Episode 79: Opportunities and Challenges in Africa with Ambassador Cindy Courville
Fault Lines welcomes Ambassador Cindy Courville, first Ambassador to the African Union, for a conversation about some key issues happening on the continent.How should policymakers frame their thinking about African Affairs?How should America be involved in Northern Mozambique?What role should America play in preventing human rights atrocities in Ethiopia?All these questions and more answered in this week’s Fault Lines.
Episode 78: Return of the Ottomans?
On Armenian Remembrance Day, President Biden acknowledged the genocide of Armenians at the hands of Ottoman authorities beginning in 1915. Jodi, Jamil, Les, Grant, and first time guest Max Hoffman, Director of National Security and International Policy at the Center for American Progress, discuss the impact of this acknowledgement on U.S.-Turkish relations and the ten year anniversary of the beginning of the conflicts in Syria and Libya. Are U.S.-Turkish relations broken beyond repair? Is Recep Tayyip Erdoğan's hold on power stable? After ten years, what is the path forward in Syria and Libya? All these questions and more answered in this week’s Fault Lines.In this week's under the radar segment, Grant talks about the potential for a Global Minimum Tax, Les focuses on China's space program, Jodi highlights the mice swarming in Australia, Max discusses Turkey and energy politics, and Jamil honors the memory of NSI Visiting Fellow Courtney Hall.
Episode 77: Diversity in National Security with Lenora Gant
Fault Lines welcomes Dr. Lenora Gant, NSI Advisory Board member and Distinguished Fellow and former Senior National Intelligence Officer within the Office of the Director of National Intelligence.How does a diverse workforce increase America’s national security?What role do historically black colleges and universities play in preparing the next generation of national security leaders?What can be done at a personal level to make an impact?Lenora and Fault Lines Host Les Munson, answer these questions and many more!
Episode 76: The Great Game All Over Again
President Biden announced increased sanctions on Russia for their involvement in the SolarWinds hack and a withdrawal date for American troops in Afghanistan.Les, Loren, Jamil, and returning guest Rob Walker discuss whether the Biden administration is pushing back hard enough against Russia and leaving Afghanistan too soon.Will sanctions change Putin’s calculus?Does President Biden owe former President Trump an apology?Is Afghanistan going to become a haven for terrorists after America leaves?All these questions and more answered in this week’s Fault Lines.
Episode 75: Isolationism with Charles Kupchan
Fault Lines welcomes Charles Kupchan, Senior Fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations and author of the book Isolationism: A History of America's Efforts to Shield Itself from the World. What are the driving factors of American Isolationism throughout history? What lessons should President Biden learn from previous presidents? What is American Exceptionalism? Dr. Kupchan and host Les, answer these questions and many more on this week’s episode of Fault Lines!
Episode 74: Revising the JCPOA and AUMF
The Biden administration is participating in indirect talks with Iran about the JCPOA and there are conversations swirling on the Hill about revising the 2001 AUMF. Les, Jodi, Jamil, and Mike discuss how to get to a better deal with Iran and whether all the talk about the AUMF is for naught. Is it possible to get a good deal with Iran? What did "maximum pressure" achieve? Is there any chance that the 2001 AUMF actually gets replaced? All these questions and more answered in this week’s Fault Lines.In our under the radar segment, Les honors the life of Charles Hill, Grant continues to track the failed GERD talks, Jamil highlights the potential coup in Jordan, Mike discusses the corruption trial of Benjamin Netanyahu, and Jodi suggests that the US should really consider boycotting the Olympics in China.
Episode 73: China 2034 and Tech Policy with Admiral James Stavridis
Fault Lines welcomes Admiral James Stavridis, author of the book 2034: A Novel of the Next World War and contributing author of a white paper with the American Edge Project on National Security Policy.Should we expect a war with China?How do fiction and foreign policy work together?Where do emerging technologies play a role in all of this?Admiral Stavridis and host Lester Munson answer these questions and many more on this week’s episode of Fault Lines.
Episode 72: Anchorage Summit and the Pandemic Year
Antony Blinken and Jake Sullivan recently held a meeting with their Chinese Counterparts in Alaska and the pandemic has been ravaging the globe for more than a year.Les, Loren, Jamil, and first time guest Rob Walker discuss what can we expect coming out of the Anchorage Summit and how the world looks different post-pandemic.How is the Biden administration trying to approach the relationship with China?What can we expect to see after the shouting match that kicked off the talks?What did the pandemic teach us about foreign policy?All these questions and more answered in this week’s Fault Lines.This week in our under the radar segment, Loren discusses the potentialrepealof the 2002 AUMF, Les highlights the opportunity Tanzania has to move forward following the death ofPresident Magufuli, Rob focuses onthe situationat the border, Jamil mentions thepotential endof the war in Yemen, and Grant waves goodbye tothe Russian Ambassadorto the United States.
Episode 71: Transforming Our World with Andrew Natsios and Andy Card
Fault Lines welcomes Andrew Natsios and Andy Card co-editors of TransformingOur World: President George H.W. Bush and American Foreign Policy. What made President George H.W. Bush uniquely able to take on the challenges of the end of the Cold War? Was there an underlying ideology driving President Bush’s foreign policy? Can President Biden learn any lessons from the challenges President Bush faced? Andy, Andrew, and host Lester Munson, answer these questions and many more on this week’s episode of Fault Lines!