North Africa

Does the international community have a moral obligation to intervene more aggressively in Syria? We take a look back at past conflicts - Rwanda, Bosnia, Iraq and Libya - through the eyes of those who both analyzed and experienced these crises first-hand. We also hear from Syrian refugees in Lebanon on the question of Western intervention. 

Have women in Arab countries achieved greater equality since the revolutions swept the region, and which rights are yet to be won?

The revolutions that swept across the Middle East in 2011, known as "The Arab Spring," promised greater freedoms for many in the region, including women. While there have been some advances in women's rights, the promise in many cases has not been realized.

In this month's show, Women's Rights after the Arab Spring, we travel to Egypt, Tunisia, Turkey and the Gulf States to assess how and where women's rights have progressed.

Public diplomacy efforts have been overshadowed by American foreign policy in Iraq and Afghanistan in recent years. What is America doing to fix this growing problem and is it too late to make a difference?  This episode of America Abroad looks at how engaging foreign audiences has become a prime focus of the US Department of State.  But there seems to be a disconnect between the government’s message and its target audience. 

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.

Guests on this program include:

AAM Insight

North Korea

It's been 5 years (June 4, 2009) since President Obama's landmark Cairo speech in which he spoke of common values between the West and "Muslims around the world: they were values of "justice and progress; tolerance and the dignity of all human beings." A year later, the world witnessed the popular uprisings and protests that gripped countries such as Egypt, Tunisia, Libya, Jordan and Syria...popular political expression that was once thought to have the power to liberalize.

Thursday, November 24, 2011

AAM partnered with Shems FM to host a town hall connecting audiences and experts in Tunis, Sidi Bouzid and Bizerte to discuss the consequences of personal freedom in a democracy. The two-hour program featured experts from across the political spectrum, including professors, journalists and artists, as well as audience participants from each of the three locations.

Guests included:

Monday, January 9, 2012

AAM partnered with Al Wataniya Television to host a town hall bringing together audience members from 11 towns and governorates across Tunisia to discuss economic development in their country. The ninety-minute program featured discussion amongst the 40 audience participants from the coast, interior, and south of Tunisia. 

Panelists included:

Saturday, February 18, 2012

AAM partnered with Hannibal TV, one of Tunisia’s leading independent television stations, to produce a town hall connecting audience members from across Tunisia with government ministers to discuss the numerous corruption cases that are hindering Tunisia's economic development.

Panelists included:

Monday, March 26, 2012

AAM partnered with Shems FM to produce a town hall connecting audiences in the coastal city of Gabes and the rural city of Kairouan for direct discussion on citizen participation in the political process.