SWSP Podcast Transcripts

The Smart Women, Smart Power weekly podcast features powerful, in-depth conversations with women leaders from around the globe. Each SWSP audio episode has a corresponding transcript.

The Smart Women, Smart Power weekly podcast features powerful, in-depth conversations with women leaders from around the globe. who are experts in foreign policy, national security, international business, and international development. Each SWSP audio episode has a corresponding transcript, and is hosted by Dr. Kathleen McInnis.

Special thanks to our former interns who spent countless hours transcribing each episode.


Understanding the Woman Voter – November 29, 2023
Featuring Ashley O’Connor, Managing Partner at Strategic Partners & Media

Climate Change: A Threat Multiplier – November 15, 2023
Featuring Sherri Goodman, Senior Fellow, Polar Institute and Environmental Change & Security Program

A Moldovan Minute – November 7, 2023
Featuring Natalia Gavrilița, former Prime Minister of Moldova

Your Reputation Precedes You – November 1, 2023
Featuring Mackenzie Eaglen, Senior Fellow at the American Enterprise Institute (AEI)

Let's Talk About Gender – October 25, 2023
Featuring Susan Markham, Director of the Peace With Women Fellowship at the Halifax International Security Forum (HFX)

Purpose and Care within the U.S. Army Reserve – October 18, 2023
Featuring Lt. Gen. Jody J. Daniels, Chief of Army Reserve and Commanding General of the U.S. Army Reserve Command

The Fight Continues for Iranian Women – October 11, 2023
Featuring Masih Alinejad, Iranian-American Journalist and Activist

A Court Date for Humanity – October 4, 2023
Featuring Leila Sadat, James Carr Professor of International Criminal Law at Washington University in St. Louis and former Special Adviser on Crimes Against Humanity to the ICC Prosecutor

Semiconductors: Here, There, and Everywhere – September 28, 2023
Featuring Kathleen (Taffy) Kingscott, Vice President of Strategic Partnerships for IBM Research and Jordan Tachibana, Girl Security Scholar

Domestic Terrorist Groups and Natural Disasters – September 20, 2023
Featuring Samantha Kutner, Co-Founder and Chief Intelligence Officer of Glitterpill and Paden Tranter, Girl Security Scholar

Congress is Back: Where does Ukraine Support Stand? – September 13, 2023
Featuring Elizabeth Hoffman, Fellow and Director of Congressional and Government Affairs at CSIS

Chasing Liberties: Balancing Individual Rights and Digital Privacy – September 6, 2023
Featuring Caitlin Chin-Rothmann, Fellow, Strategic Technologies Program at CSIS and Kennedy Solaru, Girl Security Scholar

On the Road in Ukraine – August 30, 2023
Featuring Elizabeth Hoffman, Fellow and Director of Congressional and Government Affairs at CSIS

A Conversation with GEN Laura Richardson on Security Challenges in Latin America – August 4, 2023
Featuring General Laura J. Richardson, U.S. Army, 32nd Commander of the United States Southern Command (SOUTHCOM)

The Pentagon Puzzle – June 28, 2023
Featuring Kari Bingen, Director of the Aerospace Security Project at CSIS

Academia vs. the Policy World – June 21, 2023
Featuring Dr. Heather Williams, Director of the Project on Nuclear Issues and a Senior Fellow in the International Security Program at CSIS

“Employee No.1” in Homeland Security – June 14, 2023
Featuring Ashley Davis, Founding Partner of West Front Strategies LLC

How to Strike a Deal – June 7, 2023
Featuring Judith Batty, former Senior Counsel at ExxonMobil and former Interim CEO of Girl Scouts of the USA

The Hollywood Episode – May 31, 2023
Featuring Chris Levinson, Writer and Producer

Why Male Allies Matter – May 24, 2023
Featuring Ambassador Donald Steinberg, former U.S. Ambassador to Angola

Crunching the Numbers: Mathematician to CEO – May 17, 2023
Featuring Mollie Breen, CEO and Co-Founder of Perygee

Mental Resilience: Deploying Tech for Navy SEALS – May 10, 2023
Featuring Shannon Clark, Senior Vice President, Federal, R+D at Palantir Technologies

The Establishment of the U.S.-Afghan Women’s Council – May 3, 2023
Featuring Ambassador Paula J. Dobriansky, former Under Secretary of State for Global Affairs

On the Ground in Iraq – April 26, 2023
Featuring Kristi Rogers, Managing Partner and Co-Founder of Principal to Principal

A Practical Approach to Migration – April 19, 2023
Featuring Amy E. Pope, U.S. Candidate for Director General at the International Organization for Migration (IOM)

The Only Woman on the Abraham Accords Team – April 12, 2023
Featuring Morgan Ortagus, the former Spokesperson for the U.S. Department of State

A Conversation with Admiral Linda L. Fagan, 27th Commandant of the United States Coast Guard – April 4, 2023
Featuring Admiral Linda L. Fagan, 27th Commandant of the United States Coast Guard

A Conversation with Gayle E. Smith on Global Health Security – March 22, 2023
Featuring Gayle E. Smith, CEO of the ONE Campaign

Nerding Out on NATO – March 22, 2023
Featuring Dr. Benedetta Berti, Head of Policy Planning in the Office of the Secretary General at NATO

Inflection Points: Denmark's Response to the War in Ukraine – March 15, 2023
Featuring Ambassador Christina Markus Lassen, Ambassador of Denmark to the United States

Rethinking Humanitarian Aid with Michelle Nunn, President and CEO of CARE USA – March 6, 2023
Featuring Michelle Nunn, President and CEO of CARE USA

A Conversation with HON Christine E. Wormuth, 25th U.S. Secretary of the Army – March 1, 2023
Featuring Honorable Christine E. Wormuth, 25th U.S. Secretary of the Army

A Mission in Mali: Tanks in the Sky – February 22, 2023
Featuring Colonel Julie Callacott, Canadian Forces Intelligence Command Assistant Chief of Staff Support in the Royal Canadian Air Force (RCAF)

Come One, Come All: Gender Neutrality in Sweden’s Conscription – February 15, 2023
Featuring Captain Jenny Ström, Commanding Officer of the 3rd Naval Warfare Flotilla in the Swedish Navy

Uncovering the Uyghur Genocide – February 1, 2023
Featuring Ambassador Kelley Currie, former Deputy U.S. Representative to the United Nations and Ambassador-at-Large for Global Women’s Issues

The Super Bowl Episode: Women in the NFL – January 27, 2023
Featuring Sandra Douglass Morgan, President of the Las Vegas Raiders

Crisis Coordination on Christmas – January 25, 2023
Featuring Captain Erin Williams, Commanding Officer, USCG Activities Far East in the United States Coast Guard

Afghan Women and the Fall of Kabul – January 19, 2023
Featuring Kamila Sidiqi, an Afghan Entrepreneur and former Government Official

The Special Forces of Trade and Development – January 11, 2023
Featuring Enoh T. Ebong, Director, U.S. Trade and Development Agency (USTDA) 

How Service Can Save Us – January 4, 2023
Featuring Ylva Johansson, European Commissioner for Home Affairs


Looking Ahead: The NATO Alliance – December 13, 2022
Featuring Ambassador Julianne Smith, U.S. Permanent Representative to NATO

Ukraine Is Fighting for All of Us - December 7, 2022
Featuring Dr. Maryna Baydyuk, Assistant Research Professor at Georgetown University and Co-Founder of United Help Ukraine

The Information Space is On Fire - November 30, 2022
Featuring Lisa Kaplan, Founder of Alethea

How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love Arms Control – November 23, 2022
Featuring Ambassador Bonnie Jenkins, Under Secretary for Arms Control and International Security

The 2022 National Defense Strategy – November 16, 2022
Featuring Honorable Mara E. Karlin, Assistant Secretary of Defense for Strategy, Plans, and Capabilities

Navigating Byzantine Bureaucracies: Capitol Hill and the Pentagon – November 9, 2022
Featuring Honorable Erin C. Conaton, former Under Secretary of the Air Force, and former Under Secretary of Defense for Personnel and Readiness

Mental Health and National Security – October 19, 2022
Featuring Amy Gilliland, President of General Dynamics Information Technology (GDIT) 

Russia’s Operations in Ukraine – October 3, 2022
Featuring Honorable Celeste Wallander, Assistant Secretary of Defense for International Security Affairs

Figuring Out What the World Will Look Like in 2030-2050 – October 5, 2022
Featuring CW5 Phyllis J. Wilson, President of the Women In Military Service For America Memorial Foundation

Business Leaders and International Affairs: A Conversation with Ambassador Silverberg – September 22, 2022
Featuring Ambassador Kristen Silverberg, President and COO of the Business Roundtable 

Gender, National Security, and the Capitol – September 7, 2022
Featuring Elizabeth King, Majority Staff Director for the Senate Armed Services Committee

Covering the Fall of Kabul: The View from the Newsroom – July 27, 2022
Featuring Lara Seligman, Defense Reporter, Politico

“Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell”: An Insider’s View – July 13, 2022
Featuring Shelly O’Neill Stoneman, Senior Vice President of Government Relations for BAE Systems, Inc

Rescuing Heroes: The White Helmets in Syria – June 29, 2022
Featuring Erin Clancy, Public Policy Manager for Strategic Response Policy at Meta 

Should Women Be in the Selective Service? – June 15, 2022
Featuring Honorable Shawn G. Skelly, Assistant Secretary of Defense for Readiness

A Diplomat in South Sudan – June 1, 2022
Featuring Elizabeth Shackelford, Senior Fellow at the Chicago Council on Global Affairs

A Conversation with Canadian Minister of National Defence Hon. Anita Anand – April 28, 2022
Featuring Anita Anand, the Honorable Anita Anand, Canadian Minister of National Defence