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Episode #28 - February 1st, 2021

Like much of the rest of his Presidency, the Trump Administration's Foreign Policy legacy draws quite different reactions based on who you speak with. In this episode, we focus solely on breaking down the successes, failures, and missed opportunities of the past four years. Speaking with Gil Barndollar, Senior Research Fellow at the Center for the Study of Statesmanship, we dive into these issues and his overall assessment. From relations with China, to coming to the brink of war with Iran and North Korea, there is certainly a lot to unpack.


Gil Barndollar - Senior Research Fellow at CSS and a Senior Fellow at Defense Priorities. From 2018 to 2019 he was Director of Middle East Studies at the Center for the National Interest. He has written for The Wall Street JournalThe Los Angeles Times, USA Today, The National Interest, The American Conservative, and U.S. Naval Institute Proceedings, among other publications. Gil provides frequent commentary and analysis on U.S. foreign policy to national and international media and has appeared on CNN, Fox News, the BBC World Service, and the Fox Business Network.

From 2009 to 2016, Gil served as an infantry officer in the United States Marine Corps. He deployed twice to Afghanistan, as a light armored reconnaissance platoon commander and as a combat advisor with the Georgian Army. He also led a Fleet Antiterrorism Security Team (FAST) platoon during deployments to Guantanamo Bay and the Persian Gulf.

Gil holds an AB in history from Bowdoin College and MPhil and PhD degrees in history from the University of Cambridge. At CSS he is working on a book examining America’s All Volunteer Force, conscription, and future national security threats.


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