Full episode - September 04, 2018
It's been 17 years since 9/11, and 14 years since the 9/11 Commission released its recommendations on how to prevent future attacks. While much of the focus has been on military solutions, the commission also made recommendations on how to use diplomacy and soft power to prevent the growth of extremist ideology abroad. In this episode, we take a look at those recommendations, and how each administration has worked to implement them.
Full story - July 23, 2018
Haitham Dagher and his girlfriend Satu in their apartment in Oulu
An Iraqi refugee tries to stay in Finland, but faces unexpected obstacles.
Full episode - July 11, 2018
Russian President Vladimir Putin walks before an inauguration ceremony at the Kremlin in Moscow, May 7, 2018.
Stories from the Backchannel is a new podcast that examines the stories behind some of America's most important national security moments.
Full episode - June 29, 2018
"[Populist leaders who] are willing to vilify other people based on their religion and ethnicity are probably not particularly respectful of democratic institutions."
Full episode - June 05, 2018
Iraq votes
In May, Iraqis voted in the first parliamentary elections since ISIS was defeated in their country. The winner? An anti-American Shiite cleric's political bloc.
Full story - May 17, 2018
iraq town hall
On May 12, Iraqis elected a new national parliament. In a surprise turn, a coalition led by controversial cleric Moqtada al-Sadr — a staunch opponent of both US and Iranian influence in Iraq — won the most seats.
Full story - May 14, 2018
putin rt
"What’s funny is that they are using the language of diversity of opinion and freedom of speech. 'What’s wrong with alternative opinions? More free speech? What’s wrong with free speech?' That’s kind of the language they’ve adopted, which is our language,” said Russia expert Peter Pomerantsev.
Full story - May 09, 2018
RT van
RT wants "to create chaos by suggesting there is no such thing as objective truth, rather there are simply dozens of competing narratives.”
Full story - May 04, 2018
rykov insta
Konstantin Rykov started his career creating sites like idiot.ru and spreading sexualized photos of women on the internet. He ended up teaching the Kremlin how to move the internet in its favor.
Full episode - May 01, 2018
russian meme satan jesus
During the Cold War, the Soviet Union used the media to undermine foreign powers. Now, Russia is at it again. And while the goals are the same, the methods have changed.