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Fault Lines, the National Security Institute’s flagship podcast, gets you quickly up to speed, three-times-a-week, on the national security and foreign policy debates shaking up America.
Our regular cast of foreign policy experts includes NSI Executive Director Jamil Jaffer, NSI Senior Fellow Lester Munson, and NSI Deputy Executive Director Jessica Jones. 
Tune in to learn more about the issues dominating headlines and the news stories you may have missed.

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Fault Lines, the National Security Institute’s flagship podcast, gets you quickly up to speed, three-times-a-week, on the national security and foreign policy debates shaking up America.
Our regular cast of foreign policy experts includes NSI Executive Director Jamil Jaffer, NSI Senior Fellow Lester Munson, and NSI Deputy Executive Director Jessica Jones. 
Tune in to learn more about the issues dominating headlines and the news stories you may have missed.

Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.

    Episode 177: Middle East Tensions Boiling Over?

    Episode 177: Middle East Tensions Boiling Over?

    Today, Les, Jess, and Jamil discussed the recent increase in violent clashes and attacks across the Middle East, which included an Israeli counterterrorism operation in the West Bank, an attack on a synagogue in East Jerusalem, and a drone strike on an Iranian Defense Ministry factory in Isfahan.
    What should the U.S. be doing in these instances of increased violence in the region? Is the U.S. being aggressive enough in its own counterterrorism operations? How should the U.S. prioritize its global security commitments? 
    Hear our experts debate these issues and more in less than 10 minutes on our latest episode of Fault Lines!
    Want to learn more about this topic? Check out these articles that our experts used to frame our discussion:
    https://www.nytimes.com/2023/01/29/world/middleeast/iran-drone-strike-israel.html 
    https://www.nbcnews.com/politics/justice-department/doj-charges-3-men-murder-hire-plot-journalist-critical-iran-rcna67863 

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    @jamil_n_jaffer
    @NotTVJessJones
    @lestermunson

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    Episode 176: South Korea’s Security Jitters

    Episode 176: South Korea’s Security Jitters

    Today, Les, Jess, and Jamil discussed Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin’s recent announcement made in South Korea that in response to a growing North Korean nuclear threat, the U.S. will increase its deployment of advanced weapons such as fighter jets and bombers to the Korean Peninsula and alongside our South Korean partners. However, South Korean President Yoon Suk Yeol has said that South Korea might need nuclear weapons of its own.
    What can the U.S. do to assure South Korea that the U.S. will come to their defense in case of conflict? Is the U.S. doing enough to counter North Korean aggression? Is a nuclear South Korea inevitable? 
    Hear our experts debate these issues and more in less than 10 minutes on our latest episode of Fault Lines!

    Want to learn more about this topic? Check out these articles that our experts used to frame our discussion:
    https://www.nbcnews.com/news/world/us-increase-weapons-deployment-counter-north-korea-rcna68323 
    https://carnegieendowment.org/2023/01/25/dueling-nuclear-nightmares-behind-south-korean-president-s-alarming-comments-pub-88879

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    @jamil_n_jaffer
    @NotTVJessJones
    @lestermunson
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    Episode 175: China Concerns

    Episode 175: China Concerns

    Today, Les, Jess, and Jamil discuss Air Force General Michael Minihan’s recent memo he sent to forces under his command, which cited Xi Jinping’s third term as China’s supreme leader, an election in Taiwan in 2024, and our own American presidential election in late 2024 as possible stepping stones to a war between the U.S. and China in 2025,  precipitated by a Chinese invasion of Taiwan.
    Is a Chinese attack on Taiwan – invasion, blockade, or some combination – likely in 2025? How should the U.S. prepare for this possibility? Are there any lessons we can learn from the Russian invasion of Ukraine ahead of such future aggression?
    Hear our experts debate these issues and more in less than 10 minutes on our latest episode of Fault Lines!
    Want to learn more about this topic? Check out these articles that our experts used to frame our discussion:
     
    https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/2023/01/29/china-conflict-mccaul/ 
    https://www.reuters.com/world/us-four-star-general-warns-war-with-china-2025-2023-01-28/ 
     
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    @jamil_n_jaffer
    @NotTVJessJones
    @lestermunson
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    Episode 174: Protests in Peru: More than Machu Picchu

    Episode 174: Protests in Peru: More than Machu Picchu

    Today, Les, Jess, and Jamil discuss the eruption of protests and violence caused by the Peruvian Congress' removal of President Pedro Castillo after he unsuccessfully tried to dissolve Congress and stage a so-called “bloodless coup.” Though the failed coup has been far from bloodless, with dozens of people killed and nearly 1,000 injured in clashes between Peruvian government forces and protestors.
    What is the deeper significance of Peru’s political turmoil beyond the closure of Machu Picchu? What does Peru’s crisis tell us about democracy? What can and should the U.S. do to support Peru?
    Hear our experts debate these issues and more in less than 10 minutes on our latest episode of Fault Lines!
    Want to learn more about this topic? Check out these articles that our experts used to frame our discussion:
     
    https://www.reuters.com/world/americas/peru-protests-what-is-behind-violence-2023-01-12/
    https://www.nytimes.com/2023/01/22/briefing/peru-protests.html
     
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    @jamil_n_jaffer
    @NotTVJessJones
    @lestermunson
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    • 8 min
    Episode 173: Turkey Toppling NATO’s Future?

    Episode 173: Turkey Toppling NATO’s Future?

    Today, Les, Jess, and special guest host Morgan Viña, NSI Senior Fellow and JINSA’s Vice President of Government Affairs, discuss Turkish President Erdogan’s recent statement that Sweden should not expect Turkey’s support for its NATO membership following tensions over anti-Islam protests in Stockholm over the weekend.
    What does the Fault Lines team think of Finland and Sweden joining NATO? How should the U.S. balance its relationship with Turkey and its support of democratic states? Should Congress push hard on a conditions deal with Turkey, or should this be left in the hands of President Biden?
    Hear our experts debate these issues and more in less than 10 minutes on our latest episode of Fault Lines!
    Want to learn more about this topic? Check out these articles that our experts used to frame our discussion:
     
    https://www.washingtonpost.com/national-security/2023/01/13/turkey-f-16s-finland-sweden-nato/ 
    https://www.nationalreview.com/2022/05/its-time-to-boot-turkey-from-nato/ 
     
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    @jamil_n_jaffer
    @NotTVJessJones
    @lestermunson
    @morganlroach 
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    • 9 min
    Episode 172: Who’s at Home in Haiti?

    Episode 172: Who’s at Home in Haiti?

    Today, Les, Jess, and special guest host Morgan Viña, NSI Senior Fellow and JINSA’s Vice President of Government Affairs, discuss the political turmoil and public health crises happening in Haiti. Haiti has zero elected representatives running the Haitian government, armed gangs are wreaking havoc on the population, and cholera is reemerging as a severe public health threat. 
    What are the real drivers of instability in Haiti? Should the United States and/or the international community intervene in the affairs of Haiti? Would an international peacekeeping force be successful in stabilizing the country or would it provoke even more violence? 
    Hear our experts debate these issues and more in less than 10 minutes on our latest episode of Fault Lines!
    Want to learn more about this topic? Check out these articles that our experts used to frame our discussion:
     
    https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/2023/01/21/haiti-democracy-crisis/ 
    https://www.theguardian.com/world/2023/jan/10/haiti-no-elected-officials-anarchy-failed-state 
     
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    @jamil_n_jaffer
    @NotTVJessJones
    @lestermunson
    @morganlroach 
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