Defining ‘Resilience’: A Conversation with Dr. Julia Nesheiwat, former Homeland Security Advisor

In this special episode of The Burn Bag Podcast, we speak with Dr. Julia Nesheiwat, former Homeland Security Advisor (official title: Deputy Assistant to the President for Homeland Security & Resilience) to President Donald J. Trump. Julia discusses the Administration’s response to COVID-19 with respects to the domain of homeland security, in addition to discussing… Read More Defining ‘Resilience’: A Conversation with Dr. Julia Nesheiwat, former Homeland Security Advisor

Inside the Far Right: Dissecting the Assault on the Capitol and Domestic Terror Threats with NYT Magazine Contributor Janet Reitman

The January 6th assault on the U.S. Capitol Building by a mob of far right extremists looking to overturn the results of the 2020 U.S. Presidential Election was shocking to many, but not necessarily unexpected to some. A’ndre and Ryan speak to Janet Reitman, New York Times Magazine contributor, who is engaged in research on extremism, the… Read More Inside the Far Right: Dissecting the Assault on the Capitol and Domestic Terror Threats with NYT Magazine Contributor Janet Reitman

From the Director’s Chair: Javed Ali in Conversation with LTG (Ret.) James Clapper, former Director of National Intelligence

In the latest edition of this mini-series, From the Director’s Chair, Javed Ali (former NSC Senior Director of Counterterrorism) speaks with his old boss and mentor LTG James Clapper, who served as the Director of National Intelligence between 2010 and 2017, in addition to prior stints as Director of both the National Geospatial Intelligence Agency and… Read More From the Director’s Chair: Javed Ali in Conversation with LTG (Ret.) James Clapper, former Director of National Intelligence

Top Risks 2021 with Ian Bremmer, Eurasia Group President and Founder

In this very special episode of The Burn Bag Podcast, A’ndre and Ryan speak with Ian Bremmer, President and Founder of the Eurasia Group, who is widely seen as bringing the trade of political risk to prominence as an academic discipline and to practical usage in financial markets, in addition to introducing a range of other… Read More Top Risks 2021 with Ian Bremmer, Eurasia Group President and Founder

From the Director’s Chair: Javed Ali in Conversation with Chris Costa, former NSC Senior Director

In the first episode of this new mini-series, From the Director’s Chair, our Executive Producer Javed Ali, who served as the former Senior Director of Counterterrorism on the NSC, interviews his former colleague Chris Costa, who currently serves as the Executive Director of the International Spy Museum. Costa served 34 years in government, with 25… Read More From the Director’s Chair: Javed Ali in Conversation with Chris Costa, former NSC Senior Director

Diplomacy, Transitions, and the New Year: A Conversation with Ambassador Tom Shannon, former Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs

In The Burn Bag’s first episode of 2021, A’ndre and Ryan chat with Ambassador Thomas Shannon, the former Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs (the third highest ranking position at the State Department), who held the position of Career Ambassador and was the highest ranking member of the U.S. Foreign Service, and also served briefly as… Read More Diplomacy, Transitions, and the New Year: A Conversation with Ambassador Tom Shannon, former Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs

Sources and Methods: Recruiting Spies and Staying Left of Boom with Former CIA Operations Officer Daniel Hoffman

In the latest installment of The Burn Bag Podcast, A’ndre and Ryan sit down with former CIA Senior Clandestine Services Officer Daniel Hoffman for a wide-ranging discussion drawing upon his experience and expertise as an operations officer and a CIA Chief of Station. Hoffman digs into what it means to hire spies and covers why… Read More Sources and Methods: Recruiting Spies and Staying Left of Boom with Former CIA Operations Officer Daniel Hoffman

“Intelligence is Weird”: Strategic Innovation in the Community with former Principal Deputy DNI Sue Gordon

In this episode of The Burn Bag Podcast, A’ndre and Ryan interview former Principal Deputy Director of National Intelligence Sue Gordon, about her long and distinguished career in the CIA and as a leader in the Intelligence Community, and her perspectives on a range of issues. As PDDNI, Gordon was essentially the second-highest official leading… Read More “Intelligence is Weird”: Strategic Innovation in the Community with former Principal Deputy DNI Sue Gordon

All Hail the King? Thai Protests and Police Action with Professor Allen Hicken

We spoke with Professor Allen Hicken, professor of Political Science at the University of Michigan, about the protests in Thailand. Professor Hicken discusses the deep polarization of Thailand in part due to the ongoing protests for the past decade, the demands for reform of the Thai monarchy, and the dissolution of the Future Forward Party… Read More All Hail the King? Thai Protests and Police Action with Professor Allen Hicken

Crisis in Ethiopia: The Conflict in Tigray with Professor Terrence Lyons

We spoke with Professor Terrence Lyons, a Professor of Conflict Resolution at George Mason University, about the ongoing conflict in Ethiopia. Professor Lyons discusses how the remnants of the Ethiopian Civil War led to the political reforms Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed initiated in 2018 which created an opening for peace, but also an opportunity for… Read More Crisis in Ethiopia: The Conflict in Tigray with Professor Terrence Lyons