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The So What File?

The So What File?

By CMPI-Rachelle Abboud
Center for Media and Peace Initiatives (CMPI) is pleased to announce its new podcast series-The So What File? Through this series, CMPI explores topics at the intersection of Peace, Press, People, and Public Policy. In each episode, your host Rachelle Abboud sits down with guests to discuss the challenges and opportunities facing the world today and the ways to highlight narratives of peace for a more responsive and functioning democracy!
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Power Planning and Statecraft: Grand Strategy With Professor Simon Reich

The So What File?

The Crisis Contagion: From Afghanistan to Lebanon. A Perspective from George Galloway
The war in Afghanistan may be over, but challenges abound.  The legacy of invasion and occupation marks what may be the end of US hegemony in the region. With a Taliban takeover in Afghanistan and a Hezbollah-led fuel shipment from Iran to Lebanon, what should we expect from the US and its allies moving forward? Listen in on my interview George Galloway-master orator, dynamite broadcaster, enthusiastic writer, and passionate British politician-as he assesses the situation in both states. Mr. Galloway currently is the presenter of The Mother of All Talk Shows and Kalima Hurra on Al-Mayadeen television. Mr. Galloway is also known for his appearance before the US Senate over the Iraq war in 2005. To learn more about Mr. Galloway, please visit George Galloway | Politician & Commentator
September 26, 2021
Power Planning and Statecraft: Grand Strategy With Professor Simon Reich
The concept of grand strategy sounds well, grand. Although not as illusive as the word may suggest, grand strategy is a vital power planning process in statecraft.  Simply put, a grand strategy is a long-term plan pursued at the highest level of a state to achieve its foreign policy interests and secure its place in the international community. With me in this episode to discuss grand strategy in the context of President Biden's most recent trip to the EU is prolific writer, scholar, and professor, Simon Reich.  Listen in as Professor Reich and I further discuss this concept and its overlooked nuances by referencing his most recent co-authored book entitled Across Type, Time and Space: American Grand Strategy in Comparative Perspective (Cambridge University Press, 2021). Simon Reich is a professor in the Division of Global Affairs and Department of Political Science at Rutgers, Newark and Chercheur Associé at Le Centre de recherches internationales (CERI), Sciences Po (Paris). He is author, co-author and editor of 13 books and over 60 articles or book chapters. His most recent book is a brand-new co-authored volume (with Peter Dombrowski) entitled Across Type, Time and Space: American Grand Strategy in Comparative Perspective (Cambridge University Press, 2021).  Other recent books have included a co-edited volume with Thierry Balzacq and Peter Dombrowski, entitled Comparative Grand Strategy: A Framework and Cases (Oxford University Press, 2019) and The End of Grand Strategy: US Maritime Operations in the Twenty-First Century (with Peter Dombrowski, Cornell University Press, 2018). Reich has published in several major journals including International Affairs, International Organization, International Security and Security Studies. He is currently working on a book on the grand strategy of the European Union. His work has been translated into Chinese, Dutch, French, German, Japanese and Turkish. Reich has received numerous grants and visiting scholarships and maintains an active online presence including publications in The New Republic, Forbes, Fortune Magazine, Washington Spectator,, Washington Monthly, and The Huffington Post. Reich previously served as Director of Research and Analysis at the Royal Institute for International Affairs (also known as Chatham House), the counterpart to New York’s Council on Foreign Relations in London and was the inaugural director of the Ford Institute for Human Security at the University of Pittsburgh. He is the recipient of numerous awards and fellows and will spend the winter and spring of 2022 as the George Soros visiting distinguished chair in Vienna, Austria. Reich generally divides his time between Paris and New Jersey.
June 23, 2021
A Message in a Podcast: An Interview With Rasha Reslan.
Listen in to my brief interview with Al-Mayadeen journalist and translator Rasha Reslan as she sends a message to our listeners about the latest Israel-Palestine situation after the ceasefire. Please excuse the recording as the sound quality and connection was poor.  Stay tuned for more conversations with Rasha Reslan.
June 04, 2021
Not Black. Not White. American: An Interview with NJ's 12th Congressional District Candidate Darius Mayfield.
Darius Mayfield is a business strategist and political visionary who partners with CEOs, executives and solopreneurs to grow their personal and professional brands, human-to-human, team-to-team. Darius attributes his humble beginnings of living in Section 8 (Housing Choice Voucher Program) with his mother and sister as his motivation to achieve success, not only for himself but for all ambitious Americans. With that fuel, he entered the auto industry at age 17, became the youngest sales manager of a Top 10 US auto group at age 20, and has now become the first Black general manager in the third largest growing company in the US. Darius has been a featured speaker in national and global broadcast and print outlets including Comedy Central, CNN, Fox & Friends, Walk Away Campaign, the Rainbow PUSH Coalition, Go Africa Network, Social Lifestyle Magazine’s Town Hall with Anthony Pope, Latinos for Liberty Roundtable with Rich Valdes, and HGTV. Listen in to my interview with Darius Mayfield as he discusses his campaign platform and message of unity. Darius Mayfield has come to be known for his Not Black. Not White. American hashtag which became the driving force behind his run for office.  As an African-American republican, Darius bring an interesting and fresh the current political landscape and how to improve it. Darius Mayfield can be found on Darius Mayfield also hosts the Not Black Not White American podcast.
May 20, 2021
The Broken Contract: An Interview with Dr. Saqib Qureshi
If it's broken, let's fix it! In this episode, Dr. Saqib Qureshi, author of The Broken Contract: Making our Democracies Accountable, Representative, and Less Wasteful, eloquently and simply lays out the ways in which our democracy is broken and how to fix it. You can find Dr. Qureshi by visiting his blog on
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