CSIS Smart Women, Smart Power is a speaker series on women in international business and global affairs. The weekly podcast features leading women from the corporate, government, and national security worlds discussing top international issues. This podcast series is made possible with support from Citigroup.
Nerding Out on NATO
31:46Host Kathleen McInnis sat down with Dr. Benedetta Berti, Head of Policy Planning in the Office of the Secretary General at NATO, for an insightful conversation on her role in adopting NATO’s first Climate Change and Security Agenda. In addition, the pair discussed the incorporation of human security, the protection of civilians, and gender within NATO’s 2022 Strategic Concept.
Inflection Points: Denmark's Response to the War in Ukraine
31:43Host Kathleen McInnis sat down with the Ambassador of Denmark to the United States, Christina Markus Lassen, on her extensive career in the Danish Foreign Service and Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Additionally, the conversation includes a deep dive into Danish’s response to Russia’s war in Ukraine.
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Rethinking Humanitarian Aid with Michelle Nunn, President and CEO of CARE USA
28:47On March 6, Michelle Nunn, President and CEO of CARE USA, joined Kathleen McInnis for a Smart Women, Smart Power speaker series event. The pair discussed how CARE USA has worked to rally the global community to respond to recent humanitarian crises holistically, from the Ukrainian refugee crisis, Covid-19, and the recent deadly earthquakes in Syria and Turkey, to the growing hunger crisis around the world.
A Conversation with HON Christine E. Wormuth, 25th U.S. Secretary of the Army
31:40On March 1, the 25th U.S. Secretary of the Army, HON Christine E. Wormuth, sat down with CSIS Senior Adviser and Director of the Defending Democratic Institutions Project, Suzanne Spaulding, for a Smart Women, Smart Power speaker series event. The pair discussed the priorities of the United States Army as the institution prepares for this era of geopolitical uncertainty, as well as Secretary Wormuth’s approach to leading the largest branch of the United States military.
A Mission in Mali: Tanks in the Sky
23:12Host Kathleen McInnis sat down with Colonel Julie Callacott, Canadian Forces Intelligence Command Assistant Chief of Staff Support, Royal Canadian Air Force (RCAF), at the 2022 Halifax International Security Forum. Colonel Callacott described her experience as a Task Force Commander for the Canadian Airfield opening team in Mali, which included her role in landing a C-17 on an untested, newly constructed and expanded runway.
Come One, Come All: Gender Neutrality in Sweden’s Conscription
18:48On this episode, host Kathleen McInnis sat down with Captain Jenny Ström, Commanding Officer of the 3rd Naval Warfare Flotilla in the Swedish Navy, at the 2022 Halifax International Security Forum. Captain Ström discussed her former role as Head of the Recruitment Branch in the Training Department of the Swedish Armed Forces Headquarters, where she focused on recruitment and retaining females within the Swedish Armed forces with reintroduced gender-neutral conscription. #HFX2022
The Super Bowl Episode: Women in the NFL
30:41On January 27, the President of the Las Vegas Raiders, Sandra Douglass Morgan, sat down with CSIS Senior Fellow and Deputy Director of the International Security Program Emily Harding for a Smart Women, Smart Power speaker series event. The pair discussed the rise of women in the National Football League (NFL) and Sandra's former role as chairwoman of the Nevada Gaming Control Board during the start of the Covid-19 pandemic.
Uncovering the Uyghur Genocide
33:21On this episode, host Kathleen McInnis sat down with Ambassador Kelley Currie, former Deputy U.S. Representative to the United Nations and Ambassador-at-Large for Global Women’s Issues, at the 2022 Halifax International Security Forum. Ambassador Currie discussed her role in discovering the horrific genocide taking place in China against the Uyghur community. #HFX2022 Please note this episode contains subject matter relating to human atrocities, including but not limited to comments on genocide, torture, and forced sterilization. Listener discretion is advised.
Crisis Coordination on Christmas
17:07On this episode, host Kathleen McInnis spoke with Captain Erin Williams, Commanding Officer, USCG Activities Far East, United States Coast Guard, at the 2022 Halifax International Security Forum. Captain Williams described the aftermath of a tug hitting Bligh Reef two days before Christmas during an ice scouting mission for tank vessels transiting Prince William Sound. #HFX2022
Afghan Women and the Fall of Kabul
26:38On this episode, host Kathleen McInnis sat down at the 2022 Halifax International Security Forum with Kamila Sidiqi, an Afghan entrepreneur and former government official. The pair highlighted Kamila’s innovative work and discussed the resilience of Afghan women in the country today.