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The World Reacts to the 2012 Presidential Election

Wednesday, November 07, 2012

Many Americans watched last night's election results with baited breath, but the election may have major consequences for the citizens beyond our borders. What does the rest of the world think of America's choice for president? Kurt Volker, former U.S. Ambassador to NATO and executive director of the McCain Institute for International Leadership, explains.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

The Uprising in Syria

Thursday, November 01, 2012

Journalist Stephen Starr discusses the state of Syria over the past five decades, and looks at the roots of the ongoing the civil war there. He explains why Syria, with its numerous sects and religious diversity, has been so prone to violence and civil instability in Revolt in Syria: Eye-witness to the Uprising, and investigates what kind of resolution Syrians hope for.

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Opinion: Romney and Obama Need to Cool their Jets on Iran

Friday, October 26, 2012

In the final presidential debate, both candidates made it clear they will take the country to war, if and when Israel decides that Iran’s nuclear program has reached the critical point.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Backstory: US Drones Strikes and the "Disposition Matrix"

Thursday, October 25, 2012

During Monday's Presidential debate, moderator Bob Schieffer asked just one question about U.S. drone-strikes, despite the fact that the controversial drone program is now one of the cornerstones of the country's counter-terrorism policy. Washington Post intelligence reporter Greg Miller tells us about his investigation of a next-generation targeting list called the “disposition matrix.” He's written about it in the Washington Post's special report, the Permanent War.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Open Phones: Worldwide Debate Reactions

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Mentioned during last night's debate: Libya, Egypt, Iran, Israel, Mali, Russia, China, as well as "Latin America." Immigrants from around the world: How did it sound to you and how did it play in your country of origin? What country was not mentioned? Call 212-433-9692 or post here!

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The Takeaway

Fact-Checking the Foreign Policy Debate

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

In 2008, foreign policy was widely considered then-Senator Barack Obama weakness, but, by 2012, the death of Osama bin Laden and the end of the Iraq War had turned the tied. So how did the president compare to Governor Mitt Romney in last night's debate? Kurt Volker, former U.S. Ambassador to NATO and Executive Director of the McCain Institute for International Leadership, explains.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Final Debate: Horses, Bayonets and More

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

President Obama and Mitt Romney traded barbs over Libya, Egypt, Iran, military spending, and more. Michele Kelemen, NPR correspondent covering diplomacy and the foreign desk, discusses last night's final debate.

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Opinion: Romney Scrambles to Be Obama-lite on Foreign Policy

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

After the debate, Romney's spin masters, including former Minnesota Senator Norm Coleman, had a very difficult time after the debate explaining how Romney's foreign policy would be different from Barack Obama's.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Afghanistan and the Presidential Debate

Monday, October 22, 2012

Joshua Hersh, who covers foreign policy for the Huffington Post, discusses the latest on what’s happening in Afghanistan and the role  it will play (or not) in tonight’s presidential debate.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Tonight's Foreign Policy Debate

Monday, October 22, 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, explains what to look for in tonight's final presidential debate, which centers on foreign affairs.

 

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WNYC News

Foreign Policy Experts Weigh in: What to Expect in the Final Presidential Debate

Monday, October 22, 2012

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President Barack Obama and Republican challenger Mitt Romney will tackle foreign policy issues in Monday’s third and final presidential debate – meaning a nuclear Iran, the future of Syria, negotiations between Israel and the Palestinians and China's relationship to the United States are all fair game.

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Opinion: How Obama Can Turn the Libya Conversation Around

Monday, October 15, 2012

By not changing the narrative of the attack against the US consulate in Benghazi the Democrats have shown remarkable political naïveté and disorganization.

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WNYC News

Romney Accuses Obama Of 'Passivity' On World Stage

Monday, October 08, 2012

Republican Mitt Romney said Monday the risk of conflict in the Middle East "is higher now" than it was when President Obama took office. He proposed that the U.S. take a more assertive role in Syria and claimed Obama's withdrawal of troops from Iraq has jeopardized U.S. interests.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Middle East at the U.N.

Friday, September 28, 2012

Rami Khouri, director, Issam Fares Institute for Public Policy and International Affairs at the American University of Beirut, talks about the Netanyahu and Abbas speeches at the U.N. and other news from the Middle East.

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The Takeaway

Anti-American Unrest Continues in the Middle East

Monday, September 17, 2012

After the eruption of anti-American sentiment across the Middle East and the death of the U.S. ambassador to Libya, American policymakers and citizens might be thinking twice about our involvement in post-Arab Spring countries. But it is precisely because of this violence and unrest that Shadi Hamid thinks the United States should remain involved in the region.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

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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The Takeaway

'Governing the World,' from the League of Nations to the U.N.

Thursday, September 13, 2012

When the United States agreed to a no-fly zone over Libya in 2011, the Obama Administration famously "led from behind," and intervened only with the help of NATO, and with approval from the Arab League. But the United State's reliance on international institutions has an inconsistent history. Mark Mazower details this dizzying history in his new book, "Governing the World: The History of an Idea."

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Embassy Attacks in Libya and Egypt

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Gideon Rose, editor of Foreign Affairs Magazine and author of How Wars End: Why We Always Fight the Last Battle, talks about the attacks on U.S. embassies in Libya and Egypt, the death of Ambassador Chris Stevens, and how the violence has become part of the back-and-forth from campaigns overnight.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

David Sanger on American Foreign Policy

Friday, September 07, 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, discusses his reporting on Middle East, how regional tensions are playing out, and American foreign policy towards the region. He also fact-checks one of the claims President Obama made in his convention speech last night. 

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Opinion: Romney Writes His International Player's Anthem All Wrong

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Mitt Romney embarks on a trip to visit three countries this week, but only one port of call makes sense.

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