June 20, 2014
Listening In

Listening In, hosted by WORLD's Warren Cole Smith, features extended conversations with newsmakers and thought leaders. “Our goal is to explore topics as thoughtfully as possible,” says WORLD's Chief Content Officer Nick Eicher.

The Listening In podcast is posted each Friday.

Read edited transcripts of Warren’s interviews.

A conversation with author Angelo Codevilla

Angelo Codevilla is not a household name, unless you are a student of international affairs and military history, and in that world Angelo Codevilla is a certified rock star.

Born in Italy in 1943, he immigrated to the United States as a child, became a U.S. citizen and eventually earned a Ph.D. and began an academic career.  But in 1977 he joined the U.S. Foreign Service and quickly moved to Capitol Hill, where he served on the staff of the Senate’s Select Committee on Intelligence.

He was a key strategist in the Reagan Administration, and was instrumental in the development of Reagan’s signature program, the Strategic Defense Initiative. SDI was derided by its detractors as a fantasy. They called it “Star Wars” in its day, but many historians believe SDI helped bring an end to the nuclear arms race the U.S. had been waging with the Soviet Union for more than 40 years, and eventually led to the breakup of the Soviet Union.

Codevilla has written more than a dozen books on national defense and statesmanship, some of which are considered classics in their field. His latest book is To Make and Keep Peace Among Ourselves and With All Nations (2014, Hoover Institution Press).

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June 20, 2014