Tea Leaves Podcast

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March 12, 2019

Bill Burns Pt. 1

In this first episode in a two part series, Kurt and Rich sit down with former U.S. Deputy Secretary of State Bill Burns to discuss the changing role of U.S. diplomacy, Burns’ newest book, The Back Channel: A Memoir of American Diplomacy and the Case for Its Renewal, and his impressive career in the U.S. Foreign Service.

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February 25, 2019

C. Raja Mohan

In this latest episode of Tea Leaves, Rich sits down with C. Raja Mohan in Singapore to discuss shifting dynamics between the United States and India and the changing geopolitical balance as China looms ever larger in the international scene. They also discuss India’s approach to dealing with the U.S. withdrawal from Afghanistan, India’s defense relationship with Russia, and the impact that a backlash against globalization in the United States is having on its trade relationship with India.

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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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