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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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Hillary Clinton's Time as Secretary of State

Monday, March 18, 2013

BBC foreign correspondent Kim Ghattas gives an inside account of Hillary Clinton's time as secretary of state. Ghattas had unparalleled access to Clinton and her entourage for four years.

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Hillary Clinton as Secretary of State, "Belleville," Sam Lipsyte's Stories, Stem Cell Research

Monday, March 18, 2013

BBC foreign correspondent Kim Ghattas looks at Hillary Clinton’s time as Secretary of State and how she went from being called a polarizing politician to a popular diplomat. Actors Maria Dizzia and Greg Keller discuss the off-Broadway production of “Belleville.” Sam Lipsyte talks about his new book of short stories called The Fun Parts. Esquire editor Tyler Cabot and researcher Dr. Anthony Atala explain the current state of stem cells research.

The Brian Lehrer Show

Getting Mali Wrong

Thursday, February 07, 2013

Laura Seay, assistant professor of political science at Morehouse College, warns against bad analogies about the conflict in Mali in her recent Foreign Policy article, "Mali Is Not a Stan."

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The Takeaway

John Kerry Begins Work as Secretary of State, Facing Iran, Drone War

Monday, February 04, 2013

Experienced as John Kerry is with diplomacy, negotiating foreign policy in regions volatile to the U.S. will not be an easy task. Journalist Stephen Kinzer offers a few theories for how Kerry will confront the crises of the moment, including Iran and the ever-expanding drone war.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

2013: Year of the Drone

Monday, February 04, 2013

Lev Grossman, senior writer for TIME, discusses his recent cover story on the rise of drone usage - both in military operations and domestically.

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Hillary Clinton's Legacy

Thursday, January 31, 2013

On Hillary Clinton's last day as Secretary of State, Amy Davidson, senior editor at The New Yorker, and David J. Rothkopf, CEO and editor-at-large of Foreign Policy discuss her legacy at the State Department and her political life.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

John Kerry on the Lopate Show in 2007

Friday, January 25, 2013

On Thursday, John Kerry, Pres. Obama's nominee for Secretary of State, testified in front of the Senate Foreign Relations committee at his confirmation haring for the post. He was on the show back in March 2007, along with his wife, Teresa Heinz Kerry. They discussed their involvement in environmental issues, which Sen. Kerry discussed during his testimony on Thursday. You can listen to Leonard's conversation with the Kerrys below.

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The Issues at Hand: How Will Kerry Change Foreign Policy?

Thursday, January 24, 2013

As John Kerry faces his Senate colleagues in his secretary of state confirmation hearings, BBC State Department correspondent Kim Ghattas explains how the State Department may change with Kerry at the helm, and discusses President Obama's foreign policy goals in his second term.

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The Takeaway

Today's Takeaway | January 24, 2013

Thursday, January 24, 2013

How Will Obama's Foreign Policy Goals Change with Kerry at the Helm? | Women Granted the Right to Serve in Combat | Indian Women Face Corruption Before Justice | Report Claiming Iran Employs 30,000 Spies Called into Question | Playing Osama bin Laden in 'Zero Dark Thirty' | Hillary Clinton's Legacy for Women Abroad

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Coming to Terms with Iran

Wednesday, January 16, 2013

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Myths About Nuclear Weapons

Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Ward Wilson, a senior fellow at the Center for Nonproliferation Studies of the Monterey Institute of International Studies, reevaluates the power and purpose of nuclear weapons and calls for radical action. His book Five Myths About Nuclear Weapons argues that the central arguments promoting nuclear weapons are, in essence, misconceptions.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Global Thinking

Monday, December 24, 2012

Ruchir Sharma, head of emerging markets at Morgan Stanley, author of Breakout Nations: In Pursuit of the Next Economic Miracles, and one of Foreign Policy's Top 100 Global Thinkers, looks beyond the BRICs at the global economic picture.

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China: Politics and Business

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Jonathan Tepperman, managing editor of Foreign Affairs, discusses U.S foreign policy vis-a-vis China and the potential for the U.S. to get involved militarily in support of Japan in the two countries' conflict over territorial waters.

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Global Thinking

Friday, December 07, 2012

Ruchir Sharma, head of emerging markets at Morgan Stanley, author of Breakout Nations: In Pursuit of the Next Economic Miracles, and just named one of Foreign Policy's Top 100 Global Thinkers, looks beyond the BRICs at the global economic picture.

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China: The Politics of Business

Thursday, December 06, 2012

James Fallows, national correspondent for The Atlantic, and author of China Airborne, talks about the idea that some Chinese businesspeople and intellectuals, including some with strong U.S. ties, support the authoritarian state.

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    Obama Administration Codifying Drone Policy

    Tuesday, November 27, 2012

    Scott Shane, reporter for The New York Times, discusses his report that the Obama Administration has been working on writing a rule book for U.S. drone use.

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    Dana Milbank on Susan Rice

    Tuesday, November 20, 2012

    Dana Milbank, opinion writer for the Washington Post , discusses why he thinks Susan Rice is wrong for the job of Secretary of State.

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    Update on Gaza

    Tuesday, November 20, 2012

    David Sanger, chief Washington correspondent for The New York Times, WNYC contributor and author of Confront and Conceal: Obama's Secret Wars and Surprising Use of American Power, provides an update on the growing Gaza conflict, and frames the situation in terms of the president's overall stance on Middle Eastern foreign policy.

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    Asia in Obama's Second Term

    Tuesday, November 20, 2012

    Suzanne DiMaggio, vice president of Global Policy Programs at the Asia Society, talks about what China's change in leadership and President Obama's tour in Asia this week tell us about U.S. policy in the region.

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