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In Intelligence Matters, former acting Director of the CIA Michael Morell, speaks with top leaders of the U.S. intelligence community as they reflect on their life, career and the critical roles they play in shaping national security policies. As a central figure in the most significant U.S. counter-terror efforts of the past two decades and a former CIA intelligence analyst, Morell is uniquely skilled at taking industry leading knowledge to make connections that provide deep insight into complex security events – helping decode intelligence officials’ key priorities and providing perspectives on how to achieve national security objectives. Morell is the author of “The Great War of Our Time” and a vivid account of the Central Intelligence Agency, a life in secrets, and a war in the shadows.

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In Intelligence Matters, former acting Director of the CIA Michael Morell, speaks with top leaders of the U.S. intelligence community as they reflect on their life, career and the critical roles they play in shaping national security policies. As a central figure in the most significant U.S. counter-terror efforts of the past two decades and a former CIA intelligence analyst, Morell is uniquely skilled at taking industry leading knowledge to make connections that provide deep insight into complex security events – helping decode intelligence officials’ key priorities and providing perspectives on how to achieve national security objectives. Morell is the author of “The Great War of Our Time” and a vivid account of the Central Intelligence Agency, a life in secrets, and a war in the shadows.

    Election Security 2020: How Prepared is the U.S. to Confront Foreign Threats?

    Election Security 2020: How Prepared is the U.S. to Confront Foreign Threats?

    In this episode of Intelligence Matters, host Michael Morell speaks with Laura Rosenberger, Senior Fellow and Director of the Alliance for Securing Democracy at the nonpartisan German Marshall Fund of the United States. Rosenberger details the breadth of foreign interference threats the U.S. faces ahead of the 2020 presidential election from known actors like Russia, China, Iran and others. Morell and Rosenberger assess the preparedness of the U.S. to respond to those threats and the overall resilience of the public in the face of increasingly sophisticated disinformation campaigns. They also examine whether the U.S. should consider responding to those campaigns in kind.

    • 40 min
    The Health, Economic and Political Effects of COVID-19 in Iran: Karim Sadjadpour

    The Health, Economic and Political Effects of COVID-19 in Iran: Karim Sadjadpour

    In this episode of Intelligence Matters, host Michael Morell speaks with Karim Sadjadpour, Iran policy analyst and senior fellow at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace. Morell and Sadjadpour review the effects of the spread of coronavirus within Iran, including the toll it has taken on senior leadership and the unrest it has generated among its populace. Sadjadpour also discusses Iran's behavior regionally and vis a vis the United States following the January killing of General Qassem Soleimani. He tells Morell why the virus outbreak may accelerate Iran's transition to a military dictatorship and why a change in U.S. policy may not prompt a different reaction from Tehran.

    • 37 min
    Containing COVID-19: Top Epidemiologist Dr. Michael Osterholm

    Containing COVID-19: Top Epidemiologist Dr. Michael Osterholm

    In this episode of Intelligence Matters, host Michael Morell speaks with top infectious disease epidemiologist Dr. Michael Osterholm, who is also director of the Center for Infectious Disease at the University of Minnesota, about the world's past, present and future handling of the coronavirus pandemic. Osterholm and Morell discuss the essential, still unanswered, questions surrounding vaccine and antiviral production and their manufacturing and distribution to the cities and countries that need them most. Osterholm explains why this virus is unlike any predecessor, and why so many mysteries about its transmission remain. He also explains how China's early handling of the outbreak may or may not have affected the effectiveness of other countries' responses. Intelligence Matters has dedicated a series of episodes to understanding the fundamentals and national security implications of COVID-19.

    • 45 min
    Bonus Pod: The Global National Security Implications of COVID-19

    Bonus Pod: The Global National Security Implications of COVID-19

    In this bonus episode of Intelligence Matters, host Michael Morell offers an in-depth analysis of seven potential national security consequences of the COVID-19 pandemic. He describes, among other factors, the possible effects of a prolonged financial crisis, of growing political instability, of escalating conflict in global hotspots, of the threat of a reconstitution of ISIS, and of the consequences of sustained tension in the US-China relationship. He also discusses the role of the United States in navigating an expected period of global turbulence. 

    • 26 min
    China Expert Chris Johnson on Beijing's Handling of COVID-19

    China Expert Chris Johnson on Beijing's Handling of COVID-19

    In this episode of Intelligence Matters, host Michael Morell speaks with Chris Johnson, Senior Fellow at the Center for Strategic & International Studies and former senior China analyst at the Central Intelligence Agency, about China's internal handling of COVID-19, its subsequent messaging efforts, and the current state of U.S.-China relations. Johnson explains how Xi Jinping's leadership has affected both the domestic and diplomatic responses by Beijing to the outbreak. He also explains some of the likely near-term economic consequences of the pandemic. Johnson and Morell evaluate the state of the relationship between China and the U.S., as well as its likely trajectory. Intelligence Matters will dedicate several forthcoming episodes to understanding the fundamentals and national security implications of COVID-19.

    • 38 min
    Economist Olivier Blanchard on Global Economic Effects of COVID-19

    Economist Olivier Blanchard on Global Economic Effects of COVID-19

    In this episode of Intelligence Matters, host Michael Morell speaks with Olivier Blanchard, former chief economist for the International Monetary Fund and Senior Fellow at the Peterson Institute for International Economics. Blanchard and Morell discuss the near- and long-term global economic effects of the COVID-19 pandemic, the policy response from governments, and the prospects for an eventual recovery. Blanchard also explains recent turbulence in global oil markets and the vulnerabilities specific to lower-income economies. Intelligence Matters will dedicate several forthcoming episodes to understanding the fundamentals and national security implications of COVID-19.

    • 38 min

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Intelligent & Fascinating

Thank you for such a great podcast. Intelligent, entertaining, and sometimes fascinating.additionally, I have gotten a couple of good book recommendations-Billion dollar spy and agents of innocence. Please keep on keepin’ on!

Project Pratt ,

All things intel & security from the left...

The show could be excellent but the host struggles to come off as an unbiased but completely avoids topics that pertain to CIA or perhaps FISA. Maybe he could discuss Brennan & Clapper lying under oath on television and not being prosecuted or even more so why did they lie? He could discuss how Russiagate was no different than any other election. We lost our minds over some Facebook ads! We would need a special counsel every day of the year. Look at what we all did in the Cold War. Are you kidding? He could discuss how none of the 17 intelligence agencies said Russia hacked the DNC. A private company hired by the DNC, Crowdstrike signed off on that BS. I didn’t need to be in the CIA to come across this info.

Indecisive Gourmet ,

A Thinker’s Podcast

I have been a follower of Michaels since first seeing him as an expert opinion guest on CBS News. Each of those vignettes are too short. I was glad to find this podcast and thoroughly enjoy the deep dives the format allows. Great questions and insights.

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