Jim Golby, Clements Center Senior Fellow, and Fareed Zakaria, host of CNN's The Global Public Square (GPS), look back at why generals have historically been kept away from serving as Secretary of Defense and discuss Biden's Secretary of Defense pick.
In this episode of Horns of a Dilemma, Will Inboden, executive director of the Clements Center at the University of Texas at Austin, sits down with Simon Miles, assistant professor at the Sanford School of Public Policy at Duke University, to discuss his book, Engaging the Evil Empire: Washington, Moscow, and the Beginning of the End of the Cold War. In his book, Miles asserts that the beginning of the thawing of relations between the United States and the Soviet Union, usually attributed to the relationship between President Ronald Reagan and General Secretary Mikhail Gorbachev, actually had its roots in the period of 1980 to 1985 under previous Soviet leaders, such as Yuri Andropov and Leonid Brezhnev. Miles talks about the effort on the part of both the Soviet Union and the United States to find opportunities for meaningful diplomatic interaction that laid the groundwork for thawing, even at a time when the Cold War was at its height.
Dr. Jim Golby further elucidates his concerns with the requirement for a waiver from Congress for Biden's latest pick for the Pentagon post.
Clements Center faculty fellow Nate Jensen gives his take on the Musk exodus from California and relocation to the great state of Texas.
Clements Center Senior Fellow Jim Golby was featured on NPR's Morning Edition show, where he criticized President-Elect Biden's pick of retired Gen. Lloyd Austin As Pentagon Chief.
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