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Diplomatic Immunity: Frank and candid conversations about diplomacy and foreign affairs


Diplomatic Immunity is a podcast from the Institute for the Study of Diplomacy at Georgetown University. We bring you "frank and candid" conversations on the issues facing diplomats and national security decision makers globally. We talk to current and former diplomatic officials, scholars, and analysts and seek to understand how best to foster international cooperation in an age of global crises.


Hosted by Dr. Kelly McFarland
Produced by Freddie Mallinson and Jarrett Dang
Design by Rebecca McFarland and Alistair Somerville
Music by Gabe Swarts


This podcast is supported by funding from the Carnegie Corporation of New York's Bridging the Gap Initiative.

Diplomatic Immunity Institute for the Study of Diplomacy, Georgetown University

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Diplomatic Immunity: Frank and candid conversations about diplomacy and foreign affairs


Diplomatic Immunity is a podcast from the Institute for the Study of Diplomacy at Georgetown University. We bring you "frank and candid" conversations on the issues facing diplomats and national security decision makers globally. We talk to current and former diplomatic officials, scholars, and analysts and seek to understand how best to foster international cooperation in an age of global crises.


Hosted by Dr. Kelly McFarland
Produced by Freddie Mallinson and Jarrett Dang
Design by Rebecca McFarland and Alistair Somerville
Music by Gabe Swarts


This podcast is supported by funding from the Carnegie Corporation of New York's Bridging the Gap Initiative.

    Yuki Tatsumi on the US-Japan Summit; Iran's strike on Israel, Ecuador's Embassy Raid, and Turkish Municipal Elections

    Yuki Tatsumi on the US-Japan Summit; Iran's strike on Israel, Ecuador's Embassy Raid, and Turkish Municipal Elections

    10:40 - Interview with Yuki Tatsumi.
    This week, Kelly and Freddie talk through Iran's Strike on Israel, Ecudaro's raid on the Mexican embassy in Quito, and the losses for President Erdogan's party in recent Turkish municipal elections. Kelly then talks with the Stimson Center's Yuki Tatsumi about the recent summit between the US, Japan, and the Philippines held in Washington last week. 
    Yuki Tatsumi is a senior fellow and co-director of the East Asia Program at the Stimson Center and the director of Stimson's Japan program. Prior to her current role, Tatsumi worked as a research associate at the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) and as the special assistant for political affairs at the Embassy of Japan in Washington.
    Tatsumi’s most recent publications include Balancing Between Nuclear Deterrence and Disarmament: Views from the Next Generation (ed.; Stimson Center, 2018) Lost in Translation? U.S. Defense Innovation and Northeast Asia (Stimson Center, 2017).
    The opinions expressed in this conversation are strictly those of the participants and do not represent the views of Georgetown University or any government entity.
    Produced by Jarrett Dang and Freddie Mallinson. 
    Recorded on April 15, 2024. Diplomatic Immunity, a podcast from the Institute for the Study of Diplomacy at Georgetown University, brings you frank and candid conversations with experts on the issues facing diplomats and national security decision-makers around the world.
    Funding support from the Carnegie Corporation of New York.
    For more, visit our website, and follow us on Linkedin, Twitter @GUDiplomacy, and Instagram @isd.georgetown
     
     

    • 28 min
    Military Strategy & The War in Ukraine with Lt Gen Ben Hodges

    Military Strategy & The War in Ukraine with Lt Gen Ben Hodges

    Kelly speaks with Lt. Gen (ret.) Ben Hodges, former Commanding General of U.S. Army Europe, about the effect of the Ukraine War on military tactics and strategy. 
    Prior to retiring from the armed forces in 2018, Lieutenant General (ret.) Ben Hodges served as Commanding General of the U.S. Army in Europe. He consults for several companies on Europe, NATO, and the European Union, and he is co-author of the book Future War and the Defence of Europe, published by Oxford University Press. General Hodges was most recently Senior Advisor to Human Rights First, a non-profit, and was also the Pershing Chair in Strategic Studies at the Center for European Policy Analysis (CEPA).
    The opinions expressed in this conversation are strictly those of the participants and do not represent the views of Georgetown University or any government entity.
    Produced by Freddie Mallinson and Jarrett Dang.
    Recorded on April 9, 2024. Diplomatic Immunity, a podcast from the Institute for the Study of Diplomacy at Georgetown University, brings you frank and candid conversations with experts on the issues facing diplomats and national security decision-makers around the world.
    Funding support from the Carnegie Corporation of New York.
    For more, visit our website, and follow us on Linkedin, Twitter @GUDiplomacy, and Instagram @isd.georgetown
     

    • 31 min
    Dr. Ken Opalo on Sudan's Civil War; Updates on Gaza and Haiti

    Dr. Ken Opalo on Sudan's Civil War; Updates on Gaza and Haiti

    10:25 - Interview with Dr. Ken Opalo
    This week, Kelly and Freddie provide updates on the humanitarian situation in Gaza and the evolving crisis in Haiti, and Kelly talks with Georgetown Professor Ken Opalo for a deep dive into Sudan's civil war. 
    Dr. Opalo is an associate professor at the Georgetown University Walsh School of Foreign Service, where he focuses his research and teaching on political economy in Africa. He is also the author of the blog An Africanist Perspective, where he writes on African politics, economics, and history. 
    https://www.africanistperspective.com/
     
    The opinions expressed in this conversation are strictly those of the participants and do not represent the views of Georgetown University or any government entity.
    Episode recorded: March 19, 2024.
    Produced by Jarrett Dang and Freddie Mallinson.
    Diplomatic Immunity, a podcast from the Institute for the Study of Diplomacy at Georgetown University, brings you frank and candid conversations with experts on the issues facing diplomats and national security decision-makers around the world.
    Funding support from the Carnegie Corporation of New York.
    For more, visit our website, and follow us on Twitter @GUDiplomacy. Send any feedback to diplomacy@georgetown.edu.
     

    • 31 min
    The Russo-Chinese Alliance and Great Power Competition with Dr. Tom Lynch

    The Russo-Chinese Alliance and Great Power Competition with Dr. Tom Lynch

    Season 6 Episode 6.
    This week, Kelly talks with retired army officer and National Defense University research fellow Dr. Tom Lynch about the impact of Ukraine's war on great power conflict and US-China competition.
    Dr. Thomas Lynch is an adjunct professor of Security Studies at Georgetown University and distinguished research fellow for South Asia and the Near East at National Defense University. Dr. Lynch is also a retired U.S. Army officer who served for 28 years in a variety of command and staff positions including as a Special Assistant to the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and Deputy Director of the Chairman’s Advisory & Initiatives Group, Commander of the U.S. Army War Theater Support Group in Doha Qatar, and Military Special Assistant to the U.S. Ambassador to Afghanistan.
    He is the lead editor for the National Defense University's Strategic Assessment, authored every five years: https://ndupress.ndu.edu/Publications/Books/Strategic-Assessments-2020/ 
    The opinions expressed in this conversation are strictly those of the participants and do not represent the views of Georgetown University or any government entity.
    Produced by Freddie Mallinson and Jarrett Dang.
    Recorded on February 28, 2024. Diplomatic Immunity, a podcast from the Institute for the Study of Diplomacy at Georgetown University, brings you frank and candid conversations with experts on the issues facing diplomats and national security decision-makers around the world.
    Funding support from the Carnegie Corporation of New York.
    For more, visit our website, and follow us on Linkedin, Twitter @GUDiplomacy, and Instagram @isd.georgetown
     

    • 32 min
    Jacqueline Charles on the crisis in Haiti; EU's Net-Zero Industry Act, Russia's Space Nukes

    Jacqueline Charles on the crisis in Haiti; EU's Net-Zero Industry Act, Russia's Space Nukes

    10:40 - Interview with Jacqueline Charles
    In our seventh episode of Headlines and History, we discuss the recent political crisis in Haiti with Miami Herald report Jacqueline Charles, and Kelly covers the EU's Net-Zero Industry Act and reports of Russia's new space-based nuclear capabilities.
    Jacqueline Charles is the Haiti and Caribbean correspondent for the Miami Herald, where she has been covering the region for over a decade. She has won numerous awards for her reporting and was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize for her coverage of the aftermath of the devastating 2010 earthquake in Haiti.
    The opinions expressed in this conversation are strictly those of the participants and do not represent the views of Georgetown University or any government entity.
    Correction: Scotland did NOT lose to England at Rugby this weekend!
    Episode recorded: February 27, 2024.
    Produced by Jarrett Dang and Freddie Mallinson.
    Diplomatic Immunity, a podcast from the Institute for the Study of Diplomacy at Georgetown University, brings you frank and candid conversations with experts on the issues facing diplomats and national security decision-makers around the world.
    Funding support from the Carnegie Corporation of New York.
    For more, visit our website, and follow us on Twitter @GUDiplomacy. Send any feedback to diplomacy@georgetown.edu.
     

    • 33 min
    Beverly Ochieng on Senegal's Constitutional Crisis; El Salvador Election, Sweden's NATO accession, World Cup Diplomacy

    Beverly Ochieng on Senegal's Constitutional Crisis; El Salvador Election, Sweden's NATO accession, World Cup Diplomacy

    11:50 - Interview with Beverly Ocheing on Senegal
    In our sixth episode of Headlines and History, we discuss the recent crisis in Senegal and its implications for West Africa with Beverly Ochieng, and Kelly covers recent news out of El Salvador, Sweden & NATO, and the 2026 Soccer World Cup.
    Beverly Ochieng is a senior digital journalist and Africa specialist at BBC Monitoring and an expert on African power politics, security, and governance. She’s also a non-resident senior associate at the Center for Strategic and International Studies’ Africa Program. She has a background in literature and cohosted the pioneering Africa-focused literary podcast "2 Girls and a Pod" from 2015 to 2018. 
    The opinions expressed in this conversation are strictly those of the participants and do not represent the views of Georgetown University or any government entity.
    Episode recorded: February 13, 2024.
    Produced by Jarrett Dang and Freddie Mallinson.
    Diplomatic Immunity, a podcast from the Institute for the Study of Diplomacy at Georgetown University, brings you frank and candid conversations with experts on the issues facing diplomats and national security decision-makers around the world.
    Funding support from the Carnegie Corporation of New York.
    For more, visit our website, and follow us on Twitter @GUDiplomacy. Send any feedback to diplomacy@georgetown.edu.

    • 26 min

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