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CNA Talks: A National Security Podcast

CNA’s experts understand today’s complex and dynamic national security environment. On CNA Talks, you’ll find analysis of globe-shaping conflicts, foreign policy and shifting alliances, regional breakdowns, pandemics and other health crises, environmental disasters, homeland security concerns, and the future of strategic competition. Follow CNA Talks to go behind the headlines and learn from data-driven, objective, discussions on the factors shaping today’s national security landscape.
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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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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.

Go to www.cna.org/CNAtalks to learn more about the participants and other CNA Talks episodes.

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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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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