Introducing 'Fault Lines': A Podcast from the National Security Institute

By Jamil N. Jaffer
Wednesday, October 2, 2019, 10:32 AM

After guest hosting three episodes of the Lawfare Podcast, the National Security Institute at George Mason University is stepping out on its own! Fault Lines will feature a regular cast of foreign policy experts: Jodi Herman, former Democratic Staff Director for the Senate Foreign Relations Committee; Jamil Jaffer, Founder and Executive Director of the National Security Institute and former Chief Counsel and Senior Advisor for the Senate Foreign Relations Committee; Dana Stroul, former senior professional staff member on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee covering the Middle East, North Africa, and Turkey; and moderator Les Munson, former Staff Director of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee and adjunct faculty at Johns Hopkins University.

This motley crew will examine national security and foreign policy issues with perspectives from across the political spectrum—finding points of agreement and often disagreement along the way.

Each episode explores the topics dominating headlines, as well as gives glimpses into the news stories you may have missed.

This week, they delve into two hot spots. First, in the Middle East, where Iran attacked Saudi oil facilities, they examine possible reactions from President Trump, who is now without former National Security Advisor John Bolton, as well as the American public's limit regarding Iranian aggression. They also argue over whether China, with an ongoing trade dispute with the U.S., upcoming elections in Taiwan, and continued global attention on China's crackdown on Uighurs, tempers its response to near open revolt in Hong Kong, and whether Congress is going to do something in light of the administration’s seeming disinterest.

About the National Security Institute: The NSI at George Mason University's Scalia Law School is dedicated to finding real-world, bipartisan answers to hard national security questions. We strive to educate future leaders and shape the debate on critical issues facing our nation while providing balance to the public discourse and by identifying solutions that both safeguard constitutional liberties and enable a robust national defense.