Alan Bersin is BACK! This time to discuss the election of Donald Trump, the future of North America, undocumented (or illegal) migration and the future of the "DREAMERS" in the United States. One word on this podcast... AWESOME.
its been a while since I put up an episode, but I have a good reason. The last few weeks we have been putting together a website dedicated to security issues. Click on http://thesecurityperimeter.com to take a look. You can find all the podcasts episodes for download. There is also a MASSIVE section on hilarious russian and american FAKE NEWS. Also an area on "real" security related news and finally a link to some of my recent publications. Take a moment to sign up with just your email account to get updates on new episodes of the podcast (just that, dont worry --- i wont drown your account with junk).
so remember to visit the security perimeter website at http://thesecurityperimeter.com
In this episode, Ulises Granados returns to the podcast (see episode 1 on China) to discuss the ongoing nuclear crisis with North Korea. Ulises is usually quite calm about these kinds of things (unlike me), but this time he is really worried - which worries me even more. Spoiler alert: it's a game of chicken and someone has to back down to de-escalate the crisis otherwise it will get worse. You won't believe who Ulises thinks needs to back down. Listen to find out and comment at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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
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
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 email@example.com.
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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org)
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 email@example.com). Oh and as an added bonus, the opening song is something my band and I put together about 25 years ago!
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.
FIXED VERSION!!!!! NOW IT WORKS!!!!
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.