Hosted by Robert Farley, Matthew Duss and Natalie Sambhi, Foreign Entanglements brings together people with contrasting views on America’s role in the world.
On Foreign Entanglements, Rob and Michael reassess the Libyan intervention and its impact on the rest of the Middle East. Rob reminds us that we aren’t getting better at interventions; Libya was just a special case. And since when has it been okay for the president to mislead Congress to start a war? Rob and Michael want you to know that, despite what you’ve heard, the world is really safe right now. Finally, they worry that an expansive understanding of human rights would lead to too much military action.
On Foreign Entanglements, Matt and Ben discuss new indications that Israel will hold off on striking Iran. Matt brings up the important difference between preemption and prevention. They point out that a nuclear Iran would be subject to the dangers of accidents and mistakes. We shouldn’t grow too comfortable with the Cold War doctrine of mutually-assured destruction, they suggest, just because it happened to work for a few decades. What are the chances of Obama ordering a strike after the election? They close with Ben’s interview with Iraqi opposition leader Ayad Allawi.
On Foreign Entanglements, Rob speaks with Andrew Erickson, editor of the new book Chinese Aerospace Power. Andrew and Rob discuss the long road to development of China’s new aircraft carrier, including the choices that the carrier represents and what it might portend for China’s military future. They then work through the implications of China’s development of anti-ship ballistic missiles and what it tells us about China’s military bureaucracy.
On Foreign Entanglements, Rob and Joshua discuss the tragic massacre of sixteen Afghan civilians by a US Army sergeant, and the public reaction in Afghanistan, before moving on to the implications of the massacre for the US election. Rob and Joshua then consider whether Afghanistan can become a modern state, and the regional implications of the impending American withdrawal. Plus: Instead of victory, should our goal be risk management?
On Foreign Entanglements, Matt and Meir discuss the real winners in Iran’s parliamentary elections, and how Ahmadinejad got in trouble with the country’s religious authorities. Could anything persuade the Supreme Leader to change course? Meir corrects assumptions about Iranian “apocalypticism,” and argues that Obama and Netanyahu are playing a good cop/bad cop routine. Finally, is a Middle East free of nuclear weapons an attainable goal?
On Foreign Entanglements, Rob and Justin discuss foreign policy and the 2012 presidential election. Rob and Justin start by critiquing a recent Foreign Policy article by Karl Rove and Ed Gillespie, then move on to a discussion of the role that foreign policy has played in the GOP primary. They then work through some implications of Barack Obama’s apology for the burning of Korans in Afghanistan. Justin bemoans the lack of seriousness in the GOP foreign policy establishment, while Rob pushes on to the Asia Pivot. Rob and Justin conclude with a discussion of maritime affairs and the rise of China.
On Foreign Entanglements, Matt is joined by Helle to debate military action against Iran. Helle accuses Matt of attacking strawmen, while Matt argues that neocons have been hot for bombing Iran for a long time. They debate the tension between attacking Iran and supporting Iranian democracy, and whether hawks have a misplaced faith in the power of military solutions. Matt lays out his preferred policy: engagement, not appeasement.
On Foreign Entanglements, Rob and Mark Leon Goldberg discuss the latest events in Syria, and the repercussions of recent developments at the United Nations. They ponder the reasoning behind Russia’s commitment to Syria, on both military and diplomatic fronts. Mark and Rob then explore the expanding writ of the International Criminal Court—is it making authoritarian leaders more reluctant to give up power? Finally, they consider the parallels between Syria and Bahrain and the future of the Responsibility to Protect.
On Foreign Entanglements, Jamie makes the case for bombing Iran’s regime out of existence. Some key questions are considered: Do Iranians support their country’s nuclear program? Would Iranians favor an attack on their own country? Are Iranians pro-American? Matt concludes by arguing that Obama’s just not that into war with Iran.
On Foreign Entanglements, Rob and Heather talk about the tightening of sanctions on Iran, including the domestic repercussions in both countries. They also discuss the situation in Syria: Rob has doubts about airpower, and Heather and Rob work through some of the problems with the Responsibility to Protect. Plus, a mini-review of “Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy.”
On Foreign Entanglements, Matt talks with Daveed Gartenstein-Ross about foreign policy in the State of the Union. Will America miss the boat on the Arab Spring? Is Obama’s triumphalism over Al Qaeda premature? Also, the simmering crisis in the Strait of Hormuz and Daveed’s foreign policy trends to watch over the next decade.
Rob and Matt introduce their new show, Foreign Entanglements, and ask for advice from the audience. They discuss the current status of US-Iranian-Israeli tensions, ponder whether Netanyahu is working for a Romney presidency, and give a brief requiem for Jon Huntsman’s presidential campaign in the course of debating whether the GOP primary lacks excitement.