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Diplomacy & Defense: Unique conversations between US Ambassadors and senior US General Officers on their partnerships across the globe (Russia, Afghanistan, Libya, West Africa, Mexico, Haiti, Georgia, Cyber, Terrorism, Japan, South Korea and more). A project of the American Academy of Diplomacy.

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Diplomacy & Defense: Unique conversations between US Ambassadors and senior US General Officers on their partnerships across the globe (Russia, Afghanistan, Libya, West Africa, Mexico, Haiti, Georgia, Cyber, Terrorism, Japan, South Korea and more). A project of the American Academy of Diplomacy.

    Afghanistan: Choosing to Lose & Moral Obligations

    Afghanistan: Choosing to Lose & Moral Obligations

    In this special episode, former ISAF Commander British General David Richards and former US Ambassador Ronald Neumann critically review ever-shifting US and Western goals and objectives in Afghanistan,  the weakness of the US-led DOHA peace agreement and the effects of the chaotic withdrawal. In their view, the US and its allies CHOSE to lose and have obligations towards those who were left behind.  They offer perspectives on next steps.

    • 41 min
    The Republic of Korea: US Dip-Mil engagement during the Trump Administration with General Robert Abrams and Ambassador Harry Harris

    The Republic of Korea: US Dip-Mil engagement during the Trump Administration with General Robert Abrams and Ambassador Harry Harris

    General Abrams and Ambassador Harris discuss their partnership,  the treaty alliance with the ROK,  the shift under the Trump Administration to a top down approach to foreign policy and to a transactional relationships with allies, US summitry efforts with North Korea, managing  ROK initiatives, the storming of the Ambassador’s residence, the threat of the PRC and the value of the Quad and AUKUS.  

    • 50 min
    Managing Adversity- Serving in Russia: A conversation with Ambassador Jon Huntsman and Admiral David Manero

    Managing Adversity- Serving in Russia: A conversation with Ambassador Jon Huntsman and Admiral David Manero

    Former US Ambassador to Russia Jon Huntsman and former US Defense Attaché Admiral David Manero describe the effects of the large expulsion of US diplomats from Russia during a period of heightened tensions, their ground game to advance US interests in a hostile environment, Russia’s toolbox and offensive tactics and US actions to counter them.

    • 51 min
    The Front Lines in Syria with General Jasper Jeffers and Ambassador William Roebuck

    The Front Lines in Syria with General Jasper Jeffers and Ambassador William Roebuck

    Ambassador Roebuck and General Jeffers discuss: how the US diplomatic team in northeastern Syria was embedded and partnered with US Special Forces; the pushback of ISIS working with the SDF; managing encounters with Russian troops; the major fallout of US acquiescence of Turkey’s 2019 invasion to drive the SDF forces away from the border; prospects for a political solution to the unwinnable war and lessons learned on US dip/mil cooperation in conflict areas. 

    • 40 min
    US National Security Interests in West Africa: Opportunities and Dangers with Ambassador Robin Sanders and General Kip Ward

    US National Security Interests in West Africa: Opportunities and Dangers with Ambassador Robin Sanders and General Kip Ward

    Ambassador Sanders (former US Ambassador to Nigeria & Congo) and General Ward (former Commander US AFRICOM) discuss US interests in the region including the opportunities (huge markets, a youth bulge, many UN Votes) and the dangers (political instability, sharply rising violence from criminal networks and extremists groups including Boko Haram). They talk about the region’s original rejection of the US African Command and its current request for a greater US military presence.  Finally, they discuss the issue of great power competition on the continent, the mixed messages coming from the US and Africa’s rejection of being “the chessboard on which China and the US play”.   
     

    • 58 min
    Vietnam & The US: Legacy and Partnership with Admiral Scott Swift and Ambassador Ted Osius

    Vietnam & The US: Legacy and Partnership with Admiral Scott Swift and Ambassador Ted Osius

    Admiral Swift (former PACOM) and Ambassador Osius discuss; 1) how legacy issues (cleaning up after Agent Orange, finding POW/MIA) have slowly laid the basis of trust; 2) how key visits and US gestures have led to breakthroughs; 3) the role of US veterans and of Vietnamese refugees in building ties; 4) managing sensitive issues (human rights and the long history between China and Vietnam). 

    • 49 min

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Good podcast

I enjoy the variety of perspectives. Would be interested to hear more podcasts about the Indian Ocean rim countries.

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Great concept, very engaging!

Such a cool idea, this is a great way to engage wider audiences on issues of diplomacy that aren’t always accessible to all. Very important for this kind of work to be supported! I look forward to future episodes and conversations.

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