The UN: History and Organization

March 18, 2016

An explanation of the history and organization of the UN.  Given that the UN plays such a large role in contemporary international relations i thought it worthwhile to talk about what it is and what it does.

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Sanctions - Do They Work?

February 19, 2016

This episode discusses sanctions.  Both types of sanctions, diplomatic and economic.  More importantly it discusses there usefulness and I give you my answer to what I consider the central question; do sanctions work?

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Hard Power versus Soft Power

February 2, 2016

This episode explores the differences between hard and soft power and discusses what is normally meant when the to terms are used.

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Terrorism - What is it and what can we do?

January 27, 2016

A discussion of what terrorism is, what are terrorism's goal, and what are the realistic options for dealing with it.

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NGO’s: A Rambling Rant

January 17, 2016

A fairly rambling discussion about NGO's and what they really accomplish.  I will admit upfront that I don't have a very good opinion of NGO's.  It seems to me that after 150 years of digging wells in Africa we should have seen more progress than a continuing need for more wells and clean water.  It is also a fact that advocacy NGO's such as Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch spend an inordinate amount of effort going after western nations instead of the non-western countries that are the biggest and most egregious rights violators.  My theory is that this is because western countries actually listen to them as opposed to being ignored and the outright disdain they get from the worst rights violators.  Does anybody really think North Korea or ISIS cares that NGOs say they are bad?

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Strategy: It’s Different aspects

January 10, 2016

This podcast is a wider discussion of strategy and the different aspects and types of strategy there are.  Strategy is not one overarching concept except at its most basic.  There are different nuances to strategy and strategy development that exist depending on the level at which the strategy is being developed and implemented.

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Tactical, Operational, & Strategic; What Do They Mean?

December 31, 2015

A discussion of what the different terms Tactical, Operational, & Strategic actually mean and how they are so often misused both in history books but especially within the media.

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Air Power and It’s Limits

December 14, 2015

This podcast discusses Air Power and its limits.  Specifically I expose the myth that it is possible to win a war with airpower alone.  The example of Kosovo often held up as showing airpower can win wars is discussed as well as the utility, or lack thereof, of airpower in the current fight against ISIS in Syria.

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Syria, Turkey, Russia, NATO, and the mess it has become in only a week.

December 3, 2015

An examination of the situation in Syria and between Turkey/NATO on one side and Russia/Syria on the other in light of recent events.

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Victory in War and Terrorism

November 25, 2015

This is a somewhat rambling podcast that deals with Victory in war and what it really is.  I submit that victory is not achieving stability as some recent pundits have asserted but defeating your enemy.  I explain why I mean defeat in the Clausewitzean terms of "compelling your enemy to do your will".  I also examine the idea that war tends to extremes but never reaches those extremes because victory is achieved before the logical extreme is reached.

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