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America has an unusual history. It did not begin with ethnic homogeneity or a long, shared cultural history. It began as a set of ideals enshrined in our Constitution and the Bill of Rights. In “The Engine Room of Democracy,” CSIS President and CEO John J. Hamre discusses with former government officials and policymakers how the fundamental ideals in our constitutional democracy are applied every day and why these ideals should remain the bedrock of our society.

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America has an unusual history. It did not begin with ethnic homogeneity or a long, shared cultural history. It began as a set of ideals enshrined in our Constitution and the Bill of Rights. In “The Engine Room of Democracy,” CSIS President and CEO John J. Hamre discusses with former government officials and policymakers how the fundamental ideals in our constitutional democracy are applied every day and why these ideals should remain the bedrock of our society.

    Dynamics of Lawful Warfare in Alliances

    Dynamics of Lawful Warfare in Alliances

    General Vincent Brooks is a pathbreaking Army officer. First in his class at West Point, Brooks rose to become the senior commander of American and allied forces in Korea. The commander of United States Forces Korea also has an important diplomatic role, serving as the head of UN forces in Korea and the senior political-military spokesman in Korea. In this session, Brooks and host John Hamre take us into the operational and legal issues of leading an alliance. They talk through how Brooks had to serve as a warrior and a diplomat in a dynamic theater of operations.

    • 39 min
    Legitimacy and Credibility of the American Judiciary

    Legitimacy and Credibility of the American Judiciary

    Elizabeth Rindskopf-Parker is a unique lawyer. She has served as an educator, a national security lawyer working for both the CIA and the National Security Agency, and was the head of the California Bar Association. In this session, Rindskopf-Parker and host John Hamre delve into the American judiciary. They discuss how it retains legitimacy when courts are constantly dealing with conflict—picking winners and losers. 

    • 38 min
    The Critical Role of Independent Agencies, and How they Remain Accountable to Citizens

    The Critical Role of Independent Agencies, and How they Remain Accountable to Citizens

    Dr. Richard Meserve is a unique individual—a lawyer, a research physicist, former chairman of the Nuclear Regulatory Agency. In this episode, he explains the unique role that independent agencies play in the governance landscape of America. Independent agencies regulate the daily life of most Americans, yet most Americans don't know the critical role they play. Meserve takes us into the world of independent agencies and how they operate to protect democratic principles in the most technical dimension of American life.

    • 35 min
    The Critical Role of Law in Diplomacy and Foreign Policy

    The Critical Role of Law in Diplomacy and Foreign Policy

    John Bellinger served as the senior lawyer in both the Department of State and the National Security Council. In this session, host John Hamre and Bellinger discuss the way rule of law is embedded in diplomacy and foreign policy. Bellinger articulates the role that international law and international institutions play in advancing American interests.

    • 37 min
    Lawful Action on the Battlefront

    Lawful Action on the Battlefront

    Major General John Ewers is a marine who rose to become the senior lawyer for the Marine Corps. In this episode, host John Hamre and Ewers discuss how the rule of law is observed on the battlefield. As the senior legal officer in Iraq, Ewers shares with listeners the challenges of conducting lawful warfare in the most demanding and unpredictable environment. 

    • 33 min
    Balancing Electronic Intelligence with Democratic Rights of Privacy

    Balancing Electronic Intelligence with Democratic Rights of Privacy

    Glenn Gerstell recently stepped down as the general counsel for the National Security Agency, America’s premier technical intelligence agency. In this episode, Gerstell discusses how the United States undertakes sophisticated intelligence collection while staying consistent with a constitutional obligation to protect the privacy of American citizens. 

    • 37 min

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