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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 Conflict in Egypt: A Proxy for Competing Ideologies in the Middle East

Tuesday, August 20, 2013

As the U.S. struggles to find a way forward in Egypt, the country’s conflict has become a proxy war for competing ideologies in the Middle East. Robin Wright, distinguished scholar at the Wilson Center in Washington and the U.S. Institute of Peace, says the growing political divide in Egypt reflects a broader trend throughout the Middle East.

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CIA Finally Confirms Role in 1953 Iranian Coup | New York City's Biggest Gun Bust | Every Taco Tells a Story

Tuesday, August 20, 2013

The Conflict in Egypt: A Proxy for Competing Ideologies in the Middle East | New York City's Biggest Gun Bust | CIA Finally Confirms Role in 1953 Iranian Coup | Ex-Pakistani President Faces Murder Charges | Every Taco Tells a Story | Texas & The Voting Rights Act | The Republican ...

The Leonard Lopate Show

The Entrepreneurial Revolution Remaking the Middle East

Friday, August 16, 2013

In the midst of the political turmoil in the Middle East, Christopher Schroeder, a seasoned investor in emerging markets, says that there’s a quieter revolution emerging—one that promises to reinvent it as a center of innovation and progress. He describes the entrepreneurial trends in Dubai, Cairo, Amman, Beirut, Istanbul, and even Damascus, and the major private equity firms, venture capitalists, and tech companies like Google, Intel, Cisco, and Yahoo that are supporting it. He's the author of Startup Rising: The Entrepreneurial Revolution Remaking the Middle East.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

New Iranian President

Thursday, August 01, 2013

Hassan Rouhani is set to be sworn in as Iran's new president this weekend. Does this signal a turning point for Iran? Robin Wright, joint fellow at the U.S. Institute of Peace and the Woodrow Wilson International Center, former diplomatic correspondent at the Washington Post, and author of Rock the Casbah: Rage and Rebellion Across the Islamic World (Simon & Schuster, 2011) examines what this means for Iran's relationship with the West, and possible challenges to the new regime.

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A Renewed Push for Middle East Peace

Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Ambassador Dennis Ross served as a Middle East peace negotiator in the George H.W. Bush and Clinton Administrations. He is currently counselor at the Washington Institute for Near East Policy, and he discusses the possibilities for Israeli-Palestinian peace talks.

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As Violence Breaks, Muslim Brotherhood's Political Future in Doubt

Monday, July 29, 2013

The path to Middle East peace remains uncertain, with bloody protests in the streets of Egypt. Over the weekend, Egyptian authorities opened fire on Muslim Brotherhood protesters in Cairo, leaving at least 72 dead and the Brotherhood's political future in doubt. Joining us to discuss the state of Egyptian politics is Samer Shehata, associate professor of Middle East Studies at the University of Oklahoma.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Secretary Kerry in the Middle East

Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Aaron David Miller, Middle East analyst and vice president for new initiatives and a distinguished scholar at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, discusses Secretary of State John Kerry's push for a Middle East peace process. Plus: updates on the U.S. role in Syria.

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The Next Policy Steps for the U.S. in Egypt

Tuesday, July 09, 2013

Connected to the question of what policy steps America should take next in Egypt is the question of what—if anything—the United States could have done differently to forestall the current turmoil in the first place. Daniel Kurtzer, former U.S. ambassador to Egypt and professor of Middle East Policy Studies at Princeton University, joins The Takeaway to discuss the current crisis and his predictions for the future.

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Examining the Situation in Egypt

Wednesday, July 03, 2013

President Mohamed Morsi proposed a consensus government as a way out of the crisis in Egypt and the country's top general called for an emergency meeting with civilian political leaders to discuss a new interim government. Shadi Hamid, the director of research at the Brookings Doha Center, joins The Takeaway to discuss the scenarios that could play out in the aftermath of this ultimatum.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

The World Through Arab Eyes

Thursday, June 27, 2013

Political scientist Shibley Telhami analyzes the driving forces and emotions of the Arab uprisings and looks ahead to the next phase of Arab politics.  In The World Through Arab Eyes, Telhami gives an account of Arab identity, revealing how Arabs’ present-day priorities and grievances have been gestating for decades. Many Arabs may have a wounded sense of national pride, but they also have a desire for political systems with elements of Western democracies. 

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The Leonard Lopate Show

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 Brian Lehrer Show

Syria Update

Friday, April 26, 2013

Justin Vogt, senior editor for Foreign Affairs, talks about the U.S. response to evidence the Syrian regime has used chemical weapons and the ripple effects of the conflict there.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

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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The Leonard Lopate Show

Frontline's “Syria Behind the Lines”

Tuesday, April 09, 2013

Olly Lambert, writer/director/producer, discusses his Frontline documentary “Syria Behind the Lines.” Lambert is the first Western filmmaker to spend an extended period living on both sides of Syria's war—and to document, on camera, the realities of everyday life for rebels, government soldiers and the civilians who support them. “Syria Behind the Lines” airs Tuesday, April 9, at 10 p.m. on PBS.

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Is there Hope for Middle East Peace in Obama's Second Term?

Thursday, March 21, 2013

In President Obama’s first term, amidst the Arab Spring and strong nuclear threats from Iran, the Arab-Israeli peace process seemed to get lost in the shuffle. Now Obama is making his first visit to Israel as president.

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Choosing to Stay at Home, Peace in the Middle East, Oldest Light in the Universe Found

Thursday, March 21, 2013

Is there Hope for Middle East Peace in Obama's Second Term? | Blind Spots in Our Kids' Education | The Choices and Challenges of Feminist Stay-at-Home Moms | New Photos Capture 'Oldest Light' in the Universe | Music Marathons | Our 'Blindspot': Hidden Biases with Real-Life Consequences

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America's Changing Foreign Policy in the Middle East and Beyond

Tuesday, March 19, 2013

As President Obama prepares for his first trip to Israel since his election in 2008, BBC State Department correspondent Kim Ghattas describes the Administration's goals in the region and beyond. Ghattas has watched the Obama Administration's foreign policy goals unfold firsthand, as she traveled the world with former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, and she describes her experiences with Clinton in her new book, "The Secretary: A Journey with Hillary Clinton from Beirut to the Heart of American Power."

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The State of Women's Rights in the Middle East

Monday, March 18, 2013

After the Egyptian Muslim Brotherhood publicly affirmed its longstanding fundamental views on women, women's rights activists are left to question the state of their progress in an economically-troubled country rooted in traditionalist culture.

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Workplace Surveillance, Women's Rights in the Middle East

Monday, March 18, 2013

Tracking Employees to Boost Productivity | The State of Women's Rights in the Middle East | No Marathon for Gaza After Hamas Bans Female Runners | Despite Sequester, Feds Award Grants to Prevent Domestic Abuse Homicides | What Bob Woodruff Carries With Him 10 Years After the Invasion of Iraq