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The Global North owes the Global South progressive economic policies, not aid. The essential (?) fascism of security clearances. Why it's wrong to make international-relations paradigms into ideologies. The tragic history and propagandizing about the third offset strategy--or, the origins of American militarism today. The China Cold War question. J…
 
If an "Indo-Pacific strategy" can't cope with the Syria risk in Myanmar, then what good is it? Why the history of Cold War liberalism tells us not to pin domestic renewal on the China threat. Why Chinese air incursions against Taiwan DO NOT signal invasion. What's going on in Asian studies at Georgetown. Japan's role in a Taiwan conflict. The lost …
 
Which QAnon congresswoman thinks Guam is a foreign country? Why Asia is not the Indo-Pacific. Think tank infighting. Wasting time before writing. Rachel Rizzo: https://mobile.twitter.com/RachelRizzo/status/1370776048183435264 Spencer Ackerman: https://twitter.com/attackerman/status/1371127805296189446?s=19 JD Vance: https://mobile.twitter.com/JDVan…
 
Why American strategic culture is so obsessed with "capable dildos." Why native Hawaiians don't want federal recognition to whitewash an illegal land grab. What it means to declare oneself a "China hawk" and why it matters. Why North Korean defectors want to go back to North Korea. Also this episode: Is the US-China rivalry an ideological conflict?…
 
What happens when think tankers become tankies. Alliance domino theory nonsense--why Taiwan is not like the others. Why Japan's the real leader of Asia's liberal order. The US doesn't need Saudi Arabia. James Palmer Tweet: https://twitter.com/BeijingPalmer/status/1365381504629669891 Mike McFaul Tweet: https://twitter.com/McFaul/status/1365424739196…
 
Why Martin Luther King, Jr.'s "white moderate" threat dominates Washington today. The dilemma of militarist thinking about strategy. New Zealand's beef with Australia. Southeast Asia wants a more progressive US foreign policy. Foreign policy's career ceiling problem. Caroline Baxter Tweet: https://twitter.com/CarolineCBaxter/status/1362163234426544…
 
A rope-a-dope strategy for China. How a liberal plays the anti-China card (for better or worse). The truth about Asia's Democracy divide. Why Micronesia gave up on the Pacific Islands Forum. Also this episode: What would it be like if Netflix's Emily in Paris took place in Washington, D.C.? Alex McCoy Tweet: https://twitter.com/AlexanderMcCoy4/stat…
 
The debate about South Korean illiberalism that nobody wants you to hear. Why bro culture incubates fascism. The coup in Myanmar is NBD compared to genocide. QAnon is no friend of the left. And why hustling is nonpartisan. Emma Ashford, Kate Kizer, and TX Hammes debating Grand Strategy: https://inkstickmedia.com/after-the-apocalypse-us-grand-strate…
 
Why the threat of our time is the global far right, and what it has in common with the protestant reformation. What's wrong and right about the Indo-Pacific and the Quad. Dark money in think tanks. Kim Jong Un's authoritarian savvy. The real meaning of the Third World--or, is Marco Rubio a white supremacist? Also this episode: Why Trump has changed…
 
Futures studies versus moneyball--the problem with prediction. A supply-side theory of Obama's drone strike addiction. Telling lies about a Galactic Federation with aliens. Should Japan join the Five-Eyes intelligence-sharing partnership? How to get out of Afghanistan. Why the Indo-Pacific is too big for a single strategy. Also this episode: The mo…
 
Does President Biden need an Asia Tsar? Why McDonalds peace theory is over. The truth about liberal international relations theory. Israel's grass-mowing theory of deterrence. The difference between Taiwan and China. Also this episode: What does Denzel Washington's Training Day have to do with Asian security? Paul MacDonald Tweet: https://twitter.c…
 
Why is the State Department's Office of Policy Planning so obsessed with George Kennan...and China's ideology? The untold story of how America lost economic primacy in Asia, and why nobody talks about it now. What is IR theory good for? Why cancelling student debt matters. The non-interview at Australian National University. Also this episode: what…
 
Australians are getting economically coerced by China but not everyone knows why. Militarism is bad, but militarists who've never been in a fight are the worst. What North Korea has in store for Biden in 2021. A hypersonic missile arms race is coming to Asia, but is anyone paying attention? And if Trump were throw a coup, how would we know in advan…
 
What it's like to interview at Stanford University (!). What Veep's Jonah Ryan can teach aspiring Washington technocrats. On Trumpian fascism. Why elite think tanks are ripe for corruption. And what Larry David's "spite store" idea has to do with Trump's lame-duck foreign policy. Also this episode: What are international-relations theories good for…
 
What makes Elon Musk a wannabe totalitarian? A new book on space expansionism paints a dark picture. Why Taiwan is the O.G. China. How to fit Milton Friedman and LL Cool J in the same sentence. Stanford University's Hoover Institution controversy. And resisting China's civil war narrative. Paul Musgrave Tweet: https://twitter.com/profmusgrave/statu…
 
What's 50 Cent's beef with Franz Fanon? And what makes Ice Cube different than 50 Cent? What to make of China's escalation of wolf-warrior diplomacy. The progressive debate about American foreign policy--opposing US power or US militarism? Also this episode--questioning Taiwan's future and how American hegemony ends. Alex Cooley and Dan Nexon Tweet…
 
How Washington punishes those who support peace. What real diversity in foreign policy looks like. Why rivalries make people stupid, especially great-power ones. Why Vietnam is probably not Asia's next economic "miracle." And who needs a literary agent? Depends what you're trying to publish, and where. Hunter Marston Tweet: https://twitter.com/hmar…
 
Why does Judd Apatow have a better grasp on the China problem than Washington does? How should we understand the Indo-Pacific Quad, and what's a "speech-act institution?" Does Turkey have an imperial foreign policy? And why is nobody paying attention to India's sphere of influence? Also this episode: What principles should guide East Asia policy? T…
 
The Black Panther Party's intersection with North Korea is fascinating and surprising. Van sits down with Dr. Benjamin Young to talk about North Korea's relationship to radical leftist movements, the Black Panther Party, the travails of trying to work in academia, and Ben's upcoming book--Guns, Guerrillas, and the Great Leader.…
 
Black self defense is essential to minimize state violence. Good strategy isn't infinite. The war-game might be rigged, but it can still be fun. Is the China-US relationship a security dilemma, or nah? Klaus Schwab says neoliberalism is dead, but the greatest trick the devil ever pulled was convincing the world he doesn't exist. Also this episode: …
 
Don't believe the hawks--Biden has no credibility problem in Asia. India shows China how democracies do trolling better. The convergences and divergences of Marxist and progressive foreign policy. The East Asian mind and the Western mind--wut? Also this episode: Why activists and strategists need to work together toward nuclear disarmament. India T…
 
Van explains how the Galactic Republic in Star Wars fell, and why it's so germane today. The South Korean Left sees Chinese imperialism more clearly than most Americans. America's sphere of influence dilemma in the Pacific. What Vice gets right about Dick Cheney. Also this episode: Van's philosophy about saying yes to career opportunities large and…
 
Why we need to wait before debating whether to defend Taiwan. How good is the Netflix show Cobra Kai? Why Martha Nussbaum has evolved about the cosmopolitan tradition. How much of China's foreign policy is imperial? And a new poll finds that the people want progressive foreign policy! Gordon Flake Tweet: https://twitter.com/lgflake/status/130057759…
 
The racist motivations woven into China rivalry. Why nobody talks about American colonies hiding in plain sight. How to manufacture a Cold War with China. Australia shows the way in counter-imperial statecraft. Are neocons returning to the Democratic Party? NeverTrumpers are not anti-fascist heroes. And how serious a problem is QAnon? Andrew Carr T…
 
In this hustle episode of the pod, Van Jackson sits down with Ankit Panda to talk about writing productivity hacks, how to become a foreign policy pundit, and tips for straddling new media and the think tank world. They also talk about Ankit's new book, Kim Jong Un and the Bomb. Ankit's book: https://www.hurstpublishers.com/book/kim-jong-un-and-the…
 
The Pentagon's failure of accountability. Why Democrats are better at diversity but have work to do. Steve Bannon's arrest highlights the money behind the China threat movement. And Van's take on Edward Snowden on what Bernie Sanders foreign policy adviser Matt Duss has to say about making a career in Washington. Also this episode, structural viole…
 
Proliferation optimism or pessimism? Van weighs in on the classic Sagan-Waltz debate. Why liberals are of two minds about China. And what's wrong with advocating for a military coup in the United States? A lot! Dan Nexon's Tweet: https://twitter.com/dhnexon/status/1293350893446926340 Adam Mount's Tweet: https://twitter.com/ajmount/status/1293063724…
 
How does one get into the think tank game? Van explains. How does one use war-games to manipulate policy? Van explains. Why is our historical imagination limited to Greek and Roman history? Again, Van explains. What happens to the US-South Korea alliance when Trump threatens troop withdrawal? You get it. Chicago Council on Global Affairs Report: ht…
 
The good, bad, and ugly of Biden picking Susan Rice for Vice President. Why progressives need sanctions too, and how a new think tank report sheds light on how it might work. The Pentagon has militarized the Coronavirus response and yet can't win a war. And America's closest allies are hedging in reasonable--and dangerous way. South Korea is the la…
 
The US is going to withdraw troops from South Korea--you heard it here first. The Democratic Party platform throws a bone to progressives, mostly. Pompeo rejects Nixon, and shows himself to be worse than him too. Gestapo come to Portland, and why the mayor needs strategy advice. Also the this episode: The myth of China strategy, Quislings, and deco…
 
A foreign policy reckoning is coming for the establishment Democrats in Congress. Kanye West can't be president, but he can mess it up for Biden. If China invades Taiwan, the real press it will pay comes during occupation. Why broad anti-fascist coalitions are good. Contributors: Pete McKenzie, Ciara Mitchell, Jake Dellow, Gaby Magnuson David Klion…
 
As I officially launch a new book project, I'm also launching a new occasional series within The Un-Diplomatic Podcast called Writer's Room. It's going to track my journey of writing my third book with occasional mini-episodes. I'll also use the Writer's Room episodes to intermittently check in with other writers working on books to learn about the…
 
The Democratic Party's foreign policy is controlled by unipolar-moment hawks. Australian strategists are making plans for conflict with China without the US. New Zealand has a China policy that looks awfully janus-faced, but there's method (and risk) to the madness. And if Democrats' plan to fight Trump is to "win big in November" and nothing else,…
 
There's NOTHING progressive about working with the MAGA right. Why the arguments for US military superiority keep changing but the demand stays the same. Also this episode: Does Taiwan need nukes? Why did Kim Jong Un publicly restrain his military from attacking the South? And what's wrong with imagining Korea as a maritime defense perimeter? Yakov…
 
Deterrence is not failing in Asia, America is. A little advice about how NOT to network in Washington. What's more dangerous, the Sino-Indian conflict or North Korea? Also this episode: how international relations theory can be used in practice, and why China hawks are actually Trump's useful idiots. Susan Hennessy Tweet: https://twitter.com/Susan_…
 
In this episode, Van sits down with Matt Duss, senior foreign policy adviser to former presidential candidate, Senator Bernie Sanders. Matt shares his backstory, including his pathway into foreign policy, his relationship to the Washington establishment, and how he ended up working working for Senator Sanders. He dishes about how the Sanders presid…
 
Can liberals and Marxists find common cause? The left often weighs in on China, but is silent on the biggest strategic question of our time: Should the United States seek to decouple its economy from China? Singapore's Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong forecasts a more zero-sum world, but is anyone listening? Australia has put itself in a bad place st…
 
Joe Biden needs progressive technocracy to fight the transnational corruption and oligarchy that threatens democracies everywhere. The demands of the Black Lives Matter campaign are the best foreign policy. Antifa is not a terrorist group. Terrorizing Antifa is, you know, fascism. The danger of 'little green men' in Washington. Also this episode: W…
 
How much does it cost to buy a Washington Post columnist? One fancy dinner at the State Department. The think tank behind Trump's anti-China campaign. North Korea getting dangerous and nobody paying attention. Why the Marine Corps' new war fighting concept threatens the Military-Industrial-Congressional complex. What the India-China border dispute …
 
HR McMaster proves that in Washington, hawks only fail up. Are Republicans against international order? Chinese Netizens wants Trump to win the election because they think he's a racist joke who helps rally nationalism in China. What conspiracy theory is leading to cell phone towers being set ablaze in New Zealand? Only one country thinks arms-raci…
 
Biden's best chance of winning might be embracing the anti-war movement. Democracies for Taiwan. Is there anything Australia can do to save the United States? Is the US Space Force a militarist boondoggle? Also this episode: The legacy of Henry Kissinger. Turkish imperialism. Pompeo gaslighting on Iran. And advice about studying international relat…
 
American foreign policy is a reality TV show. Through the China looking glass with HR McMaster. Also this episode:Why is Korean peace a dirty phrase in Washington? Did a member of Congress just tell a journalist that defense hawks will have to lies in the form of strategic rhetoric to keep the defense budget obscenely high? Yes, he did. Does speaki…
 
The "Blob" national security establishment is necessary, often wrong, and loses any argument where it concedes that it's a Blob. Are nuclear weapons inherently undemocratic and tyrannical? George Orwell predicted yes. Are political scientists wrong about diversionary war? The National Republican Senatorial Committee thinks so in their latest memo t…
 
Grand strategy is more necessary--and harder to do--than ever. Alliance management with Japan and South Korea is becoming impossible when one is a hawk and the other a dove. What the hell is happening with Kim Jong Un? China's horrible...and so is anti-Chinese racism. Van's endless white-collar frustrations with working from home in the Coronavirus…
 
Why Senator Chris Murphy might end up being the Henry Kissinger of the Left. Are Millennials more hawkish on China than Boomers and Gen X? Chicago Council on Global Affairs has polling data that tells us. Robert Zoellick's new book highlights a neoliberal split on the China question. Why socialists need to support Biden. South Korean elections brin…
 
Does the novel Coronavirus pandemic count as a Black Swan? Van Jackson goes deep on why it was and why it matters. Is strategic competition within interdependence possible? The neoliberal irony of strategizing to fight China using resources gotten from trading with China. Why the metaphor of Pearl Harbor is not just in appropriate securitization of…
 
Singapore's not happy with any of the great powers, but do they have a Plan B for a failure of US leadership? Should NATO expel Hungary for turning into a dictatorship? What happened in the latest Korea-watcher spat between Jeffrey Lewis and Joel Wit? Also this episode: The paradigm wars in international relations theory didn't end; they migrated i…
 
Is US China policy racist? A better question is whether Pompeo is the Sebastian Gorka of China policy. How to make sense of dueling Chinese diplomats. Will the European Union expand, even as it's contracting? Is the US prepping an invasion of Venezuela? And the avoidable nightmare of a suspended presidential election. Also this episode: North Korea…
 
Why does the Pentagon keep getting deterrence wrong? Why is Mike Pompeo threatening the families of staff who work for the International Criminal Court? And what makes Russia so different from China? Also this episode: the danger of US-China conspiracy theories; why China's bid for hegemony involves a lot of cheap talk; white supremacy in the milit…
 
Why liberal foreign policy is a bad fit for dark times. What Netflix's Narcos can tell us about order and stability in international relations. Why Russia started an oil price war with Saudi Arabia. Why the critical left doesn't understand power as well as it thinks. If your think tank gets money from Ali Baba, that doesn't automatically make you a…
 
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