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.
Washington's War against Peace, Rivalries are Dumb, Real Diversity, Literary Agent Lessons | Ep. 72
How Washington punishes those who support peace. What real diversity in foreign policy looks like. Why rivalries make people stupid, especially great-power ones. Why Vietnam is probably not Asia's next economic "miracle." And who needs a literary agent? Depends what you're trying to publish, and where.
Judd Apatow Gets China Right, What's the Indo-Pacific Quad? Turkish Empire, Indian Sphere of Influence | Ep. 71
Why does Judd Apatow have a better grasp on the China problem than Washington does? How should we understand the Indo-Pacific Quad, and what's a "speech-act institution?" Does Turkey have an imperial foreign policy? And why is nobody paying attention to India's sphere of influence? Also this episode: What principles should guide East Asia policy? The Quincy Institute for Responsible Statecraft takes a decent crack at answering.
When the Black Panthers Met Kim Il Sung: Writer's Room with Benjamin Young | Ep. 71
The Black Panther Party's intersection with North Korea is fascinating and surprising. Van sits down with Dr. Benjamin Young to talk about North Korea's relationship to radical leftist movements, the Black Panther Party, the travails of trying to work in academia, and Ben's upcoming book--Guns, Guerrillas, and the Great Leader.
What is Good Strategy? Wargaming Hegemony, Black Armed Resistance, Neoliberalism Fakes Its Death, the China Security Dilemma Question | Ep. 70
Good strategy isn't infinite. The war-game might be rigged, but it can still be fun. Is the China-US relationship a security dilemma, or nah? Klaus Schwab says neoliberalism is dead, but the greatest trick the devil ever pulled was convincing the world he doesn't exist. Also this episode: Why is everything breaking and nothing working except for military procurement and missile development? Corruption!
The 'Asian Mind,' Biden's Credibility Non-Problem, India Trolls China, Marxist v. Progressive Foreign Policy | Ep. 69
Don't believe the hawks--Biden has no credibility problem in Asia. India shows China how democracies do trolling better. The convergences and divergences of Marxist and progressive foreign policy. The East Asian mind and the Western mind--wut? Also this episode: Why activists and strategists need to work together toward nuclear disarmament.
Star Wars as America's Future, The Truth about Cheney, Korea's Anti-China Left, the US Sphere of Influence | Ep. 68
Van explains how the Galactic Republic in Star Wars fell, and why it's so germane today. The South Korean Left sees Chinese imperialism more clearly than most Americans. America's sphere of influence dilemma in the Pacific. What Vice gets right about Dick Cheney. Also this episode: Van's philosophy about saying yes to career opportunities large and small.