Russia is on the doorstep of Ukraine and testing the Transatlantic Alliance more than at any time since the end of the Cold War. Counterbalance returns in 2022 with host Mike Doran explaining in depth why he believes Azerbaijan can help the United States meet the twin imperatives of respecting an electorate that has grown weary of far-flung military adventures and of meeting the responsibilities of global leadership. Thanks to its capable military, abundant energy resources, and nimble diplomacy, Azerbaijan, in return only for diplomatic support, could help the United States perform the hard work on the ground of containing Russia.
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.