Category Archives: Global conflicts

War on the Rocks Podcast: A Conversation with the Counselor – Derek Chollet on Navigating the World

A veteran State Department official and scholar, Derek Chollet is serving as counselor to the secretary of state. He sat down with Ryan last Friday to discuss the various challenges facing U.S. foreign policy. Don’t miss their wide-ranging conversation on the diplomacy that preceded the Russian invasion of Ukraine, the diplomacy that continues to keep Western allies on the same page, the withdrawal from Afghanistan, and the difficulties of balancing an increasingly competitive strategy in the Indo-Pacific while dealing with a brutal war in Europe.

Source: A Conversation with the Counselor: Derek Chollet on Navigating the World – War on the Rocks

The Lawfare Podcast: Ukraine and the Future of National Security Law

In this live recording of the Lawfare Live event, “Ukraine and the Future of National Security Law,” Natalie Orpett moderated a panel of experts, including Brian Finucane, senior adviser for the U.S. Program at the International Crisis Group; Chimene Keitner, professor of international law at UC Hastings; Todd Huntley, director of the National Security Law Program at Georgetown Law; and Scott R. Anderson, Lawfare senior editor and a senior fellow at the Brookings Institution. They talked about a wide range of issues coming out of the current conflict in Ukraine, ranging from war crimes, to sanctions, to information operations, to the multidimensional role that technology is playing. They talked about what we’re seeing now and what it may mean for the future of national security law and international law.

Source: The Lawfare Podcast: Ukraine and the Future of National Security Law – Lawfare

The Lawfare Podcast: What the War in Ukraine Means for China’s Global Strategy

Russia’s war of aggression in Ukraine is putting one of its closest partners, China, in a difficult position. Just weeks before the conflict began, China and Russia announced a new partnership without limits that was seen as a shared bulwark against pressure by the United States and its allies. But Russia’s choice to attack its neighbor Ukraine is an awkward tension with China’s long-standing position against the use of force between states, and some cracks may be showing in the new relationship as China has so far not proven willing to come as wholeheartedly to Russia’s support as its pre-war declaration might have suggested.

To better understand how the war in Ukraine is impacting China’s strategy toward the rest of the world, Scott R. Anderson sat down with two legal experts: Dr. Patricia Kim, a David M. Rubenstein Fellow at the Brookings Institution who specializes in China policy, and Professor Julian Ku, a professor at Hofstra University School of Law who has studied China’s approach to the international system. They discussed the new relationship between China and Russia, China’s role in the Ukraine conflict and what lessons it is taking away from the Western response, including for its own interests in Taiwan.

Source: The Lawfare Podcast: What the War in Ukraine Means for China’s Global Strategy – Lawfare

Astral Flight Simulation: Gio Panichietti “The War in Ukraine Did Not Take Place”

War propaganda in America is in full swing….yet America is not engaged in a war. Is this the run up to our next conflict, or is this pure propaganda and the disappearance of war? Because of our ever accelerating technology, the nature of warfare has changed over the last 50 years, and conflict as we know it is morphing into something totally different. By examining some of the ideas and observations of Paul Virilio, Jean Baudriallard, and Deleuze and Gattari, we may better understand the nature of “war” in the digital age, in which the spectacle becomes more real than the event: war disappears and propaganda replaces it. Soon we shall find out if America is using this media blitz as a pretense to enter the next global conflict, or if the future of American warfare will play out exclusively in the media.

Source: The War in Ukraine Did Not Take Place

War on the Rocks: From Ukraine and Beyond: Unpacking the Sino-Russian Relationship

This is the national security podcast crossover of the century! Or at least of the year…ok maybe of Spring 2022! For this special episode of the “War on the Rocks” podcast, Doyle Hodges of “Horns of a Dilemma” hosts Zack Cooper, Melanie Marlowe, and Chris Preble of “Net Assessment.” They try to sort through relations between Moscow and Beijing in this time of war, as well as a whole bunch of related issues. And yes, they engage in the airing of grievances, a “Net Assessment” tradition. Make sure you subscribe to their podcasts, which are a part of the War on the Rocks family.

Source: From Ukraine and Beyond: Unpacking the Sino-Russian Relationship – War on the Rocks

Glenn Greenwald: Western Dissent from US/NATO Policy on Ukraine is Small, Yet the Censorship Campaign is Extreme

One can barely read a mainstream newspaper or watch a corporate news outlet without seeing the nation’s most bloodthirsty warmongering band of neocons — David Frum, Bill Kristol, Liz Cheney, Wesley Clark, Anne Applebaum, Adam Kinzinger — being celebrated as wise experts and heroic warriors for freedom.

This war has been very good indeed for the permanent Washington political and media class. And although it was taboo for weeks to say so, it is now beyond clear that the only goal that the U.S. and its allies have when it comes to the war in Ukraine is to keep it dragging on for as long as possible. Not only are there no serious American diplomatic efforts to end the war, but the goal is to ensure that does not happen. They are now saying that explicitly, and it is not hard to understand why.

The benefits from endless quagmire in Ukraine are as immense as they are obvious. The military budget skyrockets. Punishment is imposed on the arch-nemesis of the Democratic Party — Russia and Putin — while they are bogged down in a war from which Ukrainians suffer most.

Source: Western Dissent from US/NATO Policy on Ukraine is Small, Yet the Censorship Campaign is Extreme

The Subversive Podcast w/Alex Kaschuta: Benjamin Braddock – Alternative Truth Supremacy

I chat with Ben about the escalating situation in Ukraine, the waning US empire, and the Covid truth regime, from origins to medications to side effects, animal reservoirs of the virus, and what you can do to strengthen yourself against its likely effects as Omicron comes for us all. Ben Braddock is an anonymous Twitter poster @GraduatedBen, a writer for various publications and on Substack, a beauty appreciator, raw egg slonker, environmentalist, and a human and animal rights activist.

Source: Benjamin Braddock – Alternative Truth Supremacy by Subversive w/Alex Kaschuta