By Van Jackson
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A podcast series on Asian geopolitics, foreign policy, and history hosted by Van Jackson. The show's niche is on the intersection of the United States and the Asia-Pacific. We're here to make sense of the world's most important region, and America's role in it.
||CleanConspiracy Theories, Devil's Bargains, and Asian Security||In this episode, we talk about the various ways conspiratorial thinking has encroached on the Asia-Pacific and US foreign policy. We explore a number of recent developments ripe for competing explanations, including the surprising centrality of...||8/30/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanBombs over Pyongyang? The Window's Already Closed||Don't call it a comeback! In this episode of "Pacific Pundit," we explain the many perils of preventive attacks against North Korea. Our history segment discusses the crazy options the U.S. considered to prevent China from going nuclear in the 1960s....||8/9/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanSignaling Ignorance: What the Pentagon Gets Wrong about Coercion||In this episode, we explain how the Pentagon gets coercion wrong, what hip-hop tells us about deterrence, and why it all matters. Our history segment recalls Operation Rolling Thunder, the failed bombing campaign of North Vietnam. And in...||4/20/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanWill Politics Trump Process? Debating Grand Strategy Today||In this episode of Pacific Pundit, we debate whether grand strategy under Trump is possible, and the role that his new national security adviser, H.R. McMaster, will play. Our history segment recalls the national security policy processes Henry...||3/7/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanIsn’t One China Enough?||In this episode of Pacific Pundit, we think through the implications of President Trump’s words and deeds for the US “One China” policy. Our historical segment explores Henry Kissinger’s negotiation with China’s Chou Enlai to establish...||1/26/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanDuterte, Dictatorships, and Southeast Asian Strategy||In this episode of Pacific Pundit, we bring strategic sense to Southeast Asia and the rhetoric of Filipino strongman, Rodrigo Duterte. Our history segment considers how Cosimo de Medici used political communication to consolidate power in Florentine...||12/26/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanAsia in the Age of Trump: Stability, China Victory, or Nuclear War?||In this episode of Pacific Pundit, we explore the possibilities for US Asia policy under President-elect Trump, from continuity and stability to disaster and nuclear war. Our history segment recalls the campaign rhetoric and foreign policy...||11/17/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanLet's Talk About Great Power Competition with China||In this episode of Pacific Pundit, we have the audacity to argue that great power competition exists between the United States and China. Our history segment reminisces about War Plan Orange and the importance of taking a long view of competition when..||10/26/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanAsia's Wicked Geometry: The Power and Problems of Trilateralism||In this episode of Pacific Pundit, we explore the scope, causes and consequences of trilateral cooperation in Asia. In our history segment, we revisit how the Australia-New Zealand-US (ANZUS) alliance broke up in the 1980s. We discuss...||10/4/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanSleepwalking into Nuclear War with North Korea||In this episode of Pacific Pundit, we put North Korea's fifth nuclear test in a historical, theoretical, and policy context. We review historical evidence revealing U.S. preferences for preventive nuclear war when America was a new nuclear...||9/15/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanRed Teaming the Rebalance: Is the US Good for Asia?||In this episode, we explain why William Seward is the OG of US Asia strategy, debate the origins of the rebalance to Asia under President Obama, and bring on two guests-- James Brown (University of Sydney), explaining how Asia and Australia are...||8/23/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanOffshore Balancing is For Suckers||In this first episode of our new podcast, Pacific Pundit, we explain why offshore balancing strategies are a loser's bet, critique an article by Stephen Walt and John Mearsheimer advocating an offshore balancing grand strategy, and interview Dr....||8/8/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
I can’t believe this guy has a PhD
In the first episode he completely misunderstands and misrepresents realism and the tenets of Walt and Mearsheimer. I don’t believe he has even read their work. Typical of the bunk, elitist thinking inside the beltway. Later episodes also lack in depth and quality
Wonderful podcast that I find very informative!
Love the hip-hop analogy to deterrence theory