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Conversations exploring China's tech scene, economy and politics. Guests include a wide range of policy analysts, business professionals, journalists, and academics. Hosted by Jordan Schneider and published on Lawfare.
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Conversations exploring China's tech scene, economy and politics. Guests include a wide range of policy analysts, business professionals, journalists, and academics. Hosted by Jordan Schneider and published on Lawfare.
Please consider supporting me via Patreon and check out the newsletter on Substack

    China + AI = Military advantage?

    China + AI = Military advantage?

    How advanced is China's AI ecosystem and how much of it has military applicability? For a Department of Defense perspective, former DOD staffer and current CSIS fellow Greg Allen talks us through AI technology in China.
    Co-hosting is Eric Lofgren of the podcast AcquisitionTalk.
    We discuss

    AI usage in the war in Ukraine

    China's strategy for AI up to 2030

    The military applications of AI technology

    How China's mixing of commercial and military tech makes international cooperation difficult


    Outro music: 谢帝 by 阿达娃 Adawa https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pcoIny3TD80

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    • 1 hr 5 min
    Why won't China get vaccinated?

    Why won't China get vaccinated?

    Why aren't elderly people in China getting vaccinated? To talk all things vaccine from the early days of the PRC to Covid-19, this episode's guest is Cambridge University associate professor in global studies of science, technology and medicine Mary Brazelton (@brazelton_hps). She is also the author of the 2019 book Mass Vaccination: Citizens' Bodies and State Power in Modern China.
    Co-hosting is Henry Li (@AliusHenricus), policy lead at the Tony Blair Institute for Global Change.
    We discuss

    Covid-19 vaccinations and why some citizens need incentives to get vaxxed

    Unit 731 and the history of biological warfare in China

    What China learned from SARS

    The role of Traditional Chinese Medicine in modern health


    Outro music: Love Will Prevail by Various Artists including Jackie Chan and Wang Leehom https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Mt2-5NrWQbU
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    • 1 hr 11 min
    Paul Kennedy's Jonathan Spence Memories

    Paul Kennedy's Jonathan Spence Memories

    Prepare a nice cup of tea and put your feet up for a special episode of stories and anecdotes about the late American historian and Sinologist Jonathan Spence, as told by his friend and colleague Paul Kennedy.
    He takes us through

    Why the worst thing about being stationed in Germany was the drunk British soldiers

    Conversations about Chinese history with Henry Kissinger

    How archaeological digs win you contracts with provincial governments

    Spence's approach to research and scholarship


    Outro Music: 'This Map' from the opera The Memory Palace of Matteo Ricci (!!!) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=71cJopakfAw
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    • 53 min
    AI and the Future of War

    AI and the Future of War

    AI safety is having a moment. To discuss why AI safety matters for national security, today I have on Paul Scharre (@Paul_scharre). He’s the Vice President and Director of Studies at CNAS. He previously served in OSD Policy and as a US Army Ranger.
    We discuss

    What the future of war looks like as militaries around the world adopt AI technologies

    Why using AI in warfare isn't as easy as people think

    How supply chains can be used as a form of arms control

    Historical weapons so horrible people simply didn't use them

    How to get a job at CNAS (they're hiring at cnas.org/careers)


    Outro music: A.I. 爱 by 王力宏 Wang Leehom, a very much cancelled Taiwanese pop star https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R4DuqEL0ChQ.

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    • 1 hr
    Industrial Policy for Biotech?

    Industrial Policy for Biotech?

    Does America need an industrial policy to compete in biotech?
    Today I'm joined by two guests, Ryan Fedasiuk (@RyanFedasiuk) and Gigi Gronvall (@ggronvall). Ryan is a fellow currently on leave from Georgetown's Center for Security and Emerging Technology (CSET). Gigi is a senior scholar at the Johns Hopkins Center for Health Security.
    We discuss:

    The growing uses of biotechnology

    Biotech security in China and the US

    How biotech students can be better supported

    Whether Dwight Schrute was right about the value of beets all along


    Outro music: 发现美的耳朵 by 马思唯 and 也是福 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aaJHDriJGPE

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    • 51 min
    Moneyball and US State Department

    Moneyball and US State Department

    Wouldn't it be nice to have a world where important policy decisions were decided based on evidence and data rather than narratives and turf battles? Dan Spokojny thought so too, and that's why he's the founder of fp21, a think tank dedicated to changing the processes and institutions of US foreign policy.
    Along with Jon Bateman, a senior fellow in the technology and international affairs program at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, in this episode we talk about some of the failings of contemporary foreign policy decision making processes and what can be done to fix them, including:

    How to bring more rigor to making policy decisions

    Why the current system loves a good storyteller

    What sort of training future foreign policy makers should be getting - but aren't

    Outro music: Good Bayesian by Baba Brinkman, MC Lars and Mega Ran https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qV6Wc_f1Cgo&t=195s
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    • 1 hr 40 min

Customer Reviews

4.6 out of 5
208 Ratings

208 Ratings

alloyally ,

I would suggest this

A casual listener but very impressed with the quality of content. So often the internet is a place giving those with nothing to say a place to say it. This is different, and better

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spies b spyin'

great tracks though

Gaozi99 ,

Excellent content

Jordan you have excellent guests who appear to have really good insight into current issues in China. I spent several years in Taiwan and China studying mandarin. I am a somewhat failed academic and moved into a different career path, but married Chinese so am still connected to the region and community. I don’t find your voice annoying. You ask good questions and keep the ball rolling with your guests which keeps the conversation quality high.

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