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Author: CSIS | Center for Strategic and International Studies

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Each episode dissects the big (and soon-to-be big) stories of the week in U.S. foreign policy and international affairs. Hosted by Colm Quinn.
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While Saudi Arabia has foundered in its response to the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi, Turkey's President Recip Tayyip Erdogan has attempted to use the crisis to burnish Turkey's image in the region and to help repair Turkey's relationship with the United States. CSIS Turkey Project Director Bulent Aliriza joins The Readout this week to discuss the international implications of this ongoing episode. Hosted by Colm Quinn.  
This week we look at the two big stories from the week - the case of Jamal Khashoggi, the Saudi dissident "disappeared" in Istanbul and the US-Saudi relations fallout and the IPCC's climate change report that warns of quick action needed by the global community before 2030 to avert climate disaster. With CSIS's Jon Alterman and Sarah Ladislaw. Hosted by Colm Quinn.
A Week of Spies

A Week of Spies

2018-10-0500:16:44

This week saw multiple countries point the finger at Russia for a string of cyberattacks, prompting the often-asked question of what a Western response would look like. China also came under scrutiny after a Bloomberg Businessweek story claimed that China had successfully inserted chips in to hardware used by Apple and Amazon, effectively allowing security backdoors into the companies. To explain it all is Jim Lewis, the CSIS resident cyber expert. Hosted by Colm Quinn.
When it comes to U.S. foreign policy, the focus - for good reason - tends to fall on the White House. But the U.S. House and Senate are not toothless when it comes to foreign affairs, and often see the world in a different way than the president. A new CSIS study seeks to define how members of Congress in both parties view the U.S. role in the world, and comes up with a new lens with which to define members. We hear from the report's leaders Kathleen Hicks, Louis Lauter, and Colin McElhinny on what this means for U.S. leadership ahead of a contentious election season. Hosted by Colm Quinn.Read the web version of the report Beyond the Water's EdgeRead the full PDF here. 
This week's episode takes a step back in time to the 1980s and a country caught between East and West: Poland. CSIS's Seth Jones previews his new book A Covert Action on the previously classified story of QRHELPFUL, the CIA's program to support the Solidarity movement in Poland, the group that helped bring about the end of Soviet influence in the country. It gives us a glimpse in to the world of information warfare we experience today, as well as delivering lessons that can be applied even now. Hosted by Colm Quinn.
It's 17 years since the terrorist attacks of September 11th shook America and launched the still ongoing War on Terror. But after $5.6 trillion dollars have been sunk into the endeavor, extremism continues worldwide - especially in fragile states. This week we hear from Rockefeller Foundation President Dr. Rajiv Shah as well as CSIS Senior Fellow Alice Friend on a new initiative that seeks to get at, and solve, the root causes of extremism in these countries. Hosted by Colm Quinn. Learn more about the Task Force on Extremism in Fragile States: https://www.usip.org/programs/task-force-extremism-fragile-states
Turkey's currency and debt crisis was bad enough, but further U.S. pressure over the detention of American pastor Andrew Brunson means that Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan could be in the deepest trouble he's faced as leader. We hear from CSIS's Stephanie Segal and Bulent Aliriza on what can be done to solve Turkey's crisis, and whether the damage to U.S.-Turkey relations will be long-lasting. Hosted by Colm Quinn. 
The U.S. government is bracing for another round of efforts by Russia to disrupt the 2018 midterm elections, so how vulnerable is the United States this time around? We hear from James Lewis, the head of the Technology Policy Program at CSIS on what's at stake and ways the United States can deal with these measures. Hosted by Colm Quinn.
After weeks of tit-for-tat between the EU and the United States, it seems as if EU Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker’s visit to the White House has stemmed the worst of the brewing trade war. So what was agreed, and will it be enough to close the chapter on the latest trade tiff between the United States and another major economy? We hear from CSIS Senior Adviser Scott Miller on what to expect. Audio Produced by Yumi Araki. Hosted by Colm Quinn.
On this week’s show we look at the fallout from this week’s meeting between President Trump and Russian leader Vladimir Putin, with Olga Oliker and Jeff Mankoff. We then turn to Dan Runde and Africa, where a frozen conflict between Ethiopia and Eritrea has reached a peaceful conclusion. Audio produced by Yumi Araki. Hosted by Colm Quinn.
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iTunes User

Thanks for providing a series of insightful programs on a broad variety of international affairs topics. These programs have a refreshing ideological balance and and address issues that receive at best cursory attention from the media.

Aug 31st
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I haven't been subscribing very long, but it seems very good. I understand more about the situation in Iraq than if I had watched television.

Aug 31st
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Thanks to CSIS for taking the time to make these in depth pieces available to the public; many thanks also for encouraging the 2008 candidates to speak on international affairs--an area presidents MUST have clarity and vision on.

Aug 31st
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