Co-host Mike Doran fills the roll of “guest” this week to detail what he saw and learned during his travels in Central Asia and the South Causasus earlier this month. Mike discusses how a region of the world positioned between Russia and China has been overlooked, and why the U.S. and other international players are beginning to notice its importance.
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.