Episode 36: The Intelligence Community in Exile
Fault Lines welcomes Jeremy Bash, former Chief of Staff at the CIA and Department of Defense.What are the biggest challenges facing the intelligence community?How has the icy relationship between the President and the Intelligence Community impacted national security?Are trendy dances a national security threat?Jeremy and host Lester Munson, answer these questions and many more on this week’s episode of Fault Lines!
Episode 35: Pipelines, the Arctic and Crimes Against Humanity - Global Leadership Dilemmas!
Nord Stream 2 is exacerbating the split between the United States and its European Allies.Across the Mediterranean Laurent Gbagbo is acquitted of crimes against humanity by the International Criminal Court (ICC).Les Munson, Jamil Jaffer, Loren Dealy Mahler, and Andrew Borene discuss how the U.S. should push back against the Russians in Europe and how Americans should think about the ICC.In our under the radar segment, Les highlights the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam raising tensions along the Nile, Loren explores the legislative twists and turns of this year’s NDAA, Jamil discusses the tit-for-tat consulate closures in Chengdu and Houston, and Andrew discusses how rebalancing special operations forces and potentially elevating the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Special Operations and Low Intensity Conflict to full Under Secretary will impact great power competition.Can the United States stop Nord Stream 2 at this point?Is the ICC an international institution worth protecting?Will the long-view of foreign policyreturn in a post-Trump America?All these questions and more answered in this week’s Fault Lines.
Episode 34: Aristotle and Hypersonic Weapons - The Future of Arms Control
In our second "Better Know a State Department Bureau" series, Fault Lines welcomes Dr. Chris Ford, Assistant Secretary of State for International Security and Nonproliferation.How should America respond to Russian non-compliance?How can the US work with China to control nuclear proliferation?How does ancient Greek and Roman philosophy play into all of this?Dr. Ford and host Lester Munson answer these questions and many more on this week’s episode of Fault Lines!
Episode 33: Beijing and America's Broken Immigration System
Hong Kong’s National Security Law went into effect and information continues to flow out about the genocide in Xinjiang.At home, American Universities tangle with ICE while the U.S. Agency for Global Media is letting visa for foreign journalists working for Voice of America expire.How can America push back against Beijing’s continued consolidation of power?Should Hongkongers be granted asylum in the United States?How does this play into the larger immigration issues bubbling up during the pandemic?All these questions and more answered in this week’sFault Lines.
Episode 32: U.S. Rep. Adam Kinzinger and the View from Congress
Fault Lines welcomes Representative Adam Kinzinger (IL-16).Representative Kinzinger has served in Congress since 2011 and currently serves on the Energy and Commerce Committee and the Foreign Affairs Committee. Prior to joining Congress, Kinzinger served in the Air Force in both Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom.How should Congress respond to the Russia bounty scandal?How can the U.S. push back against China online?What is the biggest national security threat facing America?All these questions and more answered in this week’s Fault Lines.
Episode 31: Bounties and Berlin - Turmoil with Russia
This weekend, news broke thatRussia was offering bounties to Taliban-linked militias for killing US soldiers in Afghanistan.Dana, Jamil, Les, and first time guest Loren Dealy Mahler, NSI Visiting Fellow and former director of legislative affairs at the National Security Council, discuss how America should respond to these revelations and the recent announcement that the America’s military presence in Germany will be significantly reduced.What does this mean for US-Russia relations?How should America be standing up for our troops in the field?Will the US and Germany ever be on the same page?All these questions and more answered in this week’s Fault Lines.
Episode 30: Systemic Racism and National Security
Fault Lines welcomes Bishop Garrison, Director of National Security Outreach at Human Rights First andco-Founder and President of the Joseph Rainey Center for Public Policy. Where do the diversity problems in national security come from? Why are some military bases named after confederate officers? How can individuals and organizations promote a more diverse and inclusive national security community? Bishop and Fault Lines Guest Host Jamil Jaffer, answer these questions and many more!