Tea Leaves Podcast

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February 11, 2019

Mike McDevitt

In this episode, Kurt and Rich welcome U.S. Navy Rear Admiral Mike McDevitt (ret.) to the Tea Leaves studio to chat about his experiences serving in the U.S. Navy and his career focus on U.S. defense and security strategy in the Asia-Pacific. Together they discuss changes in the geostrategic landscape that have developed over the last several decades, focusing primarily on the growth of the Chinese navy and the escalation of tension between the United States and China in the South China Sea.

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January 28, 2019

Kristin Lord and Tina Sciabica

Kurt and Rich welcome Kristin Lord, the president and CEO of IREX, and Tina Sciabica, the executive director of READ Global, to the Tea Leaves studio. As leaders of two prominent non-profits with operations around the world, Kristin and Tina discuss their work in Asia, including how READ has been able to bring technology to classrooms, libraries, and centers around the region. Kristin and Tina also share how non-profits can become sustainable through community ownership.

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January 14, 2019

Evan Medeiros Pt. 2

Evan Medeiros, the former senior director for Asia at the National Security Council, returns to the studio to commemorate the 40th anniversary of the bilateral relationship between the United States and the People’s Republic of China. In the second episode of this two-part series, Medeiros discusses Vice President Mike Pence’s speech last fall on China, questions elements of the Thucydides’ Trap debate, and talks about current debates in Beijing about the United States. Together, Kurt, Rich, and Evan examine the risk of conflict and ponder the future of the U.S.-China relationship.

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January 1, 2019

Evan Medeiros Pt. 1

Evan Medeiros, the former senior director for Asia at President Barack Obama’s National Security Council, joins Kurt and Rich for a special New Year’s Day episode commemorating the 40th anniversary of the bilateral relationship between the United States and the People’s Republic of China. In the first of a two-part series, the three discuss the last forty years of ties, paying particular attention to the challenging moments in the relationship. Medeiros also comments on how the Trump administration’s China policies fit into the broader narrative of 21st century U.S.-China relations, since President Richard Nixon formalized ties. The conversation will continue in a second episode released later in January.

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December 5, 2018

Sam Vinograd

CNN analyst Sam Vinograd, the former senior advisor to White House national security Tom Donilon, joins Kurt and Rich for a conversation about her career in foreign policy and her views on U.S. policy in Asia. After witnessing 9/11 during her freshman orientation in college, Vinograd began years of study of the Middle East, eventually finding her way after graduate school to Baghdad, where she served as the U.S. Treasury Department’s deputy attaché. She shares insights and stories from her time working at both the Treasury Department and at the White House. Recorded before the G20 Summit, she, Kurt, and Rich discuss contemporary issues affecting Asia and around the world. The daughter of a Holocaust survivor, Vinograd also emphasizes the importance of supporting child refugees in such volatile moments.

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