Heather Hurlburt and Daniel Drezner offer unorthodox takes from inside security orthodoxy.
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.
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.
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.
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.