PODCAST: Around the World, Ep. 1

August 4, 2015

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At War on the Rocks, we are re-vamping our podcast series. We will be holding one podcast a week. The first of each month will be ’round the world. We will discuss the most pressing global security issues…over drinks of course.

Have a listen!


This week, we were joined by:

  • Richard Fontaine, President of the Center for a New American Security
  • Frank Hoffman, Senior Research Fellow at the National Defense University’s Institute for National Strategic Studies (all of his opinions are his own, of course, and not those of NDU, the Dept. of Defense, or the U.S. government)
  • Justin T. Johnson, Senior Policy Analyst for Defense Budgeting Policy at the Heritage Foundation
  • Afshon Ostovar, a Middle East analyst at CNA
  • Mira Rapp-Hooper, the Director of the Asia Maritime Transparency Initiative at CSIS
  • Erin Simpson, CEO of Caerus Associates.
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3 thoughts on “PODCAST: Around the World, Ep. 1

  1. Just to say what a great site i find War On The Rocks to be. It’s great to be able to listen to professional people envolved in this field relaxing and open. Discussing how they see strategic problems of defence in the world today. All experts in their field. The public have become so used to only receiving information via politicians and journalists who sound so often like they’re peddling conjecture or propaganda. It’s also great to find people involved in strategic studies are fairly normal clear thinking people and not a lot of Brigadier Gen Jack D Rippers. Once again great work and many thanks.

  2. Looking forward to the new website, although I was fond of the look of the old one.
    WARNING: Most corporations disable Flash, and some very old versions of IE (like 7) need to be supported just a note.

    Really enjoyed the Round the World survey. Must say I was not entirely happy with the implied, tacit agreement by the US for Turkish bombing of the PKK since the timing clearly shows a trade for US use of Incirlik. But then my expertise of the middle east is so thin, maybe the PKK needs bombing.

    When considering the incredibly stupid and blindly destructive Sequestration; do try to remember school bussing.
    Created by the Supreme Court as a prod to communities to solve an integration problem, the Court presumed it was so expensive better means would be found.

    Yet it also provided an approved method, and communities dove on it rather than deal with the underlying issues.

    Beware offering a bureaucrat an approved method.