Kati Marton, Richard Holbrooke’s widow;James Traub, contributing writer for the New York Times Magazine; and Reuters columnist David Rohde, talk about the career of Richard Holbrooke, who was a pivotal player in U.S. diplomacy for more than 40 years and who died last December. Most recently special envoy for Iraq and Afghanistan under President Obama, Holbrooke also served as assistant secretary of state for both Asia and Europe, and as ambassador to both Germany and the United Nations, and played a key role in brokering a peace agreement in Bosnia that led to the 1995 Dayton Peace Accords. The Unquiet American: Richard Holbrooke in the World is a tribute to his work as a public servant and a backstage history of the last half-century of American foreign policy.
In 2005, the small coastal West African nation of Guinea-Bissau was a poor, sleepy backwater whose main export was cashews. Now, in 2010, it is the hub of West Africa's burgeoning cocaine trade, and many observers believe that it is in danger of becoming a narco-state--completely at the whim of drug traffickers in Latin America and Hezbollah leaders who depend on a cut of a profits to fund their terrorist efforts. For today's second Underreported segment, James Traub, a contributing writer to the New York Times Magazine, and Paolo Gorjao, the director of the Portuguese Institute of International Relations and Security, a think tank that focuses on Portugal and former Portuguese colonies like Guinea-Bissau, tell us how Guinea-Bissau became the hub of this new drug nexus.
Over the last two years, Vice President Joe Biden has gone from powerful senator to presidential contender to vice president. As part of that ascension, he has given up some things to gain others, and as James Traub reports in this weekend's New York Times magazine, Biden is creating a job that holds considerable power in the nation's domestic and foreign agendas.
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