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17 Oct 2018

The Readout

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The Readout dissects the big (and soon-to-be big) stories of the week in U.S. foreign policy and international affairs. The show posts every Friday and features guests from the policy community and the media, as well as CSIS's in-house experts. Hosted by Colm Quinn.

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    Climate Change and the Case of Jamal Khashoggi

    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 global community before 2030 to avert climate disaster. With CSIS's Jon Alterman and Sarah Ladislaw. Hosted by Colm Quinn.


  • Posted on 12 Oct 2018

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

    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 new CSIS study seeks to define how members of Congress in both parties view the U.S. role in the world, and comes up with a new lens with which to define members. We hear from the report's leaders Kathleen Hicks, Louis Lauter, and Colin McElhinny on what this means for U.S. leadership ahead of a contentious election season. Hosted by Colm Quinn.

    Read the web version of the report Beyond the Water's Edge

    Read the full PDF here


  • Posted on 29 Sep 2018

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    Information Warfare: Back to the Future

    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 Solidarity movement in Poland, the group that helped bring about the end of Soviet influence in the country. It gives us a glimpse in to the world of information warfare we experience today, as well as delivering lessons that can be applied even now. Hosted by Colm Quinn.


  • Posted on 21 Sep 2018

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    Preventing Extremism 17 Years after 9/11

    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. This week we hear from Rockefeller Foundation President Dr. Rajiv Shah as well as CSIS Senior Fellow Alice Friend on a new initiative that seeks to get at, and solve, the root causes of extremism in these countries. Hosted by Colm Quinn.

    Learn more about the Task Force on Extremism in Fragile States: https://www.usip.org/programs/task-force-extremism-fragile-states


  • Posted on 15 Sep 2018

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    Turkey's Financial Crisis and its US Falling Out

    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's Stephanie Segal and Bulent Aliriza on what can be done to solve Turkey's crisis, and whether the damage to U.S.-Turkey relations will be long-lasting. Hosted by Colm Quinn. 


  • Posted on 25 Aug 2018

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