Putin called today’s downing of a Russian Su-24 by a Turkish F16 a “stab in the back” but it this was certainly not an unproved attack. In fact it follows countless warnings from Turkey that violations of its airspace (and aggression against its interests on its border) will not go unchecked. Terrorism analyst and counterintelligence pro William J. Tucker joins me again for a look at this event, the circumstances that got us here, and where we might be going.
In episode 25 of the Covert Contact podcast I’m talking to Naveed Jamali, former double agent, and co-author of How to Catch a Russian Spy: The True Story of an American Civilian Turned Double Agent.
Naveed seemed like an unlikely candidate for this sort of intrigue but Russian intelligence used his parent’s company to order U.S. government publications. The FBI, of course, wanted to know what the Russians were reading. He could have remained a low-level informant, notifying the FBI of the Russian’s reading habits and interests as his parents had, but Naveed wanted to take it further. He had access, some natural talent, and a lot interest in playing the game.
Our conversation focuses on Naveed’s unusual position and what it’s like to navigate this very confusing territory as a complete amateur.
William Tucker joins me again for a high level look at the Paris attacks and the impact that instability, chiefly in Syria, will have on the region. Failing states and the mass migration of refugees will continue to put immense pressure on dozens of governments. There is no framework, or level of response, that will allow intervening parties to resolve this problem anytime soon. So how do we cope with a security challenge that may persist for a decade – or multiple decades? This is the reality that we must face. The conflict in Syria and Iraq is not a crisis that can be “managed.” It is going to demand more of us, and our governments, than we would like. But as the saying goes – the enemy gets a vote.
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You can follow William J. Tucker on Twitter and read his guest posts on Blogs of War:
Other Covert Contact Episodes Featuring William:
Episode 20: Government Email Problems, Wikileaks, Russia, Drone Leaks, NASA Security and Other Counterintelligence Nightmares
Episode 15: Hillary Clinton’s Email Server: Dissecting the Risks with William Tucker
Episode 12: Counterintelligence: William J. Tucker Breaks Down the Challenges
The usual disclaimers apply. This is not a complete list (it’s not even my complete list) and many informative accounts are not listed here. And of course I am not endorsing every tweet by every account here. However, these accounts will help keep you current and, in some cases, present you with interesting/challenging analysis.
@20committee – John Schindler. Professor, Naval War College; Chair, PfP CT Working Group; Senior Fellow, Boston University; former NSA & NAVSECGRU – talking intel & security
@2kdei – Kristina Dei. OSINT, PR, IR, #eDiplomacy, #ForeignPolicy, Polyglot Director: Go Global Media.
@AFP – Agence France-Presse. News – and the stories behind the news – from AFP’s reporters around the world.
@AmbassadorPower – Samantha Power. United States Ambassador to the United Nations.
@andrewsweiss – Andrew S. Weiss. Vice President for Studies, Carnegie Endowment. Russia and Eurasia Program. NBC News Analyst.
@BBCDanielS – Daniel Sandford. I’m the Moscow Correspondent for BBC News.
@BBCSteveR – Steve Rosenberg. Moscow Correspondent for BBC News.
@b_judah – Ben Judah. Writer, Wonk. Author of Fragile Empire: How Russia Fell In And Out Of Love With Vladimir Putin. Often heard talking to Monocle 24 radio.
@BSBonner – Brian Bonner. Kyiv Post chief editor and regional coordinator of Objective investigative journalism project.
@carlbildt – Carl Bildt. Foreign Minister of Sweden since 2006.
@CoalsonR – Robert Coalson. Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty correspondent covering Russia, Ukraine, Belarus, Moldova, Balkans, South Caucasus.
@CrimeaEU – Crimean Tatar Parliment Representation to the EU.
@CSISRussia – The Russia and Eurasia Program at CSIS provides research, analysis, assessment, and recommendations regarding all the regions of the former Soviet Union.
@DmitriTrenin – Dmitri Trenin. Carnegie Moscow Center’s Director. Editor in chief of #EurasiaOutlook, the blog of @CarnegieRussia.
@europatweets – Europatweets – What is Europe doing – Aggregating most of Twitter accounts concerning Eu affairs
@ForeignCorresp – Christian Fraser. BBC Paris Correspondent – formerly Rome/Cairo/MiddleEast. Tweets on all things Europe.
@FHeisbourg – François Heisbourg. Chairman/Président IISS, GCSP conseiller spécial/special adviser FRS.
@GeoffPyatt – Geoffrey R. Pyatt, is the current United States Ambassador to Ukraine.
@GermanyDiplo – News from the German Foreign Office.
@Interpreter_Mag – Interpreter Magazine is a Russian-to-English translation journal, with news analysis and commentary.
@jamesmatesitv – James Mates. Europe Editor, ITV News.
@jancienski – Jan Cienski. Financial Times Warsaw correspondent.
@jason_corcoran – Jason Corcoran. Bloomberg News Irish journo in Moscow.
@JohnKerry – John Kerry. 68th U.S. Secretary of State.
@joshuafoust – Joshua Foust. Communications officer at the Eurasia Foundation.
@juliaioffe – Julia Loffe. Senior editor at The New Republic.
@JustHovensGreve – Just Hovens Greve. Freelance journalist and student.
@Kasparov63 – Garry Kasparov. Chairman of the Human Rights Foundation (@HRF). Author, speaker, 13th World Chess Champion.
@Kateryna_Kruk – Kateryna Kruk is a civil activist and political scientist based in Kiev.
@KevinRothrock – Kevin Rothrock – Russia analyst. Global Voices @runetecho Project Editor. UConn PoliSci PhD student.
@KimberlyMarten – Kimberly Marten. Ann Whitney Olin Professor of Political Science at Barnard College, Columbia University; international security specialist.
@KremlinRussia_E – President of Russia. Official Kremlin news.
@KrsBauer – Christophe Bauer. News producer at France 24 in Paris. Conflicted Franco-Haitian-Washingtonian. Politics/history nerd.
@KyivPost – The Kyiv Post is Ukraine’s leading English-language newspaper.
@lauraphylmills – Laura Mills. Moscow correspondent Associated Press.
@LawDavF – Sir Lawrence David Freedman. Professor of War Studies King’s College London.
@lrozen – Laura Rozen. Reporting on Washington, foreign policy & Middle East.
@Lucian_Kim – Lucian Kim. Swiss-Korean American journalist on Crimea rehab in Kiev.
@MarkAdomanis – Mark Adomanis. Consultant by day, Russia watcher, blogger, and commentator by night.
@MarquardtA – Alexander Marquardt. ABC News Middle East Correspondent.
@MaximEristavi – Maxim Eristavi. Freelance foreign correspondent covering Ukraine. ex-@RFERL & @VoiceofRussia.
@mike_giglio – Mike Giglio. Mideast Correspondent for BuzzFeed.
@myroslavapetsa – Myroslava Petsa. Foreign Correspondent at @5channel
@NSCPress – This account is run by President Obama’s National Security Council (NSC).
@NATOpress – Oana Lungescu. Official Twitter account of the NATO Spokesperson, Oana Lungescu. Ex BBC Europe correspondent.
@OdessaBlogger – Nikolai Holmov. Brit permanently in Ukraine.
@OSCE – The Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe is the world’s largest regional security organization.
@PaulSonne – Paul Sonne. Moscow correspondent for The Wall Street Journal. Currently in #Ukraine.
@pwaldieGLOBE – Paul Waldie. European Bureau Chief, Globe and Mail.
@RFERL – Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty has 700 journalists in 21 countries broadcasting in 28 languages.
@rm867 – Rod McLeod is a regional security/crisis director, US multi-national, operating in Europe, the Middle East & Africa.
@RNicholasBurns – Nicholas Burns. Harvard Kennedy School Professor and former American Diplomat.
@RolandOliphant – Roland Oliphant. Moscow correspondent for @telegraph.
@shaunwalker7 – Shaun Walker. Moscow Correspondent of the Guardian.
@shustry – Simon Shuster. Reporter in Moscow for TIME.
@SimonSmithFCO – Simon Smith. British Ambassador to Ukraine.
@SlawomirDebski – Slawomir Debski. Director of @CPRDiP. Former head of the Polish Institute of International Affairs.
@steven_pifer – Steven Pifer. Brookings scholar focusing on arms control, Russia and Ukraine. Retired career diplomat.
@strobetalbott – Strobe Talbott. President, Brookings Institution.
@tanais_ua – Natalia S. Researcher (Ukraine, Eastern Europe, civil society, EU foreign policy).
@TheWarRoom_Tom – Tom Nichols. Professor, Naval War College. Former US Senate aide. Adjunct @HarvardEXT. Politics, foreign policy, Russia.
@tkesho3 – Eka Tkeshelashvili. Lawyer, President of Georgian Institute for Strategic Studies. Former Vice Prime Minister, Minister of Reintegration, Foreign Affairs and Justice.
@youbsanctioned – Sam Cutler. Policy Adviser @ Ferrari & Associates, P.C. Tweeting on sanctions, AML/CFT, IOC, and the day’s int’l crisis.
@YuliaSkyNews – Yulia Bragina. Russia and CIS producer for Sky News.
@zbig – Zbigniew Brzezinski. National Security Adviser to President Carter. Counselor and Trustee @CSIS. Research Professor at SAIS.