The Un-Diplomatic Podcast

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By: Van Jackson

The show with undiplomatic takes about the foreign policy scene and how the world really works (but often doesn’t). Hosted by Dr. Van Jackson, a Washington insider turned critic.

Using China to Kill US Democracy, New Zealand's Antiracist China Challenge, The Roosevelt Doctrine Farce, Don't Punch Left on Cuba | Ep. 94
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Last Thursday at 1:07 AM

Why Chinese influence in New Zealand is an opportunity to pioneer an anti-CCP and antiracist policy.  Why the Roosevelt Doctrine is really an attempt to save Woodrow Wilson.  Writing about objects too big to write about.  Republicans are using China to kill democracy.  The problem with "punching left" on Cuba. Also this episode: What's wrong with international relations? 

Chris Clary Tweet: https://twitter.com/clary_co/status/1415084925481627655

Robbie Shilliam Tweet: https://twitter.com/RobbieShilliam/status/1414554433585885184?s=19

Law Boy Tweet: https://twitter.com/The_Law_Boy/status/1414377497802772480?s=19

Charlie Warzel Substack: https://warze...


Pacific Spheres of Influence, Fighting Filipinos, Strategy and the Progressive International | Ep. 93
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06/18/2021

Guam's anti-militarist plight exposes Sino-US competition as clashing spheres of influence.  How America did the Philippines dirty for a hundred years...and is still.  The promise and perils and the Progressive International's strategy.  Why boomers are hoarding real estate.  And is academia for poor people?  

Evan Feigenbaum Tweet: https://twitter.com/EvanFeigenbaum/status/1403805400009486351

Ken Klippenstein Tweet: https://twitter.com/kenklippenstein/status/1402342616772055046?s=19

Emily Brier Tweet: https://twitter.com/Emily_Brier_/status/1401297172814041096?s=20

Pete Stegemeyer Tweet: https://twitter.com/itspeterj/status/1326514788965486596

Contributors: Hunter Marston, Gaby Magnuson, Alex Auty, Jake Dellow


China Rivalry without Racism? Wu-Tang Solidarity, Narrating Israeli Occupation v. Terrorism, Alliance Reassurance Folly | Ep. 92
#93
06/02/2021

Is it possible to push back on China's many forms of aggression without rivalry or racism?  What Wu-Tang teaches us about solidarity and capitalist critique.  Israel's occupying Palestine, so let's talk about terrorism.  Why alliance reassurance rarely makes sense.  

Chris Clary Tweet: https://twitter.com/clary_co/status/1395448568983523328

Seva Gunitsky Tweet: https://twitter.com/SevaUT/status/1393827799652261892

Jamaal Bowman Tweet: https://twitter.com/JamaalBowmanNY/status/1393705229842014209?s=20

Peter Beinart Tweet: https://twitter.com/peterbeinart/status/1393788527008174080?s=21

Ryan Hass in Noema Magazine: https://www.noemamag.com/playing-the-china-card/

Sahar Kahn in Inks...


The War on Critical Race, Socialists Aren't "Very Liberal," New Zealand Bashing, Coming Clean on Quincy, Taiwan Debate | Ep. 91
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05/12/2021

Why socialists aren't "very liberal."  The far right's war on critical race theory is a bigger deal than you think.  Why everyone loves to throw shade at New Zealand.  The histrionics of the Taiwan debate.  The truth about Van's interview on the Quincy Institute.  North Korea policy is going nowhere.  

Ken Schultz Tweet: https://twitter.com/KSchultz3580/status/1387963382452477954

David Roberts Tweet: https://twitter.com/drvolts/status/1386766470831493120?s=19

John Carl Baker Tweet: https://twitter.com/johncarlbaker/status/1387113498933596162

Richard McGregor Tweet: https://twitter.com/mcgregorrichard/status/1384981240810328064?s=19

Contributors: Gaby Magnuson, Hunter Marsto...


The Global Pundit Problem, De-Sexyfying UFOs, War-Avoidance Theories, Progressive Talent Pipeline | Ep. 90
#91
04/27/2021

Why the Biden administration is performing its rivalry with China.  What the Afghanistan withdrawal decision says about global punditry.  Why UFOs might not be as sexy as Van hopes they are.  Theories for avoiding war.  Winners may write history, but that doesn't make it right.  Creating a talent pool for progressive technocrats.  How to think about the UK/EU jumping into the China-competition game.  Also this episode: Why "Foreign policy for the middle class" is the right goal with the wrong implementation.  

Kelsey Atherton Tweet: https://twitter.com/AthertonKD/status/1382858221329608706?s=20

John Lee Tweet: https://twitter...


Who's the DMX of International Relations, Neoliberal Hip-Hop, Xi Jinping's Hype Man | Ep. 89
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04/17/2021

P. Diddy is an oligarch who was bad for hip-hop...and now he's exploiting BLM.  How Washington pundits became Xi Jinping's hype man.  Why FONOPs are a silly way to send a message.  Favorite feminist movies.  Also this episode: Why is there no DMZ in international relations?  

Tanvi Madan Tweet: https://twitter.com/tanvi_madan/status/1380552263589113858?s=19

Ben Young Tweet: https://twitter.com/DubstepInDPRK/status/1380965755743694849?s=19

Daniel Denvir Tweet: https://twitter.com/DanielDenvir/status/1381318974969946117

James Millward Tweet: https://twitter.com/JimMillward/status/1381071869760188420

Richard Bush, Bonnie Glaser, and Ryan Hass on Ta...


Don't Call Yourself a Realist! Progressive Economic Statecraft, The Farce of Offset Strategies, Why NATO Can't Deter Russia | Ep. 88
#89
04/09/2021

The Global North owes the Global South progressive economic policies, not aid.  The essential (?) fascism of security clearances.  Why it's wrong to make international-relations paradigms into ideologies.  The tragic history and propagandizing about the third offset strategy--or, the origins of American militarism today.  The China Cold War question.

Jason Hickel Tweet: https://twitter.com/jasonhickel/status/1377545871223586817?s=19

Gerald Brown Tweet: https://twitter.com/GeraldC_Brown/status/1378542935038394377?s=19

Graham Webster Tweet: https://twitter.com/gwbstr/status/1376975047605153793

Contributors: Hunter Marston, Gaby Magnuson, Ciara Mitchell, Jake Dellow


The Zombie Promise of Cold War Liberalism, Myanmar's Syria Risk, Japan's Taiwan Alliance | Ep. 87
#88
04/02/2021

If an "Indo-Pacific strategy" can't cope with the Syria risk in Myanmar, then what good is it? Why the history of Cold War liberalism tells us not to pin domestic renewal on the China threat.  Why Chinese air incursions against Taiwan DO NOT signal invasion.  What's going on in Asian studies at Georgetown.  Japan's role in a Taiwan conflict.  The lost history of the WTO anti-globalization protests.

Matt Duss Tweet: https://twitter.com/mattduss/status/1375934723701243908?s=20

Blake Herzinger Tweet: https://twitter.com/BDHerzinger/status/1373478997267410951?s=19

Seva Gunitsky Tweet: https://twitter.com/SevaUT/status/1374455266008207366


Think Tank Infighting, Guam for Dummies, Asia's Not the Indo-Pacific, Ep. 86
#87
03/20/2021

Which QAnon congresswoman thinks Guam is a foreign country?  Why Asia is not the Indo-Pacific.  Think tank infighting.  Wasting time before writing.  

Rachel Rizzo: https://mobile.twitter.com/RachelRizzo/status/1370776048183435264

Spencer Ackerman: https://twitter.com/attackerman/status/1371127805296189446?s=19

JD Vance: https://mobile.twitter.com/JDVance1/status/1370873282824667136

Laicie Heeley: https://mobile.twitter.com/laicie/status/1370075526262632462

Van Jackson on America's Indo-Pacific Folly: https://www.foreignaffairs.com/articles/asia/2021-03-12/americas-indo-pacific-folly

Contributors: Jake Dellow, Ciara Mitchell

 


Deterrence by Capable Dildos, the Hawaiian Land Grab, China Hawkery, North Korean Defectors | Ep. 85
#86
03/14/2021

Why American strategic culture is so obsessed with "capable dildos."  Why native Hawaiians don't want federal recognition to whitewash an illegal land grab.  What it means to declare oneself a "China hawk" and why it matters.  Why North Korean defectors want to go back to North Korea.  Also this episode: Is the US-China rivalry an ideological conflict?

Branco Milanovic Tweet: https://twitter.com/BrankoMilan/status/1368219420645093379

Vipin Narang Tweet: https://twitter.com/NarangVipin/status/1367656750032302081?s=20

Happymon Jacob Tweet: https://twitter.com/HappymonJacob/status/1367091311338135556?s=19

Daily NK Story: https://www.dailynk.com/english/not...


Taiwan Domino Theory Silliness, Think Tank Disinformation, Japan's Liberal International Order | Ep. 84
#85
03/05/2021

What happens when think tankers become tankies.  Alliance domino theory nonsense--why Taiwan is not like the others.  Why Japan's the real leader of Asia's liberal order.  The US doesn't need Saudi Arabia.  

James Palmer Tweet: https://twitter.com/BeijingPalmer/status/1365381504629669891

Mike McFaul Tweet: https://twitter.com/McFaul/status/1365424739196362752?s=19

Michael Kofman Tweet: https://twitter.com/KofmanMichael/status/1364021794513047552?s=19

Cheng Che on Japan's Liberal Foreign Policy Realism: https://www.foreignaffairs.com/articles/united-states/2021-02-24/japan-new-leader-asias-liberal-order

Contributors: Alex Auty, Jake Dellow, Gaby Magnuson, Pete McKenzie


Does Foreign Policy Have a Career Ceiling? Defense Strategy Dilemma, DC's Patt Mottinger Problem, New Zealand's Australia Problem | Ep. 83
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02/27/2021

Why Martin Luther King, Jr.'s "white moderate" threat dominates Washington today. The dilemma of militarist thinking about strategy.  New Zealand's beef with Australia.  Southeast Asia wants a more progressive US foreign policy.  Foreign policy's career ceiling problem.

Caroline Baxter Tweet: https://twitter.com/CarolineCBaxter/status/1362163234426544128?s=19

John Lee Tweet: https://twitter.com/koreanforeigner/status/1360752886322327553?s=19

Zachary Keck Tweet: https://twitter.com/zacharykeck/status/1362087538408771585?s=11

Evan Montgomery on defense strategy: https://warontherocks.com/2021/02/defense-strategy-and-the-empire-state-of-mind-how-preparing-for-the-best-can-leave-washington-vulnerable-to-the-rest/

Contributors: Ciara Mitchell, Gaby Magnuson, Pete McKenzie, Jake Dellow


A Liberal's Anti-China Game, Emily in D.C., Asia's Democracy Divide | Ep. 82
#83
02/17/2021

A rope-a-dope strategy for China.  How a liberal plays the anti-China card (for better or worse).  The truth about Asia's Democracy divide.  Why Micronesia gave up on the Pacific Islands Forum.  Also this episode: What would it be like if Netflix's Emily in Paris took place in Washington, D.C.?  

Alex McCoy Tweet: https://twitter.com/AlexanderMcCoy4/status/1358206091964915714?s=19

Michael Mazza Tweet: https://twitter.com/mike_mazza/status/1357335849004916743?s=19

Rachel Rizzo Tweet: https://twitter.com/RachelRizzo/status/1357714976597831680

James Crabtree on Asia's Democracy Divide: https://asia.nikkei.com/Opinion/Myanmar-coup-reveals-Asia-s-new-democratic-divide

Contr...


From Bro Culture to Fascism, Genocidal Democracy in Myanmar, QAnon is NOT Left, South Korean Illiberalism | Ep. 81
#82
02/10/2021

The debate about South Korean illiberalism that nobody wants you to hear.  Why bro culture incubates fascism.  The coup in Myanmar is NBD compared to genocide.  QAnon is no friend of the left.  And why hustling is nonpartisan.

Emma Ashford, Kate Kizer, and TX Hammes debating Grand Strategy: https://inkstickmedia.com/after-the-apocalypse-us-grand-strategy/

Dan Nexon Tweet: https://twitter.com/dhnexon/status/1356334701733150721

Tom Pepinsky Tweet: https://twitter.com/TomPepinsky/status/1356242023586660353?s=19

Hunter Marston Tweet: https://twitter.com/hmarston4/status/1356343684032200704?s=19

Contributors: Ciara Mitchell, Gaby Magnuson, Pete McKenzie, Jake Dellow

 


The Global Far Right is a Protestant Reformation for Idiots, Think Tank Dark Money, Getting Real on The Indo-Pacific Game | Ep. 80
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02/03/2021

Why the threat of our time is the global far right, and what it has in common with the protestant reformation.  What's wrong and right about the Indo-Pacific and the Quad.  Dark money in think tanks.  Kim Jong Un's authoritarian savvy.  The real meaning of the Third World--or, is Marco Rubio a white supremacist?  Also this episode: Why Trump has changed how we teach international relations.

Sensible Human 96 Tweet: https://twitter.com/sensiblehuman96/status/1351296226235453442?s=11

Patrick Iber Tweet: https://twitter.com/patrickiber/status/1351921439759339523?s=11

Paul Poast Tweet on Teaching IR: https://mobile.twitter.com/P...


Galactic Gaslighting, Futurism v. Moneyballing, Japan's Five-Eyes Controversy, Obama's Drone Reckoning | Ep. 79
#80
12/17/2020

Futures studies versus moneyball--the problem with prediction.  A supply-side theory of Obama's drone strike addiction.  Telling lies about a Galactic Federation with aliens.  Should Japan join the Five-Eyes intelligence-sharing partnership?  How to get out of Afghanistan.  Why the Indo-Pacific is too big for a single strategy.  Also this episode: The movies that made Van Jackson and the team.  

Jeffrey Lewis's Tweet: https://twitter.com/ArmsControlWonk/status/1334533169547075584?s=19

Annette Joseph: https://twitter.com/AnnetteJosephG/status/1336321130303467520?s=19

Ankit Panda's Tweet: https://twitter.com/nktpnd/status/1336774686152286210

James Palmer's Tweet: https://twitter.com/BeijingPalmer/status/1336722893829443585


The Asia Tsar Question, McDonald's Peace Theory is Over, The Truth about Liberal IR, Israel's Self-Licking Ice Cream Cone of Death | Ep. 78
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12/09/2020

Does President Biden need an Asia Tsar?  Why McDonalds peace theory is over.  The truth about liberal international relations theory.  Israel's grass-mowing theory of deterrence.  The difference between Taiwan and China.  Also this episode: What does Denzel Washington's Training Day have to do with Asian security?

Paul MacDonald Tweet: https://twitter.com/pkmacdonald/status/1333778364151238657

Sarah Cooper Tweet: https://twitter.com/sarahcpr/status/1333639291902300161

Caitlin Talmadge Tweet: https://twitter.com/ProfTalmadge/status/1333818338355527680?s=19

Aram Hur Tweet: https://twitter.com/aramhur/status/1333820575513530373?s=19

Paul Musgrave on McDonalds Peace Theory: https://foreignpolicy.com/2020/11/26/mcdon...


Grand Strategic Farce, How the US Lost Asia, The "Free Chosun" Question, Student Debt Cancellation | Ep. 77
#78
11/25/2020

Why is the State Department's Office of Policy Planning so obsessed with George Kennan...and China's ideology?  The untold story of how America lost economic primacy in Asia, and why nobody talks about it now.  What is IR theory good for?  Why cancelling student debt matters.  The non-interview  at Australian National University.  Also this episode: what should we think about the Free Chosun movement against North Korea?  

Alexander Lanoszka Tweet: https://twitter.com/ALanoszka/status/1328431684811968513?s=20

John Lee Tweet: https://twitter.com/koreanforeigner/status/1328366779463200772?s=19

Evan Feigenbaum Tweet: https://twitter.com/EvanFeigenbaum/status/1328063583058530307

Su...


China Squeezes Aussies, Kim Jong Un's Biden Surprise, Hawks Who Can't Fight, Hypersonic Missile Hype, | Ep. 76
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11/18/2020

Australians are getting economically coerced by China but not everyone knows why.  Militarism is bad, but militarists who've never been in a fight are the worst.  What North Korea has in store for Biden in 2021.  A hypersonic missile arms race is coming to Asia, but is anyone paying attention?  And if Trump were throw a coup, how would we know in advance?  Also this episode: Van recommends some reading for budding IR scholars.

John Culver Tweet: https://twitter.com/JohnCulver689/status/1326323417436581890?s=19

James Palmer Tweet: https://twitter.com/BeijingPalmer/status/1325700686957391872?s=19

Paul Musgrave Tweet...


The Fascism Debate, Interviewing at Stanford, Think Tank Corruption, Jonah Ryan's Veep Wisdom | Ep. 75
#76
11/11/2020

What it's like to interview at Stanford University (!).  What Veep's Jonah Ryan can teach aspiring Washington technocrats.  On Trumpian fascism.  Why elite think tanks are ripe for corruption.  And what Larry David's "spite store" idea has to do with Trump's lame-duck foreign policy.  Also this episode: What are international-relations theories good for?

Dan Nexon Tweet: https://twitter.com/dhnexon/status/1322939398044950530

Timothy Simon Tweet: https://twitter.com/timothycsimons/status/1323512882055663616

Max Berger Tweet: https://twitter.com/maxberger/status/1324134130997731328?s=20

Xiaoyu Pu: https://twitter.com/pu_xiaoyu/status/1322015679755689986?s=19

Aila Matanock and Paul...


Taiwan is the O.G. China, Stanford's Hoover Controversy, Totalitarian Elon Musk, Milton Friedman and LL Cool J | Ep. 74
#75
11/02/2020

What makes Elon Musk a wannabe totalitarian?  A new book on space expansionism paints a dark picture.  Why Taiwan is the O.G. China.  How to fit Milton Friedman and LL Cool J in the same sentence.  Stanford University's Hoover Institution controversy.  And resisting China's civil war narrative.  

Paul Musgrave Tweet: https://twitter.com/profmusgrave/status/1321163306296659968

Paul Musgrave Tweet:https://twitter.com/profmusgrave/status/1321113451540979714?s=19

Ruben Gallego Tweet: https://twitter.com/RubenGallego/status/1320750911040360449

James Palmer Tweet: https://twitter.com/BeijingPalmer/status/1320605353365614592?s=19

Contributors: Alex Auty, Jake Dellow, Gaby Magnuson


Franz Fanon v. Ice Cube v. 50 Cent, Taiwan's No Pawn, China Fighting in the Pacific Islands, Exit from Hegemony | Ep. 73
#74
10/28/2020

What's 50 Cent's beef with Franz Fanon?  And what makes Ice Cube different than 50 Cent?  What to make of China's escalation of wolf-warrior diplomacy.  The progressive debate about American foreign policy--opposing US power or US militarism?  Also this episode--questioning Taiwan's future and how American hegemony ends. 

Alex Cooley and Dan Nexon Tweet: https://twitter.com/CooleyOnEurasia/status/1319027614305181699

Rabbi Jill Jacobs Tweet: https://twitter.com/rabbijilljacobs/status/1319024272174624768?s=20

Stephen Wertheim on military supremacy: https://www.nytimes.com/2020/10/15/opinion/america-global-power.html?action=click&module=Opinion&pgtype=Homepage

Contributors: Jake Dellow, Gaby Magnuson, Pete McKenzie, Ciara...


Washington's War against Peace, Rivalries are Dumb, Real Diversity, Literary Agent Lessons | Ep. 72
#73
10/21/2020

How Washington punishes those who support peace.  What real diversity in foreign policy looks like.  Why rivalries make people stupid, especially great-power ones.  Why Vietnam is probably not Asia's next economic "miracle."  And who needs a literary agent?  Depends what you're trying to publish, and where.  

Hunter Marston Tweet: https://twitter.com/hmarston4/status/1316198014747197440?s=19

Kirk Serpes Tweet: https://twitter.com/KirkSerpes/status/1315942319825121281?s=19

Stephen Walt Tweet: https://twitter.com/stephenWalt/status/1316540827074785281?s=20

Patrick Iber: https://twitter.com/PatrickIber/status/1315762866675474439

Contributors: Alex Auty, Pete McKenzie, Gaby Magnuson, Jake Dellow


Judd Apatow Gets China Right, What's the Indo-Pacific Quad? Turkish Empire, Indian Sphere of Influence | Ep. 71
#72
10/14/2020

Why does Judd Apatow have a better grasp on the China problem than Washington does?  How should we understand the Indo-Pacific Quad, and what's a "speech-act institution?"  Does Turkey have an imperial foreign policy?  And why is nobody paying attention to India's sphere of influence?  Also this episode: What principles should guide East Asia policy?  The Quincy Institute for Responsible Statecraft takes a decent crack at answering.  

Dan Nexon Tweet: https://twitter.com/dhnexon/status/1312922875574341633

Robert Kelly Tweet: https://twitter.com/robert_e_kelly/status/1313085718864904192?s=21

Zack Beauchamp Tweet: https://twitter.com/zackbeauchamp/status...


When the Black Panthers Met Kim Il Sung: Writer's Room with Benjamin Young | Ep. 71
#71
10/07/2020

The Black Panther Party's intersection with North Korea is fascinating and surprising.  Van sits down with Dr. Benjamin Young to talk about North Korea's relationship to radical leftist movements, the Black Panther Party, the travails of trying to work in academia, and Ben's upcoming book--Guns, Guerrillas, and the Great Leader.  


What is Good Strategy? Wargaming Hegemony, Black Armed Resistance, Neoliberalism Fakes Its Death, the China Security Dilemma Question | Ep. 70
#70
09/30/2020

Black self defense is essential to minimize state violence.  Good strategy isn't infinite.  The war-game might be rigged, but it can still be fun.  Is the China-US relationship a security dilemma, or nah?  Klaus Schwab says neoliberalism is dead, but the greatest trick the devil ever pulled was convincing the world he doesn't exist.  Also this episode: Why is everything breaking and nothing working except for military procurement and missile development?  Corruption!

Astra Taylor Tweet: https://mobile.twitter.com/astradisastra/status/1307430291754160128

Kelsey Atherton Tweet: https://mobile.twitter.com/AthertonKD/status/1308423891631722499

Yuna Wong Tweet: https...


The 'Asian Mind,' Biden's Credibility Non-Problem, India Trolls China, Marxist v. Progressive Foreign Policy | Ep. 69
#69
09/23/2020

Don't believe the hawks--Biden has no credibility problem in Asia.  India shows China how democracies do trolling better.  The convergences and divergences of Marxist and progressive foreign policy.  The East Asian mind and the Western mind--wut?  Also this episode: Why activists and strategists need to work together toward nuclear disarmament.  

India Today Tweet: https://twitter.com/IndiaToday/status/1305495069693079553

Nicholas Miller Tweet: https://twitter.com/Nick_L_Miller/status/1305280247034785796?s=20

Andreas Fulda Tweet: https://twitter.com/AMFChina/status/1305414754392047618?s=19

John Lee Tweet: https://twitter.com/koreanforeigner/status/1305328880698286080

Inkstick Media Piece on Nu...


Star Wars as America's Future, The Truth about Cheney, Korea's Anti-China Left, the US Sphere of Influence | Ep. 68
#68
09/17/2020

Van explains how the Galactic Republic in Star Wars fell, and why it's so germane today.  The South Korean Left sees Chinese imperialism more clearly than most Americans.  America's sphere of influence dilemma in the Pacific.  What Vice gets right about Dick Cheney.  Also this episode: Van's philosophy about saying yes to career opportunities large and small.  

Paul Musgrave Tweet: https://twitter.com/profmusgrave/status/1302418858972766208?s=20

Pat Blanchfield Tweet: https://twitter.com/PatBlanchfield/status/1303831078751408128?s=20

Jon Wolfsthal Tweet: https://twitter.com/JBWolfsthal/status/1302228639879237633

Elise Hu Tweet: https://twitter.com/elisewho/status/1303783836162031616

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Cobra Kai Cosmopolitans, Taiwan Ambiguity, Japan Watching, and Progressive Foreign Policy | Ep. 67
#67
09/09/2020

Why we need to wait before debating whether to defend Taiwan.  How good is the Netflix show Cobra Kai?  Why Martha Nussbaum has evolved about the cosmopolitan tradition.  How much of China's foreign policy is imperial?  And a new poll finds that the people want progressive foreign policy!

Gordon Flake Tweet: https://twitter.com/lgflake/status/1300577595956756480

James Schoff Tweet: https://twitter.com/SchoffJ/status/1299407113320624130?s=19

Stephen Wertheim Tweet: https://twitter.com/stephenwertheim/status/1300954470218641415

ReThink Media Poll: https://responsiblestatecraft.org/2020/08/26/ending-endless-war-progressive-foreign-policy-what-democrats-want/

Daniel Steinmetz-Jenkins and Martha Nussbaum: https://www.thenation.com/arti...


Counter-Imperial Statecraft, China Competition as White Privilege, QAnon, Neocons Return to the Democratic Party | Ep. 66
#66
09/02/2020

The racist motivations woven into China rivalry.  Why nobody talks about American colonies hiding in plain sight.  How to manufacture a Cold War with China.  Australia shows the way in counter-imperial statecraft.  Are neocons returning to the Democratic Party?  NeverTrumpers are not anti-fascist heroes.  And how serious a problem is QAnon?  

Andrew Carr Tweet: https://twitter.com/AOCarr/status/1297999757919449088

AOC Tweet: https://twitter.com/AOC/status/1298311379305132032?s=20

Rory MedcalfTweet: https://twitter.com/Rory_Medcalf/status/1298723505240850435

Rita Konaev Tweet: https://twitter.com/ritakonaev/status/1294439812687187970?s=21

Kaiser Kuo and William Yuen Yeo on...


How to be a Pundit: Interview with Ankit Panda | Ep. 65 Hustle
#65
08/26/2020

In this hustle episode of the pod, Van Jackson sits down with Ankit Panda to talk about writing productivity hacks, how to become a foreign policy pundit, and tips for straddling new media and the think tank world.  They also talk about Ankit's new book, Kim Jong Un and the Bomb. 

Ankit's book: https://www.hurstpublishers.com/book/kim-jong-un-and-the-bomb/


Pentagon Corruption, Money Behind the China Threat Industry, Fighting for a Foreign Policy Career | Ep. 64
#64
08/26/2020

The Pentagon's failure of accountability.  Why Democrats are better at diversity but have work to do.  Steve Bannon's arrest highlights the money behind the China threat movement.  And Van's take on Edward Snowden on what Bernie Sanders foreign policy adviser Matt Duss has to say about making a career in Washington.  Also this episode, structural violence explained.  


Debating Sagan v. Waltz 2.0, US Military Coup Question, the Liberal's China Contradictions, Kamala's Foreign Policy | Ep. 63
#63
08/20/2020

Proliferation optimism or pessimism?  Van weighs in on the classic Sagan-Waltz debate.  Why liberals are of two minds about China.  And what's wrong with advocating for a military coup in the United States?  A lot!  

Dan Nexon's Tweet: https://twitter.com/dhnexon/status/1293350893446926340

Adam Mount's Tweet: https://twitter.com/ajmount/status/1293063724161474560?s=20

Tom Le's Tweet: https://twitter.com/profTLe/status/1291893103985438720

Hunter Marston's Tweet: https://twitter.com/hmarston4/status/1292229570360311808?s=19

Jonathan Hunt's Tweet: https://twitter.com/JRHunTx/status/1292004341461680130

Edward Fishman on liberal internationalism: http://bostonreview.net/war-security/edward-fishman-death-and-rebirth-american-internationalism

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How to Do Think-Tanking, Wargaming Trickery, the Thucydides Crap, Alliance Problems | Ep. 62
#62
08/13/2020

How does one get into the think tank game? Van explains. How does one use war-games to manipulate policy? Van explains. Why is our historical imagination limited to Greek and Roman history? Again, Van explains. What happens to the US-South Korea alliance when Trump threatens troop withdrawal?  You get it.  

Chicago Council on Global Affairs Report: https://www.thechicagocouncil.org/publication/troop-withdrawal-likely-undermine-south-korean-public-support-alliance-united-states

James Palmer on the Thucydides' Trap: https://foreignpolicy.com/2020/07/28/oh-god-not-the-peloponnesian-war-again/

Matt Duss Tweet: https://twitter.com/mattduss/status/1289162903124418561

Jeffrey Meiser Tweet: https://twitter.com/jwmeiser/status/1290431319030165505

Yuna Wo...


VP Susan Rice--Yah or Nah? Progressive Sanctions Imperative, Allies Hedging, Pentagon's Structural Violence | Ep. 61
#61
08/05/2020

The good, bad, and ugly of Biden picking Susan Rice for Vice President.  Why progressives need sanctions too, and how a new think tank report sheds light on how it might work.  The Pentagon has militarized the Coronavirus response and yet can't win a war.  And America's closest allies are hedging in reasonable--and dangerous way.  South Korea is the latest.

Jeet Heer tweet: https://twitter.com/HeerJeet/status/1287561065526489088

Yakov Feygin tweet: https://twitter.com/BuddyYakov/status/1287037655700529152

Tsai Ing Wen tweet: https://twitter.com/iingwen/status/1288422813183827969?s=19

Eduardo Saravelle on sanctions: https://twit...


Pulling Troops from Korea, Portland Strategy, Pompeo Worse Than Nixon, Progressive-ish Democrats | Ep. 60
#60
07/29/2020

The US is going to withdraw troops from South Korea--you heard it here first.  The Democratic Party platform throws a bone to progressives, mostly.  Pompeo rejects Nixon, and shows himself to be worse than him too.  Gestapo come to Portland, and why the mayor needs strategy advice.  Also the this episode: The myth of China strategy, Quislings, and decoupling for real.

Matt Duss Tweet: https://twitter.com/mattduss/status/1286281992145907715

Ken Schultz Tweet: https://twitter.com/kschultz3580/status/1285599806317105158?s=21

Patrick Iber Tweet: https://twitter.com/PatrickIber/status/1286052109666988033

James Palmer Tweet: https://twitter.com...


Can Biden FP be Progressive? Kanye the Spoiler, Anti-Fascism for All, Taiwan Insurgents, Unserious GOP| Ep. 59
#59
07/22/2020

A foreign policy reckoning is coming for the establishment Democrats in Congress.   Kanye West can't be president, but he can mess it up for Biden.  If China invades Taiwan, the real press it will pay comes during occupation.  Why broad anti-fascist coalitions are good.  

Contributors: Pete McKenzie, Ciara Mitchell, Jake Dellow, Gaby Magnuson

David Klion Tweet: https://twitter.com/DavidKlion/status/1283047130433822726

Blak Herzinger Tweet: https://twitter.com/BDHerzinger/status/1282493494850809857

Dan Nexon Tweet: https://twitter.com/dhnexon/status/1282848860994449408

Chris Hayes Tweet: https://twitter.com/chrislhayes/status/1280624770674032647?s=19

Bonnie Glas...


Writer's Room 1: The Book Project Begins | Ep. 58
#58
07/15/2020

As I officially launch a new book project, I'm also launching a new occasional series within The Un-Diplomatic Podcast called Writer's Room.  It's going to track my journey of writing my third book with occasional mini-episodes.  I'll also use the Writer's Room episodes to intermittently check in with other writers working on books to learn about their experiences.  


Unipolar-Moment Hawks, Democrats' Bad Strategy, Aussie Hedging, Kiwi's Strategic Style over Substance | Ep. 57
#57
07/09/2020

The Democratic Party's foreign policy is controlled by unipolar-moment hawks.  Australian strategists are making plans for conflict with China without the US.  New Zealand has a China policy that looks awfully janus-faced, but there's method (and risk) to the madness.  And if Democrats' plan to fight Trump is to "win big in November" and nothing else, then the game is already lost.  

Contributors: Pete McKenzie, Gaby Magnuson, Jake Dellow

Anne-Marie Brady Tweet: https://thediplomat.com/2020/06/new-zealands-quiet-china-shift/?fbclid=IwAR15ssAj0Lfh0elwaFyAC69vOX2P-uCmHzWIey3aGYeH4Pfn-9TAHEKbSJE

Mike McFaul Tweet: https://twitter.com/McFaul/stat...


GTFO with Anti-Progressive Leftism, Taiwan Nukes, the Military Power Fallacy, the meaning of Kim Jong Un's Restraint | Ep. 56
#56
07/01/2020

There's NOTHING progressive about working with the MAGA right.  Why the arguments for US military superiority keep changing but the demand stays the same.  Also this episode: Does Taiwan need nukes?  Why did Kim Jong Un publicly restrain his military from attacking the South?  And what's wrong with imagining Korea as a maritime defense perimeter?

Yakov Feygin Tweet: https://twitter.com/BuddyYakov/status/1276219280816656385

Dan Nexon Tweet: https://twitter.com/dhnexon/status/1275601160381104131

Weijia Jiang Tweet: https://twitter.com/weijia/status/1275422015059615750?s=21

Tom McTague on American decline: https://www.theatlantic.com/international/archive/2020/06/amer...