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The Brian Lehrer Show

A History of Weapons "Red Lines"

Wednesday, September 18, 2013

From biological weapons to nuclear non-proliferation efforts, John Isaacs, executive director of the Arms Control Center looks at the history of weapons of mass destruction and the efforts to curb their use.

 

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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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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 Brian Lehrer Show

How Should Your Member of Congress Respond on Syria?

Tuesday, September 03, 2013

Congressmen Charles Rangel and Scott Garrett talk about President Obama's decision to ask for congressional approval in advance of a possible U.S. military response to the apparent chemical weapons attack in Syria.

As Congress begins debate on whether to attack Syria, we're asking you – who are your members of Congress, and what will you say to influence their vote?

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Public Opinion on Syria

Friday, August 30, 2013

Dante Chinni, director of the American Communities project, a collaboration including The Wall Street Journal, PBS NewsHour, and WNYC radio that studies politics, socio-economics, and culture in a time of change, discusses his analysis of U.S. public opinion on involvement in Syria.

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What's Next in Syria?

Friday, August 30, 2013

Richard Haass, president of the Council on Foreign Relations and author of Foreign Policy Begins at Home: The Case for Putting America's House in Order, talks about how the international community should respond to the ongoing crisis in Syria.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

A Case for US Intervention in Syria

Thursday, August 29, 2013

Michael Weiss, columnist for NOW Lebanon and editor-in-chief of The Interpreter magazine, and Andrew Tabler, senior fellow at the Washington Institute for Near East Policy and author of the book In the Lion's Den: An Eyewitness Account of Washington's Battle with Syria, discuss why the US should make an effort to bring down the Assad regime in Syria.

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WNYC News

Explainer: What's Going On In Syria

Wednesday, August 28, 2013

The Obama Administration is planning a military intervention in Syria. In case you just started following the story now, here's what you need to know. UPDATED with information from Obama's Saturday speech.

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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 Takeaway

Opposition in Syria Claim Chemical Attacks Killed Hundreds

Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Syrian opposition activists have accused the Syrian government of launching chemical weapons attacks and killing hundreds in areas close to the capital of Damascus overnight. The Syrian government has denied that chemical weapons were used earlier today. Ben Hubbard, Middle East correspondent for our partner The New York Times, discusses the latest details with us. 

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Monday Morning Politics: Syria Intervention, Iran Election

Monday, June 17, 2013

The US is arming rebels in the Syrian conflict -- how slippery of a slope towards war is Obama standing on? David SangerNew 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 administration's calculus. Plus: we open the phones to get reaction to the election of cleric Hassan Rouhani as Iran's next president from Iranians and Iranian-Americans. Call 212-433-9692 or post your comment here.

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Why Are We Intervening in Syria?

Friday, June 14, 2013

The Obama administration reports that the chemical weapons "red line" in Syria has been crossed. Christiane Amanpour, chief international correspondent for CNN and global affairs anchor for ABC, discusses what comes next. Plus: elections in Iran and continued unrest in Turkey.

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The Takeaway

Chemical Weapons Confirmed in Syria

Friday, June 14, 2013

The United Nations now estimates that nearly 100,000 people have died in the Syrian civil war. Weeks ago, the White House announced that chemical weapons were likely being used by the regime of Bashar Al Assad against Syrian rebels, but the Obama administration stated that they needed further confirmation. That confirmation came late yesterday afternoon from U.S. and European officials. Amr Al Azm, a member of the Syrian opposition and a professor at Shawnee State University, weighs in on the developments.

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Syrian Conflict Spurs Sectarian Violence

Monday, June 10, 2013

The civil war in Syria is increasingly becoming a sectarian conflict between Sunnis and Shiites, particularly with the recent involvement of Hezbollah. But it didn't start out that way. In a recent op-ed for our partner The New York Times, Journalist and civil rights lawyer Alia Malek argues that sectarian strife is in the interest of many players, including Bashar al-Assad.

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Is the U.S. Now Syria's Only Hope?

Monday, June 10, 2013

New figures from the United Nations estimate that by the end of the year, more than 10 million Syrians will need some kind of aid. That’s half the country’s population. The UN says it needs $5 billion to provide assistance to the growing number of Syrian refugees. Lyse Doucet, chief international correspondent for the BBC, discusses the latest developments in Syria and the growing appeals for humanitarian aid.

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Syrian Army Retakes Golan Heights Crossing into Israel

Thursday, June 06, 2013

Fighting between the Syrian government and opposition forces has made its way into the Golan heights. There are reports that Syrian government forces have taken back control of the border crossing there that has been monitored by the U.N. since 1974. Reporter Matthew Bell recently traveled to the Golan Heights for PRI's The World, which is produced by our partner WGBH. There he reported on how Syria's civil war has been disrupting the peace of the Israeli controlled Golan Heights.

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European Union Ends Arms Embargo on Syrian Rebels

Tuesday, May 28, 2013

The European Union voted yesterday to end the arms embargo on the Syrian opposition, allowing member states to decide their own policy on sending weapons. The decision raises the possibility that European countries will begin arming rebel fighters trying to bring down the al-Assad government. Lyse Doucet, BBC Chief International Correspondent, and David Speedie, Senior Fellow and Director of the U.S. Global Engagement Program at the Carnegie Council, weigh in on the developments in Syria.

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European Union Ends Syrian Arms Embargo, Congressman Cole on Oklahoma's Recovery, Women Investors Push Back

Tuesday, May 28, 2013

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DoJ vs. Reporters; Khaled Hosseini; Are You Leaning In?

Tuesday, May 21, 2013

The New Yorker's Ryan Lizza discusses the way the Justice Department is going after leakers and the reporters they work with. Plus: best-selling author Khaled Hosseini discusses his latest novel, which traces one Afghan family's journey through the generations; New York Times obituaries editor Bill McDonald on the obituary of the day. Plus: Are you "leaning in"?

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Immigration Reform and American Workers, Should the U.S. Provide Weapons to Syrian Opposition?

Tuesday, May 07, 2013

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