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Belarus Weaponizes Migrants to Target European Union
At least 2,000 Middle Eastern migrants spent weeks trapped at checkpoints between Belarus and Poland—unable to legally enter the European Union and, until today, unable to return to Belarus or go home. Former US Ambassador to Poland Daniel Fried joins host Brian Hanson on Deep Dish to explain how Belarus’ strongman President Lukashenka weaponized these migrants as a tool of “hybrid war,” and why Russia’s President Putin looms behind this crisis—and others—on Europe’s doorstep.
Shocks, Shortages, and Solutions in the Green Energy Era
As countries finalize their commitments at the UN Climate Conference, COP26, soaring global energy prices and shortages around the world emphasize our world’s current dependence on fossil fuels. The Economist’s Vijay Vaitheeswaran and the Just Transition Initiative’s Sandeep Pai join Deep Dish to explain what the energy crisis tell us about the costs of a green energy transition and how to manage shocks in a way that ensures countries and communities with fewer resources are not left behind.
Climate Change—The Biggest US Security Threat?
Recent US intelligence and defense agency reports warn that a warming climate is a fundamental threat to US national security by raising geopolitical tensions, increasing instability, and driving mass migration. The Center for Climate and Security’s Erin Sikorsky and the Quincy Institute for Responsible Statecraft’s Anatol Lieven join Deep Dish to examine what a climate-focused US national security and defense strategy might look like and how to balance other competing threats.
Inside China’s Nuclear Strategy
China’s rapid recent nuclear expansion—from a hypersonic missile test to hundreds of new nuclear missile silos—is a stark contrast to years of a minimum deterrence approach. To explain the shift, Carnegie Endowment for International Peace’s Tong Zhao joins host Brian Hanson on Deep Dish to unpack China’s nuclear strategy, the need for nuclear stability, and how to avoid an arms race or worse.
Domestic Terrorism and the Aftermath of War
2020 marked the most significant increase in US domestic terrorism in a quarter-century, data from the Center for Strategic and International Studies reveals. The University of Chicago’s Kathleen Belew and Robert Pape join Deep Dish to explain the trends they believe are driving the uptick and the role war and conflict play in shaping these groups.
Brian is a terrific interviewer, and the Chicago Council does a great job producing. The interviews are lively and the content is always accessible. Great for foreign policy wonks and generalists alike.
Sometimes fine when it’s a conversation with real people. Episode with Think tankers and academics live in their bubble and are not worth listening to yet are the majority. Same sensationalists that feed cable news get a voice here and that is unfortunate. I am no longer a listener.
Koch Funded...Just be Aware
I approach anything funded by the Koch Institute with a healthy dose of skepticism, and I’d argue that it’s well earned given the very long and controversial track record that the Kochs have.
The Chicago Council on Foreign Relations is certainly an academic body, but the Koch Institute funds it, in their words, to push a “Realism and Restraint” foreign policy. Now, that sounds like something reasonable, but it is absolutely a right/libertarian leaning foreign policy strategy designed in part to benefit the interests of large multinational corporations, like Koch Industries.
You should still view this content objectively, but know where the money for this think tank is coming from and you may choose not to take all foreign policy positions presented on this podcast, or any other, at face value, even if they do sound very reasonable...and restrained. Personally, I’ll be interested in if the Chicago Council on Foreign Relations starts to sound more and more like the Cato Institute or the Quincy Institute for Responsible Statecraft (A very reasonable and responsible sounding name...entirely funded by the Koch Institute to promote their agenda). Just be aware.