Rational Security, Episode #154: The “Downgraded” Edition

Jared Kushner is under scrutiny for his contacts with foreign officials. Democrats in Congress release their own memo about surveillance of a Trump campaign adviser. And ahead of a U.S. visit by Saudi Arabia’s future king, how are his reforms playing out on the ground?

Ben recommends Max Boot’s new book.

Shane discovers his roots—and is not surprised.

Tamara is back from Saudi Arabia with treasures.

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Rational Security, Episode #139: The “Mr. Page Goes to Washington” Edition

Trump campaign adviser Carter Page says officials knew about his conversations with Russians. The Saudi government launches an alleged anti-corruption push, but is it really a power grab? And CIA Director Mike Pompeo is entertaining an alternate theory about the Russia hacks.

Tamara shares some depressing statistics about the Foreign Service.

Ben is unmasking, and drinking.

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