Rank #1: Russia Into Africa
Oct 30 2019
Rank #2: Bad Ideas in National Security
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
Rank #3: The Killing of Soleimani and U.S. Response
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
Rank #4: British Elections
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
Rank #5: U.S. and China: A New Paradigm
Oct 04 2019
Rank #6: A Reckoning in Syria and What it Means for the Middle East
Oct 22 2019
Rank #7: Edge of a New Epoch
Sep 12 2019
Rank #8: The Islamic State's Next Wave
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
Rank #9: Explaining the Intelligence Community Whistleblower Protection Act
Sep 24 2019
Rank #10: U.S. Troop Pullout of Syria
Oct 08 2019