Fault Lines: Groundhog Day All Over Again?

Lester Munson
Wednesday, November 27, 2019, 6:04 PM

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What better way to begin Thanksgiving week than to listen to Fault Line’s motley bunch discuss Turkey… and Iran? Jodi, Dana, Lester and guest Matthew Heiman review protests in Iran, Turkish incursions into Syria and how Washington is responding. Is it “Groundhog Day” in Iran? (What would Bill Murray do?)

Also included: a serious discussion of changing power dynamics in the Middle East and how that affects American interests.

Fault Lines is the fortnightly podcast of the National Security Institute at George Mason University that examines national security and foreign policy issues with perspectives from across the political spectrum—finding points of agreement and often disagreement along the way. Each episode explores the topics dominating headlines, as well as gives glimpses into the news stories you may have missed.

This week features regular Fault Lines foreign policy experts—Jodi Herman, former Democratic Staff Director for the Senate Foreign Relations Committee; Dana Stroul, former senior professional staff member on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee; and moderator Lester Munson, former Staff Director of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee and adjunct faculty at Johns Hopkins University—and guest Matthew Heiman, former attorney with the National Security Division at the Department of Justice.

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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