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Fault Lines examines national security and foreign policy issues with expert perspectives from across the political spectrum. This motley crew will examine national security and foreign policy issues with perspectives from across the political spectrum, finding points of agreement and – often –disagreement along the way.
Our regular cast of foreign policy experts includes Jodi Herman, Jamil Jaffer, Dana Stroul, and Lester Munson.
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Fault Lines examines national security and foreign policy issues with expert perspectives from across the political spectrum. This motley crew will examine national security and foreign policy issues with perspectives from across the political spectrum, finding points of agreement and – often –disagreement along the way.
Our regular cast of foreign policy experts includes Jodi Herman, Jamil Jaffer, Dana Stroul, and Lester Munson.
Tune in to learn more about the issues dominating headlines and the news stories you may have missed.


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    Episode 108: Russian Threat to Ukraine and Hypersonic Missiles

    Episode 108: Russian Threat to Ukraine and Hypersonic Missiles

    This week, Les, Carmen, Matthew, and Rob will be discussing President Vladimir Putin’s predatory behavior against Ukraine and the hypersonic missiles recently launched by China and Russia. Will there be a Russian invasion of Ukraine? Is this a vulnerable time for President Putin? What does it mean to the US now that both China and Russia have launched hypersonic missiles? These questions and more are answered on the latest episode of Fault Lines! 
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    • 38 min
    Special Episode: Escalation on the Ukraine Border - A Debate

    Special Episode: Escalation on the Ukraine Border - A Debate

    On this special episode of Fault Lines, Jamil N. Jaffer, NSI’s Founder and Executive Director, and Dmitri Alperovitch, co-founder and Executive Chairman of Silverado Policy Accelerator, debate on a very timely topic – whether to deter an invasion of Taiwan, the U.S. must defend Ukraine. Jamil argues the proposition that yes, the U.S. must defend Ukraine in order to deter an invasion of Taiwan while Dmitri takes the opposite position.
    If you enjoyed this episode, stay tuned for more! NSI and the Silverado Policy Accelerator will be kicking off a new podcast series filled with timely, no holds barred debates just like this one. To get the latest updates about when you can expect this series to be released, or to contribute ideas about future episodes, make sure to subscribe to Fault Lines and follow or tweet at us on Twitter at @MasonNatSec.

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    • 27 min
    Episode 107: Changing the Zero-Sum Victory with Chris Kolenda

    Episode 107: Changing the Zero-Sum Victory with Chris Kolenda

    NSI welcomes retired U.S. Army Colonel Chris Kolenda for an in-depth discussion on his recently published book, "Zero-Sum Victory: What We're Getting Wrong About War", and the larger issue of how the U.S. military measures success. What is a zero-sum victory? How do we define sustainability of an insurgency? What are the flaws with how the U.S. military currently measures success?
    Chris concludes the podcast by describing his Fallen Hero Honor Ride, a bike ride spanning 1,700 miles to visit the gravesites of the six paratroopers from his unit who were killed in action in Afghanistan. Chris is fundraising to create scholarship endowments in the names of each of the six fallen soldiers; these scholarships will support education, trade, and developmental expenses for paratroopers, family members, and descendants of the unit (TF SABER and 1-91 CAV, 173rd Airborne) and veterans, as well as disadvantaged youth from the Milwaukee area.
    Click here for more on Chris’ project.
    If you would like to donate to Chris’ project, please visit its GoFundMe. 
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    • 47 min
    Episode 106: Pyongyangization

    Episode 106: Pyongyangization

    This week Les, Sarah, Megan, and Jamil take a big risk in discussing the summit between President Joe Biden and President Xi Jinping before the summit actually began. What is going on inside of China as President Xi sets himself up for a third term in power? Should Biden adopt a no first use nuclear policy? How should we consider our relationship with China in regards to trade? These questions and more are answered on the latest episode of Fault Lines! 
     
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    • 37 min
    Episode 105: Gender and National Security with Gina Bennett

    Episode 105: Gender and National Security with Gina Bennett

    Fault Lines welcomes Gina Bennett, senior adviser at the National Counterterrorism Center, member of the CIA’s Senior Analytics Service, and author of the National Security Mom book series. What was it like being the first in the intelligence community to warn of Osama bin Laden? What is the role of gender in national security? How do national security efforts parallel our home lives? These questions and more are answered on the latest episode of Fault Lines!
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    • 37 min
    Episode 104: Sudan Coup and SolarWinds Redux

    Episode 104: Sudan Coup and SolarWinds Redux

    This week, Les, Jamil, Carmen, and Rob tackle last week’s coup in Sudan which saw the military put the civilian prime minister under house arrest and the Russian government’s latest hacking of American companies. What does the coup mean for U.S. interests? How about for Russia and China, which have their own interests in the country? When it comes to the Russians, is it time for us to start some American offensive cyber operations? Is the Biden Administration’s cyber policy working? These questions and more are answered in this week’s episode of Fault Lines. Bonus topic: is Pyongyangization happening in China?
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    • 39 min

Customer Reviews

4.6 out of 5
28 Ratings

28 Ratings

CuseFan13 ,

More Grant

I already enjoyed the podcast but loved hearing from Grant. Have him on more!

VAFalcon13 ,

Great guest with Dr. Jung Pak !

Loved this episode. It is so true that you can’t always just rely on intelligence, but also take into account the language, culture, history, especially in the case of North Korea.

GHfromSC ,

Great Debate

Fault Lines is one of my go-to podcasts to hear the real debate between the right and left over foreign policy and national security issues. A must listen.

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