On the latest episode of "Thank You For Your Service" podcast, Jim Golby, Clements Center Senior Fellow, and Alice Hunt Friend, senior fellow in the International Security Program at the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS), discuss "The Outpost," the groundbreaking movie about one of the deadliest battles in Afghanistan. On an early October morning in 2009, an overwhelming force of Taliban fighters attacked a small unit of U.S. soldiers located at Combat Outpost Keating in a remote valley in Afghanistan's Nuristan province. Drawing on source material from Jake Tapper's book, The Outpost, director Rod Lurie has brought the story of the Battle of Kamdesh -- one of the bloodiest and most heroic American engagements of the 19-year war in Afghanistan -- to the screen in a film of the same name.
In this special episode of Thank You For Your Service, Jim and Alice speak with Tapper and Lurie as well as with Ty Carter (Medal of Honor recipient and film advisor), veteran Daniel Rodriguez (who fought in the battle and played himself in the movie), Stoney Portis (the last commander of Combat Outpost Keating), and Katie Kopp (the brigade psychologist who helped soldiers process and debrief the 14-hour firefight) about the battle, the movie, and mental health.
Clements Center Executive Director Will Inboden discusses the role of the National Security Council in U.S. Foreign Policy for The Hopkins Podcast on Foreign Affairs (POFA), an entirely student run Podcast at Johns Hopkins University founded in 2017.
In "It's Too Soon For America To Kill Its Grand Strategy" Assistant Professor in the Department of Political Science at Texas State University and former Clements Center Postdoctoral Fellow Ionut Popescu responds to recent criticisms of grand strategy.
Intelligence Studies Project Director Steve Slick joined former Deputy Director of Central Intelligence for Community Management Joan Dempsey and The New Yorker Executive Editor and Author David Rohde on September 16 for a virtual meeting on “Trust and Distrust in the American Political System” hosted by the Council on Foreign Relations. Panelists discuss the intersection of U.S. politics and the theory of the “deep state,” including the devolution of public trust in government agencies and what effect this has, how to combat public distrust, and the role and responsibility of U.S. government agencies throughout history. Rand Corporation Senior Researcher Linda Robinson moderated.
Johns Hopkins University Press releases a timely and poignant collection of essays, including a co-authored chapter by Clements Center Director Will Inboden, on Covid-19 and World Order.
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