30 episodes

TYFYS is a conversation with practitioners, experts, and you about the relationship between the military and civilians. We explore scholarship and current policy debates, interview prominent thinkers and leaders, and engage our audience on vital issues of national security and civil-military relations. Brought to you by the Center for Strategic and International Studies, TYFYS reaches across the country and around the world to engage people in debates about the military, democracy, and security.

Thank You For Your Service CSIS

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TYFYS is a conversation with practitioners, experts, and you about the relationship between the military and civilians. We explore scholarship and current policy debates, interview prominent thinkers and leaders, and engage our audience on vital issues of national security and civil-military relations. Brought to you by the Center for Strategic and International Studies, TYFYS reaches across the country and around the world to engage people in debates about the military, democracy, and security.

    What is a Legacy?

    What is a Legacy?

    How have the post-9/11 wars affected America's relationship with the military, and the military's relationship with America? In our War Storytellers segment, we talk to novelist Elliot Ackerman and poet Olivia Garard. Then we hear from Dr. Mara Karlin about her research on the impact the wars have had on the military and the civil-military relationship.

    • 18 min
    On Service

    On Service

    What is service? Is military service more valuable or more noble than other kinds of national and community service? Who serves, and why? Jim and Alice explore these questions and more with guests Janine Davidson, Shawn Skelly, and Amy Schafer.

    • 20 min
    The State of the Union

    The State of the Union

    In our first episode with new co-hosts Alice Friend and Jim Golby, we provide an overview of the podcast and give you a sneak preview of future guests. We also debate the state of civil-military relations, including the implications of the use of the military at home in the context of the recent protests against racial injustice. 

    • 29 min
    Hail and Farewell! The Future of TYFYS Podcast

    Hail and Farewell! The Future of TYFYS Podcast

    This is the last episode of Thank You For Your Service co-hosted by Thomas and Nick, who are leaving UChicago and moving on with their Navy careers. After this, TYFYS will join the podcast network at the Center for Strategic and International Studies, where it will be hosted by Dr. Alice Hunt Friend and Dr. Jim Golby.

    In this final episode, Thomas and Nick look back on the experience of creating TYFYS and interview Alice and Jim, who explain their backgrounds, assess the current state of American civil-military relations, and preview the future of the show.

    To our listeners: Thank you for joining us on this amazing journey. We hope you’ll keep listening and learning with Alice and Jim – we know the podcast is in good hands.

    “Thank You For Your Service” is a production of the University of Chicago Public Policy Podcasts and does not necessarily represent the official positions of the Department of Defense or the U.S. government.

    Podcast Production Credit:

    Thomas Krasnican, host
    Nick Paraiso, host

    Tom Lattanzio, producer

    Special thanks to Dr. Alice Hunt Friend, Dr. Jim Golby, and the Center for Strategic and International Studies.

    • 31 min
    Dr. Risa Brooks on the Theory and Paradoxes of Civil-Military Relations

    Dr. Risa Brooks on the Theory and Paradoxes of Civil-Military Relations

    Ever since Samuel Huntington wrote The Soldier and the State in 1957, his theory on objective civilian control of the military has had a profound influence on American civil-military relations. Over the course of this podcast series, we’ve explored that theory’s substance and applications to real-world events. But does Huntington’s theory need an overhaul?

    Dr. Risa Brooks is a professor of political science at Marquette University. She is one of the leading experts in academic civil-military relations, having written extensively about both American and international issues. Dr. Brooks joins the podcast to discuss her article in the Spring 2020 issue of International Security titled “Paradoxes of Professionalism: Rethinking Civil-Military Relations in the United States.”

    In that article and in this interview, Dr. Brooks argues that Huntington’s theory of objective control contains several paradoxes and deficiencies that are becoming increasingly important in today’s political and military landscape. We also talked about why students and citizens, civilian and military alike, should learn and think about civil-military relations.

    “Thank You For Your Service” is a production of the University of Chicago Public Policy Podcasts and does not necessarily represent the official positions of the Department of Defense or the U.S. government.

    Podcast Production Credit:

    Thomas Krasnican, host
    Nick Paraiso, host

    Tom Lattanzio, producer
    Aishwarya Kumar, production manager
    Yi Ning Wong, publisher

    Special thanks to Dr. Risa Brooks.

    • 52 min
    Women in the Military: Myths and Realities

    Women in the Military: Myths and Realities

    How have the roles of women in the military changed over time? What progress has been made towards more inclusive and diverse environments in the armed forces?

    Lyla Kohistany joins this episode to give her take. Lyla is a U.S. Navy veteran, having served first as a Surface Warfare Officer before transferring to the Intelligence Community, where she served as an Intelligence Officer for Special Operations missions. Upon leaving the Navy, Lyla founded a nonprofit called Promote, which is dedicated to helping Special Operations units foster more inclusive work environments.

    We talked with Lyla about women in the military, portrayals of women service members in the media and their ramifications on the civil-military divide, and how men can be better allies for women who serve.

    “Thank You For Your Service” is a production of the University of Chicago Public Policy Podcasts and does not necessarily represent the official positions of the Department of Defense or the U.S. government.

    Further reading:

    Nicole Alexander and Lyla Kohistany, “Dispelling the Myth of Women in Special Operations,” Center for a New American Security. https://www.cnas.org/publications/commentary/dispelling-the-myth-of-women-in-special-operations

    Podcast Production Credit:

    Thomas Krasnican, host
    Nick Paraiso, host

    Tom Lattanzio, producer
    Aishwarya Kumar, production manager

    Special thanks to Brianna Keilar and Tracie Logan.

    • 41 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
68 Ratings

68 Ratings

Jackie from MO ,

Very thoughtful - and thought-provoking!

Looking forward to hearing more.

The Betty Best ,

Great Podcast

This is one of my favorite podcasts! As a civilian, this is such an important podcast to listen to and to be educated on the military. Civil-military relations is a fascinating topic. Thank you for doing such a great job with the podcast!

call_me_mom ,

Season 2??

Thoroughly listened to and appreciated season one - I replayed many episodes a few times. I’m wondering what happened to season two, have you been shut down?

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