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Counterbalance is a Hudson Institute podcast hosted by Senior Fellows Michael Doran and Peter Rough. As America's unipolar moment fades, Rough and Doran explore the emerging global order.

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    • 4.9 • 89 Ratings

Counterbalance is a Hudson Institute podcast hosted by Senior Fellows Michael Doran and Peter Rough. As America's unipolar moment fades, Rough and Doran explore the emerging global order.

    82 | The Wisdom of the Ancients (feat. Jakub Grygiel)

    82 | The Wisdom of the Ancients (feat. Jakub Grygiel)

    What do classical authors have to teach us about the global brawl that is international affairs? Catholic University professor, Jakub Grygiel, joins hosts Mike Doran and Peter Rough to provide the historical context behind the show's new exploration into "real-realism."

    • 54 min
    81 | Exploring Our New Worldview: "Real-Realism"

    81 | Exploring Our New Worldview: "Real-Realism"

    After internal dialogues revealed that the team was feeling a bit "strategically rudderless," hosts Mike Doran and Peter Rough sit together to launch a new thesis for Counterbalance. Together they explain what's wrong with foreign policy "experts" today and why an interest-based foreign policy is needed over the dominant, but flawed, values-based outlook of today's elites. They're calling this new school of thought "real-realism."

    • 24 min
    80 | Can the US Withstand An Economic Standoff with China? (feat. Jonathan Ward)

    80 | Can the US Withstand An Economic Standoff with China? (feat. Jonathan Ward)

    Hudson Senior Fellow Jonathan Ward joins co-host Peter Rough to discuss his new book The Decisive Decade: American Grand Strategy for Triumph Over China. In his book, and during the episode, Ward lays out how the US gave up many of its economic advantages while allowing China's rise. Thankfully, according to Ward, it's not too late to reverse course, but America has to start by winning one decade at a time.

    • 39 min
    79 | The Facts: Is Ukraine Losing? Can It Still Win? (feat. Peter Rough)

    79 | The Facts: Is Ukraine Losing? Can It Still Win? (feat. Peter Rough)

    Is Ukraine losing? Can it still win? Where does international support stand now, and where will it be going forward? Host Peter Rough addresses these questions and more having just returned from an overseas study trip to Moldova and Ukraine. Mike Doran joins him to discover what Peter saw, heard, and learned from his travels.

    • 41 min
    78 | US-Israel: Will Biden Recognize a Palestinian State? (feat. Gadi Taub)

    78 | US-Israel: Will Biden Recognize a Palestinian State? (feat. Gadi Taub)

    On this special edition of Counterbalance, co-hosts Mike and Peter are joined by Israeli intellectual Gadi Taub. Mike and Gadi recently started the Israel Update Podcast with Tablet magazine. This week on Counterbalance, the trio discuss the Biden administration’s attitude towards the war in Gaza, including the president calling Israel’s response in Gaza “over the top.” They also float the possibility of the Biden administration recognizing a Palestinian state as early as the summer.

    • 47 min
    77 | Taiwan 101 (feat. Peter Rough)

    77 | Taiwan 101 (feat. Peter Rough)

    This week, host Michael Doran is joined by co-host Peter Rough, senior fellow and director of the Center for Europe and Eurasia at Hudson Institute. Peter offers an overview of his recent visit to Taiwan and discusses with Mike his thoughts on Beijing's increasing economic and military pressure on Taipei. The duo also talks about the current state of Taiwanese domestic politics and how it affects U.S. foreign policy.

    • 42 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
89 Ratings

89 Ratings

speakformyself ,

Updated review

Still 5 stars. Peter has been a great addition.

dennis.karpf ,

Dennis Karpf

Michael Doran is one of the smartest foreign policy analysts out there. I cannot wait for the episodes. Thanks.

Bdogmcnug ,

Episode 31

This episode seems very partisan. Also, we’ve heard many times from the US about the precision of strikes about our military. I’m not buying this guys defense of Israel in the destruction of the AP building.

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