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Each week, one guest whose experiences illuminate something timely and important about our world.


How War Traumatizes the Victims and the Perpetrators
Aug 16 • 29 min
On the podcast: A new film explores the experience of Australian soldiers in Afghanistan.Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
The Dark Legacy of China’s One-Child Policy
Aug 9 • 31 min
On the podcast: The filmmaker Nanfu Wang tells the harrowing story of her own family’s one-child ordeal.Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Trump, Immigration, and the Fight for America’s Soul
Aug 2 • 31 min
On the podcast: Where Trump’s effort to block asylum-seekers fits in the history of U.S. immigration policy.Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
A Survivor’s Struggle to Care for Her People and Herself
Jul 26 • 28 min
On the podcast: The filmmaker Alexandria Bombach followed the Yazidi human rights activist Nadia Murad for her film “On Her Shoulders”Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
A U.S. Marine Looks Back at Fallujah
Jul 19 • 35 min
On the podcast: Elliot Ackerman served five tours of duty in Iraq and AfghanistaLearn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Argentina, Iran, and the Enduring Mystery Surrounding the Death of a Special Prosecutor
Jul 12 • 28 min
On the podcast: Alberto Nisman accused Argentina’s president of covering up Iran’s role in the 1994 bombing of a Jewish center in Buenos Aires. Then he was shot in the head.Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
A Dream Deferred
Jul 5 • 36 min
On the podcast: Journalist Laura Wides-Muñoz traces the lives of several undocumented immigrants brought to the United States as children. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
The Dirty Residue of Brazil’s Car Wash Probe
Jun 28 • 29 min
On the podcast: The editor in chief of Americas Quarterly explains why investigators are now under scrutiny in Brazil’s largest corruption inquiry.Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
The Tragedy of Mohamed Morsi
Jun 21 • 35 min
On the podcast: Shadi Hamid recounts the quick rise and spectacular fall of Morsi and the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt.Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
How an Extradition Bill Became a Red Line for Hong Kongers
Jun 14 • 35 min
On the podcast: A former China correspondent traces Beijing’s gradual effort to erode human rights in Hong Kong.Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Death and Debris at 30,000 Feet
Jun 7 • 41 min
On the podcast: An American adventurer describes climbing over bodies to reach the top of Mount Everest. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Shot by Israelis, Healed by Israelis
May 31 • 33 min
On the podcast: Yousef Bashir describes growing up in Gaza during the second Palestinian uprising.Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
The Referendum That Changed Ireland
May 24 • 33 min
On the podcast: A look back at the vote in Ireland that ended the abortion ban.Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
How Richard Holbrooke Represented America’s Best and Worst Impulses
May 17 • 39 min
On the podcast: George Packer, in conversation with Stephen M. Walt, on America’s long-serving diplomat.Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
How Assad’s Brutality Inspired Courage and Compassion Among Some Syrians
May 10 • 21 min
On the podcast: Members of the White Helmets describe what it’s like to charge to the scene when a bomb goes off.Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
How Algerians Ousted Bouteflika
May 3 • 29 min
On the podcast: Algeria’s Arab Spring has been peaceful so far, but its future remains uncertain.Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Thirty Years After Tiananmen Square
Apr 26 • 37 min
On the podcast: A look back at the student protests that changed China’s trajectory.Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
The Butcher of Bosnia on Trial
Apr 19 • 31 min
On the podcast: A film on the war in Bosnia probes the psychology of genocide and justice. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
How Israel’s Netanyahu Uses Fear and Loathing to Win Elections
Apr 12 • 29 min
On the podcast: The Israeli journalist Anshel Pfeffer looks back at Bibi’s first general election campaign in 1996. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
How to Defeat Political and Religious Extremism
Apr 5 • 30 min
On the podcast: A former State Department official who led the outreach to the Muslim world after the attacks of 9/11.Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Inside the Fall of the Islamic State
Mar 29 • 26 min
On the podcast: A reporter who embedded with U.S.-backed forces in Syria describes the battles there.Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Meltdown at Chernobyl
Mar 22 • 36 min
On the podcast: A journalist reconstructs the world’s worst nuclear disaster.Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
How Citizen Journalists Solved the Mystery of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17
Mar 15 • 30 min
On the podcast: The founder of the group Bellingcat on using open sources to investigate war crimes and other abuses.Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Toward a More Feminist Foreign Policy
Mar 8 • 27 min
On the podcast: Swedish Foreign Minister Margot Wallstrom on how to give women a voice in an arena dominated by men.Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
China’s War on Uighurs
Mar 1 • 33 min
On the podcast: a Uighur journalist in exile tells her family’s storyLearn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Inside the Battle to Decriminalize Homosexuality in India
Feb 22 • 28 min
On the podcast: A human rights lawyer describes the 10-year fight for LGBT rights.Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Paellas for the People
Feb 15 • 31 min
On the podcast: How chef José Andrés feeds the needy around the world.Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
How the Taliban Won
Feb 8 • 34 min
On the podcast: Former Pakistani ambassador Husain Haqqani on America’s endgame in Afghanistan.Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Preview: Seeking Peace
Feb 5 • 30 min
We’re uploading the first episode of Seeking Peace from our friends at Georgetown’s Institute for Women, Peace & Security. Enjoy the show and subscribe wherever you get your podcasts. We’ll be back with another episode of First Person on Friday. Learn…
Venezuela Unraveled
Feb 1 • 34 min
On the Podcast: A human rights activist describes life under Maduro. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
An American Captive in Iran
Jan 25 • 35 min
On the podcast: Washington Post journalist Jason Rezaian recounts his grueling 18 months in an Iranian prisonLearn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Budapest Blues
Jan 18 • 33 min
On the podcast: What its like to be a journalist in Orban’s HungaryLearn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Climate Change Evangelist
Jan 11 • 32 min
On the podcast: A scientist who is also an evangelical Christian wants conservatives to believe in climate change.Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
The China Syndrome
Jan 4 • 26 min
On the podcast: A former CIA analyst on Beijing’s interference in the affairs of other countries.Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Why Economists Hate Tariffs
Dec 27, 2018 • 30 min
On the podcast: How the Smoot-Hawley Act of 1930 embroiled the U.S. in a trade war and prolonged the Great Depression. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Are Brazilians Ready for Bolsonaro?
Dec 20, 2018 • 31 min
On the podcast: The era of the strongman returns to Brazil.Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
The Brexit Rubik’s Cube
Dec 14, 2018 • 31 min
On the podcast: Inside the British campaign for a second vote on leaving Europe.Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Shot in Sri Lanka, Shelled in Syria
Dec 7, 2018 • 34 min
On the podcast: War correspondent Marie Colvin documented the horrors of war until one of them took her life. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Costa Rica’s War on Climate Change
Nov 30, 2018 • 31 min
On the podcast: How a tiny Central American country became a leader in reducing carbon emissions.Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Inside China’s Reeducation Camps
Nov 23, 2018 • 29 min
On the podcast: A Uighur journalist describes the ordeal of her own relatives interned in Xinjiang. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
‘To Be a Journalist in Turkey Means You’re Ready to Sacrifice Everything’
Nov 16, 2018 • 32 min
On the podcast: The price a Turkish newspaper editor is paying for angering Erdogan. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
‘How Do You Balance a Million People Murdered Against 22 Defendants?’
Nov 9, 2018 • 31 min
On the podcast: The last living Nuremberg prosecutor describes the Allied trials against Nazi leaders.Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Not Just Bombs but Economic Warfare
Nov 2, 2018 • 31 min
On the podcast: How a Saudi-led campaign has starved Yemen’s childrenLearn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Flirting with Fascism
Oct 26, 2018 • 32 min
On the podcast: How Brazilians grew tired of democracy and rallied around a strongman.Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
‘They Took Them Quietly. All of Them Are in Jail Today.’
Oct 19, 2018 • 32 min
On the podcast: A woman who challenged the Saudi regime by getting behind the wheel of a car speaks out.Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
A note to our listeners
Oct 19, 2018 • 1 min
FP’s flagship podcast gets a rebootLearn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
In Negotiations with Iran, ‘There’s Always One More Thing’
Oct 12, 2018 • 30 min
On the podcast: Wendy Sherman recounts the grueling path to the Iran nuclear deal. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
The Spanish Fraud
Oct 5, 2018 • 23 min
Javier Cercas’s new book on the man who impersonated a Holocaust survivor.Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Limit Migration to Save Migration
Sep 28, 2018 • 28 min
Reihan Salam takes on the immigration debate.Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
The Bombings the World Forgot
Sep 21, 2018 • 36 min
Ambassador Prudence Bushnell survived the 1998 bombing of the U.S. Embassy in Kenya. Now she tells her story.Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Talking to the Taliban
Sep 14, 2018 • 32 min
American journalist Ashley Jackson wanted to learn more about Taliban leaders. So she donned a burka and knocked on their doors. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Wrong Place, Wrong Time
Sep 7, 2018 • 34 min
On the podcast: An American who was in Turkey during the coup attempt is accused of being one of the plotters.Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
The Ghost of Smoot-Hawley
Aug 31, 2018 • 29 min
On the podcast: The United States’ last big trade war was in 1930. It did not end well. [First broadcast Aug 3, 2018]Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Why Was a Private Israeli Intel Firm Digging Up Dirt on This Former Obama Administration Official?
Aug 24, 2018 • 21 min
Colin Kahl was targeted by Black Cube, the same company Hollywood mogul Harvey Weinstein hired to discredit his accusers.Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
He Didn’t Know the Klan Handshake. It Almost Cost Him His Life.
Aug 17, 2018 • 37 min
On our podcast: Journalist Vegas Tenold describes the six years he spent with white supremacists.Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Ordinary Iranians Will Suffer but Regime Insiders will Profit
Aug 10, 2018 • 32 min
On our podcast: Journalist Jason Rezaian recalls life in Iran under sanctions. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
The Ghost of Smoot-Hawley
Aug 3, 2018 • 27 min
On the podcast: The United States’ last big trade war was in 1930. It did not end well.Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
‘It Could Have Led to a Nuclear War in the Middle East’
Jul 27, 2018 • 30 min
On the podcast: When Israeli extremists plotted to blow up the Dome of the Rock. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
The Woman Who Defied Iran
Jul 20, 2018 • 22 min
On the podcast: Masih Alinejad took off her headscarf and started a movement.Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
When Ronnie Met Mikhail​
Jul 13, 2018 • 30 min
As Trump sits down with Putin, we look back at a summit in Reykjavik that helped end the Cold War.Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Peru’s National Identity Was Bound Up With Conflict and Corruption for Decades — Then It Qualified for the World Cup.
Jul 6, 2018 • 25 min
On our podcast, how a country scores two goals in the soccer tournament and finds redemption.Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
They Took the Children for a Bath and Never Brought Them Back
Jun 29, 2018 • 26 min
Attorney Anne Chandler has been providing legal aid to asylum seekers at the U.S.-Mexican border for years. A few months ago, she noticed things were changing. The refugees were being brought to court in shackles. Children were being separated from their…
He Feared the CIA Would Delete a Document Detailing its Torture Program. So He Took It.
Jun 22, 2018 • 24 min
A Senate investigator who exposed the agency’s torture secrets tells his storyLearn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Stalin Falsified the Data, Then Killed the Statisticians
Jun 15, 2018 • 19 min
How the Soviet Union facilitated the famine of the 1930s that killed millions of Ukrainians and buried the evidence.Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
This American Visited North Korea’s Most Sensitive Nuclear Sites. What He Saw Blew His Mind.
Jun 8, 2018 • 25 min
Few Americans have ever been to North Korea. Even fewer have been inside one of the country’s nuclear weapons facilities. Siegfried Hecker, a professor at Stanford University and a former head of the Los Alamos National Laboratory made his first private…
Rohingyas Were Shot, Hacked With Machetes, and Then They Made for the Border
Jun 1, 2018 • 20 min
Nearly 700,000 ethnic Rohingya Muslims fled violence in Myanmar for Bangladesh last fall. The influx created the world’s fastest-growing humanitarian disaster. Pavlos Kolovos, the head of mission for Médecins Sans Frontières in Bangladesh, was on the…
Why Was a Private Israeli Intel Agency Digging Up Dirt on This Former Obama Administration Official?
May 25, 2018 • 25 min
It began with an email. Colin Kahl, who served as an adviser to Vice President Biden, had been out of government for a few months when a woman identifying herself as Adriana Gavrilo reached out to inquire about his daughter’s school. What followed was an…
How To Haggle With a Dictator
May 18, 2018 • 30 min
Bill Richardson has made eight missions to North Korea to negotiate the release of American captives. He sat down with Foreign Policy to explain how it’s done.Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
The Untold Story of the Jerusalem Embassy Act of 1995
May 11, 2018 • 25 min
The weekly podcast: How an American presidential candidate found common cause with Israelis opposed to the peace process to pass a law that could now doom it. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
The Road Ahead with North Korea
May 4, 2018 • 16 min
The weekly podcast: What a potential summit between Trump and Kim Jong Un could look like.Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Reporter’s Notebook: Brazil’s Forgotten Children and Russia’s #MeToo Problem
Apr 27, 2018 • 26 min
FP’s April magazine: “The End of Human Rights” tackled issues from the Amazon to Vladivostok. On today’s E.R. episode we talk to two contributors. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
What Comes Next in Syria?
Apr 20, 2018 • 13 min
With President Trump’s strikes on Assad’s regime, the Syrian civil war is at the forefront of the global political stage. But what happens when the strikes are over? Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Reporter’s Notebook: Germany’s Family Reunification Problem
Apr 13, 2018 • 20 min
FP contributor Vauhini Vara appears on the E.R. to discuss her story “Germany’s Family Feud.”Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
How Far Will China Go?
Apr 6, 2018 • 29 min
From buying influence in American universities to forcing ex-pats to return home through threatening methods, China is expanding its power over its citizens in any way possible. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
The Double Life of Nikki Haley
Mar 30, 2018 • 22 min
Is Trump’s ambassador to the United Nations a dedicated fighter for human rights, or a retail politician looking for any issue that advances her career?Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Is Democracy Dying?
Mar 22, 2018 • 37 min
Is the end of democracy as we know it near? Yascha Mounk sets out to answer in his new book, “The People vs. Democracy.” Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
What to Expect From Talks With North Korea
Mar 15, 2018 • 26 min
Mickey Bergman has been to the table with North Korea before. On today’s episode, he tells us what to expect from the upcoming talks. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
The State Department’s #MeToo Moment
Mar 8, 2018 • 37 min
Beginning with film producer Harvey Weinstein, wave after wave of stories have taken on men in every industry: from newsrooms to Hollywood to Silicon Valley. Now, the State Department is beginning to take stock of what has taken place in its ranks. Learn…
The Strange Legal Journey of the Trump Dossier
Mar 2, 2018 • 29 min
While Buzzfeed works to verify the claims of the Trump dossier, other lawsuits abound. This week on The E.R., we get into the weeds of who’s suing who and what the implications of each lawsuit may be.Learn more about your ad choices. Visit…
Bonus Episode: Susan Glasser Joins the E.R. to Talk Trump, Russia and All Those Indictments
Feb 23, 2018 • 31 min
FP’s former Editor-in-Chief makes her first appearance on the E.R. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
A Former Peace Negotiator Muses on Trump and the Future of the Israeli-Palestinian Peace Process
Feb 22, 2018 • 43 min
More than a year into Donald Trump’s first year in office, the world has seen what seems to be a fundamental shift in U.S. policy towards Israel and the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
The Mysterious Origins of a DHS Report Calling for Sunni Muslim Surveillance
Feb 15, 2018 • 28 min
After FP published a draft report from the Department of Homeland Security calling for the screening of Sunni Muslims, we dig into the question of how the report came to be at all.Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
How Far is Too Far for Israel’s Targeted Killings?
Feb 8, 2018 • 26 min
Author and journalist Ronen Bergman joins FP’s Sharon Weinberger and Sasha Polakow-Suransky to discuss his new book, “Rise and Kill First.” Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
The Olympics on The E.R.: Figure Skater and Two-time Olympian Sasha Cohen Weighs in on Athletes and Mental Health, North Korea, and the “Olympic Truce”
Feb 2, 2018 • 23 min
In part two of our Olympics series, print editor Sarah Wildman and FP reporter Emily Tamkin chat with Olympic silver medalist Sasha Cohen ahead of the games in Pyeongchang. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
The Olympics on The E.R.: What Can We Learn From Past Olympics Ahead of PyeongChang?
Feb 1, 2018 • 21 min
In part one of our two-part Olympics series, print editor Sarah Wildman calls up two historians to ask what we can learn from past games ahead of the kick off in South Korea on February 9.Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
After ISIS
Jan 25, 2018 • 30 min
The vice president wants aid to go Christians and other minorities targeted by the Islamic State. But others fear it could increase sectarian strife. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Meet the Godfather of Modern Counterinsurgency
Jan 18, 2018 • 39 min
How would the outcome of the Vietnam War differ if we had listened to Edward Lansdale? The world may never know. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Rational Security on The E.R.: The “Beam Me Up, Santa” Edition
Dec 22, 2017 • 63 min
Robert Mueller got hold of emails from the presidential transition and the Pentagon has been researching sightings of UFOs. Yes, seriously. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
What Are Billionaires Doing to the Space Industry?
Dec 19, 2017 • 31 min
Privately-funded space ventures are altering the industry … and, maybe, the final frontier itself.Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Meet the Unsung Codebreakers of the Second World War
Dec 11, 2017 • 40 min
Liza Mundy discusses how she uncovered the lives of the women codebreakers who helped turn the tide of World War II. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Rational Security: The “When You’re President They Let You Do It” Edition
Dec 8, 2017 • 51 min
Mike Flynn is cooperating with Bob Mueller’s Russia investigation, and President Trump raises questions about whether he sought to obstruct justice.Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Rational Security on The E.R.: The “Power of Delusional Thinking” Edition
Nov 30, 2017 • 48 min
Mike Flynn may be cooperating with Mueller’s investigation, but President Trump thinks the investigation may be nearing its end.Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
What’s Next for the Middle East?
Nov 28, 2017 • 44 min
Career diplomats talk Syria, Iran from a local perspective. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Spies, Lies and the Murder of a President
Nov 21, 2017 • 35 min
What do the JFK releases really tell us? Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Among the Memes and YouTube Videos, What Do the Bin Laden Files Hold?
Nov 17, 2017 • 37 min
The CIA recently released hundreds of thousands of files seized from Osama bin Laden’s compound. What can we learn from them? Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Rational Security on The E.R.: The “DMs on the DL” Edition
Nov 16, 2017 • 48 min
Does democracy go down in the DMs? The folks at Lawfare discuss. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Trump’s Big Asian Adventure
Nov 10, 2017 • 36 min
President Trump is making his way through Asia on the longest trip to the region since the age of ping-pong diplomacy. But how much will he actually accomplish? Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
The E.R. Presents: Lawfare and FP’s Bar Review Live
Nov 7, 2017 • 74 min
Has the role of the White House counsel drastically changed in the time of Trump? Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Can Anyone Stop the Tragedy in Myanmar — Before It’s Too Late?
Nov 3, 2017 • 33 min
The U.S. pulled military assistance to Myanmar in the wake of abuses toward the Rohingya people, but does anyone have enough leverage to end the ethnic cleansing?Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Rational Security on The E.R.: The “Million Dollars in Rugs” Edition
Nov 2, 2017 • 49 min
Sure, Manafort got indicted. But the real question is how did he spend so much on rugs? Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
From Moscow to Havana: Secret Weapons and Diplomats
Oct 31, 2017 • 36 min
The “sonic attacks” in Cuba aren’t the first suspected instance of invisible attacks on U.S. diplomats. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Can Libya Be Put Back Together?
Oct 27, 2017 • 43 min
Six years after the fall of Qaddafi, Libya still teeters on the edge of chaos. Here’s why that matters.Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Rational Security on The E.R.: The “How Many Elephants Make a Stampede” Edition
Oct 26, 2017 • 47 min
Trump’s GOP critics decide: should they stay or should they go? Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Tackling the FBI’s ‘Black Identity Extremists’ Designation
Oct 24, 2017 • 31 min
The government’s designations continue to confound and upset critics. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Rational Security on The E.R.: The “Decertified” Edition
Oct 20, 2017 • 56 min
Trump deems Iran in violation of the “worst deal ever.”Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
So You Want to Be a Leaker?
Oct 17, 2017 • 33 min
No method is foolproof, but some are better than others. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Does Kaspersky Have Something to Hide?
Oct 12, 2017 • 38 min
The Russian security giant faces scrutiny worldwide. Is there fire beneath the smoke? Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Book Talk: Spy Schools
Oct 10, 2017 • 42 min
Exploring the dark relationship between intelligence services and academia. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Europe Slams Its Gates (Part Two)
Oct 6, 2017 • 35 min
Are the moral consequences of Europe’s increasingly hardline policy on African immigration outweighed by the political imperatives?Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Rational Security on The E.R.: The “Moron” Edition
Oct 5, 2017 • 49 min
Is Trump’s undermining of Tillerson another step in his “madman” theory of diplomacy?Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Europe Slams Its Gates-The Making of FP’s Special Investigation
Oct 4, 2017 • 49 min
European aid intended to combat African migration may just be making the problem worse.Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Is U.S. Immigration Policy Worse Than It’s Ever Been?
Sep 29, 2017 • 39 min
Suketu Mehta and Becca Heller talk President Trump, the real economy of immigration, and getting trolled by Ann Coulter.Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Rational Security on The E.R.: The “Lady, You Can Drive Your Car” Edition
Sep 28, 2017 • 45 min
Saudi women will get the right to drive … in 2018. Maybe.Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Who Is the Real Winner in Germany?
Sep 25, 2017 • 47 min
Merkel went silent as the AfD went viralLearn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Staring Down the Barrel of Russia’s Big Guns
Sep 22, 2017 • 31 min
The massive Zapad 2017 military exercise proves once again that Putin never does anything small. But what’s he really after here?Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Rational Security on The E.R.: The “Age of Flynnocence” Edition
Sep 21, 2017 • 55 min
Do legal defense funds accept rubles?Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Trump vs. The World
Sep 18, 2017 • 38 min
The president delivers his first U.N. address Tuesday. Which version of Trump will show up—the bully or the dealmaker?Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Inside Afghanistan’s Most Dangerous Corner
Sep 15, 2017 • 41 min
What reporting from Afghanistan’s unruliest province signals about the future of the country, the influence of Iran and Pakistan, and whether Trump’s mini-surge will make a difference in the longest war. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit…
Rational Security on the E.R.: The “Boris and Natasha Buy a Facebook Ad” Edition
Sep 14, 2017 • 50 min
Was the purchase of targeted social media ads by Russian “troll farms” during the 2016 election a criminal act? Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
With Allies Like These
Sep 13, 2017 • 50 min
Unwavering U.S. support for Saudi Arabia comes at a terrible price for YemenLearn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Where in the World Is Rex Tillerson?
Sep 11, 2017 • 38 min
The Secretary of State fiddles in Texas as the world may, quite literally, burn. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Rational Security on The E.R.: The “Hurricane Alley” Edition
Sep 7, 2017 • 50 min
What did Rod Rosenstein know and when did he know it?Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
About That Other Nuclear Threat…
Sep 6, 2017 • 46 min
Is the Trump administration trying to blow up the Iran deal - or just playing hardball?Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Rational Security on The E.R.: The “No Morka” Edition
Aug 31, 2017 • 50 min
Can you still be fired if you resign?Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Where Is The Administration On Africa?
Aug 25, 2017 • 27 min
Eight months in, the continent has barely been mentioned. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Rational Security on the E.R.: The “Everything Old is New Again” Edition
Aug 24, 2017 • 46 min
America’s longest war stumbles into its next phase. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
The Prince of Darkness Has Left the Building
Aug 22, 2017 • 44 min
Steve Bannon is gone from the West Wing. Can Trump’s White House finally get itself in order? Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Is There A Way Out Of Afghanistan?
Aug 18, 2017 • 31 min
Trump is frustrated with the lack of options. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
The Object of McMaster’s Obsession
Aug 15, 2017 • 37 min
Mike Cernovich tries to walk the line between journalist and activist. Can he have it both ways?Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Are We Going to War with North Korea?
Aug 11, 2017 • 41 min
The rhetorical battle of words is at an all-time high. Here’s how the real shooting could break out.Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Rational Security on The E.R.: The “Fire and Fury” Edition
Aug 10, 2017 • 53 min
Donald Trump didn’t start the battle of words with North Korea, but he’s certainly not helping. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Can Sessions Turn Off the Faucet?
Aug 8, 2017 • 33 min
Attorney General tries to prove he’s not “very weak” on leaks. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Can Anyone Save Venezuela?
Aug 4, 2017 • 42 min
An economic and humanitarian crisis, precipitated by the Maduro regime, has brought Venezuela to the brink of collapse. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Rational Security on The E.R.: The “Send In the Adults” Edition
Aug 2, 2017 • 45 min
The new White House chief of staff tries to make a chain of command out of chaos. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Morale Takes a Nosedive at State Department
Aug 1, 2017 • 35 min
And you don’t need an employee-wide survey to understand why.Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Rational Security on the E.R.: The “Beleaguered” Edition
Jul 26, 2017 • 46 min
The attorney general continues to show up for work as his boss shames him on the record. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Six Months Of Trump Foreign Policy—The Good, The Bad, and the Downright Mystifying
Jul 25, 2017 • 47 min
The President’s tweets and cringe-inducing rants have antagonized allies and enemies alike. But for all his bluster, it’s not the doomsday many foretold.Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Trump’s Bigly Plan to Be Better at ‘the Cyber’
Jul 21, 2017 • 32 min
The administration is planning key changes to U.S. cyberintelligence structure, but is it a step backward for U.S. national security?Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Rational Security on the E.R.: The “Wray of Sunshine” Edition
Jul 20, 2017 • 48 min
The Senate questions FBI Director nominee Christopher Wray. Democrats file suit against the Trump campaign over leaked emails. And the UAE is reportedly behind a cyber attack that led to upheaval in the Gulf region. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit…
Is Trump Jr.’s Meeting Evidence of a Conspiracy or a Circus?
Jul 18, 2017 • 24 min
A meeting with Donald Trump, Jr. has made a Russian attorney and an Azerbaijani pop star household names. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Is This the End of ISIS?
Jul 14, 2017 • 40 min
The Islamic State has lost the battle for Mosul. Raqqa will be next to fall. But is the so-called caliphate dead — and who are the winners?Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Rational Security On The E.R.: The “Looks Like I Picked the Wrong Week to Stop Sniffing Glue” Edition
Jul 13, 2017 • 47 min
President Trump’s eldest son met with a Kremlin-connected lawyer to get Russian government dirt on Hillary Clinton. Iraqi forces liberate the city of Mosul from ISIS. And Trump and Putin sit down for their first face-to-face meeting. Plus, I read the best…
Trump, Putin, and the G20
Jul 11, 2017 • 29 min
President Trump has returned from his first G20 summit and a highly anticipated sit-down with Putin. Did it live up to expectations? Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Rational Security On The E.R.: The Smoke and the Gun
Jul 7, 2017 • 48 min
Introducing Rational Security on The E.R. Podcast.Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
The Russia Investigation Takes Another Twist
Jul 6, 2017 • 35 min
On this week’s second episode of The E.R., FP’s executive editor for the web Ben Pauker is joined by Lawfare’s Ben Wittes and Susan Hennessey to talk the latest reporting on the Russia scandal. The panel discusses the legal definition of collusion and…
Book Talk: The Exile: The Stunning Inside Story of Osama Bin Laden and Al Qaeda in Flight.
Jul 3, 2017 • 32 min
Al Qaeda’s leader was in hiding for over a decade. A new account tell us what he was doing. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
The Showdown in the Gulf Gets Nasty
Jun 29, 2017 • 40 min
Saudi Arabia and its Arab allies have given Qatar until Monday to comply with a list of demands that are unreasonable at best. So where does it go from here?Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Can Trump End the Never-Ending War?
Jun 27, 2017 • 31 min
Sixteen years into the war in Afghanistan, the Trump administration is preparing to finally win or go home trying.Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Is Trump Preparing For a Conflict With Iran?
Jun 22, 2017 • 31 min
Tensions are rising within the Trump administration and on the ground in Syria. This could be the beginning of a very ugly confrontation.Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Book Talk: Are the United States and China Destined for War?
Jun 20, 2017 • 49 min
It’s a law of nature: rising states and established powers come to blows. But can the Trump administration avoid a clash of nuclear superpowers? Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Is Kim Jong Un Ready to Talk to Donald Trump?
Jun 15, 2017 • 31 min
North Korea poses a growing threat to the U.S. and neighboring countries. But there may be room for negotiation. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Comey, Sessions, and the Barrage of the Russia Investigation
Jun 12, 2017 • 29 min
Allegations of the Trump administration’s collusion or cover-up are now daily front-page headlines. Is Trump a sinking ship?Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Book Talk Part II: Can the U.S. Government Survive Nuclear War?
Jun 8, 2017 • 24 min
In his new book, Raven Rock, Garrett Graff uncovers the secret programs meant to keep America alive.Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Book Talk: How the U.S. Government Plans to Save Itself While the Rest of Us Die
Jun 6, 2017 • 31 min
Garrett Graff’s Raven Rock and the ugly truth about the continuity of government in the event of nuclear war.Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Has the U.S. Lost All Credibility on the International Stage?
Jun 1, 2017 • 51 min
As Trump pulls out of the Paris Agreement, rails on Iran, and does a 180° on China, America’s allies are reeling and looking elsewhere for leadership.Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Was Trump’s Trip to Europe a Total Disaster?
May 31, 2017 • 38 min
A U.S. president who has repeatedly undermined NATO just met with NATO allies. Yeah, it didn’t go great.Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Book Talk, Part II: Churchill & Orwell and the Fight for Freedom
May 26, 2017 • 33 min
Are we living through the 1930s all over again? Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Book Talk: Tom Ricks on Churchill and Orwell in the Age of Trump
May 24, 2017 • 33 min
Do the legacies of these two figures still resonate in today’s world? Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Is There Anything Normal About the Firing of James Comey?
May 10, 2017 • 59 min
The short answer: no.Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
The European Union Just Squeaked By
May 9, 2017 • 42 min
Is Western liberalism safe with Macron’s win, or are more and more Europeans really migrating to the right?Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Trump Takes the Global Stage
May 4, 2017 • 36 min
With upcoming trips to Europe and the Middle East, what can we expect from these high-profile and greatly anticipated meetings?Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Clean Up on the Foreign-Policy Aisle
May 3, 2017 • 41 min
Trump’s Cabinet is always at the ready with brooms and mops to clean up the commander-in-chief’s errant outbursts. But does the administration have a real strategy?Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Trump’s 100-Day Theater
Apr 27, 2017 • 55 min
What has the U.S. president really accomplished so far? Or is everything just for show?Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Deciphering the French Election Results and Trump’s 100 Days
Apr 25, 2017 • 49 min
What does the latest round in the French elections tell us about U.S. foreign policy and Trump’s first 100 days?Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Book Talk: The Great Questions of Tomorrow
Apr 19, 2017 • 26 min
The planet is in a deep moment of transformation. What are the fundamental questions we should be asking?Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Book Talk: The Retreat of Western Liberalism
Apr 18, 2017 • 31 min
Does Donald Trump’s victory cement the idea that democracy is in crisis?Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
The Power of the Arts
Apr 13, 2017 • 65 min
How can culture be used to address some of the greatest challenges of our time?Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
How Will We Choose to Leave our Earth for Future Generations?
Apr 7, 2017 • 31 min
David Rothkopf sits down and speaks with one of FP’s Global Thinker Lifetime Achievement Award winners Dr. Jane Goodall. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Get Ready for a ‘Very Difficult’ Trump-Xi Summit
Apr 5, 2017 • 34 min
Does the administration have a strategy for this vital meeting with the Chinese president or does Trump just want to tweet about it?Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Nice Doing Business With You, Moscow
Mar 30, 2017 • 45 min
That Trump campaign members may have colluded with Kremlin officials is a huge problem. But that the U.S. president may still have substantial interests in Russia is an even bigger issue.Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Has Moscow Already Taken Down the Trump Administration?
Mar 29, 2017 • 41 min
Donald Trump can’t seem to get ahead of the wave of Russia news stories, no matter how hard he tries.Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Book Talk, Part II: “Madame President: The Extraordinary Journey of Ellen Johnson Sirleaf”
Mar 23, 2017 • 33 min
From inspiring young women leaders to forging relationships with the hardest hitters on the international stage, how will Ellen Johnson Sirleaf’s legacy live on?Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Book Talk: “Madame President: The Extraordinary Journey of Ellen Johnson Sirleaf”
Mar 21, 2017 • 30 min
Can Liberia’s rock-star president lead her country to another leader?Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Are We on the Verge of a Full-On Trade War With China?
Mar 16, 2017 • 46 min
China was once a cheerleader for Trump. But now that the president is singing a different tune, that could quickly change.Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
‘The President is Aware’
Mar 14, 2017 • 46 min
The Pentagon is sending in more troops to Syria and Afghanistan. And, apparently, the president has been made “aware.” Is that it?Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Behind the Latest WikiLeaks Dump: New News?
Mar 9, 2017 • 51 min
The jury is still out about whether the latest CIA document release will cause harm. But what they could potentially be holding back may be more alarming. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
The Middle East Welcomes Trump, Warily
Mar 7, 2017 • 45 min
With a new Trump administration changing policy from Israel to Yemen, the volatile region could be in for a wild ride. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Is Russia Running Circles Around the United States?
Mar 2, 2017 • 38 min
America may have the best intelligence, military, and diplomacy programs, but it’s getting played bigly by the Kremlin.Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
And the Oscar Goes To…
Feb 28, 2017 • 48 min
Sunday’s Oscar snafu was the perfect summary of the world we live in today. Is this the new norm in Trump’s America?Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Has America Become a Reality Show?
Feb 22, 2017 • 37 min
Donald Trump seems to be more concerned with his “ratings” than U.S. foreign policy and managing the government. Welcome to the new America. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Trump vs. The Bureaucracy
Feb 21, 2017 • 41 min
With a president trying to challenge and discredit Washington’s establishment, how is our government supposed to accomplish anything?Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
How Long Until Trump’s First War?
Feb 16, 2017 • 47 min
The Trump administration’s unpredictable foreign policy could force the United States into an unintended conflict. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Trump and the ‘War on Truth’
Feb 13, 2017 • 39 min
In an age of alternative facts, it’s up to leaks and public outcry to hold the executive branch accountable. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
What You’ve Been Missing Following Trump’s Every Tweet
Feb 8, 2017 • 46 min
In this relentless, breathless news cycle, critical issues are getting lost in the chatter.Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
But Mattis, but the World, but the Law, but Bureaucracy…
Feb 6, 2017 • 43 min
Can we hold on to these little bits of optimism as the Trump administration takes us into a turbulent, unprecedented future?Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
A Tale of a Very Messy Trump Transition
Jan 30, 2017 • 52 min
With just a week gone by, how much damage can the new Trump administration do?Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Welcome to President Trump’s (Un)Ethical World
Jan 23, 2017 • 47 min
The 45th president of the United States has just been sworn in. Can the mountain of potential ethical violations that he is under investigation for bring him down?Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Life in the Post-Truth World
Jan 17, 2017 • 45 min
A damning but unverified report on Trump and Russia has recently surfaced. But do the American people even care?Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
It’s the End of the World as We Know It
Jan 9, 2017 • 47 min
Richard Haass, the president of the Council on Foreign Relations, discusses the fragility of international order and his latest book, “A World in Disarray.”Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Why We Should Remain Optimistic in 2017
Jan 3, 2017 • 42 min
New York Times’ columnist Thomas Friedman argues that despite all the disruptions in today’s world, we should instead look to opportunity and growth, and stay positive.Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
The Best Things of 2016
Dec 27, 2016 • 28 min
Leonardo DiCaprio finally won an Oscar. Beyonce’s ‘Lemonade’ was released. But what else happened this past year that calls for celebrating?Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
The Worst Things of 2016
Dec 20, 2016 • 34 min
Donald Trump became president, Russia hacked the U.S. elections, and Europe may have unraveled. But what else awful happened in 2016?Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Trump’s Four-Star Friends
Dec 13, 2016 • 41 min
The incoming Trump administration keeps nominating former top military brass. Is that such a bad thing?Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
On Digital Diplomacy, Empowering Citizens Globally, and AI
Dec 9, 2016 • 38 min
Executive chairman for Alphabet Inc., Eric Schmidt, on the future of technology, harnessing information, and what’s next for Google.Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Entering into the Era of the Unknown
Dec 6, 2016 • 49 min
What we know: Trump loves Putin, China is moving to take advantage of America’s non-strategy in Asia, and the rest? We’re still not sure.Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Hitting the Reset Button on International Order
Nov 29, 2016 • 38 min
From realignment with Russia to the revocation of global trade deals, is the Trump administration relapsing to an era we once thought confined to the dustbin of history?Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Is Donald Trump’s Cabinet a Cause for Concern?
Nov 22, 2016 • 37 min
President-elect Trump’s national security apparatus is beginning to take shape. Here’s who and what to look out for.Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
After One Week with President-elect Donald Trump, What Do We Really Know?
Nov 15, 2016 • 49 min
Even as the incoming Trump administration fills its top cabinet and advisory roles, Trump’s foreign policy plans are still a mystery. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Can President Trump Undo Obama’s Legacy?
Nov 11, 2016 • 38 min
A stunning upset that sent shockwaves around the world is sinking in. Is the world order forever changed?Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
How To Survive a Trump Hangover
Nov 7, 2016 • 37 min
The United States has endured what is arguably one of the most polarizing elections in recent history. How will America recover once it’s over?Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
The News We’re Missing Because of the U.S. Presidential Election
Oct 31, 2016 • 48 min
Campaign news might be dominating headlines, but it’s the stack of international problems awaiting the next president that really deserves our attention.Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Battlegrounds: The Fight for Mosul and Election Day Disruptions
Oct 24, 2016 • 48 min
What will come next in the offensive against the Islamic State in Iraq? And should U.S. voters be wary of a cyber attack on November 8?Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Could America Get Even Uglier?
Oct 17, 2016 • 34 min
Racism, nativism, and anti-Semitism are disturbingly apparent in this year’s presidential race. But what comes after November 8 could disrupt American democracy itself. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
How Much Did the Second Debate Change the Race for the Oval Office?
Oct 10, 2016 • 53 min
The hot mic tape, dissention in the G.O.P, and another defense of an aggressive Russia has put Donald Trump on the ropes. But whether Hillary Clinton landed her political punches, remains to be seen.Learn more about your ad choices. Visit…
How Much Can Russia Mess With the U.S. Elections?
Oct 3, 2016 • 32 min
If Vladimir Putin really is behind the hacks of the DNC and Clinton campaign, it could mark the frightening beginning of a new cyber-era of election tampering. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Obama, Syria, and the Missed Opportunities of UNGA 2016
Sep 27, 2016 • 40 min
World leaders gathered in New York City to give speeches and discuss the world’s most pressing foreign-policy issues, but they neglected two of its biggest problems.Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Syria Is Now Everyone’s War
Sep 19, 2016 • 38 min
With more than a million refugees in Europe, the spread of conflict throughout the region, and Russia’s involvement — why what’s happening in Syria matters everywhere.Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Back to Escuela with Trump and Obama
Sep 12, 2016 • 50 min
As Trump talks softly in Mexico, and Obama gets pranked in Asia, a quick run through the big international stories driving late-summer headlines. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
What Is ‘War’ Anymore?
Sep 5, 2016 • 49 min
The lines between violence, conflict, and war are being increasingly blurred — with dangerous consequences.Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Is It Too Early to Call the Election for Hillary Clinton?
Aug 22, 2016 • 38 min
While we’re at it, let’s just pick her foreign policy team of advisers…Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
How Chekhov Explains the Republican Revolt Against Trump
Aug 16, 2016 • 30 min
And who’s on tap for the top national security jobs in the Trump administration?Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
What Does Expanding the Definition of War Mean for the U.S. Military?
Aug 8, 2016 • 44 min
Increasingly, America’s armed forces are tasked with protecting new battlefronts around the world — from cyberwarfare to post-conflict peacekeeping. And that could be very bad for the United States.Learn more about your ad choices. Visit…
Is Trump Putin’s ‘Guy’?
Aug 1, 2016 • 46 min
From the DNC email hack to his comments on NATO and Crimea, why Trump might be the Russian president’s secret weapon. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
What Will It Take to Keep China From Behaving Badly in the South China Sea?
Jul 25, 2016 • 32 min
Beijing was denied its maritime claims to the contested waters, but will The Hague’s ruling really make a difference?Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Do Trump, Turkey, and Brexit Signal a Shift Toward Chaos?
Jul 21, 2016 • 51 min
It feels like the world is in a state of constant upheaval, and maybe it’s time to start connecting the global dots. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
The World After the Iran Deal: Better or Worse?
Jul 11, 2016 • 32 min
One year later, it appears the historic nuclear agreement is a success. But that doesn’t mean the world is a safer place. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Is Globalization to Blame for Brexit?
Jul 4, 2016 • 30 min
Britain shocked the world by voting to leave the European Union, but what comes next could be even more dangerous.Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
The End of Eras: Donald Trump and the TPP
Jun 27, 2016 • 42 min
What do the success of the controversial presidential candidate and the free trade deal have in common?Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
What Policies Should Decide the Presidential Election?
Jun 20, 2016 • 36 min
A campaign-platform wish list for the next U.S. presidentLearn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
The Future History of Obama’s Foreign Policy
Jun 13, 2016 • 35 min
In the coming decades, will the outgoing president’s foreign policy ultimately be remembered as a success or will it be overshadowed by what some would call his inability to act? Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
The Collapse of the Political Middle
Jun 6, 2016 • 30 min
Does the rise of Donald Trump and right-wing groups across the West mean the world is experiencing a democracy crisis?Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
The United States of Politically Crazy
May 30, 2016 • 38 min
Who’s the Worst Presidential Candidate in U.S. History? Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
The Case for Electing a President Who Knows How to Fail
May 23, 2016 • 38 min
Does Hillary Clinton’s experience making — and surmounting — mistakes strengthen her POTUS potential?Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
The Washington Insider Who Believes He’s an Outsider
May 16, 2016 • 37 min
What Ben Rhodes tells us about ego and politics inside the Obama administration.Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Examining Sy-raq
May 9, 2016 • 36 min
For this week’s discussion on Syria and Iraq, The E.R. team asks “Is the worst yet to come”?Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Should Britain Stay, or Should It Go?
May 3, 2016 • 34 min
With the U.K. on the verge of saying “piss off” to Brussels, the great European democratic project hangs in the balance.Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Is Brazil the Chicago of Latin America?
Apr 25, 2016 • 36 min
We shouldn’t be surprised that Brazil — and other countries in the BRICS — is dealing with the stumbles and falls of an emerging economy. Meaningful progress takes decades.Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Defending Donald Trump … Again?
Apr 18, 2016 • 33 min
Why playing devil’s advocate with the Republican front-runner’s rhetoric eventually leads back to the source of the problem — Washington.Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Not to Defend Donald Trump, but…
Apr 11, 2016 • 21 min
Why the contentious presidential candidate may not be wrong about how to negotiate on foreign policy. Maybe.Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Is Obama Too Thoughtful for His Own Good?
Apr 4, 2016 • 34 min
In today’s complex, tumultuous world of global affairs, perhaps nuance and patience aren’t assets for an American president.Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Who Would Bibi Vote for?
Mar 29, 2016 • 37 min
AIPAC, the Iran deal, Israel’s recent outreach to Russia — which of the presidential candidates is going to corner the vote on Middle East policy and tackle the legacy of the current administration? Learn more about your ad choices. Visit…
Is Cuba Really a Triumph for Obama?
Mar 22, 2016 • 40 min
As his last year in office winds down, the president looks to cement his legacy by forging a new path in Latin America.Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Let the Judging of the Obama Administration Begin
Mar 14, 2016 • 50 min
From the Islamic State to Libya, from China to Putin, can the sitting U.S. president offer real perspective while he’s still inside the White House?Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Bernie Sanders’s Campaign Is Not a Real Revolution
Mar 7, 2016 • 42 min
The United States isn’t going to see the kind of change brought by the Arab Spring and Euromaidan—no matter how many millennials rock the vote.Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
The Future of Putin’s Russia and the Syria Dilemma
Feb 29, 2016 • 36 min
What will the next president choose: war, diplomacy, or inaction?Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Saving Syria at the 11th Hour
Feb 22, 2016 • 34 min
In lieu of a clear commitment to stopping the violence, the Obama administration has settled for limited intervention without a clear strategy. Can the United States still make a difference?Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
The Tension Between Political Will and Political Power
Feb 15, 2016 • 30 min
From Syria to Germany, from the U.S. election to the plot line of Homeland, this week’s panel debates whether even the best political intentions can produce real change.Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Why Is the United States More Afraid of the Islamic State Than Russia?
Feb 8, 2016 • 31 min
It’s actually Putin and a rising Russia that pose the greater threat to world order. And that’s something we need to acknowledge, for ourselves and our allies. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Newscast: What Looms on the 2016 Horizon
Feb 1, 2016 • 44 min
From China’s economic downturn to the lifting of sanctions on Iran, this week’s panel reviews the scariest, biggest, and most important stories in the year ahead. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
The Truth About Davos
Jan 27, 2016 • 42 min
Why it was another disappointing year for the World Economic Forum’s big meeting.Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
2015, in Hindsight
Jan 11, 2016 • 38 min
The great migrant crisis, the Latin American Left, and Putin’s power plays: What else will the world remember about last year? Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Here’s Looking at You, 2016
Jan 5, 2016 • 28 min
From Syria to the Islamic State to electing the next U.S. president to Adele’s pop music domination, naming the biggest global story of the coming year.Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
On Trump, the GOP, and Muslim Refugees
Dec 22, 2015 • 40 min
The pursuit of life, liberty, and a culture of religious intolerance.Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
The Power of Love, Etc.
Dec 14, 2015 • 40 min
From Canada’s open immigration policies to FP’s inspiring Global Thinkers, can outsiders change America’s political culture?Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Does the United States Have a Gun Problem or a Terrorism Problem?
Dec 7, 2015 • 36 min
Why Americans are getting stuck in the rhetorical mud about true threats to national security. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Rating the U.S. Reaction to Terrorist Attacks
Nov 30, 2015 • 39 min
Looking at the world’s response to recent terrorist attacks — from policy shifts to political stumping to emotional outpourings and shows of solidarity — how does America measure up?Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
How Is the War on Terror Like the War on Drugs?
Nov 23, 2015 • 51 min
The U.S. fight against global terrorism is costly, distracting, self-perpetuating, unceasing, and unresolvable. Is there any way to fix it?Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
How to Reboot America’s Global Influence
Nov 16, 2015 • 42 min
A foreign-policy to-do list for the next administration.Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Which International Architecture Rules the World?
Nov 9, 2015 • 50 min
Between the Atlantic and the Pacific, recent developments and displays of power could be changing the way the world works in a fundamental way. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Do Your Generals Speak Economics?
Nov 2, 2015 • 40 min
Why the military can’t fix a broken foreign economy — and possibly shouldn’t be asked to.Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
It’s Time the U.S. Military Reinvented Itself to Operate in the Information Age
Oct 26, 2015 • 48 min
Is the U.S. military still too much of an industrial-era relic to meet the challenges of the moment and adapt to a new world order?Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
‘We Fail Better’ Should Not Be the Motto of the U.S. Military
Oct 19, 2015 • 41 min
David Rothkopf, Rosa Brooks, Kori Schake, and Tom Ricks wrestle with America’s recent legacy in the Middle East and what’s broken with the last superpower’s armed forces.Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Cyberoffense, Deterrence, and the Dawn of a New Era of War
Oct 12, 2015 • 47 min
Do our leaders know enough about code and IT to develop sufficient cyberpolicy? Listen to David Rothkopf, Rosa Brooks, Kori Schake, and David Sanger explore the modern challenges facing cybersecurity. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit…
Living in the Aftermath of the Iran Deal
Oct 5, 2015 • 43 min
How does the “new” Middle East look now that the Iran deal is done? David Rothkopf, Rosa Brooks, Kori Schake, and David Sanger debate.Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Who’s the Most Successful One of All? Rating the World’s Leaders.
Sep 29, 2015 • 37 min
David Rothkopf, Rosa Brooks, Bob Kagan, and Kori Schake debate who’s been the world’s most effective head of state since Barack Obama took office. Spoiler alert: It doesn’t help to be a good guy.Learn more about your ad choices. Visit…
If the World Is So Dangerous, How Come So Few of the 2016 Candidates Really Know Anything About It?
Sep 22, 2015 • 49 min
CEO and editor David Rothkopf sizes up the 2016 contenders on foreign policy with Rosa Brooks, Robert Kagan, and Kori Schake.Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
American Power at a Crossroads
Sep 14, 2015 • 38 min
Is it even possible to “Make America Great Again”? David Rothkopf takes on American exceptionalism with Rosa Brooks, Kori Schake, and Robert Kagan.Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Decoding the Iran Deal
Sep 8, 2015 • 36 min
FP Group CEO and editor David Rothkopf discusses the implications of the Iran deal with Rosa Brooks, Kori Schake, and Robert Kagan.Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices