Middle East

Since the devastation of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, the world has held its breath. For more than six decades, diplomacy, fear and luck have helped humanity avoid another atomic attack. But with North Korea's recent nuclear test and Iran's atomic ambitions, the next members of the 'nuclear club' may also be the world's most dangerous states.

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Governments around the world are trying to figure out if and how they can help promote entrepreneurship, which is considered critical to global competitiveness. But in the United States, there's nothing more politically contentious than the role of government in the economy.

In this episode of America Abroad, we look at how government intervention helps and hurts entrepreneurs, and we examine what the US can learn from the success and failures of other countries.

The days of conventional warfare are numbered and the modern military has to deal with a different kind of warfare: insurgency. What happens when the world's only superpower is faced with insurgents who employ guerrilla tactics? 

The 9/11 attacks have raised difficult legal, moral and political questions about what rights should be granted to potential terrorists captured by the United States, and how international laws of war should shape America's behavior in its war on terrorism.  We examine the debate over the tough interrogation methods used at Guantanamo Bay, Abu Ghraib and other prisons. 

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With oil prices topping $60 a barrel and global demand for oil projected to increase in the coming years, can the United States maintain its standard of living, and its security, in the face of potential dangers to the world's oil supply? America Abroad examines the sources of instability, the possible consequences of a disruption in America's supply of oil, and the plausible alternatives to American dependence on foreign oil. 

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Since September 11th, many observers in the United States and around the world have pointed to the neoconservatives as the leading force behind the Bush Administration's push for war in Iraq, its ambitious effort to spread democracy in the Muslim world and its unabashed use of America's power abroad. America Abroad examines the meaning of neoconservatism, its history and its impact on American foreign policy.

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Since the September 11th terrorist attacks, America has ramped up public diplomacy efforts while battling for hearts and minds.  Should the US reach back ot the days of the US Information Agency during World War II?   In this episode of America Abroad, we examine America's international campaign against terrorism in a new kind of war, where successful public diplomacy is as important as military force.   We look at America's image in the world today, the rise of anti-Americanism, and what the US is doing to combat it.  

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America's longstanding, and often close, relationship with Saudi Arabia has come under widespread criticism since the terrorist attacks of September 2001. America Abroad examines the role Saudi Arabia has played in the rise of Islamic terrorism, its influence in the Middle East and its potential role in the war against terrorism. 

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As America draws down troops from Afghanistan, cuts back on military spending and the size of its military, many worry that America’s leadership in the world and ability to protect its allies is eroding. On this edition of America Abroad we travel to Estonia, Japan, and Saudi Arabia to speak with US allies as well as officials and experts in Washington to understand how America’s defense cuts are perceived around the world.

As the 9/11 Commission releases its full report of the circumstances surrounding the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks, America Abroad examines the United States' key 20th-century intelligence failures, including the attack on Pearl Harbor, the fall of the Shah of Iran, and the collapse of the Soviet Union. 

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