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Ideas In Action with Jim Glassman

Surge In Afghanistan: Will The Build Up of U.S. forces in Afghanistan lead to the same success it did in Iraq? (#115)

Guests: Thomas Donnelly, American Enterprise Institute, Andrew Exum, Center for a New American Security, Matthew Hoh, Former State Department Employee who quit in protest over President Obama's Afghan policy.

The Bush Administration's decision to institute a surge of American troops in Iraq was viewed with skepticism and outright hostility by many critics of the war. But it was a success. Now, the Obama Administration is using a play from the same book in Afghanistan. To what extent is Afghanistan similar to - and different from Iraq? And how should the U.S. military pursue victory in Afghanistan? [26 minutes] Closed Captioning

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Series Description: From the producers of "Think Tank with Ben Wattenburg," Ideas in Action with Jim Glassman is a new half-hour weekly series on ideas and their consequences. Each edition of Ideas in Action presents a discussion of trends, conditions, and ideas behind the week's headlines. In the tradition of the long-running PBS series Think Tank, the program limits itself to one topic per half-hour edition in order to go deeper into a subject than the average TV show. Viewers engage with a diverse group of economists, historians, anthropologists, political scientists, demographers, and social philosophers, as well as authorities from many other disciplines.

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