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For Rep. Sanchez, Questions on Syria Remain

Thursday, September 12, 2013

Members of Congress returned to work on Wednesday, and though President Obama called off a vote on military action, questions remain over exactly how and when a diplomatic resolution may unfold. Joining The Takeaway is Congresswoman Loretta Sanchez, who represents California’s 46th district and is the second highest ranking Democrat on the House Armed Services Committee.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Crisis in Syria

Thursday, September 12, 2013

Stephen Cohen, professor emeritus of Russian studies at NYU and Princeton and contributing editor to the Nation and author of Soviet Fates and Lost Alternatives: From Stalinism to the New Cold War and Paul Danahar, BBC's North America bureau chief and former Middle East bureau chief from 2010-2013, and author of the forthcoming book The New Middle East:The World After the Arab Spring discuss the crisis in Syria, potential international intervention, and the dynamics in the region.

 

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The Takeaway

Putin's Open Letter to America | U.N. is Tested as Syria's Fate Hangs in the Balance | Family Planning: Challenges & Choices in Africa

Thursday, September 12, 2013

Putin's Open Letter to America | U.N. is Tested as Syria's Fate Hangs in the Balance | Five Years After the Collapse, The Debate Over Financial Regulation Rages On | For Rep. Sanchez, Questions on Syria Remain | Family Planning: Challenges & Choices in Africa | Fears of Global Population Boom ...

The Takeaway

Nuclear Arms Control Expert on the Future of Assad's Stockpile

Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Securing dangerous chemical weapons agents is no small task. Joining the program to discuss this is Ambassador Richard Butler, an expert on nuclear arms control and disarmament. Ambassador Butler ran the United Nations weapons inspection organization in Iraq in the late 1990's. He is currently a distinguished scholar of International Peace and Security at Penn State's School of International Affairs

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The Takeaway

Accidental Diplomacy? Analyzing Kerry's Off-the-Cuff Remark

Wednesday, September 11, 2013

A seemingly off-the-cuff remark made by Secretary of State John Kerry may have radically changed the possibilities for U.S. intervention in Syria. On Monday, Secretary Kerry said Syrian President Bashar al-Assad could avoid a military strike by the U.S. if the regime leader turned over all of his chemical weapons without delay. Leslie Gelb, president emeritus and senior fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations, explores the implications of Secretary Kerry's "accidental diplomacy."

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The Takeaway

Syrian Refugees Flood Jordan

Wednesday, September 11, 2013

According to the UNHCR, the number of Syrians registered as refugees or awaiting registration as refugees has now passed the 2 million mark. Of the 2 million Jordan has taken in more than a half-million displaced Syrians. Andrew Harper, representative for the UNHCR, is based in Jordan. He describes the plight of Syrian refugees there and what the international community is trying to do to bolster support for them. 

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The Takeaway

Live Chat: Should The U.S. Intervene in Syria?

Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Today at 2:00 PM Eastern time, The Takeaway's John Hockenberry will host a live chat dedicated to the unfolding crisis in the Middle East as America focuses on possible next steps for action in Syria. Joseph Cirincione, president of Ploughshares Fund, a global security foundation, and a member of Secretary of State John Kerry's International Security Advisory Board, also joins this live chat. Together John and Joseph answer your questions and ask your opinions of the road to U.S. intervention in Syria.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

The Day After Primary Day; Syria Developments; 9/11 Memorials

Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Primary day is behind us. WNYC’s Anna Sale and Brigid Bergin discuss the vote and the results of city-wide and local races, then Columbia University professor Ester Fuchs and Fordham professor Christina Greer talk about what the voting blocs tell us about the next round this election season. Plus: Slate’s Fred Kaplan discusses the President’s address to the nation on Syria last night. And we hear from listeners on which area 9/11 memorials strike the right note for them 12 years later.

The Takeaway

The Future of Assad's Stockpile | Gender in the Classroom | Architect David Childs on One World Trade Center as Symbol of Resilience

Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Accidental Diplomacy? Analyzing Kerry's Off-the-Cuff Remark | Nuclear Arms Control Expert on the Future of Assad's Stockpile | Architect David Childs on One World Trade Center as Symbol of Resilience | Syrian Refugees Flood Jordan | Gender in the Classroom | Harry Dean Stanton: Singer, Actor, Partly Fiction | World ...

WNYC News

Even With Shifting News, Local Syrians' Perspective Remains the Same

Tuesday, September 10, 2013

President Obama was widely expected to make the case for a military strike against President Assad's regime in his speech this evening.

But continuing developments may have changed that.

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The Takeaway

How Will the U.S. Navigate the Syria Puzzle?

Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Earlier today, France said it would put forth a proposal that would secure and destroy Syria's chemical weapons stockpiles in the form of a binding U.N. resolution. But that's not something Russia would support. To see how President Obama may navigate the Syria puzzle, we're joined now by Nicholas Burns, former Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs under President George W. Bush.

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WNYC News

Video and Transcript: President Obama Address on Syria

Tuesday, September 10, 2013

President Obama addressed the nation Tuesday night about the United States' possible intervention in Syria. Obama asked that the Congressional vote to authorize intervention be postponed while Secretary of State John Kerry pursues diplomatic talks about Russia's proposal for Syria's chemical weapons to be put under international control. Read the transcript and watch the video here.

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The Takeaway

Proposals & Threats, But No Answers for Syria

Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Tonight President Barack Obama will make his case for U.S. intervention in Syria. The speech follows a week of ramped-up pressure for support of the President’s measure. Joining The Takeaway to explain how the U.S. may navigate the Syria puzzle is Jeremy Shapiro, a former advisor to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton on North Africa and Syria and now a visiting fellow at the Brookings Institution.

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The Takeaway

Humanitarian Crisis in Syria Worsens as U.S. Deliberates Action

Tuesday, September 10, 2013

As President Barack Obama and politicians on both sides of the aisle debate whether to intervene in Syria, the humanitarian crisis in the region continues to grow. More than two million Syrian refugees have now fled their home country for neighboring Jordan, Turkey, Iraq and Lebanon. Dr. Hammam Akbik is a Syrian-American working with refugees near the capital of Ammam, Jordan.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Syria Agrees to Chemical Weapons Deal

Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Jonathan Tepperman, managing editor of Foreign Affairs and columnist at the International Herald Tribune, talks about the latest developments on possible intervention in Syria, including a Russian proposal to move chemical weapons from Syria to international control -- and what that might mean for the President's message to the nation tonight.

 

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The Brian Lehrer Show

It's Primary Election Day In New York

Tuesday, September 10, 2013

The phones will be open for the Brian Lehrer Show’s informal, unofficial, thoroughly unscientific exit poll on this Election Day. Call in with your voting story. Plus: the latest on the U.S. response to a chemical attack in Syria; and sportscaster Howie Rose on his recent book Put It In the Book!: A Half-Century of Mets Mania.

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The Takeaway

Syria: One Way Out?

Monday, September 09, 2013

Secretary of State John Kerry said Monday that if Syrian President Bashar al-Assad wants to avert an attack on his country, he should hand over all of his chemical weapons—and do it quick. Today Russia, Syria's most important ally, has welcomed the idea. Joseph Cirincione, president of Ploughshares Fund, a global security foundation, and a member of Secretary Kerry's International Security Advisory Board, joins The Takeaway to discuss whether this plan might work.

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The Takeaway

A Syrian-American's Case for Intervention

Monday, September 09, 2013

Basma Akbik left Syria for the U.S. 20 years ago with her husband. Her family and her husband’s family remain in war-torn Syria, and many of them are in Damascus awaiting an end to the bloodshed and fear of chemical warfare. Basma Akbik joins The Takeaway to weigh in on how the rest of the world should respond.

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The Takeaway

NATO: Don't Believe Assad's Lies

Monday, September 09, 2013

The North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) confirmed and condemned the Syrian government’s use of chemical weapons, but has yet to outline any foreseeable role in the conflict. NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen joins the program now to discuss NATO’s potential for involvement in Syria, and the alliance’s role in the 21st century.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Rep. Steve Israel on Syria

Monday, September 09, 2013

This week, Congress returns from recess and is faced with a vote on Syrian intervention. Rep. Steve Israel (D-NY-3) explains why he's urging a yes vote on a Syria strike, and how President Obama is planning to do the same.

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