Counterbalance is a foreign policy podcast that embodies Hudson’s tradition of challenging conventional wisdom. The Trump era attacked the elite consensus regarding several key issues, including the rise of China, American policy toward the Middle East, and the compartmentalization of domestic and foreign policy. Many observers in the media and in establishment foreign policy circles are presenting the advent of a Biden presidency as a total repudiation of President Trump’s policies and a return to “normalcy.” But, regardless of how one feels about the Trump era or any of his specific policies, there is no turning back the clock. The elite foreign policy consensus will never be the same. Counterbalance will reckon with what’s next.
Hosted by Hudson Institute Senior Fellow, Michael Doran, and Media Fellow, Marshall Kosloff.
Ep. 7: Gadi Taub on the Political Deadlock in Israel
Israel just had its fourth election in two years and is still struggling to form a government. Israeli professor, pundit, and screenwriter Gadi Taub talks with Mike (Marshall was out) about the impasse, and offers his views on the good, the bad, and the ugly of Israeli politics.
Ep. 6: Mike Pompeo on China, Iran, and the Future of American Foreign Policy
Former Secretary of State and former CIA Director Mike Pompeo sat down with Mike and Marshall to discuss the foreign challenges the United States faces, his experiences in the Trump administration, the role that his personal faith plays in foreign policy, China and Iran, and more.
Ep. 5: Ed Husain, Islam and the West
Mike and Marshall talked to Ed Husain, the author of The Islamist, a memoir of his time inside radical Islamism, who long ago rejected extremism and now advises governments and political leaders on Islam and the Middle East. Ed shared his views on the relations between the Islam and the West today, the fate of secularism in the Muslim Middle East, the Abraham Accords and more.
Ep. 4: Miles Yu, Framing the Free World's Struggle with the CCP
Mike and Marshall speak with recently announced Hudson Institute Senior Fellow, Miles Yu. Dr. Yu illustrates the wide array of threats that the Chinese Communist Party poses to the West, including economic pressures, regional alliance building, and authoritarian policies threatening freedom's around the world. Dr. Yu uses his expertise in academia and government to answer questions like: Are we winning the struggle with the CCP? Can we? What must be done to do so?
Ep. 3: Clive Hamilton, China's Hidden Hand
Australian public intellectual Clive Hamilton, author of Silent Invasion and Hidden Hand, helps Mike and Marshall understand how China seeks to infiltrate and manipulate democratic societies.
Ep. 2: Alana Newhouse, Everything is Broken
Alana Newhouse, the founder and editor of Tablet magazine, explains to Mike and Marshall how conformists with approved viewpoints came to dominate American culture.
Read Alana's piece in Tablet: https://www.tabletmag.com/sections/news/articles/everything-is-broken.
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Political insight without the canned talking points
As a reasonably intelligent person who likes to think about politics, economics, and foreign policy, this podcast has become a welcome source of informed but not overtly partisan discourse. If you feel politically homeless, it’s probably because most politicians and talking heads are not actually speaking with enough nuance to be worth your time. This podcast is worthy of your valuable attention and consideration.
A great podcast
This podcast is a joy to hear. We need more like this.
Have been looking forward to the podcast since I heard about it on Realignment. Terrific & thoughtful discussion.