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SSI Live Podcast Series — Latest Episodes
Released 15 July 2016.
SSI Live 052 - Nation-Building and Afghanistan — Late last week, President Barack Obama announced his decision to slow the drawdown of U.S. forces in Afghanistan, leaving 8,400 troops there until the end of his term. Media accounts characterized this as a vote of confidence in Afghanistan's government but also an acknowledgement that U.S. efforts to build an Afghan force capable of securing the entire country had fallen short. Will the slower drawdown strengthen U.S. efforts at nation-building in Afghanistan? Is nation-building even possible there or elsewhere? Dr. John R. Deni invited his SSI colleague Dr. Chris Mason to discuss Mason's newest publication, a Parameters article entitled "Nation-Building is an Oxymoron," as well as last week's announcement on the slowed drawdown. Listen below or click here to download.
Released 8 July 2016.
SSI Live 051 - Honduras at a Crossroads — Since his election in 2013, Honduran President Juan Orlando Hernandez has made significant changes in the strategy and institutions of the country to combat the interrelated scourges of organized crime and violent gangs, resulting in some notable successes. Yet challenges remain, especially in terms of corruption, and allegations of human rights violations threaten to undermine progress achieved to date. How should U.S. policymakers react? Is Honduras on the right path, and how can Washington incentivize the positive trends? In this podcast, the SSI's Dr. R. Evan Ellis discusses his latest monograph with Dr. John R. Deni. Listen below or click here to download.
Released 22 June 2016.
SSI Live 050 - The Warsaw Summit and the European Reassurance Initiative — Starting in 2017, Washington plans to begin heel-to-toe rotations of an armored brigade from the United States to Eastern Europe. Is this a significant improvement over the assurance and deterrence steps taken by the United States and several of its NATO allies over the last two years? Are there still shortcomings in the U.S. approach to reassurance and deterrence? In this podcast, the SSI's Dr. John R. Deni examines the ERI in the context of the upcoming Warsaw Summit. Listen below or click here to download.
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