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

The General and the Ambassador: A Conversation 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, Brazil, Afghanistan, Libya, West Africa, Mexico, Georgia, Cyber, Terrorism, Japan, South Korea and more). A project of the American Academy of Diplomacy.

    The US, Cyprus and the Eastern Mediterranean

    The US, Cyprus and the Eastern Mediterranean

    Ambassador Kathleen Doherty and former Acting Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense Rachel Ellehuus talk about their work together on Cyprus - the effects of the division of the island on US engagement in the region and on NATO,  the decision to lift the long standing US arms embargo,  the dispute over energy resources between Cyprus and Turkey,  Russia’s decades long ties to the island and the “time warp” of the UN monitored buffer zone.

    • 39 min
    The US, Poland and the Eastern Front

    The US, Poland and the Eastern Front

    General Hodges and Ambassador Jones discuss how Poland has become the center of gravity for the US and NATO on the Eastern Front.  They review their joint work to preserve the  security relationship despite major political transitions in both Poland  and in the United States and to prepare for the Warsaw NATO Summit after Russia’s invasion of Crimea.  They also discuss the issue of a permanent US military base in the country,  President Trump’s visit,  the threat to the region from Russia’s military capability in Kaliningrad and Poland’s support for Ukraine after the Russian attack in February 2022.

    • 55 min
    The US & The Civil War in Yemen with General Frank McKenzie and Ambassador Chris Henzel

    The US & The Civil War in Yemen with General Frank McKenzie and Ambassador Chris Henzel

    General McKenzie (former Commander USCENTCOM) and Ambassador Henzel (former US Ambassador to Yemen)  talk about US counter terrorism and political objectives in Yemen, managing a US Embassy in exile,  US security assistance to Saudi Arabia and human rights concerns, Iran’s major military advances in ballistic missiles, Houthi attacks on Saudi Arabia and the UAE, the humanitarian crisis in Yemen and UN peace settlement efforts.

    • 39 min
    Brazil: “You Have a Friend” – Deepening the US Military and Diplomatic Relationship with Admiral Craig Faller and Ambassador Todd Chapman

    Brazil: “You Have a Friend” – Deepening the US Military and Diplomatic Relationship with Admiral Craig Faller and Ambassador Todd Chapman

    Former USSOUTHCOM Commander, Admiral Faller, and former US Ambassador to Brazil, Ambassador Chapman, talk about singing together and their long friendship, their intense efforts to deepen the US-Brazil security relationship with staffs stymied by the COVID pandemic, the long-term significance of the military-to-military relationship, and the Trump/Bolsonaro dynamic.

    • 49 min
    US Engagement in Somalia: A Comprehensive Approach with General Thomas Waldhauser and Ambassador Donald Yamamoto.

    US Engagement in Somalia: A Comprehensive Approach with General Thomas Waldhauser and Ambassador Donald Yamamoto.

    Fighting Al-Shabaab, losing US soldiers, living in an Embassy bunker and managing the Trump Administration’s abrupt order to pull out US troops.  National War College classmates,  General Waldhauser (former Commander US AFRICOM) and Ambassador Yamamoto (US Ambassador to Somalia) describe how they partnered to 1)  build a new Somali national army to fight Al-Shabaab; 2) relieve massive poverty and famine; and 3) juggle clan divisions/clashes to create a new national government.  

    • 40 min
    Building the US-India Relationship During the Trump Administration

    Building the US-India Relationship During the Trump Administration

    Admiral Davidson & Ambassador Juster discuss their joint efforts to strengthen the US-India security relationship despite India’s military dependence on Russia, tense relations with Pakistan & China, and its policy of strategic autonomy.

    • 45 min

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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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