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Latest Episodes

Part II: Partnership ventured, what’s been gained? 25 years of US-Vietnam normalized relations

ABOUT THE EPISODE In this two-part episode, two ambassadors weigh in on the how and “so what” of the U.S. and Vietnam putting aside their post-war differences to normalize diplomatic relations 25 years ago on July 11. In Part One, Ted Osius, United States ambassador to Vietnam from 2014 to 2017, shares what it was like to be on the ground right from the start in 1995 to implement normalization, and what the subsequent partnership forged means for the Asia Pacific and our global future. In Part Two, the current ambassador from Vietnam to the United States, His Excellency Ha Kim Ngoc, shares the same perspective but with unique insights from his side of the partnership. Tune in as host Luke Knittig guides a discussion you won’t hear anywhere else on the formation and impact of renewed U.S. – Vietnam relations. EPISODE PART TWO HIGHLIGHTS ON THE IMPACT OF NORMALIZATION FOR VIETNAM “Our normalization with the United States really marked the end of the political isolation and embargo against Vietnam and the start of Vietnam’s integration into the world… And with the support and cooperation of the United States, Vietnam has been emerging as a key and proactive player in the Asia Pacific region and the world.” ON HIS WORK TO IMPLEMENT NORMALIZATION “I started my career in foreign service in 1988 as a researcher, and I read a lot about the history of our two nations and strongly believed that we could be friends, good friends…. For several years together with my colleagues, I participated in MIA joint field activity to account for American soldiers missing during the war…” ON SENATOR JOHN MCCAIN “Without Senator McCain’s support and efforts, the normalization would have been further delayed or even the two sides might have missed the opportunity… Sometimes I helped interpret for both sides, so I got to know Senator McCain very well. I really admire him for his vision, strong leadership and tireless efforts to move our two nations beyond the bitter history and enter a new era of friendship and partnership…” ON VISITING ARIZONA AND CINDY MCCAIN “In 2020, I planned to visit Arizona and meet with Mrs. Cindy McCain as the top priority for the celebration of the 25th anniversary of our diplomatic relations…I asked my wife and first son, who is also a diplomat working on U.S.–Vietnam relations, to join me so that we could have a family meeting…the trip was so emotional for me and my family… we met with some Vietnam War veterans in Phoenix…” ON VIETNAM’S LEADERSHIP ROLE “Vietnam is chairing ASEAN [Association of Southeast Asian Nations] this year and we have been working closely with ASEAN members and partners, including the United States, to maintain peace, stability, security and rule-based order in the Indo-Asia-Pacific…We have been working very closely with the United States on the U.N. Security Council…” ON THE FUTURE OF US-VIETNAM RELATIONS “I’m very optimistic about the future of our cooperation in the next 25 years… COVID-19, you know, has even brought our two countries closer together, by helping each other for the common fight against the pandemic and now economic recovery… the continuation of strengthening our trade and investment will be the top priority…” For more candid conversations on the In The Arena podcast, please subscribe oniTunesorSoundcloud.

16 MINJUL 14
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Part II: Partnership ventured, what’s been gained? 25 years of US-Vietnam normalized relations

Partnership ventured, what’s been gained? 25 years of US-Vietnam normalized relations

ABOUT THE EPISODE In this two-part episode, two ambassadors weigh in on the how and “so what” of the U.S. and Vietnam putting aside their post-war differences to normalize diplomatic relations 25 years ago on July 11. In Part One, Ted Osius, United States ambassador to Vietnam from 2014 to 2017, shares what it was like to be on the ground right from the start in 1995 to implement normalization and what the subsequent partnership forged means for the Asia Pacific and our global future. In Part Two, the current ambassador from Vietnam to the United States, His Excellency Ha Kim Ngoc, shares the same perspective, but with unique insights from his side of the partnership. Tune in as host Luke Knittig guides a discussion you won’t hear anywhere else on the formation and impact of renewed U.S. – Vietnam relations. EPISODE PART ONE HIGHLIGHTS ON THE IMPACT OF US-VIETNAM RELATIONS “It’s huge… There have been two US aircraft carrier visits to Vietnam in recent years… The volume of tr...

21 MINJUL 10
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Partnership ventured, what’s been gained? 25 years of US-Vietnam normalized relations

Is Torture Ever Justified?

ABOUT THE EPISODE Senator John McCain suffered much of what the UN Convention Against Torture (CAT) and Other Cruel or Degrading Treatment or Punishment – adopted June 26, 1987 – bans as a prisoner of war and victim of torture. Ten years later, this date was established as the annualInternational Day in Support of Victims of Torture. Senator McCain was an ardent supporter to victims of torture and one of the world’s loudest voices against its use, rarely missing the opportunity to denounce it. This is the legacy the McCain Institute continues. Lt. Gen. (ret) Benjamin Freakley commanded U.S. troops in combat many times throughout a long military career, including the 10th Mountain Division in Afghanistan from 2006-7. He currently heads up major leadership programs and initiatives at the McCain Institute and its parent organization, Arizona State University. Ambassador Clint Williamson has served in several high-level positions key to enforcing international law, including as U.S. ...

28 MINJUN 26
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Is Torture Ever Justified?

A new proposal to stand with Hong Kong’s democracy activists: A conversation with Rep. Mike Gallagher

About the episode Mike Gallagher is a 2nd term U.S. Congressman representing the Green Bay area of Wisconsin. He’s a former Marine Officer and decorated Iraq War veteran who has become a leading voice in foreign policy, on China in particular. He’s a Princeton graduate with a doctorate in international relations from Georgetown. He joins host Luke Knittig for a discussion on his proposed legislation to provide Hong Kongers special refugee statue, how he views US-China relations as a cold war, the state of American democracy and much more. Episode highlights ON EMERGENCY LEGISLATION FOR HONG KONG “With a potential Tiananmen Square-like purge looming in Hong Kong I think the free world needs to step up and save as many Hong Kongers as possible.” ON COUNTERING THE CHINESE COMMUNIST PARTY (CCP) “At the end of the day I think the only way we win this long-term competition with the CCP is if we’re working hand-in-hand with our allies around the world.” ON McCAIN & REAGAN LEGACY OF ...

26 MINJUN 10
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A new proposal to stand with Hong Kong’s democracy activists: A conversation with Rep. Mike Gallagher

Is Common Ground even shakier in the Age of the Coronavirus?

A Bond special, not with James but Bruce, hear how this top tech exec turned non-profit CEO advances mitigating incivility & polarization as the solution to fighting the coronavirus and seeking common ground to heal our democracy. For more candid conversations on the “In The Arena” podcast, please subscribe on iTunesorSoundcloud.

23 MINMAY 19
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Is Common Ground even shakier in the Age of the Coronavirus?

This Country Is Getting Their COVID Response Right

Successfully Fighting COVID-19: Health Minister of Latvia and McCain Institute Next Generation Leader Ilze Vinkele shares her leadership approach to stemming the pandemic in this eastern European country with a population the size of Nebraska, but suffering far fewer cases and fatalities. Note: This episode was recorded on April 24. Ilze is also a McCain Institute Next Generation Leader. For more candid conversations on the “In The Arena” podcast, please subscribe on iTunesorSoundcloud.

17 MINMAY 1
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This Country Is Getting Their COVID Response Right

In The Arena – Special Episode: The Democracy Group

In The Arena teamed up with three other leading podcasts from the Democracy Group Network for this special episode tracing the coronavirus’ effect on civic engagement, human rights and global response. For more candid conversations on the “In The Arena” podcast, please subscribe on iTunesorSoundcloud.

54 MINAPR 27
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In The Arena – Special Episode: The Democracy Group

Freedom pressed as a Global Correspondent and Bureau Chief

Peter Copeland, heralded former Washington bureau chief and global correspondent, opens up about what it takes to produce quality journalism. [recorded prior to the Coronavirus pandemic] For more candid conversations on the “In The Arena” podcast, please subscribe on iTunesorSoundcloud.

22 MINAPR 14
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Freedom pressed as a Global Correspondent and Bureau Chief

What Are The U.S. Military’s Goals and Capabilities in Africa?

Colonel Chris Karns, Director of Public Affairs for U.S. Africa Command, provides a mission update and explains how more engagement (not less) is key for U.S. national security and the progress of our African partners. For more candid conversations on the “In The Arena” podcast, please subscribe on iTunes,Soundcloudor YouTube.

22 MINMAR 10
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What Are The U.S. Military’s Goals and Capabilities in Africa?

Defending Freedom in Ukraine and Eurasia: an interview with former ambassador to Ukraine, Bill Taylor

Ambassador Bill Taylor joined In The Arena to discuss his recent posting to Ukraine and his career as a top conflict resolution expert. For more candid conversations on the “In The Arena” podcast, please subscribe on iTunes,Soundcloudor YouTube.

19 MINFEB 24
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Defending Freedom in Ukraine and Eurasia: an interview with former ambassador to Ukraine, Bill Taylor

Latest Episodes

Part II: Partnership ventured, what’s been gained? 25 years of US-Vietnam normalized relations

ABOUT THE EPISODE In this two-part episode, two ambassadors weigh in on the how and “so what” of the U.S. and Vietnam putting aside their post-war differences to normalize diplomatic relations 25 years ago on July 11. In Part One, Ted Osius, United States ambassador to Vietnam from 2014 to 2017, shares what it was like to be on the ground right from the start in 1995 to implement normalization, and what the subsequent partnership forged means for the Asia Pacific and our global future. In Part Two, the current ambassador from Vietnam to the United States, His Excellency Ha Kim Ngoc, shares the same perspective but with unique insights from his side of the partnership. Tune in as host Luke Knittig guides a discussion you won’t hear anywhere else on the formation and impact of renewed U.S. – Vietnam relations. EPISODE PART TWO HIGHLIGHTS ON THE IMPACT OF NORMALIZATION FOR VIETNAM “Our normalization with the United States really marked the end of the political isolation and embargo against Vietnam and the start of Vietnam’s integration into the world… And with the support and cooperation of the United States, Vietnam has been emerging as a key and proactive player in the Asia Pacific region and the world.” ON HIS WORK TO IMPLEMENT NORMALIZATION “I started my career in foreign service in 1988 as a researcher, and I read a lot about the history of our two nations and strongly believed that we could be friends, good friends…. For several years together with my colleagues, I participated in MIA joint field activity to account for American soldiers missing during the war…” ON SENATOR JOHN MCCAIN “Without Senator McCain’s support and efforts, the normalization would have been further delayed or even the two sides might have missed the opportunity… Sometimes I helped interpret for both sides, so I got to know Senator McCain very well. I really admire him for his vision, strong leadership and tireless efforts to move our two nations beyond the bitter history and enter a new era of friendship and partnership…” ON VISITING ARIZONA AND CINDY MCCAIN “In 2020, I planned to visit Arizona and meet with Mrs. Cindy McCain as the top priority for the celebration of the 25th anniversary of our diplomatic relations…I asked my wife and first son, who is also a diplomat working on U.S.–Vietnam relations, to join me so that we could have a family meeting…the trip was so emotional for me and my family… we met with some Vietnam War veterans in Phoenix…” ON VIETNAM’S LEADERSHIP ROLE “Vietnam is chairing ASEAN [Association of Southeast Asian Nations] this year and we have been working closely with ASEAN members and partners, including the United States, to maintain peace, stability, security and rule-based order in the Indo-Asia-Pacific…We have been working very closely with the United States on the U.N. Security Council…” ON THE FUTURE OF US-VIETNAM RELATIONS “I’m very optimistic about the future of our cooperation in the next 25 years… COVID-19, you know, has even brought our two countries closer together, by helping each other for the common fight against the pandemic and now economic recovery… the continuation of strengthening our trade and investment will be the top priority…” For more candid conversations on the In The Arena podcast, please subscribe oniTunesorSoundcloud.

16 MINJUL 14
Comments
Part II: Partnership ventured, what’s been gained? 25 years of US-Vietnam normalized relations

Partnership ventured, what’s been gained? 25 years of US-Vietnam normalized relations

ABOUT THE EPISODE In this two-part episode, two ambassadors weigh in on the how and “so what” of the U.S. and Vietnam putting aside their post-war differences to normalize diplomatic relations 25 years ago on July 11. In Part One, Ted Osius, United States ambassador to Vietnam from 2014 to 2017, shares what it was like to be on the ground right from the start in 1995 to implement normalization and what the subsequent partnership forged means for the Asia Pacific and our global future. In Part Two, the current ambassador from Vietnam to the United States, His Excellency Ha Kim Ngoc, shares the same perspective, but with unique insights from his side of the partnership. Tune in as host Luke Knittig guides a discussion you won’t hear anywhere else on the formation and impact of renewed U.S. – Vietnam relations. EPISODE PART ONE HIGHLIGHTS ON THE IMPACT OF US-VIETNAM RELATIONS “It’s huge… There have been two US aircraft carrier visits to Vietnam in recent years… The volume of tr...

21 MINJUL 10
Comments
Partnership ventured, what’s been gained? 25 years of US-Vietnam normalized relations

Is Torture Ever Justified?

ABOUT THE EPISODE Senator John McCain suffered much of what the UN Convention Against Torture (CAT) and Other Cruel or Degrading Treatment or Punishment – adopted June 26, 1987 – bans as a prisoner of war and victim of torture. Ten years later, this date was established as the annualInternational Day in Support of Victims of Torture. Senator McCain was an ardent supporter to victims of torture and one of the world’s loudest voices against its use, rarely missing the opportunity to denounce it. This is the legacy the McCain Institute continues. Lt. Gen. (ret) Benjamin Freakley commanded U.S. troops in combat many times throughout a long military career, including the 10th Mountain Division in Afghanistan from 2006-7. He currently heads up major leadership programs and initiatives at the McCain Institute and its parent organization, Arizona State University. Ambassador Clint Williamson has served in several high-level positions key to enforcing international law, including as U.S. ...

28 MINJUN 26
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Is Torture Ever Justified?

A new proposal to stand with Hong Kong’s democracy activists: A conversation with Rep. Mike Gallagher

About the episode Mike Gallagher is a 2nd term U.S. Congressman representing the Green Bay area of Wisconsin. He’s a former Marine Officer and decorated Iraq War veteran who has become a leading voice in foreign policy, on China in particular. He’s a Princeton graduate with a doctorate in international relations from Georgetown. He joins host Luke Knittig for a discussion on his proposed legislation to provide Hong Kongers special refugee statue, how he views US-China relations as a cold war, the state of American democracy and much more. Episode highlights ON EMERGENCY LEGISLATION FOR HONG KONG “With a potential Tiananmen Square-like purge looming in Hong Kong I think the free world needs to step up and save as many Hong Kongers as possible.” ON COUNTERING THE CHINESE COMMUNIST PARTY (CCP) “At the end of the day I think the only way we win this long-term competition with the CCP is if we’re working hand-in-hand with our allies around the world.” ON McCAIN & REAGAN LEGACY OF ...

26 MINJUN 10
Comments
A new proposal to stand with Hong Kong’s democracy activists: A conversation with Rep. Mike Gallagher

Is Common Ground even shakier in the Age of the Coronavirus?

A Bond special, not with James but Bruce, hear how this top tech exec turned non-profit CEO advances mitigating incivility & polarization as the solution to fighting the coronavirus and seeking common ground to heal our democracy. For more candid conversations on the “In The Arena” podcast, please subscribe on iTunesorSoundcloud.

23 MINMAY 19
Comments
Is Common Ground even shakier in the Age of the Coronavirus?

This Country Is Getting Their COVID Response Right

Successfully Fighting COVID-19: Health Minister of Latvia and McCain Institute Next Generation Leader Ilze Vinkele shares her leadership approach to stemming the pandemic in this eastern European country with a population the size of Nebraska, but suffering far fewer cases and fatalities. Note: This episode was recorded on April 24. Ilze is also a McCain Institute Next Generation Leader. For more candid conversations on the “In The Arena” podcast, please subscribe on iTunesorSoundcloud.

17 MINMAY 1
Comments
This Country Is Getting Their COVID Response Right

In The Arena – Special Episode: The Democracy Group

In The Arena teamed up with three other leading podcasts from the Democracy Group Network for this special episode tracing the coronavirus’ effect on civic engagement, human rights and global response. For more candid conversations on the “In The Arena” podcast, please subscribe on iTunesorSoundcloud.

54 MINAPR 27
Comments
In The Arena – Special Episode: The Democracy Group

Freedom pressed as a Global Correspondent and Bureau Chief

Peter Copeland, heralded former Washington bureau chief and global correspondent, opens up about what it takes to produce quality journalism. [recorded prior to the Coronavirus pandemic] For more candid conversations on the “In The Arena” podcast, please subscribe on iTunesorSoundcloud.

22 MINAPR 14
Comments
Freedom pressed as a Global Correspondent and Bureau Chief

What Are The U.S. Military’s Goals and Capabilities in Africa?

Colonel Chris Karns, Director of Public Affairs for U.S. Africa Command, provides a mission update and explains how more engagement (not less) is key for U.S. national security and the progress of our African partners. For more candid conversations on the “In The Arena” podcast, please subscribe on iTunes,Soundcloudor YouTube.

22 MINMAR 10
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What Are The U.S. Military’s Goals and Capabilities in Africa?

Defending Freedom in Ukraine and Eurasia: an interview with former ambassador to Ukraine, Bill Taylor

Ambassador Bill Taylor joined In The Arena to discuss his recent posting to Ukraine and his career as a top conflict resolution expert. For more candid conversations on the “In The Arena” podcast, please subscribe on iTunes,Soundcloudor YouTube.

19 MINFEB 24
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Defending Freedom in Ukraine and Eurasia: an interview with former ambassador to Ukraine, Bill Taylor
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