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Government Matters (Full Show) – May 26, 2022

Officials recount evacuation of 120,000 people from Afghanistan; Leading Covid-19 treatment research at NIH and combating other diseases


Defense and State Department officials on ‘unprecedented’ Afghanistan evacuation

Once it became clear last summer that the Afghan government would fall, the highest priority became the quick and safe evacuation of Americans, eligible Afghans and other allies. After that, the Defense and State Departments were responsible for providing them housing and services. Those teams included Hila Hanif, director of Afghanistan strategy and policy at […]


‘The mission is the focus’: NIAID clinical director on government service

Dr. H. Clifford Lane, clinical director at the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) at the National Institutes of Health (NIH), started his career at NIH in 1979. It was not too long afterwards that the AIDS epidemic emerged. His work was pivotal in turning an HIV diagnosis from a death sentence into […]


Government Matters (Full Show) – May 24, 2022

Learning from Russia’s logistics failures; wargaming Chinese attack on Taiwan; possible impasse on Covid funding


United States may be unprepared for potential Indo-Pacific conflict

A major flaw in Russia’s invasion plan was its lack of attention to logistics. Mike Watson, associate director of the Center for the Future of Liberal Society at the Hudson Institute, says this should serve as a warning to U.S. forces in planning for a potential war in the Indo-Pacific. Watson told Government Matters the […]


Wargame offers lessons for Defense Department

An operational wargame called “Dangerous Straits: Battle for Taiwan 2027,” led by the Gaming Lab at the Center for a New American Security (CNAS), presents a scenario where China has just attacked Taiwan in the year 2027. Becca Wasser, fellow for the Defense Program at CNAS and co-lead of The Gaming Lab, said no one […]


Clash between White House and Congress makes Covid funding uncertain

Despite warnings of a resurgence of Covid-19, Congress may not be willing to continue the fight. The White House may face difficult choices and tradeoffs in pandemic response. Adam Cancryn, healthcare reporter for Politico Pro, said the White House is asking for $22.5 billion to continue the pandemic response, including ensuring availability of vaccines, antivirals […]

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