The Secure Line
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The values Americans hold should shape how our country engages with the world. We bring complex issues back to the basic questions of how values affect policy and how the tricky problems of the world can challenge what we believe. Listeners dive deep into complicated topics, learn what’s important behind the headlines, and hear from a diverse set of security policy experts, on-the-ground practitioners with global experience, and political professionals. Together we will translate the noise of headlines and politics into a clear view of the world and America’s role in it. The Secure Line is co-hosted by David Solimini and a rotating group of guests from a range of policy and political backgrounds.
||CleanA Not Very Uplifting Episode||The team catches up on a few things that happened since last week on Iran, the likely CIA Director, and North Korea before diving into the Senate Intelligence Committee’s report on Russian interference in 2016, events in Israel and Gaza, and the Presi||5/17/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitBreaking a Deal and Meeting a Kim||A deep dive episode to make up for skipping last week. The President broke the Iran deal for no clear reason. We talk about what it means and what comes next. The Kim-Trump Summit has a date — June 12! — so we discuss approaches to the negotiation.||5/11/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanPeacekeeping and Pez Dispensers||The President of France Visits. The future of peacekeeping. Supreme Court arguments over the Muslim Ban. Updates to previous legal issues. And more. Mentioned in segment 2 — Foreign Policy: Peacekeepers Shouldn’t Always Be Peaceful, http://foreignpo||4/26/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanHumanitarian Intervention and Mike visits Kim for Easter||This week we discuss the options (and legality) of humanitarian intervention in Syria, CIA Director Mike Pompeo’s secret visit to North Korea, and Nikki Haley for President 2024.||4/20/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanBig Picture in Syria and Big Money in Russia||With the possibility of military strikes against Syria on the horizon, we look into why this problem is just so difficult. There were new sanctions levied against Russian businesses, government officials and oligarchs last week. And we end with a bit on||4/12/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanTariffs on China, Troops to the Border, and Confusion in the White House||We discuss the purpose and impact of tariffs on Chinese imports, the decision to send national guard troops to the border to supplement the border patrol, and the fact that the White House rarely seems to be on the same page as the rest of the administr||4/5/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanRussians Out, Bolton In, and Kim Jung Un Takes a Trip||John Bolton heads to the White House as the new National Security Advisor. There’s a unified international response to the recent Russian assassination in the UK. And Kim Jung Un may be winning.||3/30/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanAtomic Bell||For the second in our 1 on 1 interview series with the Secure Line’s regular contributors, we dig into nuclear issues, the practicalities of diplomacy, her time in the Peace Corps, and more with Secure Line regular contributor Alex Bell. This episod||3/21/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanRexit, Torture, Nerve agents, Russians, and much more.||So much happened this week, it’s not possible to fit it into this summary. We do a lightening round through the “secondary” issues before diving into the dismissal of Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and what that means for the CIA and State. Then||3/15/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanNeurotoxins, North Korea, and Nuke-a-Palooza||Wow, the news of this week was busy! A former Russian spy is killed with a nerve agent in the UK. Vladimir Putin does his nuclear show and tell. North Korea might want to talk. Trump wants to impose tariffs on steel. And the Holocaust Museum revokes an||3/8/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
Literacy for grown-ups
As a 30-something parent, I just haven’t had time to delve as deeply into the relationships between current events and policy decisions I once might have. The Secure Line helps me to stay connected to what’s going on in the world around me and think about the intersections between policy, values, and outcomes in a way that no other podcast has. Better yet, the podcast has a lively, even fun, round table format featuring a slate of recurring and special panelists who are all experts in their field.
Keep up the good work team!
Logical explanations for illogical decisions
In these crazy times, this show shines a light on how National Security and Policies really work. When a simple tweet from a 'World Leader' can send questions brewing and crashing though your head, The Secure Line says, "Calm Down. Here's how it really works."
If you want a grasp on the political Climate, this is the Podcast to listen to!
Insightful and interesting
A bunch of sharp and interesting people with smart takes on some thorny issues, most definitely worth a listen.