The Impossible State
By CSIS | Center for Strategic and International Studies
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North Korea is the Impossible State. Each week join the people who know the most about North Korea—The Center for Strategic and International Studies’ Victor Cha, Mike Green, and Sue Mi Terry—for an insider's discussion with host H. Andrew Schwartz about the United States’ top national security priority. Email your questions to ImpossibleState@csis.org.
||CleanGetting Worse Before It Gets Better: Live from CSIS||In this first live episode of The Impossible State, four esteemed guests join host H. Andrew Schwartz to discuss the latest Trump-Kim summit in Hanoi. Panelists included former US Ambassador to South Korea Alexander Vershbow, CSIS Korea experts Victor||3/8/2019||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanNo Deal||Dr. Michael Green, Senior Vice President for Asia at CSIS, joins host Andrew Schwartz to discuss the aftermath of the latest Trump-Kim summit, and reactions from U.S. allies in the region. Download transcript here.||3/1/2019||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanCountdown to Round II||In this episode, host H. Andrew Schwartz and CSIS Korea Chair Victor Cha invite Dr. Stephen Noerper to preview the second Trump-Kim summit. Stephen Noerper is the Korea Society senior director for policy and education, a Columbia University adjunct pro||2/22/2019||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanThe View from Europe||In this episode, experts discuss the upcoming Trump-Kim summit in Hanoi. CSIS's Korea Chair, Victor Cha, and host H. Andrew Schwartz welcome Dr. Ramon Pacheco Pardo, KF-VUB Korea Chair at the Institute for European Studies and Reader in International R||2/11/2019||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanThe Worldwide Threat Assessment and the Missile Defense Review||Tom Karako, senior fellow with the International Security Program and director of the Missile Defense Project at CSIS, joins resident Korea expert Victor Cha and host Andrew Schwartz to discuss the 2019 Missile Defense Review. They also discuss the ann||1/31/2019||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanA Great Deception||David Sanger of the New York Times and resident Korea expert Victor Cha weigh in on the recent CSIS findings of 16 hidden missile bases in North Korea. They discuss David Sanger’s article on the matter, and how the Trump administration has responded||11/16/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanThe Gathering Health Storm Inside North Korea||Stephen Morrison, the director of CSIS’ Global Health Policy Center and resident Korea expert Victor Cha, discuss Morrison’s documentary about the health crisis in North Korea. The Gathering Health Storm Inside North Korea was presented by CSIS’||11/2/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean60 Minutes and Whiplash||Resident experts Victor Cha and Sue Mi Terry weigh in on the president's latest "60 Minutes" interview. They also discuss what to expect at the next Trump-Kim summit and the newest chapter of Cha's updated seminal book, The Impossible State. (The Impos||10/15/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanThird Summit||David Kang, director of the Korean Studies Institute at the University of Southern California, joins CSIS’s Victor Cha again by phone to discuss the latest Inter-Korean summit, what this means for denuclearization, and what to expect from a potential||9/25/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanStrategizing Engagement||David Kang, director of the Korean Studies Institute at the University of Southern California, joins guest host Victor Cha of CSIS to discuss the second edition of their book, Nuclear North Korea: A Debate on Engagement Strategies from the studio. Orig||9/11/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanRecovery Operations||Dr. Jennie Jin, an anthropologist with the Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency and the lead researcher tasked to identify the recent American POW/MIA remains from North Korea, joins resident expert Victor Cha and host H. Andrew Schwartz by phone from Pea||8/17/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanLeft Out||Motoko Rich, the Tokyo bureau chief for The New York Times, joins CSIS's Victor Cha by phone to discuss the view from Japan. Download transcript here.||8/2/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanGrinding It Out||Jonathan Cheng, the Seoul bureau chief for The Wall Street Journal, joins resident experts Victor Cha and Sue Mi Terry by phone to discuss the specter of North Korea’s latest dismantling efforts, road blocks in the denuclearization talks, and the ret||7/25/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanThird Visit||Resident North Korea experts Victor Cha and Sue Mi Terry discuss Secretary of State Mike Pompeo’s latest visit to North Korea. They also weigh in on the possibility of Kim Jong Un’s appearance at the 2018 United Nation General Assembly meeting in S||7/11/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanVerification||Rebecca Hersman, the director of the Project on Nuclear issues at CSIS who is a former WMD non-proliferation expert with the Defense Department, discusses the challenges and mechanics of complete, verifiable, and irreversible denuclearization in North||7/2/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanWhere Do We Go from Here?||Special guests Ambassador Robert King, the former special envoy for North Korean human rights issues, and Joseph Kim, a young man who defected from North Korea in 2006, discuss human rights in North Korea and the Trump administration’s position on th||6/19/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanTrailer: The Impossible State||North Korea is the impossible state. For over 45 years no American president has figured it out. Now, the stakes may be higher than ever as Donald Trump and the Trump administration come to the negotiating table. Each week join the people who know the||6/12/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanStunning Our Allies||Victor Cha, the former deputy head of the U.S. delegation to the Six-Party talks during the George W. Bush administration, and Mike Green, the senior director for Asia of the National Security Council of George W. Bush., talk about the outcome of the S||6/12/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanSwinging in the Dark: Eve of the June 12 Summit||The world’s top Korea watchers, Victor Cha, Sue Mi Terry, and Mike Green, discuss the upcoming June 12 Summit in Singapore, what Kim Jong Un has already gotten out of the meeting with Donald Trump, the maddening nature of negotiations with North Kore||6/7/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanThe Summit Saga Continues||Sue Mi Terry, a former senior CIA analyst and National Security Council staff member during the George W. Bush and Barack Obama administrations talks about efforts this week by the administration to revive the peace summit between President Trump and N||5/30/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanJune 12 Summit Canceled||Victor Cha, a top Korea expert who was an Asia director in the National Security Council during the George W. Bush administration and deputy head of the U.S. delegation at the Six-Party Talks in Beijing, talks about President Trump’s letter to North||5/25/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
The consistent personal attacks on Trump completely undermine the program’s claims to expertise and objectivity.
This is disappointing because CSIS can make a good podcast (China Power for instance.)
Best of all the CSIS podcasts!
Impossible State has the nonpartisan take on North Korea that everyone who cares about this set of issues should hear.