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A weekly analysis of the complex policy issues driving the news.

Episode Date
What Gen Z Voters Want
1381
Victor Shi of Voters for Tomorrow joins the podcast to discuss Gen-Z and Millennial voters, what they want in candidates, policy, and how they absorb information in the modern news cycle.
Nov 30, 2022
China Protests
954
CSIS’s Scott Kennedy, who recently returned to Washington from 2 months in China, joins the podcast to discuss the widespread protests in China and the conditions which precipitated them.
Nov 29, 2022
Ukraine’s Winter Is Here
2775
Former U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine William Taylor and CSIS’s Daniel Runde join the podcast to talk about what Ukraine is facing this winter and what economic reconstruction in Ukraine will need to look like.
Nov 22, 2022
Iranian Women’s Revolution
1452
Iran’s former minister of women’s affairs Mahnaz Afkhami joins the podcast to discuss the protests in Iran and what they might mean for the future of Iran.
Nov 11, 2022
Tim Shriver on the Special Olympics, Inclusivity, and Smart Power
1409
Special Olympics International chairman, Dr. Timothy Shriver joins the podcast to discuss inclusivity through basic human dignity in education and how the United States can work to engage in foreign policy efforts on an international scale to further inclusion in education.
Nov 10, 2022
Asst Secretary Deborah Rosenblum on Supply Chain and the War in Ukraine
1183
Assistant Secretary of Defense for Nuclear, Chemical, and Biological Defense Programs Deborah Rosenblum who is also serving as interim Assistant Secretary of Defense for Industrial Base Policy, joins the podcast to discuss the impact on global supply chains from the Russian invasion of Ukraine.  
Nov 09, 2022
Choking Off China’s Access to the Future of AI
1428
On October 7, 2022, the Biden administration announced a new export controls policy on artificial intelligence (AI) and semiconductor technologies to China. These new controls—a genuine landmark in U.S.-China relations—provide the complete picture after a partial disclosure in early September generated confusion. CSIS’ Greg Allen joins the podcast to discuss the new regulations and what they mean for U.S. national security and technology policy.
Nov 07, 2022
Disinformation and the Midterm Election
1481
CSIS’s Suzanne Spaulding, former Undersecretary of Homeland Security joins the podcast to discuss disinformation (foreign and domestic) surrounding the midterm election and its impacts.
Nov 03, 2022
China’s New Era
1717
CSIS’s Scott Kennedy joins the podcast to discuss the 20th National Congress of the Chinese Communist Party, its outcomes, and the new strategic direction that Chinese President Xi Jinping has set for the country.
Nov 02, 2022
Saudi Oil Moves
1719
CSIS’s Joseph Majkut and Jon Alterman join the podcast to deconstruct Saudi Arabia’s recent push to slash oil production and what it means for the United States, our allies, and the global energy landscape.
Oct 28, 2022
Russia’s Missile Plan
997
CSIS’s Tom Karako joins the podcast to discuss Russia’s missile arsenal, what they are prepared to do with it, and the implications of Iran’s role. 
Oct 21, 2022
Steve Case on “Rise of the Rest”
1536
Internet legend and famed investor Steve Case joins the podcast to discuss his new book, “The Rise of the Rest: How entrepreneurs in Surprising Places are Building the New American Dream.”
Oct 20, 2022
Brazilian Election Preview
1319
CSIS Americas Program director Ryan Berg joins the podcast to discuss the runoff election for the Brazilian presidency.  
Oct 17, 2022
#NAFO Co-Founder Matt Moores on Combatting Russian Disinformation
1283
#NAFO, the North Atlantic Fella Organization, a play on NATO, the North Atlantic Treaty Organization, is an Internet meme and social media movement dedicated to countering Russian propaganda and disinformation about the 2022 Russian invasion of Ukraine. Launched in May 2022, NAFO has achieved a surprising amount of traction, even to its cofounder, retired U.S. Marine Matt Mores who joins the podcast to discuss the phenomenon. 
Oct 13, 2022
Visions of Kiev
1374
CSIS’s Dr. Eliot Cohen joins the podcast to discuss his recent visit to Kiev and meeting with Ukrainian President Zelensky, his assessment of Polish efforts to help Ukraine, and his analysis of Vladimir Putin’s next moves.  
Sep 30, 2022
Taiwan Confusion
1583
CSIS’s Jude Blanchette joins the podcast to discuss U.S. policy confusion surrounding Taiwan, our concepts of “strategic ambiguity” and “strategic clarity” and how China can be deterred.   
Sep 22, 2022
Paul Rosenzweig on Misinformation and Difficulties Facing the Tech Industry
1888
Former federal prosecutor and Homeland Security official Paul Rosenzweig joins the podcast to talk about the national security implications of misinformation and technology.
Sep 21, 2022
Politico’s Ryan Heath: Global Insider
1547
​Politico journalist Ryan Heath, author of the Global Insider newsletter, joins the podcast to discuss all things Europe and the upcoming UN General Assembly, aka “the new Davos.”
Sep 15, 2022
Russia Falls Back
1030
CSIS’s Seth Jones joins the podcast to discuss Ukraine’s stunning battlefield advances. 
Sep 13, 2022
Future of News Consumption
1297
Morning Consult media and entertainment analyst, Kevin Tran, joins the podcast to discuss how Gen Zers are less likely than their older counterparts to be aware of or have favorable views toward major news brands, and what that means for the future of news.
Sep 12, 2022
PM Truss and Europe’s Energy War
1182
CSIS’s Max Bergmann joins the podcast to discuss the UK’s new PM and the energy and economic war she, and Europe are facing.
Sep 08, 2022
Winter is Coming
1266
CSIS’s Ben Cahill joins the podcast to talk about energy prices in the US and globally, plus how Europe is bracing ahead of winter to prepare for life without Russian oil and gas. 
Sep 02, 2022
Six Months of War in Ukraine
1509
CSIS’s Seth Jones joins the podcast to assess Ukraine after six months of war with Russia, plus, the assassination of Russian nationalist Daria Dugina, and winter is coming.  
Aug 25, 2022
Climate Legislation Explained
1694
CSIS non-resident senior associate John Larsen, of the non-partisan Rhodium Group, joins the podcast to dissect what the Inflation Reduction Act (IRA) does to address climate change and whether the legislation could be overturned in the future. For more of John's analysis on the IRA, visit: rhg.com/research/climate-clean-energy-inflation-reduction-act/
Aug 16, 2022
The Great War: A View From The Ground In Ukraine
1575
​Wall Street Journal national security correspondent Vivian Salama joins the podcast to discuss her reporting from the ground in what the Ukrainians call, “The Great War” against Russia.
Aug 15, 2022
Unprecedented Chinese Activity Toward Taiwan
1382
CSIS’s Dr. Bonny Lin joins the podcast to discuss the aggressive military exercises China conducted against Taiwan and how she’s tracked the crisis, what the United States is doing and should do in response, and what China’s overarching strategy in the Taiwan Strait is.
Aug 11, 2022
Terrorism Threat Not Over
1461
CSIS’s Seth Jones joins the podcast to discuss the death of al-Qaeda leader Ayman al-Zawahiri and the future of the terrorist organization. Plus, an update on the situation in Ukraine.
Aug 10, 2022
Japan After Abe
1362
CSIS’s Chris Johnstone, former NSC director for East Asia, joins the podcast to discuss the aftermath of the assassination of former Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and the current policies of Prime Minister Kishida going forward.
Jul 22, 2022
Disinformation’s Bipartisan Problem
1075
Pulitzer Prize-winning New York Times reporters Eileen Sullivan and Steven Lee Myers join the podcast to discuss their July piece “Disinformation Has Become Another Untouchable Problem in Washington.” In their article, Sullivan and Myers report that numerous federal agencies agree that disinformation threatens the nation’s security, but that there is bipartisan gridlock surrounding how to create policy in order to address the issues.
Jul 20, 2022
Biden’s Mideast Visit
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CSIS’s Jon Alterman joins the podcast to discuss President Biden’s visit to the Middle East and what the administration can gain strategically from the trip.
Jul 13, 2022
Chicago Rules of War
1188
CSIS’s Dr. Eliot Cohen joins the podcast to discuss why he thinks the U.S. and the West need a tougher, Al Capone-style “Chicago Rules” approach to the war in Ukraine. 
Jul 07, 2022
Colombia’s Chavismo?
1194
CSIS’s Ryan Berg joins the podcast to discuss the Colombian election and its implications for the region.
Jul 01, 2022
North Korea’s Missile Threat
1381
CSIS’s Victor Cha, co-host of The Impossible State podcast, joins this episode to talk about what is expected to be North Korea’s seventh nuclear test and its repercussions.
Jun 30, 2022
Tara Palmeri Insider Conversation
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Puck News’ star reporter Tara Palmeri talks inside Washington baseball, the new media model of Puck, and about her fascinating new Discovery Plus documentary "Dr. Delirium & the Edgewood Experiments.”  
Jun 29, 2022
Marc Lasry: Ukraine, Economics, Basketball, and Politics
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In this crossover episode with CSIS's Unpacking Impact podcast, Andrew and Navin are joined by Marc Lasry, the chairman, CEO, and co-founder of Avenue Capital Group and co-owner of the Milwaukee Bucks. They discussed the war in Ukraine and its impact on the U.S. and global economy, business, basketball, and American politics.  Before co-founding Avenue Capital, Marc managed capital for Amroc Investments, L.P. Marc also clerked for the Honorable Edward Ryan, former Chief Bankruptcy Judge of the Southern District of New York. Lasry graduated with a B.A. in History from Clark University and a J.D. from New York Law School.
Jun 24, 2022
Israel Dissolves Government
1819
CSIS’s Jon Alterman joins the podcast to talk about the fall of Israel’s coalition government, what happens next, and Israel’s relationships in the Middle East.
Jun 24, 2022
Russia Processing Reality
1255
CSIS’s Eliot Cohen joins the podcast to evaluate the latest developments in Ukraine as well as U.S. support for Kyiv.
Jun 23, 2022
Chris Stirewalt: Why Media Rage Machine Divides America
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Former Fox News political editor Chris Stirewalt, now with the American Enterprise Institute, joins the podcast to discuss his forthcoming book, “Broken News: Why the Media Rage Machine Divides America and How to Fight Back.”
Jun 21, 2022
NATO: Everything’s Changed
1278
CSIS Smart Women Smart Power director and senior fellow Kathleen McInnis joins the podcast to talk about NATO solidarity and the war in Ukraine.
Jun 15, 2022
Rethinking U.S. Industrial Policy
1568
CSIS’s Matt Goodman and Scott Kennedy join the podcast to discuss their groundbreaking report on China’s investment in industrial policy versus the U.S. and other nations.  
Jun 13, 2022
Stolen Grain Food Crisis
1363
CSIS’s Caitlin Welsh and Mvemba Dizolele join the podcast to discuss the Ukrainian grain and seed stolen and held up by Russia, and its impact on Africa and the Middle East.  
Jun 09, 2022
National Security North
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CSIS Senior Adviser Vincent Rigby, former national security and intelligence advisor to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau of Canada, and Professor Thomas Juneau of the University of Ottawa join the podcast to talk about their report which calls for Canada to rethink its national security strategy.
Jun 08, 2022
Sanctions, Gas Prices, Inflation
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CSIS’s Ben Cahill and Gerard DiPippo join the podcast to talk about the effectiveness of sanctions on Russian energy, gas prices, and the impact on U.S. and global inflation.
Jun 03, 2022
State Dept Counselor Derek Chollet on War in Ukraine
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State Department Counselor Derek Chollet joins the podcast to discuss the U.S. approach to aiding Ukraine, the weapons systems we are providing, Russia’s response, and China’s stake in the war.
Jun 01, 2022
Russia, China, and Strategic Depth
1194
Stanford professor Dr. Ian Morris joins the podcast to discuss Russia and China’s strategic goals amid the war in Ukraine and issues surrounding Taiwan.
May 31, 2022
The Taiwan Equation
1614
CSIS’s Mike Green joins the podcast to talk about Taiwan, strategic ambiguity, One China policy and the impact the war in Ukraine could have on Taiwan
May 27, 2022
NATO Net Plus
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CSIS’s Max Bergmann and Pierre Morcos join the podcast to discuss the prospects of Finland and Sweden joining NATO and the implications it has for the West and Russia.  
May 26, 2022
Shrinking Battlefield, NATO Expansion
1426
CSIS’ Seth Jones joins the podcast to discuss the shrinking of the battlefield in Ukraine, Russian losses, and the expansion of NATO with Sweden and Finland.
May 26, 2022
North Korea Covid Outbreak
1450
In this crossover episode with the CSIS podcasts “The Impossible State” and "Coronavirus Crisis Update," CSIS’s Dr. Victor Cha and Dr. Steve Morrison discuss the Covid-19 outbreak in North Korea and its global health and geopolitical implications.
May 19, 2022
Runaway Gas Prices, the Future of U.S. Energy Security and Climate Policy
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CSIS’s Joseph Majkut joins the podcast to discuss how accelerating gas prices and the war in Ukraine are forcing the United States to reimagine energy and climate policy.
May 19, 2022
Aussie Elections
1410
CSIS’s Charles Edel joins the podcast to discuss this weekend’s Australian elections and their geopolitical implications.
May 18, 2022
Transformational War
1406
CSIS’s Eliot Cohen joins the podcast to talk about how the war between Russia and Ukraine is transforming both nations and the future of Europe. Plus, a discussion on how and when the conflict may end.
May 17, 2022
Confused Rules-Based Order
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CSIS’s Jon Alterman joins the podcast for a discussion of the global rules-based order post Russia's invasion of Ukraine.
May 16, 2022
Meet the New Marcos, Same as the Old?
1348
CSIS’s Greg Poling joins the podcast to discuss Bongbong Marcos’ landslide victory in the Philippines. 
May 13, 2022
Frozen Conflict in Ukraine
1174
CSIS’s Seth Jones joins the podcast to discuss how Russia’s war with Ukraine could become a “frozen conflict,” as the battle rages on and neither side makes much headway, how the U.S. is assisting Ukraine with critical intelligence, and what lessons China may be learning from the conflict.
May 05, 2022
North Korea: Learning From Ukraine
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In this crossover episode with CSIS's The Impossible State podcast, Andrew Schwartz is joined by Victor Cha and Tom Karako to discuss the implications of the current conflict in Ukraine on North Korea's missile threat. They also discuss what it means for North Korea's capability going forward and what practical steps can be taken to accomplish denuclearization.
May 04, 2022
Rescue in Ukraine
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CSIS’s Jake Kurtzer joins the podcast to talk about the rescue of civilians stuck in the war-torn cities of Ukraine. 
May 03, 2022
Military Aid to Ukraine
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CSIS’s Dr. Cynthia Cook joins the podcast to discuss President Biden’s $33 billion proposed military aid package to Ukraine and what kinds of weapons and equipment have been effective for the Ukrainians. 
Apr 29, 2022
Covid, Ukraine, and the New Geopolitical Logic
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CSIS’s J. Stephen Morrison joins the podcast to discuss the possible end of the pandemic, how Ukraine impacts combatting coronavirus, booster burnout, the covid culture war, and what is happening with China’s lockdowns.
Apr 28, 2022
Dr. Larry Gostin: “Should We Allow One Federal District Court Judge to Issue a Nationwide Injunction?”
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In this crossover episode with CSIS's Coronavirus Crisis Update podcast, Andrew Schwartz and Steve Morrison are joined by Dr. Larry Gostin, professor of global health law and the faculty director of the O’Neill Institute for National and Global Health Law at Georgetown University. They discuss the aftermath of the April 18 nationwide injunction to block government mask mandates on public transportation. In Judge Mizelle’s opinion, the C.D.C. has exceeded its legal authority. But if the C.D.C. doesn’t have the power to make someone do something as unintrusive as wearing a mask, what can it do? If this ruling stands, it changes the role of the government, and our regulatory institutions will lose the power to protect us. The C.D.C. has been in a weakened position since the Trump administration but is staffed by strong scientists who want to do their best for Americans. Dr. Gostin argues for a High-Level Commission to take a top-down and bottom-up review of the C.D.C. to determine what systems, data, scientists, funding CDC needs, and what powers are legitimate. He does have hope: the U.S. is approaching higher levels of immunity, and the darkest days of the pandemic may be behind us.
Apr 28, 2022
War Comes Home to Europe
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New CSIS Europe Program director Max Bergmann joins the podcast to discuss the war in Ukraine, Sunday’s French election, and the future of the transatlantic relationship.
Apr 22, 2022
Long Haul for Ukrainian Refugees
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Ann Lee, co-founder of the Community Organized Relief Effort (CORE) with actor Sean Penn joins the podcast to discuss her organization’s relief efforts in Poland and Romania in support of Ukrainian refugees.
Apr 22, 2022
Helping Ukraine Win
1319
Spirit of America Founder/CEO Jim Hake joins the podcast to discuss his entrepreneurial approach to providing private U.S. assistance in the form of non-lethal aid to Ukraine.
Apr 19, 2022
India’s View of Ukraine
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CSIS Wadhwani Chair in U.S.-India Policy Studies Rick Rossow joins the podcast to discuss India’s view of Russia's invasion of Ukraine, and its relationship with the United States in its wake. 
Apr 15, 2022
Long Term U.S.-Russia Relations
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CSIS Senior Associate and NDU researcher Jeffrey Mankoff joins the podcast to discuss the long-term prospects for the relationship between Washington and Moscow.
Apr 14, 2022
Sanctions Impact
1404
CSIS’s Trade Guy Bill Reinsch and CSIS’s Gerard DiPippo join the podcast to discuss sanctions on Russia, their impact, and if the U.S. and our allies can do more.
Apr 14, 2022
Reporting From Ukraine
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The Australian Financial Review’s Misha Zelinsky joins the podcast to discuss his reporting from Ukraine, including a visit to the city of Kryvyi Rih, where Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky grew up.
Apr 13, 2022
War’s Decisive Moment
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CSIS Arleigh A. Burke Chair in Strategy Dr. Eliot Cohen joins the podcast to discuss what he views as the war in Ukraine’s “decisive moment,” and what the U.S. and its allies should do to further help the Ukrainian effort.
Apr 13, 2022
Missile Defense Ukraine
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Tom Karako, director of the CSIS Missile Defense Project, joins the podcast to discuss missile use in Ukraine by Russia, the anti-tank and anti-aircraft defenses Ukraine is utilizing, and a discussion of what escalation might look like.
Apr 07, 2022
China’s Rock Solid with Russia
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CSIS China Power Project director and senior fellow for Asian security, Bonny Lin, joins the podcast to discuss China’s support of Russia in its invasion of Ukraine and the implications that invasion has for Taiwan.
Apr 06, 2022
Clear Evidence of War Crimes
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CSIS Khosravi Chair and Human Rights Initiative director, Marti Flacks, joins the podcast to discuss the latest evidence of war crimes committed against civilians by Russian forces in Bucha, Ukraine, and the U.S. and European response.
Apr 05, 2022
Putin’s Losses
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CSIS International Security Program director Dr. Seth Jones joins the podcast to discuss Putin’s battlefield missteps, Russia’s path going forward, how Ukraine can continue to defend itself, and what the US can do to support Ukraine.
Mar 31, 2022
Putin’s Bad Cyber Plan
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CSIS’s James Andrew Lewis joins the podcast to discuss Russia’s cyber capability and willingness to wage cyberwar with Ukraine and NATO.
Mar 31, 2022
Enraged Putin
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CSIS’s Dr. Eliot Cohen and Dr. Seth Jones join the podcast to assess the state of Russia’s war on Ukraine, what Vladimir Putin could do next, and how the United States may respond. 
Mar 18, 2022
9/11 Every Day in Ukraine
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CSIS’s Andrew Lohsen joins the podcast to discuss Ukrainian President Zelensky’s plea to the U.S. and the West, the grave situation on the ground in Ukraine, and Russia’s efforts to control the narrative.
Mar 16, 2022
Ukrainian Refugees and Food Insecurity
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CSIS Global Food Security Program director Caitlin Welsh and CSIS Humanitarian Agenda director Jake Kurtzer join the podcast to talk about the Ukrainian refugee crisis, the growing food insecurity in Ukraine, and the internationalization of food insecurity due to Russia’s invasion.
Mar 16, 2022
The Future of the U.S.-UK Intelligence Alliance
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CSIS’s Jake Harrington joins the podcast to talk about his new report on the ”Future of the U.S.-UK Alliance,” with a discussion of how that alliance relates to the war in Ukraine. 
Mar 15, 2022
No-Fly Zones and Besieged Cities
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CSIS’s Mark Cancian, a retired U.S. Marine Colonel, joins the podcast to discuss Ukraine’s besieged cities, refugees and civilian targets, potential no-fly zones, U.S. lethal assistance, and more. 
Mar 07, 2022
Sanctions in Uncharted Waters
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Former Assistant Treasury Secretary for Terrorist Financing and Deputy National Security Adviser Juan Zarate, a CSIS Senior Advisor, joins the podcast to discuss sanctions in wake of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.  
Mar 04, 2022
Asia and the Ukraine Invasion
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Just returning from an unofficial delegation to Taiwan led by retired Joint Chiefs’ chairman Mike Mullen to quell Taiwan’s fear of Chinese action against them in wake of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, CSIS’s Mike Green joins the podcast to discuss the results of the visit to Taiwan, the Chinese view of Russia’s invasion, the Quad meeting this week and greater Asia and the Pacific alliance view of the events in Ukraine.
Mar 04, 2022
Humanitarian Crisis
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CSIS’s Marti Flacks and Erol Yayboke join the podcast to discuss the refugee and humanitarian crisis in wake of the Russian invasion of Ukraine. 
Mar 03, 2022
Ukrainian Food Insecurity
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CSIS’s Caitlin Welsh joins the podcast to talk about the impact that food insecurity is having in wake of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, disturbances in global food security, and what this all means for both Russia and the United States.  
Mar 03, 2022
Russia’s Lasting Damage
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CSIS Arleigh A. Burke Chair in Strategy Eliot Cohen joins the podcast to discuss the strength of the Western response to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, the heroism of Volodymyr Zelensky and the Ukrainian people, Putin’s strategic failure, early surprises in the war, and what steps the Biden administration should take going forward to address the conflict.
Mar 02, 2022
Russia's Military Missteps
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CSIS’s International Security Program director and Senior VP Seth Jones joins the podcast to discuss Russia’s bombardment of Kyiv and Kharkiv, Putin’s miscalculations and overextension, potential off-ramps, and what the US is doing and can do to stop Russia’s war against Ukraine. 
Mar 02, 2022
End of Russia as Energy Superpower
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CSIS’s Nikos Tsafos and Ben Cahill join the podcast to talk about energy prices and the future of the energy and climate landscape in wake of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. According to Tsafos, we are “seeing the end of Russia as an energy superpower.”
Mar 01, 2022
Putin’s Gross Miscalculation
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CSIS's Andrew Lohsen, who lived in Ukraine until recently, joins the podcast to discuss Vladimir Putin’s invasion of Ukraine and how it might backfire on him.
Feb 28, 2022
Russia Rolls In
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CSIS’s Dr. Seth Jones joins the podcast to talk about the latest developments in the Russia-Ukraine crisis, and what options the Biden administration has in addressing the situation.
Feb 23, 2022
John Barry: “The Guy Who Focuses at the End Will Win”
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In this crossover episode with the Coronavirus Crisis Update podcast, Andrew and Steve are joined by John Barry, historian and author of the award-winning The Great Influenza; the Story of the Deadliest Pandemic in History, a study of the 1918 pandemic. He is currently working on a volume on Covid-19: “Writing books makes me happiest and craziest.” He has penned many editorials over the course of the pandemic, drawing lessons from 1918. What has he discovered? “What we learn from history is we learn nothing.” Where are we today? “Until vaccines are widely distributed and there is easy access to antivirals, the virus will rule. … I am optimistic the virus will continue trending to mildness” but there may be intermediate steps. “Mutations are random.” “We are at a potentially dangerous time” if we throw away our defenses and become indifferent or complacent. His high school football coach taught him a lesson for today: late in the game, you are tired and the other guy is tired. “The guy who focuses at the end will win.” That does not mean you “live in a box” and isolate yourself. Aaron Rodgers, while a great football player, “lied” about his vaccination status. He “is a total jackass.” Before becoming a writer, John Barry coached football at the high-school, small college, and major college levels. He is a Distinguished Professor at Tulane University’s Bywater Institute and a professor at the Tulane School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine.  
Feb 16, 2022
Dr. Michael Osterholm: “Don’t Be Surprised When You Are Surprised.”
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In this crossover episode with Coronavirus Crisis Update, we are joined by Dr. Michael Osterholm, head of CIDRAP at the University of Minnesota, one of the most popular, respected, and trusted communicators on the pandemic. What is the recipe?  Simplicity rules. He learned from his rural Iowa background, “if something doesn’t play at the 10:00 o’clock coffee club at the S&T Café on the main street of my little town, then it’s not going to play.” Be frank and honest: “Always tell the truth.” If dark things such as variants lie in the future, do not shy away from spotlighting them. But be careful of forecasting too far into the future, which can at times be based on “pixie dust.” Appeal to both “hearts and minds.” “Kindness is one of the most important virtues.” In his lauded and highly successful podcast, ‘The Osterholm Report: Covid-19,’ he is able to “combine science, policy, and life all in one venue.” The anti-vaccine movement has gained substantial strength; witness the ‘Defeat the Mandates’ rally on January 23rd at the Lincoln Memorial, which featured Robert Malone, now a celebrity since embraced by Joe Rogan, who compares public health officials to Nazi Germany. “This is the biggest challenge to global health in my lifetime.” It threatens childhood immunizations, generates “death threats I have received.” Many colleagues are burning out and leaving. He and other colleagues from the Biden presidential transition Covid-19 Advisory Group recently laid out a road map for “the new normal” in three Viewpoints published in JAMA. “We can’t keep swinging from surge to surge.” We need a better plan for data, testing, ventilation, rebuilding our health workforce. But we still have to prepare for the unknown. Recall Lewis Carroll’s advice: “If you don’t know where you are going, any road will get you there.” And “Don’t be surprised when you are surprised.” China’s ‘Zero-Covid’ approach, based on draconian lockdowns and mass testing, has delivered far better outcomes than we have seen here in the United States. But it will not succeed in the face of Omicron. “It is like trying to control the wind.” Something beyond ‘Zero-Covid’ is needed.  Dr. Michael Osterholm is Director of the Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy (CIDRAP) at the University of Minnesota.
Jan 28, 2022
AI Revolution in the Intelligence Community
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CSIS’ Emily Harding discusses her new report Move Over JARVIS, Meet OSCAR, which calls for the Intelligence Community to reap the benefits of artificial intelligence/machine learning (AI/ML) capabilities with respect to unclassified cloud capability. In her report, Harding draws from her personal experience as an analyst to identify problems with the Intelligence Community’s existing systems for collecting information, and makes actionable recommendations that will break the logjam and allow the intelligence community to revolutionize open-source intelligence. 
Jan 24, 2022
Amy McGrath on Democracy
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Former U.S. Senate candidate and retired Marine Lt. Colonel Amy McGrath joins the podcast to discuss the state of democracy in America.
Jan 20, 2022
Violent Extremism Needs a Public Health Approach
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The American University’s Dr. Cynthia Miller-Idriss joins the podcast to discuss the terrorist threat from within the United States, the January 6 attack on the Capitol and why she believes that preventing violent extremism needs a public health approach.
Jan 13, 2022
Russia’s Next Move on Ukraine
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CSIS’ Dr. Seth Jones joins the podcast to discuss Russia’s potential pathways to invading Ukraine and what the U.S. and NATO can do to discourage it.
Jan 12, 2022
IRC CEO David Miliband “Global System Failure”
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International Rescue Committee (IRC) president and CEO David Miliband joins the podcast to discuss the IRC’s Annual Emergency Watchlist report. According to the new report, the IRC finds global “system failure” driving record levels of humanitarian need and that Afghanistan, Ethiopia, and Yemen top the list of countries most at risk of deteriorating humanitarian crises in 2022.
Jan 04, 2022
Dr. Ashish Jha on Omicron, Communication & What’s Next
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In this crossover episode with the CSIS Coronavirus Crisis Update podcast, Brown University’s Dr. Ashish Jha provides his keen insights into the latest on Omicron as well as a reflection on 2021. 
Dec 13, 2021
CNN’s Chris Cilizza on Politics as Performance
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CNN politics reporter and editor-at-large Chris Cillizza joins the podcast to talk about Rep. Lauren Boebert’s (R-CO) exchange with Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) and how the politics of today have drifted further towards “performance.” Also discussed, President Biden’s approval ratings, midterm elections, Trump 2024, and more.
Dec 02, 2021
Omicron Up Close in South Africa
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Dr. Richard Lessells is among the exceptional South African experts on the front lines of discovering and investigating Omicron in South Africa. Alarm bells went off within the scientific community, as it became clear after just a few days that “an extraordinary number of mutations” are clustered in the key regions in the genome for immune protection and transmissibility. It was a “gut feeling. ” Omicron is highly transmissible, spreading very efficiently in a population with high levels of immunity gained from previous infection and in some cases from vaccination. How long to know just how dangerous Omicron is? It’s “too early to tell.” Lab work is underway to understand whether the virus affects T cells which are central to immune protection against severe disease. Why do we see such an unusual variant in South Africa? One theory, which Omicron may shed light on, is that the SARS-CoV-2 virus finds hosts who are very immune-compromised, persons living with HIV but not on anti-viral therapy. These individuals have difficulty clearing the virus, which permits it to replicate constantly over a very long period. Is this moment a pivot in the pandemic? That depends on whether Omicron significantly sets back vaccine protection, which would be a “step change.” Will this moment shock the world into more concerted global action, superseding the pattern of “vaccine apartheid”?  “I remain skeptical.” In the meantime, we have to fight against Omicron being fitted to a politicized narrative: by anti-vaccine groups, to tell the story that vaccines do not work. By others, to argue that there is nothing to worry about, that the virus is becoming less pathogenic, based on anecdotal evidence.  Dr. Richard Lessells is an infectious disease physician at the University of KwaZulu-Natal, in Durban, South Africa. He is a member of the Network for Genomic Surveillance in South Africa, and a researcher at CAPRISA, the Centre for the AIDS Programme of Research in South Africa.
Dec 01, 2021
Cary Funk, Pew Research Center: “It Can Be Confusing”
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In this crossover episode with the CSIS Coronavirus Crisis Update Podcast, we asked Cary Funk, Pew Research Center, to make sense of how the pandemic has impacted our society and American opinion as we approach the pandemic’s two years. “It can be confusing.” Polarization now increasingly aligns between the vaccinated versus the unvaccinated, versus simple partisan identity. At the fundamental level, Americans are split over whether Covid-19 is a common problem. Does the “Big Lie” bleed over into the field of public health? “It’s all complicated.” “The political lens” increasingly encompasses so much of public health, accelerating the erosion of public trust and confidence in science, a trend that had already been underway for years. False statements can travel the globe in 48 hours, but knowing the impact is much more difficult. Are we at a turning point, a softening of polarization? “We need to wait and see.” Heightened US international engagement enjoys majority support and has not become politicized. What is the impact of the loss of 757,000 lives on opinion? We have to continue looking at that.  Cary Funk is director of science and society research at the Pew Research Center.
Nov 16, 2021
Why We’re So Polarized
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Johns Hopkins University professor Dr. Lillianna Mason joins the podcast for a discussion of political polarization in the U.S. and how politics have become central to the identities of many Americans across racial, religious and cultural lines.
Oct 25, 2021
The Haitian Migrant Crisis and the Bigger Picture
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CSIS’s Project on Fragility and Mobility Director Erol Yayboke and Human Rights Initiative Director Marti Flacks join the podcast to discuss the Haitian migrant crisis as a microcosm of how climate change, human rights, and national security are increasingly intertwined.  
Oct 18, 2021
Dr. Leana Wen on Covid and Her New Book “Lifelines”
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In this crossover episode with the CSIS Coronavirus Crisis Update Podcast, Dr. Leana Wen, Washington Post columnist and CNN analyst joined CSIS’s J. Stephen Morrison and Andrew Schwartz to discuss the current state of Covid in the United States plus her new book, “Lifelines: A Doctor’s Journey in the Fight for Public Health.”
Oct 14, 2021
German Elections and Future of Euro Leadership
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CSIS’s Europe and Eurasia Program director Heather Conley joins the podcast to discuss the German elections and what they mean for Germany and greater Europe’s future as well as its relationship with the United States.  
Sep 30, 2021
Social Media and Political Polarization
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Professor Paul Barrett, deputy director of the New York University Stern Center for Business and Human Rights joins the podcast to discuss his new report, “Fueling the Fire: How Social Media Intensifies U.S. Political Polarization—And What Can Be Done About It.”
Sep 24, 2021
Sub Deal with Aus-UK
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CSIS’s Dr. Mike Green joins the podcast to discuss the geopolitical implications of the AUKUS nuclear submarine deal and the fallout with France.  
Sep 23, 2021
Era of Strategic Competition: Measuring Chinese and U.S. Engagement with African Security Chiefs
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CSIS Africa Program director Judd Devermont joins the podcast to discuss his latest research findings that Beijing’s observable interactions with current and former African security chiefs pale in comparison to equivalent U.S. engagements, and, why this is so important for the United States in the era of strategic competition.
Sep 15, 2021
Covid Reset
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CSIS’s Dr. J. Stephen Morrison joins the podcast to discuss President Biden’s vaccine mandates, plans for a “Covid-19 reset” and the situation in Afghanistan with respect to Covid.
Sep 13, 2021
Meet the New Taliban, Same as the Old Taliban
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CSIS’s Dr. Seth Jones joins the podcast to discuss the Taliban announcement that this week they named Sirajuddin Haqqani —the Taliban’s deputy leader and close ally of al Qaeda—to be its first minister of interior. Haqqani, a U.S.-designated terrorist with close ties to the group responsible for 9/11 is now the Afghan equivalent of director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation.
Sep 08, 2021
Digital Taliban
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CSIS Human Rights Initiative Director Marti Flacks joins the podcast to discuss the new “digital Taliban,” and how it is poised to utilize biometric technology and electronic surveillance in order to rule Afghanistan. Plus, Ms. Flacks analyzes the initial signals the Taliban is sending on human rights and what, if any, leverage the United States has over the Taliban going forward.
Sep 02, 2021
Global Jihadist Shot in the Arm
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Former Undersecretary of Defense for Intelligence Mike Vickers joins the podcast along with CSIS’ Dr. Seth Jones to discuss the terrorist threat following the U.S. withdrawal of Afghanistan and what the United States should do about it.
Aug 26, 2021
Afghan Addiction
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CSIS SVP, Brzezinski Chair and Middle East Program Director Jon Alterman joins the podcast to talk about the new geopolitics surrounding Afghanistan in the aftermath of the U.S. withdrawal and what Iran, Russia, and China’s interests are with respect to Taliban rule.
Aug 24, 2021
Jihadist Burning Man
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The Wall Street Journal’s Alan Cullison left Kabul on Saturday, August 14 as the Taliban were poised to take control of the Afghan capital. He joins the podcast along with CSIS’s Dr. Seth Jones to discuss the latest developments as well as his recent experiences reporting on Al Qaeda and ISIS prisoners who have now been freed by the Taliban.
Aug 19, 2021
Amy McGrath on Afghanistan and Her New Book “Honor Bound”
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Former U.S. Senate candidate, U.S. Marine Lt. Col (Ret) fighter pilot Amy McGrath joins the podcast to talk about her time in Afghanistan, what she sees as the U.S. strategic interests in that region going forward, and about her new book, “Honor Bound: An American Story of Dreams and Service.”
Aug 17, 2021
Afghanistan Now
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CSIS’s Dr. Seth Jones joins the podcast to talk about the Taliban takeover of Afghanistan and what the U.S. should be prepared to do next.
Aug 16, 2021
Violence and Coexistence in Israel with CSIS's Jon Alterman
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Since Friday, violence has erupted throughout Israel and the Gaza Strip between Israelis and Palestinians, sparked by attempted evictions by Jewish settlers in an Arab neighborhood of Jerusalem and a skirmish between Israeli police and Palestinian mosque-goers at al Aqsa Mosque. Andrew is joined by CSIS senior vice president Jon Alterman, Brzezinski Chair in Global Security and Geostrategy, and director of the Middle East Program at CSIS, to discuss the causes of the recent conflict, from ineffective governance on each side, to the end of Israeli isolationism, to undue escalation by Hamas. Hamas, which as Alterman points out, "isn't a party to any of this," began launching rockets from the Gaza Strip and "injecting itself into Jerusalem's story," expanding the conflict from East Jerusalem to the whole country and into Gaza. According to Alterman, Israel may just consider this to be more of what they refer to as "mowing the grass," another in a series of opportunities to teach Hamas a lesson and put off finding a resolution to this ongoing conflict for a few more years. Either way, in Alterman’s analysis, finding a "partner for peace" will become increasingly more difficult as Israelis and Palestinians drift farther towards social extremes—despite the fact that "nobody is going away" and "their fates are intertwined."
May 13, 2021
Bring Music Home with Amber Mundinger and Tamara Deike
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Shuttered live music venues across the United States are facing an unprecedented threat to their existence. Recognizing the crucial space live music occupies in American life, industry veterans Amber Mundinger and Tamara Deike spent the last year documenting America’s empty iconic venues, coast to coast via their organization “Bring Music Home.” Mundinger and Deike join the podcast to talk about their newly published unique and truly incredible coffee table book (it weighs 9 pounds!) with brilliant images of places like Washington’s 9:30 Club, New Orleans’ Tipitinas, Austin’s Stubb’s, and L.A.’s Troubadour. A docuseries and podcast are to follow. And as Mundinger and Deike discuss, live music is a bipartisan concern!
May 12, 2021
Vaccine Hesitancy, Distribution and the Next Phase with CSIS’s Steve Morrison
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Stephen Morrison, Director of the CSIS Global Health Policy Center, rejoined the podcast to discuss the state of the pandemic, vaccine distribution and hesitancy, and achieving herd immunity in the U.S. 
Apr 14, 2021
Rise of Domestic Terror with CSIS’s Seth Jones
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U.S. active-duty military personnel and reservists have participated in a growing number of domestic terrorist plots and attacks, according to new data from CSIS. The percentage of all domestic terrorist incidents linked to active-duty and reserve personnel rose in 2020 to 6.4 percent, up from 1.5 percent in 2019 and none in 2018. Similarly, a growing number of current and former law enforcement officers have been involved in domestic terrorism in recent years. But domestic terrorism is a double-edged sword. In 2020, extremists from all sides of the ideological spectrum increasingly targeted the military, law enforcement, and other government actors—putting U.S. security agencies in the crosshairs of domestic terrorists. In this episode, CSIS’s Dr. Seth Jones, Senior Vice President and Director, International Security Program, joins the podcast to discuss the findings of his new report, “The Military, Police, and the Rise of Terrorism in the United States.”
Apr 13, 2021
Food Insecurity in America with CSIS’s Caitlin Welsh
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Caitlin Welsh, Director of the CSIS Global Food Security Program, rejoined the podcast to discuss how Covid-19 has increased food insecurity in the U.S. and abroad. She also shared her insights into how the Biden administration can take action to strengthen food security, emphasizing that in the U.S., it’s not an issue of food supply, but of economics. To learn more, check out Caitlin’s episode of CSIS’s newest video series Data Unpacked.
Apr 01, 2021
Political Data Science with David Shor
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Democratic data scientist David Shor joins the podcast to talk about what’s working and what isn’t with the Democratic Party’s approach to voters in gearing up for the 2022 midterm elections. 
Mar 26, 2021
Alec MacGillis on “Fulfillment: Winning and Losing in One-Click America”
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Journalist and best-selling author Alec MacGillis joins the podcast to talk about his fascinating new book, “Fulfillment: Winning and Losing in One-Click America,” a story of regional inequality and economic concentration in America told through the lens of Amazon. MacGillis offers keen insight into what the growing imbalance of wealth in the United States has done to our people and to our politics, about dystopian cities, and about the winners in the one-click economy.
Mar 18, 2021
Dr. Peter Hotez: Anti-Vaccine Movement, Resistance and the Texas Turmoil
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In this crossover episode with the CSIS podcast Coronavirus Crisis Update, Dr. Peter Hotez joined Steve Morrison and Andrew to discuss the anti-vaccine movement, the vaccine-resistant, the turmoil in Texas over lifting the mask mandate in wake of severe weather emergency, and much more. 
Mar 11, 2021
Space is Defendable with CSIS’ Todd Harrison
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CSIS' Director of the Aerospace Security Project, Todd Harrison, joins the podcast to discuss his new study “Defense Against the Dark Arts in Space: Protecting Space Systems from Counterspace Weapons.” The proliferation of missiles, lasers, jammers, and other anti-satellite weapons has been widely documented, but little has been said about ways to defend against these threats—Harrison says what his team wanted to do with this report is look at the other side of the equation. “Yes, we see all these threats to space systems, but what do you do about it?”
Mar 09, 2021
The Bulwark’s Charlie Sykes: Tribalization and the Coalition of the Decent
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Charlie Sykes, Founder and Editor-at-large of The Bulwark and host of The Bulwark podcast joins the show to discuss the campaign to minimalize the events of January 6, tribalism in the Republican Party, and the prospects for bipartisanship in our fractured politics.
Mar 04, 2021
WaPo’s Josh Dawsey: Trump and the GOP
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Star Washington Post reporter Josh Dawsey joins the podcast to discuss former President Trump’s upcoming speech at CPAC, his efforts to remain the leader of the GOP, the 2022 midterm elections, and the Biden administration’s early days.
Feb 24, 2021
What Does Freedom and Equity Mean to Americans?
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Writer and policy researcher James Piltch joins the podcast to talk about his new piece for Politico Magazine “Democrats Have a Values Problem. But Here’s How They Can Fix It." In his research, Piltch has found that Americans say they prize freedom over equity—but what does that really mean and how does it manifest itself? And how do Republicans and Democrats speak to the American people effectively when it comes to issues surrounding freedom and equity?
Feb 01, 2021
ABC’s Jonathan Karl on Trump’s Final 8 Days
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Jonathan Karl, ABC News’ Chief White House Correspondent and author of NYT Bestseller “Front Row at the Trump Shop,” reflects on the January 6th attack on the U.S. Capitol, Donald Trump’s isolation in his last days as president, and on the incoming Biden administration and the challenges it faces on day one.  
Jan 12, 2021
Voter Registration HeadCount’s Andy Bernstein
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HeadCount is a nonpartisan organization that uses the power of music to register voters and promote participation in democracy. Executive Director Andy Bernstein joins the podcast to discuss HeadCount’s efforts in 2020 and beyond.
Dec 22, 2020
Conflict, Climate, and Covid-19
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In this episode, Andrew is joined by David Miliband, the President and CEO of the International Rescue Committee. They discuss the IRC’s newly released 2021 Emergency Watchlist, and how nearly every watchlist country is facing the triple-threat of ongoing conflict, climate change, and the Covid-19 pandemic.  David Miliband is the President and CEO of the International Rescue Committee and the previous UK Foreign Secretary.
Dec 18, 2020
Politico’s Tim Alberta Understanding Election 2020
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Politico’s chief political correspondent Tim Alberta joins the podcast to help answer why it is so hard to make sense of the 2020 election, what is at the root of America’s polarization and what happens now to the Republican and Democratic Parties respectively.
Dec 02, 2020
Pappyland with Wright Thompson
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Legendary ESPN reporter Wright Thompson joins Andrew to discuss his new book, Pappyland: A Story of Family, Fine Bourbon and the Things That Last. In listening to this episode, you’ll learn that “Pappyland” is “barely a book about bourbon,” but rather, about so many other facets of American life. Among them: tradition and legacy, family and relationships, our public discourse and the power of brand. Plus, Wright Thompson’s analysis of the Whiskey Rebellion and its applications to our present day policy dialogue. This episode contains the use of explicit language.
Nov 23, 2020
Sustainable Infrastructure in the Amazon
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In this episode, Andrew invites CSIS's Romina Bandura to discuss the challenges and factors that lead to the deforestation of the Amazon. Romina draws on her latest CSIS report, "Sustainable Infrastructure in the Amazon," to discuss the underlying causes of the deforestation and what initiatives countries need to take in order to pursue sustainable economic development and ensure that economic, environmental, and social benefits are achieved. Romina Bandura is a senior fellow with the Project on Prosperity and Development and the Project on U.S. Leadership in Development at CSIS.
Nov 16, 2020
American Feelings on Safety and Wellbeing
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In this episode, Andrew speaks with John Zogby and Jean-Paul (JP) Guilbault about a new poll that asked American adults and 16- to 17-year-olds how the national health and economic crises has impacted their lives and outlook. John and JP draw from the results of the Navigate360 and John Zogby Strategies report to discuss American feelings of personal safety and wellbeing in schools and the workplace, uncertainty and distrust of leadership and institutions, and insufficient training or communication for emergency situations. Please read here to find more poll results. John Zogby is founder and senior partner of John Zogby Strategies. He is known as a veteran pollster, opinion leader, and best-selling author. JP Guilbault is the CEO of Navigate360, which provides technology, education and services to support all safety initiatives of various communities, workplaces, schools, and more.
Oct 20, 2020
Mapping the Future of U.S. China Policy
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In this episode, Andrew invites CSIS's Dr. Michael J. Green to analyze global perspectives on U.S. China policy. Dr. Green draws on statistics found in a recent CSIS survey of the American public and thought leaders in the U.S., Asia, and Europe. Listen in to hear how people view China in terms of trade, human rights, security, and more. To find the full survey and analysis, please click here. Dr. Michael J. Green is senior vice president for Asia and Japan Chair at CSIS; and director of Asian Studies at the Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University. 
Oct 15, 2020
Making Sense of 2020 Election Polling Trends
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In this episode, Andrew is joined by Bruce Mehlman to discuss all things on the 2020 presidential election. They reflect on the news of President Trump and other senior White House officials testing positive for Covid-19, the first presidential debate, as well as what could come of President Trump's Supreme Court nomination. Bruce P. Mehlman is the founder of Mehlman Castagnetti Rosen & Thomas, a bipartisan government relations firm that studies the implications of the policy landscape. You can find their new analysis on the 2020 elections here.
Oct 07, 2020
Daniel Yergin on "The New Map"
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This is a crossover episode with the CSIS podcast The Reopening. Pulitzer Prize-winning author and global energy expert Daniel Yergin talks with Andrew and Scott about his latest book, The New Map, and the way technology revolutions in energy are influencing geopolitics, security, climate, and health. Daniel is vice-chairman of the research firm IHS Markit and has served on the Secretary of Energy’s advisory board under the last four presidential administrations.
Sep 17, 2020
An Open World
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In this episode, Andrew invites Rebecca Lissner, co-author of An Open World: How America Can Win the Contest for Twenty-First-Century Order. Rebecca draws on this new book to discuss why she believes the United States needs to re-imagine its grand strategy in order to face and overcome new 21st century challenges.  Rebecca Lissner is a non-resident scholar for the Center for Security Studies at Georgetown University; and an assistant professor at the U.S. Naval War College. She co-authored An Open World: How America Can Win the Contest for Twenty-First-Century Order with Mira Rapp-Hooper. 
Sep 15, 2020
Violence in the Streets of America
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In this episode, Seth Jones is back to further analyze the increase of violence that has occurred across America in the last couple of weeks. He draws on more data from his CSIS brief, "The Escalating Terrorism Problem in the United States," to discuss extremist groups and their use of social media, what violence might occur after this November's presidential election, and the transnational spread of white supremacism. Dr. Seth Jones holds the Harold Brown Chair, is director of the Transnational Threats Project, and is a senior adviser to the International Security Program at the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS).
Sep 03, 2020
Terrorism in the U.S.
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In this episode, Andrew invites Seth Jones to discuss what CSIS data reveals on the increasing terrorism problem in the U.S. Seth draws on his CSIS brief, "The Escalating Terrorism Problem in the United States," to unpack where the most significant threats are likely to come from and what factors will likely cause those threats to rise throughout the rest of 2020. Dr. Seth Jones holds the Harold Brown Chair, is director of the Transnational Threats Project, and is a senior adviser to the International Security Program at the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS).
Aug 25, 2020
NYT’s Bret Stephens on Israel and “One” or “Two” State Solutions
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In this episode, Andrew invites New York Times columnist Bret Stephens to discuss the concepts of one-state and two-state solutions for Israel, and what steps could be taken to have a peaceful resolution between Israelis and Palestinians.
Aug 13, 2020
David Sanger and the Roots of the Nation’s Struggle to Control the Pandemic
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In this crossover episode with CSIS's Take As Directed/Coronavirus Crisis Update podcast, New York Times national security correspondent David Sanger discusses the NYT's recent investigative team’s efforts, which chronicled the momentous White House decisions taken in early April to step back and push lead responsibility on to the states.
Jul 22, 2020
Climate, Energy, and U.S. Foreign Policy
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In this episode, Andrew invites CSIS's Sarah Ladislaw and Nikos Tsafos to explain how a new U.S. international energy policy should look, and climate change’s role within it. They also discuss the inspiration behind and future of the new CSIS initiative, Climate Smart Foreign Policy. Sarah Ladislaw is senior vice president and director and senior fellow of the Energy Security and Climate Change Program at CSIS. Nikos Tsafos is a senior fellow with the Energy Security and Climate Change Program at CSIS.
Jul 08, 2020
Wes Moore, Robin Hood Foundation CEO on Ending Poverty and Systemic Racism in America
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In this crossover episode with CSIS's The Reopening, Robin Hood Foundation CEO Wes Moore, author of the new book “Five Days: The Fiery Reckoning of An American City” discusses how changes in public policy must occur for poverty and racial inequality to end in America.
Jul 02, 2020
Dr. Michael Fauntroy on Systemic Racism
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Eminent political scientist Dr. Michael Fauntroy of Howard University discusses systemic racism and inequality. He discusses whether we are witnessing a movement, an awakening or a fad; and what achieving meaningful results could look like in America’s quest for social justice. 
Jun 25, 2020
Law Professor Joshua Geltzer on Election Security
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In this episode, Georgetown Law professor and National Task Force on Election Crises member Joshua Geltzer discusses the challenges that Covid-19, disinformation campaigns, cyber-attacks and partisanship bring to the 2020 election.
May 21, 2020
John Barry, Eminent Pandemic Historian - "Tell the Truth"
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In this crossover episode with CSIS's Coronavirus Crisis Update podcast, Tulane University professor and historian John Barry, author of the New York Times bestseller The Great Influenza, joins the podcast from his home in New Orleans’ French Quarter to discuss the lessons gleaned from the 1918 Spanish Flu pandemic that speak to today’s coronavirus pandemic sweeping America and the world.
May 15, 2020
Sold Out of Meat
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In this episode, CSIS Food Security Program director Caitlin Welsh discusses the state of meat production, supply chains and food security in the United States during the pandemic.
May 06, 2020
Long Term Impacts of Covid-19 on Global Migration
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In this episode, CSIS’s Erol Yayboke joins Andrew to provide a window into the challenges that an almost complete halt to human mobility, due to Covid-19, will have on the United States and the rest of the world. Erol Yayboke is deputy director and senior fellow with the Project on U.S. Leadership in Development (USLD) and Project on Prosperity and Development (PPD) at CSIS.
Apr 28, 2020
U.S. Views of China During Covid-19 Pandemic
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In this episode, Andrew invites Laura Silver of the Pew Research Center to discuss a new study she co-authored, "U.S. Views of China Increasingly Negative Amid Coronavirus Outbreak." She expands on different findings of the study, including what the data says about differing opinions across partisan lines. Andrew then turns to David Sanger of The New York Times to further analyze U.S. feelings toward China, as well as President Trump's relationship with China.
Apr 23, 2020
Big Brother, Solutions & Widespread Distrust
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In this hybrid episode of Truth of the Matter and the Impossible State, CSIS’ Victor Cha and Steve Morrison join Andrew Schwartz to discuss South Korea’s innovative systems for tracking Covid-19 and whether they can work for the United States.
Apr 15, 2020
Maggie Haberman WH Coverage of Covid-19
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In this episode, Andrew invites New York Times White House correspondent Maggie Haberman. Maggie draws from one of her latest reports, "Trade Adviser Warned White House in January of Risks of a Pandemic," to discuss WH trade adviser Peter Navarro's memo to the Trump administration about the implications of Covid-19, dated back in January. She also details what it's like covering the WH during this pandemic and what areas of coverage currently take priority.
Apr 07, 2020
COVID-19 in North and South Korea
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In this episode, Andrew is joined by CSIS's Victor Cha to discuss how South Korea is battling COVID-19 and the innovative strategies they took to prevent a wider spread of the virus. Victor also gives insight into what is and isn't known on how North Korea is responding to the global pandemic, noting their recent missile tests. Victor Cha is a senior adviser and the inaugural holder of the Korea Chair at CSIS. He is also a professor of government and holds the D.S. Song-KF Chair in the Department of Government and the School of Foreign Service (SFS) at Georgetown University.
Mar 31, 2020
Health V. Economy
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In this episode, CSIS’s Steve Morrison and Stephanie Segal join Andrew Schwartz to get to the Truth of the Matter about the conflicting approaches to saving lives and saving the U.S. economy. 
Mar 25, 2020
Oil Markets Under Pressure
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In this episode, Andrew invites Sarah Ladislaw and Kevin Book to give an update on oil markets as they face downward economic pressure. Sarah Ladislaw is senior vice president, director and Senior Fellow of the Energy Security and Climate Change Program at CSIS. Kevin Book is the managing director for Clear View Energy Partners LLC.
Mar 20, 2020
COVID-19: Testing the U.S.
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In this episode, Andrew invites Heather Conley, Stephanie Segal, and Steve Morrison to give an update on the global COVID-19 crisis. Heather Conley is senior vice president for Europe, Eurasia, and the Arctic and director of the Europe program at CSIS. Stephanie Segal is senior fellow of the Simon Chair in Political Economy. Steve Morrison is senior vice president and director of the Global Health Policy Center at CSIS.
Mar 19, 2020
Italy Total Lockdown?
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In this episode, Andrew invites Heather Conley and Steve Morrison to give an update on the unfolding COVID-19 crisis in Italy and Europe. Heather Conley is senior vice president for Europe, Eurasia, and the Arctic and director of the Europe program at CSIS. Steve Morrison is senior vice president and director director of the Global Health Policy Center at CSIS.
Mar 11, 2020
Age of Mass Protests
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In this episode, Andrew invites CSIS's Samuel Brannen to discuss decade-long trends of mass political protests around the world. Sam draws on the new CSIS report The Age of Mass Protests: Understanding an Escalating Global Trend, which he co-authored, to explain factors that could increase the rate of protests, the suppression of movements in certain countries, and the U.S.'s failure to develop a systematic response to the increasing trend of global protests. Samuel Brannen leads the Risk and Foresight Group at CSIS and is a senior fellow in the International Security Program.
Mar 04, 2020
COVID-19: New Reality
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In this episode, Andrew invites CSIS's Steve Morrison, Jude Blanchette, and Stephanie Segal to discuss how the coronavirus outbreak, also known as COVID-19, is directly affecting the global economy, health security, and international politics. Steve Morrison is senior vice president and director of the Global Health Policy Center. Jude Blanchette holds the Freeman Chair in China Studies. Stephanie Segal is senior fellow of the Simon Chair in Political Economy.
Feb 27, 2020
Libya Conflict
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In this episode, Bob and Andrew invite Bulent Aliriza, director of the CSIS Turkey Project, to unpack the worsening conflict in Libya. Bulent explains who the U.S. is supporting, the impact of other foreign powers in the region, and what the main interests are of the long-standing civil war.
Feb 11, 2020
Brexit: What Happens Next?
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In this episode, Bob and Andrew welcome back CSIS's Heather Conley, senior vice president for Europe, Eurasia, and the Arctic. Now that Brexit has happened, everyone is wondering: what comes next for the UK? Heather discusses many of the challenges the UK will still have to face, why the U.S. should care, and what will go into the making of a trade agreement between the U.S. and the UK.
Feb 04, 2020
Impeachment and the Media
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In this episode, Bob and Andrew invite former executive editor and vice president of The Washington Post Leonard Downie Jr. Leonard describes his time supervising the Post's Watergate coverage, as well as the Post being first to report the Monica Lewinsky story. The three also discuss the current state of the media and how the Trump administration may be affecting the public's view of the news.
Jan 28, 2020
Global Economic Outlook
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In this episode, Bob and Andrew invite Stephanie Segal, senior fellow of the CSIS Simon Chair in Political Economy, to give a forecast of the global economy in 2020. They unpack President Trump's recent address at the World Economic Forum in Davos, the U.S.'s growing national debt, as well as the current state of the economy and where it might be heading.
Jan 23, 2020
U.S.-China Trade Deal: Phase One
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In this episode, Bob and Andrew invite CSIS's "Trade Guys," Bill Reinsch and Scott Miller to discuss the "Phase One" trade agreement between the U.S. and China that was signed on Wednesday. They give insight on specifics of the agreement, who is impacted the most, and what it might reveal about the future of the U.S. and China's economic relationship. Bill Reinsch holds the Scholl Chair in International Business at CSIS and is a senior adviser at Kelley, Drye & Warren LLP. Scott Miller is a senior adviser of the Abshire-Inamori Leadership Academy at CSIS and held the Scholl Chair in International Business from 2012-2017.
Jan 16, 2020
The Killing of Soleimani and U.S. Response
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In this episode, Bob and Andrew invite CSIS’s Seth G. Jones, Harold Brown Chair, director of the Transnational Threats Project, and senior adviser to the International Security Program. They discuss the latest news about the Ukrainian aircraft that was shot down by Iranians, as well as President Trump’s address to the nation, and Iran’s vulnerabilities. This episode was recorded on January 9th at 2pm, prior to The House of Representatives approving a war powers resolution that would prevent President Trump from taking military action against Iran without congressional consent.
Jan 10, 2020
Bad Ideas in National Security
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In this episode, Andrew invites a team from the CSIS International Security Program (ISP): Kathleen Hicks, Andrew Hunter, and Todd Harrison. They discuss Defense 360's "Bad Ideas in National Security" series that highlights brief articles written by CSIS and outside scholars on a number of bad ideas in the defense and foreign policy space. In addition to analyzing their own pieces, they nominate their frontrunners for what might be considered the "worst" bad idea. Kathleen Hicks is senior vice president at CSIS, Henry A. Kissinger Chair, and director of the ISP. Andrew Hunter is director of the Defense-Industrial Initiatives Group and a senior fellow in the ISP. Todd Harrison is director of Defense Budget Analysis, director of the Aerospace Security Project, and a senior fellow in the ISP.
Dec 18, 2019
British Elections
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In this episode, Bob and Andrew invite two special guests: CSIS's Heather Conley, senior vice president for Europe, Eurasia, and the Arctic; and BBC anchor and correspondent Laura Trevelyan. They discuss an updated outlook on Brexit and the U.K. elections, as well as certain parallels between U.S. and U.K. politics.
Dec 11, 2019
Climate Change and Food Security
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In this episode, Bob and Andrew invite Kimberly Flowers, director of the Humanitarian Agenda and Global Food Security Project at CSIS. They analyze the political and humanitarian impact of climate change on food security and global hunger. Kimberly also draws on a recent brief that she co-authored, "Climate Change and Food Security: A Test of U.S. Leadership in a Fragile World."
Dec 04, 2019
The Islamic State's Next Wave
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In this episode, Bob and Andrew invite back Seth Jones, CSIS's Harold Brown Chair and Director of the Transnational Threats Project. Seth discusses the U.S. raid on Islamic State leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, and what it means for the future of the Islamic State as well as its implications on future relations between the U.S. and the Middle East. Download the full transcript here.
Nov 05, 2019
Russia Into Africa
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In this episode, Bob and Andrew talk with Judd Devermont, director of the Africa program at CSIS. Judd breaks down the Russia-Africa Summit and steps the U.S. could take to reduce the Russia footprint in Africa. Download the full transcript here.
Oct 30, 2019
A Reckoning in Syria and What it Means for the Middle East
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In this episode, Bob and Andrew talk to Brian Katz, a fellow of CSIS's International Security Program and the Transnational Threats Project. Brian breaks down the situation on the ground following the U.S. decision to pull troops out of northern Syria, discusses where ISIS stands, and offers insights into Russia's stance of the unfolding situation and what it means for the region. Download the full transcript here.
Oct 22, 2019
An Ongoing Discussion on Syria
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In this episode, Bob and Andrew sit down with Melissa Dalton, deputy director of the CSIS International Security Program and director of the Cooperative Defense Project. Melissa discusses the current situation of the ongoing conflict in Syria and the sudden withdrawal of U.S. forces there, while analyzing Russia's role, potential U.S. strategy, and the state of Turkey's relationship with the U.S. Download the full transcript here.
Oct 16, 2019
U.S. Troop Pullout of Syria
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Bob and Andrew talk with Bulent Aliriza, director of the CSIS Turkey Project, about the escalating situation along the Syrian border with Turkey after President Trump ordered U.S. troops out of the region. Download the full transcript here.
Oct 08, 2019
U.S. and China: A New Paradigm
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In this episode, Bob and Andrew speak with Jude Blanchette, the Freeman Chair in China Studies at CSIS. Jude brings us up to date on the demonstrations in Hong Kong that escalated on October 1st, the same day of the 70th anniversary of the People's Republic of China. Jude explains what the future might hold for Hong Kong protesters, as well as how everything could affect the U.S. and China relationship. Download the full transcript here.
Oct 04, 2019
Bonus: Schieffer's Green Room on Iran
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In this bonus episode of The Truth of the Matter, listen in on Bob Schieffer’s green room conversation with CSIS’ Jon Alterman, Seth Jones and the New York Times’ David Sanger, prior to the CSIS Schieffer Series event on the Iran situation, September 24. Download the full transcript here.
Oct 01, 2019
Explaining the Intelligence Community Whistleblower Protection Act
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Bob and Andrew bring in nonpartisan legal expert Bradley P. Moss, Esq., to explain the Intelligence Community Whistleblower Protection Act of 1989. Mr. Moss tells us how it works, the unique situation regarding the President with respect to the Act, and how the process may move forward. Download the full transcript here.
Sep 24, 2019
The Attack on Saudi Arabia
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In this episode, hosts Bob Schieffer and Andrew Schwartz interview CSIS Harold Brown Chair and Director of the Transnational Threats Project Seth Jones about the recent attack on Saudi Arabia's oil production facilities. They also discuss Jones's prescient and relevant report, "Iran’s Threat to Saudi Critical Infrastructure." Download the full transcript here.
Sep 17, 2019
Edge of a New Epoch
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In this inaugural episode, hosts Bob Schieffer and Andrew Schwartz interview former deputy secretary of defense and now CSIS’s CEO, Dr. John Hamre. Download the full transcript here.
Sep 12, 2019