Season 1 Episode #2: On U.S. Relations With The Middle-East With Guest Gregory Gause

Listen to the Episode #2: On U.S. Relations With The Middle-East With Guest Gregory Gause 

#MiddleEast, #oil, #Israel, #IranDeal, #ForeignPolicy, #Bush, #Obama, #trump

Dr. F. Gregory Gause, III, today’s guest, is Head of the International Affairs Department at the Bush School of Government and Public Service at Texas A&M University and holds the John H. Lindsey Chair 44’. Given his vast expertise in the international politics of the Middle East, Dr. Gause accompanies the host through the troubled history of the Middle East and America’s role in shaping the region, dating back to the end of the Second World War, representing the initiation of substantive American influence in the area. The Middle East is as much a conundrum as it is widely apparent in academic, policy and media discourses in the United States. No discussion about the Middle East is complete or even imaginable without talking about oil interests Israel and the Cold War. The nexus between these three sets the historical stage for this talk, which moves forward in touching upon crucial events in the often-antagonistic relationship between the US and the Middle East such as the Iranian Revolution, the Gulf wars, 9/11 and the current events in Syria and the spread of ISIS. Fast forwarding to present day US policy towards the Middle East the host and guest discuss a piece written by Dr.Gause on President Trump’s policy towards the region vis a vis President Obama’s approach. Given the rich dynamics of the past and the present between the United States and the Middle East, what should we expect from future administrations?

Sources referenced/cited during the podcast:

A recent paper from Dr. Gause discussing the current administration’s approach towards the Middle East titled “The Trump Administration and the Middle East” presented during 2017 The International Security Studies Forum can be accessed here.

Gause III, F. G. (2009). The international relations of the Persian Gulf. Cambridge University Press.

Newspaper articles:

The full list of articles by Dr. Gause in Foreign Affairs is available here.

The full list of articles by Dr. Gause in Foreign Policy is available here.

To check out more from Dr. Gause’s work visit his website at

For more interesting research on the Middle East check out the Middle East Research and Information Project MERIP (link to the website here).

For general news and developments in the regions check New York Times, Washington Post, Wall Street Journal

Coverage of the Middle East from PBS’s Frontline available here.

Season 1 Episode #1: Medical Cannabis Legislation with David Bradford

Listen to the Episode #1: Medical Cannabis Legislation with David Bradford

#cannabis #marijuana #legalization #Medicaid #Medicare #prescriptions #opioids #costs #PolicyProblems #savings

If you google marijuana or cannabis, a massive amount of information, academic and news articles will flood the screen. Should marijuana be legalized or not? What are the positive or negative impacts of using medical cannabis? What are the ethical and legal considerations that inform decision-making on legalizing medical cannabis? The pros and the cons occupy most of the debates in social media as well as the academic sphere. In this podcast Dr. W. David Bradford, Busbee Chair in Public Policy at the University of Georgia, engages in an hour-long conversation with the host, trying to disentangle the medical cannabis debacle. It offers an evidence-based account of its historical path in US policy and politics, accompanied by empirical evidence in relation to its position in the realm of medication and drugs as well as economic implications of a legal use of medical cannabis. Using data from his recent research Dr. Bradford analyzes the costs and savings that would occur if medical cannabis would be legalized, talking more in-depth about Medicaid and Medicare.

Sources referenced/cited during the podcast:

Bradford, A. C., & Bradford, W. D. (2017). Medical marijuana laws may be associated with a decline in the number of prescriptions for Medicaid enrollees. Health Affairs, 10-1377. The paper can be accessed in Health Affairs

Bradford, A. C., & Bradford, W. D. (2016). Medical marijuana laws reduce prescription medication use in Medicare part D. Health Affairs35(7), 1230-1236. The paper can be accessed in Health Affairs.

National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. (2017). The health effects of cannabis and cannabinoids: the current state of evidence and recommendations for research. National Academies Press. The paper can be accessed in the National Academy of Sciences, Engineering, Medicine.

Case, A., & Deaton, A. (2015). Rising morbidity and mortality in midlife among white non-Hispanic Americans in the 21st century. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences112(49), 15078-15083. The paper can be accessed here.

Bachhuber, M. A., Saloner, B., Cunningham, C. O., & Barry, C. L. (2014). Medical cannabis laws and opioid analgesic overdose mortality in the United States, 1999-2010. JAMA internal medicine174(10), 1668-1673. The paper can be accessed here.

Culbertson, W. P., & Bradford, D. (1991). The price of beer: Some evidence from interstate comparisons. International Journal of Industrial Organization9(2), 275-289. The paper can be accessed here.

Case, A., & Deaton, A. (2017). Mortality and morbidity in the 21st century. Brookings Papers on Economic Activity, 23-24. The article can be accessed here.

The Marihuana Tax Act of 1937. For a concise informational video of the 1937 cannabis tax follow the link.

The Controlled Substances Act (CSA) of 1970 (P.L. 91-513, 84 Stat. 1242). More information on the CSA can be found here.

To check out more on drug-related risks and outcomes check the CDC Annual Surveillance Report referred to in the talk follow this link.

Public Problems. Episode #1: Teaser!

Listen to Public Problems_Episode #1: Teaser

Welcome!  This is a new podcast called Public Problems, where the host – Dr. Justin B. Bullock will be discussing many of the pressing public problems of our day, with experts who are working on those problems.

Dr. Bullock currently is an Assistant Professor at Texas A&M University in the Bush School of Government & Public Service where he teaches and does research in the fields of public administration and public policy.

Over the past several years of being involved in these areas, the host got to know a number of experts who are doing outstanding work and fascinating research on the relevant public problems of our time. But, unfortunately, there is a gap between the knowledge held by the experts and access to this knowledge by the general public. The expert knowledge is also often ignored by legislators and policymakers. And, even worse,  in the presence of this knowledge gap, many political actors, ideologues, and special interest groups have filled this space with misinformation and confusion about many public problems.

Through this podcast, we hope to help close this current knowledge gap. Dr. Bullock will be interviewing these experts and sharing their knowledge and work with you.

We hope you find this podcast to be both informative and enjoyable!

The first full episode will be posted soon!  Until then, take care!