Fault Lines: Bounties and Berlin—Turmoil with Russia

Lester Munson
Monday, July 6, 2020, 4:55 PM

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Last week, news broke that Russia was offering bounties to Taliban-linked militias for killing U.S. soldiers in Afghanistan. Dana; Jamil; Les; and first time guest Loren Dealy Mahler, NSI Visiting Fellow and former director of legislative affairs at the National Security Council, discuss how America should respond to these revelations and the recent announcement that the America’s military presence in Germany will be significantly reduced. What does this mean for U.S.-Russia relations? How should America be standing up for our troops in the field? Will the U.S. and Germany ever be on the same page? All these questions and more answered in this week’s Fault Lines.

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Lester Munson is Vice President, International at BGR Group, a leading government relations firm in Washington, D.C., where he consults with foreign governments, corporations, and advocacy groups. Lester joined BGR Group after a 26-year career on Capitol Hill and in the Executive Branch. He was most recently Staff Director of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. He also serves as adjunct faculty at Johns Hopkins University and as a principal on the Modernizing Foreign Assistance Network.

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