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This is Bombshell, a bi-weekly podcast coming to you from Washington insiders to dissect today’s foreign policy crises and tomorrow’s security challenges. We’ll talk military strategy, White House mayhem, and the best cocktails known to (wo)man. Brought to you by War on the Rocks.

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This is Bombshell, a bi-weekly podcast coming to you from Washington insiders to dissect today’s foreign policy crises and tomorrow’s security challenges. We’ll talk military strategy, White House mayhem, and the best cocktails known to (wo)man. Brought to you by War on the Rocks.

    Man, I Feel Like a Woman

    Man, I Feel Like a Woman

    Erin, Radha and Loren welcome three special guests for their annual "manniversary" episode: Hayes Brown from Buzzfeed, Tommy Vietor of Pod Save the World, and Maj. Gen. Patrick Donahoe join them to talk about communicating national security in this crazy world.

    • 1 hr 6 min
    Tigers on a Gold Leash

    Tigers on a Gold Leash

    This week Bombshell welcomes Suzanne Maloney of Brookings to chat all things Iran. And because we love our listeners so much, we extended the discussion for the whole show to consider legality, effectiveness, process, and what happens next. Also, Megxit. Duh.
     
    Links
    Jonathan Marcus, “Qasem Soleimani: Why Kill Him Now and What Happens Next?” BBC, January 3, 2020 Agnes Callamard, “The Targeted Killing of General Soleimani: Its Lawfulness and Why It Matters,” Just Security, January 8, 2020 Loveday Morris, “US Leaders Rally Behind Tattered Iran Deal, Ignoring Trump’s Call to Ditch It,” Washington Post, January 10, 2020 Brian Naylor, “Trump Administration Announces More Economic Sanctions Against Iran,” NPR, January 10, 2020 Rick Noack, Armand Emamdjomeh, and Joe Fox, “How U.S. Sanctions Are Paralyzing the Iranian Economy,” Washington Post, January 10, 2020 Ian Talley and Isabel Coles, “US Warns Iraq It Risks Losing Access to Key Bank Account if. Troops Told to Leave,” Wall Street Journal, January 11, 2020 Robert Jervis, “On the Current Confrontation with Iran,” War on the Rocks, January 9, 2020 Suzanne Maloney, “The Lull in Hostilities Between Iran and the U.S. Is Just Escalation in Disguise,” Politico, January 11, 2020

    • 56 min
    Nothing Changes on New Year’s Day

    Nothing Changes on New Year’s Day

    Erin, Radha, and Loren mull over 2019, muse about 2020, and debate Rise of the Skywalker. We will be with you again.

    • 40 min
    Bombshell Live! From NatSec Girl Squad

    Bombshell Live! From NatSec Girl Squad

    This week Radha and Erin lead a special live episode from the NatSec Girl Squad Conference. They are joined by Dana Stroul, Kim Kagan, and Mara Karlin who all recently participated in the Congressionally mandated Syria Study Group. Listen in as the ladies discuss Syria policy, study group process, and answer audience questions!
     
    Links
    "Syria Study Group Final Report," USIP, September 24, 2019 Nat Sec Girl Squad

    • 57 min
    Thank You Mr. Narwhal

    Thank You Mr. Narwhal

    This week Radha, Erin, and Loren reunite to drink eggnog (or not!) and talk about events in London, from interrupting violent attacks with narwhal tusks to interrupting NATO ministerials with middle school-esque drama. The ladies then turn to protests in the Middle East, predictions on China trade deals, and Hong Kong legislation. Rounding it out is a lively discussion of all the mayhem that ensued when Secretary of the Navy Richard Spencer (not that Richard Spencer) resigned. After that, the ladies have a much-needed pop culture discussion on all the holiday movies they're looking forward to watching.
     
    Links
    London Terrorist Attack
    Catherine Kim, "London Bridge Stabbing Attack: What We Know," Vox, December 1, 2019 Peter Bergen, "London Terrorist Attack Brings Home a Chilling Reality," CNN, November 30, 2019 Iran
    Hannah Brown, "Why Economic Hardships Finally Sparked Iranian Protests," Vox, December 2, 2019 Farnaz Fassihi and Rick Gladstone, "Iran Strengthens Response to Protests," New York Times, November 26, 2019 China/Hong Kong
    Yen Nee Lee, "US Law Backing Hong Kong Protests Could End Up Hurting Everyone: the US, China, and Hong Kong," CNBC, November 28, 2019 Gina Heeb, "In Latest Sign of Trade-War Pain, the Trump Administration Announces Tariff Relief for Dozens of Chinese Products," Markets Insider, November 29, 2019 Michael Bociurkiw, "Trump's Risky Move on Hong Kong," CNN, November 29, 2019 Keith Bradsher, Javier C. Hernandez, and Alexandra Stevenson, "China Condemns US Over Hong Kong: That Won't Stop Trade Talks," New York Times, November 28, 2019 NATO
    "Funding NATO," North Atlantic Treaty Organization, June 27, 2018 Steven Erlanger, "NATO Offers a Budget Bonbon as Summit Nears," New York Times, November 28, 2019

    • 38 min
    With Your Shield or On It

    With Your Shield or On It

    This week Loren, Erin, and Radha are joined by the peerless Mira Rapp-Hooper. Taking a break from stalking her perfect oat milk, Mira walks the ladies through alliances and shifting demands with Japan and Korea. The ladies do a whirlwind review of Hong Kong, Bolivia, auto tariffs, and pardons. After 5 words (plus margin of error) on impeachment stories of note, Erin and Radha (yup Radha) discuss the new Star Wars series where to Loren's dismay Radha declares her love of Star Wars puppets (especially those teddy bears).
     
    Links
    Mira Rapp-Hooper, Shields of the Republic: The Triumph and Peril of America's Alliances, (Harvard University Press, 2020) Asia
    Simon Denyer and Min Joo Kim, "In South Korea, Military Cost Dispute and Trump's Moves in Syria Fuel Doubts Over US Commitment," Washington Post, November 4, 2019 Phil Stewart and Joyce Lee, "Pentagon's Esper Says it is Crucial South Korea Pays More for US Troops," Reuters, November 15, 209=19 Maggie Shum, "Hong Kong's District Council Elections Take Place on Nov. 24 Or Not," Washington Post, November 14, 2019 Anna Kam, Casey Quackenbush, and Ryan Ho Kilpatrick, "Day of Rage Plunges Hong Kong Into Turmoil After Police Shoot Protester," Washington Post, November 11, 2019 Bolivia 
    "Bolivia Crisis: What's Next After Evo Morales' Resignation?" BBC, November 13, 2019 Natasha Bennett, "Bolivian Protesters Unseated a President. So Why Are They Still in the Streets?" Washington Post, November 15, 2019 Santiago Anria and Jennifer Cyr, "Is Bolivia's Democracy in Danger? Here's What's Behind the Disputed Presidential Election," Washington Post, October 30, 2019 Trade
    Ben White and Doug Palmer, "Trump Expected to Delay Auto Tariff Decision for 6 More Months," Politico, November 11, 2019 David Shepardson, "Automakers Around World Await Trump Tariff Decision," Reuters, November 15, 2019 Camila Domonoske and Avie Schneider, "Trump Delays Auto Tariffs for 6 Months," NPR, May 17, 2019 Reuters, "Trump Expected to Delay European Auto Tariff Decision: EU Officials," New York Times, November 11, 2019 Pardons
    Dave Philipps, "Trump's Pardons for Servicemen Raise Fears That Law of War Are History," New York Times, November 16, 2019  

    • 49 min

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