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

KQED World: Fri, May 31, 2013 -- 4:30 AM

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?

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  • KQED World: Fri, May 31, 2013 -- 10:30 AM

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

KQED World: Fri, May 24, 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.

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  • KQED World: Fri, May 24, 2013 -- 10:30 AM

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

KQED World: Fri, May 17, 2013 -- 4:30 AM

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.

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  • KQED World: Fri, May 17, 2013 -- 10:30 AM

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

KQED World: Fri, May 10, 2013 -- 4:30 AM

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?"

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  • KQED World: Fri, May 10, 2013 -- 10:30 AM

The Intervention Calculation (Episode #406)

KQED World: Fri, May 3, 2013 -- 4:30 AM

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?

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  • KQED World: Fri, May 3, 2013 -- 10:30 AM
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