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The show with undiplomatic takes about the foreign policy scene and how the world really works (but often doesn’t). Hosted by Dr. Van Jackson, a Washington insider/outsider eternally suspicious of conventional wisdom.

The Un-Diplomatic Podcast Van Jackson

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The show with undiplomatic takes about the foreign policy scene and how the world really works (but often doesn’t). Hosted by Dr. Van Jackson, a Washington insider/outsider eternally suspicious of conventional wisdom.

    How to Do Think-Tanking, Wargaming Trickery, the Thucydides Crap, Alliance Problems | Ep. 62

    How to Do Think-Tanking, Wargaming Trickery, the Thucydides Crap, Alliance Problems | Ep. 62

    How does one get into the think tank game? Van explains. How does one use war-games to manipulate policy? Van explains. Why is our historical imagination limited to Greek and Roman history? Again, Van explains. What happens to the US-South Korea alliance when Trump threatens troop withdrawal? You get it.

    • 56 min
    VP Susan Rice--Yah or Nah? Progressive Sanctions Imperative, Allies Hedging, Pentagon's Structural Violence | Ep. 61

    VP Susan Rice--Yah or Nah? Progressive Sanctions Imperative, Allies Hedging, Pentagon's Structural Violence | Ep. 61

    The good, bad, and ugly of Biden picking Susan Rice for Vice President. Why progressives need sanctions too, and how a new think tank report sheds light on how it might work. The Pentagon has militarized the Coronavirus response and yet can't win a war. And America's closest allies are hedging in reasonable--and dangerous way. South Korea is the latest.

    • 47 min
    Pulling Troops from Korea, Portland Strategy, Pompeo Worse Than Nixon, Progressive-ish Democrats | Ep. 60

    Pulling Troops from Korea, Portland Strategy, Pompeo Worse Than Nixon, Progressive-ish Democrats | Ep. 60

    The US is going to withdraw troops from South Korea--you heard it here first. The Democratic Party platform throws a bone to progressives, mostly. Pompeo rejects Nixon, and shows himself to be worse than him too. Gestapo come to Portland, and why the mayor needs strategy advice. Also the this episode: The myth of China strategy, Quislings, and decoupling for real.

    • 43 min
    Can Biden FP be Progressive? Kanye the Spoiler, Anti-Fascism for All, Taiwan Insurgents, Unserious GOP| Ep. 59

    Can Biden FP be Progressive? Kanye the Spoiler, Anti-Fascism for All, Taiwan Insurgents, Unserious GOP| Ep. 59

    A foreign policy reckoning is coming for the establishment Democrats in Congress. Kanye West can't be president, but he can mess it up for Biden. If China invades Taiwan, the real press it will pay comes during occupation. Why broad anti-fascist coalitions are good.

    • 45 min
    Writer's Room 1: The Book Project Begins | Ep. 58

    Writer's Room 1: The Book Project Begins | Ep. 58

    As I officially launch a new book project, I'm also launching a new occasional series within The Un-Diplomatic Podcast called Writer's Room. It's going to track my journey of writing my third book with occasional mini-episodes. I'll also use the Writer's Room episodes to intermittently check in with other writers working on books to learn about their experiences.

    • 12 min
    Unipolar-Moment Hawks, Democrats' Bad Strategy, Aussie Hedging, Kiwi's Strategic Style over Substance | Ep. 57

    Unipolar-Moment Hawks, Democrats' Bad Strategy, Aussie Hedging, Kiwi's Strategic Style over Substance | Ep. 57

    The Democratic Party's foreign policy is controlled by unipolar-moment hawks. Australian strategists are making plans for conflict with China without the US. New Zealand has a China policy that looks awfully janus-faced, but there's method (and risk) to the madness. And if Democrats' plan to fight Trump is to "win big in November" and nothing else, then the game is already lost.

    • 59 min

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