On this week’s episode of “What’s Next?” Maggie Feldman-Piltch interviews Matt Zeller, ASP Adjunct Fellow and CEO and Co-Founder of No One Left Behind, a non-profit dedicated to resettling Iraqi and Afghan translators who served with the U.S. military at war. Matt discusses his road to founding this organization and the work that they do, the necessity for resettlement programs, and the danger translators face from different groups operating in Afghanistan and Iraq.
After war, too many individuals are not provided the resources to succeed in the United States. Matt and Maggie hone in on the connection between protecting these translators and national security. Protecting translators goes beyond the issue of integrity and sets a precedent in the region that working with Americans in times of conflict is not a death sentence.
Matthew Zeller is the author of Watches Without Time (Just World Books, 2012), a vivid description of what he experienced while serving as an embedded combat adviser with the Afghan security forces in Ghazni, Afghanistan, in 2008. Matt is a Captain in the US Army Reserve and a former officer of the Central Intelligence Agency. He was the Democrat candidate for Congress in 2010 in NY’s 29th Congressional District.
About “What’s Next?”
“What’s Next?” is American Security Project’s weekly, non-partisan podcast series featuring interviews with national security leaders and critical issue experts. Each episode runs about 20 minutes- making it the perfect addition to your DC commute.
Hosted by Maggie Feldman-Piltch and produced by Matthew Wallin, the conversations go beyond the dinner party commentary and offer guests the opportunity to discuss their vision for security in the 21st century, the strategy that vision requires, and what it means for America going forward- in less time than it takes you to get to work. With topics ranging from geo-economics to nuclear security, cultural diplomacy to energy security and asymmetric operations, “What’s Next?” is one of the many ways ASP works to raise the American public’s understanding of complex security issues we face.