“American Prestige” is a new podcast from Daniel Bessner and Derek Davison, the two hottest foreign policy analysts writing today. The show takes a comprehensive, if acerbic, look at U.S. foreign policy and international affairs, providing listeners with everything they need to know about what’s going on in the world and which nations, exactly, the U.S. Empire is destroying this week.
Vietnam from the Vietnamese Perspective, Ep. 3 w/ Sean Fear (PREVIEW)
In this third episode of our series on Vietnam, Danny and Derek speak with Sean Fear, lecturer in international history at the University of Leeds, about Lyndon Baines Johnson's decision to escalate the war in 1964-1965, the political rivalry between Nguyễn Văn Thiệu and Nguyễn Cao Kỳ, South Vietnamese ideology, the Tet Offensive and the Huế massacre, and much more.
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E15 - Illiberal Internationalism w/ Anatol Lieven
Danny and Derek talk about Nick Kristof's resignation from the NYT, developments in ME diplomacy, the Norwegian elections, and Democratic hawkishness on Taiwan. They then speak with Anatol Lieven, senior research fellow on Russia and Europe at the Quincy Institute for Responsible Statecraft, about his recent article on liberal internationalism as well as his realist approach to foreign affairs.
Check out Anatol's article: https://bit.ly/3DPBdGp
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Bonus - Vietnam from the Vietnamese Perspective, Ep. 2 w/ Sean Fear (PREVIEW)
Danny and Derek welcome back Sean Fear, lecturer in international history at the University of Leeds, to continue their series on Vietnam. They discuss the history of South Vietnam, focusing in particular on the life and times of Ngô Đình Diệm, the first president of the Republic of Vietnam (South Vietnam) and U.S. foreign policy in the 1950s and early 1960s.
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E14 - All Your Bases Are Belong To Us w/ Leah Bolger, Patterson Deppen, and David Vine
Danny and Derek discuss the Pandora Papers; the recent EU summit on whether six Western Balkan states will enter that org; and developments in intra-Middle East diplomacy. They then speak with Leah Bolger, president of World BEYOND War, Patterson Deppen, researcher for WBW, and David Vine, prof of anthropology at American University in DC, about their Quincy Institute report (https://bit.ly/3FugUjd) about the U.S.' global basing structure.
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Bonus - Vietnam from the Vietnamese Perspective, Ep. 1 w/ Sean Fear (PREVIEW)
Danny and Derek speak with Sean Fear, lecturer in international history at the University of Leeds, about the history of Vietnam. They discuss the life and times of Hồ Chí Minh, Vietnamese nationalism and communism, the French and Japanese occupations of Vietnam, and much more. This is the first in a series on the history of Vietnam from the perspective of the Vietnamese.
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E13 - Unsustainable Development w/ Christy Thornton
Danny and Derek begin the show with the UK and Brexit woes; the meeting between Jake Sullivan and MBS at Neom; Canada-China relations; and more. Danny then interviews Christy Thornton, assistant professor of sociology and Latin American studies at Johns Hopkins University, about her book Revolution in Development, which explores the role Mexico played in shaping approaches to international development.
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Christy's book: https://bit.ly/2ZPuhKD
Best with Bessner
Not sure what’s with the anti-Bessner reviews. Sure, he occasionally yells into the mic, but that’s just to make sure Davison is awake and the listener is paying attention. Anyway, American Prestige is *the* essential podcast on American foreign policy and international affairs. The combination of guests/topics is truly unique in the political podcast world (both mainstream and heterodox). Also, it’s a funny and well produced show. The $5/month subscription is worth it for the bonus episodes (for example, they have an ongoing series on the American War in Vietnam from the Vietnamese perspective only available to subscribers).
another great conversation. prof moyn has very interesting insights. humanitarianism/war is subject matter of utmost importance from dropping the a-bombs through the drone strike of recent killing a us non-profit worker and family members including 7 children in Afghanistan.
Great without Bessner
Would be great if not for Bessner; he’s insufferable. Davison is awesome —smart and insightful— wish he had his own show.