Journalist Graeme Wood wrote the most widely-read article in the history of The Atlantic. His subject was ISIS, and what makes it tick. He tells that ISIS is a “very Islamic” apocalyptic movement, and that its brutality is totally consistent with its vision of a global Caliphate and its interpretation of Islamic law.
For most of the past 15 years, veteran diplomat Frank Wisner has been part of a secret back channel, negotiating the Iran nuclear deal on a second tier with high-level Iranians, including Foreign Minister Javad Zarif. He tells Jim why the deal, despite imperfections, is in the national interest.
Jim Lindsay focuses on the relationship between foreign policy and domestic political considerations at the Council on Foreign Relations. He surveys the candidates, considers the domestic political fall-out from Obama’s Iran deal and the failed policies in Syria, and tells Jim it is early days to predict whether these factors will affect the outcome of the 2016 presidential election.
Sex crimes prosecutor Linda Fairstein leads a double life as a top-flight lawyer and the author of 17 mystery novels, the latest of which Devil’s Bridge, is already a best seller. She tells Jim of the evolving standards of rape in America, and answers the question whether the St. Paul’s date rape case should have been brought at all.