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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

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Is Increased Communication the Secret to Deescalating North Korea?

Thursday, April 04, 2013

Here's a recipe for global domination: Insult nearly all of your neighbors, cancel a cease fire, promise to teach lessons to old enemies, and then turn New York City into a sea of fire.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

World Peace Games

Tuesday, April 02, 2013

Educational consultant and teacher John Hunter led his first World Peace Game in 1978. He writes about what he's learned about cooperation and teaching in his new book, World Peace and Other 4th-Grade Achievements

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Cuban Dissident Yoani Sanchez Hopes for a Post-Castro Era

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

The blogger/journalist Yoani Sanchez, a leading dissident voice in Cuba, is on her first worldwide tour. Takeaway host John Hockenberry speaks with Sanchez about Cuban politics and her mission to scare the Castro regime while bringing the support of American policymakers into what she hopes will soon be the post-Castro era. 

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America's Changing Foreign Policy in the Middle East and Beyond

Tuesday, March 19, 2013

As President Obama prepares for his first trip to Israel since his election in 2008, BBC State Department correspondent Kim Ghattas describes the Administration's goals in the region and beyond. Ghattas has watched the Obama Administration's foreign policy goals unfold firsthand, as she traveled the world with former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, and she describes her experiences with Clinton in her new book, "The Secretary: A Journey with Hillary Clinton from Beirut to the Heart of American Power."

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Diplomatic Impunity: Dean Acheson Counsels Audiences on Disarmament

Wednesday, February 13, 2013

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In 1958, former Secretary of State Dean Acheson was out of power but not out of opinions. At this Book and Authors Luncheon the influential statesman weighs in on the pressing foreign policy question of the day: our relations with the Soviet Union.

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Elliott Abrams: Middle East in the Bush Years

Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Senior fellow for Middle Eastern studies at the Council on Foreign Relations Elliott Abrams supervised US policy in the Middle East during the Bush administration, discusses his new book Tested by Zion: The Bush Administration and the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict 

 

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The Brian Lehrer Show

SOTU Preview; “The Invisible War”; Why Priests?

Tuesday, February 12, 2013

President Obama gives his State of the Union address tonight. David Leonhardt, Washington editor for The New York Times, previews the speech and talks about his new book on deficits and economic growth. Plus: the Oscar documentary series continues with “The Invisible War”; Pulitzer prize-winning author Garry Wills on his new book about priests, and on the Pope’s resignation; and a closer look at U.S. diplomacy in the Middle East.

→ Watch and Live Chat Tonight: Join Brian, Emily Bazelon, David Plotz and others during the State of the Union. Starts at 9.

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Edward Barrett Considers Anti-American Sentiment in Latin America

Wednesday, February 06, 2013

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The violent anti-American demonstrations occasioned by Vice President Richard M. Nixon's recent trip to Latin America are the subject of this 1958 International Interview with Edward W. Barrett, dean of the Columbia Graduate School of Journalism.

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Hillary Clinton's Legacy: Ambassador to the World?

Friday, February 01, 2013

Hillary Clinton steps out of the political spotlight today as she departs from the U.S. State Department after four years as secretary of state. As we reflect on her legacy, John Cassidy, staff writer at The New Yorker, argues that Secretary Clinton achieved more as "an ambassador to the world" than as secretary of state.

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North Korea Makes New, More Explicit Threat

Friday, January 25, 2013

While North Korea has repeatedly threatened to strike the United States, a threat made yesterday to target the United States was significantly more explicit. A statement from the North Korean National Defense Commission referred to the United States as the "sworn enemy of the Korean people."

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Was Yasser Arafat Murdered?

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Yasser Arafat, former chairman of the Palestinian Liberation Organization, died after a mysterious, month-long illness in a French military hospital, eight years ago. Today French, Swiss, and Russian scientists will exhume Arafat's body in Ramallah.

Was Arafat poisoned? How will Arafat's exhumation affect the tenuous peace in the Middle East? Charles Glass is a Middle East expert, journalist and broadcaster. He discusses the investigation, and Arafat's legacy.

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Middle East Peace Negotiations: There and Back Again

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

As Hamas and other groups in Gaza continue to launch rockets into Israel, and the Israeli Defense Forces bomb Gaza, in turn, it's hard to remember that there have been moments of reconciliation, and promises of peace, between Arabs and Israelis. William Quandt, who helped negotiate the Camp David Accords, and Robert Malley, who worked in President Clinton's National Security Council during the Oslo Accords, both have experience negotiating Middle East peace.

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Is Israel's Military Hindering Middle East Peace?

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

A new book by longtime Jerusalem correspondent Patrick Tyler argues that while Iran and other countries in the Middle East have no doubt contributed to the stalemate in the region, Israel's bellicose outlook has also impeded the prospects for peace. Tyler is the author of "Fortress Israel: The Inside Story of the Military Elite Who Run the Country – And Why They Can’t Make Peace."

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Flashpoints in the Post-Arab Spring World

Friday, September 14, 2012

Eleven years after September 11th, the relationship between the United States and the Islamic world is, in many ways, fraught with tension. The recent attack on the U.S. embassy in Libya left four Americans dead, including Ambassador Chris Stevens. Nicholas Kristof, columnist for The New York Times, helps put this latest moment of protest and religious furor into historical context.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Our Values: Freedom of Speech or of Religion?

Friday, September 14, 2012

Jeremy Waldronprofessor of law and philosophy at the New York University School of Law and of Social and Political Theory at Oxford University, and author of The Harm in Hate Speech, discusses the use of the phrase "American values" in diplomatic and political rhetoric following the attack in Libya.

 

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Our Values: American Diplomacy In the Wake of Embassy Attacks

Friday, September 14, 2012

Fred Kaplan, War Stories columnist for Slate, discusses how the embassy protests in the Middle East have raised questions about the most effective way for diplomacy to spread U.S. "values."

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Behind the Scenes Diplomacy for Chen Guangcheng

Thursday, May 10, 2012

Blind Chinese activist Chen Guangcheng's daring escape from house arrest late last month set off a round of diplomatic tug-of-war between Chinese and American officials attempting to conduct high level strategic talks. After at first agreeing to stay in China, Chen changed his mind, publicly declaring his desire to leave the country last week. Details of Chen’s travels to the U.S. have not been finalized, but behind the scenes, intense negotiations and preparations continue. Jerome Cohen has been working to help make arrangements for Chen to travel to the US to study at NYU, and has been in touch with Chen regularly.

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Diplomatic Dialogue In the Wake of Chen Guangcheng's Release

Thursday, May 03, 2012

Diplomatic meetings Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner, and their Chinese counterparts were largely overshadowed by the release of Chinese dissident Chen Guangcheng from the American embassy, and the uncertainty around the conditions of his release. Christopher Johnson, a former senior China analyst at the CIA, explains the latest in both events.

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Chinese Dissident Chen Guangcheng Now Wants to Leave the Country

Thursday, May 03, 2012

A U.S. State Department spokeswoman confirms this morning that activist Chen Guangcheng wants to leave China with his family. Our partner the BBC is reporting that the dissident has asked to leave China on the same plane as Secretary of State Hillary Clinton who is in Beijing for high level talks. Joining us is Mickey Bristow, Beijing Correspondent for the BBC.

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