Friday, November 22, 2013
This week, John Kerry announced that a security pact between the US and Afghanistan had been agreed upon. But in a surprise announcement just a day later, Afghan President Hamid Karzai announced the pact would not be signed until after Afghanistan’s presidential elections in April 2014, leaving the US military’s future presence in the country unclear. NPR’s international correspondent Sean Carberry in Kabul, and David Sanger, New York Times chief Washington correspondent and author of Confront and Conceal: Obama's Secret Wars and Surprising Use of American Power discuss the possible deal, which allowed troops to stay in Afghanistan until 2024 -- although the President has long promised 2014 would be the deadline.
Wednesday, October 09, 2013
Karen DeYoung, senior national security correspondent and associate editor at The Washington Post, discusses the U.S. military raids in Africa over the weekend. She has reported on what the unsuccessful mission in Somalia indicates about the Obama administration's priorities and new counter-terrorism guidelines, and also about news today that the Pentagon is cutting some military aid to Egypt.
Wednesday, May 01, 2013
President Obama is visiting Mexico Thursday. Shannon O'Neil, senior fellow for Latin America Studies at the Council on Foreign Relations and author of Two Nations Indivisible: Mexico, the United States, and the Road Ahead, talks about what to expect from the trip and the relationship between Obama and President Pena Nieto.
Wednesday, April 10, 2013
Does Jay-Z and Beyoncé's trip to Cuba violate Treasury Department sanctions? Julia Sweig, Senior Fellow and Director of Latin America Studies at the Council on Foreign Relations tells Brian Lehrer how tourism regulations tie into the state of U.S.-Cuba relations.
Thursday, January 17, 2013
New York Times reporter Declan Walsh in Islamabad and Marvin Weinbaum, who served as analyst for Pakistan and Afghanistan in the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Intelligence and Research from 1999 to 2003, examines the current political crisis in Pakistan. Weinbaum is currently a scholar-in-residence at the Middle East Institute in Washington, D.C.
Thursday, November 29, 2012
Friday, September 14, 2012
Historian Odd Arne Westad traces China’s foreign affairs over the past 250 years, identifying the forces that will likely determine the country’s future. In Restless Empire: China and the World Since 1750, Westad makes the case that China’s success will ultimately hinge on its ability to engage with potential international partners while simultaneously safeguarding its own strength and stability.
Tuesday, August 14, 2012
Is the "fiscal cliff" math, the denial-ridden presidential campaign and the whimsical pattern of federal regulations over the financial sector trying the patience of the rest of the world? Many believe that the unilateral style of the U.S. is driving the country out of its "number one" spot in the global economy.
Monday, July 30, 2012
By Mirela Iverac : Reporter, WNYC News
Presidential candidate Mitt Romney’s overseas trip has left his team struggling to explain some of the remarks he made in Great Britain and Israel. But in Greenpoint, Brooklyn, some Poles expressed satisfaction at the hopeful’s choice to visit their home country for the last leg of his trip.
Wednesday, May 23, 2012
By Mirela Iverac : Reporter, WNYC News
Chen Guangcheng’s decision to seek refuge at the U.S. Embassy in Beijing suggests it is "the safest place in China," former U.S. Ambassador to China said in a talk organized by the National Committee on United States-China Relations in New York on Wednesday.
Wednesday, November 30, 2011
Kati Marton, Richard Holbrooke’s widow;James Traub, contributing writer for the New York Times Magazine; and Reuters columnist David Rohde, talk about the career of Richard Holbrooke, who was a pivotal player in U.S. diplomacy for more than 40 years and who died last December. Most recently special envoy for Iraq and Afghanistan under President Obama, Holbrooke also served as assistant secretary of state for both Asia and Europe, and as ambassador to both Germany and the United Nations, and played a key role in brokering a peace agreement in Bosnia that led to the 1995 Dayton Peace Accords. The Unquiet American: Richard Holbrooke in the World is a tribute to his work as a public servant and a backstage history of the last half-century of American foreign policy.
Tuesday, August 16, 2011
Rory Stewart, a member of the British Parliament, discusses political and military interventions and examines what we can—and cannot—achieve through "nation building." Can Intervention Work?, written with Gerald Knaus, looks at how the massive, military-driven efforts in Iraq, Afghanistan, and the Balkans, the expansion of the EU, and the "color" revolutions in the former Soviet states affect international relations, human rights, and our understanding of state building.
Wednesday, July 20, 2011
Pamela Constable, foreign correspondent and former deputy editor at The Washington Post, discusses Pakistan, a volatile nation at the heart of major cultural, political, and religious conflicts in the world today, and one that continues to struggle over its identity, alliances, and direction. Playing with Fire: Pakistan at War with Itself is based on Constable’s many years of reporting in the region. It explores Pakistan's contradictions, confusion, struggles with inequality and corruption, and how competing versions of Islam divide the country. She also discusses U.S.-Pakistan relations, the ISI, and why the country is so strategically and politically important.
Tuesday, May 24, 2011
Over three decades have passed since Henry Kissinger served as Secretary of State for the Richard Nixon, and then Gerald Ford, and his advice is still sought and respected by politicians and world leaders. In the third installment of our interview with him, he shares his thoughts on the Arab spring, Israel and Palestine, and how President Obama is handling all of this.
Thursday, January 20, 2011
Canadian Ambassador Ken Taylor talks about his involvement with the rescue missions to free the hostages in Iran in 1981. His work as the “de facto CIA station chief” has just recently been declassified. He is the subject of Our Man in Tehran: The True Story Behind the Secret Mission to Save Six Americans during the Iran Hostage Crisis and the Foreign Ambassador Who Worked with the CIA to Bring Them Home, written by Robert Wright, which looks at pre-revolutionary Iran, the hostage crisis, and Taylor’s role in freeing the hostages.
Thursday, November 11, 2010
From the American Revolution to the end of World War II, the United States spent 19 years at war against other nations. But since 1950, it has spent 22 years and counting. Noted scholar Richard E. Rubenstein explores the rhetoric that sells war to the American public and the underlying cultural and social factors that make it so effective. In Reasons to Kill: Why Americans Choose War, he offers new ways to think about issues of war and peace.