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Intelligence Matters

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Intelligence Matters

Intelligence Matters

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In Intelligence Matters, former acting Director of the CIA Michael Morell, speaks with top leaders of the U.S. intelligence community as they reflect on their life, career and the critical roles they play in shaping national security policies. As a central figure in the most significant U.S. counter-terror efforts of the past two decades and a former CIA intelligence analyst, Morell is uniquely skilled at taking industry leading knowledge to make connections that provide deep insight into complex security events – helping decode intelligence officials’ key priorities and providing perspectives on how to achieve national security objectives. Morell is the author of “The Great War of Our Time” and a vivid account of the Central Intelligence Agency, a life in secrets, and a war in the shadows.

Latest Episodes

Russia, Afghanistan and Prospects for Peace: Amb. James Cunningham

In this episode of Intelligence Matters, host Michael Morell speaks with James Cunningham, former U.S. Ambassador to Afghanistan, Israel and the United Nations. Morell and Cunningham review the country's efforts at arriving at a peace deal with the Taliban and the Afghan government, and explore why a deal remains elusive. They also examine the obstacles to an Israeli-Palestinian peace deal, China's crackdown on Hong Kong, and Russia's interests in the Middle East. Cunningham offers views on the future of U.S. diplomacy.

42 MIN3 d ago
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Russia, Afghanistan and Prospects for Peace: Amb. James Cunningham

100 Years of Russian Electoral Interference: Author David Shimer

In this episode of Intelligence Matters, host Michael Morell speaks with David Shimer, author ofRigged: America, Russia and 100 Years of Covert Electoral Interference.Shimer provides examples of Russian and American electoral interference in countries around the world over nearly a century. He explains how Russia's playbook has been applied repeatedly and in novel ways to influence American democratic processes -- including in 2016. Morell and Shimer discuss ways the U.S. should seek to bolster its defenses against new potential Russian incursions in 2020.

37 MIN1 w ago
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100 Years of Russian Electoral Interference: Author David Shimer

DECLASSIFIED: Sarah Carlson on Escaping War-Torn Libya

In this episode ofIntelligence Matters DECLASSIFIED: Spy Stories from the Officers Who Were There,host Michael Morell interviews Sarah Carlson, former CIA Targeting Analyst and author of "In the Dark of War: A CIA Officer's Inside Account of the U.S. Evacuation from Libya." Carlson recounts the harrowing 2014 decision to remove U.S. personnel from war-torn Libya, which included numerous tense negotiations with local militia leaders and the movement of a multi-vehicle convoy from Tripoli to Tunis -- and, in the end, may have saved over a hundred American lives.Intelligence Matters DECLASSIFIEDisnew series dedicated to featuring first-hand accounts from former intelligence officers.

41 MIN2 w ago
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DECLASSIFIED: Sarah Carlson on Escaping War-Torn Libya

DECLASSIFIED: Former CIA Museum Curator Toni Hiley

In the premiere episode ofIntelligence Matters DECLASSIFIED: Spy Stories from the Officers Who Were There,host Michael Morell interviews Toni Hiley, the former curator of the CIA's private museum, located at its headquarters in Langley, Virginia. Hiley takes listeners on a tour of the agency's most important exhibits and artifacts, explaining the historical context and personal stories behind each. Morell and Hiley explore pivotal events and the officers who witnessed them from World War II, the Cold War and the aftermath of 9/11.Intelligence Matters DECLASSIFIEDisa new series dedicated to featuring first-hand accounts from former intelligence officers.

38 MIN3 w ago
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DECLASSIFIED: Former CIA Museum Curator Toni Hiley

Putin's Playbook in 2020: Journalist Franklin Foer

In this episode of Intelligence Matters, host Michael Morell speaks with Franklin Foer, journalist and staff writer forThe Atlantic, about America's preparedness for potential Russian election interference in 2020. Foer, whose latest piece, "Putin Is Well on his Way to Stealing the Next Election," examined the lingering vulnerabilities in U.S. election systems, explains where weaknesses still exist and how Russian operatives may be altering their tactics ahead of the presidential election. He also discusses the potential effects of widespread civil unrest in the U.S. and global turbulence related to the COVID-19 pandemic, as well as how Putin's own domestic standing may affect his approach.

39 MINJUN 10
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Putin's Playbook in 2020: Journalist Franklin Foer

Securing Businesses and the 2020 Elections Amid COVID-19: CISA Director Chris Krebs

*PLEASE NOTE: This interview was taped last week, before nationwide protests in response to the death of George Floyd began.* In this episode of Intelligence Matters, Director of the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) Chris Krebs speaks with Michael Morell about securing the operations and data of businesses and government agencies as they have adopted teleworking and other protocols amid the COVID-19 pandemic. Krebs also explains how foreign adversaries and hackers have targeted vaccine and treatment research at health care institutions across the country. Morell and Krebs review the preparations being made to protect the 2020 presidential election and discuss the interference campaigns expected from foreign adversaries.

39 MINJUN 3
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Securing Businesses and the 2020 Elections Amid COVID-19: CISA Director Chris Krebs

Election Security 2020: How Prepared is the U.S. to Confront Foreign Threats?

In this episode of Intelligence Matters, host Michael Morell speaks with Laura Rosenberger, Senior Fellow and Director of the Alliance for Securing Democracy at the nonpartisan German Marshall Fund of the United States. Rosenberger details the breadth of foreign interference threats the U.S. faces ahead of the 2020 presidential election from known actors like Russia, China, Iran and others. Morell and Rosenberger assess the preparedness of the U.S. to respond to those threats and the overall resilience of the public in the face of increasingly sophisticated disinformation campaigns. They also examine whether the U.S. should consider responding to those campaigns in kind.

40 MINMAY 27
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Election Security 2020: How Prepared is the U.S. to Confront Foreign Threats?

The Health, Economic and Political Effects of COVID-19 in Iran: Karim Sadjadpour

In this episode of Intelligence Matters, host Michael Morell speaks with Karim Sadjadpour, Iran policy analyst and senior fellow at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace. Morell and Sadjadpour review the effects of the spread of coronavirus within Iran, including the toll it has taken on senior leadership and the unrest it has generated among its populace. Sadjadpour also discusses Iran's behavior regionally and vis a vis the United States following the January killing of General Qassem Soleimani. He tells Morell why the virus outbreak may accelerate Iran's transition to a military dictatorship and why a change in U.S. policy may not prompt a different reaction from Tehran.

37 MINMAY 20
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The Health, Economic and Political Effects of COVID-19 in Iran: Karim Sadjadpour

Containing COVID-19: Top Epidemiologist Dr. Michael Osterholm

In this episode of Intelligence Matters, host Michael Morell speaks with top infectious disease epidemiologist Dr. Michael Osterholm, who is also director of theCenter for Infectious Disease at the University of Minnesota, about the world's past, present and future handling of the coronavirus pandemic. Osterholm and Morell discuss the essential, still unanswered, questions surrounding vaccine and antiviral production and their manufacturing and distribution to the cities and countries that need them most. Osterholm explains why this virus is unlike any predecessor, and why so many mysteries about its transmission remain. He also explains how China's early handling of the outbreak may or may not have affected the effectiveness of other countries' responses.Intelligence Matters has dedicated a series of episodes to understanding the fundamentals and national security implications of COVID-19.

45 MINMAY 13
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Containing COVID-19: Top Epidemiologist Dr. Michael Osterholm

Bonus Pod: The Global National Security Implications of COVID-19

In this bonus episode of Intelligence Matters, host Michael Morell offers an in-depth analysis of seven potential national security consequences of the COVID-19 pandemic. He describes, among other factors, the possible effects of a prolonged financial crisis, of growing political instability, of escalating conflict in global hotspots, of the threat of a reconstitution of ISIS, and of the consequences of sustained tension in the US-China relationship. He also discusses the role of the United States in navigating an expected period of global turbulence.

26 MINMAY 9
Comments
Bonus Pod: The Global National Security Implications of COVID-19

Latest Episodes

Russia, Afghanistan and Prospects for Peace: Amb. James Cunningham

In this episode of Intelligence Matters, host Michael Morell speaks with James Cunningham, former U.S. Ambassador to Afghanistan, Israel and the United Nations. Morell and Cunningham review the country's efforts at arriving at a peace deal with the Taliban and the Afghan government, and explore why a deal remains elusive. They also examine the obstacles to an Israeli-Palestinian peace deal, China's crackdown on Hong Kong, and Russia's interests in the Middle East. Cunningham offers views on the future of U.S. diplomacy.

42 MIN3 d ago
Comments
Russia, Afghanistan and Prospects for Peace: Amb. James Cunningham

100 Years of Russian Electoral Interference: Author David Shimer

In this episode of Intelligence Matters, host Michael Morell speaks with David Shimer, author ofRigged: America, Russia and 100 Years of Covert Electoral Interference.Shimer provides examples of Russian and American electoral interference in countries around the world over nearly a century. He explains how Russia's playbook has been applied repeatedly and in novel ways to influence American democratic processes -- including in 2016. Morell and Shimer discuss ways the U.S. should seek to bolster its defenses against new potential Russian incursions in 2020.

37 MIN1 w ago
Comments
100 Years of Russian Electoral Interference: Author David Shimer

DECLASSIFIED: Sarah Carlson on Escaping War-Torn Libya

In this episode ofIntelligence Matters DECLASSIFIED: Spy Stories from the Officers Who Were There,host Michael Morell interviews Sarah Carlson, former CIA Targeting Analyst and author of "In the Dark of War: A CIA Officer's Inside Account of the U.S. Evacuation from Libya." Carlson recounts the harrowing 2014 decision to remove U.S. personnel from war-torn Libya, which included numerous tense negotiations with local militia leaders and the movement of a multi-vehicle convoy from Tripoli to Tunis -- and, in the end, may have saved over a hundred American lives.Intelligence Matters DECLASSIFIEDisnew series dedicated to featuring first-hand accounts from former intelligence officers.

41 MIN2 w ago
Comments
DECLASSIFIED: Sarah Carlson on Escaping War-Torn Libya

DECLASSIFIED: Former CIA Museum Curator Toni Hiley

In the premiere episode ofIntelligence Matters DECLASSIFIED: Spy Stories from the Officers Who Were There,host Michael Morell interviews Toni Hiley, the former curator of the CIA's private museum, located at its headquarters in Langley, Virginia. Hiley takes listeners on a tour of the agency's most important exhibits and artifacts, explaining the historical context and personal stories behind each. Morell and Hiley explore pivotal events and the officers who witnessed them from World War II, the Cold War and the aftermath of 9/11.Intelligence Matters DECLASSIFIEDisa new series dedicated to featuring first-hand accounts from former intelligence officers.

38 MIN3 w ago
Comments
DECLASSIFIED: Former CIA Museum Curator Toni Hiley

Putin's Playbook in 2020: Journalist Franklin Foer

In this episode of Intelligence Matters, host Michael Morell speaks with Franklin Foer, journalist and staff writer forThe Atlantic, about America's preparedness for potential Russian election interference in 2020. Foer, whose latest piece, "Putin Is Well on his Way to Stealing the Next Election," examined the lingering vulnerabilities in U.S. election systems, explains where weaknesses still exist and how Russian operatives may be altering their tactics ahead of the presidential election. He also discusses the potential effects of widespread civil unrest in the U.S. and global turbulence related to the COVID-19 pandemic, as well as how Putin's own domestic standing may affect his approach.

39 MINJUN 10
Comments
Putin's Playbook in 2020: Journalist Franklin Foer

Securing Businesses and the 2020 Elections Amid COVID-19: CISA Director Chris Krebs

*PLEASE NOTE: This interview was taped last week, before nationwide protests in response to the death of George Floyd began.* In this episode of Intelligence Matters, Director of the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) Chris Krebs speaks with Michael Morell about securing the operations and data of businesses and government agencies as they have adopted teleworking and other protocols amid the COVID-19 pandemic. Krebs also explains how foreign adversaries and hackers have targeted vaccine and treatment research at health care institutions across the country. Morell and Krebs review the preparations being made to protect the 2020 presidential election and discuss the interference campaigns expected from foreign adversaries.

39 MINJUN 3
Comments
Securing Businesses and the 2020 Elections Amid COVID-19: CISA Director Chris Krebs

Election Security 2020: How Prepared is the U.S. to Confront Foreign Threats?

In this episode of Intelligence Matters, host Michael Morell speaks with Laura Rosenberger, Senior Fellow and Director of the Alliance for Securing Democracy at the nonpartisan German Marshall Fund of the United States. Rosenberger details the breadth of foreign interference threats the U.S. faces ahead of the 2020 presidential election from known actors like Russia, China, Iran and others. Morell and Rosenberger assess the preparedness of the U.S. to respond to those threats and the overall resilience of the public in the face of increasingly sophisticated disinformation campaigns. They also examine whether the U.S. should consider responding to those campaigns in kind.

40 MINMAY 27
Comments
Election Security 2020: How Prepared is the U.S. to Confront Foreign Threats?

The Health, Economic and Political Effects of COVID-19 in Iran: Karim Sadjadpour

In this episode of Intelligence Matters, host Michael Morell speaks with Karim Sadjadpour, Iran policy analyst and senior fellow at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace. Morell and Sadjadpour review the effects of the spread of coronavirus within Iran, including the toll it has taken on senior leadership and the unrest it has generated among its populace. Sadjadpour also discusses Iran's behavior regionally and vis a vis the United States following the January killing of General Qassem Soleimani. He tells Morell why the virus outbreak may accelerate Iran's transition to a military dictatorship and why a change in U.S. policy may not prompt a different reaction from Tehran.

37 MINMAY 20
Comments
The Health, Economic and Political Effects of COVID-19 in Iran: Karim Sadjadpour

Containing COVID-19: Top Epidemiologist Dr. Michael Osterholm

In this episode of Intelligence Matters, host Michael Morell speaks with top infectious disease epidemiologist Dr. Michael Osterholm, who is also director of theCenter for Infectious Disease at the University of Minnesota, about the world's past, present and future handling of the coronavirus pandemic. Osterholm and Morell discuss the essential, still unanswered, questions surrounding vaccine and antiviral production and their manufacturing and distribution to the cities and countries that need them most. Osterholm explains why this virus is unlike any predecessor, and why so many mysteries about its transmission remain. He also explains how China's early handling of the outbreak may or may not have affected the effectiveness of other countries' responses.Intelligence Matters has dedicated a series of episodes to understanding the fundamentals and national security implications of COVID-19.

45 MINMAY 13
Comments
Containing COVID-19: Top Epidemiologist Dr. Michael Osterholm

Bonus Pod: The Global National Security Implications of COVID-19

In this bonus episode of Intelligence Matters, host Michael Morell offers an in-depth analysis of seven potential national security consequences of the COVID-19 pandemic. He describes, among other factors, the possible effects of a prolonged financial crisis, of growing political instability, of escalating conflict in global hotspots, of the threat of a reconstitution of ISIS, and of the consequences of sustained tension in the US-China relationship. He also discusses the role of the United States in navigating an expected period of global turbulence.

26 MINMAY 9
Comments
Bonus Pod: The Global National Security Implications of COVID-19
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