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395. Speak Softly and Carry Big Data

395. Speak Softly and Carry Big Data

Update: 2019-10-3138
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Do economic sanctions work? Are big democracies any good at spreading democracy? What is the root cause of terrorism? It turns out that data analysis can help answer all these questions — and make better foreign-policy decisions. Guests include former Department of Defense officials Chuck Hagel and Michèle Flournoy and Chicago Project on Security and Threats researchers Robert Pape and Paul Poast. Recorded live in Chicago; Steve Levitt is co-host.

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Maxwell Smart

I read the Comments before listening to episode. I found all 3 persons interviewed to be informative and interesting. didn't agree w EVERY statement each person made, but these people were incredibly well informed. I learned lot from this episode.

Nov 3rd
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Paul Lacapruccia

13 minutes in and I hear Barack Obama's foreign policy, while not perfect, was close to it. And then, of course, the commenter conveniently forgets to name one single foreign policy success of Barack Obama's disastrous 8 years. Other than killing Osama Bin Laden, I can't think of one. Would any of the following major foreign policy decisions in the Obama Administration be considered success: Taking out Khadafi for no reason whatsoever? Sticking a knife in the back of Hosni Mubarek and then supporting another military dictatorship in Egypt? Forgetting about Ukraine when Vladimir Putin rolled his tanks into their country? The red line of idiocy in Syria? I would love to hear how anyone can consider Barack Obama's foreign policy near-perfect.

Nov 3rd
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395. Speak Softly and Carry Big Data

395. Speak Softly and Carry Big Data