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Deep State Radio Episodes – March 2019

We continue to look back on Deep State Radio episodes from 2019. Negotiations in Hanoi ultimately failed, but Kim Jong Un stayed in Vietnam for an official visit. The Venezuela Presidential crisis escalated. Theresa May continued to suffer defeats on her Brexit plans. More Democrats entered the presidential race, including Kirsten Gillibrand and Beto O’Rouke. And Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation is concluded. Just another March for Deep State Radio!


AMB. MICHAEL MCFAUL: THE VIEW FROM A POINT IN US-RUSSIA RELATIONS NO ONE COULD HAVE ENVISIONED

Five years ago, the Russian invasion of Eastern Ukraine began.  That was followed by the annexation of Crimea, US and European sanctions and, soon after, by stepped Russian efforts to undermine the leaders and parties in the West that were opposing him.  Which of course, leads not just to Donald Trump but to Brexit and the rise of the right in Europe.  It’s a stunning turn of events…and events look like they’re going to be turning just like this for some time to come.  No one is better equipped to make sense of this and give us a perspective on where we are going than former U.S. Ambassador to Russia and professor at Stanford University Michael McFaul.  It’s a great, thoughtful and wide-ranging conversation.  Please tune in.


LESSONS OF HANOI

David Sanger was in Hanoi for the failed negotiations between Donald Trump and Kim Jong Un.  He recommends the food, the US approaches to the negotiation not so much.  Apparently, leaving it to two megalomaniacal leaders who think they have the skill to land a deal that their negotiators weren’t even close to is a bad idea.  David discusses the trip and its consequences with Ed Luce of the Financial Times and Rosa Brooks of Georgetown University Law School.
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TIME FOR A TIME OUT FROM THE SAUDIS?

Jared Kushner is in charge of the US relations with the Saudis (among others).  How’s that working for us?  Is he the one giving the Saudis the thumbs up that they can abuse human rights to their hearts content without any consequences if they only accept his hare-brained scheme for Middle East Peace (which will never happen)?  Is it time for a new approach?  And what about the Congressional investigations into Trump?  Bibi’s indictment?  Brexit?  Ed Luce of the Financial Times and Rosa Brooks of Georgetown University Law School join host David Rothkopf to discuss all this and more.  Essential listening.  Join us!


AMB. TIM ROEMER: IS OUR MOST NEGLECTED BIG POWER RELATIONSHIP WITH INDIA? AND WHAT’S AHEAD FOR DEMOCRATS IN 2020?

America and India are entering a rough patch in the relationship between the world’s two biggest democracies.  Trade issues are at the center of the current trouble but the problems go deeper.  And of course, we have seen disturbing tension between India and Pakistan recently.  Is this relationship getting the attention from the Trump Administration it deserves?  Is the attention its getting helping or hurting.  We speak with former US Ambassador to India Timothy Roemer about this and much more…including his perspectives as a former Congressman from Indiana about how the Democrats can win the middle of America and who can do it.  You won’t want to miss this great conversation with an exceptional American leader. Tune in.


THE ONE IN WHICH SEX SPAS IN SOUTH FLORIDA ARE FINALLY MENTIONED

Lurid and sleazy are everyday descriptions in Trumpworld but the world was nonetheless stunned by revelations of a South Florida madam who founded a chain of spas recently busted for human trafficking and how she has become a Mar-a-Lago insider & GOP donor who is now pimping out the presidency…well, just like a Trump.  But the sordid nature of the story is not why it is important.  The national security threats associated with it are.  Kori Schake of IISS, Mieke Eoyang of the Third Way and Evelyn Farkas of the German Marshall Fund discuss this plus developments around the world. Tune in!


STAY, MAY, OR D-DAY?

In this episode of Deep State Radio, David Rothkopf takes a “vacation,” and Rosa Brooks steps in as hostess with the mostest. Ed Luce tell listeners that the prospects of a brand new Brexit referendum are looking brighter in the United Kingdom, and outlines the options the British electorate should be offered: Stay, May, or D-Day. Also in this episode, Ed, Rosa Brooks, Kori Schake and Heather Hurlburt examine the globalization of white nationalist terrorism, and ask what we would gain — or lose — if we start thinking of white nationalism terrorism as a global phenomenon paralleling Islamic extremist terrorism.


A CRAPPY HUMAN BEING SURROUNDED BY OTHER CRAPPY HUMAN BEINGS

Despite the pronouncements of the Trump Administration that the president has been fully exonerated (and those by his spokesperson that people who accused him are guilty of treason and should be put to death), let’s not get ahead of ourselves.  Especially about the death penalty for Trump critics part.  That’s a little close to home.  We’ve still not seen the actual Mueller report, note our experts Rosa Brooks and Evelyn Farkas, and regardless of what it says, the president is still awash in corruptions, surrounded by thugs and the subject of many more investigations.  So perhaps this latest “turning point” for Trump may not be much of a turning point at all.  We discuss.  So you should tune in.


NATASHA BERTRAND: THIS IS ONLY THE END OF THE BEGINNING OF THE TRUMP-RUSSIA SAGA

Few journalists have so distinguished themselves in their coverage of the Trump-Russia investigations as has Natasha Bertrand, staff writer for the Atlantic and analyst for NBC News.  We discuss the recent developments in the case from the Barr letter purporting to summarize the Mueller Report to the storm of controversy it has generated.  We explore prevailing misconceptions about the case and consider where it may go from here in a wide-ranging, in-depth and must-listen discussion.  Tune in for one of the most useful overviews you will get of where this case stands right now–which may be at the brink of a Constitutional crisis.


JUMP DOWN THE TRASH CHUTE FLYBOY: A BREXIT UPDATE

The current leadership in the UK may or may not be the worst since the low points of Plantagenet rule.  Our experts Ed Luce of the Financial Times, Kori Schake of IISS, and Amanda Sloat of Brookings, consider this, the likelihood that a Robin Hood is likely to emerge to save the U.K. (hopefully not the Russell Crowe version) and what may be next in that country’s mad march toward self-destruction.  It’s an important issue with deep ties to the Trump-Russia investigation, as well.  Join us.

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