Chain Reaction

A podcast from the Foreign Policy Research Institute examining America’s role on the world stage. Every two weeks we’ll talk to experts about policy relevant news from around the world and why it matters for U.S. foreign policy.

Please note this podcast was known as the Middle East Brief prior to 2021. 

 

Russian-Turkish Relations and Their Implications for the West

  The relationship between the Russian Federation and Republic of Turkey is one of the most important bilateral relationships in ...

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Learning From Our Adversaries: Russian Aerial Operations in Syria

In this episode, Aaron speaks with Mule about the lessons that the United States should learn from the Russian Aerospace ...

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Great Power Competition Explained

  On this week’s episode, Dr. Thomas Lynch joins the show to discuss his latest book, Strategic Assessment 2020: Into a ...

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Transactionalism with Turkey

In this episode of Chain Reaction, Aaron speaks with Nicholas Danforth, a Non-Resident Senior Research Fellow at the Hellenic Foundation ...

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The Air War Against the Islamic State

The air war against the Islamic State was critical to the territorial defeat of the group’s territorial caliphate and a ...

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The Middle East and America’s Global Posture

Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin has launched a global posture review, shortly after taking office. To discuss the process and ...

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The Tip of the Spear: Special Operations Forces And Great Power Competition

Great power competition is likely to outlast the Trump presidency. To discuss the Biden Administration’s national security priorities and the ...

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The Nagorno-Karabakh Conflict: A Reflection on Modern Warfare

The war in Nagorno-Karabakh is a human tragedy, but also provides observers the opportunity to monitor modern conflict and think closely ...

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The Rise of the Machines: AI and the Future of Air Combat

A few weeks ago, an AI algorithm beat a human pilot in a series of simulated dogfights, as part of ...

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Ground Deconfliction with the Russians in Syria

Events in Syria have brought American and Russian militaries into close contact. In recent weeks, a video emerged showing Russian ...

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