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The Engine Room of Democracy

Center for Strategic and International Studies

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America has an unusual history. It did not begin with ethnic homogeneity or a long, shared cultural history. It began as a set of ideals enshrined in our Constitution and the Bill of Rights. In “The Engine Room of Democracy,” CSIS President and CEO John J. Hamre discusses with former government officials and policymakers how the fundamental ideals in our constitutional democracy are applied every day and why these ideals should remain the bedrock of our society.

Latest Episodes

Government Truthfulness as a Foundation for Rule of Law

John Kirby was a chief spokesman for both the Department of Defense and the Department of State. In this session, host John Hamre and Kirby discuss the importance of public communications as a foundation for credibility of government action, explaining how public communications reinforces rule of law.

41 min6 d ago
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Government Truthfulness as a Foundation for Rule of Law

Dynamics of Lawful Warfare in Alliances

General Vincent Brooks is a pathbreaking Army officer.First in his class at West Point, Brooks rose to become the senior commander of American and allied forces in Korea. The commander of United States Forces Korea also has an important diplomatic role, serving as the head of UN forces in Korea and the senior political-military spokesman in Korea.In this session, Brooks and host John Hamre take us into the operational and legal issues of leading an alliance. They talk through how Brooks had to serve as a warrior and a diplomat in a dynamic theater of operations.

39 min1 w ago
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Dynamics of Lawful Warfare in Alliances

Legitimacy and Credibility of the American Judiciary

Elizabeth Rindskopf-Parkeris a unique lawyer. She has served as an educator, a national security lawyer working for both the CIA and the National Security Agency, and was the head of the California Bar Association.In this session, Rindskopf-Parkerand host John Hamredelve into the Americanjudiciary. They discuss howitretains legitimacy whencourts are constantly dealing with conflict—pickingwinners and losers.

38 min2 w ago
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Legitimacy and Credibility of the American Judiciary

The Critical Role of Independent Agencies, and How they Remain Accountable to Citizens

Dr.Richard Meserve is a unique individual—alawyer, a research physicist, formerchairman of the Nuclear Regulatory Agency.In this episode, he explains the unique role that independent agencies play in the governance landscape of America.Independent agencies regulate the daily life of most Americans, yet most Americans don't know the critical role they play.Meserve takes us into the world of independent agencies and how they operate to protect democratic principles in the most technical dimension of American life.

35 min3 w ago
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The Critical Role of Independent Agencies, and How they Remain Accountable to Citizens

The Critical Role of Law in Diplomacy and Foreign Policy

John Bellinger served as the senior lawyer in both the Department of State and the National Security Council.In this session, host John Hamre and Bellinger discuss the way rule of law is embedded in diplomacy and foreign policy.Bellinger articulates the role that international law and international institutions play in advancing American interests.

37 minAUG 26
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The Critical Role of Law in Diplomacy and Foreign Policy

Lawful Action on the Battlefront

Major General John Ewers is amarine who rose to become the senior lawyer for the Marine Corps.In this episode,host John Hamre and Ewers discuss how the rule of law is observed on the battlefield. As the senior legal officer in Iraq, Ewers shares with listeners the challenges of conducting lawful warfare in the most demanding and unpredictable environment.

33 minAUG 19
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Lawful Action on the Battlefront

Balancing Electronic Intelligence with Democratic Rights of Privacy

Glenn Gerstell recently stepped down as thegeneralcounsel for the National Security Agency, America’s premier technical intelligence agency. In this episode, Gerstell discusses how the United States undertakes sophisticated intelligence collection while staying consistent with a constitutional obligation to protect the privacy of American citizens.

37 minAUG 12
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Balancing Electronic Intelligence with Democratic Rights of Privacy

How Military Forces Operate in Lawful International Police Operations

Michelle Howard is a pioneer. She graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy and rose to become a four-star admiral and vice chief of naval operations. In one of her professional assignments, she led Combined Task Force 151, which was organized to confront and eliminate pirates operating in the Gulf of Aden. Michelle discusses how U.S. military forces operate in police actions under lawful international authorization.

33 minAUG 5
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How Military Forces Operate in Lawful International Police Operations

How Democracies Manage and Control Military Forces

Jim Dubik is a retired senior officer from the United States Army.A retired three-star officer, in his last job Jim worked with Iraqi military forces to explain how civilian control works in real life. In this session, Jim discusses the critical question of how democracies control military establishments. By definition, military organizations are authoritarian rule-based organizations that operate in secret and have guns. This session examines how democracies control military establishments and advance democratic principles.

41 minJUL 29
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How Democracies Manage and Control Military Forces

How Democracies Go to War

Host John Hamre interviews Stephen Preston, a senior lawyer in Washington. In government service, Stephen was the head lawyer for the Central Intelligence Agency and the Department of Defense. In this episode, Stephen discusses how democracies authorize the use of lethal force and how democracies control military and covert activities once initiated. This is a special challenge for democracies where the use of force must be consistent with democratic principles. Stephen offers a powerful tutorial on this vital dimension of American democracy.

28 minJUL 22
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How Democracies Go to War

Latest Episodes

Government Truthfulness as a Foundation for Rule of Law

John Kirby was a chief spokesman for both the Department of Defense and the Department of State. In this session, host John Hamre and Kirby discuss the importance of public communications as a foundation for credibility of government action, explaining how public communications reinforces rule of law.

41 min6 d ago
Comments
Government Truthfulness as a Foundation for Rule of Law

Dynamics of Lawful Warfare in Alliances

General Vincent Brooks is a pathbreaking Army officer.First in his class at West Point, Brooks rose to become the senior commander of American and allied forces in Korea. The commander of United States Forces Korea also has an important diplomatic role, serving as the head of UN forces in Korea and the senior political-military spokesman in Korea.In this session, Brooks and host John Hamre take us into the operational and legal issues of leading an alliance. They talk through how Brooks had to serve as a warrior and a diplomat in a dynamic theater of operations.

39 min1 w ago
Comments
Dynamics of Lawful Warfare in Alliances

Legitimacy and Credibility of the American Judiciary

Elizabeth Rindskopf-Parkeris a unique lawyer. She has served as an educator, a national security lawyer working for both the CIA and the National Security Agency, and was the head of the California Bar Association.In this session, Rindskopf-Parkerand host John Hamredelve into the Americanjudiciary. They discuss howitretains legitimacy whencourts are constantly dealing with conflict—pickingwinners and losers.

38 min2 w ago
Comments
Legitimacy and Credibility of the American Judiciary

The Critical Role of Independent Agencies, and How they Remain Accountable to Citizens

Dr.Richard Meserve is a unique individual—alawyer, a research physicist, formerchairman of the Nuclear Regulatory Agency.In this episode, he explains the unique role that independent agencies play in the governance landscape of America.Independent agencies regulate the daily life of most Americans, yet most Americans don't know the critical role they play.Meserve takes us into the world of independent agencies and how they operate to protect democratic principles in the most technical dimension of American life.

35 min3 w ago
Comments
The Critical Role of Independent Agencies, and How they Remain Accountable to Citizens

The Critical Role of Law in Diplomacy and Foreign Policy

John Bellinger served as the senior lawyer in both the Department of State and the National Security Council.In this session, host John Hamre and Bellinger discuss the way rule of law is embedded in diplomacy and foreign policy.Bellinger articulates the role that international law and international institutions play in advancing American interests.

37 minAUG 26
Comments
The Critical Role of Law in Diplomacy and Foreign Policy

Lawful Action on the Battlefront

Major General John Ewers is amarine who rose to become the senior lawyer for the Marine Corps.In this episode,host John Hamre and Ewers discuss how the rule of law is observed on the battlefield. As the senior legal officer in Iraq, Ewers shares with listeners the challenges of conducting lawful warfare in the most demanding and unpredictable environment.

33 minAUG 19
Comments
Lawful Action on the Battlefront

Balancing Electronic Intelligence with Democratic Rights of Privacy

Glenn Gerstell recently stepped down as thegeneralcounsel for the National Security Agency, America’s premier technical intelligence agency. In this episode, Gerstell discusses how the United States undertakes sophisticated intelligence collection while staying consistent with a constitutional obligation to protect the privacy of American citizens.

37 minAUG 12
Comments
Balancing Electronic Intelligence with Democratic Rights of Privacy

How Military Forces Operate in Lawful International Police Operations

Michelle Howard is a pioneer. She graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy and rose to become a four-star admiral and vice chief of naval operations. In one of her professional assignments, she led Combined Task Force 151, which was organized to confront and eliminate pirates operating in the Gulf of Aden. Michelle discusses how U.S. military forces operate in police actions under lawful international authorization.

33 minAUG 5
Comments
How Military Forces Operate in Lawful International Police Operations

How Democracies Manage and Control Military Forces

Jim Dubik is a retired senior officer from the United States Army.A retired three-star officer, in his last job Jim worked with Iraqi military forces to explain how civilian control works in real life. In this session, Jim discusses the critical question of how democracies control military establishments. By definition, military organizations are authoritarian rule-based organizations that operate in secret and have guns. This session examines how democracies control military establishments and advance democratic principles.

41 minJUL 29
Comments
How Democracies Manage and Control Military Forces

How Democracies Go to War

Host John Hamre interviews Stephen Preston, a senior lawyer in Washington. In government service, Stephen was the head lawyer for the Central Intelligence Agency and the Department of Defense. In this episode, Stephen discusses how democracies authorize the use of lethal force and how democracies control military and covert activities once initiated. This is a special challenge for democracies where the use of force must be consistent with democratic principles. Stephen offers a powerful tutorial on this vital dimension of American democracy.

28 minJUL 22
Comments
How Democracies Go to War
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