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Building the Future: Freedom, Prosperity, and Foreign Policy with Dan Runde
30 minutes | Jan 19, 2022
CryptoDad with Chris Giancarlo
In this episode of Building the Future, Dan Runde interviews Chris Giancarlo about his new book CryptoDad: The Fight for the Future of Money and the future of digital currencies. Mr. Giancarlo, the 13th chairman of the US Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC), discusses America’s move towards cryptocurrency in the age of the internet and digital markets. He explains the role of the CFTC and cryptocurrency regulations, as well as China’s vision for its own digital currency.
34 minutes | Jan 5, 2022
There is Nothing Here for You with Fiona Hill
In this episode of Building the Future, Dan Runde interviews Fiona Hill on her new book, There Is Nothing for You Here: Finding Opportunity in the Twenty-First Century. Fiona, the former senior director for European and Russian affairs on the National Security Council, talks about her journey into policy and government and her work in the Trump Administration’s National Security Council. As an expert on European and Russian Affairs, Fiona also discusses the role of Russia in U.S. politics and on the global stage.
25 minutes | Dec 15, 2021
Bonus Episode: Sin Trabajo Con Gabriel Zinny
In this Spanish-language bonus episode of “Building the Future”, Dan Runde interviews Gabriel Sánchez Zinny, current Director of Blue Star Strategies, about his new book Sin Trabajo, which talks about the lack of formal work in Latin America and the Caribbean and recommendations for moving toward a more prosperous future job. Mr. Zinny also shares the lessons he learned during his time as Minister of Education for Buenos Aires, Argentina.En este episodio de “Construyendo el futuro”, Dan Runde entrevista a Gabriel Sánchez Zinny, actual Director en Blue Star Strategies, acerca de su nuevo libro Sin trabajo, que habla de la falta de trabajo formal en América Latina y el Caribe y recomendaciones para avanzar hacía un futuro laboral más próspero. El Señor Zinny también habla sobre lecciones aprendidas durante su tiempo trabajando en el Ministro de Educación de la Provincia de Buenos Aires, Argentina.
14 minutes | Dec 8, 2021
Afghanistan from a Former Female Provincial Council Member's Eyes: Sarina Faizy
In this episode of Building the Future, Dan Runde interviews Sarina Faizy, a former Provincial Council Member of Kandahar-Afghanistan. Sarina recalls her experiences working for a local Afghan government while experiencing sexism and intimidation, and talks about how she overcame such odds. She shares her vision of Afghanistan's future and how women can continue to fight for gender equality and women's rights in Afghanistan.
21 minutes | Nov 10, 2021
The Global Covid-19 Response with Gary Edson
In this episode of Building the Future, Dan speaks with Gary Edson, President of the Covid Collaborative, and longtime leader in U.S. development and global health initiatives. Gary and Dan speak on the Covid-19 response of the last year and a half, and how developed countries can help developing countries struggling with the pandemic and vaccine shortfall. They also address how the U.S. can prepare for future pandemics, early pandemic warning systems, and the role of the private sector in vaccine distribution.
31 minutes | Oct 27, 2021
Foreign Policy and Conservatism with Dr. Peter Berkowitz
Dr. Peter Berkowitz, the Tad and Dianne Taube Senior Fellow at the Hoover Institution, joins this week’s episode of Building the Future. As the former Director of Policy Planning at the U.S. State Department from 2019 to 2021, Peter discusses the Trump Administration’s take on competition with China, recent events in Afghanistan, and the multilateral system. The pair talk about the current state of the conservative movement in international affairs and how conservatives approach foreign policy.
22 minutes | Oct 13, 2021
Part 2: The American War in Afghanistan with Dr. Carter Malkasian
In part two of Dan’s interview with Dr. Carter Malkasian, the pair discuss the lessons of the Afghanistan War and what the U.S. government can do to elevate their foreign service programs. They reason that in order to better reach populations that the United States have operations in, the State Department needs to integrate specialized language programs such as Dari, Pashto, and more. This episode also covers how Afghan society changed in the last 20 year, what people may expect from the Taliban government, and the future of Afghanistan.
26 minutes | Sep 29, 2021
Part 1: The American War in Afghanistan with Dr. Carter Malkasian
In this episode of Building the Future, Dan Runde speaks with Dr. Carter Malkasian, a premier scholar-practitioner on the Afghanistan War. Dr. Malkasian served as the senior advisor to General Joseph Dunford, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, from 2015 to 2019 and spent several years in Afghanistan and Iraq. Dr. Malkasian recalls his experiences on the ground, how his experiences shaped his view of the Afghanistan war, and the current sentiment of Afghans post-Taliban takeover. This is part one of a two part series reflecting on the war in Afghanistan.
35 minutes | Sep 15, 2021
Afghanistan and the Refugee Crisis: A Conversation with Refugees International's Hardin Lang
Hardin Lang, Vice President for Policy and Programs at Refugees International, joins Dan Runde in this week's episode of Building the Future. Dan and Hardin discuss the ballooning refugee crisis and the latest updates on the humanitarian situation in Afghanistan. Their conversation spans the different countries that could take in Afghan refugees, the magnitude of the refugee crisis, and the actions that the U.S. and other countries should take to mitigate internally displaced Afghans.For those concerned about the ongoing emergency, consider contributing to NGOs on the ground such as the International Rescue Committee, Mercy Corps, and others that are providing humanitarian relief in Afghanistan, as well as refugee resettlement agencies such as the Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service working to help Afghan refugees navigating the legal application processes.
25 minutes | Sep 1, 2021
Chiquita and Caribbean Bananas with Ambassador Richard Bernal
Ambassador Richard Bernal joins Dan Runde in this episode of Building the Future. Ambassador Bernal was the Jamaican Ambassador to the United States from 1991 to 2001 and has a lauded career as a professional economist and professor. The episode dives into Ambassador Bernal’s new book, Corporate versus National Interest in U.S. Trade Policy: Chiquita and Caribbean Bananas. The pair talk about the book’s study of the Clinton Administration’s decision to engage in a trade war with the European Union over bananas that were not even produced in the U.S., and the similarities in economic decisions today.This fall, Building the Future will move back to a bi-weekly schedule, so please join us for our next episode on 9/15.
28 minutes | Jul 21, 2021
The Trump Paradox: U.S.-Mexico Migration and Trade with Dr. Raul Hinojosa-Ojeda
Please note: We will be taking a hiatus for the month of August and will be back on September 1 with a conversation with Dr. Richard Bernal. We look forward to seeing you again in the fall!In this episode of Building the Future, Dan is joined by Dr. Raul Hinojosa-Ojeda, Associate Professor at UCLA and author of The Trump Paradox: Migration, Trade, and Racial Politics in US-Mexico Integration. The conversation follows Dr. Hinojosa-Ojeda’s inspiration for The Trump Paradox and the polarization of immigration and trade in the United States. This episode touches on the current impact of immigration, the importance of remittances to immigrants, and how to reform the system around remittances. The discussion finishes with how the U.S. should position itself going forward, in respect to future immigration and the use of development banks.
26 minutes | Jul 14, 2021
Biden's Domestic Economic Agenda and the "Near Abroad" with Dr. Richard Feinberg
In this episode of Building the Future, Dan is joined by Dr. Richard Feinberg, an economics professor at the University of California, San Diego with over 40s years’ experience in inter-American relations. Dr. Feinberg recently published “Widening the Aperture: Nearshoring in Our ‘Near Abroad”, a report on Biden administration’s domestic economic agenda. The discussion centers around American interactions with our ‘near abroad’, namely central America and the Caribbean. The pair discuss the emphasis that the Biden administration should place on this region, especially considering shifting supply chains, increased presence of Chinese investments, and the differing situations of the countries in the region.
21 minutes | Jul 7, 2021
Civility Rules!: A Conversation with Shelby Scarbrough
In this episode of Building the Future, Dan is joined by Shelby Scarbrough, founder of Practical Protocol and author of her new book Civility Rules! Creating a Purposeful Practice of Civility. The pair discuss Shelby’s career and how her experiences taught her the importance of treating people civilly in professional interactions. Shelby talks about the difference between civility and being nice, and how the idea of “civility” changes across cultural borders. The conversation touches on topics like the role of civility in the digital age, civility in how democracies work, and examples of civility in leadership.
32 minutes | Jun 30, 2021
Andean Adventures: A Conversation with Author Allan J. "Alonzo" Wind
In this episode of Building the Future, Dan is joined by Allan J. “Alonzo” Wind, former USAID Foreign Service Officer as they discuss his career and new book “Andean Adventures: An Unexpected Search for Meaning, Purpose, and Discovery Across Three Countries”. They begin with his early career in South America with the peace corps and NGO work. This conversation is framed in a larger discussion over the idea of national service in America. They then discuss his work with USAID, which took him around the world, from central America, to Africa, to the Middle East. Lastly, they discuss the importance of modern foreign aid, and the necessary changes needed to the system due to both its own shortcomings and challenges from other global powers.
27 minutes | Jun 23, 2021
Gender Equity and Global Financial Inclusion
CSIS Americas Deputy Director, Maggie Seminario, guest hosts this week's Building the Future episode on Gender Equity and Financial Inclusion. In this episode, we talk with Mia Mitchell (from the U.S. Department of State) and Sonja Kelly (from the Women's World Banking) to understand the barriers we face to enabling inclusive access to finance to women around the world while discussing the various opportunities that the U.S. government has in overcoming such hurdles.This is the second part of the two-part series on Digital ID-enabled Financial Inclusion and has been produced thanks to the generous support from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.
20 minutes | Jun 16, 2021
NATO post-Trump: Europe’s Interaction with China and Russia and the Global Role of the United States
In this episode of Building the Future, Dan is joined by Ambassador Javier Rupérez, former Spanish Ambassador to the United States for the second part of their conversation. They begin by discussing the diminishing role of Christian Democratic Parties within Europe. They then shift into the importance of NATO, the differing views on China and Russia within Europe, and the cooperation needed in dealing with the competitors’ rising power. They then discuss Covid-19 and their views on the increased connectivity and the economic struggles that followed in its wake. The conversation concludes with a discussion of how the Biden administration can reset U.S. engagement and leadership on the global stage.
27 minutes | Jun 9, 2021
The Spanish Miracle: Successful Democratic Transition and International Engagement
In this episode, Dan is joined by Ambassador Javier Rupérez, former Spanish Ambassador to the United States. They begin by discussing Rupérez's experiences growing up under the Franco regime and his initial political experiences in organizations that opposed the dictator. After university, Rupérez joined the Spanish foreign service where he was exposed to the international system. Rupérez then describes his involvement in Spain's successful democratic transition. Once Spain became a democracy, he played a critical role in guiding the country's new foreign policy. Rupérez recounts his successful campaign for Spain's membership in the NATO, despite political opposition.This is the first in a series of two episodes from Dan's conversation with Ambassador Rupérez.
25 minutes | Jun 2, 2021
Challenges and Changes at USAID: A Conversation with Dr. Bill Steiger
In this episode Dan is joined by Dr. Bill Steiger, former Chief of Staff at USAID. Previously, Dr. Steiger was successively Managing Director and Chief Program Officer at Pink Ribbon Red Ribbon and worked as a Senior Advisor at the Global Fund. He was also Special Assistant for International Affairs to the Secretary of Health and Human Services in the George W. Bush Administration.Dan and Dr. Steiger begin their conversation by discussing how Dr. Steiger began his long-term career in public service. The two then go on to discuss some of the challenges that Dr. Steiger observed during his time as Chief of Staff at USAID and the ways in which these challenges influenced the agency’s relationships within different government branches. Afterward, they speak about some of ongoing successes and “wins” that Dr. Steiger witnessed at the agency, including an entire structural change. Dr. Steiger goes on to specifically highlight a shift in culture at the agency and outlines the immense progress it has made with respect to its risk appetite statement, its acquisition and assistance strategy, and its digital strategy. Dan and Dr. Steiger then consider the lasting implications that the Covid-19 pandemic will have on global development initiatives and discuss new humanitarian assistance patterns the world might begin to see. Finally, they talk through the impacts and the potential outcomes of the upcoming World Health Organization (WHO) election in 2022.Please visit our website to view the statistics Dr. Steiger has provided.
41 minutes | May 26, 2021
Enabling a Functional, Reliable, and Secure Digital ID
Dan's colleague and long-time friend John Simon guest hosts this week's episode to talk about how the developing world can develop and adopt a functional, reliable, and secure digital ID. Achieving universal financial inclusion requires a reliable and inclusive identification document –– a digital one, given the modern world. John, who was the former US Ambassador to the African Union, sits down with Kate Wilson (CEO of the Digital Impact Alliance) and Paul Lekas (who is with the National Security Commission on AI) to discuss how to approach the legal, structural, and design barriers to realizing a Universal Digital ID and how the U.S. can play a constructive role.This is the first in a series of two episodes on Digital ID-enabled Financial Inclusion and has been produced thanks to the generous support from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.
35 minutes | May 19, 2021
The Emperor's New Road – A Conversation with Jonathan Hillman on China and the Project of the Century
In this episode, Dan speaks with his colleague and director of the CSIS Reconnecting Asia Project, Jonathan E. Hillman, who is the author of a new book on the Belt and Road Initiative, The Emperor's New Road: China and the Project of the Century. This conversation comes at an interesting time as the United States is mapping out its own infrastructure investment needs. Jon and Dan have worked closely on the issue of increasing influence of the People’s Republic of China in global infrastructure development and have produced dozens of analysis for U.S. officials and lawmakers on the geopolitical stakes of China’s multi trillion dollar global infrastructure development project that spans across the world. In this podcast, Jon chronicles some of his key takeaways from writing this book and discuss among other things the true cost of BRI investments for the developing countries, the U.S. role in enabling an alternative globally, and even the best travel destinations in Central Asia.
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