The official podcast of the Georgetown Security Studies Review (GSSR), discussing all things national security, history, military, and foreign policy. GSSR is the official flagship publication of Georgetown University's Center for Security Studies, featuring both online commentary and a biannual academic journal. Find out more about GSSR here: https://georgetownsecuritystudiesreview.org/
Episode 19: The New Challenge of Cyberwarfare with Dr. Arquilla
35:01Join our co-hosts Josh O’Day and Stephanie Cannon as they talk with Dr. John Arquilla about the new, emerging environment of cyber war. In this episode, Dr. Arquilla discusses his new book, Bitskrieg: The New Challenge of Cyberwarfare, and what it means for strategists to grapple with this new, fluid realm of warfare. Dr. Arquilla also discusses vulnerabilities and risk mitigation in this type of war, and offers career advice based on his own experience. Link to purchase Bitskrieg: The New Challenge of Cyberwarfare - https://www.wiley.com/en-us/Bitskrieg%3A+The+New+Challenge+of+Cyberwarfare-p-9781509543625
Episode 18: Director's Debut
40:40There’s no better way to kick off the GSSR podcast’s third season than with the Georgetown Center for Security Studies and Security Studies Program’s very own Director Dr. Keir Lieber! In this episode he will dive into the value the Security Studies Program (SSP) places on the “inextricable link between theory and policy,” a phrase SSP students have all heard and perhaps even adopted into their own vernacular. Dr. Lieber also addresses some of the greatest looming national security challenges, including nuclear deterrence and competition with China. He concludes the episode discussing the focus of education for current and future national security professionals and the goals and vision of the SSP, placing special emphasis on increasing the diversity of voices and perspectives in the Security Studies Program at Georgetown University. To contact the podcast, email us at: [email protected]
Episode 17: Seventy Tons of Steel and Sex Appeal
36:10In Episode 17, Josh O'Day is joined by co-host Josh Chang as the two take to the air to interview Colonel Michael Sullivan, Ph.D., an adjunct professor in the Security Studies Program at Georgetown University. He teaches SEST 501 - Strategy, Policy, and Military Operations, which is one of the two core courses that first year students are required to take. Colonel Sullivan is in his 27th year as an Active duty Army officer, having deployed to Kosovo, Iraq, and Afghanistan. In the episode, Josh and Josh discuss Colonel Sullivan's military career, training foreign military personnel, and how he hopes LucasFilm will allow him to teach a course on Civ-Mil relations using the Clone Wars as a case study. To contact the podcast, email us at: [email protected]
Episode 16: A Sailor's Journey from Service to Scholarship
33:51In Episode 16, Josh Chang is joined by co-host Josh O'Day as the two take to the air to interview Donald Small, a student originally from Atlanta who is now in the Security Studies Program at Georgetown University. Donald graduated in 2014 with a BA in Biology and French from Valdosta State University. After graduation he volunteered with the Peace Corps in Guinea, West Africa as an Education Volunteer and taught chemistry to middle school-aged children until being evacuated due to Ebola virus cases in the region. In December of 2014, he enlisted in the US Navy as a technician and operator of weapons systems aboard the USS Abraham Lincoln. After 6 years he separated from the Navy to join the Security Studies Program and is in the International Security concentration pursuing an African Studies Certificate to become a Sub-Saharan Africa specialist. To contact the podcast, email us at: [email protected]
Episode 15: Swipe Right For Journalistic Integrity
28:52In Episode 15, Josh Chang is joined by new co-host Josh O'Day. The two take to the air to interview Amr Sayed, an SSP student from Egypt with extensive experience as a journalist. Amr has 11 years of experience as a journalist and TV reporter starting his career with the unfolding of the revolution in Egypt. Amr currently works as a correspondent for Al Jazeera Media Networks in Washington D.C. and is a freelance contributor with the Global Investigative Journalism Network. He has covered stories worldwide, including Tunisia, Beirut, Hong Kong, Istanbul & London. He was the youngest TV presenter to ever host a show across Al Jazeera network. You can find Amr on Twitter @amrhsayed. To contact the podcast, email us at: [email protected]
Episode 14: Guns, Germs, and Space
41:04In a special episode of the PGP, Josh interviews the Honorable Matthew P. Donovan, former Under Secretary of Defense for Personnel and Readiness who has also served in a wide variety of policy-making positions such as Under Secretary of the Air Force (SECAF) and Acting SECAF. The two discuss space security and U.S. military readiness in the age of COVID-19, speaking about the items such as challenges presented by adversaries in the space domain, opportunities for cooperation, and stories as to how DoD adapted to the global pandemic.
Episode 13: Stay Calm in the INDOPACOM
31:10In the third episode of Season 2, Josh discusses the declassified strategic framework for the Indo-Pacific, released in the waning days of the Trump administration, with Regan Copple, Josh's fellow co-worker at the Center for Strategic and Budgetary Assessments (CSBA) and a mil ops concentrator at SSP. The two discuss their reactions to the strategy, the future contours of the Biden administration's approach to the region, and the general state of national security issues in the INDOPACOM AOR such as denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula, cross-strait conflict between Taiwan and China, U.S. relations with ASEAN, and alliance management.
Episode 12: Chaos in the Caucasus
39:43In Episode 12, Josh discusses the 2020 Nagorno-Karabakh War between Armenia and Azerbaijan with Noah Ringler (SSP '21), an SSP student with extensive travel and research experience in the Caucasus region. The two cover the history of the enmity between both countries, Russia and Turkey's regional policies in the Caucasus, and Turkish foreign policy under Erdogan.
Episode 11: Readying the Red Team
27:39In the first episode of the second season of PGP, Josh interviews Lexee Brill, an SSP student, programming director for Georgetown University's Wargaming Society, and wargamer for the Air Force's Warfighting Integration Capability (AFWIC). The two discuss the utility of wargaming in national security analysis, the challenges of "red-teaming" in wargaming, and the methodology of wargaming.
Episode 10: Scouting the Soul of the Southern Hemisphere
36:28Josh discusses Latin American security issues as a whole with Casey Wetherbee and Becky Twaalfhoven, two SSP 5-year students with a deep interest in the Western Hemisphere. The three Latin Americanists discuss topics like US-Latin American relations, corruption & governance, environmental and pandemic security, Chinese influence in the region, and institution-building.