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CNA Talks covers the topics of today from foreign policy and defense to policing, education and more. Each episode features a discussion on current affairs led by our in-house experts. CNA is a nonprofit research organization dedicated to developing actionable solutions to complex problems of national importance. The views expressed here are those of the commentators and do not necessarily reflect the views of CNA or any of its sponsors.
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Dec 11, 2017

"Disinformation for Russia is cheap, it’s quick, it’s low cost with high yield gain.” In this episode of CNA Talks, Russia experts Vera Zakem and Jeffrey Edmonds discuss Russian disinformation tactics and the strategic calculus that motivates them. They warn that Russian leaders believe that the US is attempting in equal measure to undermine their regime, and whether it’s meddling in US elections or cheating in the Olympics, the Russians will do whatever it takes to defend their national interests and place in the world order.

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Nov 24, 2017

In this 75th anniversary special episode of CNA Talks, Executive Vice President Mark Geis leads a discussion on the historical significance of the U.S. Navy's newest carrier, the USS Gerald R. Ford, and CNA's role in the planning for it over the years. He is joined by experts Dr. Tim Roberts, Dr. George Stewart, and Admiral William Fallon. CNA analysts spent two decades helping to plan for the USS Ford, which was delivered to the Navy this year. Listen to experts discuss the concept, capabilities and possible missions of the Ford-class ships. 

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Oct 30, 2017

Despite experiencing setbacks over the last 16 years, Al-Qaeda has proven to be a learning organization that has evolved and expanded. On this episode of CNA Talks, experts Jonathan Schroden, Julia McQuaid, Pamela Faber and Zack Gold discuss the findings released in CNA’s independent assessment of U.S. government efforts against Al-Qaeda.

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Oct 18, 2017

Artificial intelligence and unmanned systems are rapidly changing the dynamics of warfighting and military power. With Russia, China, and other nations investing in and testing these capabilities, the United States has to understand what capabilities other countries have and how their governments could seek to use them. On this episode of CNA Talks, experts Larry Lewis, Samuel Bendett, and Kevin Pollpeter discuss unmanned military systems, how Russia and China are developing and employing their capabilities, and what the United States should do in response.

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Sep 5, 2017

As initial search and rescue operations in Houston shift to long-term recovery efforts, three CNA experts discuss the various challenges Houston will face based on their experiences with large-scale disaster recovery efforts.  Monica Giovachino moderates as Jason McNamara and Dawn Thomas share perspectives gathered from years of experience working at FEMA and studying disaster response, including major concerns from housing and mass care to considering important questions for federal and local agencies as one of America’s largest cities begins to recover and rebuild.

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Jul 10, 2017

In Episode 8 of CNA Talks, Dr. David Knoll moderates a discussion about a newly released paper, “Decade of War: Applying Past Lessons to the Counter-ISIS Campaign.” He is joined by the report’s author, Dr. Larry Lewis, and analyst Zack Gold. 

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Jun 8, 2017

Tune in to hear CNA's Tim Beres, David Kaufman, Monica Giovachino and Jason McNamara discuss CNA Safety and Security's work on homeland security, domestic preparedness, and emergency management over the last two decades. The four experts discuss the Oklahoma City bombing, the Tokyo subway sarin gas incident, the September 11, 2001 attacks, and the impact of these events on homeland security preparedness, as well as the planning and economic implications of natural disasters.

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Apr 17, 2017

This week listen to CNA analyst Dr. William Rosenau discuss Latin American security with CNA’s Dr. Ralph Espach and guest scholar Dr. Joseph Tulchin. The three experts talk about the United States’ bilateral relationships with Mexico, Venezuela and Cuba; the domestic situation in Venezuela; Cuba and regional security; Central America; post-FARC Colombia; and environmental security.

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Mar 21, 2017

The Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) has received a lot of attention for their innovative tactics on and off the battlefield including their messaging, media activities and technology use. How innovative are they really? And, how should the U.S. and allies react? Listen along as Dr. Eric Thompson talks with four of CNA’s experts to discuss what you need to know about ISIS’s tactics.

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Mar 13, 2017

This week, CNA Board member and George Mason University professor Laurie Robinson sits down with a few of CNA’s policing experts to discuss the most pressing topics in justice and policing today. The conversation covers everything from police reform and evidence-based research to body-worn cameras and police departments’ use of social media. Hear what some of today’s top criminal justice experts think about training, transparency and accountability, community policing, crisis intervention, and federal support of the police.

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Feb 16, 2017

In episode 3, Dr. Dov Zakheim sits down with three CNA experts to discuss maritime issues in Asia. Bringing together a wealth of research knowledge and real-world experience in the region, Rear Admiral Michael McDevitt, U.S. Navy (ret), Mark Rosen and Catherine Lea discuss China’s maritime capabilities, the South and East China Seas, relations between the Philippines, China and the United States, Russia’s role in Asia, the relationship between the Indian Navy and the U.S. Navy and much more.

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Feb 8, 2017

To recognize National Career and Technical Education Month 2017, CNA Education staff sat down to discuss the importance of CTE and its role in workforce development. As the demand for employees with more sophisticated technical, academic and employability skills has risen, so has the importance of strong CTE programs for improving college and career readiness. Our Education division started a STEMwire Initiative to provide the rigorous research and technical assistance needed to strengthen the research base on CTE and support current and developing CTE programs, particularly those focusing on STEM (science, technology, engineering and math).

Podcast topics included:

  • Promising trends in CTE and innovative, successful practices in CTE classrooms
  • Successful industry-CTE partnerships and the next frontier for CTE
  • The Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education Act and legislative reforms at the federal, state and/or local levels that support improvements in CTE
  • CNA Education work related to high-wage, high demand jobs and the gaps within the CTE research realm

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Jan 19, 2017

In light of this month’s presidential transition, six CNA analysts sat down to discuss foreign policy advice for the next administration. From Asia to Europe to the Middle East, the commentators covered some of the key areas of concern for the upcoming year and beyond.

Topics included:

  • North Korea’s nuclear capabilities
  • Russia’s relationships with NATO, Syria and Turkey
  • The Iran nuclear deal
  • Chinese national interests
  • The South China Sea
  • Cyber threats

Listen in for informed analysis on China, North Korea, Russia and more. Click here to learn more about the participants and other CNA Talks episodes.

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