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.
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.
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!
So in this episode, Oscar Becerra, a leading global expert on Country Risk Analysis in charge of Latin America and Mexico for "the banking sector" (he wont let me say more, otherwise he will have to shot me) explains what is risk analysis and how it complements threat analysis by looking specifically at the case of Mexico. Its a fascinating discussion on how POLITICAL AND ECONOMIC RISK affects our daily lives... to the prices we pay for products, to the stores we shop at, to the airlines we fly on. Oscar also gives us some great advise on how to reduce our RISK. You will want to listen to this episode because unfortunately, RISK analysis is a growing industry in Latin America and Africa... Lots of job opportunities for all you young wipper-snappers!
Before the interview, I give my take on the latest Global/US/Russia/NATO nonsense going on. And I wont tell you who I blame. You will have to listen to the podcast. Ok you could probably guess, but listen anyways to see why I think what I think. You may find yourself agreeing with me.
ONLY ON THE PERIMETER PODCAST! I chat with Alan Bersin, former undersecretary for Homeland Security and the "Border Czar" under Obama and Clinton. Guess what, we discuss borders. But not only the US-Mexico border (which we spend alot of time on by the way) but also Canada-US border and in general, what "borders" mean today in a globalized world and what is the best way to keep them safe. If there is one person who knows what the heck they are talking about on the subject of borders, its Alan. Not much more I can say to convince you to listen to this. If you dont, you are really missing out. This is not something you would want to miss.
FYI: Ill be out of town for a couple of weeks on business, so the next episode will be slightly delayed.
So in episode 13, Dr. Stephan Sberro - a frenchman and expert on french and European politics - talk about the upcoming election in France and the prospects for the far right to win there. We also talk about elections and politics in other European states (poland, austria, denmark, etc) and how politics in those countries is getting a little (ok, actually, alot) strange as well. Stephan also puts forth a very interesting argument about the end of the "post cold war order" and I get very depressed (again).
In this episode, Tom Legler describes what life in Venezuela is like under Maduro. Hint: its NOT so good right now (listen for the Yuka french fries example at McDonalds, sad and funny at the same time). He also explains how Venezuela got the way it is. This is a fascinating discussion of what happens to a country when a populist is in charge. A warning for the US and Europe?
HERE IS THE FIXED VERSION OF EP. 11. DR CECILIA FARFAN (University of California in Santa Barbara) takes on both the Calderon and Peña Nieto administrations on their management of organized crime in Mexico (ok, Im exaggerating for effect). She presents her research where she outlines that you need to know the structure of the organization before you can target responses. Each DTOs has its differences, therefore dealing with them requires "tailored" responses. She also explains why the best way to bring them down is to attack their sources of income and not necessarily soldiers in the street. I think her argument applies not only to Mexico but to other countries faces serious organized crime problems. You have NEVER heard an anti-organized crime plan like this before. It makes so much sense.