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124: Where are the Adults?

As tensions continue to rise between the United States and North Korea, Juliette can't help but ask, "where are the adults in the room?"

123: Unprepared for the Rising Sea

America is not prepared for the consequences of climate change says US Coast Guard Commandant Paul Zukunft. In this episode, Juliette speaks with the commandant about the Coast Guard's role in keeping America safe today, and our lack of preparation for the enormous emerging threats posed by a melting Arctic, rising sea levels, and more powerful storm systems.

China v. America: Avoiding the War that Nobody Wants

Is war with China inevitable? Juliette speaks with Harvard Kennedy School Professor Graham Allison, author of "Destined For War: Can America and China Escape Thucydides's Trap?" to learn more about how these "great powers" conflicts get started, and most importantly, how they can be avoided entirely.

121: Trump the Enabler

Following the G20 summit which hosted the first face to face meeting between the presidents of Russia and the United States, Juliette makes the case that President Trump's words and actions have provided an enabling mechanism for Russians to repeat their sabotage in 2018 and 2020.

120: Tracking the Lone Wolf: The Path to Online Radicalization

Following a string of attacks carried out by so-called "lone wolf" terrorists, Juliette digs into the issue of online self-radicalization and what can be done to prevent it. Her left-of-boom discussion with Tara Maller of the Counter Extremism Project exposes how groups like ISIS and Al Qaeda recruit would-be terrorists, and why social media services like Facebook, Twitter, and Google's Youtube have failed to keep their platforms free of terrorist propaganda.

119: One Year Later, Lessons From The Pulse Nightclub Shooting

On the anniversary of the deadliest terrorist attack on American soil since 9/11, Juliette hosts a "Right of Boom" discussion with Orlando's Mayor Buddy Dyer, recounting his experiences during and after the attack, and identifying lessons that other leaders can use should they face a similar crisis in the future.

118: Lordy What A Testimony!

Juliette gives her top 5 takeaways from the highly anticipated testimony of former FBI Director James Comey before the Senate Intelligence Committee on the investigation into Russian interference in the US election.

Protecting Your Family Post-Manchester

The bombing of an Ariana Grande concert in Manchester, England last week was a tragic demonstration of every parent's worst nightmare. While the fear was most acute for the thousands of Manchester parents who frantically searched for signs that their children were safe in the attack's immediate aftermath, millions more across the globe couldn't help but worry about the safety of their own children. In this episode of The SCIF, Juliette Kayyem discusses that fear — a fear she's all too familiar with — and describes what parents can do to prepare their children for the worst, while cautioning against going so far as to change summer plans. She also discusses how several high-profile intelligence leaks have caused significant damage to our relationships with close allies, which could eventually erode our ability to protect against future terrorist threats.

116: Are We Tired Of Winning Yet?

On this special edition of The SCIF, host Juliette Kayyem breaks down everything that's happened in the news over the past week. From Trump firing Comey to the bombshell story in the New York Times about Trump asking Comey to end the investigation into Mike Flynn. While the investigation into Trump's ties to Russia continues, Juliette offers her take on why the cover up maybe worse than the crime.

115: Comey Gone, The Road Ahead, and When To Speak Up: A Conversation With Lisa Monaco

On this episode of the SCIF, host Juliette Kayyem provides her thoughts on the firing of FBI Director James Comey and sits down with Former Homeland Security Advisor and Newton native Lisa Monaco to discuss what her litmus test was for waking up President Obama, what life is like after working in homeland security, and the importance of being transparent with the public about the threats they face.

115: Comey Gone, The Road Ahead, and When To Speak Up: A Conversation With Lisa Monaco

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