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 7: Iran to Persia and Back

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David Andelman explores Persia, modern-day Iran, and its red lines across centuries.
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Chapter 6: Iraq and Iran, Crime and Punishment

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David Andelman explores the Middle East where east meets west and Shiite meets Sunni, as it develops a host of toxic challenges.
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Chapter 5: Soviet Union to Russian Empire

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David Andelman surveys Russia and its environs, exploring Vladimir Putin’s ambitions and their impact on his neighbors and the world.
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Chapter 4: China, By the Beautiful Sea

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David Andelman examines the watery red lines of the South China Sea.
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Chapter 3: Korea, Locked and Loaded

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David Andelman examines the red lines on the Korean Peninsula and investigates how North Korea developed from a Cold War backwater into a global nuclear challenge.
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Chapter 2: Origins, or Where Did Red Lines Come From?

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David Andelman explores the origins of red lines, from the Bible to the Crimean War, and how the concept evolved thanks to Middle Eastern oil and Adolf Hitler.
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Chapter 1: Flashpoints, or What is a Red Line?

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David Andelman outlines the limits and abuses of red lines, how they work, and the toxic role they can often play in international diplomacy.
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Introducing: A Red Line in the Sand

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A Red Line in the Sand is the official companion podcast to journalist David Andelman's forthcoming book of the same title from Pegasus Books.
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