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In just over two weeks, more than 300,000 Rohingya refugees have fled from Myanmar into neighboring Bangladesh, due to state violence against the Muslim minority group. The Myanmar military says the violence is only a response to attacks by a militant group associated with the Rohingya, and that innocent civilians haven’t been targeted. But the U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights said this week that the situation looks like a “textbook example of ethnic cleansing.” We’ll bring you the latest on the situation in Myanmar and discuss the future of the Rohingya, a stateless group that has faced decades of abuse and discrimination.

Joshua Kurlantzick, senior fellow for Southeast Asia, Council on Foreign Relations

Anbarasan  Ethirajan, South Asia editor, BBC

President Trump speaks to French President Emmanuel Macron.

President Trump traveled to Paris on Wednesday, two days before Bastille Day, the French national day. Trump will participate in a joint news conference in Paris with French President Emmanuel Macron where Trump will likely be asked about the revelations that his son met with a Russian lawyer who offered dirt on Hillary Clinton. NPR will cover the conference live.  In this two-hour show, Forum discusses the president’s visit to France and the developing news about the Trump campaign’s alleged collusion with Russia.


Mike Dorning, deputy White House editor, Bloomberg News

Mugambi Jouet, fellow, Stanford Law School, author, “Exceptional America: What Divides Americans From the World and From Each Other”

David Mark, executive editor, Morning Consult

Bruce Cain, professor of political science, Stanford University

Russian President Vladimir Putin at the G20 summit in Hamburg.

President Donald Trump met with Russian President Vladimir Putin at the G20 talks in Hamburg on Friday. In more than two hours of conversation, they discussed alleged Russian hacking in the U.S. presidential election, the conflict in Syria and cyber security. Former U.S. ambassador to Russia Michael McFaul joins us to discuss what may come from this first face-to-face meeting, including the chances for success of the cease-fire deal in Syria.


Michael McFaul, former U.S. ambassador to Russia

th a sign reading 'There is no food' protests against new emergency powers decreed this week by President Nicolas Maduro in front of a line of policemen in Caracas on May 18, 2016

Civil unrest in Venezuela has left at least 30 dead and more than 400 injured over the last month, as government forces crack down on protesters demanding relief from severe food shortages and hyperinflation. Meanwhile, President Nicolas Maduro has sparked a constitutional crisis in his move to dissolve the National Assembly and consolidate power. We discuss the political and economic crisis in Venezuela.

President Donald Trump on Thursday launched airstrikes in Syria in response to apparent chemical attacks allegedly ordered by the Syrian government that killed more than 80 civilians, including many children. Forum discusses the missile strikes, which were carried out against the Syrian base believed to be where the planes that conducted the chemical attacks originated.

A pro-remain protester holds up an EU flag near the Elzabeth Tower, commonly known as Big Ben, at the Houses of Parliament shortly after British Prime Minister Theresa May announced to the House of Commons that Article 50 of the Lisbon Treaty had been triggered in London on March 29, 2017.

Brexit has begun. On Wednesday, British Prime Minister Theresa May sent an historic letter triggering Article 50 of the Lisbon Treaty, formally initiating the country’s withdrawal from the European Union (EU). In a statement to the House of Commons, May called this an “historic moment from which there can be no turning back.” In response, European council president Donald Tusk said, “there is no reason to pretend this is a happy day.” May’s letter comes after the British public voted in a June 2016 referendum for the country to leave the EU. In this hour, we’ll discuss what Brexit might mean for the U.K and the countries staying in the EU, and preview what will likely be two years of exit negotiations.

The ticketing and check-in counters for Emirates airlines appears quiet inside the terminal on March 21, 2017 at John F. Kennedy International Airport in New York.

The Department of Homeland Security announced Tuesday that passengers traveling to the United States on foreign airlines from eight Muslim-majority countries may no longer bring laptops, tablets and other large electronic devices in their carry-on bags. The White House called the measures, which airlines must put in place by Friday, necessary to address threats from terrorist groups that might plant explosives in the devices. The U.K. announced a similar ban covering six Muslim majority countries hours later. We discuss the ban and its potential impacts.

Sergey Vladimirovich Petrov poses for a photo.

With Monday’s House Intelligence hearing on Russian interference in the U.S. presidential election, Moscow-Washington relations are in the spotlight. In this hour, San Francisco’s Consul General for the Russian Federation, Sergey Petrov, joins us to discuss Secretary of State Rex Tillerson’s upcoming Russia visit, tensions over Russia’s annexation of Ukraine, and the war in Syria, among other issues.

Lieutenant General H.R. McMaster will be President Trump’s new National Security Adviser, according to a White House announcement Monday. McMaster will assume the post vacated by General Michael Flynn, who was forced to resign for misleading Vice President Mike Pence about talks he held with Russia’s ambassador. McMaster is known for his counter-terrorism expertise and criticism of President Bush’s execution of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.   We discuss how McMaster may shape foreign and national security policy under the Trump administration.

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