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The Tea Leaves Podcast

By The Asia Group - Dr. Kurt M. Campbell and Ambassador Richard Verma

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Go behind the scenes with The Asia Group’s Dr. Kurt M. Campbell and Ambassador Richard Verma in a series of revealing interviews with policymakers, business leaders, journalists, and artists exploring the most dynamic and consequential region in the world. These guys know Asia. Dr. Kurt M. Campbell is CEO and Chairman of The Asia Group, and served as Assistant Secretary of State for East Asian & Pacific Affairs from 2009 to 2013. Richard Verma is Vice Chairman and Partner at The Asia Group, and served as the United States Ambassador to India from 2015 to 2017.

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Go behind the scenes with The Asia Group’s Dr. Kurt M. Campbell and Ambassador Richard Verma in a series of revealing interviews with policymakers, business leaders, journalists, and artists exploring the most dynamic and consequential region in the world. These guys know Asia. Dr. Kurt M. Campbell is CEO and Chairman of The Asia Group, and served as Assistant Secretary of State for East Asian & Pacific Affairs from 2009 to 2013. Richard Verma is Vice Chairman and Partner at The Asia Group, and served as the United States Ambassador to India from 2015 to 2017.

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iTunes Ratings

53 Ratings
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Top 10 Episode of The Tea Leaves Podcast

Rank #1: Michael McFaul

Jul 09 2018
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In this episode of the podcast, Rich sits down in Palo Alto with Stanford Professor Michael McFaul, the former U.S. ambassador to Russia, to discuss his new book on U.S.-Russia relations, From Cold War to Hot Peace: An American Ambassador in Putin’s Russia. McFaul tells Rich about how he became President Barack Obama’s ambassador, after previously serving at the National Security Council, and the challenges that awaited him in Moscow. McFaul comments on Russia’s place in the current U.S. National Security Strategy and the continued problems facing the bilateral relationship. The two also examine Russia’s relationships with several countries in Asia including India, Afghanistan, and China.

Rank #2: Robert Kaplan

May 28 2018
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Kurt and Rich sit down with famed foreign correspondent and author Robert Kaplan to discuss great power rivalries in Asia – particularly between the United States and China. Elaborating ideas that he has explored over the past two decades and in his latest book, The Return of Marco Polo’s World, Kaplan warns listeners that the greatest threat to American influence in Asia is the absence of a coherent vision. Moreover, drawing from a vast array of disciplines - including naval strategy, history, and political theory - Kaplan reminds audiences that technology has shrunk geography rather than defeat it, with events on one side of the Pacific having an ever-increasing impact across the ocean.

Rank #3: Kevin Rudd

Jun 11 2018
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Former Australian Prime Minister Kevin Rudd – who is also the current President of the Asia Society Policy Institute – sits down with Kurt and Rich to discuss his distinguished career in Australian politics, the changing dynamics at play in the Australia-U.S. bilateral relationship, and the rise of China as an Asia-Pacific power. From his humble beginnings growing up on a farm in Queensland, Prime Minister Rudd explains how his mother and literature got him interested in the foreign service – and China in particular – and what drove him to ultimately get involved in public service. Moreover, as one of only a handful of foreign leaders to ever be able to converse with Chinese leaders in Chinese, Prime Minister Rudd remains uniquely suited to breaking down the rise of China and what it means for Australia, the United States, and the Asia-Pacific region.

Rank #4: Amitabh Bachchan

Jun 24 2018
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Rich sits down in Mumbai with one of India’s biggest stars, Amitabh Bachchan, to discuss Indian cinema and the actor’s legendary career. Bachchan, who began acting in 1969 and has since continued to maintain A-list status, explains how he got his start. The actor and film producer breaks down the changing dynamics of the Indian film industry and how studios have sought to expand distribution into the Chinese market. At a time when institutions around the world seem to be weakening, he discusses the power of global cinema to bring people together. Bachchan, a vocal proponent for public health awareness, also discusses his involvement in reducing the social stigmatization of tuberculosis and hepatitis B.

Rank #5: Alyssa Ayres

May 14 2018
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Dr. Alyssa Ayres first arrived in India in 1990 when the country’s political and economic future appeared uncertain – since then, she has closely followed Delhi’s growing confidence on the world’s stage and the international community’s expanding interest in India. Capturing this transformation in her newest book, “Our Time Has Come,” Dr. Ayres joins Tea Leaves to highlight the opportunities and also the persistent challenges that India faces in the decade ahead. With an eye to the future, she places particular emphasis on how China’s explosive emergence has simultaneously shaped India’s own aspirations and presented unprecedented challenges through its increased presence in the Indian Ocean. With this in the backdrop, Dr. Ayres and the Tea Leaves hosts engage in an exciting discussion on what all this means for India’s status in the world, its relationship with Pakistan and Bangladesh, and its ties with the United States.

Rank #6: Ambassador Navtej Sarna

Apr 30 2018
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From a demographic, economic, and geopolitical outlook, it is difficult to estimate the full impact that India will have on the coming century. Likewise, efforts to advance shared interests in not just the Indo-Pacific region, but also on the global stage, will be in large part determined by India’s participation. Coming from his unique vantage point, Ambassador Navtej Singh Sarna sits down with Tea Leaves to discuss the past, present, and future of India’s role in the region and its relationship with the United States. From building constructive relationships with regional players and India’s transition from “looking east” to “acting east,” Ambassador Sarna explains to the Tea Leaves hosts why he believes an entirely positive U.S.-Indian relationship is only constrained by time and energy.

Rank #7: Ash Carter

Apr 16 2018
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Tea Leaves traveled to Boston this week to meet with Ash Carter, former Secretary of Defense and Director of the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government. Kurt and Rich talk to Ash about his tenure at the Pentagon, the dynamism of the Indo-Pacific, and the challenges the United States faces in the region. Ash draws on his 35-year career working on defense and technology to hone in on critical issues, including the rise of China, strategy and policymaking, and partnering with India. Despite myriad challenges, Ash remains confident in the U.S. role in Asia and in the region’s massive potential.

Rank #8: Mike Green

Apr 02 2018
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In this episode, Kurt and Rich meet with leading Japan scholar, author, and former NSC Senior Director for Asia Michael Green to discuss his career path, the United States’ long history of engagement with Asia, developments around North Korea, and how the U.S. should be thinking about its grand strategy. His latest book, By More Than Providence, explores the development of U.S. strategy in Asia from its inception, granting insights into how the future of U.S. engagement will shape the region.  Michael’s experience living and working both in Japan and the United States, and both inside and outside government, give him a unique understanding of how the United States is perceived and projects its power in Asia. Using his unique background, not to mention his talent on the bagpipes and in Iaido, Michael explains how America’s role in Asia predates World War II, why that is important, and what it means for American foreign policy in the future.  Note for the listeners: this episode was recorded prior to the announcement that President Trump and Kim Jung-un may meet in early May.

Rank #9: David Ignatius

Mar 18 2018
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In this episode, Kurt and Rich meet with veteran journalist and author David Ignatius to discuss U.S. influence in the world, the role of journalism in the age of information, and how to pen spy novels. David’s long engagement with global affairs – one that started in childhood while witnessing his father grapple with the Vietnam War, and later burgeoned during his time as chief diplomatic correspondent for the Washington Post – lends him insights on how the United States has exercised power abroad and what challenges await China in its eager pursuit of international status. Bringing his long experiences to the mic today, David explains to the Tea Leaves hosts why he believes we need to think more rigorously about the country’s social, technological, and military vulnerabilities.

Rank #10: Dr. Kurt M. Campbell and Ambassador Rich Verma

Mar 02 2018
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The Indo-Pacific region is the most dynamic and consequential part of the world – and will only grow in importance as the 21st Century progresses. By every measure, the individuals, institutions, ideas, and economies of the Indo-Pacific are changing our world. Dr. Kurt M Campbell and Ambassador Richard Verma, two of the people best-suited to make sense of it all, sit down together in this inaugural episode of The Tea Leaves Podcast and have a conversation about their careers, beliefs, and views on Asia. They discuss how they came to focus on the Indo-Pacific, their accomplishments and challenges during their time in the U.S. government, and what brought them together to start this podcast.