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The Khashoggi Case: Turkey's Opportunity

13:58 | Oct 26th, 2018

While Saudi Arabia has foundered in its response to the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi, Turkey's President Recip Tayyip Erdogan has attempted to use the crisis to burnish Turkey's image in the region and to help repair Turkey's relationship wit...Show More

The Khashoggi Case: Turkey's Opportunity

13:58 | Oct 26th, 2018

While Saudi Arabia has foundered in its response to the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi, Turkey's President Recip Tayyip Erdogan has attempted to use the crisis to burnish Turkey's image in the region and to help repair Turkey's relationship wit...Show More

Climate Change and the Case of Jamal Khashoggi

27:17 | Oct 12th, 2018

This week we look at the two big stories from the week - the case of Jamal Khashoggi, the Saudi dissident "disappeared" in Istanbul and the US-Saudi relations fallout and the IPCC's climate change report that warns of quick action needed by the globa...Show More

Climate Change and the Case of Jamal Khashoggi

27:17 | Oct 12th, 2018

This week we look at the two big stories from the week - the case of Jamal Khashoggi, the Saudi dissident "disappeared" in Istanbul and the US-Saudi relations fallout and the IPCC's climate change report that warns of quick action needed by the globa...Show More

A Week of Spies

16:44 | Oct 5th, 2018

This week saw multiple countries point the finger at Russia for a string of cyberattacks, prompting the often-asked question of what a Western response would look like. China also came under scrutiny after a Bloomberg Businessweek story claimed that ...Show More

A Week of Spies

16:44 | Oct 5th, 2018

This week saw multiple countries point the finger at Russia for a string of cyberattacks, prompting the often-asked question of what a Western response would look like. China also came under scrutiny after a Bloomberg Businessweek story claimed that ...Show More

How Congress Can Make Its Mark on U.S. Foreign Policy

16:24 | Sep 28th, 2018

When it comes to U.S. foreign policy, the focus - for good reason - tends to fall on the White House. But the U.S. House and Senate are not toothless when it comes to foreign affairs, and often see the world in a different way than the president. A n...Show More

How Congress Can Make Its Mark on U.S. Foreign Policy

16:24 | Sep 28th, 2018

When it comes to U.S. foreign policy, the focus - for good reason - tends to fall on the White House. But the U.S. House and Senate are not toothless when it comes to foreign affairs, and often see the world in a different way than the president. A n...Show More

Information Warfare: Back to the Future

20:41 | Sep 21st, 2018

This week's episode takes a step back in time to the 1980s and a country caught between East and West: Poland. CSIS's Seth Jones previews his new book A Covert Action on the previously classified story of QRHELPFUL, the CIA's program to support the S...Show More

Information Warfare: Back to the Future

20:41 | Sep 21st, 2018

This week's episode takes a step back in time to the 1980s and a country caught between East and West: Poland. CSIS's Seth Jones previews his new book A Covert Action on the previously classified story of QRHELPFUL, the CIA's program to support the S...Show More

Preventing Extremism 17 Years after 9/11

16:03 | Sep 14th, 2018

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. Th...Show More

Preventing Extremism 17 Years after 9/11

16:03 | Sep 14th, 2018

It's 17 years since the terrorist attacks of September 11th shook America and launched the still ongoin War on Terror. But after $5.6 trillion dollars have been sunk into the endeavor, extremism continues worldwide - especially in fragile states. Thi...Show More

Turkey's Financial Crisis and its US Falling Out

18:58 | Aug 24th, 2018

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...Show More

Turkey's Financial Crisis and its US Falling Out

18:58 | Aug 24th, 2018

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...Show More

Election Interference and the 2018 Midterms

17:01 | Aug 3rd, 2018

The U.S. government is bracing for another round of efforts by Russia to disrupt the 2018 midterm elections, so how vulnerable is the United States this time around? We hear from James Lewis, the head of the Technology Policy Program at CSIS on what'...Show More

Election Interference and the 2018 Midterms

17:01 | Aug 3rd, 2018

The U.S. government is bracing for another round of efforts by Russia to disrupt the 2018 midterm elections, so how vulnerable is the United States this time around? We hear from James Lewis, the head of the Technology Policy Program at CSIS on what'...Show More

America and EU Agree Trade Truce

14:17 | Jul 27th, 2018

After weeks of tit-for-tat between the EU and the United States, it seems as if EU Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker’s visit to the White House has stemmed the worst of the brewing trade war. So what was agreed, and will it be enough to close ...Show More

America and EU Agree Trade Truce

14:17 | Jul 27th, 2018

After weeks of tit-for-tat between the EU and the United States, it seems as if EU Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker’s visit to the White House has stemmed the worst of the brewing trade war. So what was agreed, and will it be enough to close ...Show More

The Trump-Putin Parley and Peace Breaks Out in East Africa

31:24 | Jul 21st, 2018

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 Eritr...Show More

The Trump-Putin Parley and Peace Breaks Out in East Africa

31:24 | Jul 21st, 2018

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 Eritr...Show More

Allies Reel from a Trump-torn NATO

17:53 | Jul 13th, 2018

President Trump has made no secret about his feelings towards the NATO alliance, and came in all guns blazing to this week’s NATO summit in Brussels, admonishing allies for not footing more of the financial burden for defense as well as threatening t...Show More

Allies Reel from a Trump-torn NATO

17:53 | Jul 13th, 2018

President Trump has made no secret about his feelings towards the NATO alliance, and came in all guns blazing to this week’s NATO summit in Brussels, admonishing allies for not footing more of the financial burden for defense as well as threatening t...Show More

The Trade War Begins and AMLO Wins

18:56 | Jul 6th, 2018

At 12.01am on Friday July 6, the long-telegraphed trade war between the United States and China began with U.S. tariffs imposed on $34 billion worth of Chinese goods - and the Chinese responding in kind. How far will it go, and how does it affect the...Show More

The Trade War Begins and AMLO Wins

18:56 | Jul 6th, 2018

At 12.01am on Friday July 6, the long-telegraphed trade war between the United States and China began with U.S. tariffs imposed on $34 billion worth of Chinese goods - and the Chinese responding in kind. How far will it go, and how does it affect the...Show More

The Trump-Putin Summit, NATO, and Europe's Trouble

21:21 | Jun 30th, 2018

This week the White House announced that President Trump would meet Russia's leader Vladimir Putin in Helsinki on July 16. Before that meeting, Trump travels to the NATO summit in Brussels as well as calling on Theresa May in London. On this week's s...Show More

The Trump-Putin Summit, NATO, and Europe's Trouble

21:21 | Jun 30th, 2018

This week the White House announced that President Trump would meet Russia's leader Vladimir Putin in Helsinki on July 16. Before that meeting, Trump travels to the NATO summit in Brussels as well as calling on Theresa May in London. On this week's s...Show More

The Trump-Putin Summit, NATO, and Europe's Troubles

21:21 | Jun 30th, 2018

This week the White House announced that President Trump would meet Russia's leader Vladimir Putin in Helsinki on July 16. Before that meeting, Trump travels to the NATO summit in Brussels as well as calling on Theresa May in London. On this week's s...Show More

Trump's Space Force and Turkey's Elections

29:03 | Jun 22nd, 2018

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 ...Show More

Trump's Space Force and Turkey's Elections

29:03 | Jun 22nd, 2018

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 ...Show More

| The CSIS Podcast is now The Readout

01:27 | Jun 15th, 2018

The clue is in the title. As of next week, The CSIS podcast will rebrand as The Readout. This short clip from host Colm Quinn explains the thinking behind the switch.

| The CSIS Podcast is now The Readout

01:27 | Jun 15th, 2018

The clue is in the title. As of next week, The CSIS podcast will rebrand as The Readout. This short clip from host Colm Quinn explains the thinking behind the switch.

Trump and Kim's Singapore Swing

22:59 | Jun 15th, 2018

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...Show More

Trump and Kim's Singapore Swing

22:59 | Jun 15th, 2018

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...Show More

Destination: Maghreb – Part 2

10:47 | Jun 1st, 2018

After following the path of migrants from sub-Saharan Africa in part one, we now join them as they try to navigate life in the Maghreb where different countries have different strategies for welcoming their new arrivals. With Haim Malka. Hosted by Co...Show More

Destination: Maghreb – Part 2

10:47 | Jun 1st, 2018

After following the path of migrants from sub-Saharan Africa in part one, we now join them as they try to navigate life in the Maghreb where different countries have different strategies for welcoming their new arrivals. With Haim Malka. Hosted by Co...Show More

Trump-Kim Summit on Ice and Maduro Holds on in Venezuela

21:04 | May 25th, 2018

With a strongly (and at times, softly) worded letter, the proposed Trump-Kim summit in Singapore on June 12 has been called off. We hear from Korea Chair Victor Cha on where the U.S. and North Korea can go from here. In Venezuela, President Nicolas M...Show More

Trump-Kim Summit on Ice and Maduro Holds on in Venezuela

21:04 | May 25th, 2018

With a strongly (and at times, softly) worded letter, the proposed Trump-Kim summit in Singapore on June 12 has been called off. We hear from Korea Chair Victor Cha on where the U.S. and North Korea can go from here. In Venezuela, President Nicolas M...Show More

Destination: Maghreb – Part 1

11:57 | May 18th, 2018

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 unw...Show More

Destination: Maghreb – Part 1

11:57 | May 18th, 2018

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 unw...Show More

JCPOAin't Gonna Happen: U.S. Withdraws and Allies Split

24:05 | May 11th, 2018

After President Trump announced that the U.S. would no longer participate in the Iran nuclear agreement or JCPOA, we discuss the impact of the decision. We cover the announcement's likely fallout in Iran, where it leaves relationships with key U.S. a...Show More

JCPOAin't Gonna Happen: U.S. Withdraws and Allies Split

24:05 | May 11th, 2018

After President Trump announced that the U.S. would no longer participate in the Iran nuclear agreement or JCPOA, we discuss the impact of the decision. We cover the announcement's likely fallout in Iran, where it leaves relationships with key U.S. a...Show More

China Talks Enter Next Round and Iran Deal on the Ropes

19:57 | May 4th, 2018

This week we're looking at deals, some yet to be made and some that may yet come undone. First up we hear from CSIS's Anthony Cordesman on the future of the Iran deal ahead of another crucial deadline. We then turn to trade, and CSIS Scholl Chair in ...Show More

China Talks Enter Next Round and Iran Deal on the Ropes

19:57 | May 4th, 2018

This week we're looking at deals, some yet to be made and some that may yet come undone. First up we hear from CSIS's Anthony Cordesman on the future of the Iran deal ahead of another crucial deadline. We then turn to trade, and CSIS Scholl Chair in ...Show More

The Inter-Korean Summit and Turkey's Snap Election

22:26 | Apr 27th, 2018

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 tryin...Show More

The Inter-Korean Summit and Turkey's Snap Election

22:26 | Apr 27th, 2018

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 tryin...Show More

Pompeo to North Korea & an Arab force for Syria?

20:33 | Apr 20th, 2018

On this week's podcast we preview next week's inter-Korean summit as well as what CIA Director Mike Pompeo's trip to North Korea means for the Trump-Kim meeting. We also look at Syria and whether an Arab-led force could be part of a solution to the c...Show More

Pompeo to North Korea & an Arab force for Syria?

20:33 | Apr 20th, 2018

On this week's podcast we preview next week's inter-Korean summit as well as what CIA Director Mike Pompeo's trip to North Korea means for the Trump-Kim meeting. We also look at Syria and whether an Arab-led force could be part of a solution to the c...Show More

Syria: Is the United States In or Out?

16:38 | Apr 6th, 2018

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 Quin...Show More

Syria: Is the United States In or Out?

16:38 | Apr 6th, 2018

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 Quin...Show More

Kim Jong-un pulls into Beijing and Bolton joins the White House

20:22 | Mar 30th, 2018

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 pro...Show More

Kim Jong-un pulls into Beijing and Bolton joins the White House

20:22 | Mar 30th, 2018

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 pro...Show More

Tillerson Out and Xi’s Power Grows

22:15 | Mar 16th, 2018

This week we look at the fallout from Rex Tillerson’s exit as U.S. Secretary of State as well as what China’s abolition of presidential term limits means for Xi Jinping and the future of China.    With Heather Conley, Chris Johnson, and Scott Kennedy...Show More

Tillerson Out and Xi’s Power Grows

22:15 | Mar 16th, 2018

This week we look at the fallout from Rex Tillerson’s exit as U.S. Secretary of State as well as what China’s abolition of presidential term limits means for Xi Jinping and the future of China.    With Heather Conley, Chris Johnson, and Scott Kennedy...Show More

Trump’s Tariffs and the Kim Jong-Un Summit

23:41 | Mar 9th, 2018

We discuss the two big stories of the week: the Trump administration’s plan to add tariffs to foreign steel and aluminum as well as the surprise summit between President Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un, planned for this May. Featuring Bill ...Show More

Trump’s Tariffs and the Kim Jong-Un Summit

23:41 | Mar 9th, 2018

We discuss the two big stories of the week: the Trump administration’s plan to add tariffs to foreign steel and aluminum as well as the surprise summit between President Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un, planned for this May. Featuring Bill ...Show More

Prospects for Peace in Afghanistan

15:41 | Mar 2nd, 2018

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...Show More

Prospects for Peace in Afghanistan

15:41 | Mar 2nd, 2018

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...Show More

Ghouta Burns as Syria's War Continues

29:42 | Feb 23rd, 2018

On this week's show we hear from CSIS Senior Fellow Melissa Dalton and NPR's Middle East Correspondent Ruth Sherlock on the latest from Syria as the conflict takes another bloody turn. Hosted by Colm Quinn. Audio produced by Yumi Araki.

Ghouta Burns as Syria's War Continues

29:42 | Feb 23rd, 2018

On this week's show we hear from CSIS Senior Fellow Melissa Dalton and NPR's Middle East Correspondent Ruth Sherlock on the latest from Syria as the conflict takes another bloody turn. Hosted by Colm Quinn. Audio produced by Yumi Araki.

America’s New Nuclear Posture: The Russia Angle

12:18 | Feb 12th, 2018

​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 nucle...Show More

America’s New Nuclear Posture: The Russia Angle

12:18 | Feb 12th, 2018

​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 nucle...Show More

Explaining America's New Nuclear Posture

21:59 | Feb 9th, 2018

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 Reb...Show More

Explaining America's New Nuclear Posture

21:59 | Feb 9th, 2018

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 Reb...Show More

South Korea Prepares for the "Peace Olympics"

11:11 | Feb 7th, 2018

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.

South Korea Prepares for the "Peace Olympics"

11:11 | Feb 7th, 2018

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.

State of the Union Special: Expert Roundtable

28:14 | Jan 31st, 2018

This week we’re looking back at President Trump’s first State of the Union address and attempting to parse out the policy from the pageantry. An all-star panel are in place to discuss everything from North Korea to the opioid crisis. Featuring CSIS S...Show More

State of the Union Special: Expert Roundtable

28:14 | Jan 31st, 2018

This week we’re looking back at President Trump’s first State of the Union address and attempting to parse out the policy from the pageantry. An all-star panel are in place to discuss everything from North Korea to the opioid crisis. Featuring CSIS S...Show More

Pakistan's Power Balance Play

09:20 | Jan 26th, 2018

Earlier this month, the United States announced it was freezing security aid to Pakistan in response to what it sees as a lack of action to target terrorist groups within the country. This week we discuss the implications of this move for the U.S. re...Show More

Pakistan's Power Balance Play

09:20 | Jan 26th, 2018

Earlier this month, the United States announced it was freezing security aid to Pakistan in response to what it sees as a lack of action to target terrorist groups within the country. This week we discuss the implications of this move for the U.S. re...Show More

Winter Olympics Thaws The Peninsula

11:16 | Jan 12th, 2018

After a year of fiery rhetoric from North Korea and the United States, the latest round of talks between the North and South give the impression that a thaw could be in the offing. Is this the breakthrough? We hear from Sue Mi Terry, a CSIS senior fe...Show More

Winter Olympics Thaws The Peninsula

11:16 | Jan 12th, 2018

After a year of fiery rhetoric from North Korea and the United States, the latest round of talks between the North and South give the impression that a thaw could be in the offing. Is this the breakthrough? We hear from Sue Mi Terry, a CSIS senior fe...Show More

Iran's 2018 Begins With Protests

08:41 | Jan 8th, 2018

This week we're talking about the protests in Iran, and what, if any, kind of reaction the United States should have. With Middle East Program Director Jon Alterman. Hosted by Colm Quinn.

Iran's 2018 Begins With Protests

08:41 | Jan 8th, 2018

This week we're talking about the protests in Iran, and what, if any, kind of reaction the United States should have. With Middle East Program Director Jon Alterman. Hosted by Colm Quinn.

David Miliband on Tackling the Global Refugee Crisis

17:55 | Dec 15th, 2017

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 ...Show More

David Miliband on Tackling the Global Refugee Crisis

17:55 | Dec 15th, 2017

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 ...Show More

Trump Recognizes Jerusalem as Israel's Capital

13:15 | Dec 8th, 2017

In a move that met with global condemnation, President Donald Trump officially recognized Jerusalem as the capital of Israel this week. We discuss the strategic implications of this decision and what it means for the future of the Israeli-Palestinian...Show More

Trump Recognizes Jerusalem as Israel's Capital

13:15 | Dec 8th, 2017

In a move that met with global condemnation, President Donald Trump officially recognized Jerusalem as the capital of Israel this week. We discuss the strategic implications of this decision and what it means for the future of the Israeli-Palestinian...Show More

How to Counter a North Korean Missile

21:50 | Dec 8th, 2017

After North Korea tested its longest-range missile yet, we discuss what kind of counter-measures the U.S. has in its arsenal and the future of U.S. missile defense. With CSIS's Tom Karako and Todd Harrison. Hosted by Colm Quinn.

How to Counter a North Korean Missile

21:50 | Dec 8th, 2017

After North Korea tested its longest-range missile yet, we discuss what kind of counter-measures the U.S. has in its arsenal and the future of U.S. missile defense. With CSIS's Tom Karako and Todd Harrison. Hosted by Colm Quinn.

Why a New AUMF is Needed

16:34 | Nov 20th, 2017

Last week the U.S. House of Represenatives passed a resolution by 366-30 stating that current U.S. military actions in Yemen are not authorized under current legislation. It highlights the fact that the United States is operating on a Congressional a...Show More

Why a New AUMF is Needed

16:34 | Nov 20th, 2017

Last week the U.S. House of Represenatives passed a resolution by 366-30 stating that current U.S. military actions in Yemen are not authorized under current legislation. It highlights the fact that the United States is operating on a Congressional a...Show More

Yemen's Human Catastrophe

14:51 | Nov 17th, 2017

As conditions in Yemen continue to deteroriate from a disastrous civil war, we get an update on the facts on the ground from the United Nations Humanitarian Coordinator for Yemen Jamie McGoldrick. Hosted by Colm Quinn.

Yemen's Human Catastrophe

14:51 | Nov 17th, 2017

As conditions in Yemen continue to deteroriate from a disastrous civil war, we get an update on the facts on the ground from the United Nations Humanitarian Coordinator for Yemen Jamie McGoldrick. Hosted by Colm Quinn.

A Royal Mess: What's Happening in Saudi Arabia

14:25 | Nov 10th, 2017

After the mass-arrests of dozens of royal family members in Saudi Arabia on corruption charges, we look at how Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman's latest move will affect the kingdom and the wider region. With Middle East Program Director Jon Alterman...Show More

A Royal Mess: What's Happening in Saudi Arabia

14:25 | Nov 10th, 2017

After the mass-arrests of dozens of royal family members in Saudi Arabia on corruption charges, we look at how Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman's latest move will affect the kingdom and the wider region. With Middle East Program Director Jon Alterman...Show More

Why U.S. forces are in Niger

15:49 | Nov 3rd, 2017

Following the deaths of four U.S. servicemen last month in a militant ambush, the question of America’s involvement in that country and wider region have been hotly debated. This week we hear from Africa Program Director Jennifer Cooke on why the U.S...Show More

Why U.S. forces are in Niger

15:49 | Nov 3rd, 2017

Following the deaths of four U.S. servicemen last month in a militant ambush, the question of America’s involvement in that country and wider region have been hotly debated. This week we hear from Africa Program Director Jennifer Cooke on why the U.S...Show More

What Xi Jinping’s Ascent Means

16:04 | Oct 25th, 2017

After Chinese President Xi Jinping’s elevation to Mao-like status at the Chinese Communist Party National Congress this week, we look at what his rise means for China and the rest of the world. We’re joined by CSIS’s Freeman Chair in China Studies Ch...Show More

What Xi Jinping’s Ascent Means

16:04 | Oct 25th, 2017

After Chinese President Xi Jinping’s elevation to Mao-like status at the Chinese Communist Party National Congress this week, we look at what his rise means for China and the rest of the world. We’re joined by CSIS’s Freeman Chair in China Studies Ch...Show More

Catalonia’s Independence Push, Brexit Update, and Austria’s Elections

25:26 | Oct 13th, 2017

On the second show this week, we talk about what’s behind Catalonia’s independence drive, how the EU-UK Brexit negotiations are stalling, and a now-familiar story: the rise of the far-right in Europe, this time in Austria. With CSIS Europe Program Di...Show More

Catalonia’s Independence Push, Brexit Update, and Austria’s Elections

25:26 | Oct 13th, 2017

On the second show this week, we talk about what’s behind Catalonia’s independence drive, how the EU-UK Brexit negotiations are stalling, and a now-familiar story: the rise of the far-right in Europe, this time in Austria. With CSIS Europe Program Di...Show More

The Future of The Iran Deal

15:14 | Oct 12th, 2017

As the Trump administration seems set to "decertify" the Iran Nuclear Deal, we look at what that means for the furture of the deal, as well as how it fits in to U.S. strategy toward Iran. With Jon Alterman, CSIS Middle East Program Director and Brzez...Show More

The Future of The Iran Deal

15:14 | Oct 12th, 2017

As the Trump administration seems set to "decertify" the Iran Nuclear Deal, we look at what that means for the furture of the deal, as well as how it fits in to U.S. strategy toward Iran. With Jon Alterman, CSIS Middle East Program Director and Brzez...Show More

Assessing the Nuclear Options

24:45 | Sep 29th, 2017

On this week's show we hear from Sharon Squassoni, Director of the CSIS Proliferation Prevention Program, on the state of nuclear weapons policy worldwide, and what it would take to move towards a nuclear disarmed world. Hosted by Colm Quinn. By Shar...Show More

Assessing the Nuclear Options

24:45 | Sep 29th, 2017

On this week's show we hear from Sharon Squassoni, Director of the CSIS Proliferation Prevention Program, on the state of nuclear weapons policy worldwide, and what it would take to move towards a nuclear disarmed world. Hosted by Colm Quinn. By Shar...Show More

Germany goes to the Wahllokale

24:14 | Sep 22nd, 2017

This Sunday, Germans go to the polls (die Wahllokale) to elect a new parliament. It's expected that Angela Merkel will carry on as Chancellor but Germany faces headwinds that this election campaign has tended to avoid. We also find time to talk about...Show More

Germany goes to the Wahllokale

24:14 | Sep 22nd, 2017

This Sunday, Germans go to the polls (die Wahllokale) to elect a new parliament. It's expected that Angela Merkel will carry on as Chancellor but Germany faces headwinds that this election campaign has tended to avoid. We also find time to talk about...Show More

Myanmar's Humanitarian Crisis

22:46 | Sep 15th, 2017

370,000 people have fled violence in Myanmar in the past month alone. This week we talk about what has caused this crisis and what choices face Myanmar's civilian leader Aung San Suu Kyi. With Greg Poling and hosted by Colm Quinn.

Myanmar's Humanitarian Crisis

22:46 | Sep 15th, 2017

370,000 people have fled violence in Myanmar in the past month alone. This week we talk about what has caused this crisis and what choices face Myanmar's civilian leader Aung San Suu Kyi. With Greg Poling and hosted by Colm Quinn.

The Four Famines Facing 20 Million People

16:35 | Sep 8th, 2017

This week we hear from Kimberly Flowers, the head of our Global Food Security Project, to discuss the threat of famine in Northeast Nigeria, South Sudan, Somalia, and Yemen. Hosted by Colm Quinn. Kimberly's piece on CSIS.orghttps://www.csis.org/ana...Show More

The Four Famines Facing 20 Million People

16:35 | Sep 8th, 2017

This week we hear from Kimberly Flowers, the head of our Global Food Security Project, to discuss the threat of famine in Northeast Nigeria, South Sudan, Somalia, and Yemen. Hosted by Colm Quinn. Kimberly's piece on CSIS.orghttps://www.csis.org/ana...Show More

A New Strategy for America's Longest War

16:17 | Aug 30th, 2017

This week we hear from David Sedney, the former Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Afghanistan, on what's in the Trump administration's new Afghanistan policy, and whether it might work after all these years. Hosted by Colm Quinn.

Mosul Liberated: ISIS in Retreat?

0:00 | Jul 19th, 2017

This week we look at the battle for the city of Mosul in Iraq and how it was eventually won back from the Islamic State, almost three years after its fall. With Anthony Cordesman and hosted by Colm Quinn.

Defusing North Korea

0:00 | Jul 8th, 2017

This week we hear from Victor Cha, the CSIS Korea Chair, on North Korea's latest missile test and how the United States can begin to rein in the Hermit Kingdom. Hosted by Colm Quinn.

Saudi Arabia's New Crown Prince

0:00 | Jun 23rd, 2017

On this episode we discuss the rise of Prince Mohammed bin Salman, who this week became next in line to the Saudi throne after being named the new Crown Prince. We also check in on the latest developments in Qatar's rift with the rest of the Gulf Coo...Show More

Going Cold on Cuba

0:00 | Jun 16th, 2017

After Friday's announcement by President Trump that he was "canceling" the Obama administration's policy on Cuba, we talk to Mark Feierstein, a senior official responsible for opening Cuba under President Obama, about what changes now, and what stays...Show More

Qatar Gets Cut Off

0:00 | Jun 8th, 2017

This week 7 governments including Saudi Arabia, Egypt, and the United Arab Emirates cut ties with their neighbor Qatar, accusing the country of financing terrorist groups. What's behind the move, and why now? Anthony Cordesman joins us this week to e...Show More

Trump Pulls Out of Paris

0:00 | Jun 2nd, 2017

After this week's decision to withdraw the United States from the Paris Climate Accord, we talk to Sarah Ladislaw on the impact it will have on America as well as the global climate change agenda. Hosted by Colm Quinn.

When All The President's Men Are Generals

0:00 | May 25th, 2017

This week we hear from CSIS Senior Fellow Alice Hunt Friend to talk about the state of relations between the civil and military branches of government, the dangers of military politicization, as well as the growing disconnect between civilian and mil...Show More

Trump's Middle East Trip and Iran's Elections

0:00 | May 19th, 2017

This week President Trump embarks on a 9-day overseas trip. We'll be tackling the Middle East portion this episode with help from Middle East program director Jon Alterman. We also find time to preview Iran's presidential election. Hosted by Colm Qui...Show More

Human Rights in an "America First" World

0:00 | May 12th, 2017

This week we hear from Shannon Green, head of our Human Rights Initiative, to talk about how America's policy on human rights promotion abroad may shift in the Trump Administration. Hosted by Colm Quinn.

Erdogan's Ascendancy and Turkey's Future

26:43 | Apr 28th, 2017

This show looks at Turkey's controversial constitutional referendum, the reaction to it both inside and outside the country, and how the United States should navigate an increasingly strident Erdogan government. With Bulent Aliriza and hosted by Colm...Show More

France's Showdown Begins

12:41 | Apr 25th, 2017

On this week's podcast we hear from Europe program director Heather Conley on the fallout from the first round of France's presidential election. Hosted by Colm Quinn.