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  • 327. Episode 327: Secretary Blinken Enters the Dragon’s Den

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    Today, Jamil, Jess, Les, and Morgan discuss U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken's visit to China where he will be meeting with senior Chinese officials. On the agenda - potential sanctions against Chinese financial institutions if China continues to support Russia’s build-up of its defense industrial base, including by providing significant quantities of machine tools, microelectronics, drone and turbojet engines, and technology for cruise missiles.Will the threat of sanctions against Chinese financial institutions change Chinese policy?  Does Secretary Blinken have enough credibility on the world stage to influence policy?  How can the United States change China’s policy toward Russia?Check out the answers to these questions and more in this episode of Fault Lines.Check out the sources that helped shape our expert's discussion!https://apnews.com/article/us-china-blinken-xi-middle-east-russia-210b07bcc585b9f2de14ff71951d8743https://www.wsj.com/politics/national-security/u-s-takes-aim-at-chinese-banks-aiding-russia-war-effort-fcf76dcchttps://www.cnn.com/2024/04/12/politics/china-russia-support-weapons-manufacturing/index.htmlhttps://www.ft.com/content/0911e97e-03c8-4870-a72e-9b55f1f2405eFollow our experts on Twitter: @jamil_n_jaffer@NotTVJessJones@morganlroach@lestermunsonLike what we're doing here?  Be sure to rate, review, and subscribe.  And don't forget to follow @masonnatsec on Twitter!We are also on YouTube, and watch today's episode here: https://youtu.be/aiGWZmdVePI

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  • 326. Episode 326: The Largest Democracy Goes to the Polls!

    09:19
    Today, Jamil, Jess, and Morgan discuss the ongoing Indian general election which began last week and goes through June 1, with over 950 million votes and a million polling places. The ruling party, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), seeks to expand its controlling majority from 350 seats to over 400 seats in the Parliament and allow Prime Minister Narendra Modi to obtain an unprecedented 3rd term. What role will this election play in U.S.-India relations?  Will concerns of democratic backsliding worsen if Prime Minister Modi obtains his 3rd term?  How does India’s role in the non-aligned movement impact the ongoing great power competition? Check out the answers to these questions and more in this episode of Fault Lines.Check out the sources that helped shape our expert's discussion!https://www.cnn.com/2024/04/18/india/india-general-election-polls-open-intl-hnk/index.html https://www.france24.com/en/asia-pacific/20240413-india-s-mammoth-elections-nearly-a-billion-voters-44-polling-days https://carnegieendowment.org/publications/interactive/india-elects-2024 https://www.nytimes.com/2024/03/16/world/asia/india-2024-election.htmlhttps://www.reuters.com/world/india/india-votes-gigantic-election-modi-seeks-historic-third-term-2024-04-18/ https://apnews.com/article/india-election-voting-begins-7ea0983c9b7bc7506c8457f44afcfd64 Follow our experts on Twitter: @jamil_n_jaffer@NotTVJessJones@morganlroachLike what we're doing here?  Be sure to rate, review, and subscribe.  And don't forget to follow @masonnatsec on Twitter!We are also on YouTube, and watch today's episode here: https://youtu.be/ZspoS7QWa_4
  • 325. Episode 325: One for One, is Everyone Done?

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    Today, Jamil, Jess, Les, and Morgan discuss Israel’s response to the over 300 drones and missiles launched against them by Iran earlier this week. Last night Israel struck the airbases near the Iranian city of Isfahan, near where Iran’s nuclear programme is located. The IAEA confirmed that there was no damage to Iran’s nuclear sites. Will this strike lead to further escalation?  What was the message sent by Israel by the targets they picked to strike?  Has Iran’s status decreased regionally as a result of these strikes? Check out the answers to these questions and more in this episode of Fault Lines.Check out the sources that helped shape our expert's discussion!https://www.npr.org/2024/04/18/1245763498/israel-iran-missile-strikeshttps://www.reuters.com/world/middle-east/israeli-missiles-hit-site-iran-abc-news-reports-2024-04-19/https://www.nytimes.com/live/2024/04/18/world/israel-iran-gaza-war-newshttps://www.wsj.com/world/middle-east/iran-activates-air-defenses-and-cancels-flights-27b6d416https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/2024/04/19/israel-iran-hamas-war-news-gaza-palestine/ Follow our experts on Twitter: @jamil_n_jaffer@NotTVJessJones@lestermunson@morganlroachLike what we're doing here?  Be sure to rate, review, and subscribe.  And don't forget to follow @masonnatsec on Twitter!We are also on YouTube, and watch today's episode here: https://youtu.be/hZlChKLH5Wo
  • 324. Episode 324: Speaker Johnson's Aid Package Gambit

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    Today, Jess, Les, and Morgan discuss House Speaker Mike Johnson’s new strategy to pass the long-awaited aid package for Ukraine, Israel, and the Indo-Pacific and his attempts to rebuff members of his own party who seek to oust him through a motion to vacate.What will the resulting aid package look like?  What will the reputational impact for the United States be if the House fails to pass one or more of the aid bills?  With an outstanding motion for Speaker Johnson to vacate the chair, will he survive passing the aid package? Check out the answers to these questions and more in this episode of Fault Lines.Check out the sources that helped shape our expert's discussion!https://thehill.com/homenews/house/4598253-johnson-ukraine-aid-ouster-threat/https://rollcall.com/2024/04/15/piecemeal-supplemental-spending-plan-emerges-in-house/https://www.nbcnews.com/news/amp/rcna147747https://apnews.com/article/israel-ukraine-house-speaker-42a2f281a5437beaa8af4c3345987637 Follow our experts on Twitter: @NotTVJessJones@lestermunson@morganlroachLike what we're doing here?  Be sure to rate, review, and subscribe.  And don't forget to follow @masonnatsec on Twitter!We are also on YouTube, and watch today's episode here: https://youtu.be/17uG_Pe0uhg
  • 323. Episode 323: Tehran Strikes Out

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    Today, Jamil, Jess, Les, and Morgan discuss Iran’s massive drone and missile attack against Israel which occurred over the weekend. Israel, in a coordinated air defense operation with the U.S. and others, was able to intercept 99% of Iran’s missiles and drones.  Israel’s war cabinet met yesterday to formulate a response, while the Biden Administration said the U.S. would not participate in a counter-strike.Did Iran intend this attack merely as theatre or as the opening salvo of a larger escalation?  How can Israel respond to this attack without escalating the conflict?  How will the increasing cooperation of Israel and Arab partners impact the war in Gaza and the region long term? Check out the answers to these questions and more in this episode of Fault Lines.Check out the sources that helped shape our expert's discussion!https://www.wsj.com/articles/iran-launches-drone-attack-at-israel-ff263fbbhttps://www.wsj.com/world/middle-east/biden-presses-for-diplomatic-response-to-irans-attack-on-israel-1c5452a1https://www.reuters.com/world/middle-east/israel-says-it-shot-down-iranian-salvo-shoulder-to-shoulder-with-us-2024-04-15/ https://apnews.com/article/israel-iran-hamas-latest-04-15-2024-05ca1ac2780defa8a1a0345754708512 https://www.reuters.com/world/europe/europe-joins-us-urging-restraint-by-israel-after-iranian-attack-2024-04-15/ https://www.reuters.com/world/middle-east/israels-netanyahu-vows-victory-after-iran-strikes-fears-wider-conflict-grow-2024-04-14/ Follow our experts on Twitter: @jamil_n_jaffer@NotTVJessJones@lestermunson@morganlroachLike what we're doing here?  Be sure to rate, review, and subscribe.  And don't forget to follow @masonnatsec on Twitter!We are also on YouTube, and watch today's episode here: https://youtu.be/ofSkyc4olPk
  • Episode 322: Capitol Hill Shakeup Over Spy Powers

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    Today, Jamil, Jess, Les, and Morgan discuss another ongoing fight within Congress - the reauthorization of Section 702 of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act, a vital national security program that allows the U.S. to gather intelligence on foreign adversaries and terrorists.  Earlier this week, former President Donald Trump called on House Republicans to "Kill FISA,” leading to 19 GOP House members joining Democrats in blocking FISA legislation from moving forward.Why is Section 702 of FISA so important to U.S. national security?  Will the House pass a 702 reauthorization bill ahead of its April 19 expiration date?  Why did former President Trump lobby against reauthorization when his administration voted to reauthorize it? Check out the answers to these questions and more in this episode of Fault Lines.Check out the sources that helped shape our expert's discussion!https://www.foxnews.com/politics/house-republicans-blast-cry-wolf-conservatives-who-tanked-fisa-renewal-bill https://www.nytimes.com/2024/04/10/us/politics/fisa-trump-johnson-house.htmlhttps://thehill.com/homenews/house/4588493-fisa-702-plan-b/https://thehill.com/homenews/house/4588868-jeffries-johnson-fisa-impasse/Follow our experts on Twitter: @jamil_n_jaffer@NotTVJessJones@lestermunson@morganlroachLike what we're doing here?  Be sure to rate, review, and subscribe.  And don't forget to follow @masonnatsec on Twitter!We are also on YouTube, and watch today's episode here: https://youtu.be/4a-gGafR5Ts
  • 321. Episode 321: Will Johnson Be Ukraine’s Savior?

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    Today, Jess, Les, and Morgan discuss the ongoing conflicts within the U.S. House of Representatives over the $95 billion supplemental aid package for Ukraine, Israel, and Taiwan.  Embattled House Speaker Mike Johnson faces threats from Republican rabble-rousers to oust him if he brings Ukraine aid to vote on the House floor.  There is also speculation whether House Democrats will support the White House supplemental given the ongoing war in Gaza. How do these shakeups impact U.S. reputation abroad?  Should Speaker Johnson bring the Ukraine/Israel/Taiwan aid package to the floor even in the face of threats of ouster?  How does the upcoming election impact the vote on the supplemental? Check out the answers to these questions and more in this episode of Fault Lines.Check out the sources that helped shape our expert's discussion!https://thehill.com/homenews/house/4581611-johnson-gauntlet-greene-ouster-threat/ https://apnews.com/article/ukraine-russia-congress-speaker-johnson-6ca638103f0286405144891604f92de3https://apnews.com/article/house-speaker-johnson-marjorie-taylor-greene-e0f0271f8244598841c56502f12f38a0 Follow our experts on Twitter: @NotTVJessJones@lestermunson@morganlroachLike what we're doing here?  Be sure to rate, review, and subscribe.  And don't forget to follow @masonnatsec on Twitter!We are also on YouTube, and watch today's episode here: https://youtu.be/5VK9TlwHKCQ