A Red Line in the Sand

Diplomacy, Strategy, and the History of Wars That Might Still Happen

From the islands of the South China Sea to Korea's DMZ, the tribes of Arabia across Africa and throughout Europe, red lines have been setting agendas and changing history for centuries.

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Chapter 12: The Red Lines of COVID-19

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Chapter 12: The Red Lines of COVID-19

In the final episode of A Red Line in the Sand, a companion podcast to the book of the same title, author David Andelman examines the world’s newest and most toxic web of red lines - the web that has grown up around the most lethal pandemic in a century: COVID-19.

The coronavirus knows no boundaries, natural or manmade, throwing red lines across the world into question. Should we restore these red lines once the crisis has passed? Is it even possible?

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Chapter 11: NATO, A Most Eternal Line

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David Andelman examines the nearly impregnable red line surrounding the 30 members of NATO - the North Atlantic Alliance.
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Chapter 10: Palestine, More Eternal Lines

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David Andelman examines Israel and Palestine and their too-often tortured frontiers and toxic red lines.
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Chapter 9: Afghanistan, Eternal Lines

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David Andelman explores Afghanistan and the seemingly-eternal Durand Line.
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Chapter 8: Africa, Cradle of Lines

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David Andelman examines the cradle of red lines on the African continent.
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More About A Red Line in the Sand

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A longtime columnist for CNN and veteran correspondent for The New York Times and CBS News astutely combines history and global politics to help us better understand the exploding number of military, political, and diplomatic crises around the globe.

The riveting and illuminating behind-the-scenes stories of the world's most intense “red lines," from diplomatic and military challenges at particular turning points in history to the ones that set the tone of geopolitics today. More red lines exist in the world today than at any other single moment in history. Whether it was the red line in Munich that led to the start of the Second World War, to the red lines in the South China Sea, the Korean Peninsula, Syria and the Middle East.

As we traverse the globe, Andelman uses original documentary research, previously classified material, interviews with key players, and reportage from more than 80 countries across five decades to help us understand the growth, the successes and frequent failures that have shaped our world today.

Andelman provides not just vivid historical context, but a political anatomy of these red lines. How might their failures be prevented going forward? When and how can such lines in the sand help preserve peace rather than tempt conflict?

A Red Line in the Sand is a vital examination of our present and the future—where does diplomacy end and war begin? It is an object lesson of tantamount importance to every leader, diplomat, citizen, and voter. As America establishes more red lines than it has pledged to defend, every American should understand the volatile atmosphere and the existential stakes of the red web that encompasses the globe.

The Team

David Andelman

Host
Commentator for CNN & NBC News Think. Formerly a foreign correspondent for The NY Times and CBS News; Exec. Editor of Forbes; editor/publisher of World Policy Journal.

Isabel Robertson

Producer
Producer, writer, & researcher based in CLE. She's worked on StoryCorps, Wait, Wait...Don't Tell Me, and The Intercept. She serves on the ACLU-OH Board of Directors.

Sean Rule-Hoffman

Engineer
Sean hails from Orange Village, OH. He earned a degree in Music Technology with a minor in Electronic Media and Film from Capital University in Columbus, OH.