Tea Leaves Podcast

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April 30, 2018

Ambassador Navtej Sarna

From a demographic, economic, and geopolitical outlook, it is difficult to estimate the full impact that India will have on the coming century. Likewise, efforts to advance shared interests in not just the Indo-Pacific region, but also on the global stage, will be in large part determined by India’s participation. Coming from his unique vantage point, Ambassador Navtej Singh Sarna sits down with Tea Leaves to discuss the past, present, and future of India’s role in the region and its relationship with the United States. From building constructive relationships with regional players and India’s transition from “looking east” to “acting east,” Ambassador Sarna explains to the Tea Leaves hosts why he believes an entirely positive U.S.-Indian relationship is only constrained by time and energy.

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April 16, 2018

Ash Carter

Tea Leaves traveled to Boston this week to meet with Ash Carter, former Secretary of Defense and Director of the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government. Kurt and Rich talk to Ash about his tenure at the Pentagon, the dynamism of the Indo-Pacific, and the challenges the United States faces in the region. Ash draws on his 35-year career working on defense and technology to hone in on critical issues, including the rise of China, strategy and policymaking, and partnering with India. Despite myriad challenges, Ash remains confident in the U.S. role in Asia and in the region’s massive potential.

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April 2, 2018

Mike Green

In this episode, Kurt and Rich meet with leading Japan scholar, author, and former NSC Senior Director for Asia Michael Green to discuss his career path, the United States’ long history of engagement with Asia, developments around North Korea, and how the U.S. should be thinking about its grand strategy. His latest book, By More Than Providence, explores the development of U.S. strategy in Asia from its inception, granting insights into how the future of U.S. engagement will shape the region.  Michael’s experience living and working both in Japan and the United States, and both inside and outside government, give him a unique understanding of how the United States is perceived and projects its power in Asia. Using his unique background, not to mention his talent on the bagpipes and in Iaido, Michael explains how America’s role in Asia predates World War II, why that is important, and what it means for American foreign policy in the future.  Note for the listeners: this episode was recorded prior to the announcement that President Trump and Kim Jung-un may meet in early May.

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March 18, 2018

David Ignatius

In this episode, Kurt and Rich meet with veteran journalist and author David Ignatius to discuss U.S. influence in the world, the role of journalism in the age of information, and how to pen spy novels. David’s long engagement with global affairs – one that started in childhood while witnessing his father grapple with the Vietnam War, and later burgeoned during his time as chief diplomatic correspondent for the Washington Post – lends him insights on how the United States has exercised power abroad and what challenges await China in its eager pursuit of international status. Bringing his long experiences to the mic today, David explains to the Tea Leaves hosts why he believes we need to think more rigorously about the country’s social, technological, and military vulnerabilities.

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March 2, 2018

Dr. Kurt M. Campbell and Ambassador Rich Verma

The Indo-Pacific region is the most dynamic and consequential part of the world – and will only grow in importance as the 21st Century progresses. By every measure, the individuals, institutions, ideas, and economies of the Indo-Pacific are changing our world. Dr. Kurt M Campbell and Ambassador Richard Verma, two of the people best-suited to make sense of it all, sit down together in this inaugural episode of The Tea Leaves Podcast and have a conversation about their careers, beliefs, and views on Asia. They discuss how they came to focus on the Indo-Pacific, their accomplishments and challenges during their time in the U.S. government, and what brought them together to start this podcast.

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