Foreign Policy

As the U.S. emerges from a decade of war and a Great Recession, defense expert and former Reagan Pentagon official Lawrence Korb says we can and should cut our military spending. We’ll get his ideas on how to do so as the country faces evolving threats, including nuclear proliferation, cyber-attacks, and new faces of terrorism. Today we talk to Lawrence Korb about how he says you do national security and foreign policy on a budget.


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More than twenty years after the end of the Cold War, the nuclear solution continues its powerful grip on geopolitics. From North Korea’s confrontational nuclear testing and long-range rocket launches to the coming nuclear crisis in Iran, nukes are the currency of power, signifying prestige and influence on the world stage.

In two-thousand-eight, Iraq and Afghanistan were still the major focus, but as those conflicts wind down, other hotspots are emerging…from Syria to North Korea to Iran to Al Qaeda in Northern Africa.  We’ll examine these new foreign policy challenges and how they may play out over the next four years.


For weeks, Israelis and Palestinians in Gaza have traded rocket fire and air-strikes, and now, even though there’s currently a cease-fire, relations are still tense. We’ll talk with New Hampshire residents connected to both sides in this conflic and get their thoughts and what they’re hearing from friends and family in the region.



The China Challenge

Nov 14, 2012

As the world’s second largest economy and the largest foreign holder of American debt, China’s future is intertwined with ours -- even as we differ on many issues, such as trade and human rights. These differences made for intense campaign fodder in the Presidential race, with tough talk from candidates about the US-China relationship.  Meanwhile, China is undergoing its own change in leadership. Today we look at the complicated relationship between China and the US.


Our issue of the week series continues with a look at where the candidates stand on Foreign Policy!  Eight years ago, it was a front-and-center issue in our national elections., but now, it has more of a backseat role.  Still, the Presidential contenders did dig into it this week, in a major debate, and New Hampshire’s congressional candidates have offered their opinions as well.  We'll look at where the similarities and differences are between the candidates on the issue of foreign policy.


Fact-Checking the Debates

Oct 23, 2012

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Foreign policy has taken center stage in Election 2012 after protests and violence at multiple U.S Embassies.  Political back and forth about how or how not to respond to the incidents have held up headlines, while the riots themselves remind us that there is world outside our borders that may not be voting for the next President of the United States, but nevertheless have an opinion.  We wanted to expand our on the international perspective of Election 2012, so we called Foreign Policy Associate Editor

We’ll sit down with a panel of local experts on Syria and the surrounding region.  As rebels and government forces to battle it out, defections are occurring almost daily, and civilians are fleeing to other countries, creating a refugee problem.   We’ll explore the background of this conflict…and the debate over what the U.S. response should be. 


Wtih shifting geopolitical allegiances, and power struggles at home and abroad, some suggest that its time for the U.S. to clarify its role in the world.  The goal is a new set of guiding principles that can also strengthen our own economy. We'll explore some of these ideas currently making the rounds in diplomatic circles.


George Mitchell on Diplomacy as the World Speeds Up

Apr 23, 2012
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In Manchester, the World Affairs Council of New Hampshire is hosting a global forum with George Mitchell. The Maine Democrat and former Senate Majority Leader most recently worked as President Obama’s special envoy for Middle East Peace.

Today we examine the U.N. doctrine known as “Responsibility to Protect”.  It’s the idea that the international community must not tolerate crimes against humanity and has recently been invoked in such cases as Libya but not YET with Syria. Meanwhile, critics fear Responsibility to Protect opens the door to foreign influence in domestic conflicts and diminishes sovereign power.  



Anchor: Ray Suarez

America and the Middle East: What Lies Ahead

Although not as much as a hot button issue as last election, many voters still want to know the candidates’ views on the war in Afghanistan, on China, the Middle East and on fighting terrorism at home and oversees. Today our Issue Tuesday's series continues with a look at the Republican Presidential candidates and  what they are saying on matters of foreign policy. 


World Affairs Council of New Hampshire

Nov 12, 2011
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The World Affairs Council of New Hampshire hosts international visitors, and provides public lectures and programs on foreign affairs to promote understanding and citizen involvement. Kim Tyndall is a longtime member of the Council.