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

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February 21, 2017 01:45 PM PST

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).

February 12, 2017 04:45 PM PST

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?

February 07, 2017 07:36 PM PST

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.

January 25, 2017 07:10 PM PST

Ok, this week the security perimeter podcast presents a conference I gave at the Mexican army. Its about Mexican coalitions and alliances. I start off talking about what Mexico did in this regard after WWII. Then I talk about what Mexico should do with Trump. Forget about alliances with Argentina and Brazil like Peña Nieto mentioned. Instead, try to fix the relationship with the US. The issue is the border. If Mexico finally decides to fix its border, trump will not have a reason to mess with us. The talk is in my broken Spanish or spanglish... sorry to all those international listeners who dont understand the language. Next weeks episode will be in english. promise. Now available on itunes!!!

January 24, 2017 08:03 PM PST

For some reason, this episode "disappeared" from the episode list, so I am now reposting for those interested...

Do you want to know about the different types of KIDNAPPINGS that take place and how to protect yourself? Do you want to know how a kidnapping negotiator works to free a victim? Well listen to this podcast then. Carlos Seoane of Grupo Seoane Consulting has negotiated 106 kidnappings over the last decade or so... This is the man to listen to if you want to know more about this horrible crime. Check out Carlos`s webpage to find out even more: http://www.seoaneconsultinggroup.com.mx

January 17, 2017 09:10 PM PST

In this episode, Iñigo Gueverra, defense specialist who works with Janes International in Washington, discusses the ins and outs of the Mexican army. The discussion covers the capability of the army, its "war" against drugs, procurement and accountability, and Mexican participation in peacekeeping operations. Everything you wanted to know about the Mexican army but was afraid to ask!

January 09, 2017 07:24 PM PST

In the first episode of the new year, I interview Ruben Olague, the guy in charge of cybersecurity for Citibank in Mexico. Its a fascinating discussion on what kind of cyber threats exist for nation-states, companies and individuals. Of course, I had to bring up Putin as usual. This time on Russian hacking during the US election.

December 06, 2016 07:17 PM PST

In episode 7 of the security perimeter podcast, I look at the future of National and Public security with my extra special guests, Raul Benitez from the National University (UNAM) and Jorge Chabat from the Institute of Economic Research (CIDE). In this three way discussion we examine how the Trump presidency will affect bilateral security relations, the future of the Mexican Federal Police, border issues and of course violence in the country among other things. This podcast was originally produced for an online course on Mexican National Security organized by the University of Arizona and the ITAM. This will be the last perimeter security podcast for 2016. Happy Holidays and see you in 2017.

November 29, 2016 01:06 PM PST

DR. Stephane Roussel from the Ecole Nacional de Administracion Publique (National School for Public Policy, Montreal) and I discuss how Canada is preparing for a Trump administration. SPOILER ALERT: ITS NOT ALL BAD NEWS. Then we get into Canadian defense policy and somehow end up discussing the future of NATO and the possibility of Russian aggression in the Baltic States. The discussion end up on a BEER BET on whether the world is going to end. This one was REALLY fun for me. And Stephane is fantastic even though english is not his first language. I love this guy!!! RUNNING TIME: 42 minutes.


November 22, 2016 05:57 PM PST

In this episode I post a talk that I gave at the Colegio de Mexico last week on nuclear arms proliferation. I looked at what caused nuclear "stability" during the Cold War and how today, these stability factors no longer exists. My prediction is a new more dangerous nuclear arms race in the future. The podcast is pretty short.. about only 20 minutes.

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