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American Ambassadors Live! Podcast

The American Ambassadors Live! Podcast (previously called CAA Live!) invites foreign policy experts and practitioners from the United States and around the world to share their perspectives on critical international issues.Disclaimer:Views expressed on this program are solely those of individual members and should not be construed as those of the Council of American Ambassadors, executive leadership, membership as a whole, or individuals or organizations that provide financial support to the Council of American Ambassadors.

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Ambassador Michael McFaul discusses why Putin isn't more afraid of the U.S.

Ambassador James Rosapepe interviews Ambassador Michael McFaul about Russia and Vladimir Putin.

8mins

15 Aug 2017

Rank #1

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Ambassador Roger Noriega: An Overview of Latin America

Ambassador Roger Noriega discusses Latin America at the Council of American Ambassadors' Spring conference, "Global Tour d'Horizon." Ambassador Noriega is a former Assistant Secretary of State for Western Hemispheres and former ambassador to the Organization of American States. He is currently a visiting fellow at the American Enterprise Institute. The presentation was moderated by Senior Vice President of CAA, Ambassador G. Philip Hughes.

42mins

23 May 2018

Rank #2

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Estonia And Lithuania CAA Mission Report with Ambassadors Aldona Wos and John Maisto

In this special CAA Live! episode, podcast host Ambassador Jim Rosapepe sits down with Ambassadors Aldona Wos and John Maisto on the heels of CAA's latest overseas fact-finding mission to Estonia, Lithuania and Poland. The ambassadors talk about their meetings with officials in Estonia and Lithuania and topics like Russian threats in the Baltics, cyber-security, the role of NATO, and the desire for an American presence in the Baltics.

32mins

4 Dec 2018

Rank #3

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Tour D'Horizon with Ambassador Frank G. Wisner

Ambassador Frank G. Wisner presented a "Tour D'Horizon" at the Council of American Ambassadors' Fall Conference Potpourri of Diplomacy. He spoke to the world's most pressing foreign affairs issues including religious fundamentalism and power dynamics in the Middle East. Ambassador Wisner served as Under Secretary of Defense for Policy, Under Secretary of State for International Security Affairs, Ambassador to India, Ambassador to Egypt and Ambassador to Zambia. CAA President Timothy A. Chorba introduced Ambassador Wisner and moderated the ensuing Q&A session.

49mins

13 Nov 2018

Rank #4

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Argentina's elections and its divided Congress with Ambassador Earl Anthony Wayne

(Part two of a two-part interview) Ambassador Earl Anthony Wayne joins American Ambassadors Live! Podcast host Ambassador G. Philip Hughes for a discussion surrounding Argentina's recent election results, it's divided Congress, and it's economic standing. Ambassador Wayne served as U.S. Ambassador to Mexico and Argentina. This podcast was recorded on November 8, 2019.

18mins

20 Nov 2019

Rank #5

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The Last Palace with Ambassador Norman Eisen

In Ambassador Norman Eisen's new book, The Last Palace, he depicts five characters who have witnessed Europe's turbulent century from the setting of the "last palace" in Prague. Ambassador Eisen talks with CAA Live! host Ambassador Jim Rosapepe about one of the most important characters in the book, his mother. His mother, who was born in Czechoslovakia and survived Auschwitz during the Holocaust, played an important role for Ambassador Eisen during his ambassadorship to the Czech Republic from 2011 to 2014.

7mins

29 Oct 2018

Rank #6

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Dr. Steven A. Cook on Turkey's Pivotal Regional Role

Dr. Steven A. Cook discusses Turkey's pivotal regional role at the Council of American Ambassadors' Spring conference, "Global Tour d'Horizon." Dr. Cook is the Eni Enrico Mattei Senior Fellow for Middle East and Africa Studies at the Council on Foreign Relations. The presentation was moderated by Ambassador William C. Eacho and followed with a Q&A session.

45mins

22 May 2018

Rank #7

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NATO and Romania with Ambassador Alfred Moses

Ambassador Alfred Moses joins CAA Live! host Ambassador Jim Rosapepe to discuss Romania's pathway to NATO membership. Ambassador Moses served as U.S. Ambassador to Romania from 1994 to 1997. He recently authored Bucharest Diary: Romania's Journey from Darkness to Light.

10mins

21 Sep 2018

Rank #8

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Daniel Patrick Moynihan - U.S. Senator

In this episode, CAA Live! host Ambassador Jim Rosapepe interviews Toby Freilich, a co-producer and co-director of Moynihan, the first feature-length film about Daniel Patrick Moynihan's life of public service. They discuss his term in the United States Senate, specifically his predictions of the Soviet Union breakup. breakup of the Soviet Union.

11mins

21 Dec 2018

Rank #9

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Jewish Emigration from Romania to Israel with Ambassador Alfred Moses

Ambassador Alfred Moses joined CAA Live! host Ambassador Jim Rosapepe to describe efforts in the 1970s and 1980s helping Jews living in an oppressive communist regime in Romania emigrate to Israel. Ambassador Moses served as U.S. Ambassador to Romania from 1994 to 1997. He recently authored Bucharest Diary: Romania's Journey from Darkness to Light.

8mins

19 Sep 2018

Rank #10

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U.S.-Turkey Relations with Dr. Nicholas Danforth

Dr. Nicholas Danforth spoke to U.S.-Turkey relations at the Council of American Ambassadors Fall Conference, Potpourri of Diplomacy. Dr. Danforth is senior policy analyst for the Bipartisan Policy Center's national security program. He has written widely about Turkey, U.S. foreign policy and the Middle East for publications including The Atlantic, The Washington Post, Foreign Policy, Al Jazeera and Foreign Affairs. CAA member Ambassador Stuart Bernstein introduced Dr. Danforth and moderated the ensuing Q&A session.

27mins

30 Nov 2018

Rank #11

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Daniel Patrick Moynihan - U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations

In this episode, CAA Live! host Ambassador Jim Rosapepe interviews Toby Freilich, a co-producer and co-director of Moynihan, the first feature-length film about Daniel Patrick Moynihan's life of public service. They discuss Senator Moynihan's assignment as U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations and share recorded clips from some of his most famous UN speeches.

15mins

21 Dec 2018

Rank #12

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Daniel Patrick Moynihan - U.S. Ambassador to India

In this episode, CAA Live! host Ambassador Jim Rosapepe interviews Toby Freilich, a co-producer and co-director of Moynihan, the first feature-length film about Daniel Patrick Moynihan's life of public service. Ambassador Rosapepe and Ms. Freilich review Senator Moynihan's first diplomatic assignment as U.S. Ambassador to India, appointed by President Richard Nixon.

10mins

21 Dec 2018

Rank #13

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Ambassador C. Donald Johnson on Post-World War II Economic Institutions

In this episode, Ambassador C. Donald Johnson joins CAA Live! host Ambassador Rosapepe to discuss international economic institutions at the end of World War II. Ambassador Johnson recently authored The Wealth of a Nation: A History of Trade Politics in America. He is the Director Emeritus of the Dean Rusk Center for International Law and a former United States Trade Representative.

16mins

1 Jun 2018

Rank #14

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Lost and Found in Spain with Susan Solomont

Susan Solomont, author of Lost and Found in Spain: Tales of an Ambassador's Wife, joined podcast host Sheilah Kast to discuss her new book and experiences in Spain with her husband and Obama appointee to Spain, Ambassador Alan Solomont. Susan left her career for a three-and-a-half year tour in Madrid and discovered her own voice and unique role at the embassy empowering professional business women in Spain.

34mins

12 Jun 2019

Rank #15

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Robert Mugabe and Zimbabwe's new president Emmerson Mnangagwa with Ambassador Tom McDonald

During his appointment as U.S. Ambassador to Zimbabwe, Tom McDonald had over two dozen meetings with former Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe. Ambassador McDonald joins American Ambassadors Live! Podcast host Ambassador Philip Hughes to discuss the life of Robert Mugabe, what Zimbabwe was like under his rule, and the differences and similarities between Mugabe and the country's new president, Emmerson Mnangagwa.

29mins

26 Sep 2019

Rank #16

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FDR, Indochina and the United Nations with Ambassador William vanden Heuvel

Former Deputy U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations William vanden Heuvel joined the American Ambassadors Live! Podcast with host Ambassador Jim Rosapepe to discuss fascinating historical accounts of Indochina in the 1950's, the development of the United Nations and President Franklin Roosevelt's decision-making during World War II. Ambassador vanden Heuvel is a founder of the Council of American Ambassadors and recently authored Hope and History: A Memoir of Tumultuous Times.

34mins

25 Jul 2019

Rank #17

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Ambassador Carla Hills on Trade Tensions

"Shanghai, Saskatchewan, Sonoma and Sonora: Trade Tensions Take Center Stage" Ambassador Carla Hills discusses trade tensions at the Council of American Ambassadors' Spring conference, "Global Tour d'Horizon." Ambassador Hills is the Chair and CEO of Hills & Company and former United States Trade Representative. The presentation was moderated by Ambassador Richard McCormack and followed by a Q&A session.

40mins

22 May 2018

Rank #18

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Hungary with Ms. Kati Marton

At the Council of American Ambassadors' Election Day Luncheon on November 7, 2018, Kati Marton spoke about Hungary and the rising threats to liberal democracy in Europe. Ms. Marton is a best-selling author, journalist and human rights activist. She is currently a director of the Committee to Protect Journalists, serves on the board of directors of the International Rescue Committee and the New American Foundation, and sits on the board of Central European University. CAA member Ambassador Donald Bliss introduced Ms. Marton and moderated the session.

50mins

30 Nov 2018

Rank #19

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Cartel violence, AMLO and USMCA with Ambassador Earl Anthony Wayne (Part One)

(Part one of a two-part interview)Ambassador Earl Anthony Wayne joins American Ambassadors Live! Podcast host Ambassador G. Philip Hughes in a discussion surrounding recent episodes of cartel violence in Mexico, the USMCA deal, and the development of U.S.-Mexico relations and policy from President Felipe Calderon to Mexico's current president, Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador (AMLO). Ambassador Wayne served as U.S. Ambassador to both Mexico and Argentina.

30mins

18 Nov 2019

Rank #20