June 29, 2018

Stories from the Backchannel

By Ilan Goldenberg and Victoria Nuland

Stories from the Backchannel is a new CNAS podcast program that examines the stories behind some of America's most important national security moments. Hosted by CNAS Middle East Program Director, Ilan Goldenberg, the podcast invites listeners into the room as government officials, and world leaders put aside niceties in favor of candid discussions, and hard-nosed negotiations. In our first episode,Unavoidable Russia, CNAS CEO Victoria Nuland recounts her time as one of America's leading diplomats on Russia.

Each story is told from the perspective of officials who were part of some of our nation's most captivating and historic moments.

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