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Overwatch, an Institute for the Study of War podcast, goes beyond the news headlines to give listeners analysis and commentary on issues related to U.S. national security and American foreign policy. The episodes feature discussions with experts and practitioners to explore what challenges and opportunities lie ahead for the U.S.

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    • 4.6, 34 Ratings

Overwatch, an Institute for the Study of War podcast, goes beyond the news headlines to give listeners analysis and commentary on issues related to U.S. national security and American foreign policy. The episodes feature discussions with experts and practitioners to explore what challenges and opportunities lie ahead for the U.S.

    E22: Iraq’s New Prime Minister Prepares for Strategic Talks with US

    E22: Iraq’s New Prime Minister Prepares for Strategic Talks with US

    New Iraqi Prime Minister Mustafa al-Kadhimi will face enormous challenges as Iraq’s new head of state, particularly in balancing Iraq’s tumultuous and often contradictory relationship with the US and Iran. In this episode of Overwatch, Middle East Program Manager Nicholas Heras and Research Assistant Katherine Lawlor discuss the first steps of Kadhimi’s administration and the pressures he will face as he renegotiates the role of the United States in Iraq.

    • 15 min
    E21: Iran Remains Committed to Syria Despite Ongoing Pandemic and Economic Collapse

    E21: Iran Remains Committed to Syria Despite Ongoing Pandemic and Economic Collapse

    Iran views Syria as an integral component of its military power in the Middle East. Despite converging public health and economic crises severely straining Iran’s resources, the country is sustaining, and possibly increasing, its military investment in Syria. In this episode of Overwatch, Middle East Program Manager Nicholas Heras, Syria Research Assistant John Dunford, and CTP Iran Analyst Kyra Rauschenbach discuss the nature of Iran’s attachment to Syria and what it may mean in the future.

    • 18 min
    E20: The Kremlin Suffers Setbacks in the Balkans

    E20: The Kremlin Suffers Setbacks in the Balkans

    Russia, the US, the EU, and NATO all consider the Balkans to be a region of significant strategic value. Despite the Kremlin’s best efforts to the contrary, the region is currently swinging toward the West, with North Macedonia recently joining NATO and several other Balkan states making progress toward EU membership. In this episode of Overwatch, ISW Russia Team Lead Nataliya Bugayova and Research Assistant George Barros discuss the past, present, and future of this historically volatile region.

    • 9 min
    E19: Pandemic Enables Spread of Salafi Jihadism in Africa

    E19: Pandemic Enables Spread of Salafi Jihadism in Africa

    Description: Years of poor governance and economic insecurity have allowed Salafi Jihadist groups to metastasize in several parts of Africa. In this episode of Overwatch, ISW Middle East Security Program Manager Nicholas Heras and CTP Research Manager Emily Estelle discuss the opportunities that the COVID-19 crisis presents for these groups to expand the reach of their terrorist activities.

    • 19 min
    E18: Pressures and Opportunities Arise for Putin as Oil and COVID Crises Converge

    E18: Pressures and Opportunities Arise for Putin as Oil and COVID Crises Converge

    The Kremlin is using the COVID pandemic to advance a range of goals. Russia is leveraging UN calls for limited relaxations of certain economic sanctions to paint the US as anti-humanitarian. Meanwhile, Kremlin internal security is using quarantines to justify the testing of new tech-based authoritarian controls. In this podcast, Nataliya Bugayova, George Barros, and Mason Clark discuss these developments and more.

    • 14 min
    E17: Walk Away from the Taliban, Not Afghanistan

    E17: Walk Away from the Taliban, Not Afghanistan

    General David H. Petraeus (US Army, Retired) and Vance Serchuk speak with ISW Founder and President Dr. Kimberly Kagan on the dangers of the US deal with the Taliban. They assess what the United States must do in Afghanistan to secure its national interests and prevent another 9/11.

    • 47 min

Customer Reviews

4.6 out of 5
34 Ratings

34 Ratings

dennis.karpf ,

Dennis Karpf

The best summary of the Syrian War to date and understanding how Iran poses greatest, short term serious threat to regional and world stability and human rights worse even than the greater long term geopolitical threat of China. Only criticism is that the interviewer’s voice is too soft.

casagen ,

Great Foreign Policy Podcast

Very informative. Jennifer Cafarella and her team of analysts give you an in depth look at what’s happening in key conflict areas in short, very digestible segments!

nyvonne722daisy ,

Informative

Very thorough

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