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Sacred Cow: Defense Spending In An Era Of Economic Restraint (Episode #401)

KQED World: Fri, Mar 29, 2013 -- 4:30 AM

For the first time in decades, the U.S. is tightening its belt on defense spending. While traditional threats like nuclear and great power conflicts do remain. The post 9/11 challenges of terrorism and counterinsurgency have led to a paradigm shift in the way we think about our national security. Emerging threats like cybersecurity and biowarfare also require new thinking. Do 21st century challenges now pose a greater threat to U.S. national security than traditional threats like nuclear war, naval supremacy and ability to fight ground wars? Defense in an age of economic uncertainty.

Repeat Broadcasts:

  • KQED World: Fri, Mar 29, 2013 -- 10:30 AM

Joint Strike: Nato and the Us in the 21st Century (Episode #408)

KQED World: Sat, Mar 23, 2013 -- 2:30 PM

NATO enjoyed a surge in popularity following the quick success of its air campaign in Libya. The much needed boost in morale comes as NATO moves into its twelfth year in Afghanistan, fighting a war that many see as destined to fail. Can the NATO alliance - forged during the Cold War - ensure global stability in the 21st Century? And should the U.S. continue to foot most of the bill? Next, on Great Decisions.

The Generals and the Democrat: Myanmar In Transition (Episode #407)

KQED World: Sat, Mar 23, 2013 -- 2:00 PM

Controlled by a military junta, the nation of Burma, or Myanmar, has long been isolated as an international pariah state. But a flicker of hope for many Burmese has been Aung San Suu Kyi, who's spent decades defying military leaders in her quest for democracy. Now, the generals have started to implement a series of democratic and economic reforms - which the US and other Western powers have welcomed overwhelmingly. But are Myanmar's military leaders serious about reform? And is Aung San Suu Kyi the one to lead Burma through what could be a rocky transition from international outcast to Asian "tiger?"

The Intervention Calculation (Episode #406)

KQED World: Sat, Mar 16, 2013 -- 2:30 PM

The U.S., for better or worse, is often seen as the world's policeman. But the question of when to intervene in other nations' affairs with military force has long stymied American policymakers, from Afghanistan and Iraq to Libya and Syria. Why do we intervene in some conflicts and stand on the sidelines in others?

Red Line: Iran, Israel and the Bomb (Episode #405)

KQED World: Sat, Mar 16, 2013 -- 2:00 PM

For nearly a decade, Iran's quest for nuclear capabilities has topped global security concerns in Washington, Brussels and Tel Aviv. Why is a nuclear armed Iran considered so dangerous to U.S. and Israeli interests, and what's prevented Iran from reaching a deal year after year?

Imperfect Union: The Eurozone In Crisis (Episode #404)

KQED World: Sat, Mar 9, 2013 -- 2:30 PM

After World War Two, the leaders of Europe established greater economic ties to help prevent future continental conflict. Now, more than half a century later, the EU faces the biggest financial crisis in its history - and the future of the Eurozone itself is under question. What's preventing the world's second largest economy -- and America's largest trading partner -- from pulling itself out of recession?

Feeding The Dragon: China In Africa (Episode #403)

KQED World: Sat, Mar 9, 2013 -- 2:00 PM

African economies are booming like never before, thanks in large part to China. The global giant is investing in infrastructure projects to help it tap into the continent's resources - oil, minerals, and its huge agricultural potential. Critics charge China with cozying up to dictators and ignoring issues of human rights and transparency. Others fear that US is being left behind and its influence in Africa waning. China in Africa. Next on "Great Decisions."

Power to the People: The New Egypt (Episode #402)

KQED World: Sat, Mar 2, 2013 -- 2:30 PM

The US has enjoyed 30 years of relatively stable relations with both Israel and Egypt, thanks in large part to the peace plan outlined by the historic Camp David Accords. The harmony between the two rivals has provided a key element of stability in an otherwise turbulent Middle East. But Egypt's bumpy transition from the autocratic rule of President Hosni Mubarak to its post Arab Spring reality - has put many on edge. What challenges does the new Egypt post for American policymakers and US allies in the region?

Sacred Cow: Defense Spending In An Era Of Economic Restraint (Episode #401)

KQED World: Sat, Mar 2, 2013 -- 2:00 PM

For the first time in decades, the U.S. is tightening its belt on defense spending. While traditional threats like nuclear and great power conflicts do remain. The post 9/11 challenges of terrorism and counterinsurgency have led to a paradigm shift in the way we think about our national security. Emerging threats like cybersecurity and biowarfare also require new thinking. Do 21st century challenges now pose a greater threat to U.S. national security than traditional threats like nuclear war, naval supremacy and ability to fight ground wars? Defense in an age of economic uncertainty.

Repeat Broadcasts:

  • KQED World: Fri, Mar 29, 2013 -- 10:30 AM
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