamo Bay, Cuba's political economy, the U.S. (re)occupation of the island, Gerardo Machado and Fulgencio Batista, and more. Grab Ada's book here!

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May 11, 2022
E19 - Cuba's American History, Ep. 1 w/ Ada Ferrer
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In recognition of Ada Ferrer receiving the 2022 Pulitzer Prize in History, we’re re-posting the two episodes in which she’s the featured guest.

Danny and Derek talk about the Nicaraguan elections, MBS and his pro-Republican oil policy, and last weekend's attack on the Iraqi prime minister. They then speak with Ada Ferrer (21:00), professor of history and Latin American and Caribbean Studies at NYU, about the history of Cuba from the precolonial period until the Spanish-American War/War of 1898.

Grab Dr. Ferrer's book here: https://bit.ly/3CevBUK

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May 11, 2022
E43 - En Marche? w/ Silyane Larcher
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Danny and Derek give updates on Ukraine (0:56), Finland and Sweden's attempts to join NATO (17:40), Recep Tayyip Erdoğan's visit to Saudi Arabia (22:06), North Korea's recent weapons test (28:05), and the potential return of the British Virgin Islands to direct UK rule (29:49). They then speak with Silyane Larcher (33:20), tenured research fellow at the French National Center for Scientific Research, about the results of the French election. They discuss the results, five years of Macron’s policies, Le Pen’s surprising gains, Mélenchon’s bold next steps, and more.

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May 06, 2022
E42 - State of the Blob w/ Emma Ashford
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Danny and Derek talk about the war in Ukraine (1:02); the Global South's reaction to the war (4:57); Russian war aims and Moldova (11:39); food insecurity in the Horn of Africa (14:57); and the elections in France (17:04) and Slovenia (20:51). They are then joined by Emma Ashford (24:34), senior fellow at the Atlantic Council, for an update on where the DC foreign policy establishment stands today. They talk about the future of US grand strategy, analyze Ukraine in a realist framework, look at inter-generational and party stances on liberal internationalism, and more in a wide-ranging discussion.

Check out Emma’s upcoming book Oil, the State, and War: The Foreign Policies of Petrostates: https://bit.ly/3y3Z0CQ

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Apr 29, 2022
E41 - The History of Taiwan, Ep. 1 w/ James Lin
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Danny and Derek discuss the war in Ukraine (2:04), the U.S.-China rivalry in the Solomon Islands (23:20), North Korea's latest weapons test (27:55), and violence in Israel-Palestine (30:21). They then speak with James Lin (35:54), assistant professor of international studies at the University of Washington, about the history of Taiwan. The group covers the first part of the twentieth century until 1949, including the Communist (CCP) and Nationalist (KMT) parties’ respective ideologies and relationship, Chiang Kai-shek, the political economy of China at the time, and more.

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Apr 22, 2022
E40 - We Come for France w/ Emile Chabal
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Danny and Derek give updates on Ukraine (1:04); Finland and Sweden beginning internal debates about joining NATO (12:42); Imran Khan's loss of Pakistan's prime ministership (18:46); and China's recent security deal with the Solomon Islands (21:37). They then speak with Emile Chabal, reader in history at the University at Edinburgh, about the recent French election results.

Check out Emile’s latest book France: https://bit.ly/3xLAZ3l

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Apr 15, 2022
E39 - American Prestige: The New Class
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Danny and Derek are over at Substack now! In this news-only episode, they talk about the state of the Russian invasion of Ukraine and the Russian military generally (7:28); atrocities in Ukraine (17:38); Putin's domestic position (22:23); Viktor Orbán's reelection in Hungary (24:44); Aleksandar Vučić's reelection in Serbia (31:14); Marine Le Pen gaining on Emmanuel Macron in French polls (34:59); Sri Lankan protests (42:05); Pakistan's no confidence motion against Prime Minister Imran Khan (45:45); and the ceasefire in Yemen and President Abdrabbuh Mansur Hadi's ceding of power (49:39). 

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Apr 08, 2022
E38 - Venezuela and Chavismo w/ Alejandro Velasco
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Danny and Derek speak about potential Russia-Ukraine peace talks (0:51), Pakistani PM Imran Khan’s facing a no-confidence vote (9:36), Ansar Allah/Houthi and Saudi ceasefires (14:28), and the DPRK’s most recent ballistic missile test (17:39). They are then joined by Alejandro Velasco, associate professor of history at NYU, to discuss Venezuela and Chavismo. They talk Venezuelan history since the 1950’s, Chavez’s early life, ideologies informing his approach to state power, and much more.  

Check out Alejandro's book Barrio Rising: Urban Popular Politics and the Making of Modern Venezuela: https://bit.ly/3DqgMki

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Apr 04, 2022
E37 - The South Korean Presidential Election w/ E. Tammy Kim
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Danny and Derek speak about the opening and closing of girls' schools in Afghanistan (0:39), the North Korean missile test (6:56), and the Russian invasion of Ukraine (11:51). They then speak with E. Tammy Kim (31:42), a writer, contributing opinion writer at The New York Times, and co-host of the Time to Say Goodbye podcast, about the recent presidential election in South Korea.
Check out Tammy's article on the South Korean election: https://www.nybooks.com/daily/2022/03/16/exit-polls-in-seoul/

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Mar 25, 2022
Irish Pain for Ukraine AP Remix
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Producer Jake remixes the bleakest of the bleak—Nancy Pelosi's reading of a poem by Bono— for the real heads.

 

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Mar 18, 2022
E36 - The History of NATO Expansion, Pt. 1 w/ Joshua Shifrinson
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Danny and Derek discuss the state of the Russian invasion of Ukraine (2:49); Volodymyr Zelenskyy's speech before the U.S. Congress (12:27); Russia-Ukraine peace talks (15:35); the South Korean election (18:57) and the North Korean missile test (20:52); a potential Yemen peace conference (24:20); and the Iran missile attack on Erbil and the JCPOA (26:38). They then speak with Joshua R. Itzkowitz Shifrinson (33:10), associate professor of international relations at Boston University, about the history of NATO expansion from 1989 until 2008.

 

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Mar 18, 2022
E35 - Ukraine, NATO, and International Politics w/ Anatol Lieven
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Danny and Derek begin the episode by talking about the recent election in South Korea, the oil market, and a new ISIS leader who just came on the scene. They then speak with Anatol Lieven of the Quincy Institute for Responsible Statecraft about the history of Russia-Ukraine relations, European countries' response, what this suggests about international relations, and more.

 

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Mar 11, 2022
Special - Ukraine Explain 6
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Danny and Derek give an update on the Russian invasion of Ukraine.

 

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Mar 04, 2022
E34 - All Hailbag the Mailbag
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Danny and Derek finally do their first mailbag episode, the clip show of podcasts. They answer a multitude of questions relating to the theory and practice of U.S. foreign policy and also give some book and TV recommendations. This one was fun, enjoy it!

 

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Mar 04, 2022
Special - Ukraine Explain 5
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Danny and Derek give an update on the Russian invasion of Ukraine; the domestic reaction within Russia; Russian nukes; western responses to the invasion; Turkey's closing its straits to Russian ships; Germany's dedicating €100 billion to its defense spending; and media coverage surrounding the conflict.

 

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Feb 27, 2022
Special - Ukraine Explain 4
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Danny and Derek analyze Vladimir Putin's invasion of Ukraine: what's happening, its potential causes, its potential consequences, and the United States' and West's responses.


For more on Putin and Ukraine, see Jacob Lassin and Emily Channell-Justice's article at The Conversation: https://theconversation.com/why-putin-has-such-a-hard-time-accepting-ukrainian-sovereignty-174029


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Feb 24, 2022
Special - Ukraine Explain 3
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Danny and Derek give an update about Vladimir Putin's directive that sends Russian "peacekeepers" to the Donbas.

 

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Feb 22, 2022
Special - Ukraine Explain 2
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Danny and Derek give another update on Ukraine in light of what appears to be a Russian escalation.



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Feb 19, 2022
E33 - Where Did Sanctions Come From? w/ Nicholas Mulder
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Danny and Derek give a world-historical update on the fate of Nick Kristof's gubernatorial campaign (0:38) before turning to the French withdrawal from Mali (3:16), Biden's discussions with Saudi Arabia over oil (10:12), the Iran deal (14:49), the Afghanistan central bank (17:32), and Ukraine (23:23). They then speak with Nicholas Mulder (28:05), assistant professor of history at Cornell, about his new book The Economic Weapon: The Rise of Sanctions as a Tool of Modern War.

 

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Feb 18, 2022
Special - Ukraine Explain
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Danny and Derek give a special update about what's been going on in Ukraine. What, exactly, has occurred in the last two weeks? How does the Ukrainian situation today compare to what happened in Crimea in 2014 and Georgia in 2008? What is Putin's domestic position? And most important, is war on the immediate horizon?



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Feb 13, 2022
Bonus - The History of Afghanistan, Ep. 1 w/ Tim Nunan
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Danny and Derek welcome back Tim Nunan, lecturer in global history at the Free University of Berlin, to kick off a 10-part series on the history of Afghanistan. In this first episode, they cover the major players in the formation of modern Afghanistan, its interactions with colonial powers, Afghan nationalism, the country’s role in the Cold War, and a number of other topics leading up to the 1978 coup.

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Feb 12, 2022
E32 - A History of Modern Palestine, Ep. 1 w/ Rashid Khalidi
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Danny and Derek begin by talking about Libya's appointment of a new prime minister, though the country already has one (1:17), General Kenneth McKenzie's comments on Yemen (7:02), Ukraine (11:00), and a new report released by the Costs of War Project on the War on Terror (21:11). They then speak with Rashid Khalidi (24:53), the Edward Said Professor of Modern Arab Studies at Columbia University, about his book The Hundred Years' War on Palestine: A History of Settler Colonialism and Resistance, 1917-2017.

 

 

Grab a copy of Professor Khalidi's book: https://bit.ly/3GLfgct

 

 

Dig into the Costs of War Project report: https://bit.ly/3gCSuZF

 

 

Enjoy Danny vs Vaush: https://bit.ly/3JfZ7NG

 

 

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Feb 11, 2022
E31 - Sanctions Sanctions Everywhere w/ Yar Batmanghelidj
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Danny and Derek speak about the attempted coup in Guinea-Bissau (1:38), North Korea's missile test (6:26), Ukraine (12:13), the U.S. operation that killed an Isis leader in Syria (18:49), and recent reports about Iran's nuclear breakout capability (24:26). They then speak with Yar Batmanghelidj (29:52), founder and CEO of the Bourse & Bazaar Foundation, about the human toll of U.S. sanctions on Iran.
 
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Feb 04, 2022
Bonus - AP on American Exception
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Danny has a fun conversation with Aaron Good about propaganda on the American Exception podcast!

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Jan 28, 2022
E30 - Skynet Has Become Self Aware w/ Rebecca Gordon
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Danny and Derek talk about the coup in Burkina Faso (1:15), Xiomara Castro's inauguration in Honduras (8:21), Ukraine (13:03), and the State Department's deal with Egypt (21:28). They then speak with Rebecca Gordon (25:54), who teaches at the University of San Francisco, about the history and present use of autonomous weapons.

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Jan 28, 2022
E29 - Cuba's American History, Ep. 2 w/ Ada Ferrer
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Danny and Derek begin by talking about Havana Syndrome (1:44), the Houthi attack in Abu Dhabi (7:31), U.S. diplomacy with regards Ukraine (17:14), and the recent  North Korean missile tests (28:02). They are then again joined by Ada Ferrer (32:50), professor of history and Latin American and Caribbean Studies at NYU, to discuss the history of Cuba in the first half of the twentieth century. They talk about a variety of issues, including Guantanamo Bay, Cuba's political economy, the U.S. (re)occupation of the island, Gerardo Machado and Fulgencio Batista, and more. Grab Ada's book here!


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Jan 21, 2022
E28 - The History of the Kurds, Ep. 2 w/ Djene Bajalan
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Danny and Derek discuss Boris Johnson's problems in the UK, US/Russia/Europe talks, the situation in Kazakhstan, the Saudi-Hezbollah feud, and the decline of the Saudis. They are then joined by Djene Bajalan, assistant professor of history at Missouri State University, to continue their miniseries on the history of the Kurds. In this episode, they discuss Kurdish history during the long nineteenth century.



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Jan 14, 2022
E27 - The History of the Kurds, Ep. 1 w/ Djene Bajalan
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Danny and Derek discuss what's been going on in Kazakhstan; next week's series of meetings between the United States, Europe, and Russia; the security cooperation treaty signed between Australia and Japan; the U.S. military budget; and why everything feels so strange these days. They then speak with Djene Bajalan, assistant professor of history at Missouri State University, about the history of the Kurds from the medieval period until the 19th century.

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Jan 07, 2022
E26 - The History of Vietnam, Ep. 5 w/ Sean Fear
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In this fifth episode of our series on Vietnam, Danny and Derek talk with Sean Fear, lecturer in international history at the University of Leeds, about the situation of South Vietnam after the Tet Offensive and Huế massacre of 1968. They talk about developments in rural South Vietnam, urban South Vietnam, and the increasing delegitimization of the administration of Nguyễn Văn Thiệu's government.

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Dec 30, 2021
E25 - Joint Comprehensive Plan of Inaction w/ Sina Toossi
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Merry Christmas! Danny and Derek talk about Libya’s postponed election, Chile’s new president-elect, Russian designs on Ukraine, Omicron, and the Pentagon’s systemic failure to protect civilians from its bombs. Then, the NIAC’s Sina Toossi returns to conclude our discussion of Iran’s nuclear program from the 2013 election of Hassan Rouhani through the first year of the Biden administration.

Sina’s “Iran Unfiltered” project: https://bit.ly/3qqyqhy

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Dec 24, 2021
E24 - Liberalism and Development w/ Sheyda Jahanbani
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Danny and Derek discuss the upcoming elections in Chile and France, Turkey changing its name to Türkiye, the U.S.-UAE relationship and the "New Cold War" with China, and U.S. war crimes in Syria. They then speak with Sheyda Jahanbani, associate professor of history at the University of Kansas, about liberalism and development, and why liberals have over time embraced development as a key platform in their foreign policy.

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Dec 17, 2021
E23 - Havana Sindrome w/ Natalie Shure and Bob Wright
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Danny and Derek give updates on Russia-Ukraine tensions, the recent change of government in Germany, the U.S.' boycott of the Olympics, and the Summit for Democracy. They then speak with Natalie Shure, of The New Republic, and Bob Wright, of The Nonzero Newsletter, about Havana Syndrome.

Check out Natalie's piece at Slow Boring: https://bit.ly/3Gz3rGu
Check out Bob's piece at the Nonzero Newsletter: https://bit.ly/3DH49jm

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Dec 10, 2021
E22 - The Iranian Nuclear Program w/ Sina Toosi
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Danny and Derek begin the episode with updates on the omicron COVID variant, the Honduran election, developments in Ethiopia, and the re-opening of the discussions surrounding the Iranian nuclear agreement. They then speak with Sina Toosi, Senior Research Analyst at the National Iranian American Council (NIAC), about the history of the Iranian nuclear program from the 1950s until the 2010s.

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Dec 03, 2021
E21 - The Original Poster w/ Patrick Wyman
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Danny and Derek wish a Happy Thanksgiving to all who celebrate, and a good holiday weekend to anyone who doesn't. The boys begin the episode talking about the Russia-Ukraine conflict; the German coalition agreement between the SPD, FDP, and Greens; and Joe Biden's tapping into the US' Strategic Petroleum Reserve (SPR). They then have a  wide-ranging conversation with Patrick Wyman, host of the podcast "Tides of History," about history’s first poster, Martin Luther, and Patrick's new book The Verge: Reformation, Renaissance, and Forty Years that Shook the World.

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Nov 26, 2021
E20 - The Tigray Conflict w/ Terje Østebø
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Danny and Derek open with an update on Danny’s COVID and then segue into a discussion of the border conflict in the Caucasus, the migrant crisis in Eastern Europe, and this week’s big Biden-Xi summit. Derek is then joined by the University of Florida’s Terje Østebø, who takes us through the roots of Ethiopia’s year-long civil war and assesses where things stand now.

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Nov 19, 2021
E19 - Cuba's American History, Ep. 1 w/ Ada Ferrer
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Danny and Derek talk about the Nicaraguan elections, MBS and his pro-Republican oil policy, and last weekend's attack on the Iraqi prime minister. They then speak with Ada Ferrer (21:00), professor of history and Latin American and Caribbean Studies at NYU, about the history of Cuba from the precolonial period until the Spanish-American War/War of 1898.

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Nov 12, 2021
Bonus - AP on This is Revolution Podcast
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Danny and Derek have a fun conversation with the guys over at This is Revolution Podcast!

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Nov 07, 2021
E18 - No White Lotus w/ Sarah Miller-Davenport
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Danny and Derek talk about the COP26 climate summit, the Ethiopian civil war, recent developments in Sudan, and Israel's budget drama. They're then joined by Sarah Miller-Davenport, senior lecturer at the University of Sheffield, to discuss the history of Hawai'i, focusing on the United States' long-standing colonial relationship to the territory, its eventual statehood, and its cultural meaning for Americans.

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Nov 05, 2021
E17 - The History of Sudan w/ Alden Young
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Danny and Derek talk about China's hypersonic weapons test, Mohammed bin Salman's return to the United States' good graces, and recent developments in Sudan. They then speak with Alden Young, assistant professor of African American Studies at UCLA, about the history of Sudan from the 19th century until today.

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Oct 29, 2021
E16 - Atomic Anxieties w/ Emma Claire Foley and John Carl Baker
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Danny and Derek discuss the life and career of Colin Powell, Russian moves on NATO and Afghanistan, and bombshell revelations about the Biden Administration and the Iran nuclear agreement. They then speak with Emma Claire Foley, Research Associate at Global Zero, and John Carl Baker, Nuclear Field Coordinator and Senior Program Officer at Ploughshares Fund, about the U.S. nuclear program, focusing on its history and present posture.

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Oct 22, 2021
E15 - Illiberal Internationalism w/ Anatol Lieven
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Danny and Derek talk about Nick Kristof's resignation from the NYT, developments in ME diplomacy, the Norwegian elections, and Democratic hawkishness on Taiwan. They then speak with Anatol Lieven, senior research fellow on Russia and Europe at the Quincy Institute for Responsible Statecraft, about his recent article on liberal internationalism as well as his realist approach to foreign affairs.

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Oct 15, 2021
E14 - All Your Bases Are Belong To Us w/ Leah Bolger, Patterson Deppen, and David Vine
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Danny and Derek discuss the Pandora Papers; the recent EU summit on whether six Western Balkan states will enter that org; and developments in intra-Middle East diplomacy. They then speak with Leah Bolger, president of World BEYOND War, Patterson Deppen, researcher for WBW, and David Vine, prof of anthropology at American University in DC, about their Quincy Institute report (https://bit.ly/3FugUjd) about the U.S.' global basing structure.

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Oct 08, 2021
Bonus - The History of Vietnam, Ep. 1 w/ Sean Fear
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Danny and Derek speak with Sean Fear, lecturer in international history at the University of Leeds, about the history of Vietnam. They discuss the life and times of Hồ Chí Minh, Vietnamese nationalism and communism, the French and Japanese occupations of Vietnam, and much more. This is the first in a series on the history of Vietnam from the perspective of the Vietnamese.



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Oct 02, 2021
E13 - Unsustainable Development w/ Christy Thornton
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Danny and Derek begin the show with the UK and Brexit woes; the meeting between Jake Sullivan and MBS at Neom; Canada-China relations; and more. Danny then interviews Christy Thornton, assistant professor of sociology and Latin American studies at Johns Hopkins University, about her book Revolution in Development, which explores the role Mexico played in shaping approaches to international development.

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Oct 01, 2021
Special - Auf Wiedersehen, Merkel
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Danny and Derek speak with Tim Nunan, lecturer in global history at the Free University of Berlin, about the recent German elections. They discuss the origins and legacy of Angela Merkel, what the election results say about German politics, and what we may expect in the future.

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Sep 27, 2021
E12 - Inside the Belly of the Beast w/ Kate Kizer
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Danny and Derek talk about this week’s UN General Assembly session, AUKUS and the New Cold War, and Boris Johnson’s diminished hopes for a better commercial relationship with the United States. They’re then joined by Kate Kizer, policy director at Win Without War, to discuss the state of the DC foreign policy establishment, the Biden administration’s failures to live up to its rhetoric, and making a career in foreign policy.

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Sep 24, 2021
E11 - Oh, the Humanity w/ Samuel Moyn
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Danny and Derek talk about North Korea's new weapons developments, the chaos going on in Haiti, the announcement of a new US-UK-Australian military pact (and France's response), and recent revelations about how General Mark Milley responded to Donald Trump's post-election breakdown. The boys then speak with Samuel Moyn, Luce Professor of Jurisprudence and Professor of History at Yale University, about his new book Humane: How the United States Abandoned Peace and Reinvented War and Danny's review of it in The New Republic.

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Sep 17, 2021
E10 - So Far from God, So Close to the United States w/ Alexander Aviña
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Danny and Derek discuss COVID-19 and how vaccine colonialism reflects longer-term trends in U.S. history, the recent coup in Guinea, the formation of the new Afghanistan government, and the upcoming German elections. The boys then speak with Alexander Aviña, an assistant professor of history at Arizona State University, about the history of Mexico and U.S.-Mexican Relations from the 1810 Mexican War of Independence to the "drug war" of today.

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Sep 10, 2021
Bonus - I Love the Smell of Gaming in the Morning (PREVIEW)
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Danny speaks with Clayton Kozan, a graduate student at Texas Tech University who analyzes how the Vietnam War is portrayed in video games. From 80s games that have you play the lone wolf; to Call of Duty: Black Ops, where the War is about Nazis (??) and Soviets; to When I Was Young, which focuses not only on combat but the social experience of being a soldier, Danny and Clayton discuss how and why games' portrayal of Vietnam changed over time.

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Sep 08, 2021
E9 - Everything You Wanted to Know About Climate Change but Were Too Afraid to Ask w/ Keith Pluymers
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Danny and Derek begin the show with an update on Afghanistan before turning to Biden's speech on the withdrawal and the status of the U.S.-Iran nuclear agreement. The boys then speak with Keith Pluymers, an Assistant Professor of History at Illinois State University, about the deep history of climate change, starting with human settlement about 12,000 years ago and continuing up to today. Turns out that capitalism might be a problem.

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Sep 03, 2021
E8 - Living on the Edge w/ Emily Atkin
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Danny and Derek give an update on Afghanistan, discuss Based Biden's rejection of European complaining, do a reading series on Obamanaut Ben Rhodes' recent article in Foreign Affairs, and address some dubious ambassador appointments. They then talk to Emily Atkin, who founded the essential newsletter Heated (https://heated.world), about climate change (it's real bad, folks) and what we need to do to make sure humanity makes it past the year 2100.

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Aug 27, 2021
E7 - Indecent Interval w/ Spencer Ackerman
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Danny and Derek give an update on Afghanistan before turning to Lebanon, which is presently in chaos, and Cameroon, where climate change has engendered new conflicts. They are then joined by Spencer Ackerman, whose new book "Reign of Terror" charts the many failures that have defined the "War on Terror" for the past twenty years.

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Aug 20, 2021
Special: Afghanistan Falls
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Danny and Derek do a quick breakdown of what's been going on in Afghanistan, who the major players are, and what's likely to happen in the coming days, weeks, and months.



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Aug 16, 2021
E6 - From BS to MBS w/ Annelle Sheline
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The boys spend the episode's first part discussing the recent report by the IPCC on climate change, the fate of the Afghan government against the Taliban, and Mauritius' inability to get the United States to play by the rules of Joe Biden’s “rules-based order." In the episode's second half, the boys talk with the Quincy Institute's Annelle Sheline about the United States' best friend Saudi Arabia and its role in broader Middle Eastern politics.

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Aug 13, 2021
E5 - Blues Coups w/ Assal Rad
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Danny and Derek spend the first part of the episode talking about Libya from its independence through the rise and fall of Muammar Gaddafi, the civil war, and its faltering peace process. Then, Derek is joined by Assal Rad, senior research fellow at the National Iranian-American Council, to discuss her recent piece on the role economic warfare plays in extending the US empire and on the state of American-Iranian relations.

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Aug 06, 2021
E4 - Consensus and Sensibility w/ Matt Duss
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This week, Danny and Derek take you from Iran, to China, to Iraq, to Tunisia, before speaking with Matt Duss, the chief foreign policy advisor to Senator Bernie Sanders. They talk with Matt about the Olde Blogosphere, how he got to work for Bernie, and interrogating the foreign policy “consensus” from inside the belly of the beast.



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Jul 30, 2021
E3 - Some Like it Cold (War) w/ Aziz Rana
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The boys talk with Aziz Rana, professor of law at Cornell University and the author of the book The Two Faces of American Freedom, about the Cold War and why so many of our leaders act like they are living in a different era. They address everything from the insular cases of the early 20th century to why Biden and his team do the things they do. Surprise, surprise, it’s not great folks!



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Jul 23, 2021
E2 - To Hell and Back w/ Matt Christman
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In this episode, Danny and Derek talk with Matt Christman, co-host of Chapo Trap House and the new podcast Hell of Presidents. The gang explores the institution of the presidency and how it changed over time, asking the age-old question: “Presidents: good or bad?”



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Jul 16, 2021
E1 - Ghosting Afghanistan w/ Stephen Wertheim
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In the premiere episode of American Prestige, Danny and Derek get into the nitty gritty of the US's withdrawal from Afghanistan. Did the military intentionally botch the withdrawal? Has the imperial frontier contracted in any meaningful way? Will the Taliban gain legitimacy with the Afghan people?

Plus, an in-depth interview with Stephen Wertheim, discussing his new book “Tomorrow, the World”, which explores how and why during World War II U.S. elites decided that their nation should, indeed must, dominate the world.



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Jul 09, 2021