Tea Leaves Podcast

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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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