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December 1, 2016

Heads of State and Government
Drone Memos: A Conversation With Jameel Jaffer

This week, I spoke with Jameel Jaffer, inaugural director of the Knight First Amendment Institute at Columbia University. We discussed his new book, The Drone Memos: Targeted Killing, Secrecy, and th…

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December 14, 2016

Defense and Security
The Politics of Proliferation: A Conversation with Matthew Fuhrmann

I spoke with Matthew Fuhrmann, associate professor of political science at Texas A&M University, visiting associate professor at Stanford University’s Center for International Security and Cooperatio…

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November 15, 2016

Wars and Conflict
How Everything Became War: A Conversation With Rosa Brooks

I was lucky enough to speak with Rosa Brooks about her recent book, How Everything Became War and the Military Became Everything: Tales From the Pentagon. Rosa is law professor at Georgetown Universi…

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January 31, 2017

Sub-Saharan Africa
Ending the South Sudan Civil War: A Conversation with Kate Almquist Knopf

Kate Almquist Knopf, director of the Africa Center for Strategic Studies at the National Defense University, is the author of a recent Center for Preventive Action report on Ending South Sudan’s Civi…

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February 17, 2017

Syria
Rethinking the U.S. Approach in Northern Syria: A Conversation with Aaron Stein

Yesterday I spoke with Aaron Stein, resident senior fellow in the Rafik Hariri Center for the Middle East at the Atlantic Council and author of the new Center for Preventive Action paper, “Reconcilin…

Podcast Kurdish fighters gesture while carrying their parties' flags in Tel Abyad of Raqqa governorate after they said they took control of the area June 15, 2015 (Reuters/Rodi Said).

January 13, 2017

Intelligence
Superforecasters, Software, and Spies: A Conversation With Jason Matheny

This week I sat down with Dr. Jason Matheny, director of the Intelligence Advanced Research Projects Activity (IARPA).  IARPA invests in high-risk, high-payoff research programs to address national i…

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April 10, 2017

Wars and Conflict
State Death, War Declarations, and Battle Deaths: A Conversation with Tanisha Fazal

I was honored to talk to Tanisha Fazal, professor of political science and peace studies at the University of Notre Dame, about her extensive and impressive body of policy-relevant work. Fazal is…

Podcast State Death: The Politics and Geography of Conquest, Occupation, and Annexation by Tanisha M. Fazal

May 3, 2017

Defense and Security
What Can Nuclear Security Officers Learn From Casino Managers? A Conversation with Matthew Bunn

This week, I was joined by Professor Matthew Bunn, professor of practice at Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government and co-principal investigator of the Belfer Center for Internatio…

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June 27, 2017

Middle East and North Africa
Tahrir Square, Six Years Later: A Conversation with Steven A. Cook

Zenko is joined by Steven A. Cook, CFR's Eni Enrico Mattei senior fellow for Middle East and Africa studies. They discuss Cook's latest book, False Dawn, and U.S. policy in the Middle East and North Africa.

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July 11, 2017

Trade
What Americans Really Think About Trade: A Conversation with Alexandra Guisinger

Senior Fellow Micah Zenko speaks with Temple University Assistant Professor of Political Science Alexandra Guisinger about her new book, American Opinion on Trade: Preferences Without Politics, and h…

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