Ali launches national security-themed podcast with Ford School alumni
Javed Ali, Ford School Towsley Foundation policymaker in residence has launched a podcast about national security issues, called "The Burn Bag", in partnership with two Michigan alumni - A'ndre Gonawela (Ford BA '19) and Ryan Rosenthal (LSA BA '19).
Ali, an LSA 1990 political science graduate himself, says he launched the podcast to discuss important national security topics "in an easily digestible and accessible format with the goal of engaging a diverse audience, including young people."
The first two episodes looked at Election Security and Cyber-Warfare with Ellen Nakashima and Breaking the Taliban Bounty Story with Eric Schmitt. Future podcasts will include interviews with incoming Ford School Professor of Practice Ambassador Susan Page and Michigan Law School’s Barbara McQuade. He plans to cover counterterrorism, cybersecurity, regional affairs, great power competition and homeland security, among other issues.
Listeners can tune in on Spotify here.
Javed Ali is a Towsley Foundation Policymaker in Residence at the Ford School. A former senior director for counterterrorism at the National Security Council, Ali has over 20 years of professional experience in national security and intelligence issues in Washington, D.C., serving in the Defense Intelligence Agency, the Department of Homeland Security, and the Federal Bureau of Investigation. While at the FBI, he also held senior positions on joint duty assignments at the National Intelligence Council, the National Counterterrorism Center, and the National Security Council under the Trump Administration. Ali holds a BA in political science from the University of Michigan, a JD from the University of Detroit School of Law, and an MA in international relations from American University.