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“Stand by, there will be the giant sucking sound, if we are dumb enough to have this jammed down our throats!" – Ross Perot in 1992

While Ross Perot’s prophecy of doom didn’t come true, NAFTA did change the economic terrain of North America. After decades of economic protectionism, Mexico opened its doors to American business and investment. Now when America’s booming, Mexico cashes in. But when the US is in the red, Mexico is passing the hat – and that puts the brakes on America’s recovery. And the economic ties that bind the US and Mexico are not all above board. The escalating drug violence in Mexican cities is fueled by the steady stream of narcotics, guns and money that crisscross the US-Mexican border everyday. We travel from New York to Puebla, to examine the economic ties that bind the two nations, from trade to trafficking. 

Executive Producer: Aaron Lobel / AAM Producers: Monica Bushman, Sean Carberry, Matt Ozug, Monica Villavicencio and Chris Williams / Interns: Colleen Castle, Isabella Schwiermann and Annika Witzel / Web Producer: Javier Barrera / Photo Credit: Nathan Gibbs/ Host: Deborah Amos

The Arab world has the largest youth bulge on the planet. Millions of young people are living in a pressure cooker of social, political, tribal, and religious forces. We visit Jordan and Egypt and speak with young Arabs in America about their struggles with identity, and how globalization, Islam, and a turbulent region are shaping how they look at themselves, and the world. 

"The democratic experience in Iraq is still very much in its infant stages, but it's being tested. It was tested over the course of the last four years, more recently it's being tested by the national elections, and now the challenge of putting a government together." 
– Ambassador Gary Grappo, Counselor for Political Affairs in the U.S. Embassy

America Abroad presents a one-hour special “America’s Growing Debt: The Stakes for the U.S. and the World” with former President Bill Clinton, former Secretary of the Treasury Robert Rubin, and the Co-Chairs of the National Commission on Fiscal Responsibility and Reform Erskine Bowles and Alan Simpson.

"What has been going on for many, many years is ad hoc, day-to-day management of problems as these problems continue to grow and grow. Now, they have grown to a point where we fear the country is at risk." 
– Abdul-Ghani Al-Iryani, Political Consultant in Yemen

"What we're trying to do is get carbon out of our emissions so we can keep the worst impact of climate change from happening."

– Professor Dan Schrag, Director of the Harvard University Center for the Environment.

America Abroad Media (AAM), in partnership with CNN and The George Washington University School of Media and Public Affairs, hosted a joint interview with U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton and U.S. Secretary of Defense Robert Gates on a wide range of issues including the war in Afghanistan, nuclear negotiations with Iran and engagement with Pakistan.

Subway bombings in Madrid and London, riots in France, and protests over Danish cartoons defaming the Prophet Mohammed have prompted concern about how Muslim immigrants are adjusting to Europe’s liberal and secular society. Across the Atlantic, the situation seems more sanguine. A recent study released by the Pew Research Center found that Muslims in America are largely middle class and have integrated well. But the tensions in Europe have sparked fears that Islamic extremism could spread to the U.S. 

"When I worked in the state department, we made the decision to put diplomats into the front lines in Iraq and Afghanistan. That's an entirely different proposition than serving in Rome."
– Former Ambassador Nicholas Burns

"Those who argued for these tactics were on the wrong side of the debate, and the wrong side of history. That's why we must leave these methods where they belong, in the past..." 

– President Obama, speech at the National Archives, May 2009

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