The Truth of the Matter

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Many of us have questions about global issues and not a lot of places to turn to for reliable and thoughtful answers. In The Truth of the Matter, hosts Bob Schieffer and Andrew Schwartz breakdown complex policy issues of the day. No Spin, No Bombast, No finger pointing. Just informed discussion.

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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.

Nov 05, 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.

Oct 30, 2019
Russia Into Africa
23:28

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.

Oct 29, 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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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."

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
The Khashoggi Case: Turkey's Opportunity
13:58

While Saudi Arabia has foundered in its response to the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi, Turkey's President Recip Tayyip Erdogan has attempted to use the crisis to burnish Turkey's image in the region and to help repair Turkey's relationship with the United States. CSIS Turkey Project Director Bulent Aliriza joins The Readout this week to discuss the international implications of this ongoing episode. Hosted by Colm Quinn.  

Oct 26, 2018
Climate Change and the Case of Jamal Khashoggi
27:17

This week we look at the two big stories from the week - the case of Jamal Khashoggi, the Saudi dissident "disappeared" in Istanbul and the US-Saudi relations fallout and the IPCC's climate change report that warns of quick action needed by the global community before 2030 to avert climate disaster. With CSIS's Jon Alterman and Sarah Ladislaw. Hosted by Colm Quinn.

Oct 12, 2018
A Week of Spies
16:44

This week saw multiple countries point the finger at Russia for a string of cyberattacks, prompting the often-asked question of what a Western response would look like. China also came under scrutiny after a Bloomberg Businessweek story claimed that China had successfully inserted chips in to hardware used by Apple and Amazon, effectively allowing security backdoors into the companies. To explain it all is Jim Lewis, the CSIS resident cyber expert. Hosted by Colm Quinn.

Oct 05, 2018
How Congress Can Make Its Mark on U.S. Foreign Policy
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When it comes to U.S. foreign policy, the focus - for good reason - tends to fall on the White House. But the U.S. House and Senate are not toothless when it comes to foreign affairs, and often see the world in a different way than the president. A new CSIS study seeks to define how members of Congress in both parties view the U.S. role in the world, and comes up with a new lens with which to define members. We hear from the report's leaders Kathleen Hicks, Louis Lauter, and Colin McElhinny on what this means for U.S. leadership ahead of a contentious election season. Hosted by Colm Quinn.

Read the web version of the report Beyond the Water's Edge

Read the full PDF here

Sep 28, 2018
Information Warfare: Back to the Future
20:41

This week's episode takes a step back in time to the 1980s and a country caught between East and West: Poland. CSIS's Seth Jones previews his new book A Covert Action on the previously classified story of QRHELPFUL, the CIA's program to support the Solidarity movement in Poland, the group that helped bring about the end of Soviet influence in the country. It gives us a glimpse in to the world of information warfare we experience today, as well as delivering lessons that can be applied even now. Hosted by Colm Quinn.

Sep 21, 2018
Preventing Extremism 17 Years after 9/11
16:03

It's 17 years since the terrorist attacks of September 11th shook America and launched the still ongoing War on Terror. But after $5.6 trillion dollars have been sunk into the endeavor, extremism continues worldwide - especially in fragile states. This week we hear from Rockefeller Foundation President Dr. Rajiv Shah as well as CSIS Senior Fellow Alice Friend on a new initiative that seeks to get at, and solve, the root causes of extremism in these countries. Hosted by Colm Quinn.

Learn more about the Task Force on Extremism in Fragile States: https://www.usip.org/programs/task-force-extremism-fragile-states

Sep 14, 2018
Turkey's Financial Crisis and its US Falling Out
18:58

Turkey's currency and debt crisis was bad enough, but further U.S. pressure over the detention of American pastor Andrew Brunson means that Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan could be in the deepest trouble he's faced as leader. We hear from CSIS's Stephanie Segal and Bulent Aliriza on what can be done to solve Turkey's crisis, and whether the damage to U.S.-Turkey relations will be long-lasting. Hosted by Colm Quinn. 

Aug 24, 2018
Election Interference and the 2018 Midterms
17:01

The U.S. government is bracing for another round of efforts by Russia to disrupt the 2018 midterm elections, so how vulnerable is the United States this time around? We hear from James Lewis, the head of the Technology Policy Program at CSIS on what's at stake and ways the United States can deal with these measures. Hosted by Colm Quinn.

Aug 03, 2018
America and EU Agree Trade Truce
14:17

After weeks of tit-for-tat between the EU and the United States, it seems as if EU Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker’s visit to the White House has stemmed the worst of the brewing trade war. So what was agreed, and will it be enough to close the chapter on the latest trade tiff between the United States and another major economy? We hear from CSIS Senior Adviser Scott Miller on what to expect. Audio Produced by Yumi Araki. Hosted by Colm Quinn.

Jul 27, 2018
The Trump-Putin Parley and Peace Breaks Out in East Africa
31:24

On this week’s show we look at the fallout from this week’s meeting between President Trump and Russian leader Vladimir Putin, with Olga Oliker and Jeff Mankoff. We then turn to Dan Runde and Africa, where a frozen conflict between Ethiopia and Eritrea has reached a peaceful conclusion. Audio produced by Yumi Araki. Hosted by Colm Quinn.

Jul 21, 2018
Allies Reel from a Trump-torn NATO
17:53

President Trump has made no secret about his feelings towards the NATO alliance, and came in all guns blazing to this week’s NATO summit in Brussels, admonishing allies for not footing more of the financial burden for defense as well as threatening that the U.S. might “go it alone.” CSIS Europe program deputy director Jeff Rathke joins the show this week to discuss what kind of effect this week has had on the NATO alliance and whether allies are measuring up in their commitment to NATO. Hosted by Colm Quinn. Audio produced by Yumi Araki.

The new CSIS report available here: Counting Dollars or Measuring Value: Assessing NATO and Partner Burden Sharing

Jul 13, 2018
The Trade War Begins and AMLO Wins
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At 12.01am on Friday July 6, the long-telegraphed trade war between the United States and China began with U.S. tariffs imposed on $34 billion worth of Chinese goods - and the Chinese responding in kind. How far will it go, and how does it affect the regular consumer? We hear from Bill Reinsch, CSIS's head of all things trade.

Later in the show we hear from Mexico expert Richard Miles on Mexico's new president and how he's likely to approach the U.S.-Mexico relationship.

Hosted by Colm Quinn.

For more on trade, listen to the Trade Guys: https://www.csis.org/podcasts/trade-guys

And to keep up with developments in the Western Hemisphere, be sure to tune in to CSIS's 35 West:  https://www.csis.org/podcasts/35-west​

Jul 06, 2018
The Trump-Putin Summit, NATO, and Europe's Trouble
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This week the White House announced that President Trump would meet Russia's leader Vladimir Putin in Helsinki on July 16. Before that meeting, Trump travels to the NATO summit in Brussels as well as calling on Theresa May in London. On this week's show we talk to CSIS expert Heather Conley on what to look for on the upcoming trip, as well as how the EU is dealing with a less friendly United States. Hosted by Colm Quinn.
Jun 30, 2018
Trump's Space Force and Turkey's Elections
29:03

On The Readout this week: Donald Trump announced his intention to create a "space force" that would become the sixth branch of the U.S. military, CSIS space expert Todd Harrison joins the show to discuss whether that plan will get off the ground. In Turkey voters go to the polls on Sunday to elect a new president and parliament - has Erdogan done enough to secure another term? Bulent Aliriza talks through the possibilities. 

Hosted by Colm Quinn with production by Yumi Araki.

Read Todd's latest report: Space Threat Assessment 2018.

And Bulent's assessment of Turkey's elections in the latest CSIS Commentary.

Jun 22, 2018
| The CSIS Podcast is now The Readout
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The clue is in the title. As of next week, The CSIS podcast will rebrand as The Readout. This short clip from host Colm Quinn explains the thinking behind the switch. 

Jun 15, 2018
Trump and Kim's Singapore Swing
22:59

On this week's show we discuss the fallout from the meeting between President Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un in Singapore. We first hear from writer E. Tammy Kim in Seoul about how those in South Korea are reacting and then we head back to Washington to hear from CSIS's SVP for Asia Mike Green. Hosted by Colm Quinn.

Read E. Tammy Kim's latest piece in the New Yorker "South Koreans are Still Hopeful After the Trump-Kim Summit

Jun 15, 2018
Destination: Maghreb – Part 2
10:47

After following the path of migrants from sub-Saharan Africa in part one, we now join them as they try to navigate life in the Maghreb where different countries have different strategies for welcoming their new arrivals. With Haim Malka. Hosted by Colm Quinn.

Check out Haim’s report here: Destination Maghreb: Changing Migration Patterns in North Africa.

Music credit: “Sidi Habibi” is from the Tsikago album by Lamajamal, a Chicago-based music ensemble, and published by Intercultural Music Production.

Subscribe to our new podcast on all things North Korea, The Impossible State.

Jun 01, 2018
Trump-Kim Summit on Ice and Maduro Holds on in Venezuela
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With a strongly (and at times, softly) worded letter, the proposed Trump-Kim summit in Singapore on June 12 has been called off. We hear from Korea Chair Victor Cha on where the U.S. and North Korea can go from here. In Venezuela, President Nicolas Maduro has been elected for a second term, but without the kind of victory he would have liked. We hear from Moises Rendon on what is happening there, and what the international community can do to help. Hosted by Colm Quinn.

May 25, 2018
Destination: Maghreb – Part 1
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In this special two part episode, we’re looking at the trends that have made the North African Maghreb a reluctant destination for migration, as refugees from war and other dire situations find themselves cut off from sanctuary in an increasingly unwelcoming Europe. With Haim Malka. Hosted by Colm Quinn.
 
Check out Haim’s report here: Destination Maghreb: Changing Migration Patterns in North Africa
 
Music credit: “Sidi Habibi,” is from the Tsikago album by Lamajamal, a Chicago-based music ensemble, and published by Intercultural Music Production.

May 18, 2018
JCPOAin't Gonna Happen: U.S. Withdraws and Allies Split
24:05

After President Trump announced that the U.S. would no longer participate in the Iran nuclear agreement or JCPOA, we discuss the impact of the decision. We cover the announcement's likely fallout in Iran, where it leaves relationships with key U.S. allies, and whether the decades long bipartisan consensus on U.S. foreign policy is on the way out. With CSIS's Heather Conley and Jon Alterman. Audio produced by Yumi Araki. Hosted by Colm Quinn.

May 11, 2018
China Talks Enter Next Round and Iran Deal on the Ropes
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This week we're looking at deals, some yet to be made and some that may yet come undone. First up we hear from CSIS's Anthony Cordesman on the future of the Iran deal ahead of another crucial deadline. We then turn to trade, and CSIS Scholl Chair in International Business Bill Reinsch, to talk about the latest round of trade talks between the US and China in Beijing, and whether a trade war is on the horizon. Audio produced by Yumi Araki. Hosted by Colm Quinn.

Listen to The Trade Guys, the latest podcast from CSIS, on Apple Podcasts https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/the-trade-guys/id1380336613 and everywhere else https://www.csis.org/podcasts/trade-guys

May 04, 2018
The Inter-Korean Summit and Turkey's Snap Election
22:26

This week we look at the historic meeting of Kim Jong-un and Moon Jae-in at the DMZ and what it means for peace on the peninsula as well as the Trump-Kim summit. We also discuss Erdogan's call for a snap election in Turkey, and what he could be trying to achieve. With CSIS's Victor Cha and Bulent Aliriza. Audio produced by Yumi Araki. Hosted by Colm Quinn.

Apr 27, 2018
Pompeo to North Korea & an Arab force for Syria?
20:33

On this week's podcast we preview next week's inter-Korean summit as well as what CIA Director Mike Pompeo's trip to North Korea means for the Trump-Kim meeting. We also look at Syria and whether an Arab-led force could be part of a solution to the conflict. With Lisa Collins and Jon Alterman. Audio produced by Yumi Araki. Hosted by Colm Quinn.

Listen to Citizens in Training, a new mini-series from the CSIS Middle East program: on Apple Podcasts and everywhere else.

Apr 20, 2018
Syria: Is the United States In or Out?
16:38

As the United States sends mixed messages on its Syria policy, we take a look at what an American troop exit from Syria would mean and the wider issue of stabilizing a post-conflict country. With CSIS Senior Fellow Melissa Dalton. Hosted by Colm Quinn.

Listen to CSIS's latest limited series "Citizens in Training" on Apple Podcasts and everywhere else.

Apr 06, 2018
Kim Jong-un pulls into Beijing and Bolton joins the White House
20:22

On this week's show we discuss the arrival of new National Security Advisor John Bolton as well as North Korean leader Kim Jong Un's surprise visit to Beijing to meet with Chinese president Xi Jinping. With CSIS's Mike Green and Victor Cha. Audio produced by Yumi Araki. Hosted by Colm Quinn.

Mar 30, 2018
Tillerson Out and Xi’s Power Grows
22:15
This week we look at the fallout from Rex Tillerson’s exit as U.S. Secretary of State as well as what China’s abolition of presidential term limits means for Xi Jinping and the future of China. 
 
With Heather Conley, Chris Johnson, and Scott Kennedy. Audio produced by Yumi Araki. Hosted by Colm Quinn.
Mar 16, 2018
Trump’s Tariffs and the Kim Jong-Un Summit
23:41

We discuss the two big stories of the week: the Trump administration’s plan to add tariffs to foreign steel and aluminum as well as the surprise summit between President Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un, planned for this May. Featuring Bill Reinsch, Matthew Goodman, Stephanie Segal, and Lisa Collins. Produced by Yumi Araki. Hosted by Colm Quinn.

Mar 09, 2018
Prospects for Peace in Afghanistan
15:41

This week, Afghan President Ashraf Ghani offered to open peace talks with the Taliban, raising the possibility of peace after decades of war. We look at what needs to be overcome for a successful peace process to take root in the country. With CSIS's Seth Jones. Hosted by Colm Quinn and produced by Yumi Araki.

Mar 02, 2018
Ghouta Burns as Syria's War Continues
29:42

On this week's show we hear from CSIS Senior Fellow Melissa Dalton and NPR's Middle East Correspondent Ruth Sherlock on the latest from Syria as the conflict takes another bloody turn. Hosted by Colm Quinn. Audio produced by Yumi Araki.

Feb 23, 2018
America’s New Nuclear Posture: The Russia Angle
12:18

​The new U.S. Nuclear Posture Review is in part a response to what the United States sees as a changing nuclear threat from traditional adversaries. In the second part of our look at nuclear weapons strategy we look at how Russia approaches its nuclear policy and whether the new U.S. stance matches perception with reality. With CSIS Russia Program Director Olga Oliker. Hosted by Colm Quinn.

Feb 12, 2018
Explaining America's New Nuclear Posture
21:59

This week we discuss the 2018 Nuclear Posture Review and what it means for the future of U.S. nuclear weapons policy. We explore what the thinking is behind "low-yield" nuclear weapons and what long-term path this sets the United States on. 

WIth Rebecca Hersman and Todd Harrison. Hosted by Colm Quinn.

Feb 09, 2018
South Korea Prepares for the "Peace Olympics"
11:11

On this episode we look at the upcoming Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, the significance of the show of unity between North and South, and what to watch for in the weeks ahead. With CSIS Korea Chair Victor Cha. Hosted by Colm Quinn.

Feb 07, 2018
State of the Union Special: Expert Roundtable
28:14

This week we’re looking back at President Trump’s first State of the Union address and attempting to parse out the policy from the pageantry. An all-star panel are in place to discuss everything from North Korea to the opioid crisis. Featuring CSIS Senior Vice Presidents Jon Alterman, Heather Conley, Kathleen Hicks, Michael Green, James Lewis, Steve Morrison, and Frank Verrastro. Hosted by Colm Quinn.

Jan 31, 2018
Pakistan's Power Balance Play
9:20

Earlier this month, the United States announced it was freezing security aid to Pakistan in response to what it sees as a lack of action to target terrorist groups within the country. This week we discuss the implications of this move for the U.S. relationship with Pakistan, as well as how the country has deepened its relationship with China. With CSIS's Seth Jones, Jon Hillman, and The Hindu's Vijaita Singh. Hosted by Colm Quinn.

Jan 26, 2018
Winter Olympics Thaws The Peninsula
11:16

After a year of fiery rhetoric from North Korea and the United States, the latest round of talks between the North and South give the impression that a thaw could be in the offing. Is this the breakthrough? We hear from Sue Mi Terry, a CSIS senior fellow. Hosted by Colm Quinn.

Jan 12, 2018
Iran's 2018 Begins With Protests
8:41

This week we're talking about the protests in Iran, and what, if any, kind of reaction the United States should have. With Middle East Program Director Jon Alterman. Hosted by Colm Quinn.

Jan 08, 2018
David Miliband on Tackling the Global Refugee Crisis
17:55

This week we hear from David Miliband, the president and CEO of the International Rescue Committee, on his new book and what the international community, governments and individuals can do to address one of the most urgent issues of our time. Hosted by Colm Quinn. 

Dec 15, 2017
Trump Recognizes Jerusalem as Israel's Capital
13:15

In a move that met with global condemnation, President Donald Trump officially recognized Jerusalem as the capital of Israel this week. We discuss the strategic implications of this decision and what it means for the future of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. With Anthony Cordesman. Hosted By Colm Quinn.

Dec 08, 2017
How to Counter a North Korean Missile
21:50

After North Korea tested its longest-range missile yet, we discuss what kind of counter-measures the U.S. has in its arsenal and the future of U.S. missile defense. With CSIS's Tom Karako and Todd Harrison. Hosted by Colm Quinn.

Dec 08, 2017
Why a New AUMF is Needed
16:34

Last week the U.S. House of Represenatives passed a resolution by 366-30 stating that current U.S. military actions in Yemen are not authorized under current legislation. It highlights the fact that the United States is operating on a Congressional authorization of military force (AUMF) that is almost two decades old. This week we discuss what this means for the United States and the importnace of the U.S. Congress's oversight role in military matters. With CSIS Senior Vice President Kathleen Hicks. Hosted by Colm Quinn.

Nov 20, 2017
Yemen's Human Catastrophe
14:51
As conditions in Yemen continue to deteroriate from a disastrous civil war, we get an update on the facts on the ground from the United Nations Humanitarian Coordinator for Yemen Jamie McGoldrick. Hosted by Colm Quinn.

Nov 17, 2017
A Royal Mess: What's Happening in Saudi Arabia
14:25

After the mass-arrests of dozens of royal family members in Saudi Arabia on corruption charges, we look at how Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman's latest move will affect the kingdom and the wider region. With Middle East Program Director Jon Alterman. Hosted by Colm Quinn.

Nov 10, 2017
Why U.S. forces are in Niger
15:49

Following the deaths of four U.S. servicemen last month in a militant ambush, the question of America’s involvement in that country and wider region have been hotly debated. This week we hear from Africa Program Director Jennifer Cooke on why the U.S. is there to begin with, the danger of over-militarizing the region, and what an African-led solution would look like. Hosted by Colm Quinn.

Nov 03, 2017
What Xi Jinping’s Ascent Means
16:04

After Chinese President Xi Jinping’s elevation to Mao-like status at the Chinese Communist Party National Congress this week, we look at what his rise means for China and the rest of the world. We’re joined by CSIS’s Freeman Chair in China Studies Chris Johnson. Hosted by Colm Quinn.

Chris’s analysis from October 18: “Xi Jinping Opens 19th Party Congress Proclaiming a New Era—His

Oct 25, 2017
Catalonia’s Independence Push, Brexit Update, and Austria’s Elections
25:26

On the second show this week, we talk about what’s behind Catalonia’s independence drive, how the EU-UK Brexit negotiations are stalling, and a now-familiar story: the rise of the far-right in Europe, this time in Austria. With CSIS Europe Program Director Heather Conley. Hosted by Colm Quinn.

Oct 13, 2017
The Future of The Iran Deal
15:14

As the Trump administration seems set to "decertify" the Iran Nuclear Deal, we look at what that means for the furture of the deal, as well as how it fits in to U.S. strategy toward Iran. With Jon Alterman, CSIS Middle East Program Director and Brzezinski Chair in Global Security and Geostrategy. Hosted by Colm Quinn.

Oct 12, 2017
Assessing the Nuclear Options
24:45

On this week's show we hear from Sharon Squassoni, Director of the CSIS Proliferation Prevention Program, on the state of nuclear weapons policy worldwide, and what it would take to move towards a nuclear disarmed world. Hosted by Colm Quinn.

By Sharon Squassoni:

"North Korea Doesn’t Actually Want a Nuclear War" in Fortune http://fortune.com/2017/09/06/north-korea-hydrogen-bomb-kim-jong-un/
"How to Get Rid of Nuclear Weapons" in Teen Vogue http://www.teenvogue.com/story/how-to-get-rid-of-nuclear-weapons
"Banning Nuclear Weapons: What’s Next in New York?" on CSIS.org http://www.csis.org/analysis/banning-nuclear-weapons-whats-next-new-york

Sep 29, 2017
Germany goes to the Wahllokale
24:14

This Sunday, Germans go to the polls (die Wahllokale) to elect a new parliament. It's expected that Angela Merkel will carry on as Chancellor but Germany faces headwinds that this election campaign has tended to avoid. We also find time to talk about the upcoming Catalan independence referendum. With CSIS Europe program experts Heather Conley and Jeff Rathke and hosted by Colm Quinn.
 

The Kremlin Playbook: https://www.csis.org/analysis/kremlin-playbook
Jeff Rathke's latest piece in War On The Rocks: https://warontherocks.com/2017/09/germanys-election-wont-stop-the-slide-in-relations-with-turkey/
 

Sep 22, 2017
Myanmar's Humanitarian Crisis
22:46

370,000 people have fled violence in Myanmar in the past month alone. This week we talk about what has caused this crisis and what choices face Myanmar's civilian leader Aung San Suu Kyi. With Greg Poling and hosted by Colm Quinn.

Sep 15, 2017
The Four Famines Facing 20 Million People
16:35

This week we hear from Kimberly Flowers, the head of our Global Food Security Project, to discuss the threat of famine in Northeast Nigeria, South Sudan, Somalia, and Yemen. Hosted by Colm Quinn.

Kimberly's piece on CSIS.org: https://www.csis.org/analysis/four-famines-alarm-bells-are-ringing-who-listening
This week's full expert discussion: https://www.csis.org/events/four-famines-fragility-resilience-and-role-international-development

Sep 08, 2017
A New Strategy for America's Longest War
16:17

This week we hear from David Sedney, the former Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Afghanistan, on what's in the Trump administration's new Afghanistan policy, and whether it might work after all these years. Hosted by Colm Quinn.

Aug 30, 2017
Mosul Liberated: ISIS in Retreat?

This week we look at the battle for the city of Mosul in Iraq and how it was eventually won back from the Islamic State, almost three years after its fall. With Anthony Cordesman and hosted by Colm Quinn.

 

Jul 19, 2017
Defusing North Korea

This week we hear from Victor Cha, the CSIS Korea Chair, on North Korea's latest missile test and how the United States can begin to rein in the Hermit Kingdom. Hosted by Colm Quinn.

Jul 08, 2017
Saudi Arabia's New Crown Prince

On this episode we discuss the rise of Prince Mohammed bin Salman, who this week became next in line to the Saudi throne after being named the new Crown Prince. We also check in on the latest developments in Qatar's rift with the rest of the Gulf Cooperation Council. With CSIS's Jon Alterman and hosted by Colm Quinn.

Jun 23, 2017
Going Cold on Cuba
After Friday's announcement by President Trump that he was "canceling" the Obama administration's policy on Cuba, we talk to Mark Feierstein, a senior official responsible for opening Cuba under President Obama, about what changes now, and what stays put. Hosted by Colm Quinn.
Jun 16, 2017
Qatar Gets Cut Off

This week 7 governments including Saudi Arabia, Egypt, and the United Arab Emirates cut ties with their neighbor Qatar, accusing the country of financing terrorist groups. What's behind the move, and why now? Anthony Cordesman joins us this week to explain. Hosted by Colm Quinn.

Jun 08, 2017
Trump Pulls Out of Paris

After this week's decision to withdraw the United States from the Paris Climate Accord, we talk to Sarah Ladislaw on the impact it will have on America as well as the global climate change agenda. Hosted by Colm Quinn.

Jun 02, 2017
When All The President's Men Are Generals

This week we hear from CSIS Senior Fellow Alice Hunt Friend to talk about the state of relations between the civil and military branches of government, the dangers of military politicization, as well as the growing disconnect between civilian and military life. Hosted by Colm Quinn.

May 25, 2017
Trump's Middle East Trip and Iran's Elections

This week President Trump embarks on a 9-day overseas trip. We'll be tackling the Middle East portion this episode with help from Middle East program director Jon Alterman. We also find time to preview Iran's presidential election. Hosted by Colm Quinn.

May 19, 2017
Human Rights in an "America First" World

This week we hear from Shannon Green, head of our Human Rights Initiative, to talk about how America's policy on human rights promotion abroad may shift in the Trump Administration. Hosted by Colm Quinn.

May 12, 2017
Erdogan's Ascendancy and Turkey's Future
26:43
This show looks at Turkey's controversial constitutional referendum, the reaction to it both inside and outside the country, and how the United States should navigate an increasingly strident Erdogan government. With Bulent Aliriza and hosted by Colm Quinn.
Apr 28, 2017
France's Showdown Begins
12:41

On this week's podcast we hear from Europe program director Heather Conley on the fallout from the first round of France's presidential election. Hosted by Colm Quinn.

Apr 25, 2017
America Strikes Assad
CSIS's Jon Alterman joins the show this week to talk about the U.S. missile strikes in Syria and what this means for America's future actions in the country. Hosted by Colm Quinn.

Apr 07, 2017
Trump's Climate Changes

CSIS Energy and National Security Program Director Sarah Ladislaw talks us through the ins and outs of this week's executive order rolling back President Obama's climate change agenda. Hosted by Colm Quinn.

Mar 31, 2017
St Patrick's Day Special: The North Remembers

On this week's podcast, we celebrate St. Patrick's Day by talking about how Brexit could imperil peace and prosperity in Northern Ireland and what kind of plans the UK has to address the issue. We also find time for an analysis of the general election results in the Netherlands. This week we're joined by journalist Naomi O'Leary, and we begin by discussing the important issue of pint diplomacy. Hosted by Colm Quinn.

Links to O'Leary on:

Mar 17, 2017
Wikileaks Exposes the CIA
This week Wikileaks published a trove of documents purported to show the tools used by the CIA to hack smartphones, TVs and other Internet connected devices. To explore what this means for the average consumer as well as intelligence agencies worldwide we hear from Jim Lewis the director of the CSIS Tech Policy Program. Hosted by Colm Quinn.
Mar 10, 2017
What Does Another $54 Billion Buy? Analyzing Trump's First Defense Budget

America already spends more on defense than any other country in the world, and if President Trump gets his way, it'll be spending a lot more. This week, CSIS's Todd Harrison joins to discuss what the first Trump defense budget looks like and whether it represents much of a departure from previous presidents. Hosted by Colm Quinn.

Mar 03, 2017
How to Improve the U.S.-Mexico Relationship

With U.S.-Mexico relations at such a low point, what can be done to improve the ties between the two countries? We hear from Kim Breier - the director of the CSIS U.S.-Mexico Futures Initiative on where to begin. Hosted by Colm Quinn.

Feb 17, 2017
North Korea's Latest Test

After North Korea launched another test missile over the weekend, we hear from CSIS's Tom Karako on North Korea's missile technology and what can be done to counteract it. Hosted by Colm Quinn.

Visit Tom's site for more on all things missile related: https://missilethreat.csis.org/

Feb 14, 2017
Ukraine's Frozen Conflict Approaches Melting Point

After a new round of fighting broke out in Eastern Ukraine this week, Jeff Mankoff discusses the future of the Ukrainian conflict, Russia's involvement, and U.S. action. Hosted by Colm Quinn.

Feb 03, 2017
President Trump's Immigration Order and U.S. Strategy

After President Trump's executive order on immigration caused much confusion and consternation worldwide, CSIS Burke Chair in Strategy emeritus Anthony Cordesman discusses the strategic implications for U.S. leadership. Hosted by Colm Quinn. 

Jan 31, 2017
President Trump's Day One Challenges

As Donald Trump assumes the presidency of the United States, we hear from a range of CSIS experts on what foreign policy challenges need to be addressed on Day One. Hosted by Colm Quinn.

Jan 19, 2017
New President, Same War

Next week, Donald Trump will become the third U.S. president to take command while U.S. forces are in Afghanistan. Anthony Cordesman discusses Afghanistan's progress and what it will take to turn the country around. Hosted by Colm Quinn.

Jan 13, 2017
Russian Influence and the Evolution of Cyberwar

Following this week's official disclosures by the U.S. intelligence community on Russia's interference in the 2016 U.S. presidential election, what does this mean for the future of cyber policy, and what does it say about how the practice of cyber-espionage has evolved? We hear from cyber expert James Lewis. Hosted (for the 100th time) by Colm Quinn. 

Jan 07, 2017
Aleppo's Fall: The Options For America

Melissa Dalton, Senior Fellow and Chief of Staff of the CSIS International Security Program, talks through the new realities in Syria, and what options an incoming Trump administration has in the country. Hosted by Colm Quinn.

Dec 19, 2016
Aleppo's Fall: Views From The Ground

In a special CSIS podcast, NPR's Alison Meuse joins us to discuss the ongoing war in Syria. Alison has been reporting on this crisis since 2012 and we discuss how Syrians feel about the war, the challenges of reporting in a warzone, and what might come next for the country.

Dec 19, 2016
Taiwan and Trump Break Protocol

After last week's phonecall between Donald Trump and Tsai Ing-wen, is there a shake-up brewing in the U.S.-China relationship? CSIS's Bonnie Glaser weighs in. Hosted by Colm Quinn.

Dec 09, 2016
2016 Looms Over France's Presidential Election

As France's presidential election begins to take shape, we look at the surprises that have already taken place and how Donald Trump's victory in the U.S. may affect upcoming votes throughout Europe. With Jeff Rathke, hosted by Colm Quinn.

Dec 02, 2016
No Matter Who Wins: Part 5
In part 5 of our series we look to Asia and what the next president should prioritize in the region. Simon Chair in Political Economy and Senior Adviser for Asian Economics Matt Goodman lays out the task ahead.
Nov 08, 2016
No Matter Who Wins: Part 4
In part 4 of our series, we turn to the Middle East, a region that comes near the top of the U.S. foreign policy agenda. Middle East Program Director Jon Alterman weighs in on the broad challenges facing the next president.
Nov 08, 2016
No Matter Who Wins: Part 3
On part three of our series we turn to Europe, where the president does not lack for problems, not least the issue of facing down a resurgent Russia. SVP for Europe and Eurasia Heather Conley tackles what's in store.
Nov 04, 2016
No Matter Who Wins: Part 2
On part two of our series, we look at the challenges awaiting the next president south of the border. Americas Program Director Michael Matera talks us through how the next president should handle the region.
Nov 04, 2016