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22 minutes | 8 months ago
Why Allies Rebel: Defiant Local Partners in Counterinsurgency Wars
With Labor Day behind us and the weather cooling down, summer is very nearly over - but there's still time for one more episode of our special Summer Reading List podcast series. Our last episode features Barbara Elias, an Assistant Professor of Government at Bowdoin College specializing in international relations, insurgency warfare, U.S. foreign policy, and the relationship between Islam and politics. Her new book, Why Allies Rebel: Defiant Local Partners in Counterinsurgency Wars, was released by Cambridge University Press in June. In our conversation, Professor Elias explains why local forces in war-torn countries may choose to cooperate with - or defy - a foreign intervening power; what the stories she tells in her book, from Vietnam to Afghanistan, mean for the future of U.S. foreign policy; and how to approach research in archives. Music & Produced by Tre Hester.
29 minutes | 9 months ago
Protocol: The Power of Diplomacy and How to Make It Work For You
The new semester might be getting started, but the weather still feels like summer here in Philadelphia, and we hope you find time to enjoy a few more books on your summer reading list before the fall truly sets in. Our latest guest on our Summer Reading List podcast is Ambassador Capricia Marshall, who served as Chief of Protocol of the United States from 2009 to 2013, overseeing the details of democracy during countless state visits and global summits. Her new book is titled Protocol: The Power of Diplomacy and How to Make It Work For You. In our conversation, Marshall explains what protocol is, and why people often best understand its importance only when it goes wrong; whether shifts in the international order are affecting protocol practices; and how COVID-19 has changed her rules for good protocol. The Summer Reading List is a special edition of our podcast, The Global Cable. Throughout the summer, we're releasing new conversations with authors, discussing their latest books and the inspiration behind them. Music & Produced by Tre Hester.
26 minutes | 9 months ago
The Deviant's War: The Homosexual vs. the United States of America
Our guest this week is Eric Cervini, an award-winning historian of LGBTQ+ politics and culture. A former Gates Scholar at the University of Cambridge, where he received his Ph.D., he is an authority on 1960s gay activism. He serves on the Board of Directors of the Harvard Gender and Sexuality Caucus, and on the Board of Advisors of the Mattachine Society of Washington, D.C., a nonprofit dedicated to preserving gay American history. Cervini’s new book, The Deviant’s War: The Homosexual vs. the United States of America, is a history of the fight for gay rights that began a generation before Stonewall. In our conversation, Cervini tells the story of World War Two veteran Frank Kameny, whose security clearance was rejected because he was gay and who became an important figure in the American gay rights movement; what the absence of some gay activists from the public narrative says about who we remember and why; and how the United States should honor its LGBTQ+ heroes. Music & Produced by Tre Hester.
35 minutes | 10 months ago
China's Western Horizon: Beijing and the New Geopolitics of Eurasia
Our latest guest on the Summer Reading List is Daniel Markey, a senior research professor at Johns Hopkins University’s School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) and the academic director of SAIS’s Global Policy Program. From 2003 to 2007, Markey held the South Asia portfolio on the Secretary’s Policy Planning Staff at the US Department of State. In this week's episode, Markey talks to our host John Gans about his book China's Western Horizon: Beijing and the New Geopolitics of Eurasia. He explains China's landmark Belt and Road Initiative; why China’s rise won’t necessarily be on its own terms; why he’d like to meet China's President Xi Jinping; and what he learned on a research trip to Kazahkstan. The Summer Reading List is a special edition of our podcast, The Global Cable. Throughout the summer, we'll release new conversations with authors, discussing their latest books and the inspiration behind them. Music & Produced by Tre Hester.
27 minutes | 10 months ago
Crippling Leviathan: How Foreign Subversion Weakens the State
This summer, we've launched a special edition of The Global Cable - our 'Summer Reading List.' Every other week, we'll release a new conversation with an author, discussing their latest book and the inspiration behind it. This week's guest is Melissa Lee, Assistant Professor of Politics and International Affairs at Princeton University and our next Lightning Scholar at Perry World House. She talks to our host John Gans about her new book, Crippling Leviathan: How Foreign Subversion Weakens the State. She explains why not all nation-states are created equal, how the Internet has become a space for foreign subversion, and how the fight against COVID-19 has impacted her thinking on state capacity in recent months. Music & Produced by Tre Hester.
35 minutes | a year ago
The Great Rift: Dick Cheney, Colin Powell, and the Broken Friendship that Defined an Era
This summer, we're launching a special edition of The Global Cable - our 'Summer Reading List.' Every other week, we'll release a new conversation with a writer, discussing their latest book. We want to hear what inspired them, what they learned during the writing process, and more. Our first guest is renowned journalist and author James Mann, talking about his book The Great Rift: Dick Cheney, Colin Powell, and the Broken Friendship that Defined an Era. He shares what he learned about these two famous figures in U.S. politics, and why their story matters at a moment when the United States is so divided at home and diminished on the world stage.
33 minutes | a year ago
Conflict, Competition, and COVID-19 with Michael Horowitz
This week, Season 3 of The Global Cable comes to a close. Our final conversation of the 2019-20 academic year is with Michael Horowitz, Professor of Political Science and incoming Director at Perry World House. In this episode, Michael talks to us about what COVID-19 means for great power competition and global politics; whether war could be a likely outcome of the pandemic; and the complex issues surrounding the development of a vaccine, which he calls a 'global Manhattan Project.' Thank you for listening to our third season, and stay tuned for more from The Global Cable this summer! Music & Produced by Tre Hester.
38 minutes | a year ago
Coming Back from COVID-19 with Charlie Dent
This week's episode features Charlie Dent, who spent seven terms representing the 15th Congressional District of Pennsylvania on Capitol Hill. Alongside being a Visiting Fellow at Perry World House, he serves as a senior policy adviser at DLA Piper and as a political analyst for CNN. On The Global Cable, Dent talks to our host John Gans about his own recent bout with COVID-19; how Congress is responding to the crisis, and the prospect for further bipartisan collaboration between Democrats and Republicans as the U.S. looks at how to hold a presidential election during a pandemic. Music & Produced by Tre Hester
26 minutes | a year ago
Confronting Climate Change with Koko Warner
This week's episode of The Global Cable features Koko Warner, a Visiting Fellow at Perry World House. Warner has been Manager of the Climate Impacts, Vulnerability, and Risks Subprogram at the United Nations Framework on Convention on Climate Change since 2016. Warner talks to us about coronavirus exposing how ill-prepared the world is for a global crisis like climate change; how we get the public to take the enormous risks of climate change seriously; and what gives her hope for the future. Music & Produced by Tre Hester.
23 minutes | a year ago
Building A.I. Armies with Erik Lin-Greenberg
This week's episode of The Global Cable features Erik Lin-Greenberg, a Postdoctoral Fellow at Perry World House researching how the military adopts new technologies. On today's episode, Erik talks about how his own military service has shaped his life and informed his research; what it was like to set up war games with national security experts to test how they'd react to new technologies being deployed on the field of battle; and the biggest challenges for the U.S. military as it attempts to harness the power of A.I. Music & Produced by Tre Hester.
24 minutes | a year ago
How States Justify Targeted Killings with Elena Chachko
This week's guest on The Global Cable is Elena Chachko, who is a Postdoctoral Fellow at Perry World House this year. She is a legal expert who has worked with Israel's Ministry of Foreign Affairs and its Supreme Court. On today's episode, Elena talks to us about what was the biggest foreign policy issue of the year before the COVID-19 pandemic hit - the assassination of Iranian military leader Qasem Soleimani. She explains how international and U.S. law have evolved to allow for targeted killings like this, and shares her insights into the ongoing political crisis in Israel. Music & Produced by Tre Hester.
29 minutes | a year ago
A Warning From Italy with Erik Jones
This week's episode of The Global Cable features Professor Erik Jones, Director of European and Eurasian Studies at Johns Hopkins University. He is based at the university's Europe campus in Bologna, Italy, and is therefore on the ground in one of the places hardest hit by the COVID-19 pandemic. He talks to us about what daily life has been like in Italy during the crisis, what the U.S. and other nations should learn from the Italian experience, and what the economic ramifications of COVID-19 will be across Europe and around the world. Music & Produced by Tre Hester.
33 minutes | a year ago
Fighting Coronavirus with Martin O'Malley
In this week's episode of our podcast, The Global Cable, Governor Martin O'Malley talks to us about the three things every citizen needs to hear from government during a pandemic; how policymakers can use data to tackle society's biggest problems, from coronavirus to climate change; and his dream of meeting Bruce Springsteen. Martin O'Malley served as Governor of Maryland and Mayor of Baltimore. Throughout his time in office, Governor O'Malley championed new ways of thinking about city and state government. He introduced systems called 'CitiStat' and 'StateStat' to improve performance management in government, and 'BayStat' to help turn around a 300-year decline in the health of the Chesapeake Bay. He recently published his second book, Smarter Government: How To Govern for Results in the Information Age. In the Franklin Few, Governor O'Malley recommended what he's been reading recently: 'White House Warriors' by John Gans: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/40180107-white-house-warriors 'Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind' by Yuval Noah Harari: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/23692271-sapiens Music & Produced by Tre Hester
29 minutes | a year ago
The Rise of Populism in Europe and Beyond with Andrew Moravcsik
This week's episode of The Global Cable features Andrew Moravcsik, this year’s Distinguished Scholar-in-Residence at Perry World House. He is Professor of Politics and International Affairs at Princeton University, and an expert on European integration, international relations, human rights, and international law. Andrew talks to us about the rise of right-wing populist parties across Europe, and what’s behind this trend; why populists’ bark might be worse than their bite; and why we need a serious social shift around the role of men in caregiving to truly achieve gender equality.
21 minutes | a year ago
Serving the People and Saving the Environment with Otto Sonnenholzner, Vice President of Ecuador
On today’s episode, we speak to Otto Sonnenholzner, current Vice President of Ecuador and this year’s Global Leader-in-Residence at Perry World House. An economist, businessman, and broadcaster, Vice President Sonnenholzner was appointed just over a year ago, and coordinates Ecuador’s sustainable development strategy. Vice President Sonnenholzner talks to us about why he chose to enter politics; how the crisis in Venezuela is impacting Ecuador; and protecting his country’s incredible biodiversity. Music & Produced by Tre Hester
35 minutes | a year ago
Refugee Rights with Lama Mourad
This week's episode of The Global Cable features Lama Mourad, a Postdoctoral Fellow here at Perry World House. Lama's research focuses on refugees and human rights. She recently co-authored a piece for The Atlantic, examining the limitations of the UN Global Compact on Refugees, that prompted an official response from UNHCR. Lama talks to us about how she would change UN policy on refugees; balancing the need for activism with the demands of research on refugee issues; and countering dangerous narratives about migration. Music & Produced by Tre Hester.
21 minutes | a year ago
Competing Against China with Randall Schriver
Our latest episode of The Global Cable features Randall Schriver, former Assistant Secretary of Defense for the Indo-Pacific. Prior to this, he worked in several senior roles shaping U.S. defense and foreign policy in the Pacific, and served as a Navy intelligence officer. Assistant Secretary Schriver talks to us about whether the U.S. perceives China as a competitor, or an adversary; why the notion of a “free and open” Pacific is so important to American foreign policy; and how India’s role in the region is growing and changing. Music & Produced by Tre Hester.
35 minutes | a year ago
Safeguarding Humanity with Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein
Our latest episode of The Global Cable features Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein, Perry World House Professor of the Practice of Law and Human Rights. From 2014 to 2018, he served as the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, working to protect people from abuses around the world. Zeid talks to us about why human rights abuses appear to be worsening, how advances in technology could have a severe impact on our rights, and how he teaches Penn students about courage. Music & Produced by Tre Hester.
29 minutes | a year ago
Banning the Bomb with Beatrice Fihn
Our latest episode of The Global Cable features our Distinguished Visiting Fellow Beatrice Fihn. Fihn leads the International Campaign to Ban Nuclear Weapons (ICAN). In 2017, she received the Nobel Peace Prize on behalf of ICAN, recognizing its work towards the UN Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons. Fihn talks about whether it's more naive to work for a ban on nuclear weapons or live in a world with thousands of them; why governments don't always want the public to engage with national security issues; and how we've so far avoided a nuclear war not by good judgment, but by dumb luck.
32 minutes | a year ago
The Impact of Impeachment with Derek Chollet
Our latest episode of The Global Cable features our Visiting Fellow Derek Chollet, Executive Vice President and Senior Advisor for security and defense policy at the German Marshall Fund of the United States. He served in senior positions during the Obama administration at the White House, State Department, and Pentagon, most recently as the U.S. assistant secretary of defense for international security affairs. As the historic impeachment trial against President Donald Trump continues in the Senate, Chollet reflects on the impact for the United States and its role on the global stage. Music & Produced by Tre Hester.
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