Rank #1: Human Security is National Security in a Time of Pandemic, with Derek Reveron
Professor Derek Reveron, chair of the U.S. Naval War College's National Security Affairs Department, discusses how subnational and transnational forces--namely, the COVID-19 pandemic--intersect with national security in this conversation with Senior Fellow Nikolas Gvosdev. What are the implications for how politicians and policymakers conceptualize American foreign and defense policy in the 2020s? How should the U.S. reconsider the ways it looks at national security?
Jul 27 2020
Rank #2: Fight for Liberty, with Max Boot, Philip Bobbitt, Garry Kasparov, & Bret Stephens
Oct 19 2018
Rank #3: Identity: The Demand for Dignity and the Politics of Resentment, with Francis Fukuyama
Sep 17 2018
Rank #4: The Jungle Grows Back: America and Our Imperiled World, with Robert Kagan
Nov 20 2018
Rank #5: Russia's Information Warfare, with Molly McKew
Dec 12 2018
Rank #6: Ian Bremmer & Tom Nichols on Globalization, Populism, & American Politics
If populism is a reaction to a globalism that is viewed as unresponsive to the needs of citizens, can populism sustain any version of globalization? Eurasia Group's Ian Bremmer and Tom Nichols of the U. S. Naval War College discuss and debate this important question and much more.
Jan 16 2019
Rank #7: China's Spies in California with Zach Dorfman
Sep 11 2018
Rank #8: The New Rules of War: Victory in the Age of Durable Disorder, with Sean McFate
"Nobody fights conventionally except for us anymore, yet we're sinking a big bulk, perhaps the majority of our defense dollars, into preparing for another conventional war, which is the very definition of insanity," declares national security strategist and former paratrooper Sean McFate. The U.S. needs to recognize that we're living in an age of "durable disorder"--a time of persistent, smoldering conflicts--and the old rules no longer apply.
Mar 19 2019
Rank #9: Vox Populi: What Americans Think About Foreign Policy, with Dina Smeltz & Mark Hannah
What do Americans think about the role the United States should be playing in the world? How do they conceive of the different trade-offs between domestic and international affairs, among competing options and sets of interests and values? The Chicago Council on Global Affairs' Dina Smeltz and Eurasia Group Foundation's Mark Hannah share the results of surveys from their organizations in this conversation with Senior Fellow Nikolas Gvosdev.
May 29 2020
Rank #10: Asia's "Opinion Wars" with Historian Alexis Dudden
As part of our new Information Warfare podcast series, University of Connecticut historian Alexis Dudden looks at the propaganda efforts coming out of Northeast Asia, with a focus on China's Confucius Institutes at American universities. Is China trying to spread its communist ideology through these centers or just teach its language to college students? Are the U.S. and Japan "guilty" of similar efforts?
Jul 11 2018
Rank #11: The Struggle for Recognition in International Relations, with Michelle Murray
How can established powers manage the peaceful rise of new great powers? Bard's Michelle Murray offers a new answer to this perennial question, arguing that power transitions are principally social phenomena whereby rising powers struggle to obtain recognition as world powers. How can this framework help us to understand the economic and military rivalry between United States and China?
Oct 17 2019
Rank #12: HATE: Why We Should Resist It with Free Speech, Not Censorship, with Nadine Strossen
Jun 11 2018
Rank #13: Global Ethics Weekly: Orbán's Hungary, the EU, & a "Values-Free Alliance"
Jun 28 2018
Rank #14: Golden Visas, Dreamers, & Ethics in Immigration, with Ayelet Shachar
Jun 04 2018
Rank #15: Do Morals Matter? Presidents & Foreign Policy from FDR to Trump, with Joseph Nye
How much do morals matter for U.S. presidents when it comes to international affairs? What are the ethics of "America First" or the 2003 invasion of Iraq? Joseph Nye, former dean of the Harvard Kennedy School, works through each presidency from FDR to Trump and scores their foreign policy on three ethical dimensions of their intentions, the means they used, and the consequences of their decisions.
Feb 04 2020
Rank #16: George Friedman: The End of the International Order and the Future of Asia
Aug 01 2017
Rank #17: Ill Winds: Saving Democracy from Russian Rage, Chinese Ambition, and American Complacency, with Larry Diamond
Larry Diamond's core argument is stark: the defense and advancement of democratic ideals relies on U.S. global leadership. If the U.S. does not reclaim its traditional place as the keystone of democracy, today's authoritarian trend could become a tsunami that could provide an opening for Vladimir Putin, Xi Jinping, and their admirers to turn the 21st century into a dark time of surging authoritarianism.
Jun 20 2019
Rank #18: Great Power Populism, COVID-19, & Missing Leadership, with Damjan Krnjević Mišković & Nikolas Gvosdev
What is "great power populism" and what does it mean during the pandemic? Are we heading towards another global conflict? And are there any leaders who can inspire the "international community" during a crisis? ADA University's Damjan Krnjević Mišković and Senior Fellow Nikolas Gvosdev share their thoughts on the causes and characteristics of the ongoing "nervous breakdown" in the international system.
May 12 2020
Rank #19: The Coronavirus Pandemic & International Relations, with Nikolas Gvosdev
With the COVID-19 pandemic disrupting all aspects of daily life around the world, what will be the effect on international relations? Will it increase cooperation among nations, or will it lead to more conflict and competition? Senior Fellow Nikolas Gvosdev and host Alex Woodson discuss these scenarios and also touch on how the virus has affected the Democratic primary, in which Joe Biden now has a commanding lead.
Mar 18 2020
Rank #20: Making Foreign Policy Relevant Again, with Asha Castleberry & Ali Wyne
Sep 25 2018