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U.S. Tackles Tensions Between Japan & China

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

President Barack Obama lands in Tokyo today, the first stop on his week-long trip through Southeast Asia. At the top of his agenda are the rising tensions between Japan and China.

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Obama, Biden Seek to Balance East and West

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

While Russia and Ukraine dominate the headlines, President Obama embarks on a long-awaited trip to Southeast Asia. As Vice President Biden practices Containment 2.0 with Russia in the West, can President Obama do the same with China in the East?

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Iraqi Ambassador Gears Up for Boston Marathon

Thursday, April 03, 2014

When 36,000 runners in the year's Boston Marathon take to the starting line, Lukman Faily, Iraqi Ambassador to the U.S., will be among them. He says he's taking part in the run to to demonstrate his solidarity with Bostonians and his commitment to fighting terrorism.

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Russia Demands Crimea Surrender

Monday, March 03, 2014

On Monday, an ultimatum was issued from Russia's Black Sea Fleet and delivered to Ukrainian forces in Crimea—the message from Russian naval forces was to surrender by 5:00 AM local time on Tuesday—or face an all-out assault. Natalia Antelava is in Ukraine reporting for PRI's The World. She provides a look at the rising tensions on the ground in Crimea. Steven Pifer, a former U.S. ambassador to Ukraine from 1998 to 2000 and is a Senior Fellow at the Brookings Institution, weighs in on the way forward for Ukraine, Russia and the international community. 

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What Another Round of Sanctions Will Do to Iran

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

After seven weeks of negotiations, America's nuclear talks with Iran are reaching a critical phase. If all goes well, Iran will get $7 billion in sanctions relief in exchange for agreeing to roll back its nuclear program. But much to President Barack Obama’s consternation, the Senate is considering new Iranian sanctions. P.J. Crowley, a former State Department spokesperson and a professor at George Washington University, examines the power struggle between the White House and the Senate.

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The Takeaway

U.S. Cuts Off Non-Lethal Aid to Syrian Rebels

Thursday, December 12, 2013

The U.S. has long supported the effort that encourages the ouster of Syria's President Bashar al-Assad from power. Yesterday, the Obama administration announced that it would stop sending nonlethal aid—like food and medical supplies—to the moderate opposition in Syria, at least temporarily. Andrew Tabler, a senior fellow at the Washington Institute for Near East Policy and author of "In The Lion's Den: An Eyewitness account of Washington's Battle with Syria," joins The Takeaway to discuss these latest developments.

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World Weekly with Gideon Rachman

China and Japan in the struggle of the century

Thursday, December 05, 2013

China and Japan in the struggle of the century

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Amanpour on the Iran Deal; FDA stops 23andMe; Billy Collins

Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Christiane Amanpour of CNN and ABC explains how Middle Eastern leaders are reacting to the news of a nuclear deal with Iran, and what their responses say about the deal’s chance of success. Then, the FDA has warned the genetic testing company 23andMe to stop marketing their product. We’ll take your calls if you’ve used the service to guide your medical decisions. Plus: Billy Collins, former US and New York State poet laureate, on his new collection of work.

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Rift Grows Between Saudi Arabia and U.S.

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

The easing of tensions with Iran, and a perceived lack of leadership on Syria, has some of America’s most important allies feeling alienated—namely Saudi Arabia. Caryle Murphy, a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and author of "A Kingdom’s Future: Saudi Arabia Through the Eyes of Its Twentysomethings," explains what's at stake in the growing diplomatic rift between these two old allies.

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After 35 Year Diplomatic Hiatus, United States and Iran Begin Talks

Friday, September 27, 2013

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani appeared at the Asia Society in Manhattan last night, and Takeaway Host John Hockenberry was on-site to witness Rouhani's speech and even a surprise appearance. Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif arrived fresh from his meeting with Secretary of State John Kerry—the first substantive high level meeting between the two countries since 1979. Geneive Abdo, fellow with the Middle East program at The Stimson Center and non-resident fellow at The Brookings Institution, explains the diplomatic path being forged by Iran.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Iran and the United Nations

Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Both President Obama and Iranian President Rouhani spoke of seeking peace in their addresses to the U.N. General Assembly yesterday. Farnaz Fassihi, senior staff writer for The Wall Street Journal covering the Middle East, and Robin Wright, joint fellow at the U.S. Institute of Peace and the Woodrow Wilson International Center, former diplomatic correspondent for The Washington Post and the author of Rock the Casbah: Rage and Rebellion Across the Islamic World (Simon & Schuster, 2011), update the diplomatic situation with Iran

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The Brian Lehrer Show

The Syrian Conflict from Inside Syria

Thursday, September 19, 2013

A look at life inside Syria today, and the effect of the conflict on the Syrian diaspora, with Reuters correspondent Oliver Holmes; Karam Foundation co-founder Lina Sergie Attar, who has worked in Syrian refugee camps; and Syrian-American Maytha Alhassen, Ph.D. candidate at USC, who writes frequently about the war and the Syrian community and has served as Al-Jazeera digital producer and anchor.

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How Should the U.S. Help Syrian Rebels?

Monday, June 17, 2013

As President Obama meets with fellow G-8 leaders in Northern Ireland, Syria’s fate is high on the agenda, but there is little consensus on the best path forward. Former British ambassador Carne Ross is founder of Independent Diplomat, a non-profit diplomatic advisory group that is currently advising the Syrian Coalition. He outlines the Syrian rebels' position, and analyzes the potential issues in the international community.

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Diplomatic Damage Caused by Drone Strikes, In Defense of the DSM-5, Bob Woodruff's Advice for New Grads

Thursday, May 23, 2013

Drone Strikes and Diplomacy, from Yemen to Pakistan | National Security and the Muslim World | FBI Investigation of Man with Ties to Boston Bombing Suspect Ends in Shooting | In Defense of the DSM-5 | Wise Words for New Grads, from Bob Woodruff

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American Diplomat Suspected of Espionage Detained by Russian Authorities

Wednesday, May 15, 2013

On Monday night, Russian authorities detained an employee of the American embassy named Ryan Christopher Fogle. They accused him of working for the CIA, and trying to recruit Russian agents for espionage. Fogle is alleged to have been found wearing a wig, carrying millions of euros, and instructions for divulging information to the US via a fake email account. Gordon Corera, author of The Art of Betrayal: The Secret History of MI6, and BBC security correspondent explains.

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American Sentenced in North Korea

Friday, May 10, 2013

Last week, 44 year old Kenneth Bae became the sixth American detained in North Korea since 2009. His sentence is the most severe punishment to date. He faces 15 years of hard labor for committing “hostile acts” against the North Korean government. Now, the U.S. is faced with a diplomacy choice. With tensions between the U.S. and North Korea already high, what should be the course of action this time?

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The Takeaway

Cleveland Alarmed After Abduction Case, The Most Average Place in America, Mark Sanford Headed for Congress

Wednesday, May 08, 2013

Genetically Engineering Glowing Plants | Revisiting Benghazi | What is the Most Perfectly Average City in America? | Karen Peetz on Breaking the Glass Ceiling | South Carolina Elects Ex-Governor Mark Sanford to Congress | Ray Harryhausen, Special Effects Master, Dies at 92 | Cleveland Alarmed After Abduction Case | Secretary of State Kerry in Moscow for Talks on Syria | The Syrian Conflict According to Assad's Prisoners

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Senior American Officials Call For Policy Change on Iran

Monday, April 22, 2013

Since 1979, the US has issued sanctions on trade with Iran. The goal of these sanctions is to support diplomatic efforts to peacefully resolve the disagreements with Iran without having to resort to violent means. But a new report argues that sanctions against Iran are backfiring and failing to reinforce diplomatic efforts.

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The Takeaway

North Korean Threats, History of the Negro League, Gun Control Debate

Friday, April 12, 2013

New Movie Releases: "The Place Beyond the Pines" and "42" | On the Ground in South Korea | Senate Will Debate Gun Control Proposal | Navigating Portland's Food Culture with Nine-Year-Olds | Jackie Robinson, and the End of Negro League Baseball | The Art and Science of the Public Comeback

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Diplomacy and Pyongyang, Bill Ackman's Influence on J.C. Penney and Herbalife

Wednesday, April 10, 2013

An Open Line of Communication with Pyongyang? | Bill Ackman: The Life and Times of the Activist Investor