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24 October 2014

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May 30, 2014 — Heather Hurlburt & Daniel Drezner
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Drezburt
On Drezburt, Heather and Dan discuss Obama’s big foreign policy speech at West Point. Has the administration failed to prioritize international trade agreements? Who was the speech’s intended audience? Can Congress be persuaded to lift sanctions on Iran? Why is John Kerry telling Edward Snowden to “man up”? Dan argues that Obama is just going through the motions on foreign policy, and wonders if the administration is catering to public indifference to global affairs. Plus: Heather asks Dan about his new book on the financial crisis.
Apr 25, 2014 — Heather Hurlburt & Daniel Drezner
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Drezburt
On Drezburt, Heather and Dan discuss the newly released memoirs of George Kennan, which include some incendiary racist material. How much weight should be given to the offensive views of major historical figures? Dan asks Heather to evaluate Obama’s foreign policy in light of Kennan’s realism. Dan also criticizes John Kerry‘s recent statements about the Cold War. Has Obama really bungled the Ukraine crisis? Finally, they assess the pivot to Asia in light of Obama’s visit to the region.
Mar 23, 2014 — Daniel Drezner & Heather Hurlburt
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Drezburt
On Drezburt, Dan debriefs Heather on HBO’s Game of Thrones. Heather explains what the national obsession over the missing Malaysian airliner says about the zeitgeist, and what it means for national policy. Heather and Dan worry that constant coverage of flight MH370 has crowded out important events in Turkey and Venezuela. They close by wondering what TV shows President Obama is watching these days.
Feb 26, 2014 — Heather Hurlburt & Daniel Drezner
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Drezburt
On Drezburt, Heather and Dan pay tribute to the late Harold Ramis, then critique Nicholas Kristof’s recent column accusing academics of being out of touch. Next, they praise Rosa Brooks’s manifesto against Sheryl Sandberg’s Lean In. In the work/life balance debate, should obsessive parenting get more criticism? Heather and Dan analyze the proposed smaller Pentagon budget that would drastically shrink the size of the Army. Plus: Why Ukraine will muddle through.
Jan 27, 2014 — Heather Hurlburt & Daniel Drezner
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Drezburt
On the premiere of Drezburt, Heather and Dan preview foreign policy at the State of the Union address. They debate whether Obama has failed to make free trade a priority, or whether Congressional obstruction is to blame. Heather praises Democrats for largely holding the line against new Iran sanctions. Next, they discuss the World Economic Forum in Davos, which Dan says has gone “beyond caricature.” What is revealed by the massive gender imbalance at Davos? Moving to the crisis in Ukraine, they consider whether the country could splinter. Plus: Why Syria became a catastrophe but Tunisia did not.
Dec 10, 2013 — Alyssa Rosenberg & Daniel Drezner
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Critic Proof
On Critic Proof, Alyssa and Dan discuss the cultural impact of the late Nelson Mandela, beginning with Dan’s memories of the campus anti-apartheid movement. They marvel at Mandela’s transformative prison term and the complex role of his wife Winnie. They then turn to the new pop culture focus on Mandela, including the Idris Elba biopic, Invictus, and World War Z. How does Mandela’s family compare with other political dynasties? They also discuss South African movies such as District 9. Pivoting wildly from Mandela, they consider the controversial emergence of Love Actually as a holiday classic. Plus: The bumper crop of political TV shows, in particular House of Cards. (Spoilers throughout.)

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