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Episode 47 - "Passing the Torch" with Political Science Professor Dan Caldwell

Dan Caldwell

Image from a previous recording of Meet Me in the Middle with Dan Caldwell

How will a rocky transition of power between President Trump and President Elect Biden affect our international relations? Pepperdine Professor and Political Scientist Dan Caldwell shares his predictions for the US and what we can expect in the next two months, including the repercussions of pulling troops out of Afghanistan and our relationship status with both North Korea and Russia.

Politics: Meet Me in the Middle is excited to welcome back Pepperdine Professor, author, and regular contributor to CNN Dan Caldwell to the show. Top of the mind on today’s episode is the transition process from President Trump to President-elect Joe Biden. The panel discusses what the country can expect during the next two months, as well as some potential worries with concern to a rocky transition. Will President Trump pull our troops out of Afghanistan? How will relations between North Korea and Russia change? Is the novel coronavirus more worrisome than ever? 


2:25 Historically difficult presidential transitions
4:20 How does the new administration go about picking their staff?
9:55 How are the presidential transition funds used?
11:28 Security briefings and national security
13:10 Homeland security and changes with immigration via President Biden?
14:20 How worrisome is the nations future of COVID during the transition process?
16:10 Will Trump be able to withdrawal all American troops from Afghanistan by Christmas as proposed?
17:19 What can the country and Joe Biden expect with US relations to North Korea and Kim Jong Un?
19:58 The Biden administration and Russia
24:20 Where might Donald Trump make some strategic moves for the Republican party in his last month and a half?
27:36 Can Trump prevent himself from being removed from office?
30:26 The power of pardons


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Hosted by: Bill Curtis, Jane Albrecht, and Ed Larson

Produced and edited by: AJ Moseley

Sound Engineering by: Steve Riekeberg

Theme Music by: Celleste & Eric Dick

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