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You've long known the Strategic Studies Institute at the U.S. Army War College as the go-to location for issues related to national security and military strategy with emphasis on geostrategic analysis. Now we're bringing you access to SSI analyses, scholars, and guests through the SSI Media page.

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Released 13 November 2014.
SSI Live 019 - China in Latin America — With the APEC summit in Beijing this week, it seemed the perfect time to discuss Chinese foreign policy. Dr. John R. Deni sat down with Dr. R. Evan Ellis, one of the newest members of the SSI staff, to discuss Ellis’s recently published book, China on the Ground in Latin America: Challenges for the Chinese and Impacts on the Region. How and where is China engaging in Latin America? Will China displace the United States as the hemispheric hegemon? What are the short- and long-term implications, including those affecting DoD, of Chinese engagement there? Listen below or click here to download.

Released 31 October 2014.
SSI Live 018 - NATO's Eastern Flank — The crisis in Ukraine has placed defense and deterrence at the center of discussions within NATO. From a geostrategic perspective, where is the alliance most exposed along its long Eastern flank? What steps can the alliance take to strengthen its position, and is there any evidence that European members of the alliance are able and willing to take those steps? Dr. John R. Deni invited Dr. Luis Simón of the Institute for European Studies at the Vrije Universiteit Brussel to discuss the security risks facing the alliance and how NATO can best secure its Eastern flank. Listen below or click here to download.

Released 17 October 2014.
SSI Live 017 - Power-Sharing in Afghanistan — In late September, Afghan political leaders reached agreement on a power-sharing arrangement. This followed months of negotiations after the inconclusive presidential elections of April and June 2014. What are the prospects for this agreement to heal the political and societal divisions within Afghanistan, and how will the agreement affect security and stability there? Dr. John R. Deni invited Dr. Chris Mason, one of the newest members of the SSI staff, with extensive policy-making and policy-implementation experience in Afghanistan, to discuss the power-sharing agreement, its future prospects, and the implications for the U.S. and allied military mission post-2014. Listen below or click here to download.

Released 25 September 2014.
SSI Live 016 - The Unfolding Arab Spring and U.S. Policy — The Arab Spring continues to unfold dramatically as seen in Syria (and Iraq) today. From a broad perspective though, what are the lessons learned for U.S. policymakers and what is the regional outlook? How should the U.S. Government, and the Defense Department specifically, adapt policies in order to maintain influence in North Africa and the Middle East? Dr. John R. Deni invited Greg Aftandilian of the Center for National Policy to discuss the latter's chapter on the Arab Spring in the book, "Political and Socio-Economic Change: Revolutions and Their Implications for the U.S. Military," published by the USAWC Press earlier this month. Listen below or click here to download.

Released 11 September 2014.
SSI Live 015 - The President's Address on ISIL — On September 10, the President addressed the nation regarding the evidently increased threat posed by ISIL and his administration's strategy to "degrade and ultimately destroy ISIL through a comprehensive and sustained counterterrorism strategy." Is the strategy realistic? What are the major risks and challenges ahead for the United States? Dr. John R. Deni invited his SSI colleagues Dr. Andy Terrill and Prof. Nate Freier to discuss the President's address and the way ahead in Iraq and Syria. Listen below or click here to download.

Released 19 August 2014.
SSI Live 014 - Political, Military, and Humanitarian Crises in Iraq — As the threat posed by the Islamic State broadens to include Iraqi Kurdistan, the United States has increased its involvement. How are U.S. interests evolving in the short run and the longer term? What are the likely military implications? As a follow-up to their discussion two months ago, Dr. John R. Deni again invited his SSI colleagues Dr. Andy Terrill and Prof. Nate Freier to discuss the state of the crisis in Iraq. Listen below or click here to download.

Released 10 July 2014.
SSI Live 013 - NATO After Afghanistan — Earlier this week, NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen visited the White House. While the deaths of four NATO troops this week as well as Afghanistan's disputed presidential election were doubtlessly on the agenda, so too were preparations for the September NATO summit in Wales. Among the most important subjects the summit will address is how NATO members will maintain the ability to operate together, as they have done to date in Afghanistan. Dr. John R. Deni discusses the challenges the alliance faces in maintaining interoperability, as well as policy recommendations to help ensure the United States has willing and able coalition partners well into the future. Listen below or click here to download.

Released 13 June 2014.
SSI Live 012 - The End of Iraq as We Know It? — With cities large and small across northern and western parts of the country falling under the control of the militant extremist group known as "ISIS" – and the Kurds staking their claim to Kirkuk – are we witnessing the inevitable unraveling of Iraq? Does the United States have reason, or even a responsibility, to become engaged some way? Dr. John R. Deni invited his SSI colleagues Dr. Andy Terrill and Prof. Nate Freier to discuss the state of the crisis in Iraq, American interests at stake, and the potential U.S. response. Listen below or click here to download.

Released 2 June 2014.
SSI Live 011 - Examining the President's West Point Speech — Last week's commencement speech by President Obama at West Point was an important statement on the path of American grand strategy after nearly a decade and a half of war. The SSI's Dr. John R. Deni and Prof. Nathan Freier sat down to discuss the speech and its implications. Listen below or click here to download.

Released 30 May 2014.
SSI Live 010 - Costing out the AC-RC Balance — Getting the right capabilities balance between the Active Component and the Reserve Component is the subject of heated debate today in the Army and on Capitol Hill. From a cost perspective, which capabilities does it make sense to keep in the National Guard or the Army Reserve versus the active component? Why could it make sense to shift, for example, the National Guard's combat aviation assets into the active duty Army? The SSI's Colonel Rick Morrison discusses his recent article on these issues in the current issue of Parameters with Dr. John R. Deni. Listen below or click here to download.

Released 21 May 2014.
SSI Live 009 - Recalibrating the Rebalance — How do America's allies and partners in the Asia-Pacific region perceive Washington's latest efforts to implement and operationalize the rebalance policy? Is rebalancing destined to worsen the security dilemma with China? Dr. Bill Tow of Australian National University recently joined the SSI's Dr. John R. Deni to discuss Dr. Tow's chapter in Augmenting Our Influence: Alliance Revitalization and Partner Development, the latest edited volume from the USAWC Press. Listen below or click here to download.

Released 30 April 2014.
SSI Live 008 - Revitalizing NATO for the Crisis in Ukraine — How can the United States revitalize NATO to ensure it remains a capable partner, willing and able to respond appropriately to crises like that unfolding in Ukraine, well into the future? Dr. Sean Kay of Ohio Wesleyan University joined Dr. John R. Deni to discuss Dr. Kay's chapter in Augmenting Our Influence: Alliance Revitalization and Partner Development, the latest edited volume from the USAWC Press. Listen below or click here to download.

Released 17 April 2014.
SSI Live 007 - Leveraging Economic Power Against Russia — The Western response to Russia's invasion of Ukraine has included military, diplomatic, and economic instruments of power. But are there additional economic tools the West might employ in compelling or deterring Russia? Professor Jef Troxell joins Dr. John R. Deni in discussing the latest events in Ukraine and how the West might strengthen its response. Listen below or click here to download.

Released 26 March 2014.
SSI Live 006 - Russia and the Ukraine Crisis — Has Russia's President Putin caught the West on its heels? What are U.S. interests in the unfolding crisis in Ukraine? Dr. John R. Deni explores U.S. strategy toward Russia and potential policy options including using energy as a weapon and deploying U.S. ground forces in Eastern Europe. Listen below or click here to download.

Released 26 February 2014.
SSI Live 005 - Ukraine's Unfinished Revolution — Dr. John R. Deni discusses the latest chapter in Ukraine's ongoing revolution, including the strategic implications for the United States, what the events of recent weeks say about U.S.-Russian relations, and what may be in store for the Ukrainian people in the coming months. Listen below or click here to download.

Released 10 February 2014.
SSI Live 004 - Prospects for Peace in Syria — What progress has been made to date in the Syrian peace talks, and what are the prospects for success? SSI research faculty member Dr. Andy Terrill sits down to talk to Dr. John R. Deni on whether diplomacy holds any chance of ending the civil war in Syria. Listen below or click here to download.

Released 17 January 2014.
SSI Live 003 - Freier & Deni on Gates & Duty — SSI research faculty members Dr. John R. Deni and Prof. Nate Freier offer their take on former Secretary of Defense Robert M. Gates' new memoir, Duty: Memoirs of a Secretary at War. Listen below or click here to download.

Released 15 January 2014.
SSI Live 002 - Regionally Aligned Forces — Why has the Army launched the Regionally Aligned Forces (RAF) initiative? Can the Army achieve GEN Odierno's vision for the RAF given defense austerity and downsizing? Dr. John R. Deni discusses these and other issues surrounding the RAF with Colonel James Learmont, the Army's staff lead for RAF concept development. Listen below or click here to download.

Released 15 January 2014.
SSI Live 001 - USAWC's 2014 Strategy Conference — In this inaugural episode of the SSI Live podcast series, host Dr. John R. Deni talks with Prof. Nate Freier about the upcoming 25th annual U.S. Army War College Strategy Conference and how it will inform the U.S. military's implementation of broad strategic guidance from the forthcoming 2014 QDR and the National Security Strategy. Listen below or click here to download.

The opinions expressed in these podcasts are those of the speakers, and do not necessarily reflect the views of the Army, the Department of Defense, or the U.S. Government.