The Interdisciplinarity of Insurgency (Return of the Students)


September 4, 2019

In this episode of Battle Rhythm, Steve and Stef start by discussing the highlights of their summer and the start of the semester. They move on to a discussion of the recent G7 meeting in Biarritz. In particular, they explore Trump’s approach to such meetings and Macron’s efforts at diplomacy with Iran. In a bonus segment, fitness expert Veronique Malo offers some tips on adopting good habits at the start of the semester. The Emerging Scholar interview is with Tanya Irwin who talks about her fascinating research on rebel group taxation. In the feature interview, Steve speaks with Nada Bakos about her new book, The Targeter, which chronicles her experiences at the CIA. Finally, in Steve's Peeves, some commentary from Steve on former Secretary of Defence Jim Mattis’s new book tour.

Participant Biographies:

  • Stéfanie von Hlatky: Associate Professor of political studies at Queen’s University and the former Director of the Queen’s Centre for International and Defence Policy (CIDP). Her research focuses on NATO, armed forces, military interventions, and defence policy. Fellow with the Canadian Global Affairs Institute.
  • Stephen M. Saideman: Paterson Chair in International Affairs, as well as Director of the Canadian Defence and Security Network – Réseau Canadien Sur La Défense et la Sécurité, and Professor of International Affairs at Carleton University. Fellow with the Canadian Global Affairs Institute.
  • Tanya Irwin: pursuing doctoral studies at the University of Toronto. She holds an MA in International Affairs from the Norman Patterson School, specializing in Conflict Analysis and Resolution in August 2017. She also holds a BA in Politics (International Relations) from Queen's University. She is interested in state-building and the relationship between revenues (natural resources, taxes, foreign aid, industry, agriculture, etc.) and accountability in governance, usually in the Horn of Africa or sub-Saharan Africa.
  • Nada Bakos: a highly-regarded national security expert with 20 years of in-depth knowledge base in global intelligence. As a Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) analyst, she was a key member of the team charged with analyzing the relationship between Iraq, al-Qaeda and the 9/11 attacks. Subsequently, during the war in Iraq, Ms. Bakos was asked to serve as the Chief Targeting officer tracking the world's most wanted terrorist, Abu Musab al-Zarqawi. She has appeared as a guest commentator on CNN, ABC, FOX, MSNBC, BBC, CBC and as a resource for journalists at the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Washington Post and other major international and national media outlets.  Ms. Bakos' book, The Targeter, was released in June 2019.

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