The Truth of the Matter

CSIS | Center for Strategic and International Studies

Many of us have questions about global issues and not a lot of places to turn to for reliable and thoughtful answers. In The Truth of the Matter, host Andrew Schwartz breaks down complex policy issues of the day. No Spin, No Bombast, No f

  • 25 minutes 54 seconds
    Face Off: US-China

    Former New York Times Beijing bureau chief Jane Perlez joins the show to discuss her new Harvard podcast and the latest tensions in the U.S.-China relationship. 

    16 May 2024, 6:42 pm
  • 35 minutes 25 seconds
    Israel’s Troubles

    CSIS's Jon B. Alterman joins the podcast to discuss the complex set of options that Israel and the United States are facing to secure peace in the Middle East.

    9 May 2024, 7:31 pm
  • 27 minutes 21 seconds
    David Sanger’s “New Cold Wars”

    The New York Times’ David Sanger joins the podcast to discuss his best-selling new book, “New Cold Wars: China’s Rise, Russia’s Invasion, and America’s Struggle to Defend the West.”

    29 April 2024, 4:26 pm
  • 25 minutes 7 seconds
    Iran Emerges From The Shadows

    CSIS’s Eliot Cohen joins the podcast to discuss Iran’s missile attack on Israel and its wider geopolitical implications.

    19 April 2024, 1:42 pm
  • 15 minutes 20 seconds
    Japan’s Official Visit and Trilateral Leaders’ Summit

    CSIS’ Chris Johnstone joins the podcast to discuss next week’s official visit to the United States by Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida, as well as the trilateral leaders’ summit between the United States, Japan, and the Philippines. 

    5 April 2024, 12:30 pm
  • 24 minutes 25 seconds
    Russia’s New Space Weapon

    CSIS’ Kari Bingen and Heather Williams join the podcast to discuss Russia’s new space-based anti-satellite weapon, its violation of the Outer Space Treaty and what steps the U.S. can take to mitigate the risks.

    2 April 2024, 8:50 pm
  • 17 minutes 16 seconds
    Government Use of Deepfakes

    CSIS' Dan Byman joins the podcast to discuss his new report which examines several scenarios in which democratic government might consider before using deepfakes to advance their foreign policy objectives.

    Read full report at this link

    26 March 2024, 8:14 pm
  • 31 minutes 11 seconds
    The Government Clock is Ti(c)kTok-ing

    In this episode of the Truth of the Matter, we feature a conversation from CSIS podcast, Smart Women, Smart Power. Host Kathleen McInnis spoke with Congresswoman Mikie Sherrill (NJ-11) about her whirlwind past couple of weeks. The pair discussed her recent trip to the Munich Security Conference, including the moment she found out about the death of Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny, and her sponsorship of the recently passed House legislation aimed at protecting Americans from TikTok’s national security threats.

    Listen to Smart Women Smart Power here, or wherever you get your podcast.

    22 March 2024, 6:14 pm
  • 26 minutes 6 seconds
    China Outpacing U.S. Defense Base

     CSIS’ Seth Jones joins the podcast to discuss his new report which explains how China’s defense industrial base is operating on a wartime footing, while the U.S. defense industrial base is largely operating on a peacetime footing. Overall, the U.S. defense industrial ecosystem lacks the capacity, responsiveness, flexibility, and surge capability to meet the U.S. military’s production and warfighting needs. Unless there are urgent changes, the United States risks weakening deterrence and undermining its warfighting capabilities.

    19 March 2024, 7:42 pm
  • 30 minutes 15 seconds
    Rise of Domestic Terrorism

    CNN national security analyst Peter Bergen joins the podcast to discuss how domestic terrorism is on the rise and what the United States can do to counter it.

    15 March 2024, 6:20 pm
  • 22 minutes 16 seconds
    James Stavridis and Elliot Ackerman on “2054”

    Admiral James Stavridis, a retired four-star admiral in the U.S. Navy and former commander of NATO and SOUTHCOM, and award-winning author Elliot Ackerman, contributor at The Atlantic and veteran of the U.S. Marines, join the podcast to discuss their new novel, “2054,” which explores where the United States could find itself in the middle of this century. “2054” is a sequel to New York Times bestseller “2034.”

    14 March 2024, 4:21 pm
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