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CNA Talks: A National Security Podcast

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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May 5, 2021

On this episode of CNA Talks, Jonathan Schroden and Alex Powell discuss the plan to withdraw U.S. troops from Afghanistan by September 11, 2021. They cover the logistics of the withdrawal, how the Afghan Security Forces will operate without U.S. forces, and what this means for Afghanistan's future. 

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Apr 21, 2021

On this episode of CNA Talks, Dr. Michael Connell provides a primer on the 2015 Iran nuclear deal, the current negotiations attempting to bring the United States and Iran back into compliance, and how the suspected Israeli attack on the Natanz nuclear facility has impacted them.

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Apr 7, 2021

Pamela Faber and Megan McBride sit down with David Knoll to discuss their new report Viral Extremism, which examines how Violent Extremist Organizations (VEOs) are capitalizing on the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Mar 24, 2021

Rear Admiral Mike McDevitt (ret.) sits down with Kevin Pollpeter to discuss his book, “China as a Twenty First Century Naval Power.” They cover topics including China’s military presences abroad, the dispute over the South China Sea, and how the U.S. can continue to support its allies in the region.

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Mar 10, 2021

In recognition of the 30th anniversary of Desert Storm, CNA Talks presents Analysis in Combat. On our final episode, Admiral Arthur and Christine Fox sit down to discuss CNA’s reconstruction of Operation Desert Storm. This effort examined all the data that CNA analysts gathered during the operation, looking for lessons on how the Navy could learn from it.

For more information about CNA’s analysis in Desert Storm please visit our Analysis in Combat page.

Mar 3, 2021

In recognition of the 30th anniversary of Desert Storm, CNA Talks presents Analysis in Combat. On this episode, you’ll hear about the story of the amphibious landing that never was.

You’ll hear from Admiral Stanley Arthur who was the commander of Naval Forces Central Command during the conflict, Major General Harry Jenkins who was the commander of Marine Forces 4th Marine Expeditionary Brigade and Dr. Marvin Pokrant who served as the CNA field representative assigned to Naval Forces Central Command.

For more information about CNA’s analysis in Desert Storm please visit our Analysis in Combat page.

The story in this episode's introduction was adapted from, "Desert Storm at Sea: What the Navy Really Did," by Dr. Marvin Pokrant. 



Feb 24, 2021

This week on our Polar Politics occasional series, Josh Tallis sits down with Walter Berbrick, one of the lead authors of the U.S. Navy’s new Arctic Strategy titled “A Blue Arctic.” Walter is an associate professor at the Naval War College.

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Feb 10, 2021

August 2nd 1990, Iraqi troops invade Kuwait, sweep aside its army and occupy the nation.   

To deter further aggression, President George HW Bush deploys the Marines to Saudi Arabia. Some of the forces board amphibious ships, which will arrive in the Persian Gulf over 5 weeks later. But the 7th Marine Expeditionary Brigade deploys using a novel approach never before tested in wartime. Just 12 days later the unit’s 15,000 Marines, flanked by their tanks, helicopters and artillery are in position and ready for combat.

On this episode of Analysis in Combat, Bill Morgan and Mark Geis discuss how the Maritime Prepositioning Forces made such this rapid deployment possible.

For more information about CNA’s analysis in Desert Storm please visit our Analysis in Combat page.

Jan 27, 2021

This episode of Analysis in Combat tells the stories of two CNA analysts who were assigned to command ships during Desert Storm. Robert Ward was stationed aboard USS John F. Kennedy, the flagship of the Red Sea Battle Force, commanded by Rear Admiral Mixson. And Steve Karrpi was stationed aboard USS America, the flagship of Cruiser Destroyer Group Two, commanded by Rear Admiral Katz.

For more information about CNA’s analysis in Desert Storm please visit our Analysis in Combat page.

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Jan 13, 2021

In recognition of the 30th anniversary of Desert Storm, CNA Talks presents “Analysis in Combat. In this mini-series we’ll be bringing you interviews with CNA field representatives, military officers and historians about the conflict and the impact of CNA’s field program on the war effort.

On this episode, Dr. Steve Wills, CNA’s resident naval historian join us to tell the story of the Navy’s role in the first Gulf War.

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Jan 7, 2021

Eric Trabert and Amanda Kerrigan, sit down to discuss lessons from past outbreaks that can help us counter the Coronavirus.

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Dec 23, 2020

This episode originally aired on August 5, 2020. 

On this episode of CNA Talks, CNA's Dr. Chris Ma discusses the Derby House Principles on Diversity and Inclusion in Professional Wargamming with their creators: Dr. Yuna Wong of the Institute for Defense Analyses, Professor Rex Brynen of McGill University, and Sally Davis of the UK Ministry of Defence.

Derby House Principles: https://paxsims.wordpress.com/derby-house-principles/

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Dec 9, 2020

Ralph Espach, director of analysis on Latin American political-military-strategic issues at CNA, sits down with Javier Melendez, director of the Central American research group Expediente Abierto; and Román Ortiz, vice president of the Cordillera Applications Group Corporation. They discuss the effects of the Covid-19 pandemic in Latin America and what the crisis means for regional politics and security in the coming years.

Click here for the Spanish language companion podcast.

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Nov 25, 2020

On the latest episode of our occasional series, Polar Politics, Josh Tallis sits down with Mark Rosen and Cornell Overfield. They discuss how the Universal Law of the Sea is applied in the Arctic, and examine the territory disputes in the region.


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Nov 11, 2020

On this episode of CNA Talks, Amanda Kerrigan, April Herlevi and Rose Tenyotkin of CNA’s China and Indo-Pacific Security Affairs Division, discuss how China legally acquires foreign technology.  

CNA Report- Economic Statecraft: How China Legally Accesses Foreign Technologies to Build Military Capabilities

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Oct 28, 2020

On the latest episode of our occasional series, Polar Politics, Josh Tallis sits down with Mark Rosen and Cornell Overfield. They discuss the treaties and agreements that govern the Polar Regions writ large, before taking a deep dive into the Antarctic Treaty system.

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Oct 13, 2020

On this special edition of CNA Talks, we celebrate the U.S. Navy’s 245th birthday. Rear Admiral Mike McDevitt and Lt. Commander Steve Wills who joined CNA after long Navy careers, sit down to discuss the Navy’s future in an era of great power competition with China.  

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Sep 30, 2020

In our second episode on consent decrees, Hildy Saizow sits down with CNA analysts and consent decree monitors Rodney Monroe and Steve Rickman. They discuss the process of reforming police departments though the use of Consent Decrees, and the role of the department's community in that reform.  

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Sep 16, 2020

On this episode of CNA Talks, Hildy Saizow speaks with Laura Kunard and Scott Decker about Consent Decrees and their role in police reform.

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Sep 9, 2020

On this episode of our occasional series, Justice Talks, CNA analyst Jennifer Lafferty sits down with Richard Chidester the County Attorney for Giles County, Virginia. In part two of their conversation, they discuss how the county has held in person hearings and other challenges facing the court.

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Sep 2, 2020

On this episode of our occasional series, Justice Talks, CNA analyst Jennifer Lafferty sits down with Richard Chidester the County Attorney for Giles County, Virginia. In part one of their conversation they focus on how the county is using digital tools to hold hearings and the limitations of doing so in a rural district.

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Aug 19, 2020

CNA Analyst Ralph Espach sits down with Paulo Botta of Argentina Catholic University, to discuss Argentina's interests in Antarctica. 

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Aug 5, 2020

On this episode of CNA Talks, CNA's Dr. Chris Ma discusses the Derby House Principles on Diversity and Inclusion in Professional Wargamming with their creators: Dr. Yuna Wong of the Institute for Defense Analyses, Professor Rex Brynen of McGill University, and Sally Davis of the UK Ministry of Defence.

Derby House Principles: https://paxsims.wordpress.com/derby-house-principles/

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Jul 22, 2020

On this episode of CNA Talks, Wargame designers and former professors, Jeremy Sepinsky and Justin Peachey sit down with Don Boroughs. They discuss what the latest ideas in education might tell us about successfully running a wargame.   

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Jul 8, 2020

On this episode of CNA Talks, Stephen Rickman, Zoë Thorkildsen and Hildy Saizow, discuss the future of police reform in the United States.

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