Mike and Marshall talked to Ed Husain, the author of The Islamist, a memoir of his time inside radical Islamism, who long ago rejected extremism and now advises governments and political leaders on Islam and the Middle East. Ed shared his views on the relations between the Islam and the West today, the fate of secularism in the Muslim Middle East, the Abraham Accords and more.
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.