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Leadership and National Security: Unique conversations between senior US military and defense officials and US Ambassadors on their partnership in global crises.

The General and the Ambassador: A Conversation American Academy of Diplomacy

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Leadership and National Security: Unique conversations between senior US military and defense officials and US Ambassadors on their partnership in global crises.

    Partnering with Open Eyes – The US-Turkey Security Relationship

    Partnering with Open Eyes – The US-Turkey Security Relationship

    General Tod Wolters and Ambassador David Satterfield talk about the key elements of their successful partnership in managing the US-Turkey security relationship (2019-2022): having a clear strategy, relying on the strong US/NATO/Turkey mil to mil relationship and holding frank talks.  Topics:  Turkey’s strong commitment to NATO;  US Turkish differences over the US partnership with the SDF in Syria;  Turkey’s purchase of a Russian missile defense systems; Greek/Turkish clashes & Turkey’s relationship with Russia.

    • 44 min
    Boots and Suits: US Dip-Mil Collaboration in Kosovo

    Boots and Suits: US Dip-Mil Collaboration in Kosovo

    Admiral James Foggo and Ambassador Philip Kosnett talk about their collaboration to launch the book “Boots and Suits”,  share their personal observations of US civil military relations in the field and explain how they led US diplomatic and military engagement in Kosovo in the midst of continued tensions with Serbia and Russian influence operations in the Balkans.

    • 48 min
    US Colombia Partnership & the 2016 Peace Accord with Colombian General Alberto Mejia and Ambassador Kevin Whitaker

    US Colombia Partnership & the 2016 Peace Accord with Colombian General Alberto Mejia and Ambassador Kevin Whitaker

    General Mejia and Ambassador Whitaker discuss the arduous effort to negotiate a peace agreement between the Govt of Colombia and the FARC. Topics include: the campaign plan (Espada de Honor) in which the military got access to new key intelligence & used tactics/ equipment provided by the US through Plan Colombia, to drive the FARC to the table;  the multiyear negotiations pursued in Cuba in the presence of a special US envoy; the complicated broad terms of the agreement; how it has been implemented (demobilization, transitional justice and coca cultivation); and the continued challenge of dissident FARC members, other insurgent/paramilitary groups & criminal networks.

    • 52 min
    The National Guard & US National Security - The Partnership Program between Mississippi and Uzbekistan

    The National Guard & US National Security - The Partnership Program between Mississippi and Uzbekistan

    Mississippi Adjutant General, General Janson Boyles, and former US Ambassador to Uzbekistan, Pamela Spratlen discuss the role of the US national guard overseas, focusing on the State Partnership Program between the Mississippi National Guard and Uzbekistan.  They review the US-Uzbek security relationship over the years;  their joint efforts to encourage the country’s emergence from isolation; the Mississippi National Guard’s role in influencing Uzbek military leadership and in strengthening bilateral civilian/economic ties; and the important role of the Mississippi Assistant Adjutant General, Congressman Trent Kelly.

    • 25 min
    Shifting US strategic interests in Africa – Pawn or Partner

    Shifting US strategic interests in Africa – Pawn or Partner

    Admiral Franken and Ambassador Pasi talk about shifting US strategic interests in Africa, the key role of the US base in Djibouti,  the challenge of regional terrorist groups (Al Shabaab, Boko Haram),  the policy of “sound bites” of the Trump Administration, sitting on prayer rugs to inform the government of Chad of the Trump travel ban,  the effects of China’s vast economic investments across the continent and Russia’s “moon” promises to the region.
     

    • 43 min
    US Security Priorities in Latin America

    US Security Priorities in Latin America

    Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense Daniel Erikson and Ambassador Luis Arreaga review the transformation of the role of the military Latin America, attempts by some governments today to use them for political purpose, the value of US regional engagement in training/disaster response/climate change/cybersecurity and how the region views China. 

    • 38 min

Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5
51 Ratings

51 Ratings

dtothewizzle ,

Need more content focused on conflict with PRC

Seems strange that less than 10% of content relates to the USA's only real strategic competitor...when will this podcast finally pivot? This sadly is a representation of the entire DoD and DoS.

Sarita7981 ,

Good podcast

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

Pasha Vafaee ,

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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