In this final installment of the new series of Strategika podcasts from the Hoover Institution, I talk with the great Walter Russell Mead — Bard College professor, Distinguished Scholar at the Hudson Institute, and Editor-at-Large of The American Interest. What ensues is a wide-ranging discussion over the Iran deal. What’s the strategic calculus for the leadership in Tehran? What’s President Obama’s theory of the case? And how likely is it that this agreement gets us closer to war rather than further away? Find out below or by subscribing to Strategika via iTunes.More
In this next episode from the current Strategika series on arms control, I have the pleasure of talking to Barry Strauss, famed Cornell military historian and expert on the classical world. That, in fact, is where we begin: would the concept of “arms control” have even made sense to the ancients? From there, we look at how arms control agreements have played out in a modern context and whether their recent track record tells us anything about the Iran deal’s prospects for success. You can listen in below or subscribe to the Strategika podcast through iTunes.More
Let’s be honest: I have a pretty easy job hosting these podcasts for the Hoover Institution. I get to sit down with incredibly smart people, ask them a few probing questions, and then sit back and watch them go into intellectual overdrive.
One of my favorite partners in this exercise is the great British historian Andrew Roberts, who joins me today for another in this series’ set of discussions on how political correctness affects the military. Among our topics: are members of the military, at some fundamental level, different than the rest of society? Have calls to impose the ever-changing mores of political correctness on the armed services harmed military effectiveness? And is this only one part of a bigger cultural erosion that spells the end of America’s global preeminence? Find out by subscribing to Strategika on iTunes or listening in via the embed below.More
In the newest installment of the Strategika podcast from the Hoover Institution (subscribe via iTunes here), I talk with the American Enterprise Institute’s Thomas Donnelly about political correctness in the military — or, to be more precise, the lack thereof.
How is it that the armed forces have largely been able to avoid the PC fad while still successfully integrating an increasingly diverse fighting force? And is there a gap between the military brass and the average soldier on this issue? Those are just a few of the questions we deal with below:More
In this installment of the Strategika podcast, I talk to Tom Donnelly, co-director of the Marilyn Ware Center for Security Studies at the American Enterprise Institute, about the efforts in recent decades to substitute technology for manpower in military affairs. Tom cautions that the West may have become too seduced by the desire to wage antiseptic warfare — and that the consequences could be perilous. Listen in below or subscribe to Strategika through iTunes or your favorite podcast app.More
In this next installment of our new series of Strategika shows on NATO, I’m talking with Josef Joffe, research fellow at the Hoover Institution and publisher/editor of the German weekly Die Zeit. Our topic: is NATO endangered partially by an erosion of will on behalf of both Europe and the United States? And is European reticence different in kind than the American version or just in degree? You can hear the conversation below or by subscribing to Strategika through iTunes or your favorite podcast player.More
In the newest installment of the Strategika podcast from the Hoover Institution, I’m talking with retired Army Colonel Peter Mansoor (former executive officer to General Petraeus in Iraq), now the General Raymond E. Mason, Jr. Chair of Military History at Ohio State University. In this first of three podcasts on the future prospects for NATO, Professor Mansoor takes us through the alliance’s history, how it’s adjusted to the post-Cold War world, and what its prospects for survival are given the threats from Vladimir Putin’s Russia. Listen in below or subscribe to Strategika through iTunes or your favorite podcast player.More
The energy boom has been great for the United States. But in other parts of the world? Not so much. In this final installment of the Strategika series on the international implications of new energy development, I talk with the Hoover Institution’s Kori Schake about the fallout for nations that have traditionally relied on energy resources to prop up their governments. Are places like Venezuela and Russia heading for dramatic upheavals thanks to changes in global markets? Should growing American energy production cause us to rethink our role in the Middle East? Are natural resources just as much a curse as a blessing? You can hear the answers below or by subscribing to the Strategika podcast through iTunes or your favorite podcast player.More
In the latest installment of the Strategika podcast for the Hoover Institution (the last one for awhile — our next installment of shows will be on Russia, with Kori Schake, Thomas Donnelly, and Ralph Peters), I talk with Ian Morris — archaeologist, historian, and the Willard Professor of Classics at Stanford University — about the prospects of the future relationship between the United States and China being cooperative.
Professor Morris shares his impressions of how the relationship is perceived overseas (he recently returned from Hong Kong), considers the question of which historical power represents the best analogy for modern China, and looks at the shortcomings of the U.S. “pivot” to the Pacific.More
In the latest installment of the Strategika podcast for the Hoover Institution, I spoke with Kimberly Kagan, founder and president of the Institute for the Study of War, about how the situation in Afghanistan will play out once America leaves.
Dr. Kagan, who spent 15 months in Kabul working with General David Petraeus and General John Allen, is concerned that America runs the risk of throwing Afghanistan into chaos after our departure, repeating many of the same mistakes we made in Iraq. Listen here for her diagnosis of the situation and her recommendations for an alternative approach.More
One of my favorite guests for Hoover Institution podcasts is retired Admiral Gary Roughead, former Chief of Naval Operations, who always brings unparalleled insight and acumen to discussions of foreign affairs.
In this episode of Strategika, we talk about how America can manage China’s rise. Is the Obama Administration’s “pivot” to Asia worth the candle? What are the factors that will determine whether China is relatively benign or explicitly hostile in its relations with the wider world? Does the crisis in Ukraine bode ill for the future of Taiwan? These and other topics occupy our time together.More
One of the pleasures of doing the Strategika podcast for the Hoover Institution is getting to talk not only to some of the world’s foremost military historians and strategic thinkers, but also to men and women who’ve served in the field of conflict. My guest on this episode, retired Colonel Joseph Felter, worked with both General Stanley McChrystal and General David Petraeus in Afghanistan, and now serves as a research fellow at Hoover and a senior research scholar at the Center for International Security and Cooperation at Stanford.
In this conversation, Colonel Felter gives us a sense of what constitutes a “good enough” outcome in Afghanistan once American troops leave, talks about how the departure of Western money from the country will compound the issues arising from the departure of Western troops, and provides some insights about Afghanistan that aren’t available to civilians who’ve only consumed the war through media coverage.More
In a new installment of the Strategika podcast for the Hoover Institution, I talk with Edward Luttwak, Senior Associate at the Center for Strategic and International Studies in Washington, about how China’s history should influence how we think about the country today.
Will China’s rise inevitably be as an antagonistic power? What can the United States do to counter an emboldened Beijing? Has China tipped its hand too early about its regional ambitions? Professor Luttwak answers all those questions and more in this wide-ranging conversation.More
In a new installment of the Hoover Institution’s Strategika Podcast, I talked to the Council on Foreign Relations’ Max Boot about the prospects for Afghanistan once the vast majority of American troops leave later this year.
Is the country’s reputation as the “graveyard of empires” deserved? Was it inevitable that Hamid Karzai would succumb to corruption? How does Max judge the Obama Administration’s efforts in the country? And is there a chance that Afghanistan could reach an equilibrium tolerable to the United States after the departure of our troops? Those are some of the issues we discuss here.More