100 Ideas for the First 100 Days: Adding a Deputy DNI for Domestic Coordination and Multilateral Security in the Indo-Pacific

Welcome to the fifth installment of The Burn Bag Podcast’s special collaboration with The Atlantic Council’s Scowcroft Center for Security and Strategy,  where we highlight contributions to the Scowcroft Center’s “100 Ideas for the First 100 Days” project. The fifth episode in the series delves into two big ideas by Stephen Shapiro, and Lt. Col. Matthew Crouch and Clementine Starling. Stephen talksContinue reading “100 Ideas for the First 100 Days: Adding a Deputy DNI for Domestic Coordination and Multilateral Security in the Indo-Pacific”

America and the World: Primacy, Alliances, and the Post-COVID Order with Professor Stephen Walt

In this week’s episode of The Burn Bag Podcast, A’ndre and Ryan speak to Professor Stephen Walt, a distinguished thinker in international relations who currently teaches at Harvard University. Professor Walt, a leading scholar and subscriber to the school of realism in international relations, spoke to us about the state of U.S. power in the worldContinue reading “America and the World: Primacy, Alliances, and the Post-COVID Order with Professor Stephen Walt”

String of Pearls: Naval Power and Geopolitics in the Indian Ocean with Nilanthi Samaranayake

In this week’s episode, A’ndre and Ryan talk with Nilanthi Samaranayake, director of the Strategy and Policy Analysis Program at the Center for Naval Analyses.  Nilanthi provides an overview of the Indian Ocean region, its strategic importance, and geopolitics. They also discuss the role of China in the region and how India and the UnitedContinue reading “String of Pearls: Naval Power and Geopolitics in the Indian Ocean with Nilanthi Samaranayake”

When Governance Fails: Sovereignty Sharing in Fragile States with Professor John Ciorciari

In this week’s episode, we speak with Dr. John Ciorciari about his new book, “Sovereignty Sharing in Fragile States.” Dr. Ciorciari discusses what sovereignty sharing is, defining it as “consent-based agreements between a national government and international actors to share domestic authority,” and he goes on to outline the governance challenges around the world that motivated himContinue reading “When Governance Fails: Sovereignty Sharing in Fragile States with Professor John Ciorciari”

100 Ideas for the First 100 Days: Establishing a D-10 and Denuclearization

Welcome to the fourth installment of The Burn Bag Podcast’s special collaboration with The Atlantic Council’s Scowcroft Center for Security and Strategy,  where we highlight contributions to the Scowcroft Center’s “100 Ideas for the First 100 Days” project. The fourth episode in the series delves into two big ideas with Ash Jain and Ambassador Alexander Vershbow. First, Ash Jain speaks on whyContinue reading “100 Ideas for the First 100 Days: Establishing a D-10 and Denuclearization”

The World’s Most Dangerous Technology: Nuclear Weapons with Dr. Kennette Benedict

On this episode of the Burn Bag, we speak with Dr. Kennette Benedict, current Senior Advisor and former Executive Director and Publisher of the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists, about nuclear weapons and the geopolitical policy challenges surrounding the “world’s most dangerous technology.” Dr. Benedict begins the conversation by giving us an overview of theContinue reading “The World’s Most Dangerous Technology: Nuclear Weapons with Dr. Kennette Benedict”

The Tech Threat Matrix: Disinformation, Cybersecurity, and Geopolitics with Glenn Gerstell, former NSA General Counsel

In the latest episode of The Burn Bag Podcast, we interview Glenn Gerstell, who as General Counsel, was the top lawyer at the National Security Agency between 2015 and 2020. We begin the conversation by getting Glenn’s thoughts on why he believes that online disinformation is a national security threat, why cyber-propelled disinformation is very differentContinue reading “The Tech Threat Matrix: Disinformation, Cybersecurity, and Geopolitics with Glenn Gerstell, former NSA General Counsel”

“No Easy Answer”: Counterintelligence at Home and Abroad with former FBI Officials Bill Priestap and Holden Triplett

On this week’s episode of The Burn Bag, we talk  counterintelligence with Bill Priestap, former Head of Counterintelligence at the FBI, and Holden Triplett, former Director of Counterintelligence on the National Security Council. Priestap and Triplett give an overview on counterintelligence, highlighting how it has changed over the past 20 years, and what types of operationsContinue reading ““No Easy Answer”: Counterintelligence at Home and Abroad with former FBI Officials Bill Priestap and Holden Triplett”

100 Ideas for the First 100 Days: AI, Cyber Alliances, and Health Security

Welcome to the third installment of The Burn Bag Podcast’s special collaboration with The Atlantic Council’s Scowcroft Center for Security and Strategy,  where we highlight contributions to the Scowcroft Center’s “100 Ideas for the First 100 Days” project. The third episode in the series delves into three big ideas with Robert Manning, Safa Shahwan Edwards, and James Danoy.  First, Robert Manning speaksContinue reading “100 Ideas for the First 100 Days: AI, Cyber Alliances, and Health Security”

“In True Face”: A Conversation with Jonna Mendez, former CIA Chief of Disguise

On this week’s episode of the Burn Bag, we talk to Jonna Mendez, former CIA Chief of Disguise, about her work in the CIA. Mendez discusses her reasons for joining the agency, her time as an intelligence officer, and the history behind the Office of Technical Service (OTS). She analyzes the successes and failures ofContinue reading ““In True Face”: A Conversation with Jonna Mendez, former CIA Chief of Disguise”