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Today's Takeaways: A Leaderless Iraq, Comedy and Depression, and The Impact of a Name

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

1. America's Reluctant Return to Iraq | 2. Iraq: The Case for a King | 3. Hollywood Film Icon Lauren Bacall Dies at 89 | 4. The Takeaway Book Club: 'All Our Names'

PRI's The World

Eritrea's president wasn't invited to Washington, but does it matter?

Tuesday, August 05, 2014

Isaias Afwerki of Eritrea was one of four African leaders left off the invite list for the US-Africa Leaders Summit this week. The snub sparked debate among Washington's Eritrean expat community about whether or not the gesture had any real meaning.

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PRI's The World

From Russia-US relations to global terrorism, nuclear insecurity is as big a threat as ever

Tuesday, August 05, 2014

Just under a year ago US and Russian signed an accord that would facilitate continued collaboration of US and Russian scientists on nuclear energy and safety. That accord has been put on ice in light of recent events in the Ukraine.

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The Takeaway

'Criminal' Acts & the Laws of War

Monday, August 04, 2014

Ratified in 1949, the Geneva Conventions laid out a code of conduct for war. Given the current conflicts in the Middle East, where does the world actually stand on the Geneva Conventions?

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The Takeaway

Hope for a Breakthrough in the Middle East

Friday, August 01, 2014

Hundreds of thousands in Gaza are now displaced, and that number runs into the millions when you include the regional turmoil. David Miliband, who served as British Foreign Secretary from 2007 to 2010, explains why there could be a new direction to alter the conflict. 

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The Takeaway

Gaza: No Peace & No Way Out

Thursday, July 31, 2014

As Operation Protective Edge continues into its fourth week, Israel stands firmly behind Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. A recent poll found that more than 90 percent of Jewish Israelis believe Operation Protective Edge is justified.

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The Takeaway

The Elusive Dream of Peace in Gaza

Thursday, July 24, 2014

It's already been a deadly week in Gaza and Israel, but a cease-fire seems no closer. Veteran Middle East negotiator Ambassador Martin Indyk says it's an unsustainable stalemate in an increasingly unstable region.

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The Takeaway

Can Anyone Broker Peace in the Middle East?

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Egypt has played a leading role in maintaining Middle East peace since President Jimmy Carter negotiated the Camp David Accords in 1978. Today, after a counterrevolution and continuing waves of unrest, Egypt has problems of its own, and neither Hamas nor the Likud Party-led Israeli government seems ready for a cease-fire.

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The Takeaway

All Eyes on Putin as Investigators Demand Access to Downed Jet

Monday, July 21, 2014

President Obama called on the Russian leader to compel Kremlin-backed separatists in Ukraine to open the crash site to investigators. Will Putin step in to defuse the crisis?

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Iran's Nuclear Program: Can a Deal Be Reached?

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

This Sunday is the preliminary deadline for Iran and the U.S. to reach an agreement on scaling back Iran's nuclear program. With just days left, Secretary of State John Kerry says that although "tangible progress" has been made, after six months of talks, "very real gaps" remain. 

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World Weekly with Gideon Rachman

US-German relations strained over new spying allegations

Wednesday, July 09, 2014

US-German relations strained over new spying allegations

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The Assassination That Changed The World

Friday, June 27, 2014

Although a century has passed since the Archduke Franz Ferdinand was fatally shot and WWI was triggered, we’re still grappling with the consequences today. How one death irrevocably changed the nature of conflict, peace, and international relations.  

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The High Price of Turkey's Silence With ISIS

Friday, June 27, 2014

For years, Turkey permitted rebel groups to cross the border into Syria in the hopes that they would topple the Assad regime. But Assad held firm and Syria has since become a hotbed of ISIS activity and terrorism that has ultimately spilled over into Iraq.

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Iraqi Prime Minister Rebukes U.S. Calls For Change

Thursday, June 26, 2014

Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki has dismissed the idea of forming a new, more inclusive government. Maliki's stance is a direct rebuke to Secretary of State John Kerry, who has been pushing for a national salvation government to help counter the offensive by ISIS.

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Kerry, Iraq and The Path to Peace

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

As Iraq spirals deeper and deeper into chaos, tensions remain high between Ukraine and Russia, and territorial disputes in the South China Sea are mounting. Ian Bremmer, head of Eurasia Group, weighs in on the inconsistencies in President Obama’s foreign policy agenda.

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The Takeaway

The World's Richest Jihadi Group

Monday, June 23, 2014

Business is booming as the Sunni militants of ISIS loot banks, traffic weapons, and most recently, capture an oil refinery. How did the group get such deep pockets? And will they keep getting deeper? 

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Should the U.S. Look to Iran for Help with Iraq?

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

My enemy's enemy is my friend? It's a line that's pervaded discussions about the possibility of the U.S. and Iran teaming up to address a rapidly destabilizing Iraq. Hillary Mann Leverett, co-author of "Going To Tehran: Why America Must Accept the Islamic Republic of Iran," weighs in.

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The Takeaway

Confronting the Ghosts of a War Not Past

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

America's fingerprints are everywhere, and the U.S. is again facing questions about its responsibility to a country it invaded in 2003. But does the blame game help? What role, if any, should America take now?

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Who Are the Taliban Fighters Released from Guantánamo Bay?

Tuesday, June 03, 2014

President Obama authorized the release of five Guantánamo Bay detainees over the weekend, in exchange for an American POW. Carol Rosenberg, reporter from the Miami Herald, profiles the five released prisoners and discusses their potential future.

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The Takeaway

Obama Walks Tightrope Between Asian Allies

Thursday, April 24, 2014

President Obama is walking a tightrope—he must balance U.S. relationships with China, Japan, and South Korea as a huge trade deal hangs in the pendulum. Can the president keep his footing steady?

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