Tea Leaves Podcast

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July 1, 2019

Kelly Magsamen

In this episode of Tea Leaves, Kurt and Rich sit down with Kelly Magsamen, the Vice President for National Security and International Policy at the Center for American Progress. The three discuss Kelly’s early interest in national security, her experience in the Pentagon and the National Security Council, and her work at the Center for American Progress.

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June 17, 2019

Ashley Tellis

In this episode of Tea Leaves, Kurt and Rich sit down with Ashley Tellis, the Tata Chair for Strategic Affairs and a senior adviser at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace and former senior adviser to the ambassador at the U.S. Embassy in New Delhi. The three discuss China’s rise, U.S.-India relations, and the United States’ role in the international order.

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June 3, 2019

Mike Mullen

In this latest episode of Tea Leaves, Kurt and Rich sit down with Admiral Mike Mullen (ret.) to hear about the Admiral’s experiences in the military and his role as 17th Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. The three discuss interdepartmental dynamics within Washington, climate change, the politicization of the military, and the future of U.S.-China relations.

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May 20, 2019

Ali Wyne

As part of Tea Leaves’ mission to highlight rising young voices, Kurt sits down with Ali Wyne, a policy analyst at the RAND Corporation, for a conversation about U.S.-China relations and America’s role in the world. The two discuss shifting trends in the U.S. foreign policy establishment and whether the United States finds itself in a state of decline. Ali also provides young professionals with advice on starting careers in Washington.

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May 6, 2019

Ben Rhodes

Ben Rhodes, the former deputy national security advisor for President Barack Obama, joins Kurt and Rich to discuss the challenges facing the United States in Asia. Ben shares insights from his experience planning President Obama’s foreign trips and charting the White House’s policies in the Pacific. He also talks about his own career and how he found his way to become one of the only White House officials to serve President Obama for the entire duration of his presidency.

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