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We bring in people who are current or former military, diplomats, development officers, and field agents to discuss their experiences and recommendations for working the ”last three feet” of foreign relations.

The One CA Podcast Civil Affairs Association

    • Government
    • 5.0 • 33 Ratings

We bring in people who are current or former military, diplomats, development officers, and field agents to discuss their experiences and recommendations for working the ”last three feet” of foreign relations.

    187: Part I, Mickey Bergman on Diplomacy in the Shadows

    187: Part I, Mickey Bergman on Diplomacy in the Shadows

    Please welcome Mickey Bergman, lead author of the book "In The Shadows," where he discusses his experiences negotiating the release of hostages and people unlawfully imprisoned in some of the most restrictive places on Earth. 
    In the book, Mickey takes the reader through his time working with Governor Bill Richardson and, after his death, transforms his legacy into the non-profit Global Reach, where he now brings in a community of people to continue the work. 
    This is the first of a two-part episode. The second part will come out next week. 
    Global Reach Website: https://www.reach.global/
    Link to the book: https://www.amazon.com/Shadows-High-Stakes-Negotiations-Americans-Captured
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    One CA is a product of the civil affairs association 
    and brings in people who are current or former military, diplomats, development officers, and field agents to discuss their experiences on the ground with a partner nation's people and leadership.
    We aim to inspire anyone interested in working in the "last three feet" of U.S. foreign relations. 
    To contact the show, email us at CApodcasting@gmail.com 
    or look us up on the Civil Affairs Association website at www civilaffairsassoc.org
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    Today's music is a tribute to James Chance, who passed away this week. The solo is from his album White Cannable. Retrieved from https://youtu.be/vUfcWDHMEQY?si=gPGLKe6_05aFSE24
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    Host Jack Gaines

    • 22 min
    186: Major Gustavo Ferreira testifies at the U.S. China Economic and Security Review Commission.

    186: Major Gustavo Ferreira testifies at the U.S. China Economic and Security Review Commission.

    Today, we welcome back Major Gustavo Ferreira, a Civil Affairs agriculturalist. Gus originally came on episode 123 to discuss agriculture's impacts on foreign policy. 
    Gus has published two articles, "Does China Have Enough Food to Go to War?" and "Taiwan's Food Resiliency—or Not—in a Conflict with China."
    After publishing, Gus was interviewed on this show, which resulted in an interview with the Economist, a session at the Center for Strategic and International Studies, 
    and now resulting in a congressional testimony with the U.S. China Economic and Security Review Commission. Gus was joined by two others but for this episode, I will only focus on his testimony and discussion with the commission. I'll include links for the full testimony and papers in the show notes. 
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    One CA is a product of the civil affairs association 
    and brings in people who are current or former military, diplomats, development officers, and field agents to discuss their experiences on the ground with a partner nation's people and leadership.
    We aim to inspire anyone interested in working in the "last three feet" of U.S. foreign relations. 
    To contact the show, email us at CApodcasting@gmail.com 
    or look us up on the Civil Affairs Association website at www civilaffairsassoc.org
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    Links: Commission link: https://www.uscc.gov/hearings/chinas-stockpiling-and-mobilization-measures-competition-and-conflict
    Does China Have Enough Food to Go to War? https://www.armyupress.army.mil/Portals/7/PDF-UA-docs/Ferreira-UA.pdf
    Taiwan's Food Resiliency—or Not—in a Conflict with Chinahttps://press.armywarcollege.edu/parameters/vol53/iss2/10/
     
    Special Thanks to Joyful Jamboree · CM BGM Room Bossa Nova In The Café ℗ Cloud Media Released on: 2023-05-16 Producer: CM BGM Room Composer: CM BGM Room Music Publisher: CM BGM Room. 
    Retrieved from https://youtube.com/watch?v=YCTzOnKNaSQ&si=v2hajnhu77yw3FzU
     
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    Showrunner: Jack Gaines

    • 22 min
    185: Scott Mann, Life After Afghanistan

    185: Scott Mann, Life After Afghanistan

    Please welcome Retired Lieutenant Colonel Scott Mann. 
    As a Green Beret, Scott designed and led the local village stability operations program in Afghanistan.
    After leaving the military, he began to focus on using his experience with the struggle of transitioning from a fast-paced and high-risk lifestyle to build a healthy transition to the civilian world of work and family. As a result, he launched "Heroes Journey" to help servicemembers, first responders, and their families cope with post-crisis trauma through storytelling.
    Scott also wrote and featured in the play and film "Last Man Out," which portrays the impacts of war on our Veterans and their families
    Additionally, after Kabul fell to the Taliban, Scott and others launched Task Force Pineapple Express to help Afghan partners leave the country. 
    Lastly, Scott has made three appearances on TEDx to discuss his work with veterans and first responders and is announcing his new book, "No One is Coming to Save You," which will be released in October. 
    This discussion is split into two separate episodes. 
    The first one is to discuss Scott's work prior to the book "No One is Coming to Save You," which airs in October. The Second episode releases in September and is a discussion and the book.
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    One CA is a product of the civil affairs association 
    and brings in people who are current or former military, diplomats, development officers, and field agents to discuss their experiences on the ground with a partner nation's people and leadership.
    We aim to inspire anyone interested in working in the "last three feet" of U.S. foreign relations. 
    To contact the show, email us at CApodcasting@gmail.com 
    or look us up on the Civil Affairs Association website at www civilaffairsassoc.org
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    Special thanks to Ahimsaz for the sample of “Shahamat." Retrieved from https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1wmoH-fHhwQ
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    Host: Jack Gaines

    • 28 min
    184: Megan O’Keefe-Schlesinger on Information Operations. Part II.

    184: Megan O’Keefe-Schlesinger on Information Operations. Part II.

    Welcome to the ONE CA Podcast. I’m LTC Brian Hancock, and I will be your host for this session. Today, we have Major Megan O’Keefe-Schlesinger with us to discuss Civil Affairs, Information Operations, and the U.S. Army School of Advanced Military Studies (SAMS). MAJ Schlesinger, welcome to the show!
     
    Megan O'Keefe-Schlesinger is an Information Advantage practitioner. She has served in the Nevada National Guard medical detachment, the Pacific, Europe and the Middle East in various capacities from the Army Medical Department to civil affairs planner and leader with special operations. In her downtime she volunteered with Team Rubicon assisting with disaster relief in the Mid West and COVID vaccine events. As a student at the command and general staff officer college she studied Defense Support to Civil Authorities and Homeland Security at the University of Kansas  School of Law. She went on to study the impacts of automation on the Army and applying emerging concepts in multi-domain operations to large scale military exercises. 
     
    Disclaimer: A quick reminder for the audience that all remarks are solely those of the presenters.
    One CA is a product of the civil affairs association 
    and brings in people who are current or former military, diplomats, development officers, and field agents to discuss their experiences on the ground with a partner nation's people and leadership.
    We aim to inspire anyone interested in working in the "last three feet" of U.S. foreign relations. 
    To contact the show, email us at CApodcasting@gmail.com 
    or look us up on the Civil Affairs Association website at www civilaffairsassoc.org
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    Special thanks to BluntedBeatz for the sample “Summer Breeze.” Retrieved from https://youtu.be/3P8Xz71BLes?si=r4-xvwcG21cLMWrO
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    Host: Brian Hancock
    Production: Jack Gaines

    • 21 min
    183: Megan O’Keefe-Schlesinger. Leading Information Operations and Influence. Part I

    183: Megan O’Keefe-Schlesinger. Leading Information Operations and Influence. Part I

    Welcome to the ONE CA Podcast. I’m LTC Brian Hancock, and I will be your host for this session. Today, we have Major Megan O’Keefe-Schlesinger with us to discuss Civil Affairs, Information Operations, and the U.S. Army School of Advanced Military Studies (SAMS). MAJ Schlesinger, welcome to the show!
     
    Megan O'Keefe-Schlesinger is an Information Advantage practitioner. She has served in the Nevada National Guard medical detachment, the Pacific, Europe and the Middle East in various capacities from the Army Medical Department to civil affairs planner and leader with special operations. In her downtime she volunteered with Team Rubicon assisting with disaster relief in the Mid West and COVID vaccine events. As a student at the command and general staff officer college she studied Defense Support to Civil Authorities and Homeland Security at the University of Kansas  School of Law. She went on to study the impacts of automation on the Army and applying emerging concepts in multi-domain operations to large scale military exercises. 
     
    Disclaimer: A quick reminder for the audience that all remarks are solely those of the presenters.
    One CA is a product of the civil affairs association 
    and brings in people who are current or former military, diplomats, development officers, and field agents to discuss their experiences on the ground with a partner nation's people and leadership.
    We aim to inspire anyone interested in working in the "last three feet" of U.S. foreign relations. 
    To contact the show, email us at CApodcasting@gmail dot com
    or look us up on the Civil Affairs Association website at www civilaffairsassoc.org
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    Special thanks to BluntedBeatz for the sample “Summer Breeze.” Retrieved from https://youtu.be/3P8Xz71BLes?si=r4-xvwcG21cLMWrO
    ----Credits----
    Host: Brian Hancock
    Production: Jack Gaines

    • 20 min
    182: Natacha Ciezki, from Zaire to America

    182: Natacha Ciezki, from Zaire to America

    Today we welcome Natasha Zieski and discuss her journey from growing up in Zaire to becoming a US citizen and joining Civil Affairs and the State Department's Office of Conflict Stabilization. This episode is a little different, but there is a lot of good stuff in it.
    Enjoy.
    One CA is a product of the civil affairs association 
    and brings in people who are current or former military, diplomats, development officers, and field agents to discuss their experiences on the ground with a partner nation's people and leadership.
    We aim to inspire anyone interested in working in the "last three feet" of U.S. foreign relations. 
    To contact the show, email us at CApodcasting@gmail dot com
    or look us up on the Civil Affairs Association website at www civilaffairsassoc.org
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    Special Thanks to the Cafe Music BGM channel for sampling Hip Hop Jazz & Chill Jazz Summer Beach Mix - Instrumental Cafe Music. Retrieved from: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YROyrBBf9WQ
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    Credits
    Sponsor: Civil Affairs Association
    Host: Jack Gaines

    • 30 min

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