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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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Better Medicine, Jim Parsons, Rachel Kushner's New Novel, Vali Nars on Foreign Policy

Wednesday, April 24, 2013

We’ll find out what can be done to protect the estimated 100 thousand patients who are affected by preventable medical errors or infections. Jim Parsons drops by to talk about his hit TV series, “The Big Bang Theory” and the upcoming HBO version of Larry Kramer’s play “The Normal Heart.” Rachel Kushner discusses her new novel, The Flame Throwers. Vali Nasr, who was senior advisor to Ambassador Richard Holbrooke, explains why he feels American foreign policy is in retreat.