The General and the Ambassador: A Conversation

The General and the Ambassador: A Conversation

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How our senior US military commanders and senior …


Finland and the US: Friends and Allies, a conversation with General Jarmo Lindberg and Ambassador Bruce Oreck
Dec 6, 2019 • 32 min
Former Finnish Chief of Defense General Jarmo Lindberg and Ambassador Bruce Oreck talk about the deep US-Finnish defense relationship, Finland’s key role vis a vis Russia, Nordic security and receiving the Legion of Merit from General Dunford.
Pakistan-US Relations: Striking a Balance
Nov 25, 2019 • 33 min
General Lloyd Austin and Ambassador Richard Olson on managing US interests with a prickly nuclear armed state bordering Afghanistan, India and China.
Fighting Terrorism is a Team Effort with General Francis Taylor and Ambassador Tina Kaidanow Part II
Sep 29, 2019 • 20 min
In this conversation, General Taylor and Ambassador Kaidanow talk about their joint work to prevent ISIS recruitment efforts in the US and abroad, to develop counter messaging to ISIS propaganda and to make sure key information was shared with local US…
Fighting Terrorism is a Team Effort with General Francis Taylor and Ambassador Tina Kaidanow Part I
Sep 18, 2019 • 18 min
In this conversation, General Taylor and Ambassador Kaidanow talk about their joint work to prevent ISIS recruitment efforts in the US and abroad, to develop counter messaging to ISIS propaganda and to make sure key information was shared with local US…
Iraq: Behind the scenes in Baghdad working in a Provincial Reconstruction Team (PRT) with General William Hickman and Ambassador John Bennett
Aug 8, 2019 • 27 min
Hosted by Ambassador (ret) Deborah McCarthy, this conversation with General Hickman and Ambassador Bennett gives an inside view of the challenging work of the U.S. civilian-military teams operating in Iraq to rebuild the country.
A Nation’s Promise: Accounting for Our POW/MIA with General Kelly McKeague and Ambassador Charles Ray
Jun 27, 2019 • 37 min
General Kelly McKeague and Ambassador Charles Ray talk about efforts led by the Department of Defense and supported by the Department of State to account for the over 82,000 missing personnel from WWII through Operation Iraqi Freedom.
European Security: ISIS Terrorist Attacks & Deterring Russia with General Gregory Lengyel and Ambassador Susan Elliott
Jun 4, 2019 • 29 min
The U.S. Response to ISIS attacks in Europe, the role of Special Operations Command Europe, and building deterrence vis a vis Russia with General Gregory Lengyel ( fmr. Commander Special Operations Command Europe) and Ambassador Susan Elliott (fmr.…
Japan’s Triple Disaster: Helping an Ally in Need with Admiral Robert Willard and Ambassador John Roos
May 24, 2019 • 43 min
In 2011 Japan was hit by an earthquake, a tsunami and a nuclear disaster. Admiral Robert Willard (fmr. Commander, U.S. Pacific Command) and Ambassador John Roos (fmr. U.S. Ambassador to Japan) talk about the devastation, nuclear radiation fears and…
Cyber Security: Foreign Attacks and U.S. Cyber Policy with General Keith Alexander and Cyber Coordinator Chris Painter
May 10, 2019 • 29 min
General Alexander and Coordinator Painter discuss U.S. responses to cyber attacks from Russia, Iran and China, the urgent need for stronger defense & cyber as a tool of national power.
Georgia: Building Resilience on the Frontlines with Ambassador Ian Kelly and Brigadier General Garrick Harmon
Apr 15, 2019 • 31 min
Ambassador Ian Kelly & Defense Attaché Brigadier General Harmon discuss US efforts to build deterrence against Russia and support Georgia’s Euro Atlantic integration & NATO membership
Iraq: The Diplomatic And Military Fight Against ISIS With General Sean MacFarland And Ambassador Stu Jones Part II
Apr 12, 2019 • 28 min
General Sean MacFarland and Ambassador Stu Jones discuss their partnership in building Iraq’s ability to fight ISIS, negotiating the Iraqi/Kurdish relationship, the role of Iranian militias, Operation Tidal Wave II and the challenge of public messaging.
Iraq: The Diplomatic and Military Fight Against ISIS with General Sean MacFarland and Ambassador Stu Jones Part I
Apr 12, 2019 • 22 min
General Sean MacFarland and Ambassador Stu Jones discuss their partnership in building Iraq’s ability to fight ISIS, negotiating the Iraqi/Kurdish relationship, the role of Iranian militias, Operation Tidal Wave II and the challenge of public messaging.
Afghanistan: The US Pivot, Sharing Danger and the Importance of Cultural Intelligence Part II
Mar 3, 2019 • 18 min
General Allen and Ambassador Cunningham on grief and loss, current settlement negotiations and the importance of cultural intelligence.
Afghanistan: The US Pivot, Sharing Danger and the Importance of Cultural Intelligence Part I
Mar 3, 2019 • 25 min
General Allen and Ambassador Cunningham describe the US pivot in the war, the key role of allies and handling Koran burning and casualties from air strikes.
A lesson in results: The US military/diplomatic partnership in Qatar with General David Goldfein and Ambassador Susan Ziadeh
Feb 22, 2019 • 32 min
General Goldfein and Ambassador Susan Ziadeh discuss the value of integrated diplomatic/military training, their partnership in Qatar which expanded US and Coalition air force power in the region, and the role of US military power in supporting US…
Afghanistan - The Transition from the Obama to the Trump Administration. Conversation with General John (Mick) Nicholson and Ambassador Hugo Llorens
Feb 17, 2019 • 46 min
General Nicholson and Ambassador Llorens discuss their unity of effort in the field and their partnership in developing the new Afghanistan strategy adopted by the Trump Administration.
Syria And Chemical Weapons: Asst. Sec. Countryman & WMD Military Advisor Col. Terrell on the 2013-14 Destruction of Weapons Stock & Chemical Weapons Challenges Today
Feb 1, 2019 • 33 min
Former Assistant Secretary Tom Countryman and Dept. of Defense WMD Military Advisor Colonel Pat Terrell discuss the 2013-2014 operation to remove and destroy Syria’s stock of chemical weapons and the diplomatic/ military tools required today given…
US warriors & diplomats in Iraq & Afghanistan: Part II- NDU panel with Gen Odierno, Gen Austin, Amb. Crocker and Amb. Liberi.
Jan 4, 2019 • 24 min
Generals Austin and Odierno & Ambassadors Crocker and Liberi on media relations, trust, briefing the President & the need for a civ/mil playbook from the lessons of Afghanistan/Iraq.
US warriors & diplomats in Iraq & Afghanistan: Part I - NDU panel with Gen Odierno, Gen Austin, Amb. Crocker and Amb. Liberi
Dec 21, 2018 • 26 min
Panel at National Defense University on civilian/military relations: Gen. Odierno, Gen. Austin, Amb. Crocker, Amb. Liberi on working in Iraq and Afghanistan: building long term stability, planning & handing the media.
Standing with Japan Part II: General Wright & Ambassador Schieffer on Japan, North Korea and China, US leadership today and Australia’s friendship on 9/11.
Dec 4, 2018 • 23 min
Blurb: General Wright and Ambassador Schieffer talk about North Korea kidnapping of Japanese citizens, the 6 Party Talks, China, US diplomatic persuasion & military force, flying on Air Force Two and the value of America as an idea.
Standing with Japan Part I: General Wright & Ambassador Schieffer on US military and diplomatic engagement with Japan and the US response to North Korean missile attacks.
Dec 4, 2018 • 28 min
Former Ambassador to Japan Tom Schieffer & Former Commander US Forces Japan General Bruce “Orville” Wright discuss their partnership, the US –Japanese military alliance, the 2010 North Korean missile attacks and doing the right thing in the aftermath of a…
Libya and The Responsibility to Protect: General Ham and Ambassador Cretz on US actions to protect the Libyan population from Gaddafi.
Oct 19, 2018 • 35 min
Former AFRICOM Commander General Ham and former Ambassador to Libya Cretz on the 2011 revolt in Libya, the decision to use US military force to protect civilians, the coalition and key partnerships.
US Army in Eastern Europe: Making 30,000 look like 300,000
Oct 10, 2018 • 31 min
Former US Army Europe Commander Gen. Ben Hodges and Former US Ambassador to Poland, Amb. Steve Mull discuss their partnership to increase the US military presence in Poland & Eastern Europe after Russia invaded Ukraine. Diplomatic negotiations/ Public…
US Military, Diplomatic engagement with South Korea. General Skip Sharp and Ambassador Kathy Stephens on US force posture, North Korean 2010 attacks, sanctions, current negotiations.
Oct 6, 2018 • 35 min
General Skip Sharp, former commander of UN, US-ROK & US Forces South Korea and former Ambassador Kathy Stephens on their partnership during the period of high tension after the 2010 North Korean attacks; current US military posture and burden sharing; the…
Tending the Garden: US Interests in the Mediterranean. Admiral Michelle Howard and Ambassador David Pearce on Greece/Turkey, the 2015 Migrant Crisis, US Naval Operations and the Challenge of Russia
Sep 23, 2018 • 29 min
Admiral Michelle Howard, former US Naval Forces Europe & Africa, and former Ambassador to Greece David Pearce, discuss the European migrant crisis of 2015, US military and diplomatic engagement with Greece, Turkey and North Africa, NATO and the challenge…
Capacity and Capability: US Diplomatic and Military Operations in the Horn of Africa with Joint Task Force Djibouti Commander General Sonntag and Ambassador Thomas Kelly. Terrorism, Mission Protection, Evacuations, Refugees and the Challenge of…
Sep 20, 2018 • 30 min
Former CJTF Commander General Sonntag and US Ambassador to Djibouti Thomas Kelly talk about their partnership to advance US interests in the Horn of Africa region through military operations and diplomatic engagement including: fighting terrorists,…
Tough times in Moscow: Former Ambassador to Russia John Tefft & former Defense Attache General McClintock on Embassy operations/access/Russian military modernization/Crimea/Ukraine/NATO & Syria.
Jul 15, 2018 • 41 min
Ambassador John Tefft and US Embassy Military Attache Bruce McClintock provide an unique view of U.S engagement inside Russia and the operational climate for the U.S.Embassy and Consulates. They discuss Russian military doctrine/objectives/perceptions…
The Stand-Up of the US Africa Command
Jun 27, 2018 • 24 min
The hard work of setting up the new US Military Command for AFRICA: General Kip Ward and Ambassador Mary Yates discuss how they got the phones to work, built a culturally sensitive multitalented team, dealt with skeptics, traveled the continent and…
Ambassador McCarthy interview with SIRIUS POTUS Eric Ham
Jun 21, 2018 • 26 min
Ambassador Deborah McCarthy discusses the purpose and content of the General and Ambassador series with Eric Ham on SiriusXM POTUS show.
Haiti 2010 Earthquake: 40 Seconds that Changed Haiti Forever. Ambassador Merten and Lt. General Keen on Leading the U.S. Relief Effort and US Interests Today
Jun 10, 2018 • 30 min
Haiti: How senior US diplomatic and military leaders responded to the 2010 earthquake which killed over 200,000 people: The value of coordination, communication and relationships.
Iraq- the Drawdown
Jun 4, 2018 • 35 min
Former Ambassador to Iraq Jeffrey & General Austin, former Commander US Forces Iraq, talk about their partnership in the field, the role of Iran, US Civ-Mil teams & lessons learned.
What are effective public affairs strategies and tactics for our military and our diplomats? A conversation with former senior spokespersons Rear Admiral John Kirby and Ambassador Michael Hammer
May 31, 2018 • 27 min
Former White House/Defense/State Department spokespersons Rear Admiral John Kirby & Ambassador Michael Hammer on media relations, being in the story and forming the narrative & ethics and credibility.
NATO: How US Military & US Diplomats Partnered on Russia/Ukraine & Disinformation. General Philip Breedlove & Ambassador Victoria Nuland. 2/24/18
Feb 24, 2018 • 31 min
General Philip Breedlove and Ambassador Victoria Nuland: Former SACEUR and EUCOM Commander Breedlove and former Assistant Secretary Victoria Nuland talk about the strong bonds they forged working together on US actions to address Russia’s invasion of…
Europe: The European Command & the Bang for the Buck of US Military Training in Europe. General Jack Gardner & Ambassador Kate Canavan. 2/16/18
Feb 16, 2018 • 30 min
General Jack Gardner and Ambassador Kate Canavan on US military and diplomatic work at the US European Command in Germany: why do we have troops in Europe? What does the US get out of training with other countries? Georgia/Russia/refugees/evacuations….…
SOUTHCOM and US Diplomacy in Venezuela and Colombia
Feb 7, 2018 • 42 min
Admiral Jim Stavridis & Ambassador Bill Brownfield discuss their partnership, their efforts to stop the flow of cocaine to the US, the rescue of US hostages, the transformation of Colombia and the situation in Venezuela.
US Military & Diplomatic Leadership in Iraq: General David Petreaus & Ambassador Ryan Crocker. 12/20/17
Dec 20, 2017 • 30 min
General David Petraeus and Ambassador Ryan Crocker discuss their partnership in Iraq 2007-2008 during the surge campaign – as running buddies and political/military strategists. They review their bad cop/good cop approach and warn about Iran.