Episode 132: Vikings Join NATO and Xi's IP Dilemma
This week, Les, Matt, Rob, and Carmen discuss Finland and Sweden’s willingness to join NATO, the $40B assistance for Ukraine, and China’s intellectual property theft. Did President Putin misjudge NATO’s strength? Will the $40B assistance for Ukrainelead to a reordering of our domestic politics on national security issues?What does the intellectual property theft from Chinese government hackers have to say about China’s economy? These questions and more are answered on the latest episode of Fault Lines!Be sure to join NSI for our next event with former Secretary of State, Mike Pompeo, on Thursday, May 26 at 5 PM ET. Secretary Pompeo will share his insights on how the U.S. can maintain its leadership in an every evolving world. You can register for this eventhere.Like this episode? Be sure to rate, review, and subscribe.
Episode 131: The Economic War Over Ukraine
America and the EU have avoided a direct military role in Ukraine. Instead, they have usedeconomic measure topunish Russia.As we look at the sanctions in place, are there further actions America can take to limit Russia’s ability to finance their war? How can America and the EU make their sanctions more impactful? Why is it important for America to take an active role in reconstructing Ukraine after the war? Join us as we discuss these questions and more with Natalie Jaresko, former Minister of Finance for Ukraine, who breaks down the current economic crisis in Russia and Ukraine.As a special bonus, Natalie shared the many ways our listeners can get involved with helping Ukrainians deal with the effects of the invasion. Be sure to check out some of the resources she had listed below:https://www.boycottrussia.info/https://squeezingputin.com/https://som.yale.edu/story/2022/almost-1000-companies-have-curtailed-operations-russia-some-remainhttps://www.strongerthanever.com/https://ukraine.welcome.us/Like this episode? Be sure to rate, review, and subscribe.
Episode 130: Sending the Right Signal: Ukraine, Japan and New Zealand
This week, Les, Sarah, Charles, and Heather discuss House Speaker, Nancy Pelosi’s visit with Ukraine’s President Zelensky, the $33B in aid that President Biden is requesting, and the new intelligence sharing agreement between New Zealand and Japan. What does it mean for Speaker Pelosi to visit President Zelensky? Will the $33B in aid sustain Ukraine?What does the agreement between New Zealand and Japan mean to the United States? Is it related to China's new friend, the Solomon Islands? These questions and more are answered on the latest episode of Fault Lines!Join NSI for our next event on Tuesday, May 10 with former Congressman and CIA Officer, Will Hurd to discuss his new book,American Reboot: An Idealist’s Guide to Getting Big Things Done.Will Hurd will share how his approach of “pragmatic idealism” can offer Americans a fresh start to a country mired in political divides and internal strife. You can registerhere.Like this episode? Be sure to rate, review, and subscribe.
Episode 129: Is India the Linchpin of the Evolving World Order?
Following Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, attention quickly turned to India to determine whether it would condemn the attack and support western sanctions. This week, we are joined by Jeff Smith, a research fellow at Heritage’s Asian Studies Center with a focus on South Asia, for a deep dive on U.S.-India relationship in light of the war in Ukraine and China’s growing threat.How did India develop its longstanding relationship with Russia? What does the war and the “no limits” partnership with China mean for that historical partnership? How can the U.S. continue to strengthen its relationship with India and how should the U.S. think about India’s position in the democratic world? These questions and more are addressed on this week’s episode of Fault Lines.Like this episode? Be sure to rate, review, andsubscribe.
Episode 128: Overton Windows & Lockdown
This week, Les, Scott, Andy, and Carmen discuss the possible use of weapons of mass destruction (WMD) and the draconian lockdowns happening in Shanghai.Would the U.S. become more involved in Ukraine if Russia use a tactical nuclear weapon? Is Biden’s administration usage of strategic ambiguity different from previous administrations? How do the lockdowns in Shanghai impact Xi’s upcoming election in the fall? These questions and more are answered on the latest episode of Fault Lines!Like this episode? Be sure to rate, review, and subscribe.
Episode 127: Public Diplomacy and Great Power Competition
Public Diplomacy has played a critical role in telling the truth and countering propaganda in today's global environment. As we look at Russia’s illegal invasion of Ukraine, what can America learn from President Zelensky's amazing leadership? How can America balance its different means of communication through radio and social media? What can the State Department do to ensure the truth is being told to populations in nations whose governments suppress the truth? Join us as we discuss these questions and more with Heather Nauert, advisory board member of BGR Group, former journalist with Fox News and ABC News, as well as former State Department spokesperson and acting Undersecretary for Public Diplomacy at the State Department.As a special bonus, Heather shared with us the work she is doing to help get people out of Afghanistan who are at risk. If you would like to contribute, please check out Moral Compass Federation of America which is part of the Special Operations Association of America.Like this episode? Be sure to rate, review, and subscribe.
Episode 126: Ukraine, Cyber Threats and Wither Honiara?
This week, Les, Sarah, Harold, and Matthew discuss the most recent atrocities revealed in Ukraine, the warning from Biden’s administration on a potential cyber war, and the leaked agreement between Solomon Islands and China. Will the recent uncovered atrocities force China to take a stance against Russia’s invasion? How can the U.S. increase its cyber posture as a nation? Why is the Solomon Islands important to the U.S.?These questions and more are answered on the latest episode of Fault Lines!Like this episode? Be sure to rate, review, and subscribe.
Episode 125: Battlestar Galactica
In recent years, the far-fetched spaceship battles of sci-fi have become a much more likely reality. This week, we're joined by Collin Lee, Director, Frontiers at General Dynamics Mission Systems and VSI Visiting Fellow for a deep dive on the militarization of space.How do space and national security intersect? How has the US prepared for when space inevitably becomes a battlefield? Are we in a new space race? These questions and more are addressed on this week’s episode of Fault Lines.Like this episode? Be sure to rate, review, and subscribe for more.
Fault Lines 124: A Golden Bridge?
This week, Les, Carmen, Rob, and Megan continue their discussion on the ever developing situation on Russia’s invasion of Ukraine and the Biden administration’s executive order on crypto. How is the war going for President Putin? Does the Russian people look favorable on President Putin? Does the executive order signify the importance of crypto? These questions and more are answered on the latest episode of Fault Lines!Like this episode? Be sure to rate, review, and subscribe.Note: This episode was recorded at 1:00 PM ET on March 21, 2022. The National Security Institute acknowledges that the situation in Ukraine is rapidly changing and that some of the conversation held may no longer be accurate.