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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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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. 

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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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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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Feb 27, 2019

In a new occasional series on CNA’s policing programs, James “Chip” Coldren and Vivian Elliott sit down to discuss the capabilities of CNA’s Justice Group. Vivian lays out the group’s training and technical assistance programs including the Strategies for Policing Innovation initiative, the National Public Safety Partnership and the Body-Worn Camera Policy Implementation Program. Chip then discusses the program’s research projects, including efforts to increase officer safety and study the efficacy of body-worn cameras. Finally, the two discuss the Justice Group’s high-profile after-action report of an officer-involved shooting in Baltimore.

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Feb 13, 2019

As our society continues to navigate the age of “big data,” CNA Research Scientists Justin Ladner and Jared Huff sit down to discuss data scraping. Justin defines data scraping as a computer program designed to visit websites and collect data with speed and accuracy that would be impossible for a human. Jared and Justin discuss the uses of data scraping, including job market analyses, military retention and even house hunting. They also discuss the limitations of data scraping, focusing on the lack of demographic data connected to online posts.

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Jan 30, 2019

In part one of our occasional series on wargaming, Don Boroughs sits down with CNA’s lead wargame designer Jeremy Sepinsky to discuss what it takes to create a CNA wargame. Jeremy describes CNA’s games as bespoke, informed, immersive and diverse, designed to solve very specific analytical problems. To illustrate this, Jeremy talks Don though a hypothetical wargame designed to determine whether the military should invest in an airborne laser. If you enjoy this episode, keep an eye out for part two of our series, in which Don and Jeremy will discuss what it’s like to play in a CNA wargame.

Go to https://www.cna.org/wargaming to learn more about CNA's wargaming program.

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Jan 15, 2019

Following the administration’s December 2018 announcement that U.S. forces would withdraw from Syria, CNA experts Michael Kofman and David Wallsh discuss how this will affect the state of play between U.S. allies and adversaries in the region. They question whether the U.S. has in fact defeated ISIS in Syria, and discuss how the withdrawal may leave the area vulnerable to a resurgence and to ongoing conflict between Turkey and the Kurdish fighters, both allies of the U.S. Kofman posits that the withdrawal will further Russian interests, while Wallsh adds that it may also play a role in a war of attrition between Iran and Israel.

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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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