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Providence is a journal of Christianity and American foreign policy equipping the American mind to engage the real world.

    Episode #78 | The Russia-Ukraine War after the Battle of Kyiv (Paul Miller)

    Episode #78 | The Russia-Ukraine War after the Battle of Kyiv (Paul Miller)

    In this episode, Mark Melton speaks with Paul Miller about what may happen in Ukraine now that the Battle of Kyiv appears to be over and the war is moving into a new, probably longer phase. In addition to discussing the current situation in the country, Miller covers what Russia’s relations with the United States may look like in the medium to long term, what the war should teach us about US-China relations, the possibility that Russia may recover and rearm from this war, how a new cold war is forming, and lessons from the old Cold War for today.

    • 24 min
    Episode #77 | How to Help Ukraine Effectively without a NATO-Russia War (Lt. Col. Tyson K. Wetzel)

    Episode #77 | How to Help Ukraine Effectively without a NATO-Russia War (Lt. Col. Tyson K. Wetzel)

    In this episode, Mark Melton speaks with Lieutenant Colonel Tyson K. Wetzel (US Air Force) about how the United States can help Ukraine fight Russia effectively without NATO and Russia getting into a war. Wetzel helped conduct a survey and write a report for the Atlantic Council that created a “strategic risk calculator.” The survey asked foreign policy experts to consider various ways NATO allies could help Ukraine and ranked both how effective that assistance would be and how much it risked escalation. Wetzel covers the findings of that survey and lists some of the different weapons the US could still give. He also talks about how previous US aid helped Ukraine fight the war to its current stalemate, why Russia used a hypersonic missile in the war, how China could help keep Russia in the fight, and the probability of a wider war.

    This podcast was recorded on March 21, 2022.

    Lieutenant Colonel Tyson K. Wetzel is the 2021-22 senior US Air Force fellow at the Atlantic Council’s Scowcroft Center for Strategy and Security. His comments are his own views and do not reflect the official position of the US Air Force or the Department of Defense.

    To read the Atlantic Council survey and report, click here: https://www.atlanticcouncil.org/content-series/the-big-story/what-are-the-risks-and-benefits-of-us-nato-military-options-in-ukraine-our-strategic-risk-calculator-has-answers/

    • 20 min
    Episode #76 | Just War Perspective on the Ukraine War (Marc LiVecche and Rebeccah Heinrichs)

    Episode #76 | Just War Perspective on the Ukraine War (Marc LiVecche and Rebeccah Heinrichs)

    In this wide-ranging and impassioned conversation about the war in Ukraine, Providence editors Marc LiVecche and Rebeccah Heinrichs, also of the Hudson Institute, discuss the latest developments, the intersection of just war reasoning and the facts on the ground, future options against Putin, how best to assist President Zelensky and his brave compatriots, and the delicate but critical question of regaining escalatory dominance against the Russian regime.

    • 43 min
    Episode #75 | A Conversation with the "Daughters of Diaspora" (Mariam Wahba And Adela Cojab)

    Episode #75 | A Conversation with the "Daughters of Diaspora" (Mariam Wahba And Adela Cojab)

    In this episode, Mariam Wahba and Adela Cojab talk about their new show "American-ish: Daughters of Diaspora", which covers the topics of faith, culture, religion, and more. Wahba is a Coptic Christian who was born in Menya, Egypt, and Cojab is a Syrian-Lebanese Jew born in Mexico City. They both now live in New York City.

    While talking with Mark Melton, Cojab and Wahba explain how the show started, how their families came to America, and how they adjusted to living here. They also address the meaning of cultural heritage, their views of national identity, interactions with different parts of America, and how their backgrounds affect their views on foreign policy.

    Adela Cojab is a law student and activist, and Mariam Wahba is the associate director of advocacy with the Philos Project.

    To watch their show, click here: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCFYNTY_noT1tUL3EchHUy2w

    They are also on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/americanishshow/

    and Twitter: https://twitter.com/americanishshow

    • 23 min
    Episode #74 | America’s New Law on Forced Labor in Xinjiang (Christine McDaniel and Weifeng Zhong)

    Episode #74 | America’s New Law on Forced Labor in Xinjiang (Christine McDaniel and Weifeng Zhong)

    Weifeng Zhong and Christine McDaniel of the Mercatus Center at George Mason University talk with Mark Melton about the Uyghur Forced Labor Prevention Act. They cover how forced labor in China works and how the world knows this is happening. Zhong and McDaniel also discuss potential difficulties with how the law might be implemented and the dilemmas the US government and various businesses will face. For example, there may be potential issues with the evidentiary process and interim products. Finally, Zhong describes how people in China view the problem of forced labor in their country.

    • 27 min
    Episode #73 | On The Looming Russian Invasion Of Ukraine (Rebeccah Heinrichs)

    Episode #73 | On The Looming Russian Invasion Of Ukraine (Rebeccah Heinrichs)

    Rebeccah Heinrichs of the Hudson Institute speaks with Mark Melton about the Russian threat to Ukraine. She gives an update of the latest situation in Ukraine at the time of recording (the morning of February 7) and explains why Americans should be concerned about a Russian invasion of the country.

    Heinrichs details how the United States has responded to the situation—including what the government has done right—and what America might do if Russia invades. She talks about Germany’s problematic response and why it is the weakest link in the NATO alliance.

    They also discuss how a Russian takeover of Ukraine would affect the US-China rivalry, as well as how Beijing and Moscow are becoming stronger partners in a “de facto alliance.”

    Reports have indicated that the Biden administration offered concessions to Vladimir Putin about placing certain missiles in Europe and allowing inspections of missile defense sites in NATO countries. Heinrichs explains the problems with these concessions, as well as problems with the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty to which Moscow was not adhering, and why concessions from the US have not stopped the Russian military buildup on the Ukrainian border. Some have suggested that the US should promise that Ukraine would never be allowed to join NATO, and even though she does not support expanding the alliance for now, Heinrichs rejects promising to close the door on NATO expansion forever.

    She concludes by covering how the Russian military may test nuclear-capable systems that could reach the United States while invading Ukraine.

    Before the podcast ends, she says, Russia “is for undermining the US-led order in Europe and in cooperating with China to make sure that China gets what it wants in the Pacific and beyond… The stakes are so incredibly high, and we just need strong leadership, smart statecraft.”

    • 24 min

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Exceptional Discussion and Analysis

As a US military officer and a Catholic Christian, it’s such a joy and blessing to have a pub like Providence present thoughtful foreign policy and national security analysis through the lens of the Christian tradition. Where most policy journals defer to the undefined good of “the national interest” or other abstractions, like “peace” and “prosperity”, Providence is alone in its understanding of world affairs as an extension of the affairs of the individual soul: flawed, wounded, beset by original sin, where earthly justice and peace is worthwhile but certainly incremental, and where final peace can only come through obedient alignment of the will to Jesus Christ.

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