Nov 30, 2023
Stephen Yates, a seasoned analyst and practitioner in politics, policy, and national security, hails from St. Petersburg, Florida. As a Senior Fellow and Chair of the China Policy Initiative, he has traversed the intricacies of policy decision-making, both foreign and domestic. A veteran commentator and media trainer, Yates brings a wealth of experience to the table, having served as a senior advisor to presidential campaigns, the CEO of D.C. International Advisory, and the President of Radio Free Asia.
His journey includes a notable stint in the White House as Deputy Assistant to Vice President Dick Cheney for National Security Affairs. Yates also served as chairman of the Idaho Republican Party and co-chaired the 2016 Republican Platform Subcommittee on National Security. A familiar face on national TV and radio, he is a respected voice in the realm of politics and policy.
On this podcast, beyond the realms of geopolitics, Mr. Yates shares a deeply personal and impactful story. His daughter, Christina, became entangled in the complex web of drug addiction. Born into a narrative of adoption and early years marked by questions of nature versus nurture, Christina's journey took her through the challenges of adolescence into adulthood.
Stephen witnessed and tells the chilling story about the heart-wrenching realities of life with an addicted child – from leaving home to facing homelessness and navigating the complexities of her marriage within the shadows of addiction. The struggle to save Christina from the clutches of homelessness, addiction, and ultimately, death, became a central theme in their lives.
Yet, amid the struggles, surprises emerged, displaying uncommon beauty and strength. Christina's art, spirit, and energy shone through, defying the darkness that threatened to engulf her. Stephen delves into the profound impact of loss, exploring the depths of grief and its repercussions on the family.
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