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Great Decisions In Foreign Policy

Cybersecurity: Defense in the Digital Age (#304)

As cyber attacks continue to occur at a breakneck pace, is the U.S. at risk? [26 minutes] Closed Captioning

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Series Description: This award-winning series dedicates one episode to each of America's foreign policy challenges. From global organized crime networks to the rise of China's military, each episode gives armchair diplomats a deeper understanding of the challenges facing America in 2010.

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  • The World's Bottom Billion (#101)

    Nearly 10 years ago, leaders from around the globe made a bold declaration - a promise to end extreme poverty by 2015 through the achievement of the Millennium Development Goals. Consider this episode a report card. [29 minutes]

  • Wall Street and the World: The Global Financial Crisis (#102)

    Expert guests explain how the financial crisis came about, its impact on regional economies and the international response. [29 minutes]

  • An Army of Envoys (#103)

    Once the favored method of diplomacy, special envoys are once again in vogue to advance U.S. interests. But are there simply too many cooks in the kitchen? [29 minutes]

  • Red Army Rising: China's Military (#104)

    While relations between the U.S. and China have focused on the economy, does China's rapidly growing military pose a threat? [29 minutes]

  • Justified Force? Preventing Genocide in the 21st Century (#105)

    Armed intervention or peaceful negotiation? This episode explores the international toolbox for preventing genocide, offering commentary on emerging doctrines like the Responsibility to Protect. [29 minutes]

  • Should The U.S. Give Up On Haiti? (#201)

    Haiti's lack of development over the past two centuries has long frustrated American efforts to build a democracy off its shores. Does last year's earthquake represent a new opportunity, or should the U.S. give up on Haiti? [29 minutes]

  • Is America Safe 10 Years After 9/11 (#202)

    Since terrorists attacked America in 2001, the U.S. has embarked on two wars, created a Department of Homeland Security and gone on the offensive against Al Qaeda and its affiliates worldwide. But is America safer 10 years after 9/11? [29 minutes]

  • Is The Horn of Africa The Next Afghanistan? (#203)

    Decades of lawlessness, war and more recently, piracy and terrorism, make the Horn of Africa one of the most volatile regions in the world. Should the U.S. step up its engagement? [29 minutes]

  • Should The U.S. Take The Lead On Global Financial Reform? (#204)

    As Americans dig out from the great recession of 2008, should the U.S. coordinate global financial regulation or focus on getting it right at home? [29 minutes]

  • Should The U.S. Declare A "Special Relationship" with Germany? (#205)

    Whether assisting U.S. troops in Afghanistan or flexing its muscles as the largest country in the European Union, Germany is a key U.S. ally. Is it worthy of a "special relationship" like that with Britain and Israel? [29 minutes]

  • Do Sanctions Work? (#206)

    As the U.S. seeks to reign in rogue regimes like Iran, which wants nuclear weapons, and North Korea, which already has them, do sanctions actually work? [29 minutes]

  • Should Americans Care About The Caucuses? (#207)

    The Caucuses have long represented a critical region for U.S. interests due to its oil and natural gas resources and proximity to Russia. But should Americans care what happens here? [29 minutes]

  • Is U.S. Power In Decline? (#208)

    America has long been the "indispensible" nation in world affairs. But recent events, from the global financial crisis to the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, have led some to question whether U.S. power is on the decline. [29 minutes]

  • After The Arab Spring (#301)

    How will uprisings in the Middle East and North Africa impact American objectives in the region? [26 minutes]

  • Shining City on a Hill: Exporting Democracy (#302)

    Support for democracy has long been a stated goal of U.S. foreign policy, but can it be exported? [26 minutes]

  • Beyond The Border: The U.S. and Mexico (#303)

    How best can the two countries confront troublesome border issues while fostering greater economic and cultural ties? [26 minutes]

  • Drawdown: Exiting Iraq and Afghanistan (#305)

    As U.S. troops drawdown from Iraq and Afghanistan, what's the return on the American investment in blood and treasure? [26 minutes]

  • Living Planet: State of the Seas (#306)

    Depleting fish populations. Coral erosion. Polluted waters. A look at the health of the world's seas. [26 minutes]

  • Inside Indonesia (#307)

    Indonesia was the childhood home of President Barack Obama. It's also the world's most populous Muslim country, a secular democracy and an economic rising star. [26 minutes]

  • Race for Resources: Energy and Geopolitics (#308)

    Who is winning in the competition for the world's energy resources, and what does this mean for the U.S.? [26 minutes]

  • The New Global Economy (#309)

    What trends will define the next chapter in the global economy, what rules will govern the new economic order, and can another crisis be avoided? [26 minutes]

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

    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. [26 minutes]

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

    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? [29 minutes]

  • Feeding The Dragon: China In Africa (#403)

    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." [29 minutes]

  • Imperfect Union: The Eurozone In Crisis (#404)

    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? [29 minutes]

  • Red Line: Iran, Israel and the Bomb (#405)

    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? [29 minutes]

  • The Intervention Calculation (#406)

    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? [29 minutes]

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

    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?" [29 minutes]

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

    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. [29 minutes]

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