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Mar 2016 · Foreign Relations
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Jim Zirin speaks with Richard Haass.

An unraveling Middle East, a seemingly out-of control North Korea, an increasingly assertive China, a stalled Asia trade agreement, Council on Foreign Relations President Richard Haass tours the globe to review the challenges confronting the next President, and tells Jim he sees a “world in disarray.”


Mar 2016 · Intelligence
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Jim Zirin speaks with Micah Zenko.

For centuries, the Vatican has used a devil’s advocate to vet all applicants for sainthood. Today, our military,
the intelligence community and the private sector employ a technique known as “red teaming” to test vulnerabilities, play war games and give an alternative strategic and tactical analysis of a proposed action. Council on Foreign Relations Senior Fellow Micah Zenko, author of a fascinating book called Red Team: How to Succeed by Thinking Like the Enemy, tells Jim of a principled way to arrive at the right answer.

Mar 2016 · Museums
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Jim Zirin speaks with Ellen Futter.

New York’s iconic natural history museum has opened an exhibition of one of the largest dinosaurs ever identified. It is a Titanosaur some of whose ancient fossilized bones were discovered by a farmer in Patagonia. Ellen Futter, president of the Museum and Mark Norell, its chief paleontologist, tell Jim that they will continue their hunt for dinosaurs well into the twenty-first century.

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