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Aspen Ideas to Go Podcast: The Obama Doctrine: America’s Role in a Complicated World

July 16, 2015  • Tricia Johnson, Guest Blogger

The “Aspen Ideas to Go” podcast is a weekly show featuring fascinating speakers who have presented at the Aspen Ideas Festival and other public programs offered by the Aspen Institute — including Aspen Words, the Alma and Joseph Gildenhorn Book Series, and various events around the country. For a curated listening experience subscribe to the podcast on iTunes or listen to each episode on the Aspen Ideas website.

Benjamin J. Rhodes, deputy national security advisor to President Barack Obama, was the chief negotiator in the secret normalization talks with Cuba and has been a central player in the making of American foreign policy since 2009, both as a key advisor and as the president’s chief foreign policy speechwriter. Rhodes and Jeffrey Goldberg, a national correspondent for The Atlantic, discuss Obama’s worldview, focusing on Cuba, the Iran talks, and the continuing crisis across the broader Middle East.