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COVID at Two: Where Did We Go Wrong?
It has been two years since COVID-19 started hitting the headlines globally. As the new omicron variant is causing surging caseloads across America and around the world, it seems as though the end of this moment is very far away. What mistakes have we made? What should the Biden administration be doing next? How does the pandemic connect to the fight to protect democracy? What does the Supreme Court decision on the vaccine mandate mean for the fight against the virus? To answer these and other pressing questions, DSR Host David Rothkopf spoke with Kavita Patel of the Brookings Institution and Pulitzer Prize winning journalist Laurie Garrett. Don't miss this timely conversation.
Machiavellian Narcissistic Psychopaths, Oh My!
Brian Klaas's research on dictators and tyrants around the globe highlighted a vital question; whether corrupt people are drawn to power or if power corrupts. His new book Corruptible Who Gets Power and How It Changes Us explores this subject and underscores the need to reform governmental systems before it is too late. DSR host David Rothkopf discusses the thesis of the book as well as the lessons it has for those working to protect American democracy with Brian in this incisive episode.Don't miss it.
Putin and Ukraine: Don't Let the Sun Go Down on Me
On Monday, the United States and Russia spoke for hours in an attempt to forge a diplomatic end to Russian aggression towards Ukraine. Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov said that the talks resulted in "no progress" while Deputy Secretary of State Wendy Sherman made it clear that "We're not to a point where we're ready to set down texts and begin to go back and forth." To discuss the impact of these talks and what the future could look like, DSR host David Rothkopf spoke with Kori Schakeof the American Enterprise Institute, and Rosa Brooks of Georgetown University. Will Russia further invade Ukraine? What leverage does the United States have? What is driving Putin to act this way? Find out the answers to these and other questions in this prescient conversation. In the bonus segment for members, David Rothkopf speaks with David Sanger about his recent reporting about the sanctions that the United States may impose if Russia moves forward with a full-scale invasion.
January 6th as You Have Never Seen it Before
With time comes perspective and it is clear now that January 6th was not an isolated event. In fact, there are real dangers in perceiving it as one, dangers that could play to the interests of the coup plotters and against the long-term interests of U.S.democracy.We seek to reframe the events of that day and where they fit in the bigger picture with Yale University historian and noted author Joanne Freeman and University of Michigan Law School professor and former U.S. attorneyBarb McQuade.We promise, it's not like any discussion January 6th you've heard before...and it's one you need to hear.Join us.
A Post-COVID Boom, a Ukraine War & the "Goulash Archipelago": Predictions for 2022
As we begin a new year, the threats around the globe remain the same. Russia may invade Ukraine, Iran's nuclear ambitions may come to fruition, and democratic backsliding continues apace around the globe. To forecast what might happen this year and offer some hope about some potential foreign policy bright spots, DSR host David Rothkopf talked with Ed Luceof the Financial Times, Kori Schakeof the American Enterprise Institute, and David Sanger of the New York Times. Will Russia further invade Ukraine? Are we witnessing the rise of a Hungarian model for illiberal democracy? Can we avoid a cold war with China? Find out the answers to these and other questions as we look ahead to 2022. Don't wait to listen to this prescient conversation.
Best of DSR: FILIBUSTED: GETTING TO THE TRUTH ABOUT WHAT’S WRONG WITH THE US SENATE
Senate “institutionalists” claim the filibuster is a traditional US Senate tool that produces compromise.Nope.It’s a tool that was almost never used during the first 200 years of US history.And when it was used it was almost always used to promote a racist agenda.And now that it is used more often, it is used to obstruct and give disproportionate power to Republicans.The first step to eliminating it is understanding it and that is why we talk to veteran Senate staffer Adam Jentleson, author of an important new book “Kill Switch: The Rise of the Modern Senate and the Crippling of American Democracy.”We discuss what has turned the U.S. Senate from “the world’s greatest deliberative body to the place legislation goes to die” and how to fix it.Don’t miss this timely conversation.
Best of DSR: TRUMP’S FAILED COUP ATTEMPT: HOW BAD WAS IT, HOW MUCH WORSE COULD IT HAVE BEEN, WHAT TO DO NEXT?
January 6, 2021 is a date few of us will ever forget. On that day, the president of the United States incited a mob to storm the U.S. Capitol. Five people died. Thousands more were terrorized. And now the nation holds its breath to see if the violence has been quelled or new chapters await. Donald Trump now seems certain to become the first president in U.S. history to be impeached twice and to forever be seen as the author of a failed coup attempt against the government he had sworn to protect and defend. Rosa Brooks of Georgetown Law, Kori Schake of AEI, Mieke Eoyang of Third Way and David Sanger of the New York Times join us to discuss the impact of the shocking events of the sixth and where we go from here. Don’t miss it.
2021: The Year We Realized Just How at Risk Our Democracy Is
From a year that began with January 6th to the American Rescue Plan, Build Back Better, and Beyond, 2021 has been an especially vital year for American democracy, health, and economic renewal. The review the year in politics and advise the Biden administration as to what should come next, DSR Host David Rothkopf spoke with Jennifer Rubin and E.J. Dionne of the Washington Post. Is there any hope that voting rights and vote counting will be secured in the coming year? What can Democrats do to hold onto their majorities in Congress? How should the Biden administration adjust moving forward? Find out the answers to these and other questions as we look back on politics in 2021. Don’t miss this vital conversation.
A Look Back at the World in 2021
From January 6th to the Democracy Summit, 2021 has been an eventful year fore foreign policy and national security. To throughly review the year, adjudicate President Biden's performance, and discuss what you might have missed, DSR host David Rothkopf talked with Rosa Brooksof Georgetown University,Ed Luceof the Financial Times, Kori Schakeof the American Enterprise Institute, and David Sanger of the New York Times. What will historians write about 2021 in 2201? How did Biden's first year in office impact the great foreign policy issues of our moment? What did we not focus on enough this year? Find out the answers to these and other questions as we look back on 2021. Don't miss this thoughtful conversation.