How extensive is Chinese influence in Israel? What does it mean for U.S.-Israeli relations? To answer these questions, Mike and Marshall host Assaf Orion, the head of the Diane and Guilford Glazer Foundation’s Israel-China Policy Center at Israel’s Institute for National Security Studies. China covets a relationship with Israel, because it is, despite its small size, a cyber superpower. Orion examines the nuances in Chinese-Israeli relations and warns against the alarmism in some quarters in the United States, where fears of Israel are, he argues, exaggerated.
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.