Friday News Roundup - International

March 2, 2012

The United Kingdom closed its embassy in Syria as opposition forces retreated from Baba Amr in the face of an onslaught from government artillery and snipers; North Korea agreed to suspend nuclear testing in exchange for U.S. food aid; and Iran prepared for its first parliamentary elections since 2009. Shashank Bengali of McClatchy Newspapers, Elise Labott of CNN and Michael Hirsh of National Journal join Diane for analysis of the week's top international news stories.

David Rothkopf: "Power, Inc.: The Epic Rivalry Between Big Business and Government - and the Reckoning That Lies Ahead"

February 28, 2012

A former Clinton Administration official and expert on international trade says the rise of private power may be the most important and least understood trend of our time. In a new book, David Rothkopf goes beyond the political rhetoric about big business versus big government. He describes the struggle between private and public power over the past thousand years, how that's led to competing forms of capitalism across the globe and what it means for American influence today.

New Pressure on Syria

February 27, 2012

Western and Arab leaders try to build consensus as the bloodshed in Syria continues and hopes of a quick resolution to the conflict fade.

Friday News Roundup - International

February 24, 2012

European zone finance ministers approved a $170 billion rescue package for Greece; Syrian government tanks continued their assault on Homs; and President Obama apologized to the Afghan people for the burning of Korans by American troops at a U.S. base. Moises Naim of El Pais, Courtney Kube of NBC News and Abderrahim Foukara of Al Jazeera join Diane for analysis of the week's top international news stories.

New Efforts to Bail Out Greece

February 21, 2012

A new rescue plan for Greece’s failing economy has been agreed. What the long-awaited bailout package could mean for frustrated Greeks and the eurozone.

Friday News Roundup - International

February 17, 2012

President Obama welcomed China's likely next president to the White House Tuesday; thousands of protesters clashed with police in Athens, Greece following new austerity measures approved there; and Syria's president Assad offered to hold multi-party elections in four months even as government tanks attacked rebels in Homs and Deraa. David Ignatius of The Washington Post, Nancy Youssef of McClatchy Newspapers and James Kitfield of National Journal join Diane for analysis of the week's top international news stories.

The Future of China-US Relations

February 15, 2012

China's expected next president, Xi Jinping, is making a closely watched visit to the U.S. this week. We discuss with a panel of experts what the impending leadership change could mean for the future of Sino-U.S. relations.

Robert Kagan: "The World America Made"

February 13, 2012

Foreign policy strategist Robert Kagan has influenced both Presidents Bush and Obama. He argues America is not in decline: His take on the future of U.S. power in the world.

Efforts to Stop Iran from Developing a Nuclear Bomb

Efforts to Stop Iran from Developing a Nuclear Bomb

February 6, 2012

Israel issued a strong warning to Iran to halt its nuclear program. The likelihood of a military strike by Israel and implications for the U.S.

Friday News Roundup - International

February 3, 2012

Defense Secretary Leon Panetta announced the U.S. would withdraw combat troops from Afghanistan as early as 2013; Syrian government troops opened a new front outside Damascus in their ongoing crackdown on anti-government protesters; and Nigeria's security police said they captured the alleged spokesman of the Islamist group behind a series of bombings that have killed hundreds of people. A panel of journalists joins Diane for analysis of the week's top international news stories.

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