The Kandahar Massacre and the Future of U.S. Involvement in Afghanistan

March 19, 2012

After the deadly rampage against Afghan villagers, President Hamid Karzai called for U.S. and NATO troops to be confined to major bases. The latest on the American soldier accused in the attack and how an accelerated pull-back of combat troops could affect U.S. strategy.

Friday News Roundup - International

March 9, 2012

Syria's deputy oil minister appeared to defect his post to join the “revolution of this dignified people"; Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu traveled to the U.S. and told President Obama that Israel would be "master of its fate"; and six world powers demanded on Thursday that Iran allow international inspectors to visit a military installation suspected of containing nuclear plans. Yochi Dreazen of National Journal, Susan Glasser of Foreign Policy magazine, and Hisham Melhem of Al-Arabiya join Diane for analysis of the week's top international news stories.

The U.S., Israel and Efforts to Halt Iran's Nuclear Program

March 6, 2012

President Obama said the U.S. will not tolerate a nuclear Iran, and military force is an option. But he cautioned against "loose talk of war." The U.S., Israel and efforts to halt Iran's nuclear program.

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.

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.

President Obama's 2013 Budget Proposal

February 14, 2012

Reaction to President Obama's two-thousand-thirteen budget proposal: short-term stimulus spending and strategies for cutting the deficit over the long term.

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.

Pentagon Budget Cuts and U.S. Defense Strategy

January 31, 2012

The Pentagon has proposed shrinking its budget by half a trillion dollars over 10 years. Spending cuts, fewer troops and a shift in U.S. defense strategy.

Readers' Review: "The Day of the Jackal" by Frederick Forsyth

Readers' Review: "The Day of the Jackal" by Frederick Forsyth

January 18, 2012

For our January Readers' Review, Diane selected a classic thriller by Frederick Forsyth. "The Day of the Jackal" traces the preparations of a professional assassin hired to kill French President Charles De Gaulle.

Guantanamo Bay Ten Years Later

January 11, 2012

Ten years after the first suspected terrorists arrived, the detention facility at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, is still open and the fate of 171 remaining prisoners is uncertain.

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