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Middle East crisis deepening
August 7, 2006
The crisis in Lebanon continues, despite the international community’s push for a cease-fire. Midmorning looks at what the conflict means for U.S. foreign policy in the region.
Barry Posen: Ford International Professor of Political Science at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
Michelle Dunne: Senior Associate at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace and editor of the Arab Reform Bulletin.
Listen here at the 47:25 mark.
Cuba under another Castro
August 2, 2006
Even if Fidel Castro recovers from his current illness, some analysts say the 79-year old communist leader will never regain total control over Cuba. Would U.S.-Cuban relations be better, worse or exactly the same with Castro’s younger brother Raul in charge?
Tom Gjelten: National Public Radio reporter. Gjelten has covered Cuba for many years and is writing a book about Cuba.
David Samuels: Political scientist. Samuels specializes in Latin American politics at the University of Minnesota.
Listen here at the 29:55 mark.
July 17, 2006
Israel’s retaliatory strikes against Lebanon are raising fears of a broader conflict in the Middle East. Midmorning talks with two Middle East experts about what this latest round of violence could mean for the region.
Steven A. Cook: Douglas Dillon Fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations.
Fawaz Gerges: Christian A. Johnson Chairholder in International Affairs and Middle East Studies at Sarah Lawrence College. He is the author of “Journey of the Jihadist: Inside the Muslim Militancy.”
Listen here at the 47:30 mark.
July 17, 2006
The conflict between Israel and Hezbollah militants in Lebanon continues to escalate as the United Nations and individual member states try to broker a cease fire. Will the fighting continue to worsen?
Michael Barnett: Harold Stassen Chair in International Peace at the University of Minnesota’s Humphrey Institute.
Listen here at the 20:00 mark.
July 13, 2006
President Bush claims diplomacy is working in Iran and North Korea, countries he once said were part of an “axis of evil.” But, Bush also admits the “diplomatic process can be slow and cumbersome.”
Listen here at the 32:40 mark.