The General and the Ambassador: A Conversation

The General and the Ambassador: A Conversation

The American Academy of Diplomacy
Mar 13, 2020 32 min

The National Security Toolbox Part II: Who does what? A Conversation with General Douglas Lute and Ambassador Marc Grossman

What is the role of diplomacy and of the military in building alliances, in addressing the challenges of China and Russia and of the grey zone including cyberspace? How can the huge imbalance of resources between the Department of Defense and the Department of State be righted? What happens to public service when it is denigrated?
Feb 28, 2020 22 min

The National Security Toolbox Part I: 9/11 to Today with General Douglas Lute and Ambassador Marc Grossman

Has there been a “militarization” of US Foreign Policy since 9/11? General Lute and Ambassador Grossman talk about the aftermath of 9/11 & the war in Afghanistan- how the counterterrorism mission moved to a military/diplomatic campaign, negotiating with the Taliban while continuing the counterinsurgency effort, and... flying to dinner in Pakistan.
Dec 06, 2019 32 min

Finland and the US: Friends and Allies, a conversation with General Jarmo Lindberg and Ambassador Bruce Oreck

Former Finnish Chief of Defense General Jarmo Lindberg and Ambassador Bruce Oreck talk about the deep US-Finnish defense relationship, Finland’s key role vis a vis Russia, Nordic security and receiving the Legion of Merit from General Dunford.
Nov 25, 2019 33 min

Pakistan-US Relations: Striking a Balance

Former CENTCOM Commander Lloyd Austin and former US Ambassador to Pakistan Richard Olson talk about the importance of trust between US military and diplomatic leaders and how they managed the prickly relationship with Pakistan. They discuss the strategic importance of Pakistan to US interests in Afghanistan, India and China, the difficulty of working with a country which supports terrorist groups, and the very real dangers of the tense Pakistan/India relationship.
Sep 29, 2019 20 min

Fighting Terrorism is a Team Effort with General Francis Taylor and Ambassador Tina Kaidanow Part II

In this conversation, General Taylor and Ambassador Kaidanow talk about their joint work to prevent ISIS recruitment efforts in the US and abroad, to develop counter messaging to ISIS propaganda and to make sure key information was shared with local US communities. They discuss the surprising findings on who was vulnerable to recruitment….
Sep 18, 2019 18 min

Fighting Terrorism is a Team Effort with General Francis Taylor and Ambassador Tina Kaidanow Part I

In this conversation, General Taylor and Ambassador Kaidanow talk about their joint work to prevent ISIS recruitment efforts in the US and abroad, to develop counter messaging to ISIS propaganda and to make sure key information was shared with local US communities. They discuss the surprising findings on who was vulnerable to recruitment….
Aug 08, 2019 27 min

Iraq: Behind the scenes in Baghdad working in a Provincial Reconstruction Team (PRT) with General William Hickman and Ambassador John Bennett

Hosted by Ambassador (ret) Deborah McCarthy, this conversation with General Hickman and Ambassador Bennett gives an inside view of the challenging work of the U.S. civilian-military teams operating in Iraq to rebuild the country.
Jun 27, 2019 37 min

A Nation’s Promise: Accounting for Our POW/MIA with General Kelly McKeague and Ambassador Charles Ray

General Kelly McKeague and Ambassador Charles Ray talk about efforts led by the Department of Defense and supported by the Department of State to account for the over 82,000 missing personnel from WWII through Operation Iraqi Freedom.
Jun 04, 2019 29 min

European Security: ISIS Terrorist Attacks & Deterring Russia with General Gregory Lengyel and Ambassador Susan Elliott

The U.S. Response to ISIS attacks in Europe, the role of Special Operations Command Europe, and building deterrence vis a vis Russia with General Gregory Lengyel ( fmr. Commander Special Operations Command Europe) and Ambassador Susan Elliott (fmr. Civilian Deputy, U.S. European Command).
May 24, 2019 43 min

Japan’s Triple Disaster: Helping an Ally in Need with Admiral Robert Willard and Ambassador John Roos

In 2011 Japan was hit by an earthquake, a tsunami and a nuclear disaster. Admiral Robert Willard (fmr. Commander, U.S. Pacific Command) and Ambassador John Roos (fmr. U.S. Ambassador to Japan) talk about the devastation, nuclear radiation fears and coordinating the massive U.S. disaster assistance program for this key ally.