Great Decisions In Foreign Policy
This award-winning series - recommended by the New York Times - frames the most important foreign policy questions of the year ahead. Each episode provides background context, contemporary analysis and policy options. 2012 topics include "After the Arab Spring", "Exiting Iraq and Afghanistan" and "Beyond the Border: US- Mexico Relations". Hosted by Ralph J. Begleiter, former CNN World Affairs Correspondent.
Sacred Cow: Defense Spending In An Era Of Economic Restraint (#401) Duration: 26:46 STEREO TVG (Secondary audio: none)
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.
Power to the People: The New Egypt (#402) Duration: 29:00 STEREO TVG (Secondary audio: none)
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?
Feeding The Dragon: China In Africa (#403) Duration: 29:00 STEREO TVG (Secondary audio: none)
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."
Imperfect Union: The Eurozone In Crisis (#404) Duration: 29:00 STEREO TVG (Secondary audio: none)
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?
Red Line: Iran, Israel and the Bomb (#405) Duration: 29:00 STEREO TVG (Secondary audio: none)
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?
The Intervention Calculation (#406) Duration: 29:00 STEREO TVG (Secondary audio: none)
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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