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

Episode Date
Combating the Opioid Crisis in West Virginia
Nina Easton, CSIS senior associate (non-resident) moderated a panel discussion on the opioid epidemic in West Virginia and the impacts of Covid-19. She spoke with West Virginia First Lady Cathy Justice, Elaine Wynn, Board Chair, Communities in Schools, and Michele Blatt, West Virginia Deputy Superintendent of Education. This conversation is part of the Smart Women, Smart Power speaker series sponsored by Citi.
Sep 16, 2020
PONI Pathbreakers: The Nuclear Nonproliferation Regime
On the final episode of the PONI Pathbreakers series, host Beverly Kirk talks with Ambassador Susan Burk, former Special Representative for Nuclear Nonproliferation, and Dr. Rebecca Davis Gibbons, assistant professor of political science at the University of Southern Maine and associate at the Project on Managing the Atom at Harvard’s Belfer Center. They discuss the future of the Treaty on Nonproliferation of Nuclear Weapons and their trailblazing careers in the nuclear community.
Sep 02, 2020
PONI Pathbreakers: All Things Arms Control
On the fourth episode of the PONI Pathbreakers series, host Beverly Kirk talks with Rose Gottemoeller, the former deputy Secretary General of NATO and Heather Williams, a lecturer in the Defence Studies Department and Centre for Science and Security Studies at Kings College London, about the future of arms control treaties and the impact current events have had on the relationship between the United States and its allies.
Aug 26, 2020
PONI Pathbreakers: Breaking the Nuclear Glass Ceiling
On the third episode of the PONI Pathbreakers series, former Sandia National Laboratories Director Jill Hruby and Dr. Mareena Robinson Snowden, Senior Engineer in the National Security Analysis Department at the Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Lab talk about being pioneers in their careers, nuclear proliferation, and great power competition.
Aug 19, 2020
PONI Pathbreakers: The Role of Congress in Nuclear Policy
On the second episode of the PONI Pathbreakers series, host Beverly Kirk talked about the role of Congress in nuclear policy with Madelyn Creedon and Augusta Binns-Berkey. They also discussed their careers and how nuclear policy fits into broader domestic issues. Madelyn is a part-time research professor of International Affairs and Chair of the Nuclear Security Working Group at George Washington University and a non-resident senior fellow at Brookings. Augusta is currently a professional staff member on the Senate Armed Services Committee. The views expressed in this episode do not reflect those of their respective institutions.
Aug 12, 2020
PONI Pathbreakers: The Cyber-Nuclear Connection
On the first episode of the PONI Pathbreakers series, host Beverly Kirk spoke with Erin Dumbacher, senior program officer for the Scientific and Technical Affairs program at the Nuclear Threat Initiative, and Suzanne Spaulding, senior adviser for homeland security and director of the Defending Democratic Institutions project at CSIS. They discussed cyber deterrence and nuclear security, and their career experiences in a rapidly changing field. You can learn more about Erin’s work at NTI here and Suzanne’s work at CSIS here.
Aug 05, 2020
The 19th Amendment 100 Years Later: A Conversation with Valerie Jarrett
Valerie Jarrett, board chair of When We All Vote; co-chair of The United State of Women; and senior advisor to former president Barack Obama, spoke with Beverly Kirk about the centennial of the 19th Amendment, the importance of political participation, especially among young voters, and the changing tides of gender equity in America. This conversation is part of the Smart Women, Smart Power speaker series sponsored by Citi.
Jul 31, 2020
Women in Leadership in British Defense
Host Beverly Kirk chats with British Army veteran Angela Owen, founder of Women in Defence UK, about the importance of female representation and gender balance in Britain’s defense community, how her organization is engaging individuals and challenging businesses to achieve these goals, and how the Covid-19 pandemic is impacting the British armed forces and defense sector. 
Jul 29, 2020
Benghazi and Turkey: Lessons in Government Crisis Management
CSIS senior scholars Dr. Alice Hunt Friend and Shannon Culbertson discuss lessons learned as government officials dealing with the 2012 Benghazi attacks and the 2016 attempted coup in Turkey.
Jul 22, 2020
Future Strategy Forum: Covid-19 and Democracy and Governance
CSIS senior adviser Suzanne Spaulding hosted the discussion on how the pandemic and global responses will impact democracy, privacy, and trust in government across the world. The panelists were Ms. Camille Stewart Esq. (New America), Dr. Lainie Rutkow (Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health) and Dr. Susanna Campbell (American University). Watch the full event here.
Jul 08, 2020
Future Strategy Forum: Covid-19 and Grand Strategy
Host Beverly Kirk moderated the discussion on how and why this pandemic might change how the United States approaches its foreign policy, relations with allies and competitors. The panelists were Dr. Jennifer Bouey (RAND), Dr. Mira Rapp-Hooper (Stephen A. Schwarzman Senior Fellow for Asia Studies, Council on Foreign Relations), and Dr. Kori Schake (American Enterprise Institute). Watch the full event here.
Jul 01, 2020
The Global Economic Impact of Covid-19 on Women
Host Beverly Kirk moderated a virtual Smart Women, Smart Power event with Jen Klein and Rakeen Mabud of TIME’S UP and Rachel Vogelstein of the Council on Foreign Relations. The group discussed how women are disproportionately affected by Covid-19, and how response efforts and policies need to incorporate a whole of society approach. This event was sponsored by Citi.
Jun 25, 2020
Future Strategy Forum: Covid-19 and the Military
CSIS senior fellow Alice Hunt Friend hosted the 2020 Future Strategy Forum discussion on Covid-19's impact on military readiness, ongoing operations, and civil-military relations, including the use of the military in domestic crises. The panelists were Dr. Risa Brooks (Marquette University), Ms. Pam Campos-Palma (former U.S. Air Force), Ms. Mackenzie Eaglen (American Enterprise Institute), and Dr. Mara Karlin (Johns Hopkins University SAIS and Brookings Institution). Watch the full event here.
Jun 17, 2020
Future Strategy Forum: Covid-19 and National Security with the Hon. Michèle Flournoy
The Honorable Michèle Flournoy, former Under Secretary of Defense for Policy, joined CSIS’s Hon. Kathleen Hicks, PhD for a virtual keynote discussion during the 2020 Future Strategy Forum. The pair discussed the security issues surrounding Covid-19 from China and North Korea to disinformation campaigns.
Jun 03, 2020
Partners, not Proxies, in Hybrid Warfare Environments
CSIS's Melissa Dalton, Counterpart International's Mehreen Farooq, and Laura Rosenberger of the German Marshall Fund discuss the need for the U.S., Canada, and their allies to develop a more coherent strategy for security partners in conflict situations. The CSIS project on Capacity Building in Hybrid Environments is made possible by the generous support of Canada’s Ministry of Defence.
May 27, 2020
Covid-19 and Girls: Lessons from Ebola
Christen Brandt, co-founder and Chief Programs Officer of She’s the First, joined host Beverly Kirk to discuss how Covid-19 is impacting girls around the globe. They discuss the parallels with the Ebola crisis and what lessons learned can be applied today, and why this issue must be prioritized by the international community.  
May 06, 2020
Covid-19 and Cities: Challenges and Cooperation
Los Angeles Deputy Mayor of International Affairs Amb. (ret.) Nina Hachigian joined host Beverly Kirk to talk about the challenges cities face in the Covid-19 pandemic, and why cooperation is a key component of response efforts. They also discuss how the pandemic is impacting national security and the role of women in security issues.
Apr 24, 2020
Disaster Lessons in Cybersecurity
Host Beverly Kirk chats with Neill Sciarrone, founder of Trinity Cyber, about the importance of emerging technology during the COVID-19 pandemic and why cybersecurity has to be a priority during national emergencies and natural disasters.
Apr 15, 2020
U.S. Strategic Defense in Cyberspace
Cyberspace Solarium Commissioners Suzanne Spaulding and Dr. Samantha Ravich discuss the commission's recommendations aimed at helping the U.S. protect itself from cyberattacks.
Apr 01, 2020
Coronavirus, Quarantines, and Global Health
CSIS Global Health Policy Center Senior Fellow Katherine Bliss talks with host Beverly Kirk about her coronavirus quarantine, her work on GAVI, the Global Alliance for Vaccines and Immunizations, and lessons learned during GAVI's development that may be useful as the world grapples with COVID-19.
Mar 25, 2020
Avoiding Gender-Blind Decisions In Infrastructure
Host Beverly Kirk sat down with Grete Faremo, Under-Secretary-General and Executive Director of the United Nations Office of Project Services (UNOPS). They discussed how gender-blind infrastructure around the world can sometimes hinder gender equality and what UNOPS is doing to make sure infrastructure projects are designed with women in mind. 
Mar 18, 2020
Leadership in the 21st Century: A Conversation with Three CIA Deputies
In celebration of International Women's Day, Smart Women, Smart Power hosted a conversation with three CIA Deputies: Dawn Meyerriecks, Deputy Director of CIA for Science and Technology; Betsy Davis, Deputy Director of CIA for Support; and Sonya Holt, Deputy Associate Director of CIA for Talent for Diversity & Inclusion and Chief Diversity & Inclusion Officer. Beverly Kirk moderated the discussion which highlighted how leadership at the CIA has changed, the Agency's commitment to diversity and inclusion, and how the Agency will lead in the 21st century.  
Mar 04, 2020
Marines on the Information Battlefield
Host Beverly Kirk talks with USMC LtGen Lori Reynolds, Deputy Commandant for Information and Commander of the Marine Corps Forces Strategic Command, about how the Marines are improving their readiness for information warfare and adjusting their strategies for operation in the information environment.
Feb 12, 2020
Let’s Get More Girls in Security
Girl Security founder Lauren Buitta joined host Beverly Kirk to talk about how her organization has empowered hundreds of young women to join the national security field. Erin Connolly and Meaghan Byrnes, two young women who have gone through the Girl Security mentorship program, joined the conversation to share what they’ve learned through the program.  
Jan 29, 2020
The Future of Commercial Space
Col. Pam Melroy (USAF, ret.) joined us for a Smart Women, Smart Power conversation on innovation and the role of government in commercial space. Moderated by Nina Eason, Col. Melroy also discussed the importance of international partnerships and collaboration in space.
Jan 16, 2020
Brexit – A Complicated Transition
Brexit is on track to happen on January 31, 2020. Dr. Amanda Sloat from Brookings discusses the United Kingdom’s complicated transition out of the European Union with host Beverly Kirk.
Jan 13, 2020
Why We Still Need NATO
Rose Gottemoeller, former Deputy Secretary General of NATO, joined host Beverly Kirk to discuss the importance of international alliances, NATO’s dedication to gender equity, and her experience as a lead negotiator for the New Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty.
Jan 08, 2020
Goodbye 2019, Hello 2020: Same Challenges Ahead?
Host Beverly Kirk sat down with CSIS experts Kathleen Hicks, Sarah Ladislaw, and Stephanie Segal to discuss the year’s security and foreign policy hot topics and what we might expect in the coming year. We talk everything from China, climate, and trade to populism, technology, and U.S. leadership on the global stage.
Dec 18, 2019
Crisis Response and the Prioritization of Women and Girls
Janet Fleischman, CSIS Senior Associate (Non-resident) in the Global Health Policy Center joined host Beverly Kirk for a conversation about her latest report, which examines why women and girls’ health and protection should be a top priority in emergency and international crisis situations. It also looks at U.S. policy on global health security.  
Dec 04, 2019
Brave and Bold Heroes: The Kung Fu Nuns Story
Konchok and Migyur are Kung Fu Nuns from the Drukpa lineage of Buddhism in Nepal. They and Atlantic Council Senior Advisor Carrie Lee joined host Beverly Kirk to discuss Kung Fu’s role in promoting gender equality in the Western Himalayas. They also discussed their work on the environment and as first responders following the 2015 earthquake.
Nov 20, 2019
Venture Capital, Social Impact and STEM Ed

Dr. Barbara Burger, president of Chevron Technology Ventures (CTV), joined guest host Melissa Dalton to discuss how CTV operates and how its work is impacting communities. They also discussed the importance of STEM education and finding allies.

Nov 13, 2019
Venture Capital, Social Impact and STEM Ed
Dr. Barbara Burger, president of Chevron Technology Ventures (CTV), joined guest host Melissa Dalton to discuss how CTV operates and how its work is impacting communities. They also discussed the importance of STEM education and finding allies.
Nov 13, 2019
Bipartisan Roadmap for Syria-Turkey Conflict

Syria Study Group co-Chair Dana Stroul and Commission member Melissa Dalton discuss the group’s findings, the state of the Syria-Turkey conflict following the withdrawal of U.S. troops, and international influence in the region.

Nov 07, 2019
Bipartisan Roadmap for Syria-Turkey Conflict
Syria Study Group co-Chair Dana Stroul and Commission member Melissa Dalton discuss the group’s findings, the state of the Syria-Turkey conflict following the withdrawal of U.S. troops, and international influence in the region.
Nov 07, 2019
Bipartisan Roadmap for Syria-Turkey Conflict

Syria Study Group co-Chair Dana Stroul and Commission member Melissa Dalton discuss the group’s findings, the state of the Syria-Turkey conflict following the withdrawal of U.S. troops, and international influence in the region.

Nov 06, 2019
Foreign Aid and International Affairs Spending

House Appropriations Chairwoman Nita Lowey (D-NY) and Ranking Member Kay Granger (R-TX) joined us for a Smart Women, Smart Power conversation on foreign aid and international affairs spending. Moderated by Nina Easton, the pair also discussed why it’s important to invest in women and girls worldwide.

Oct 23, 2019
NatSecGirlSquad Talks Competent Diversity

NatSecGirlSquad Founder Maggie Feldman-Piltch explains how the group’s commitment to women in security and defense extends beyond career advice and networking and why “competent diversity” is key to inclusion in the defense and security sector.

Oct 09, 2019
Sustainable Development Goal #5: Gender Equality

This panel discussion looked at progress being made toward achieving gender equality in developing countries and the challenges women and girls still face. The conversation features moderator Beverly Kirk and guests Zoe Dean-Smith, Amb. Mathilde Mukantabana, Johanna Nesseth Tuttle, and Astri Kimball Van Dyke.

Sep 25, 2019
Women, Combat, and Selective Service

CSIS non-resident Senior Associate Monica Medina joined Beverly Kirk to discuss progress being made regarding women in military combat roles. She also talked about a court ruling from earlier this year that said excluding women from Selective Service registration is unconstitutional. That court decision is being appealed.

Sep 11, 2019
Women Helping Women in National Security

Ambassador Bonnie Jenkins joined host Beverly Kirk to discuss how she navigated her career in the State Department and how her organization, Women of Color Advancing Peace and Security, is helping to increase the number of young women in the field.

Aug 28, 2019
Failing Faster to Succeed

Liz Smith, Executive Chairman of the Board and former CEO of Bloomin’ Brands and deputy chair of the Atlanta Fed, joined Beverly Kirk to talk about the importance of embracing your failures in the workplace, learning the lessons, and moving on quickly. They also discussed her mission of creating gender parity on corporate boards.

Aug 21, 2019
Bankruptcy Courts and National Security

Cyber & Tech Attorney Camille Stewart talks with host Beverly Kirk about how U.S. adversaries access sensitive national security technologies and intellectual property through bankruptcy proceedings. They also discuss what’s being done to better protect information when companies fail.

Aug 07, 2019
Security and Foreign Policy in Campaign 2020

The Smart Women, Smart Power Speaker Series hosted three Washington-based journalists for a conversation on how security and foreign policy issues will influence the upcoming campaign cycle. Moderated by Beverly Kirk, the panelists were Susan Glasser of The New Yorker, Jennifer Griffin of FOX News, and Lara Seligman of Foreign Policy.

Jul 25, 2019
The Importance of International Institutions
A panel discussion of benefits and challenges in using international institutions as a tool of statecraft. The conversation features Dr. Esther Brimmer, Heather Conley, Naima Green, Dr. Kristina Spohr, and Dr. Mischa Thompson and was held at the Future Strategy Forum in April 2019.
Jul 17, 2019
The Importance of International Institutions
A panel discussion of benefits and challenges in using international institutions as a tool of statecraft. The conversation features Dr. Esther Brimmer, Heather Conley, Naima Green, Dr. Kristina Spohr, and Dr. Mischa Thompson and was held at the Future Strategy Forum in April 2019.
Jul 17, 2019
Nepal Earthquake Recovery Four Years Later
After an earthquake devastated Barpak, Nepal in 2015, Maya Pandey, a Virginia high school student born in Nepal, raised money to build a learning center to give Barpak students a place to study while their schools were rebuilt. Maya talks with Beverly Kirk about the process of building and sustaining the learning center and about how she’s also giving back to her community in Virginia. This episode is part of our Smart Girls, Smart Power series.
Jul 03, 2019
Educating Girls: Building Kenya’s Future
Beverly Kirk talks with Dr. Kakenya Ntaiya about starting a school to educate young girls in her Kenyan hometown and keeping them out of forced early marriages. Two of her students also join the conversation to talk about their aspirations and goals.
Jun 19, 2019
Why Women are a Smarter Investment
Katie Kaufman, Managing Director for Global Women’s Issues at the Overseas Private Investment Corporation (OPIC), spoke with SWSP host Beverly Kirk about the 2X Women’s Initiative and why investing in women entrepreneurs is profitable.
Jun 05, 2019
China-U.S. Trade: The British View

Dame Barbara Woodward, the United Kingdom’s Ambassador to China discusses the current Washington-Beijing trade spat and its implications for the U.K. and the rest of the world. She also talks about 21st century diplomatic challenges and how most are related to China.

May 22, 2019
Great Power Cooperation in the 21st Century

The first panel from this year’s Future Strategy Forum started with a conversation on great power cooperation and its impacts in the 21st century. The panelists were Meg Guliford, Lindsey Ford, Dr. Angela Stent, Amb. Linda Thomas-Greenfield, and Dr. Irene Wu.

May 08, 2019
Bombshells and Smart Women Talk Security

RAND’s Radha Iyengar Plumb, CNAS’s Loren DeJonge Schulman (two of the Bombshell podcast hosts), and CSIS’s Alice Hunt Friend discuss mentoring young women (and men) and what it’s like to be leading women in international affairs and national security.

Apr 24, 2019
ISIS and Mission Accomplished Déjà vu

New York Times Foreign Correspondent Rukmini Callimachi discusses her career covering terrorists and war zones and explains why ISIS remains a threat despite its loss of territory.

Apr 10, 2019
The Future of Statecraft with Ambassador Susan Rice

Ambassador Susan Rice joined the CSIS Smart Women, Smart Power program and the Kissinger Center for Global Affairs for a keynote discussion at the Future Strategy Forum conference on April 2, 2019. She sat down with Dr. Kath Hicks for a conversation on her career path and her insights on the current and future use of statecraft in the world.

Apr 04, 2019
How the Peace Corps is Helping Women

Dr. Jody Olsen, Peace Corps Director, joined us here at CSIS for a conversation in celebration of International Women’s Day. She spoke with series moderator Nina Easton about the importance of the Peace Corps as a development agency and its work on women’s economic empowerment.

Mar 13, 2019
Taking Risks and Being Fearless

Jean Case, CEO of the Case Foundation, discusses her new book “Be Fearless” and shares stories of ordinary people around the globe doing extraordinary things to change the world.

Feb 27, 2019
And Slow It Goes: Puerto Rico’s Recovery

Dr. Maria Melendez, Mayor of Ponce, Puerto Rico, discusses post-Hurricane Maria rebuilding efforts on the island and how federal funding has been slow to arrive.

Feb 13, 2019
Rape as a Weapon of War

Former Kosovo President Atifete Jahjaga joined us at CSIS for a Smart Women, Smart Power conversation with moderator Nina Easton to discuss her efforts to bring justice to women and men victims of sexual violence during the Kosovo War.

Jan 31, 2019
Preventing Radicalization in France with Muriel Domenach
Muriel Domenach, Secretary General of the French government’s Inter-ministerial Committee for the Prevention of Delinquency and Radicalization sat down with host Beverly Kirk to discuss how France is implementing radicalization prevention programs that target vulnerable young people.
Jan 17, 2019
One Woman’s Story: Smashing an Oil Industry Glass Ceiling
Kim McHugh, Chevron Vice President of Drilling and Completions chats with Beverly Kirk about being the first woman in the energy industry to hold her job, how she encourages young women to pursue STEM careers, and why she strives for “work-life integration,” not “work-life balance.”
Jan 02, 2019
How Saudi Women are Leveraging Online Businesses

2018 Eisenhower Fellow Wafaa AlAshwali, CEO and Co-Founder of Serviis, a Saudi Arabia-based digital platform and local marketplace, talks to host Beverly Kirk about how her company and others like it are opening up new opportunities for women entrepreneurs in her country. She also discusses the Saudi Vision 2030 plan and efforts to include more women in the workforce.

Dec 19, 2018
The U.S.-German Relationship
Emily Haber, German Ambassador to the United States, joins Beverly Kirk on the Smart Women, Smart Power Podcast for a conversation about migration, integration, and the importance of a strong relationship between the U.S. and Germany.
Dec 07, 2018
Security and Technology in the Air

Linda Jojo, Executive Vice President for Technology and Chief Digital Officer, United Airlines, joins Beverly Kirk on the Smart Women, Smart Power Podcast for a conversation on how technology is transforming the airline industry and how airlines are thinking about security in the digital age. 

Nov 21, 2018
Harnessing Artificial Intelligence to Innovate and Grow - A Conversation with Julie Sweet, CEO - Accenture North America

Julie Sweet, CEO of Accenture North America, joined CSIS for a Smart Women, Smart Power conversation with Dr. Kathleen Hicks to discuss artificial intelligence, innovation, and re-skilling the workforce for the future.

Nov 09, 2018
NASA Astronaut Jeanette Epps Talks Mission Removal and the Future of Human Spaceflight

Dr. Jeanette Epps, NASA Astronaut, joined CSIS for a Smart Women, Smart Power conversation with Nina Easton to discuss her recent removal from the International Space Station mission, challenges in her career, and the importance of international collaboration in space.

Oct 31, 2018
Challenges to Public Confidence in Democratic Institutions and Elections

Suzanne Spaulding, Senior Adviser for Homeland Security in the International Security Program at CSIS discusses how Russian influence campaigns are impacting public confidence in democratic systems, including the courts and elections, and what the U.S. should do to counter them.

Oct 17, 2018
Trust in the Global Nuclear Order

Dr. Heather Williams, Defense Studies Lecturer at King’s College London in the Center for Science and Security Studies talks with Beverly Kirk about challenges with trust in the institutions, treaties and norms that govern the global nuclear order and what needs to happen to rebuild trust that has been lost between the U.S. and Europe.

Oct 03, 2018
Food Insecurity as a Security Challenge: A Conversation with Ambassador Ertharin Cousin

Ambassador Ertharin Cousin joins Nina Easton to discuss global food insecurity and hunger and the role they play in other security issues, including violent extremism.

Sep 19, 2018
Sweden’s Election and Europe’s New Populist Norm

CSIS Europe expert Heather Conley discusses the issues dominating the upcoming Swedish general election, including immigration and the rise of populist/nationalist Sweden Democrats political party. She also looks at the impact populism is having on elections across Europe.

Sep 06, 2018
All Things Russia

From sanctions to Russian foreign policy strategy to election interference to possible areas of cooperation with the U.S., Olga Oliker, CSIS Senior Adviser and Director of the Russia-Eurasia Program discusses all things Russia.

Aug 22, 2018
NATO, Europe, and the U.S. – What’s Next?

CSIS experts Dr. Kathleen Hicks and Heather Conley discuss the impact of the July NATO Summit on future relations between the U.S. and Europe and examine the growing rift between the U.S., NATO, and Turkey.

Aug 08, 2018
The Future of Warfare Technology

Rebecca Hersman, Director of the Project of Nuclear Issues at CSIS; Katherine Charlet, Director Technology and International Affairs Program at Carnegie Endowment for International Peace; Dr. Lindsay Cohn, Associate Professor at the U.S. Naval War College; and Dr. Rupal Mehta, Assistant Professor at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln discuss the opportunities and challenges of current and future warfare tools and technology.
Jul 26, 2018
A conversation with Secretary-General of Taiwan Chen Chu

Recorded while she was Mayor of Kaohsiung, Chen Chu, the current Secretary-General to the Presidential Office, talks to Beverly Kirk about her role as an activist and member of the “Kaohsiung Eight,” her transition to a political leader in Taiwan, and her views on women’s leadership and youth engagement.

Jul 17, 2018
The Future of Non-State Power

Dr. Erin Simpson, Director for Strategic Planning at Northrop Grumman, sits down with Dr. Emma Ashford, Research Fellow at the CATO Institute, Dr. Audrey Kurth Cronin, Professor at American University, Ciara Knudsen, Director of Strategic Planning at the Department of State, and Dr. Maria J. Stephan, Senior Advisor at the United States Institute of Peace to discuss the challenge of non-state actors.

Jun 29, 2018
Energy Challenges and Future Opportunities: A Conversation with Lynn Good, CEO of Duke Energy

Lynn Good, CEO of Duke Energy sits down with Nina Easton to discuss the trends impacting the energy industry, the challenges it faces, and the efforts being made to create a cleaner, smarter energy future.

Jun 22, 2018
Sports Diplomacy – Athletes as Ambassadors

Sherrie Deans, Executive Director of the National Basketball Players Association Foundation, and Beverly Kirk discuss the importance of sports diplomacy, and the humanitarian work that the Players Association Foundation supports globally and in the U.S.

Jun 13, 2018
The Future of State Security Competition
Julie Smith, Senior Fellow and Director of the Transatlantic Security Program at the Center for a New American Security sits down with Amanda Dory, Faculty at the National War College, Dr. Oriana Skylar Mastro, Assistant Professor at Georgetown University, Dr. Olga Oliker, Senior Adviser and Director of the Russia and Eurasia Program at CSIS, and Dr. Ariane Tabatabai, Director of Curriculum and Assistant Teaching Professor at Georgetown University to discuss strategic competition and the return of great power politics at the inaugural Future Strategy Forum.
May 30, 2018
Improving Education and Healthcare for Women and Girls in Malawi

Dr. Joyce Banda, former President of Malawi, joins Beverly Kirk to discuss educating and protecting young girls and improving maternal healthcare both in her country and in other developing countries. She also discusses the relationship between U.S. and African countries.

May 18, 2018
From British to American Hegemony: Lessons for Today
Dr. Kori Schake, Deputy Director at IISS and Research Fellow at the Hoover Institution, discusses her book “Safe Passage: The Transition from British to American Hegemony” and how these historical contexts can be applied to current conflicts with China and Russia.
May 02, 2018
Global Tensions, the World Economy, and Health Security - A Conversation with former U.S. Senator Kelly Ayotte
Former U.S. Senator Kelly Ayotte sits down with Dr. Kathleen Hicks to discuss the Syrian conflict, Russia, Iran, North Korea, and her leadership of CSIS’ new health security commission.
Apr 19, 2018
Fight Like a Girl
Kate Germano, a retired Marine Lieutenant Colonel, and award-winning journalist, Kelly Kennedy, discuss their newly released book “Fight Like a Girl: The Truth Behind How Female Marines are Trained.” The book examines gender bias, changing the status quo, and how these lessons from the Marine Corps relate to all women.
Apr 04, 2018
Hunger and Food Insecurity at Home and Around the World
Ambassador Ertharin Cousin, former Executive Director of the United Nations World Food Programme and Distinguished Fellow at the Chicago Council on Global Affairs, Kimberly Flowers, Director of the Global Food Security Project at CSIS, and Beverly Kirk discuss hunger, food insecurity, and nutrition in the U.S. and around the world.
Mar 28, 2018
Pentagon Priorities and Public Engagement
Dana W. White, Assistant to the Secretary of Defense for Public Affairs and Chief Pentagon Spokesperson, and Beverly Kirk discuss the Defense Department’s budget, priorities, and the new “This is the Military” initiative helping to inform the public about those who serve our country. Follow the initiative on Twitter with the hashtag .
Mar 21, 2018
Intelligence, Innovation, and Inclusion: A Conversation with Sue Gordon, Principal Deputy Director of National Intelligence
The Honorable Sue Gordon, Principal Deputy Director of National Intelligence, sits down with Dr. Kathleen Hicks to discuss intelligence, innovation and inclusion in a complex global security environment.
Mar 09, 2018
Afghan Women Take the Lead
Afghanistan’s Deputy Foreign Minister for Economic Cooperation, Adela Raz, and Deputy Minister for Policy in the Ministry of Finance, Naheed Sarabi, discuss their country’s security and economic challenges and the government’s efforts to bring women into public service.
Feb 21, 2018
PyeongChang: Olympic Truce on the Korean Peninsula?

CSIS Korea Chair Senior Fellow Dr. Sue Mi Terry discusses the diplomatic overtures between North and South Korea and the ongoing political tensions between Washington and Pyongyang during the 2018 Winter Olympic Games.

Feb 09, 2018
China’s Digital Economy and Cyber Governance
Samm Sacks, a senior fellow in the CSIS Technology Policy Program, tells host Beverly Kirk about advances and challenges in China’s digital economy and its cyber governance law and analyzes the likelihood of a trade war between the U.S. and China.
Jan 31, 2018
Women’s Roles in Peace and Security: A Conversation with International Ambassadors

The Ambassadors of Finland, Sweden, Rwanda, Libya, Kosovo, the African Union, and St. Kitts and Nevis to the United States discuss the role women play in resolving conflicts and shaping societies.

Jan 18, 2018
2017’s Global Challenges – What’s Next?

CSIS experts look back at the year’s foreign policy and national security challenges and ahead to the issues that may dominate the headlines in 2018. The roundtable includes Dr. Kathleen Hicks, Senior Vice President and Director of the International Security Program; Jennifer Cooke, Director of the Africa Program; Sarah Ladislaw, Director of the Energy and National Security Program; Bonnie Glaser, Senior Adviser for Asia and Director of the China Power Project; and Melissa Dalton, Senior Fellow and Deputy Director, International Security Program where she is an expert on Syria and Iran.

Dec 27, 2017
HER Education HER Right – Promoting Girls Education Globally

High school students Hannah Ford and Zoha Siddiqui are co-founders of HER (HER Education is HER Right) and join Beverly Kirk to discuss their work creating sustainable libraries in underfunded schools for girls in developing countries.

Dec 13, 2017
Ending Poverty is Possible: A Conversation with Dr. Kristalina Georgieva

World Bank CEO Dr. Kristalina Georgieva joins Nina Easton at CSIS to discuss women’s financial inclusion and entrepreneurship and the role women play in global poverty reduction.

Nov 29, 2017
President Trump in Asia & the Rohingya Crisis

Dr. Amy Searight, Senior Adviser and Director of the CSIS Southeast Asia Program, discusses the president’s Asia trip, the Trans-Pacific Partnership without U.S. involvement, U.S. leadership in Southeast Asia, and the Rohingya crisis in Myanmar.

Nov 14, 2017
Politics of the Climate Change Conversation

Sarah Ladislaw, Senior Fellow and Director of the CSIS Energy and National Security Program; Amy Harder energy/climate change reporter for Axios; and Lisa Friedman climate/environmental policy reporter for The New York Times discuss the political dynamics of the energy and climate change conversation.

Nov 01, 2017
Making Gender Equality the Norm

Joanna Roper CMG, the British Special Envoy for Gender Equality, discusses the U.K.’s efforts to ensure the rights of women and girls worldwide.

Oct 27, 2017
Foreign Policy in a New Era – South Korea and the U.S.

South Korean Foreign Minister Kang, Kyung-wha and former U.S. Secretary of State Madeleine Albright discuss the U.S.-South Korea alliance and the North Korean nuclear threat.

Oct 11, 2017
Global Hotspots and Security Challenges: A Conversation with Senator Joni Ernst (R-IA)

Senator Joni Ernst (R-IA) joins Nina Easton at CSIS for a conversation on global hotspots. She shares her thoughts on North Korea, Russia, Iraq, Syria, and Afghanistan and gives her take on the defense budget.

Sep 29, 2017
Global Emerging Infectious Diseases – Challenges, Risks, and Policies

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

Sep 15, 2017
Geopolitical Forecasting – Predicting Global Conflicts?

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

Aug 30, 2017
Leadership, STEM Education, and Breaking Barriers w/USAF Lt Gen Stayce Harris

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

Aug 16, 2017
The Internet of Things and the Cost of Privacy

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

Aug 02, 2017
Civilian Control of the Military and Why it Matters

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

Jul 19, 2017
Trump, Putin, and the G20 Summit

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

Jul 06, 2017
Driving Change in the Middle East: A Conversation with Manal Al-Sharif

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

Jun 21, 2017
British Snap Election Surprise – What It Means

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

Jun 09, 2017
Defending Writers Under Fire Worldwide

Suzanne Nossel, Executive Director of PEN America, describes her work to protect literary and political writers globally from persecution because of their views and how she first coined the term smart power.

May 24, 2017
The Business of Startups: A Conversation With Two of India's Top Women Entrepreneurs

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

May 10, 2017
Deterring Iran After the Nuclear Deal

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

Apr 26, 2017
Recalibrating U.S. Strategy Toward Russia

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

Apr 12, 2017
Representative Martha McSally Talks Women in the Military, Border Security, and 9/11

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

Apr 06, 2017
Breaking Down the Iran Nuclear Deal

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

Mar 29, 2017
Christine Lagarde Talks Empowering Women and Economic Growth

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

Mar 15, 2017
Global Challenges for the Trump Administration

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

Mar 01, 2017
Human Rights and Countering Violent Extremism - What's the connection?

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

Feb 15, 2017
America’s Place in the World – A Conversation with former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright

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

Jan 31, 2017
Weapon of War: Gender-based Violence Around the World

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

Jan 19, 2017
Space Exploration, Geopolitics, and Climate Change

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

Jan 04, 2017
Commerce Secretary Penny Pritzker Talks Free Trade, Jobs, and Innovation

Commerce Secretary Penny Pritzker discusses the digital economy, globalization, and cybersecurity and the impact all have on the world of work.

Dec 19, 2016
Powering Innovation and Growth in Africa

Dana Hyde, CEO of the Millennium Challenge Corporation describes opportunities and challenges of international development, her latest trip to West Africa as part of the PowerAfrica Initiative, and new ideas for alternative sources of power and energy in Africa.

Dec 07, 2016
Syria and the Next Administration

Melissa Dalton, Senior Fellow and Chief of Staff in the International Security Program at CSIS, discusses the situation in Syria, the players involved, and why it matters for the next administration.

Nov 21, 2016
Brexit, European Populism, and the Kremlin Playbook

Heather Conley, CSIS expert on Europe, tackles the complexities surrounding Brexit and Prime Minister May’s strategy for handling it, and her recent report on the unvirtuous circle of Russia’s influence on Central Europe:

Nov 07, 2016
Harnessing the Power of Tech and Innovation in America - A Conversation with Megan Smith

Megan Smith, U.S. Chief Technology Officer, discusses the lost history of women in STEM and how technology can make an impact.

Oct 26, 2016
Turkey: Explained

Dr. Amanda Sloat, former Deputy Assistant Secretary for Southern Europe and Eastern Mediterranean Affairs at the State Department, breaks down the coup attempt, the relevance of the Gulenist movement, and Turkey’s relationship with the U.S. and Russia.

Oct 13, 2016
Be Fearless: Jean Case on Philanthropy and Investment

Jean Case, Co-Founder and CEO of the Case Foundation, talks about taking risks, inclusive entrepreneurship and impact investing around the world.

Sep 28, 2016
A Conversation with Ellen Kullman

The retired DuPont Chair and CEO talks about her battle with an activist investor, leadership challenges during the Great Recession, and why GMOs are a first-world problem.

Sep 15, 2016
India’s Young Entrepreneurs – Women Breaking Barriers

Delhi and Hong Kong-based entrepreneur Ambika Behal discusses the challenges women in India face in starting businesses as more and more of them become entrepreneurs.

Aug 30, 2016
An Insider Look at Japan's Womenomics

Haruno Yoshida, President of BT Japan and first woman executive named to the Keidanren, Japan’s largest business lobby, discusses efforts to increase the number of women in the country’s workforce and her groundbreaking career as a top business leader.

Aug 17, 2016
Delivering Democracy in Afghanistan–From Midwife to Politician

Fatema Jafari discusses her election to the Provincial Council of Herat in western Afghanistan and her efforts to get women involved in Afghan politics.

Aug 02, 2016
Rethinking Venture Capital – More Women, Better Business

Venture capitalist Jenny Abramson explains why so few women work in venture capital worldwide and why that’s bad for business.

Jul 20, 2016
A Conversation with Helle Thorning-Schmidt

The former Danish prime minister talks EU Reform, Brexit, leadership and that selfie with David Cameron and President Obama.

Jul 06, 2016
Brexit Vote Fallout: What’s Next?

CSIS Europe expert Heather Conley takes a deep dive into Britain’s vote to leave the European Union, its potential implications, and what happens next.

Jun 24, 2016
Empowering Adolescent Girls Worldwide

Cathy Russell, Ambassador-at-Large for Global Women’s Issues, discusses the importance of empowering adolescent girls globally and the safety, health, and education challenges they face, including FGM and child brides.

Jun 15, 2016
The Odds of a Brexit

CSIS Europe expert Heather Conley examines the June 23 Brexit vote and challenges Great Britain faces whether it stays in or leaves the European Union.

May 12, 2016
Julia Gillard on Women, Misogyny, and Education

Former Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard opens up about her misogyny speech and talks about the importance of global education, especially for women and girls.

Apr 29, 2016
America’s Role in the World
Former Texas Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison discusses U.S. global leadership, GOP politics, Donald Trump, and the 2016 presidential campaign.
Apr 20, 2016
Grounded—The Challenge of Retaining Top Women and Millennials in the Air Force

Former fighter pilot Heather Penney discusses her research on retention issues concerning female officers and millennials and why personnel policies need to change

Apr 07, 2016
U.S. Ambassadors Open Up on Life Abroad

More than three dozen U.S. ambassadors discuss the challenges, sacrifices and rewards that come with being a diplomat representing the U.S. around the globe.

Mar 25, 2016
Global Security: The View from Abroad

More than three dozen U.S. ambassadors serving at posts around the globe discuss mass migration, refugees, war/conflict, ISIS, Boko Haram, and tensions in the South China Sea.

Mar 25, 2016
Fighting Youth and Religious Extremism

CSIS Visiting Fellow Ritu Sharma and Grace Patterson from the interfaith group, World Faith, discuss youth extremism, religious violence, and efforts to prevent both.

Mar 10, 2016
Russia’s Interventions and Intentions

Olga Oliker, Senior Adviser and Director of the CSIS Russia and Eurasia Program discusses Vladimir Putin’s actions in Syria and Ukraine as well as Russia’s domestic economic situation.

Feb 25, 2016
Fighting Terrorism Around the Globe
UK Home Secretary Theresa May discusses the fight against Daesh/ISIS, violent and non-violent extremism, and the debate over security versus privacy.
Feb 19, 2016
Iraq – The View from Kurdistan

Sherri Kraham Talabany of SEED Kurdistan discusses her group’s efforts to help Yezidi (Yazidi) women, refugees, and other victims of ISIS/ISIL violence.

Feb 04, 2016
A Conversation with Deborah Lee James

The Secretary of the Air Force discusses the air campaign against ISIL/ISIS and the situation in Syria, personnel and retention and other issues facing today’s Air Force.

Jan 20, 2016
Russia’s Arctic Playground

CSIS’s Arctic expert Heather Conley discusses the geopolitics and geo-economics of the Arctic, as well as Russia’s activities and U.S. interests in the region.

Jan 07, 2016
Global Giving and Making a Difference

Melinda Gates, Sheryl WuDunn, and Nicholas Kristof discuss philanthropy and the best ways to make a difference in the lives of others with Nina Easton during an interview conducted Dec. 1, 2015 at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History as part of the first annual program, The Power of Giving: Philanthropy’s Impact on American Life.

Dec 23, 2015
Health Challenges for Women at War

Retired Army Colonel Dr. Elspeth Cameron Ritchie discusses the physical and mental health issues military women face during their service years and afterward as veterans.

Dec 10, 2015
Emerging Markets and Latin America

 Jane Fraser, CEO Citigroup Latin America, discusses the outlook for emerging market economies both globally and in Latin America.

Nov 25, 2015
World on Fire

Dr. Kathleen Hicks, Senior Vice President, Kissinger Chair, and Director of the CSIS International Security Program, discusses current conflicts in Syria and Yemen, Taliban gains in Afghanistan, tensions in the South China Sea and what it all means for U.S. policy.

Nov 13, 2015
Russia’s Info War in the Baltics and Elsewhere

U.S. Ambassador to Lithuania Deborah McCarthy discusses Moscow’s propaganda machine and Baltic concerns about Russian aggression.

Oct 29, 2015
Syria’s Chemical Weapons Terror

WMD expert Rebecca Hersman, director of the CSIS Project on Nuclear Issues (PONI) and senior adviser in the International Security Program, discusses the use of chemical weapons to terrorize the Syrian population.

Oct 17, 2015
Russia’s Play in Syria

CSIS International Security Program Fellow and Chief of Staff Melissa Dalton explains what the Russian intervention in Syria means for U.S. strategy and policy in the region and the broader Middle East.

Oct 09, 2015
What Food Security Really Means

CSIS Global Food Security Project Director Kimberly Flowers explains how food security is both a consequence and a cause of conflict around the globe.

Sep 24, 2015
The “No Exceptions” Debate

Marine Corps attack helicopter pilot Katey Van Dam and American University’s Dr. Nora Bensahel discuss the push for military women to be able to serve in any position for which they qualify.

Sep 10, 2015
The U.S. and China – It’s Complicated.

China experts Bonnie Glaser (CSIS) and Sophie Richardson (Human Rights Watch) preview Xi Jinping’s visit to the U.S. and discuss concerns about China-based cyberattacks, the militarization of the South China Sea, and crackdowns on human rights and dissent.

Sep 02, 2015
Women, Violence, and Development in Papua New Guinea
Papua New Guinea (PNG) has also been called one of the worst places in the world to be a woman because of gender violence. Diane Kambanei from YWCA PNG and Sue Richiedei from Plan International USA discuss that issue and the Global Women in Management program that provides training to start or grow businesses.
Aug 20, 2015
Women, Combat, and Ashley’s War

Author Gayle Lemmon discusses her best-selling, new book Ashley’s War, the role of women in combat, and the rarely told stories about women in Afghanistan

Aug 06, 2015
Greece Crisis, European Disintegration?

CSIS Europe expert Heather Conley analyzes the Greece debt crisis and the old European divisions it seems to be resurrecting.

Jul 23, 2015
Deconstructing the Iran Nuclear Deal

Moderator Nina Easton talks with Sharon Squassoni, CSIS Senior Fellow and Director of the Proliferation Prevention Program, about the agreement’s details, critics’ concerns, and what happens next.

Jul 18, 2015
Australia's Julia Gillard - Advice to Women in Politics
Former Prime Minister Julia Gillard reflects on her tough, three-year tenure as Australia’s leader and encourages women to enter public service.
Jul 08, 2015
Fran Townsend on Terrorism in the Age of ISIS

Former Homeland Security Adviser and Counterterrorism Adviser Fran Townsend discusses fighting terrorism and the spread of ISIS.

Jun 24, 2015
Tzipi Livni Pushes Back on anti-Israel Sentiment
Israeli opposition leader Tzipi Livni outlines the dangers of boycotts and Europe’s rising anti-Semitism.
Jun 18, 2015
Ride 2 Recovery – Supporting America’s Veterans

Army Veteran Jen Goodbody shares her inspiring story of how cycling in the Ride 2 Recovery program has helped her and other veterans suffering from PTSD and TBI.

Jun 03, 2015
Melinda Gates on Women, Girls, Development, and Life

Melinda Gates of the Gates Foundation opens up to Nina Easton about philanthropy, her life, and her passion for improving the lives of women and girls globally.

May 22, 2015
Critical Connection - Global Finances and Foreign Policy

International Capital Strategies CEO Heidi Crebo-Rediker explains why “geoeconomics” is important and why complacency about a possible “Grexit” from the Eurozone is a problem.

May 14, 2015
2015 UK Elections– A Divided Kingdom

Voters in Great Britain head to the polls May 7th in an election many say may be very close. Heather Conley, CSIS SVP for Europe, Eurasia, and the Arctic explains what it may mean for global markets and Britain’s presence on the world stage.

Apr 29, 2015
Women’s Empowerment and Africa’s Development

African Union Chair Dr. Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma discusses why educating and empowering African women are essential for peace and development on the continent.

Apr 17, 2015
Carly Fiorina – A Candid Conversation

Possible GOP presidential candidate and former Hewlett Packard CEO Carly Fiorina talks foreign policy, big business, politics, and leadership with moderator Nina Easton.

Apr 08, 2015
Combating Islamic Extremism
Former and first-ever State Dept. Special Representative to Muslim Communities Farah Pandith tells Nina Easton why she thinks extremist groups like ISIS/ISIL will eventually lose the battle they’re waging.
Mar 25, 2015
Anne-Marie Slaughter on People-Centered Foreign Policy

New America CEO Anne-Marie Slaughter tells Nina Easton why traditional chessboard foreign policy needs to be combined with a people-centered approach.

Mar 17, 2015
Mobile Money – Foreign Aid Disrupter?

Entrepreneur and former Chief Innovation Officer at USAID Maura O’Neill tells Nina Easton how mobile money could potentially lift millions out of poverty and change the way foreign aid is done.

Mar 05, 2015
Troubled Waters - the East and South China Seas

Nina Easton talks to CSIS Asia experts Bonnie Glaser and Dr. Mira Rapp Hooper about the geopolitics of disputed land claims and China’s building spree in the region.

Feb 26, 2015
Afghan First Lady’s Provocative Look Ahead

Afghanistan First Lady Rula Ghani discusses her country’s future, Islam, Afghan women, and calls on Afghan expats to come home and help rebuild the nation.

Feb 20, 2015
The Fraught Politics of Free Trade

Former USTR, Ambassador Susan Schwab talks to host Nina Easton about TTIP, TPP, and the President’s push for trade promotion authority to get deals done with Europe and Asia. 

Feb 12, 2015
The Back Story on Boko Haram and the Kidnapped Girls

CSIS Africa Program Director Jennifer Cooke talks to Nina Easton about the rise of Boko Haram, the kidnapped girls and the Nigerian government’s failure to rescue them, and the implications of the upcoming presidential election.

Feb 05, 2015
Thinking Outside the War-on-Terror Box

Maine Senator Susan Collins uses her intel post to discuss with host Nina Easton new approaches to combatting violent Islamic extremism.

Jan 29, 2015
Obama, Modi, India and U.S. – BFFs?

President Obama heads to India for second visit. Nina Easton talks to Dr. Tanvi Madan from Brookings about a possible new era in the U.S. – India relationship.

Jan 24, 2015
Rising Anti-Semitism in Europe

After the Paris terror attacks on Charlie Hebdo and a kosher grocery, much attention has focused on growing numbers of French Jews leaving France for Israel and increasing anti-Semitism in Europe. Host Nina Easton talks to CSIS Europe expert Heather Conley and the Anti-Defamation League’s Stacy Burdett.

Jan 17, 2015
Do Falling Oil Prices Make Putin More Dangerous?

The drop in oil prices is hurting Russia’s economy.  CSIS energy expert Sarah Ladislaw and human rights expert Dr. Sarah Mendelson discuss the impact on Putin’s interactions with the West as well as the overall global energy outlook.

Jan 08, 2015
2014 in Review – A Complicated World

CSIS Senior Vice Presidents Dr. Kathleen Hicks and Heather Conley talk with host Nina Easton about the year’s biggest issues, including Russia, North Korea, ISIS, Europe and the surprising thaw in U.S.-Cuba relations to end the year.

Dec 31, 2014
Media Dangers in Global Conflict Zones

Host Nina Easton talks to Jeanne Bourgault, President and CEO of Internews about the challenges of establishing a free press in places where there are violent conflicts and the risks reporters take to share information.​

Dec 23, 2014
Syrian Women on the Frontline
Dec 16, 2014
Amb. Samantha Power - The Blunt Diplomat

Amb. Samantha Power talks Russia, Ukraine, genocide and other global conflicts with Fortune’s Nina Easton to launch the Smart Women, Smart Power live event series.

Dec 11, 2014
China Flexes Its Muscle: Behind Xi Jinping's Vision

CSIS Senior Adviser for Asia Bonnie Glaser speaks with Nina Easton about how President Xi Jinping is using China's power in Asia and beyond.

Dec 04, 2014
Audio: U.S. Global Leadership and NATO’s Future

Dr. Kori Schake, Research Fellow at the Hoover Institution discusses U.S. leadership in the world and how a generation gap in Europe could impact NATO's future.

Nov 25, 2014
Iran Nuclear Talks – Deal or No Deal?

The Nov. 24 deadline is fast approaching, and the Iran nuclear talks are going down to the wire.  Host Nina Easton talks with Danielle Pletka, Senior Vice President, Foreign and Defense Policy Studies at the American Enterprise Institute (AEI) about the negotiations and whether an agreement is likely.

Nov 18, 2014
GOP Midterm Sweep – Foreign Policy Implications

Republicans will take charge of the House and Senate in January.  Dr. Kathleen Hicks, CSIS Senior Vice President, Henry Kissinger Chair, and Director of the International Security Program, and Dr. Elaine Kamarck, Senior Fellow, Governance Studies Program at Brookings and Founding Director of the Center for Effective Public Management, discuss the likely impact on the fight against ISIS, the Defense Dept. budget, and trade deals with Europe and Asia.

Nov 08, 2014
Rousseff Re-elected - Can She Turn Brazil's Economy Around?

Brazil’s president gets a second term but faces a politically divided country that’s now technically in recession. Cassia Carvalho, Brazil-U.S. Business Council Executive Director and CSIS Americas Program Senior Associate, and Dr. Julia Sweig, Director of Latin America studies and the Global Brazil Initiative at the Council on Foreign Relations, discuss the challenges Pres. Dilma Rousseff must tackle.

Nov 04, 2014
Modern Day Slavery

According to the UN, sexual exploitation and forced labor are the most common forms of human trafficking.  Dr. Sarah Mendelson, director of the CSIS Human Rights Initiative and Holly Burkhalter of the International Justice Mission discuss this global problem and the policies needed to address it.

Oct 29, 2014
State Dept.'s Ebola Chief Weighs In

State Dept. Ebola Coordinator Amb. Nancy Powell discusses calls for a travel ban, training for U.S. military troops heading to West Africa, and why the end of the rainy season in Ebola-affected regions may mean even more cases.

Oct 21, 2014
Power Politics in Putin's Russia

What really drives this 21st century czar? Our experts weigh in on the history and personality of a man intent on defying the West.

Oct 15, 2014
On Commercial Diplomacy with Sec. of Commerce Penny Pritzker

U.S. Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker discusses her recent trade and investment trip to Ukraine, Poland, and Turkey with members of President’s Export Council and how “commercial diplomacy” can be an effective and strategic tool for the U.S. government. She talks about Ukraine’s struggle to fight corruption and build business as well as the low number of women in Turkey’s labor force. Amy Studdart, Deputy Director and Fellow of the William E. Simon Chair in Political Economy at CSIS, provides insights on the Ukraine economic “backstory.” Read Nina Easton’s profile of Secretary Pritzker at trade and investment trip to Ukraine.

Oct 06, 2014
On ISIS, Sexual Slavery, and Radical Islam

Nina Easton, Fortune Magazine Senior Editor and Washington Columnist, Chair, Fortune Most Powerful Women International Summit, and CSIS Senior Fellow, moderates a discussion of ISIS and the U.S. military strikes on Iraq and Syria. The roundtable includes Dr. Kathleen Hicks, Senior Vice President, Henry A. Kissinger Chair, and director of the International Security Program at CSIS. Heather Conley, Senior Vice President for Europe, Eurasia, and the Arctic, and director of the Europe Program at CSIS, and Stephanie Sanok Kostro, Senior Fellow, International Security Program at CSIS.

Oct 01, 2014