Host Marshall Kosloff talks with Hudson Institute Research Fellow, James Barnett, about his recent trip to Western & Southern Ukraine to discover what life in embattled Ukraine is like amidst the ongoing Russian invasion. Barnett's dispatches from his stay in the country reveal that morale remains high among Ukrainians, and that (contrary to Putin's desire) this war is potentially becoming a nation-defining moment for the Ukrainian people uniting behind an oppressive neighbor.
Counterbalance is a foreign policy podcast that embodies Hudson’s tradition of challenging conventional wisdom. The Trump era attacked the elite consensus regarding several key issues, including the rise of China, American policy toward the Middle East, and the compartmentalization of domestic and foreign policy. Many observers in the media and in establishment foreign policy circles are presenting the advent of a Biden presidency as a total repudiation of President Trump’s policies and a return to “normalcy.” But, regardless of how one feels about the Trump era or any of his specific policies, there is no turning back the clock. The elite foreign policy consensus will never be the same. Counterbalance will reckon with what’s next.