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Nov 14, 2018

In the wake of the recent mailed pipe bombs and Pittsburgh synagogue mass shooting, CNA experts Bill Rosenau and Dawn Thomas discuss the historical context of domestic terrorism in America, and the rise of the “lone wolf” and violent right-wing extremism over recent decades. They define and distinguish domestic terrorism versus hate crimes and examine societal perception of the severity of each, as well as the prevention efforts and law enforcement response to both. Rosenau notes that while terrorism is perceived as the more critical threat, Americans are more likely to be a victim of a hate crime. They also point out that if current systems have been unable to predict and identify perpetrators in recent years, it suggests the traditional risk factors may be outdated while modern technology and prediction tools are underutilized. Thomas poses the question of why Americans are increasingly susceptible to malign influence, and Rosenau emphasizes the need for more academic study on domestic terrorism as it poses a greater threat to American civilians than foreign terrorism.

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Aug 7, 2018

CNA's Russia experts Jeffrey Edmonds and Michael Kofman recap the contentious Helsinki Summit to break down what has been overplayed or overlooked in the debate, what the Russians hoped to get out of the meeting and did or didn't achieve, and the nuances which are often lost in translation between the U.S. and Russian policy communities. They also outline some of the struggles the U.S. faces in determining policy goals at the same time as framing a new strategic vision. 

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Jul 20, 2018

In an excellent primer on the current state of affairs between North Korea and the United States, CNA experts Ken Gause, Sarah Vogler and Christopher Steinitz discuss the June 12 summit and how the regime's objectives changed in the years and months leading up to it. They believe that Kim Jong Un's 2018 New Year’s Day speech indicated a shift from a brinkmanship to an engagement posture, as well as a shift in focus from the nuclear program to economic progress. They explain how Kim’s strategic calculus differs from his father's, what is at stake for the regime and its legitimacy, and North Korea's uneasy relationships with South Korea, China, and the United States.

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May 15, 2018

In this two part CNA Talks episode, CNA SVP Mark Rosen and Cara Thuringer discuss the 2017 report “Unconstrained Foreign Direct Investment: An Emerging Challenge to Arctic Security,” their winning maritime security piece at the 2018 CIMSEC Forum for Authors and Readers. The study draws on a wide range of sources to compile a list of 21 Arctic investments of more than $1 billion by Chinese companies and banks, as well many other smaller investments. Rosen and Thuringer examine the legal frameworks for foreign direct investment in the six Arctic nations to reach the conclusion that national laws alone are not sufficient to protect the sensitive region from harm to the marine environment that would spread well beyond national boundaries.

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May 15, 2018

In this two part CNA Talks episode, CNA SVP Mark Rosen and Cara Thuringer discuss the 2017 report “Unconstrained Foreign Direct Investment: An Emerging Challenge to Arctic Security,” their winning maritime security piece at the 2018 CIMSEC Forum for Authors and Readers. The study draws on a wide range of sources to compile a list of 21 Arctic investments of more than $1 billion by Chinese companies and banks, as well many other smaller investments. Rosen and Thuringer examine the legal frameworks for foreign direct investment in the six Arctic nations to reach the conclusion that national laws alone are not sufficient to protect the sensitive region from harm to the marine environment that would spread well beyond national boundaries.

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Apr 23, 2018

Russia experts Michael Kofman and Jeffrey Edmonds share their experience attending the Moscow Conference on International Security in April, 2018. They discuss the importance of understanding how Russian defense ministers view Russia’s relationships with the U.S., E.U., Syria, and China, and the general tone of structural confrontation demonstrated at the conference.

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Feb 28, 2018

In this episode of CNA Talks, we feature STEMwire Live, a podcast by CNA’s Education division on career and technical education (CTE), particularly in the STEM fields. Dr. Brittany Cunningham talks with CNA President and CEO Dr. Katherine McGrady to explore how a STEM degree prepared her for leading a nonprofit research organization. She shares details of her early educational journey and advice for students of today.

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Feb 16, 2018

In Episode 14 of CNA Talks, CNA analyst Vincent Manzo and special guest Elaine Bunn take a deep dive into the Nuclear Posture Review (NPR), released in early February of 2018. They discuss the purpose of the NPR, what makes it unique to previous directives, the strategic challenges that this NPR addresses, the ongoing debate over cost, tradeoffs and strategic value, and more.

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