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Vital Interests Podcast

52 EpisodesProduced by JAY-VEE ProductionsWebsite

Hosted by Karen Greenberg. Brought to you by the Center on National Security, Vital Interests Podcast was designed to help you think about security in its many dimensions, from pandemic to climate change, from terrorism to population migration, from war to peace - all with an eye towards the rule of… read more

52 Episodes | 2020 - 2021

Anthony Romero on Post-9/11 Challenges

September 17th, 2021


ACLU Director Anthony Romero joins our special series on 9/11 to discuss the challenges, accomplishments and persistent hurdles experienced by the ACLU and the country in the aftermath of the terrorist attacks of …

The Guantanamo Docket: New York Times Journalists Carol Rosenberg and Charlie Savage on Keeping a Record of Guantanamo

September 14th, 2021


Who remains at Guantanamo Bay? What’s more to be known? And can the Biden administration finally close the notorious detention center? Journalists …

Spencer Ackerman on the Perpetual Shadow of 9/11

September 13th, 2021


In his new book, Reign of Terror: How the 9/11 Era Destabilized America and Produced Trump, journalist Spencer Ackerman traces America’s response to …

Peter Bergen on the Life and Impact of Osama Bin Laden

September 10th, 2021


Journalist Peter Bergen has spent decades reflecting on the man responsible for the attacks on 9/11. Now, twenty years after that fateful day, he …

Richard Clarke on the Mistakes Made Before 9/11 and the Lessons We Have Yet to Learn

September 9th, 2021


What were the failures in the lead up to the attacks on 9/11? What lessons should we take from that fateful event and our response to it to better …

Journalist Craig Unger on Spies, Lies, and the Threats to American Democracy

June 8th, 2021


How do America’s top leaders use power to enrich themselves and further their interests? From the Bush administration to the GOP and the Trump presidency, Craig Unger has spent the last twenty years uncovering the …

Joshua Dratel on Reforming America’s Criminal Justice System

May 25th, 2021


Many Americans think that U.S. criminal justice system is unfair, ineffective, and broken. So how do we fix it? Joshua Dratel, a leading criminal defense attorney, joins this episode of Vital Interests Podcast to …

Ken Wainstein - Thinking about National Security Twenty Years Ago and Now

May 11th, 2021


Twenty years after 9/11, Ken Wainstein, Homeland Security Advisor to George W. Bush, reflects on security and 21st century challenges.

Clint Watts on How Social Media Changed the Internet, Distorts Reality, and Fuels Extremism

April 27th, 2021


How can America counter group mentality? Clint Watts, a national security, counterterrorism, and cybersecurity expert, joins this episode of Vital Interests Podcast to discuss disinformation, conspiracy theories, and …

Hina Shamsi on Protecting Human Rights in an Era of Heightened Global Security

April 13th, 2021


Twenty years after 9/11, with President Biden in the White House, are we ready for a new approach to security and justice? Hina Shamsi joins this episode of Vital Interests Podcast to discuss the ICC, the no fly list, …

Jessica Stern Reflects on a Career Studying Terrorism

March 30th, 2021


Boston University Professor Jessica Stern joins this episode of Vital Interests Podcast to discuss how a perceived loss of status is helping to …

Colin Clarke on Countering Violent Extremism in the US and Abroad

March 16th, 2021


Are we seeing something new in terrorist violence? Colin Clarke, the Director of Policy and Research at the Soufan Group, joins this episode of Vital …

Nick Rasmussen on How to Tackle Extremism on the Internet

March 2nd, 2021


Nick Rasmussen, the inaugural executive director of the Global Internet Forum to Counterterrorism (GIFCT) joins this episode of the Vital Interests …

Sheila Foster on the City as a Commons

February 16th, 2021


In this episode of Vital Interest Podcast, Sheila Foster, a professor of urban law and policy at Georgetown University and the co-director of LabGov, …

Rebroadcast: Ali Soufan on January 6th and the Threat To Democracy: What Went Wrong and How Should We Respond?

February 2nd, 2021


Host Karen J. Greenberg welcomed Ali Soufan for a virtual event at the Center on National Security at Fordham Law titled "January 6th and the Threat …

Matt Duss on the Insurrection at the Capitol and Rethinking American Foreign Policy

January 19th, 2021


Matt Duss, Foreign Policy Advisor to Bernie Sanders, joins this episode of Vital Interests Podcast to discuss the Capitol Riots, Biden’s foreign …

Annie Owens on Reforming the Justice Department’s Office of Legal Counsel

January 6th, 2021


The Justice Department’s legitimacy took a hit under the Trump administration. Can reforms within its Office of Legal Counsel—and a …

Fionnuala D. Ní Aoláin on the Problems of Counterterrorism in the Post-9/11 World

December 15th, 2020


Nearly 20 years after 9/11, one might ask, where do we stand now in terms of counterterrorism policies? What have we accomplished? What remains to be …

Peter Beinart on Biden’s Foreign Policy Challenges

December 8th, 2020


Journalist Peter Beinart joins this episode of Vital Interests Podcast to discuss China, multilateralism, a One-State solution for Israel – and more. …

Rebroadcast: Seamus Hughes' Homegrown: ISIS in America

December 1st, 2020


Seamus Hughes joined host Karen J. Greenberg on November 19th to discuss his new book: Homegrown: ISIS in America. The full webinar can be watched on …

Steve Blank on Expecting the Unexpected: Silicon Valley and 21st Century Warfare

November 25th, 2020


Tech entrepreneur and early leader of the Lean Startup movement Steve Blank joins this episode of the Vital Interests Podcast to discuss his Stanford University course, Hacking for Defense, and how the lessons learned …

Rebroadcast: John Brennan's "Undaunted" with Samantha Power

November 17th, 2020


Host Karen J. Greenberg welcomed John Brennan and Samantha Power on October 15th to discuss Brennan's new book Undaunted: My Fight Against America's …

Edwin Frank on Literature, the Pandemic, and our World

November 10th, 2020


Edwin Frank, the editorial director for the New York Review of Books, joins the podcast to discuss his long-running collection, the NYRB Classics …

Webinar Rebroadcast: Echoes from the Past: Do the post WWII Japanese War Crimes Tribunals have lessons for Guantanamo? with Michel Paradis and Carol Rosenberg 

November 6th, 2020


Host Karen J. Greenberg welcomed journalist Carol Rosenberg and attorney Michel Paradis at CNS on October 1st for a conversation based on Paradis’ …

Senator Russell Feingold on the 25th Amendment, Court Packing, and the State of US Democracy

October 27th, 2020


In this episode of Vital Interest Podcast, Former Democratic Senator Russell Feingold unpacks the historic challenges threatening America’s …

Webinar Rebroadcast: Chris Whipple's The Spymasters: How the CIA Directors Shape History and the Future

October 20th, 2020


Chis Whipple joined host Karen J. Greenberg on September 29th to discuss his new book: The Spymasters: How the CIA Directors Shape History and the …

Richard Clarke on DHS, Governance, and the 2020 Presidential Election

October 13th, 2020


The former National Security official joins this episode of Vital Interests Podcast to discuss his time in government, the need for reforms at the Department of Homeland Security, and what’s at stake in the upcoming US …

Webinar Rebroadcast: Ali Soufan's Declassified "The Black Banners"

October 6th, 2020


Ali Soufan joined host Karen J. Greenberg on September 24th to discuss the new, declassified version of his book: The Black Banners (Declassified): …

Jonathan Stevenson on US Foreign Policy, Civil Unrest at Home, and Racial Inequality

September 29th, 2020


Jonathan Stevenson, senior fellow for US Defense at the International Institute for Strategic Studies, joins this episode of Vital Interests Podcast to discuss the future of the Iran Nuclear Deal, the state of the State …

Liam Collins on Ukraine, Syria, and the Future of Great Power Conflict

September 25th, 2020


Liam Collins, the founding director of the Modern War Institute, joins this episode of the Vital Interests Podcast to discuss proxy wars, cyber …

Robert Draper on Why We Went to War in Iraq

September 15th, 2020


Listen to Robert Draper, writer for the New York Times Magazine & National Geographic, on his new book To Start a War, How the Bush Administration Took America into Iraq.  Vital Interests Podcast with Karen …

U.S. Rep. Jahana Hayes on a Comprehensive Approach to Legislating in the COVID Era

September 1st, 2020


Rep. Jahana Hayes, National Teacher of the Year in 2016, joins this week’s episode of Vital Interests Podcast to discuss her continued hope in American democracy, and how the COVID-19 recovery is an opportunity for …

Counterterrorism From Al Qaeda and ISIS to White Supremacists, with the NYPD’s Rebecca Weiner, Assistant Commissioner for the Intelligence Bureau.

August 25th, 2020


A conversation with Rebecca Ulam Weiner about the evolution of terrorism, and the current challenges facing law enforcement and society at large. …

Tom Parker on Terrorism, Human Rights and Tomorrow’s Challenges

August 18th, 2020


Listen as Tom Parker discusses the value of understanding the conditions that give rise to terrorism and the need for a longer time frame for measuring counterterrorism strategies.  Vital Interests Podcast with Karen …

Peter Bergen on National Security From Al Qaeda to COVID

August 11th, 2020


Join us as Peter Bergen discusses terrorism, the Iran Deal, the Taliban, a Biden presidency and America’s ever-changing national security landscape.  Vital Interests Podcast with Karen Greenberg is brought to you by the …

Jonathan Hafetz and the Politicization of Justice, American-style

August 4th, 2020


Jonathan Hafetz talks about Adham Hassoun, Enemy Combatants and today’s Department of Justice.  Vital Interests Podcast with Karen Greenberg is brought to you by the Center on National Security at Fordham Law.

War Crimes, Accountability, and Healing with Michel Paradis

July 28th, 2020


Michel Paradis discusses the legacy of 9/11, war crimes, military commissions, and his new book Last Mission to Tokyo.  Vital Interests Podcast with Karen Greenberg is brought to you by the Center on National Security …

Governor Jerry Brown on COVID, Punishment, Inequality and America's Way Forward

July 21st, 2020


Former California Governor Jerry Brown discusses what more states can do to respond to COVID, how we can honor the humanity in all of us, and ways to …

Leadership and Hope: A view from California with Lt Gov Eleni Kounalakis

July 14th, 2020


California's Lieutenant Governor Eleni Kounalakis discusses immigration, trade policy, women in politics and her hopes for the future with host Karen …

Carol Rosenberg and the Forever Story of Guantanamo

July 7th, 2020


Joining host Karen Greenberg, Carol Rosenberg discusses nearly two decades of reporting on Guantanamo’s detainees, its military commissions, and its …

Webinar Terrorism Series: Episode 2 with Gilles Kepel

June 30th, 2020


Gilles Kepel joined host Karen J. Greenberg on May 20th to discuss his book: Away from Chaos: The Middle East and the Challenge to the West. The full …

Webinar Terrorism Series: Episode 1 with Thomas Hegghammer

June 30th, 2020


Thomas Hegghammer joined host Karen J. Greenberg on May 6th to discuss his book: The Caravan: Abdallah Azzam and the Rise of Global Jihad. The full …

John Brennan on the Arab Spring, 21st Century Democracies, and the Coming Election

June 23rd, 2020


Former CIA Director and Presidential Advisor talks to host Karen Greenberg about the global landscape, protecting the upcoming elections and his hopes for the future. 

The Presidency, the Media, and the Dangers of Cynicism with David Rohde

June 16th, 2020


David Rohde discusses his new book In Deep: The FBI, the CIA, and the Truth about America's "Deep State."

Edward Snowden, the Surveillance State and the Future of Privacy - with Bart Gellman 

June 12th, 2020


Bart Gellman discusses his new book “Dark Mirror: Edward Snowden and the American Surveillance State”

Jameel Jaffer on Freedom of Speech, National Security, and the Perils of Silencing Former Officials

June 9th, 2020


Jameel Jaffer, Inaugural Director of the Knight First Amendment Institute at Columbia University, joins host Karen Greenberg to discuss national …

Andrea Mitchell on Challenges Facing Today's Journalists

June 3rd, 2020


Andrea Mitchell, Host of MSNBC 'Andrea Mitchell Reports', talks about the challenges, past and present, of reporting on the White House, about women in journalism, and about the many pressures facing today's journalists.

Peter Singer on his novel Burn-In: A Novel of the Real Robotic Revolution

May 26th, 2020


Peter Singer, Strategist and Senior Fellow at New America, joins host Karen Greenberg to discuss his latest book and the practical and philosophical implications of Artificial Intelligence. 

David Ignatius on his spy novel The Paladin, with Richard A. Clarke 

May 22nd, 2020


Karen J. Greenberg is joined by David Ignatius, prize-winning columnist for The Washington Post, and Richard A. Clarke, CEO of Good Harbor Security …

Oscar Winner Carol Dysinger on making Learning to Skateboard in a Warzone (If you're a Girl) 

May 19th, 2020


Carol Dysinger, Oscar winning filmmaker and Associate Professor at the NYU Tisch School of Arts, joins Karen J. Greenberg for a discussion focusing …

Lawrence Wright on his novel The End of October and Today's COVID Crisis

May 15th, 2020


Lawrence Wright, author, screenwriter, playwright, and a staff writer for The New Yorker magazine, joins Karen J. Greenberg to discuss his prescient new novel The End of October and the parallels to the current COVID-19 …

Ali Soufan on Global Security and America's Leadership Role

May 6th, 2020


CEO of The Soufan Group and founder of The Soufan Center, former FBI Supervisory Special Agent, and security expert, Ali Soufan speaks with Karen J. Greenberg on the global security landscape and the changing leadership …

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