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Last updated: Tuesday, April 28 2015 01:34 PM

Burma at the Crossroads

Tuesday, April 07 2015 01:30 PM

This fall, Burma is scheduled to hold a historic presidential election. But with ongoing persecution of ethnic minorities and many other human rights issues, many wonder if it is ready for true reform. It was only four years ago that President...

Saving Innocence: The Global Fight to End Child Marriage

Monday, March 02 2015 03:51 PM

UNICEF reports there are 250 million women worldwide who were married before they turned 15. Now, lawmakers, NGOs, and world leaders are banding together to end the practice. This month, America Abroad travels to Tanzania, Ethiopia, Nepal, and...

America and Cuba: After the Thaw

Wednesday, February 04 2015 05:44 PM

President Obama's announcement to begin normalizing relations with Cuba marks the most significant change in US policy toward the island nation in a half century. But as America looks to make it easier to travel to the country and establish more...

Jordan on the Frontline: An International Town Hall

Thursday, January 08 2015 05:00 PM

The Middle East today is more unstable than ever. The war in Syria has created a tremendous humanitarian crisis, with more than three million refugees having fled to neighboring countries, and the rise of ISIS has destabilized Iraq and Syria and...

Global Girls Education: Breaking Down Barriers

Tuesday, November 04 2014 07:17 PM

It used to be that, in many parts of the world, educating a girl was not only a low priority but was prevented by social customs or economic pressures. Now, in areas such as sub-Saharan Africa, India and war-torn areas such as Syria, girls are...

The Keystone XL Pipeline: An International Town Hall

Tuesday, October 07 2014 02:34 PM

The Keystone XL pipeline has been a controversial project in both the United States and Canada. On this edition of America Abroad, audiences in Lincoln, Nebraska and Calgary, Canada engaged in a cross border discussion about how the oil sands industry...

Water Scarcity & Conflict

Thursday, August 07 2014 03:49 PM

AK-47s. Grenades. Water?  Water has become a tool of terrorism in some parts of Africa and has become a key actor in many local, national and international conflicts around the world.  This month, we travel to Sub Saharan Africa and South...

Global Water Scarcity: Combating Drought

Wednesday, July 02 2014 02:18 AM

Millions of farmers in California, Africa and South Asia are all facing severe water issues. In times of drought or overuse of rainwater, many of them are racing to sink new wells to reach the last clean source of water: groundwater. In this edition...

The Power of Art in a Changing Middle East

Tuesday, June 03 2014 09:01 PM

It's been 5 years (June 4, 2009) since President Obama's landmark Cairo speech in which he spoke of common values between the West and "muslims around the world:  they were values of  "justice and progress; tolerance and the dignity of all...

The Consequences of Shrinking America's Military

Tuesday, May 13 2014 03:16 PM

As America draws down troops from Afghanistan, cuts back on military spending and the size of its military, many worry that America’s leadership in the world and ability to protect its allies is eroding. On this edition of America...

Afghanistan after Karzai: A Washington-Kabul Town Hall

Thursday, April 03 2014 08:22 PM

This month, America Abroad, DC public radio station WAMU 88.5 and Afghanistan channel TOLOnews connected audiences, along with a panel of experts in Washington and Kabul, for an international town hall ahead of Afghanistan's presidential...

How Government Helps and Harms Entrepreneurs

Thursday, March 06 2014 10:07 PM

Governments around the world are trying to figure out if and how they can help promote entrepreneurship, which is considered critical to global competitiveness. But in the United States, there's nothing more politically contentious than the role of...

Women's Rights after the Arab Spring

Friday, February 07 2014 07:46 PM

The revolutions that swept across the Middle East in 2011, known as "The Arab Spring," promised greater freedoms for many in the region, including women. While there have been some advances in women's rights, the promise in many cases has not been...

Syria and the Reponsibility to Protect (UPDATED)

Friday, January 10 2014 02:59 PM

America Abroad has re-released its 2013 program: Syria and the Responsibility to Protect with new interviews and material. We explore whether the international community has a moral obligation to intervene more aggressively in Syria. We take a look...

Global Entrepreneurship

Thursday, December 12 2013 09:12 PM

The U.S. is often thought of as the land of innovation – a great habitat for entrepreneurs. And, this is still the case. But, why are other regions of the world producing entrepreneurs at a faster rate than the United States?

De-Radicalizing Terrorists

Friday, November 08 2013 11:10 PM

The global war against terrorism has become a war of ideas. Is the U.S. doing enough to fight it, and what can it learn from other countries?

Egypt and the Struggle for Democracy

Wednesday, October 09 2013 07:39 PM

America Abroad explores what lies ahead for Egypt's fragile democracy in this international town hall discussion connecting audiences and a panel of experts in Los Angeles and Cairo. America Abroad explores what lies ahead for...

Iran at the Crossroads

Wednesday, July 03 2013 12:13 AM

What does Iran's new leadership mean for the future of the country, its nuclear weapons program and relationship with the West, and for Iranians around the world? This month's America Abroad is Iran at the Crossroads.

Immigration and the Global Talent Search

Thursday, May 09 2013 06:31 PM

Is the U.S. losing the global race for the best and brightest entrepreneurial talent?

Global Energy and Innovations

Thursday, April 04 2013 07:30 PM

What does the natural gas boom mean for renewable energy in the U.S. and how are other countries addressing their growing energy needs?

A Decade At War: Afghanistan, Iraq & Counterinsurgency

Thursday, March 14 2013 05:21 PM

In this special episode marking the tenth anniversary of the invasion of Iraq, America Abroad looks back at the policies and lessons of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, including the efficacy of the United States' counterinsurgency strategy.

Religious Minorities in the Middle East (UPDATED)

Wednesday, February 06 2013 07:46 PM

The Arab Awakening has led to a rise in Islamist governments in the Middle East – increasing concerns about the rights of religious minorities.

Obama's Foreign Policy Challenges: The Next 4 Years

Wednesday, January 09 2013 10:53 PM

President Obama's second term begins with a series of foreign policy challenges on his plate.

Islamism in Africa

Wednesday, December 05 2012 11:05 PM

The rise of Islamism in Africa may threaten to further destabilize an already fragile continent.

Youth in the Arab World: After the Revolution

Monday, November 12 2012 07:20 PM

Arabs under thirty drove the region's revolutions, and they have emerged as prominent social and political actors. But with new governments now in power, are youth satisfied with the pace of change?

American Entrepreneurship in a Global Economy

Wednesday, October 03 2012 10:28 PM

There is bipartisan consensus that unleashing America's entrepreneurial potential is vital to reviving the economy. Yet there are many challenges facing today's entrepreneur, from local regulatory and tax burdens to federal visa restrictions.

The Next President: Foreign Policy Challenges

Wednesday, September 05 2012 02:09 PM

The next President of the United States may face some very tough foreign policy decisions early in his administration. So it's important that American voters know where candidates stand on the key issues.

Mexico: Looking Forward

Thursday, August 09 2012 12:16 PM

Mexico isn't just America's neighbor and the source of controversy over immigration. It is also our third-largest trading partner, outpacing Japan, Germany and the UK combined. So what will a change in Mexico's government mean for the U.S.?

Religious Minorities in the Middle East

Tuesday, July 31 2012 07:51 PM

The Arab awakening has led to a rise in Islamist governments in the Middle East - raising concerns about the rights of religious minorities.

The Global Water Challenge

Wednesday, June 06 2012 04:00 AM

Water: As the most essential resource to human life, the demand for water continues to grow as global population does. Yet less than one percent of the planet's supply is potable, making the treatment of this precious resource complex –

The Future of NATO

Friday, May 04 2012 04:00 AM

NATO's campaign in Libya received mixed reviews, and now its forces are withdrawing from Afghanistan. This month, member countries are meeting in Chicago to talk about the alliance's future. So what's next for NATO?

Iran and the Bomb

Wednesday, April 04 2012 04:00 AM

Will sanctions and diplomacy be enough to prevent Iran from developing nuclear weapons? Or is a military strike on Iran's nuclear facilities inevitable?

The Rise of the Islamists

Thursday, March 08 2012 05:00 AM

After decades of repression by secular rulers, Islamists are now poised to transform the region's politics and culture. But it's still not clear what they plan to do with their power, and what that will mean for those who don't share

After Kim Jong-Il: America and the Two Koreas

Wednesday, February 08 2012 05:00 AM

The sudden death of Kim Jong-Il and the succession to power of his young and inexperienced son has put the world on edge. What will the leadership change in North Korea mean for the future of America's relationship with the two Koreas?

America and the Middle East: What Lies Ahead

Wednesday, January 11 2012 05:00 AM

With American troops out of Iraq and leaving Afghanistan – what will America's 'strong presence' in the region look like? From Iraq and Iran to Afghanistan and Pakistan, we'll examine what America's influence and

Europe in Crisis

Tuesday, December 06 2011 05:00 AM

The European debt crisis has made possible what was once inconceivable—the collapse of the euro, and even the unraveling of the European Union itself. We head to front lines of the crisis–to Italy and Greece–to ask, "How did we get

The Politics of Faith: The Role of Religion in Divided Societies

Thursday, November 03 2011 04:00 AM

Around the world today, conflicts between religious groups are on the rise. Nearly a third of the world's population faces restrictions on how they worship, risking arrest, imprisonment or even death. We head to Egypt, Malaysia, China and Russia

Election 2012: Voters and Foreign Policy

Tuesday, October 04 2011 04:00 AM

Just a few months before the first primary votes are cast, foreign policy and national security issues have received surprisingly little attention on the campaign trail. So when it comes to foreign policy – do voters care?

Joined By War: A Decade of Conflict in Afghanistan

Monday, September 12 2011 04:00 AM

To mark the tenth anniversary of 9/11 and to honor the sacrifices made by both Afghans and Americans, America Abroad brings together audiences in Washington and Kabul to discuss the personal costs of war and life in Afghanistan today, as the Taliban