Stories from the Backchannel

Stories from the Backchannel is a 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.

Each story is told from the perspective of officials who were part of some of our nation's most captivating and historic moments. Don't miss Season One, with an episode released every Tuesday in December 2018.


Episode 1: Unavoidable Russia

In our first episode, Unavoidable Russia, CNAS CEO Victoria Nuland recounts her time as one of America's leading diplomats on Russia. Listen below:

Episode 2: When Middle East Peace Almost Happened

Featuring Martin Indyk, former U.S. Ambassador to Israel.

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Episode 3: Autonomous Weapons and the Future of War

Featuring Paul Scharre, Director of the CNAS Technology and National Security program.

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Episode 4: The Iran Nuclear Negotiations

Featuring Wendy Sherman, former Undersecretary of State for Political Affairs.

Coming December 18, 2018.