Rank #1: South Korea Prepares for the "Peace Olympics"
On this episode we look at the upcoming Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, the significance of the show of unity between North and South, and what to watch for in the weeks ahead. With CSIS Korea Chair Victor Cha. Hosted by Colm Quinn.
Rank #2: David Miliband on Tackling the Global Refugee Crisis
This week we hear from David Miliband, the president and CEO of the International Rescue Committee, on his new book and what the international community, governments and individuals can do to address one of the most urgent issues of our time. Hosted by Colm Quinn.
Rank #3: The Inter-Korean Summit and Turkey's Snap Election
This week we look at the historic meeting of Kim Jong-un and Moon Jae-in at the DMZ and what it means for peace on the peninsula as well as the Trump-Kim summit. We also discuss Erdogan's call for a snap election in Turkey, and what he could be trying to achieve. With CSIS's Victor Cha and Bulent Aliriza. Audio produced by Yumi Araki. Hosted by Colm Quinn.
Rank #4: Turkey's Financial Crisis and its US Falling Out
Turkey's currency and debt crisis was bad enough, but further U.S. pressure over the detention of American pastor Andrew Brunson means that Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan could be in the deepest trouble he's faced as leader. We hear from CSIS's Stephanie Segal and Bulent Aliriza on what can be done to solve Turkey's crisis, and whether the damage to U.S.-Turkey relations will be long-lasting. Hosted by Colm Quinn.
Rank #5: America’s New Nuclear Posture: The Russia Angle
The new U.S. Nuclear Posture Review is in part a response to what the United States sees as a changing nuclear threat from traditional adversaries. In the second part of our look at nuclear weapons strategy we look at how Russia approaches its nuclear policy and whether the new U.S. stance matches perception with reality. With CSIS Russia Program Director Olga Oliker. Hosted by Colm Quinn.
Rank #6: Trump and Kim's Singapore Swing
On this week's show we discuss the fallout from the meeting between President Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un in Singapore. We first hear from writer E. Tammy Kim in Seoul about how those in South Korea are reacting and then we head back to Washington to hear from CSIS's SVP for Asia Mike Green. Hosted by Colm Quinn.
Read E. Tammy Kim's latest piece in the New Yorker "South Koreans are Still Hopeful After the Trump-Kim Summit"
Rank #7: Preventing Extremism 17 Years after 9/11
It's 17 years since the terrorist attacks of September 11th shook America and launched the still ongoing War on Terror. But after $5.6 trillion dollars have been sunk into the endeavor, extremism continues worldwide - especially in fragile states. This week we hear from Rockefeller Foundation President Dr. Rajiv Shah as well as CSIS Senior Fellow Alice Friend on a new initiative that seeks to get at, and solve, the root causes of extremism in these countries. Hosted by Colm Quinn.
Learn more about the Task Force on Extremism in Fragile States: https://www.usip.org/programs/task-force-extremism-fragile-states
Rank #8: Syria: Is the United States In or Out?
As the United States sends mixed messages on its Syria policy, we take a look at what an American troop exit from Syria would mean and the wider issue of stabilizing a post-conflict country. With CSIS Senior Fellow Melissa Dalton. Hosted by Colm Quinn.
Rank #9: Tillerson Out and Xi’s Power Grows
With Heather Conley, Chris Johnson, and Scott Kennedy. Audio produced by Yumi Araki. Hosted by Colm Quinn.
Rank #10: Explaining America's New Nuclear Posture
This week we discuss the 2018 Nuclear Posture Review and what it means for the future of U.S. nuclear weapons policy. We explore what the thinking is behind "low-yield" nuclear weapons and what long-term path this sets the United States on.
WIth Rebecca Hersman and Todd Harrison. Hosted by Colm Quinn.
Rank #11: Trump's Space Force and Turkey's Elections
On The Readout this week: Donald Trump announced his intention to create a "space force" that would become the sixth branch of the U.S. military, CSIS space expert Todd Harrison joins the show to discuss whether that plan will get off the ground. In Turkey voters go to the polls on Sunday to elect a new president and parliament - has Erdogan done enough to secure another term? Bulent Aliriza talks through the possibilities.
Hosted by Colm Quinn with production by Yumi Araki.
Read Todd's latest report: Space Threat Assessment 2018.
And Bulent's assessment of Turkey's elections in the latest CSIS Commentary.
Rank #12: The Trump-Putin Parley and Peace Breaks Out in East Africa
On this week’s show we look at the fallout from this week’s meeting between President Trump and Russian leader Vladimir Putin, with Olga Oliker and Jeff Mankoff. We then turn to Dan Runde and Africa, where a frozen conflict between Ethiopia and Eritrea has reached a peaceful conclusion. Audio produced by Yumi Araki. Hosted by Colm Quinn.
Rank #13: Prospects for Peace in Afghanistan
This week, Afghan President Ashraf Ghani offered to open peace talks with the Taliban, raising the possibility of peace after decades of war. We look at what needs to be overcome for a successful peace process to take root in the country. With CSIS's Seth Jones. Hosted by Colm Quinn and produced by Yumi Araki.
Rank #14: Destination: Maghreb – Part 1
In this special two part episode, we’re looking at the trends that have made the North African Maghreb a reluctant destination for migration, as refugees from war and other dire situations find themselves cut off from sanctuary in an increasingly unwelcoming Europe. With Haim Malka. Hosted by Colm Quinn.
Check out Haim’s report here: Destination Maghreb: Changing Migration Patterns in North Africa
Music credit: “Sidi Habibi,” is from the Tsikago album by Lamajamal, a Chicago-based music ensemble, and published by Intercultural Music Production.
Rank #15: Kim Jong-un pulls into Beijing and Bolton joins the White House
On this week's show we discuss the arrival of new National Security Advisor John Bolton as well as North Korean leader Kim Jong Un's surprise visit to Beijing to meet with Chinese president Xi Jinping. With CSIS's Mike Green and Victor Cha. Audio produced by Yumi Araki. Hosted by Colm Quinn.