The Future State with Richard A. Clarke - Future State Podcast

What is our future as a country, as a people? Elections help to determine our future. This year, the elections matter more than most because we need to apply the brakes on a runaway presidency. But before we vote, we need to discuss the issues that matter, not just polls and scandals, issues that will shape our future.



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Cyber War and Defending Democracy

With Special Guests Rob Knake and Eric Rosenbach

October 22nd, 2018

Cyber experts Rob Knake and Eric Rosenbach speak on the ability of political actors to conduct foreign policy in the cyber domain. We look at the impacts that we have seen so far on infrastructure and the election system, how we can thwart future attempts on our digital democracy, and how we can prevent a full-fledged cyber war.

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Is Nuclear War Back?

With Special Guests Fred Kaplan and David Schwartz

October 15th, 2018

Fred Kaplan and David Schwartz,preeminent experts on nuclear strategy, discuss the reemergence of the nuclear threat and where we go from here.

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Assault on the Media

With Special Guests Brian Ross and Rhonda Schwartz

October 8th, 2018

Brian Ross and Rhonda Schwartz, two award winning investigative journalists, talk about the dangers of a President waging a war on the media and what it's like to fall into his crosshairs.

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Fascism in the 21st Century

With Special Guest Madeleine Albright

October 1st, 2018

Former U.S. Secretary of State Madeleine Albright sits down to speak on the parallels of modern day nationalism to the fascism that threatened Western democracy in the 1930’s. Do we have to worry about the rise of fascism?

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Nuclear Deals and Dealing with Nukes

With Special Guest Wendy Sherman

September 24th, 2018

Former Ambassador Wendy Sherman illuminates the past and present of U.S.-Iran and U.S.-North Korea relations, whether there exists a path for peace, and how we get there.

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The Incredible Shrinking Superpower

With Special Guest Susan Rice

September 17th, 2018

Former U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations and National Security Advisor Susan Rice reflects on watching America’s power on the global stage be washed away by an American president.

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Is Terrorism Still a Threat?

With Special Guests Nick Rasmussen & Michael Sheehan

September 10th, 2018

Two people who have led America’s efforts against terrorism—Nick Rasmussen and Michael Sheehan—address the current threat and when and how it will end.

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America’s Greatest Political Analyst

With Special Guest Bill Clinton

September 10th, 2018

America’s greatest political analyst—President Bill Clinton—speaks on the 2018 election, cyber war, and more.

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About Richard Clarke


Richard Clarke did thirty years of government service in the White House, State Department, and the Pentagon. He was America’s top counterterrorism official for Presidents Clinton and Bush (43). He was the nation’s first cyber czar. Earlier, President Bush (41) nominated and the Senate confirmed Dick for Assistant Secretary of State for Politico-Military Affairs. In the Reagan Administration he was Deputy Assistant Secretary for Intelligence. On 9-11, Dick served as the national crisis manager from the White House.

Since leaving government, Dick served on President Obama’s Review Group on Intelligence and Technology and on the governor’s cyber commission in New York and Virginia. He taught for five years at Harvard’s Kennedy School, and for fifteen years was an on-air ABC News national security consultant. He has published eight books, including four novels and a number one New York Times best seller in non-fiction. He is the Chairman of the Board of Governors of the Middle East Institute. He is CEO of Good Harbor Security Risk Management.