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Professor of national and international security, Instituto Tecnologico Autonomo de Mexico

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September 09, 2017 01:33 PM PDT

In this episode, we take a look at what Donald Trumps political future looks like. Will he be impeached? alot of you out there might think that the answer to that questions is a resounding YES! Well, Wayne Steger from DePaule University, an expert in Presidential politics, explains why that might actually be more difficult than people might think. Listen to find out why!

We also talk about populism in the US political system, which is the topic of a book his that will be out shortly.

Wayne recently published a book titled:

A Citizen’s Guide to Presidential Nominations: the Competition for Leadership, Routledge Press, 2015

PLUS A BONUS: a quick discussion with my son, a 13 yr old, on what he thinks of Donald Trump

August 27, 2017 10:50 AM PDT

Description: Dr. Craig Deare (retired US Army Colonel, former Senior Advisor on Hemispheric Security at the National Security Council and presently Professor at the National Defense University in Washington) recently published a book titled "A Tail Of Two Eagles", which looks at Mexico-US defense cooperation. On this episode, I interview him on how he sees that evolving relationship. He is optimistic, even in these interesting times. Listen to the podcast to find out why! Craig has seen the relationship evolve first hand since the 1980s... if there is THE person to listen to on this subject. If you like what you hear, pick up his book.

You can see it and pick up a copy at


or at


August 02, 2017 08:46 AM PDT

So episode 23 which is in ENGLISH is an interview with DR. Juan Salgado from Center for teaching and research in economics (CIDE) on what kinds of law enforcement reforms are necessary in order to increase effectiveness. He draws on comparative research, having looked at the cases of central america, south america and south Africa. This guy is AWESOME. He is really world renowned on this subject. We are Facebook friends, and every time I see him there, he is travelling to speak in south america, Africa, eastern Europe, ITALY (i wonder why Italy, maybe its Sicily?, no stereotypes here).

What I am trying to say is that the guy knows his s)?t. Anybody, anywhere in the world, interested in law enforcement reform should listen to this podcast. This is a REALLY good one (all of them are really good).

I also do a 3-minute interview with my son Lambro Hristoulas (aka labs) on what he thinks about law enforcement reform. He seems more interested in the dog.

The secret guest speaker series continues. If you know who he is, email the answer to perimeterpodcast@gmail.com.

July 12, 2017 02:29 PM PDT

OK, SO THIS TIME ITS IN ENGLISH!!! Andrea Charron, Canadian defense specialist and Director of the Canadian Center for Defense and Intelligence updates (and corrects) some of the claims I made in episode 21 on Canadian Defense strategy. Canada has Just recently announced a new defense policy and its awesome news for the military. As a quick summary, Canada will increase its military spending by 40% over the next few years, acquire 6 Arctic offshore patrol vessels, 15 new frigates, etc, etc, etc... to quote Andrea, WOW. This is an awesome podcast that nicely complements episode 21.

you can check out the white paper at


June 26, 2017 03:48 PM PDT

So in honour (canadian spelling) of Canadas 150 yrs, this podcast looks at how Canada defines its National Security. Trust me, its pretty weird, Canada needs the US to defend its territoriality and sovereignty so Canadian National Security is intertwined with that of the USA. During WW2 canada recognized that it couldn't do it on its own. It needed the US. The close security relationship has subsequently developed to a point where it is absolutely unique in the world. Putting aside Mexican nationalism, I think the Canada-US experience serves as a lesson for Mexican decision makers. Lets face it. Both Canada and Mexico cannot manage their security threats on their own. We both need the US. Yes, once again its in spanglish. So I apologize to non spanish speakers. I PROMISE the lineup for the next few interviews will be 100% in english. well, maybe i`ll swear in spanish here and there... by the way, the speech by the mystery speaker this week is a tough one. whoever figures it out will get a carlos V chocolate shipped DHL. (no i lie, but email the answer if you figure it out at perimeterpodcast@gmail.com)

June 04, 2017 11:08 AM PDT

So in this episode, I give you my take on US defense policy under Obama and Trump. Whats happened to the armed forces? well, they have been gutted, barely able to sustain major combat operations over an extended period of time. This makes Russia and China very happy, especially given that these two countries are actually building up their military as we speak.

I argue that this is a problem. Whether we like it or not, the world needs US defense leadership.

This podcast is in spanglish so I apologize to all non-spanglish speakers. Its a talk that I gave about 10 days ago and I though you all might be interested. As usual, there is a mystery speech from a mystery leader (email response to perimeterpodcast@gmail.com). Oh and as an added bonus, the opening song is something my band and I put together about 25 years ago!

May 18, 2017 08:53 AM PDT

So Steve Saideman from the Norman Paterson School of International affairs and I take a look at the new Cold War. He has an interesting take on this. Two actors: Putin and Trump, but guess who Steve thinks is more dangerous? Listen to find out. We look at all the places that Putin is pulling a "Judo", including Ukraine, Baltics, Middle East and yes, even in the Canadian Artic. Steve argues that some have been victories for Putin but others have been resounding mistakes, like in Syria. We also look at how the US has been responding... Hint, not good, not good at all. In fact he refers to Trump as an "uncertainty factory" which is freaking out his allies. Trump also seems to have forgotten why the US "pays" for western security. Yes, there is a good reason.


April 30, 2017 03:41 PM PDT

So Brandon Valeriano - a buddy of mine who now works for the US Marine College - and I talk about the prospects of war in North Korea. The news is bad, or good, depending on how you interpret what Brandon argues. He is also an expert on cybersecurity and US Cyber-command. He will soon be testifying at the US senate on Intelligence on the subject. So we also discuss cyberthreats. Im pretty sure the NSA was listening in on this one, especially because he was using his laptop at the Marine Corps while we were chatting. Oh my.

April 19, 2017 01:28 PM PDT

Ok, so this episode is on the new Internal Security law in Mexico.. My good buddy, Arturo Santa cruz from the University of Guadalajara invited Jorge, Alejandro and me to talk about the new "ley de seguridad interior" that the senate is debating right now. Its gives special policing powers to the military when needed to deal with organized crime. Well, I have some serious problems with this as you will find out by listening to the podcast. The podcast is actually a conference that took place two weeks ago at the University of Guadalajara where Jorga Chabat from CIDE, Alejandro Anaya, also from CIDE and myself were invited to speak on the new law. Jorge likes it (OMG!!!) and Alejandro and myself think its a bad idea. Listen to find out why. BY THE WAY: THE PODCAST IS IN SPANISH. So sorry to all the international listeners who dont speak the language.

I introduced something new to the podcast: speeches from famous leaders talking about security issues (short, only a couple of minutes each and in this episode there are two speeches. But I dont tell you who they are. Guess and send me an email. You can win a chocolate bar.

April 01, 2017 12:45 PM PDT

Dr. Kim Nossal from Queens University in Ontario Canada and I discuss the future of North America. Kim tells us whether or not Canada hates Mexico. He also looks at the future of NAFTA, Syrian vs. Mexican refugees and why JUSTIN TRUDEAU seems to get along so well with Ivanka Trump. This one is especially interesting for Canadian and Mexican listeners of the podcast. And also Justin groupies. Audiophiles will note that I finally figured out how to use the mixing software!

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