21 September 2014

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Jul 18, 2014 — Robert Farley & Daveed Gartenstein-Ross
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Foreign Entanglements
On Foreign Entanglements, Rob and Daveed discuss one of the enduring concepts of international politics: credibility. Rob lays out the basics of deterrence theory, prompting Daveed to explain why he thinks reputation is important. Daveed contends that Obama’s unenforced Syrian “red line” will have a tremendous effect on America’s credibility and reputation. They examine whether a reputation for resolve matters with reference to Saddam Hussein’s invasion of Kuwait, and consider the academic-policymaker divide, especially with respect to how we can measure the effectiveness of reputation-building measures. Plus: Debating the value of bluffing as part of the foreign policy toolkit.
Jul 16, 2014 — Sarah Posner & Kara Loewentheil
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The Posner Show
On The Posner Show, Sarah and Kara discuss a letter urging President Obama not to include a religious exemption in a forthcoming executive order barring federal contractors from discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity. Kara explains why she signed the letter, and why she doesn’t believe there should be a new religious exemption. They discuss how the proposed order would interact with existing rules granting religious exemptions to religiously-affiliated contractors. And they reflect on how the Hobby Lobby case might affect provider refusals in the areas of abortion, contraception, and assisted reproductive technology. Plus: How did the boss’s religious rights come to take precedence over those of his workers?