PODCAST: Pivoting around and around in the Middle East

September 25, 2013

Last night, some of  Washington’s finest national security minds met me at the cabinet room in the Jefferson Hotel bar to talk shop.  Elbridge Colby, William Rosenau, and Afshon Ostovar – all of the Center for Naval Analyses – were joined by surprise guests (“surprise” because they didn’t know they were meeting me for a podcast) Brian Fishman of the New America Foundation and Bill Braniff, the executive director of the National Consortium for the Study of Terrorism and Responses to Terrorism (START).

We talked about President Obama’s and President Rouhani’s speeches at the United Nations, whether or not Rouhani’s election means there is a real opening on the Iranian nuclear program, the Syrian civil war, why the attack in Nairobi has gotten so much more press than the church attack in Pakistan, and what the Elizabeth O’Bagy PhD scandal says about the think tank sector’s ability to “self-police.”

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