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The Leonard Lopate Show

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 Brian Lehrer Show

US and Iran: United Nations?

Monday, September 23, 2013

Iran is indicating it is willing to curb its nuclear weapons program -- but at the UN General Assembly this week Israel is expected to warn that it considers the proposal a trap. 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), discusses the prospects for better relations between the U.S. and Iran, Syria and other international news.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

The President's Message on Syria

Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Fred Kaplan, War Stories columnist for Slate, author of The Insurgents: David Petraeus and the Plot to Change the American Way of War, and Edward R. Murrow Fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations, talks about last night's Presidential address and the chance of a developing compromise.

 

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The Brian Lehrer Show

US Military Intervention in Syria?

Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Aaron David Miller, vice president at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars and a former US Mideast negotiator and advisor, discusses the US's options for military intervention in Syria. 

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Alleged Use of Chemical Weapons in Syria

Friday, August 23, 2013

Karen DeYoung, senior National Security correspondent and associate editor of The Washington Post, discusses the latest claims of a deadly chemical attack on activists in Syria, and whether or not it constitutes a "red line" that could force action on the part of the U.S.

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The Takeaway

Strained U.S.-Russian Relations Lead to Canceled Summit

Thursday, August 08, 2013

Yesterday, President Obama announced his decision to cancel his summit meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin, marking the first time that an American president has called off a publicly announced visit to Russia since the end of the Cold War. Kimberly Marten, professor of political science at Columbia University’s Barnard College, discusses the implications of the cancellation.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

World News Round-Up

Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Jeffrey Goldberg, staff writer for The Atlantic and columnist for Bloomberg View, talks about international political news, including the latest from Syria.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

The Case Against Intervention in Syria

Thursday, May 09, 2013

Katrina vanden Heuvel, editor and publisher of The Nation, discusses what we learned at yesterday's hearings on Benghazi, and why she believes the situation in Syria needs diplomacy, not military intervention.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Obama's Calculus in Syria

Monday, April 29, 2013

Fred Kaplan, War Stories columnist for Slate and author of The Insurgents: David Petraeus and the Plot to Change the American Way of War, wrote last week: "One thing that [President] Obama has made very clear in his approach to war and peace: He abhors the prospect of uncontrolled escalation." Today, he talks about the Obama administration's "red line" when it comes to Syria, and the calculation of conflict.

 

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Louise Arbour on International Justice

Monday, April 22, 2013

Louise Arbour, president and chief executive officer of the International Crisis Group, discusses her work heading up the International Crisis Group and recent news in international justice.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

International Crises

Friday, April 19, 2013

Daniel Pinkston, deputy project director of the North East Asia Program at the International Crisis Group, discusses his experience in North Korea. He's joined by Paul Quinn-Judge, former national security correspondent for the Boston Globe and Russia/Chechnya expert at the International Crisis Group, to discuss the emerging information about the Chechnyan roots of the suspects in the Boston marathon bombing.

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The Takeaway

The Great Game for Influence Over Central Asia

Monday, July 30, 2012

Two centuries ago, Russia and Britain fought a war of influence over a region that rarely makes headlines: Central Asia. Today, a new game of influence is taking place in that same region, this time between the U.S., Russia and China. 

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The Takeaway

Should the US Negotiate with Al-Qaeda?

Tuesday, May 08, 2012

Over the weekend, it was revealed that the U.S. has been secretly releasing high-level detainees from a military prison in Afghanistan as part of negotiations with insurgent groups. But over the border, in Pakistan, the U.S. stated yesterday that they’ve ruled out negotiating with Al-Qaeda to free an aid worker who was kidnapped last summer.

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The Takeaway

President Obama Addresses Americans from Afghanistan

Wednesday, May 02, 2012

It was a moment perfectly staged for an American audience: In a speech that neatly coincided with the one-year anniversary of Osama bin Laden’s death, President Obama addressed the country from Bagram Air Base after secretly traveling to Afghanistan. Takeaway Washington correspondent Todd Zwillich breaks down the President's address.

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The Takeaway

Iran: Hope for Diplomacy?

Thursday, February 16, 2012

On Wednesday, Iran claimed to have made advances in the master production of nuclear fuel despite increasingly tough sanctions by the West over its controversial nuclear program. This week Iran has also been in the headlines for a series of attacks in Thailand, India and Georgia. Furthermore, relations between Israel and Iran are increasingly strained with threats of aggression coming from both sides. Is there still hope for diplomacy between Iran and Western governments?

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Please Explain: The UN General Assembly

Friday, September 23, 2011

The General Debate of the 66th Session of the United Nations General Assembly is happening in New York through September 30. The General Assembly is the main deliberative, policymaking and representative organ of the United Nations, comprising all 193 Members of the United Nations. On this week's Please Explain we start off with Warren Hoge, Senior Advisor for External Relations for the International Peace Institute in New York and former foreign correspondent for the New York Times, covering the UN. Then we're joined by Vera Jelinek, Divisional Dean and Director of the Center for Global Affairs at New York University School of Continuing and Professional Studies, and Stanley Meisler, author of  The United Nations: The First Fifty Years, and  United Nations: A History, will tell us how the General Assembly works and what comes out of the sessions.

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The Takeaway

9 Years in Afghanistan

Thursday, October 07, 2010

On October 7th, 2001, less than a month after the attacks of September 11, American and British forces entered Afghanistan seeking to disrupt terrorist activities and capture members of al-Qaida. Nine years later we look back and reflect on one of the longest armed conflicts the U.S. has ever seen. Gideon Rose, editor of Foreign Affairs joins us for the hour.

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