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Power Problems

Welcome to Power Problems, a podcast from the Cato Institute where Emma Ashford and I offer a skeptical take on U.S. foreign policy and discuss today’s big questions in international security with guests from across the political spectrum


Featured Episode: Should We Stay or Should We Go? The U.S. and the Middle East

October 8, 2019

About Power Problems

Are you tired of the same old partisan blather about foreign policy? Are you looking for new perspectives on old problems? 

Power Problems offers a non-partisan take on American foreign policy with an eye towards asking how the United States might benefit from a more restrained and less militarized approach to world affairs.

You can find Power Problems on iTunes, Spotify, Google, and at the Cato Institute’s web site.


Recent Episodes

The U.S. Defense Industry: Arsenal of Democracy or Walmarts of War? (with Jon Caverley)

September 24, 2019

Dunking on Huntington: Nationalism in U.S. Foreign Policy (with Hilde Restad)

September 10, 2019

The Trade War to End All Trade Wars? (with Matt Goodman)

August 27, 2019

New Episodes Biweekly

New episodes drop every other Tuesday morning

Want to Be a Guest?

We’re always looking for great guests with interesting things to say.

Use the form below to drop us a line. 

Want to Host a Live Show?

We love taking Power Problems on the road. Student groups especially welcome.

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Meet The Hosts

Emma Ashford

Emma Ashford

Trevor Thrall

Trevor Thrall

Get In Touch

Feedback? Request for our greatest hits? Comments and suggestions all very welcome.