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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 18, 2019

On this episode of CNA Talks, we are bringing you a new episode in our occasional series on the modern information environment. Heidi Holz sits down with Lauren Dickey and Andrew Taffer to discuss their report on the information environment in the Pacific Island Countries.

Click here to read the full report: https://www.cna.org/centers/cna/cip/information-environment

Dec 9, 2019

In this episode CNA Analyst Erica Downs interviews, Alex Joske, a researcher at the Australian Strategic Policy Institute, about the Chinese military's efforts to benefit from collaboration with research institutions around the world.

This episode is part of our new occasional series on the modern information environment.

This interview was recorded in December 2018

Dec 9, 2019

CNA Analyst Erica Downs interviews, journalist and former advisor to the Australian government, John Garnaut, about China’s efforts to influence public policy in Australia. 

This episode is part of our new occasional series on the modern information environment. 

This interview was recorded in December, 2018. 

Dec 4, 2019

In the second episode of our occasional series, “Polar Politics,” Adam Clemens and Mallory Ladd join Josh Tallis to discuss their experiences supporting Naval exercises in the Arctic.

Nov 20, 2019

Kate Baughman, David Knoll and Kasey Stricklin discuss the Libyan civil war and how a Russian private military company is tilting the balance of power.  

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Nov 6, 2019

On this episode of CNA Talks, we are bringing you the first episode of our new occasional series, “Polar Politics,” hosted by Josh Tallis. In this series CNA experts will discuss the strategic implications of the Polar Regions, in an era of Great Power Competition.  

Ralph Espach and Nilanthi Samaranayake sit down to discuss the current state of play in the Polar Regions, and how the major players are positioning themselves to protect their interests in the regions.

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Oct 23, 2019

Ron Filadelfo and Scott Truver discuss the Navy's marine mammal programs.

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Oct 9, 2019

The U.S. and North Korea held working level negotiations in Stockholm last weekend, but the talks broke down. Ken Gause returns to CNA Talks to discuss what went wrong.

 

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Sep 25, 2019

CNA Experts Elizabeth Clelan, Jeffrey Peterson and Jared Huff discuss challenges and opportunities in the current military recruiting environment. 

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Sep 20, 2019

This episode of CNA Talks was recorded live at CNA’s National Security Seminar, “Beyond Jihad. Countering Violent Extremism at Home and Abroad.” CNA’s Bill Rosenau sat down with Peter Bergen of New America and Arie Perliger, Professor and Director of Security Studies, University of Massachusetts Lowell, to discuss the recent surge of domestic terrorism in the United States. 

The views expressed in this podcast are those of the commentators and do not necessarily reflect those of CNA or any of its sponsors. 

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Sep 11, 2019
On the anniversary of the 9/11 attacks, Jon Schroden and David Knoll reflect on eighteen years of the War on Terror.

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Aug 28, 2019

CNA experts Heidi Holz and Josiah Case sit down to discuss the pro-democracy protests in Hong Kong and the Chinese government's reaction. 

Aug 14, 2019

In this episode, Bill Rosenau and Zack Gold sit down with Kasey Stricklin to discuss their report on proxy warfare. They discuss what makes proxy warfare an attractive option for policymakers, and some of the potential pitfalls. Finally, Bill and Zack point out that in the era of great power competition, proxy warfare is likely to become more frequent.

Click here to read the full report

Click here to Bill and Zack’s article in Defense One

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Jul 31, 2019

With the hurricane season around the corner, this episode of CNA Talks explores the importance of supply chains and communication in the aftermath of a disaster. CNA’s Delilah Barton and Lars Hanson are experts in emergency preparedness, strategy and planning. They discuss CNA’s work helping cities, states and the federal government respond to disasters. 

https://www.cna.org/centers/ipr/safety-security/

Jul 17, 2019

On this episode of CNA Talks, North Korea analysts Ken Gause, Christopher Steinitz and Sarah Vogler sit down to discuss Kim Jong Un’s objectives in the nuclear negotiations. They point out that the nuclear program is an important part of Kim’s legitimacy, and that the U.S. will probably have to live with a nuclear North Korea in the short term. Finally, the team lays out a path for the negotiations that could eventually reduce North Korea’s nuclear arsenal.

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Jul 3, 2019

Street robberies, substance abuse, repeat violent offenders and gun violence are the realities faced by police every day in communities throughout America. However, strategies and innovations honed over the past decade and grounded in the use of research and technology have helped police departments dramatically improve outcomes for the communities they serve. On this episode of CNA Talks Chris Sun and Chip Coldren, discuss CNA’s Strategies for Policing Innovation Initiative.

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Jun 19, 2019

In this episode of CNA Talks, Joshua Tallis sits down with Elizabeth Cutler to discuss his new book, “The War for Muddy Waters.” Tallis articulates the need to conceptualize maritime security through a single framework, rather than as a series of individual threats, such as piracy and drug trafficking.  He applies theories traditionally used in criminology to maritime security challenges, examining approaches to prevent crime as a whole rather than focusing on different types of crime.  

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Jun 5, 2019

In part three of our occasional series on wargaming, CNA’s chief wargame designer Jeremy Sepinsky returns, accompanied by Robin Mays, research analyst for CNA’s Gaming and Integration program, to discuss how they analyze the results of a CNA Wargame. Jeremy starts by describing the “hotwash” discussion that occurs immediately after a wargame concludes, and what insights participants often take away. Throughout this episode, Jeremy and Robin describe the type of information note takers record during a wargame, and how that data gets used in the final analysis. Using examples from actual wargames about logistics, medical evacuation and disaster relief, they explain how analysis reveals insights not readily apparent to those who played the game.

Listen to Part 1 Here: https://apple.co/2Z9I9tj

Listen to Part 2 Here: https://apple.co/2Mxibid

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May 22, 2019

In this episode of CNA Talks, Liza Corderio sits down with Monica Giovachino to discuss CNA’s real world incident analysis, the study of how we respond to real world events, learn from them and improve our response to future events. After decades of experience, CNA has grown its reputation analyzing natural disasters, pandemics and terrorist incidents.  Monica shares her experiences from disaster sites, lessons learned, and recommendations for communities dealing with disaster. 

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May 14, 2019

Sarah Vogler and Jeff Edmonds return to CNA Talks to discuss the summit between Russian President Vladimir Putin and North Korean Leader Kim Jong Un. Sarah and Jeff discuss the motivations of both leaders and what they hoped to accomplish with this summit. They also discuss the larger historical and geopolitical context of the meeting.

News clips in this episode originally aired on Global News, CBS, VOA News, Fox Business and EuroNews.

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May 8, 2019

Nilanthi Samaranayake and Alexander Powell join CNA Talks to discuss the tragic terrorist attacks on Easter Sunday in Sri Lanka. Nilanthi provides necessary cultural context discussing the ethnic and religious makeup of the country, and points out that most Sri Lanka observers did not expect to see an attack targeting Christians.  Alexander than compares the attack to ISIS actions in other countries in South East Asia. Finally, they both discuss how Sri Lanka might move forward politically and economically.

The news clips used in this episode originally aired on ABC, The BBC, CNN, and NPR.

 

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Apr 24, 2019

In this episode of CNA Talks, Madison Estes joins Vince Manzo to discuss his new report, “Nuclear Arms Control Without a Treaty? Risks and Options after New START.” Vince points out that the New START treaty is set to expire in February 2021 and that many uncertainties and obstacles stand in the way of its renewal or replacement. For example, Russia would like a new treaty to cover missile defense systems, which the U.S. has called a nonstarter.

Madison highlights that while the New START Treaty is between Russia and the U.S., the treaty has implications for the entire international system. She calls China the third beneficiary of the treaty‘s transparency requirement, which makes the U.S. and Russia disclose the size of their nuclear forces.

Finally, Vince highlights some potential options for nuclear arms control without a treaty that could establish predictability, mutual restraint and transparency. 

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Click here to register for CNA's event "An Uncertain Future: Nuclear Arms Control After New START"

Apr 10, 2019

In this episode of CNA Talks James “Chip” Coldren and Eric Talbert explore findings as part of the Opioid Data Initiative. The two discuss collaborating with communities across the country and point out that every jurisdiction they engaged with was hard at work trying to solve this national epidemic. Chip and Eric agree that more data sharing between different stakeholders could help better address the problem. Finally, Eric lays out next steps in CNA’s research including social network analyses to better understand drug activity within communities and where interventions would be most successful.

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Mar 27, 2019

In part two of our occasional series on wargaming, CNA’s chief wargame designer Jeremy Sepinsky returns, accompanied by Chris Steinitz, director of CNA’s North Korea program, to discuss what it’s like to play a CNA Wargame. Jeremy describes the different players in a wargame, emphasizing the value of people with operational experience who can accurately represent how military leaders would make decisions. Jeremy and Chris lay out the differences between playing Blue team and Red team. They also take us down the “road to war,” describing how the wargaming team lays out the scenario that starts the game.  Finally, Chris and Jeremy take us though the player’s decisions and how the results of a turn are adjudicated.

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Mar 13, 2019

Liza Cordeiro hosts a special episode of CNA Talks with UC Berkeley Professor Steve Weber and CNA analyst Dawn Thomas discussing the Cybersecurity Futures 2025 project. Through a series of cybersecurity scenarios, this report helps decision-makers anticipate how cybersecurity challenges will evolve and understand how peers in different parts of the world think about those challenges. Steve and Dawn share their experiences gathering data for this project from participants all over the world, and lay out which of the project’s scenarios they found most interesting.

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