Foreign Policy

The Takeaway

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 Brian Lehrer Show

After 'Might and Right' Speech, What Changes?

Thursday, May 29, 2014

Fred Kaplan says at West Point, President Obama did something that perhaps no other president has: made clear when and how he would use force and when he would not.

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The Takeaway

Obama Lays Out Foreign Policy Vision — But is it Too Late?

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

After announcing that some troops will stay in Afghanistan, President Obama delivers a major speech at West Point Wednesday. But there's little time left in his presidency for a foreign policy reboot.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Adventures and Troubles in Foreign Lands and at Home

Monday, May 26, 2014

On today’s Memorial Day show we're re-airing some favorite interviews from March. Shane Bauer, Joshua Fattal, and Sarah Shourd—the three Americans who were captured by Iranian forces while they were hiking and were held for two years—tell us about being in prison and then finally being released. Carl Hoffman explains how he uncovered new evidence about the disappearance of Michael Rockefeller in New Guinea in 1961. We’ll look at the diaries of George F. Kennan, who devised the policy of containment during the Cold War. Bruce Dancis talks about becoming an anti-war activist in the 1960s—and going to prison for resisting the draft during Vietnam.

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US-Russia, Where Do We Go Now?

Thursday, March 27, 2014

At the G7, President Obama acknowledged that "Russia's actions are a problem. [But] they don't pose the number one national security threat to the United States." Angela Stent, Georgetown professor, fellow at Brookings and author of The Limits of Partnership: U.S.-Russian Relations in the Twenty-First Century (Princeton University Press, January 2014) discusses the latest from Crimea, what we don't understand about Putin, and the future of U.S.-Russia relations.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Noam Chomsky’s Life and Times; Growing Up in NY; Foreign Languages

Tuesday, December 24, 2013

Linguist and political commentator Noam Chomsky talks about his new book on what he calls “Western terrorism” and remembers his first job at a newsstand on the Upper West Side. Plus: author and designer (and Brian’s brother) Warren Lehrer; growing up in New York City and the links between memory and place; calls if Bloomberg was your only New York City mayor; and a round of foreign language hopscotch with the phrase: “What we have here is a failure to communicate.”

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Lincoln in the World

Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Kevin Peraino explains how Abraham Lincoln evolved into one of our seminal foreign-policy presidents and helped point the way to America’s rise to world power. Lincoln had never traveled overseas and spoke no foreign languages, yet, during the Civil War, Lincoln and his team skillfully managed to avoid European intervention on the side of the Confederacy. In Lincoln in the World, Kevin Peraino reveals Lincoln to be an indispensable diplomat.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Ari Shavit's Promised Land

Monday, November 18, 2013

Haaretz columnist Ari Shavit looks at Israel's past and present dilemmas in My Promised Land.




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Iran, the Bomb, and American Strategy

Tuesday, October 01, 2013

Kenneth Pollack, former CIA analyst with 25 years of experience working on the Middle East, discusses America’s intractable problem with Iran, Tehran’s pursuit of a nuclear weapons capability, and the decades-long tensions that led us to this point. In Unthinkable: Iran, the Bomb, and American Strategy, he lays out key solutions to the Iran nuclear ques­tion, and suggests ways to renew our efforts and to combine negotiations and sanctions.

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The Takeaway

What Happened to Obama's "Pivot" to Asia?

Thursday, September 26, 2013

Back in President Barack Obama’s first term, administration officials touted the president’s new foreign policy outlook as a "pivot" from the Middle East to Asia. But President Obama’s speech at the United Nations indicates his foreign policy goals seem to be focused on the Middle East. Bonnie Glaser, senior adviser for Asia and Freeman Chair in China Studies at the Center for Strategic and International Studies, explains.


The Brian Lehrer Show

Citizen Soldiers Needed

Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Andrew Bacevich, professor of international relations and history at Boston University, West Point graduate, Vietnam veteran, and author of Breach of Trust: How Americans Failed Their Soldiers and Their Country, criticizes the American public for leaving national defense to "other people" and looks at the effects of the gulf between them on policy.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

What's Next in Syria?

Friday, August 30, 2013

Richard Haass, president of the Council on Foreign Relations and author of Foreign Policy Begins at Home: The Case for Putting America's House in Order, talks about how the international community should respond to the ongoing crisis in Syria.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Middle East Peace Talks

Friday, August 16, 2013

Events in Egypt have overshadowed the first-in-five-years peace talks between Israelis and Palestinians, brokered by Secretary of State Kerry. David Sanger, New York Times chief Washington correspondent and author of Confront and Conceal: Obama's Secret Wars and Surprising Use of American Power (Broadway, 2013), updates the progress and how turmoil in Egypt might affect the region.

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Interim NJ Senator, Prostitution Sting, GMO Labels, Baby Name Advice

Thursday, June 06, 2013

Before the new senator from New Jersey is elected in October, the interim senator may have to cast some votes. Todd Zwillich, the Washington correspondent for The Takeaway, is here to discuss. Plus: A prostitution sting in Nassau County targeted johns; Glenn Greenwald of The Guardian talks about the National Security Agency collecting Verizon phone records; author and former dean of Harvard's Kennedy School of Government Joseph Nye looks to past presidencies for foreign policy advice; Connecticut passes a GMO labeling bill; and a conversation on the limits of acceptable baby names.

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Do Presidents Matter?

Thursday, June 06, 2013

Joseph Nye, University Distinguished Service Professor, former dean of Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government and the author of Presidential Leadership and the Creation of the American Era (Princeton University Press, May 26, 2013) examines eight presidencies to advise the current White House on effective foreign policy.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

The Cool War with China

Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Noah Feldman looks at the future of U.S.-China relations, and how their coming power struggle will reshape the playing field for nations around the world. He argues that we’re entering an era of renewed global struggle: the era of Cool War—between the United States and China. In Cool War: The Future of Global Competition, Feldman depicts what he sees as a likely contest for dominance, alliances, and resources.

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Reimagining American Influence in the Middle East

Monday, April 29, 2013

David Rohde looks at the evolving nature of war and argues that a dysfunctional Washington squandered billions on contractors in Iraq and Afghanistan, neglected its true allies in the war on terror, and failed to employ important nonmilitary weapons in the war on terror. His new book Beyond War: Reimagining American Influence in the Middle East surveys post-Arab Spring Tunisia, Turkey, and Egypt, and finds a yearning for American technology, trade, and education, and says only Muslim moderates can eradicate militancy.

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The Takeaway

White House Believes Chemical Weapon Use Likely in Syria

Friday, April 26, 2013

With “varying degrees of confidence,” the White House announced Thursday that President Bashar al-Assad has employed the use of chemical weapons in Syria. P.J Crowley is the former Department of State spokesperson and current fellow at George Washington University Institute for Public Diplomacy and Global Communication. He offers insights on what this may mean for U.S. foreign policy toward Syria.

P.J. Crowley, former Department of State spokesperson and current fellow at the George Washington University Institute for Public Diplomacy and Global Communication, offers his thoughts on what we know, what has yet to be determined, and what will happen in light of these finding

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Jeremy Scahill on Dirty Wars

Thursday, April 25, 2013

Jeremy Scahill, National Security Correspondent for The Nation magazine, gives an inside view of America’s new covert wars. He looks at the CIA’s Special Activities Division and the Joint Special Operations Command, which conduct missions in denied areas, engage in targeted killings, and direct drone, AC-130, and cruise missile strikes. Scahill’s new book Dirty Wars: The World Is a Battlefield follows the consequences of the declaration that “the world is a battlefield,” as Scahill uncovers the most important foreign policy story of our time.

There's also a film of "Dirty Wars," which opens June 7 at IFC Center and Lincoln Plaza.

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Vali Nasr on American Foreign Policy

Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Vali Nasr, Dean of the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies who was Senior Advisor to Ambassador Richard Holbrooke from 2009 to 2011, offers a critique of America's foreign policy and outlines a new relationship with the Muslim world and with new players in the changing Middle East. In The Dispensable Nation: American Foreign Policy in Retreat, Nasr goes behind the scenes at the State Department and reveals how the U.S. government's fear of political backlash and the specter of terrorism crippled the efforts of diplomats like Richard Holbrooke and Hillary Clinton to boost America's credibility with world leaders. 

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