foreign policy

Richard Haass poses for a portrait.

The most significant shift in national defense strategy in almost two decades was unveiled last week by US Defense Secretary James Mattis. The big takeaway: Competition from global leaders like China and Russia is now the biggest threat to national security, replacing the fight against terrorism. Council on Foreign Relations president Richard Haass joins us to dissect the new strategy, and to discuss how best to tackle the most pressing U.S. foreign policy challenges at a time when populism is rewriting the old world order.

Light clouds in a clear, blue sky, with a view of the Western Wall and the golden Dome of the Rock Islamic shrine on December 6, 2017 in Jerusalem, Israel. U.S. President Donald Trump announced his recognition of Jerusalem as Israel's capital on Wednesday.

President Trump honored a campaign promise on Wednesday by recognizing Jerusalem as Israel’s capital. The United States is the only country to do so. A Palestinian representative called the decision a “kiss of death” for the two-state solution, while the human rights group Amnesty International condemned the move as “undermining the international rule of law.” Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu praised the decision, which he called “courageous and just.”


Greg Myre, national security correspondent, National Public Radio

A picture taken on March 14, 2017 in the northern Iraqi city of Mosul shows a drone carrying two grenades flying in a test flight by Iraqi forces which aim to use it against Islamic State (IS) group fighters.

Investigative journalist Pratap Chatterjee and editorial cartoonist Khalil Bendib present a history of drone warfare and mass surveillance in “VERAX,” a graphic novel. The first half of the book profiles famous whistleblowers like Julian Assange and Edward Snowden. In the second half, Chatterjee investigates the murky background of drone warfare and its ethical implications. We talk to both authors about their new book and unexpected approach.

Khalil Bendib,
editorial cartoonist and graphic novelist; co-creator, “VERAX: The True History of Whistleblowers, Drone Warfare and Mass Surveillance”; co-host, “Voices of the Middle East”

Pratap Chatterjee, executive director, CorpWatch; co-author, “VERAX: The True History of Whistleblowers, Drone Warfare, and Mass Surveillance”

In this handout photo released by the South Korean Defense Ministry, South Korean navy vessels taking part in a naval drill off the east coast on September 4, 2017 in East Sea, South Korea. The exercise takes place two days after North Korea's latest nuclear test, which was condemned by world leaders.

North Korea said it successfully tested a hydrogen bomb on Sunday, following an explosion that caused a magnitude 6.3 earthquake and yielded more power than the bombs dropped on Hiroshima and Nagasaki. President Trump issued a series of tweets in the days following, accusing the South Koreans of appeasement and suggesting the U.S. stop trade with countries doing business in North Korea. Meanwhile, Vladimir Putin said Tuesday that the intensifying rhetoric between the U.S. and Pyonyang could lead to “global catastrophe.” We speak to James Stavridis, former supreme allied commander for NATO, about the escalating North Korean crisis and about his new book, ‘Sea Power: The History and Geopolitics of the World’s Oceans.’

Admiral James Stavridis,
dean, Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, Tufts University; former commander, NATO; author, “Sea Power: The History and Geopolitics of the World’s Oceans”

Richard Haass poses for a portrait.

In “A World in Disarray,” Council on Foreign Relations President Richard Haass offers a warning: in this age of climate change, global terrorism and nuclear proliferation, nations must adopt a new mantle of international responsibility and obligation. As President Trump enters his second week in the oval office, Haass joins us to discuss the Middle East, Russia, China, North Korea and the role of the United States in maintaining global stability. We’ll also get his thoughts on the foreign policy implications of Trump’s executive order on immigrants and refugees.

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