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Power Problems is a bi-weekly podcast from the Cato Institute. Hosts Trevor Thrall and Emma Ashford offer a skeptical take on U.S. foreign policy, and discuss today’s big questions in international security with distinguished guests from across the political spectrum. Podcast Hashtag: #FPPowerProblems.
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Power Problems is a bi-weekly podcast from the Cato Institute. Hosts Trevor Thrall and Emma Ashford offer a skeptical take on U.S. foreign policy, and discuss today’s big questions in international security with distinguished guests from across the political spectrum. Podcast Hashtag: #FPPowerProblems.
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    After Coronavirus II: The Pandemic and The Defense Budget

    After Coronavirus II: The Pandemic and The Defense Budget

    In the second of our series on the world after the coronavirus, we look at the impact on Pentagon spending. Will the coronavirus prompt us to reconsider the defense budget?
    Sen. Bernie Sanders, "Defund the Pentagon: The Liberal Case," PoliticoAndrew Lautz and Jonathan Bydlak, "Defund the Pentagon: The Conservative Case," PoliticoEric Gomez, Lauren Sander, and Brandon Valeriano, "OCOMust Go," Defense One
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    • 29 min
    Trevor's Farewell Episode

    Trevor's Farewell Episode

    Special episode! As Trevor Thrall prepares to depart the show, our hosts chat about the show’s run and how U.S. foreign policy has changed since we've been on the air. 
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    • 31 min
    After Coronavirus I: Can the Global Economy be Saved?

    After Coronavirus I: Can the Global Economy be Saved?

    In the first of a three-part series, Emma Ashford and Trevor Thrall explore what international relations might look like after coronavirus. Today’s guest is Dan Drezner, a professor at Tufts University, who joins them to talk about global economic relations. 

      Daniel Drezner bio: https://fletcher.tufts.edu/people/daniel-drezner  Daniel Drezner, “There is No China Crisis,” Reason Magazine: https://reason.com/2020/04/25/there-is-no-china-crisis/  Daniel Drezner, “The Most Counterintuitive Prediction About World Politics and the Coronavirus,” https://www.washingtonpost.com/outlook/2020/03/30/most-counterintuitive-prediction-about-world-politics-covid-19/Emma Ashford and Matthew Kroenig, “Will Trump’s Decision To Cut WHO Funding Accomplish Anything?” Foreign Policy: https://foreignpolicy.com/2020/04/17/will-trumps-decision-to-cut-who-funding-accomplish-anything/Christopher Preble, “How Will Coronavirus Change US National Security Strategy?” Responsible Statecraft: https://www.cato.org/publications/commentary/how-will-covid-19-change-us-national-security-strategy
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    • 34 min
    The Robot Revolution Will Not Be Televised

    The Robot Revolution Will Not Be Televised

    Emma Ashford and Trevor Thrall chat with Peter Singer of New America about his new novel Burn In, and why fiction can be useful for our understanding of national security policy. 
     
    Peter Singer bio, https://www.newamerica.org/our-people/peter-warren-singer/ Burn In: A Novel of the Real Robotic Revolution, https://www.burninbook.com/Surveillance Takes Wing: Privacy in the Age of Police Drones, Matthew Feeney, https://www.cato.org/publications/policy-analysis/surveillance-takes-wing-privacy-age-police-dronesHow Drones are Changing Warfare, Cato Unbound, https://www.cato-unbound.org/issues/january-2012/how-drones-are-changing-warfare
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    Building a Modern Military: The Force Meets Geopolitical Realities

    Building a Modern Military: The Force Meets Geopolitical Realities

    Eric Gomez and Christopher Preble join Emma Ashford to discuss their new paper, “Building a Modern Military,” and how COVID-19 will change the U.S. military.
     
    Eric Gomez bio: https://www.cato.org/people/eric-gomezChristopher Preble bio: https://www.cato.org/people/christopher-prebleBuilding a Modern Military: https://www.cato.org/publications/white-paper/building-modern-military-force-meets-geopolitical-realities#citation
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    • 31 min
    What the World Thinks about America in the Age of COVID-19

    What the World Thinks about America in the Age of COVID-19

    Mark Hannah of the Eurasia Group Foundation joins Emma Ashford and Trevor Thrall to talk about how the world views America and American-style democracy in the age of COVID-19. 
     
     
    Mark Hannah bio: https://egfound.org/about/our-teamEurasia Group Foundation, Global Views of American Democracy (2020)Mark Hannah, “Stop Declaring War on a Virus,” War on the Rocks

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Customer Reviews

4.6 out of 5
53 Ratings

53 Ratings

SeminoleJack ,

This is great stuff!

Love all foreign policy and IR stuff but particularly the discussions on civil-military relations.

Brad Davies ,

Intro sound too loud

Truly great pod. Either intro music goes on too long or it needs to be more muted when the host begins talking. They sound more clashing than complementary.

Donut Officer ,

Bipolar

Love it and Hate it.
I enjoy the focus on liberty in domestic policy and find the foreign relations application prone to failure.
Surprised to hear governance experts supporting CVN-71 CO, but maybe that is a libertarian policy error.

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