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7 of The Best Podcast Episodes for Colin Kahl. A collection of podcasts episodes with or about Colin Kahl, often where they are interviewed.

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7 of The Best Podcast Episodes for Colin Kahl. A collection of podcasts episodes with or about Colin Kahl, often where they are interviewed.

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Security and Spaghetti - Colin Kahl

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In this episode, Colin Kahl takes us back before age 22, discussing how his childhood and upbringing have influenced his choices and actions over the years. When he graduated from the University of Michigan, an incomplete thesis led him to continue studying through the summer. Two weeks after completing this degree, he moved to New York for a PhD. Since finishing this program, Colin has spent time between academic institutions and government offices, including the While House and the Pentagon, working on National Security. Today, he is a Co-Director of the Center for International Security and Cooperation (CISAC) and a professor in the Political Science department. 

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Jun 15 2020 · 37mins
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What Actually Happened Between Joe Biden and Ukraine, with Colin Kahl

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Former Vice President Joe Biden’s name has appeared regularly in discussions about the controversial situation with Ukraine. What was Biden trying to achieve during his visit to Ukraine in 2015, and what is his connection to the controversy surrounding the July 25 phone call between President Trump and Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky?

Colin Kahl is co-director of the Center for International Security and Cooperation and a senior fellow at FSI. From 2014 to 2017, he served as deputy assistant to President Barack Obama and national security advisor to Biden. In this episode, Kahl provides an inside look into what really happened between Biden and Ukrainian officials during that time period.

Oct 15 2019 · 26mins

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Leadership in the 21st Century: Dr Colin Kahl

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Colin Kahl is currently co-director of the Center for International Security and Cooperation at Stanford University, having previously been deputy assistant to President Obama and national security advisor to Vice-President Biden.
Jan 14 2019 · 30mins
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Colin Kahl on Khashoggi and Where the US Stands with Saudi Arabia

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It is now clear that the murder of Washington Post journalist Jamal Khashoggi at the Saudi embassy in Turkey was a pre-planned execution, likely ordered by people at the very top of the Saudi government. The incident has sparked an international outcry, and raises questions about the US’s relationship with the Saudis. What is the underlying nature of the US-Saudi alliance? How has Trump's strategy differed from Obama’s, and what impact might all of this have on relations with Iran and elsewhere across the Middle East?

Colin Kahl was deputy assistant to President Obama and a national security advisor to Vice President Biden from 2014 to 2017. He’s now the co-director of FSI’s Center for International Security and Cooperation, and the head of its Middle East Initiative. In this discussion with Michael McFaul, Kahl outlines the unease some American diplomats feel towards our relationship with Saudi Arabia. He explains steps that President Obama took to restructure the alliance, and he argues that President Trump’s decision to double-down in Saudi Arabia has narrowed the options for responding to an increasingly fractured relationship.

Nov 06 2018 · 22mins

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Episode 13 - Colin Kahl on Obama's Foreign Policy

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In this episode with Professor Colin Kahl, we discuss US Foreign Policy under the Obama Administration. We briefly discussed the French elections before covering the accomplishments, difficult decisions, and criticisms of Obama’s foreign policy - giving particular attention to the Iran Nuclear Deal, the “Red Line” situation with Syria, America's longest war in Afghanistan, and the drone strikes controversy. Professor Kahl finishes the episode out with advice for SSP students who are entering the field.

Professor Kahl served as the Deputy Assistant to President Obama and National Security Advisor to Vice President Biden from 2014 to 2017. He previously served as the deputy assistant secretary of defense for the Middle East at the Pentagon. Professor Kahl teaches “AMERICA, THE MIDDLE EAST, AND GRAND STRATEGY IN THE POST-9/11 ERA” at SSP.

The Security Studies Podcast is produced by Jeffrey Palmer. 

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May 16 2017 · 1hr 4mins
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Obama’s Foreign Policy: A Conversation with Colin Kahl (S. 5, Ep. 27)

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Colin Kahl speaks with Marc Lynch about U.S. foreign policy during the Obama administration. Kahl is an associate professor in the Security Studies Program at Georgetown University’s Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service. From October 2014 to January 2017, he was Deputy Assistant to the President and National Security Advisor to the Vice President.

On Iran, Kahl spoke about the strategy behind the JCPOA. "I can't think of an actual bonafide Iran expert on on planet Earth that believed that you were going to resolve this problem without giving the regime some face-saving way out on enrichment. And that was, I think, an inflection point in the decision of the Obama administration, which was ultimately not to drive the program to zero— not because we wouldn't prefer a world in which every nut and bolt of Natanz and Fordow enrichment facility was dismantled— but because that's a perfect world that perfect scenario was impossible to achieve. No matter how much pressure you were going to you were going to put on the regime."

"We found that in the case of countries— like Israel, Saudi Arabia or others— they want us to do two things, ultimately that the president was unwilling to do because of his overall theory of the role of military force in the region. One was they very much wanted us to engage in regime change— especially as it related to Iran. At the end of the day, the Israelis and the Saudis will never will never tolerate an Iran that's a strong actor in the region as long as this regime is in power. At the end of the day, they were more concerned about the regime and its had hegemonic ambitions than its nuclear program— even though the Israelis continually dialed up the existential language on the nuclear program. They did not believe that the threat from Iran— whether its nuclear or anything else— could be settled with anything short of regime change. And so, that was their preference: to basically leave the sanctions in place until the regime in Tehran went out of existence. And if they crossed some mythical red line, smash them like we smashed Saddam. The president wasn't going to go in for that."

"The second issue is the president was extraordinarily clear about: defending our allies from external aggression. Which is why we did so much to bolster their own capabilities— unprecedented amounts of military assistance to Israel, unprecedented steps to maintain their qualitative military edge— even as we were providing unprecedented degrees of security assistance to our partners in the Gulf, to Jordan, and otherwise. But what we weren't going to do is give them a blank check to drag us into conflicts that we believed didn't serve their interests. And certainly didn't serve our interests," Kahl said. " I think it all goes back to Obama's fundamental humility about what military forces can and can't accomplish."

Kahl also addressed criticism of foreign policy during the Obama administration. "Probably no area of the Obama administration's foreign policies came under more criticism than the approach to Syria. And yet every proposal— whether it was arming the opposition, putting in place a no fly zone or safe zones, or standoff strikes, or even you name it— whatever big idea was was out there in think tank land or in the academic world. They were deliberated over and over and over again. And so it doesn't mean that policy makers always make the right decision. They're human beings. They have incomplete information. They make wrong decisions all the time. But they're a lot smarter than you think."

"The last point I will make just briefly is that I also think academics probably don't appreciate the degree to which things that seem relatively banal— like process, budgets and whether human beings are getting enough sleep— actually affect the outcome of certain things. And those are just constraints— bureaucratic and human."
Feb 21 2017 · 30mins
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VP’s National Security Adviser on the Iran Deal: Colin Kahl Gives an Insider’s View

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The deadline for a deal on the Iranian nuclear program is on June 30. Just weeks before the deadline, Colin Kahl, the National Security Adviser to Vice President Joe Biden, sat down with Ryan Evans to talk about the nuclear negotiations over drinks at the Jefferson Hotel's Quill Bar. Ryan lobbed every objection to the deal he could come up with at Colin. The result was one of the most candid conversations we've ever seen from a senior administration official on what might be a monumental event in the history of diplomacy. Have a listen!
Jun 11 2015 · 1hr