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On the Cusp
19 minutes | 9 days ago
Kerstin Lundgren on Chinese economic coercion: the how, why, & what we can do about it
Host, Elisabeth Braw, speaks with Kerstin Lundgren, third deputy speaker of the Swedish Parliament, about how and why China strongarms Western businesses... and what Western governments can do about it.
25 minutes | 20 days ago
How NATO plans to make us all more resilient with Hasit Thankey
Host, Elisabeth Braw, speaks with Hasit Thankey, Head of NATO's Civil Preparedness Unit, about NATO's new direction and its plans to help member states build civilians' resilience and prepare them against grayzone threats.
25 minutes | a month ago
President Toomas Hendrik Ilves & disinformation from Soviet Russia to Facebook
Host, Elisabeth Braw, speaks to former Estonian president and Stanford University fellow, Toomas Hendrik Ilves, about disinformation and why it has such power to destabilize our democracies.
19 minutes | 2 months ago
Edward Lucas on Australia's #freedomwine & Chinese coercion
Host, Elisabeth Braw, speaks to Edward Lucas, journalist and Senior Fellow at the Center for European Policy Analysis (CEPA), about the rise of #freedomwine to protect Australia's wine industry and the far-reaching implications of Chinese economic coercion.
19 minutes | 2 months ago
Solar Winds and the future of cyber deterrence with Brigadier General (Ret) Guy Walsh
Host, Elisabeth Braw, discusses the recent Solar Winds attack against US government agencies with Brigadier General (Ret.) Guy Walsh. Together, they examine the changing rules of cyber warfare and cyber deterrence and explain why it is more important than ever for the US military to partner with the private sector to protect civil society.
27 minutes | 3 months ago
Dr Kevin Casas-Zamora on the 2020 US elections & the future of democracy
Host, Elisabeth Braw, speaks to Dr Kevin Casas-Zamora, Secretary General of International IDEA, about the 2020 US Presidential Election, how misinformation compromises our elections, and the future of democracy in the 21st century.
23 minutes | 4 months ago
UK's Lord Toby Harris on why we should be a "Just-In-Case" Society
AEI's Elisabeth Braw in conversation with Lord Toby Harris, founder of the UK National Preparedness Commission and member of UK Parliament's Joint Committee for National Security Strategy, about moving from a "just-in-time" society to a "just-in-case" society and the value of redundancy.
22 minutes | 4 months ago
Defense Spending & What We Can Learn From Sweden with Dr Pål Jonson
Elisabeth Braw and Dr Pål Jonson, Chairman of Sweden's Committee on Defense, discuss Sweden's recent, radical hikes in defense spending and how the Nordic country is equipping to face 21st century threats.
25 minutes | 4 months ago
US Resilience with Craig Fugate (FEMA)
Elisabeth Braw discusses American resilience with Craig Fugate of FEMA.
28 minutes | 5 months ago
General Riho Terras
What can other countries learn from Estonia's defence against greyzone aggression? How to best involve youth in national security? And what was it like to do more than three years' military service in the Soviet Navy? In the season finale, Elisabeth Braw speaks with General Riho Terras, until 2018 Estonia's chief of defence and now a member of the European Parliament.
27 minutes | 6 months ago
Professor Henry Farrell and Professor Abraham Newman
Globalisation is the new frontline of great-power competition. What does it mean China has cornered the market for rare earth processing (think smartphones and electric car batteries)? What about global choke points that can be exploited by countries wishing to harm each other? Elisabeth Braw discusses with professors Henry Farrell and Abraham Newman.
37 minutes | 6 months ago
Even with competitive national service, motivating soldiers is important. Elisabeth Braw discusses what motivates conscripts during their service with Nina Hellum, a social anthropologist at the Norwegian Defence Research Establishment. Hellum specialises in soldier behaviour and has just completed a report on conscript motivation.
30 minutes | 7 months ago
Dr Markus Jakobsson
Ever heard the term SIM-jacking? If not, you should familiarise yourself with this growing form of cyber aggression. Victims include Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey. In this episode of On the Cusp, Elisabeth Braw discusses new forms of cyber aggression directed at individuals with Dr Markus Jakobsson, a leading cryptologist and former principal scientist at PayPal. Listen to the end for an interesting trail leading to a government.
26 minutes | 7 months ago
Stewart McDonald MP
Elisabeth Braw speaks with Stewart McDonald MP, the SNP's defence spokesman, who has followed up on Elisabeth's proposal for teenager resilience training and initiated a Resilience Scotland proposal. In McDonald's Resilience Scotland plan, people from all parts of society will be able to attend resilience training and as a result help themselves and their communities in crises.
25 minutes | 8 months ago
Senator Angus King
Elisabeth Braw speaks with Senator Angus King of Maine, one of two independent members of the US Senate and the co-chairman of the US Cyberspace Solarium Commission, about how to deter cyber attacks. Plus, how to keep the economy going in case of severe cyber attacks? How to incentivise companies and citizens to play a larger role in cyber preparedness? And how will the Commission get its excellent proposals through Congress?
29 minutes | 8 months ago
Elisabeth Braw speaks with British member of parliament and disinformation expert Damian Collins about why disinformation and misinformation keep spreading and whether parliaments should legislate to fix the problem. Plus: should other countries’ parliaments be able to subpoena US social media executives, and what happens when growing parts of society only access news that’s not vetted?
26 minutes | 8 months ago
Rear Admiral Ewa Skoog Haslum
Elisabeth Braw speaks with Rear Admiral Ewa Skoog Haslum, the Swedish Navy's new commander, about the challenges of defending a country with an enormous coastline, about greyzone aggression, citizens' trust in authorities, involving youth in national security and what it's like to command a submarine-hunting flotilla.
26 minutes | 9 months ago
Deputy Prime Minister Artis Pabriks
Latvia faces unenviable national security challenges, including a mighty neighbour to the East. But the country has an answer: in a new programme called Comprehensive Defence, the government is involving everyone from teenagers to businesses in national security. And it seems to be working. In this podcast episode, Elisabeth Braw discusses Comprehensive Defence with Latvia's defence minister and deputy prime minister Dr Artis Pabriks.
28 minutes | 9 months ago
Despite massive efforts to improve cyber defence, cyber attacks are growing. Even hospitals are attacked. A central but little-discussed aspect are the legal implications for cyber victims. Listen to Elisabeth Braw’s discussion with Jonathan Kewley, who as co-head of Clifford Chance’s Tech Group leads more than 400 lawyers.
33 minutes | 10 months ago
Elisabeth Braw speaks with Giedrimas Jeglinskas, NATO’s Assistant Secretary-General for Executive Management, about what his job running NATO’s headquarters entails, about NATO’s efforts to help fight coronavirus and whether NATO should even do humanitarian work. Plus, is the alliance capable of innovating?
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