WBEZ | Foreign Policy http://www.wbez.org/tags/foreign-policy Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en A new potential path forward in Syria, women's issues in India and Chicago youth clean up city http://www.wbez.org/programs/worldview/2013-09-10/new-potential-path-forward-syria-womens-issues-india-and-chicago-youth <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/main-images/AP41580686969.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>George Lopez joins us to talk about a potential diplomatic path forward with Syria. We talk about women&#39;s issues in India. Plus, we get to know Nicole Brandon, founder and president of Project Y.E.S. (Youth Earth Savers).</p><p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fapi.soundcloud.com%2Ftracks%2F109750361&amp;color=ff6600&amp;auto_play=false&amp;show_artwork=false" width="100%"></iframe></p><div class="storify"><iframe allowtransparency="true" frameborder="no" height="750" src="//storify.com/WBEZ/worldview-analyzing-a-potential-path-forward-in-sy/embed?header=false" width="100%"></iframe><script src="//storify.com/WBEZ/worldview-analyzing-a-potential-path-forward-in-sy.js?header=false"></script><noscript>[<a href="//storify.com/WBEZ/worldview-analyzing-a-potential-path-forward-in-sy" target="_blank">View the story "Worldview: A new potential path forward in Syria, women's issues in India and Bangladesh and Chicago youth clean up city" on Storify</a>]</noscript></div></p> Tue, 10 Sep 2013 10:54:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/programs/worldview/2013-09-10/new-potential-path-forward-syria-womens-issues-india-and-chicago-youth Views from Arab states on Syrian intervention, Germany’s “brown babies” and the music of Il Volo http://www.wbez.org/programs/worldview/2013-09-04/views-arab-states-syrian-intervention-germany%E2%80%99s-%E2%80%9Cbrown-babies%E2%80%9D-and <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/main-images/AP314893345887.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>Joseph Kéchichian joins us from Lebanon to talk about how various Arab states feel about potential military intervention in Syria. We explore how mixed-race children born during American occupation in Germany impacted racial discourse in both countries. We meet the Italian pop sensation, Il Volo.</p><p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fapi.soundcloud.com%2Ftracks%2F108835430&amp;color=ff6600&amp;auto_play=false&amp;show_artwork=false" width="100%"></iframe></p><div class="storify"><iframe allowtransparency="true" frameborder="no" height="750" src="//storify.com/WBEZ/worldview-views-from-arab-states-on-syrian-interve/embed?header=false" width="100%"></iframe><script src="//storify.com/WBEZ/worldview-views-from-arab-states-on-syrian-interve.js?header=false"></script><noscript>[<a href="//storify.com/WBEZ/worldview-views-from-arab-states-on-syrian-interve" target="_blank">View the story "Worldview: Views from Arab states on Syrian intervention, Germany’s “brown babies” and the music of Il Volo" on Storify</a>]</noscript></div></p> Wed, 04 Sep 2013 11:43:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/programs/worldview/2013-09-04/views-arab-states-syrian-intervention-germany%E2%80%99s-%E2%80%9Cbrown-babies%E2%80%9D-and Worldview: Conflict in Syria, Colombia http://www.wbez.org/programs/worldview/2012-12-04/worldview-conflict-syria-columbia-104181 <p><script src="//storify.com/WBEZ/worldview-12-04-12.js"></script><noscript>[<a href="//storify.com/WBEZ/worldview-12-04-12" target="_blank">View the story "Worldview 12.04.12" on Storify</a>]</noscript></p> Tue, 04 Dec 2012 12:01:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/programs/worldview/2012-12-04/worldview-conflict-syria-columbia-104181 Presidential debate #3 live chat: Foreign policy http://www.wbez.org/news/presidential-debate-3-live-chat-foreign-policy-103304 <p><div class="image-insert-image "><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/RomneyObamaDebates3.jpg" style="height: 299px; width: 620px;" title="" /></div><p>We&#39;re following the debates live, and featuring commentary from Chicago media&#39;s best and brightest, like <em>TimeOut</em>&#39;s Frank Sennett,&nbsp;WBEZ blogger Achy Obejas, PR strategist&nbsp;Veronica Vera, social media guru Scott Smith and DNAinfo&#39;s&nbsp;Jen Sabella. Monday&#39;s&nbsp;debate is the final presidential debate, and the first in the Town Hall format. It will be moderated by&nbsp;Chief Washington Correspondent for CBS News&nbsp;Bob Schieffer&nbsp;at Lynn University in Boca Raton, Florida.</p><p style="text-align: center;"><a class="twitter-timeline" data-widget-id="253146859072266240" href="https://twitter.com/search?q=%23BEZDebates">Tweets about &quot;#BEZDebates&quot;</a> <script>!function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0];if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);js.id=id;js.src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js";fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document,"script","twitter-wjs");</script></p></p> Mon, 22 Oct 2012 12:26:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/news/presidential-debate-3-live-chat-foreign-policy-103304 Five countries that will be mentioned during tonight’s debate http://www.wbez.org/blogs/achy-obejas/2012-10/five-countries-will-be-mentioned-during-tonight%E2%80%99s-debate-103298 <p><div class="image-insert-image "><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/RS6564_AP164381960866-scr.jpg" style="height: 362px; width: 300px; float: left; " title="President Barack Obama stretches to shakes hands with supporters after speaking about the choice facing women in the upcoming election. (AP/Carolyn Kaster)" /></div><p><strong>1. Libya</strong><br /><br />Duh. Mitt Romney&rsquo;s had two chances to go at President Barack Obama on this issue, where there&rsquo;s <a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2012/10/22/us/politics/explanation-for-benghazi-attack-under-scrutiny.html?hp">enough haze for him to make some hay</a>, but has blown both. Which means that <a href="http://www.wbez.org/blogs/achy-obejas/2012-10/five-obama-vulnerabilities-debate-102828">if there&rsquo;s one issue</a>, one question, that the Romney debate prep team has been hammering, it&rsquo;s this one. I know everybody was blown away by Obama&rsquo;s answer last time, but he missed an opportunity to poke back at Republicans, and particularly at Romney&rsquo;s VP choice Paul Ryan, all of whom <a href="http://www.drudge.com/news/161889/gop-cut-embassy-security-funding">voted against more funding for embassy security</a>, not just in Libya, but all over the world. C&rsquo;mon.<br /><br /><strong>2. Iran</strong><br /><br />Iran suddenly says it&rsquo;s <a href="http://swampland.time.com/2012/10/22/the-real-foreign-policy-issue-war-with-iran/">willing to talk</a>, but is just waiting for the elections to know who the chat will be with. Obama says nothing&rsquo;s new on our end and, of course, we talk. Romney says Obama&rsquo;s weak, weak, weak, but can&rsquo;t seem to say what he&rsquo;d do different. If Obama doesn&rsquo;t turn this around and make it seem like Romney wants to bomb Tehran tomorrow, it&rsquo;ll be another missed opportunity -- especially to bring back <a href="http://original.antiwar.com/buchanan/2012/10/18/will-obama-paint-mitt-as-warmonger/">women voters, who are particularly anti-war</a>.<br /><br /><strong>3. Israel</strong><br /><br />The men don&rsquo;t differ much on actual Israel policy, except for the fact that Romney has pretty much said<a href="http://www.irishtimes.com/newspaper/world/2012/1022/1224325542216.html"> he&rsquo;ll back Israel on a unilateral strike against Iran</a> if Israel feels threatened. This one isn&rsquo;t actually a Middle East concern -- this is all about Florida, where Romney looks poised to win, <a href="http://www.politico.com/p/2012-election/polls/president">leading in most polls</a>. He&rsquo;s hoping seniors in Florida forget his Medicare policies and vote ethno-religiously.<br /><br /><strong>4. Cuba</strong><br /><br />The biggest strawman in American politics, Cuba was mentioned a handful of times at the GOP convention and will come back for two reasons: one, rumors were hot all last week that Fidel Castro was on ice and, two, <a href="http://www.politico.com/news/stories/1012/82695.html">Florida</a>. Never mind that the pendulum is swinging away from hard right politics in the Cuban-American community as those who were born and/or raised in the U.S. come of age. And never mind that the Latino group that has the power to swing the state is now the Puerto Ricans in Orange and Osceola counties. Never mind, too, that most Puerto Ricans don&rsquo;t give a twit about a Cuba and that the only real question is whether they&rsquo;re going to show up at the polls -- in Florida, Puerto Ricans have numbers, even on registration, but blow it on attendance -- but nobody can keep themselves, it seems, from playing the useless Cuba card.<br /><br /><strong>5. China</strong><br /><br />Romney will continue to <a href="http://www.cnn.com/2012/10/22/world/asia/grant-china-us-election-scapegoat/index.html">accuse the Chinese</a> of being currency manipulators (they are) but offer no plan. And Obama, with an opportunity here to make Romney squirm about the Chinese factory with virtual <a href="http://www.nationaljournal.com/2012-presidential-campaign/leaked-video-shows-romney-recalling-china-trip-20120916">slave women workers</a>&nbsp;that Bain may or may not have bought while Romney was at the helm, will probably not mention it. But he should.</p></p> Mon, 22 Oct 2012 10:43:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/blogs/achy-obejas/2012-10/five-countries-will-be-mentioned-during-tonight%E2%80%99s-debate-103298 Romney's recklessness http://www.wbez.org/blogs/achy-obejas/2012-09/romneys-recklessness-102407 <p><p><a href="http://www.wbez.org/blogs/achy-obejas/2012-07/romneys-comments-britains-mi6-iran-what-was-he-thinking-101319">Echoing concerns</a>&nbsp;I wrote about just two months ago,&nbsp;<a href="http://politicalticker.blogs.cnn.com/2012/09/12/are-romneys-comments-on-libya-a-2012-game-changer/">Mitt Romney made comments</a> this week about the tragedy at U.S. embassies in Libya and Egypt that were downright dangerous.</p><p><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/Romney%20Libya%20AP.jpg" style="float: right; height: 193px; width: 300px; " title="Mitt Romney addresses the press. (AP)" />Romney was reckless, enough to try and undermine the president and put American lives at risk all over the Middle East for a pure political play.&nbsp;Tuesday night &mdash; the evening of September 11&nbsp;&mdash;&nbsp;both campaigns had <em>pledged to lay off politics</em>&nbsp;in observance of the lives lost 11 years ago. Instead Romney took the opportunity to swagger and rattle sabers, <a href="http://www.theatlanticwire.com/politics/2012/09/mitt-romneys-libya-comments-backfire-badly/56784/">jumping the gun</a> with his slashing critique of the Obama administration.&nbsp;</p><p>Romney designed his remarks to build foreign policy cred &mdash; and to leap off <a href="http://www.politico.com/news/stories/0912/81150.html?hp=t1">comments made by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu</a>&nbsp;the day before the embassy assaults<em>.&nbsp;</em>Netanyahu has been <a href="http://www.foxnews.com/world/2012/09/11/romney-win-could-spur-longtime-pal-netanyahu-to-face-iran-threat/">pressuring Obama</a> to take a hard line on Iran&rsquo;s nuclear program and Israel&rsquo;s right to attack its long-time nemesis.&nbsp;</p><p>Bibi hopes conservative Jewish voters in Florida can swing the election for Romney, who is already <a href="http://www.foxnews.com/world/2012/09/11/romney-win-could-spur-longtime-pal-netanyahu-to-face-iran-threat/">on board with a tougher stand on Iran</a>.&nbsp;But Romney&#39;s words proved two things: first, as I&#39;ve argued before, Romney is totally unprepared be commander-in-chief of U.S. forces; second, he is desperate to&nbsp;<a href="http://www.businessinsider.com/romney-economic-plan-policy-taxes-economy-obama-2012-9">change the trajectory</a>&nbsp;of the race, in which President Obama currently has a small lead.</p><p>The statement released by the Cairo embassy &mdash; the one Romney called an &ldquo;apology&rdquo; to Muslims &mdash; was done without a White House sign-off many hours before the embassy was actually besieged. Many if not <a href="http://www.politico.com/news/stories/0912/81103_Page2.html">most of the GOP&rsquo;s big names </a>have&nbsp;refused to join Romney&rsquo;s political attack and have released very different kinds of statements about the incidents. <a href="http://www.businessinsider.com/romney-economic-plan-policy-taxes-economy-obama-2012-9">Even his VP choice</a>, Rep. Paul Ryan, stayed away from politicizing these events.<br /><br />Romney doubled down after he was criticized for his remarks, and his inability to mediate his original stance in light of new information is astonishing. Even more astonishing, though, was this: An American ambassador was killed and Romney failed to give condolences to the families who&rsquo;d just suffered these terrible losses &mdash; deaths that occurred <em>in the line of duty</em>.</p><p>Almost as bad, he failed to understand the very nature of foreign service.&nbsp;&quot;The president takes responsibility not just for the words that come from his mouth but also for the words that come from his ambassadors from his administration, from his embassies, from the State Department,&quot; <a href="http://2012.talkingpointsmemo.com/2012/09/romney-libya-attack-benghazi.php">Romney said</a>.</p><p>Yes, the president must take responsibility for any and all diplomatic acts. But, no, the ambassadors are not the president&rsquo;s, especially during an election campaign. Most ambassadors are <a href="http://H.W. Bush http://www.slate.com/blogs/the_slatest/2012/09/12/chris_stevens_bio_ambassador_to_libya_was_career_diplomat_former_peace_corps_volunteer.html">career foreign service,</a> sworn to represent the U.S. under any and all presidents. This was the case with Stevens, who entered service under President George H.W. Bush and <a href="/the_slatest/2012/09/12/chris_stevens_bio_ambassador_to_libya_was_career_diplomat_former_peace_corps_volunteer.html">served every president </a>after him.<br /><br />U.S. ambassadors are not the president&#39;s, but America&#39;s.<br /><br />Yet again, Romney doesn&#39;t get it.</p></p> Thu, 13 Sep 2012 10:53:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/blogs/achy-obejas/2012-09/romneys-recklessness-102407 What the U.S. can learn from China http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2012-02-08/what-us-can-learn-china-96200 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/segment/photo/2012-February/2012-02-08/china3.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>American views toward China are often characterized as mistrustful and cautious. NYU economics professor Ann Lee argues, however, that this wary approach often prevents us from drawing important lessons about the way China does things. Ann discusses some of the learning opportunities she has laid out in her recent book, <em><a href="http://www.bkconnection.com/ProdDetails.asp?ID=9781609941246" target="_blank">What the U.S. Can Learn from China: An Open-Minded Guide to Treating Our Greatest Competitor as Our Greatest Teacher</a>.</em></p><p>&nbsp;</p><p><em>Ann Lee is speaking on this topic tonight at the Chicago Council on Global Affairs. You can read more about the event <a href="http://www.thechicagocouncil.org/files/Event/FY_12_Events/02_February_2012/Lessons_from_the_Dragon__What_the_U.S._Can_Learn_From_China.aspx" target="_blank">here</a>. </em></p><p>&nbsp;</p></p> Wed, 08 Feb 2012 16:02:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2012-02-08/what-us-can-learn-china-96200 State of the Union: What's next for Obama's foreign policy? http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2012-01-25/state-union-whats-next-obamas-foreign-policy-95815 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/segment/photo/2012-January/2012-01-25/sotu1.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>Global issues usually don’t dominate a State of the Union address. But they seemed to get a little more play than usual in President Obama's speech last night. In the speech, President Obama covered everything from energy independence to the people's revolt in Syria, Iran's isolation, and America's strategic military pivot towards the Pacific. <em>Worldview</em> dissects the foreign policy aspects of the State of the Union address with <a href="http://www.foreignpolicy.com/articles/meet_the_staff#14" target="_blank">Uri Friedman</a>, an associate editor at <a href="http://blog.foreignpolicy.com/posts/2012/01/24/highlights_from_obamas_sotu_address" target="_blank"><em>Foreign Policy</em>.</a></p></p> Wed, 25 Jan 2012 16:27:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2012-01-25/state-union-whats-next-obamas-foreign-policy-95815 U of C professor talks North Korea, Obama's beefed up Asia-Pacific policy http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2012-01-13/u-c-professor-talks-north-korea-obamas-beefed-asia-pacific-policy-95512 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/segment/photo/2012-January/2012-01-12/korea3.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>North Korea’s government-run Central News Agency announced yesterday that the body of Kim Jong-il will be embalmed and laid in state next to Kim Jong-un, his father and founder of the communist state.&nbsp; The regime also alleges it will build “smiling portraits” of Kim and “towers to his immortality.” The efforts reinforce the power of the Kim dynasty, as Kim Jong-il’s son Kim Jong-un takes over as the new “Supreme Leader.”</p><p>Before Kim Jong-il's death the United States offered to provide food aid to North Korea if it halted its uranium enrichment program.&nbsp; North Korea has indicated it may be open to negotiations on such a deal. And, the Obama administration says it plans to shift its military policy toward Asia, away from the Middle East.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p><em>Worldview</em> talks with<a href="http://history.uchicago.edu/faculty/cumings.shtml" target="_blank"> Bruce Cumings</a>,&nbsp; chairman of the University of Chicago's history department and author of several books, including, most recently, <em>The Korean War: A History</em>, about what it all means.<br> &nbsp;</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>&nbsp;</p></p> Fri, 13 Jan 2012 18:00:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2012-01-13/u-c-professor-talks-north-korea-obamas-beefed-asia-pacific-policy-95512 Ten years on, experts revisit their perspectives from Sept. 12, 2001 http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-09-08/ten-years-experts-revisit-their-perspectives-sept-12-2001-91684 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/segment/photo/2011-September/2011-09-08/9.11.4.JPG" alt="" /><p><p>Since September 11, 2001, much has changed in our world. It’s been ten years of almost continuous war, nation building and enhanced surveillance. There are new norms in justice and interrogation. And many question America’s superpower status.</p><p>Today we revisit conversations we had a decade ago in the direct aftermath of 9/11. The day after the terrorist attacks in New York City, Shanksville, Pennsylvania and Washington D.C., we spoke to some key experts in foreign policy about the why and what may come next.</p><p>Today, we reassemble these guests for a reflective and proactive conversation on the ten-year anniversary of 9/11.</p><p><a href="http://law.nd.edu/people/faculty-and-administration/teaching-and-research-faculty/douglass-cassel/">Doug Cassel</a> is <em>Worldview</em> human rights commentator and professor of law at the University of Notre Dame.</p><p><a href="http://history.uchicago.edu/faculty/cumings.shtml" target="_blank">Bruce Cumings</a> is chairman of the Department of History at the University of Chicago.</p><p><a href="http://newamerica.net/user/90" target="_blank">Anatol Lieven</a> is a professor in the War Studies Department at King’s College London and a senior research fellow at the New America Foundation.</p><p>And <a href="http://newamerica.net/user/17" target="_blank">Steve Clemons</a> is Washington editor-at-large for <em>The Atlantic</em>. Steve was a friend and protégé of the late Chalmers Johnson, who appeared on Worldview on 9/12/2001.</p></p> Thu, 08 Sep 2011 16:55:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-09-08/ten-years-experts-revisit-their-perspectives-sept-12-2001-91684