On this episode of the National Security Podcast, we talk about whether conspiracy theories are a bit of fun or are they a serious challenge for trust in government .

Why is President Trump espousing his love for dictators? How will new technologies and citizen investigations change the way intelligence collection is carried out? Does James Clapper watch spy movies?

On this episode of the National Security Podcast, Chris Farnham has a wide-ranging discussion with the former US Director of National Intelligence and visiting Vice-Chancellor’s Distinguished Professor, hosted by the ANU National Security College.

James Clapper was the US Director of National Intelligence from 2010 to January 2017. In this position, Mr Clapper led the United States Intelligence Community and served as the principal intelligence advisor to President Barack Obama.

Chris Farnham is the presenter of the National Security Podcast. He joined the National Security College in June 2015 as Policy and Events Officer. His career focus has been on geopolitics with experience working in and out of China for a number of years as well as operating in Australia and Southeast Asia.

Show notes | The following were referred to in this episode:

Bellingcat – A platform for citizen and journalist investigations

Cameroon atrocity: Finding the soldiers who killed this woman – BBC News

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