Is war with China inevitable? While the Peloponnesian War may have taken place a quarter millennia ago, there are striking parallels between the forces that drove Athens and Sparta towards conflict and the modern Sino-American geopolitical dynamic. In this episode, Juliette speaks with Harvard Kennedy School Professor Graham Allison, author of "Destined For War: Can America and China Escape Thucydides's Trap?" to learn more about how these "great powers" conflicts get started, and most importantly, how they can be avoided entirely.
Juliette KayyemNovember 3, 2017 12:18 PM
Something Has To GiveAs Juliette says goodbye to The SCIF, she describes the four competing doctrines that are driving global security, and encourages listeners to step up and fight for our democratic norms.
Juliette KayyemOctober 23, 2017 11:17 AM
We Shouldn't Even Be Talking About ThisIt seems hard to believe that for nearly a week now, the focus of our national attention has been drawn to a spat between the president of the United States and a gold star family grieving their loss. But this is where we are. In this episode of The SCIF, Juliette speaks with Pod Save America co-host and former spokesman for the National Security Council Tommy Vietor about his experience in the Obama White House, how it contrasts with the Trump administration's approach to national security, and how he hopes his work at Crooked Media will provide an outlet for others who have been outraged by the president's actions in his first nine months in office.
Juliette KayyemOctober 10, 2017 10:39 AM
The American DreamersWith DACA under siege, the woman who led its creation as Secretary of Homeland Security, Janet Napolitano, now finds herself leading the charge against her old agency to protect it. In this episode of The SCIF, Juliette speaks with Napolitano, now the president of the University of California, about how the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program was conceived and implemented, and why she chose to sue the federal government on behalf of the UC system after the Trump administration's recent decision to end the program.
Juliette KayyemOctober 3, 2017 04:46 PM
Guns And MotivationFollowing the horrific shooting on the Las Vegas strip, we are still left to wonder about the killer's motivations. But while the incident in Las Vegas was unprecedented in scale, mass shootings have become a regular phenomenon in the United States, perpetrated by killers with a wide variety of motivations. In this episode, Juliette focuses on the common denominator by arguing that while motivation can be important, we need to pay more attention to the easy access to weapons that allowed him, and others like him, to create mass carnage.