Category: Overseas Issues

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Diplomacy in Crisis – The Trump Administration’s Decimation of the State Department

On July 28, 2020, the Democratic Staff of the U.S. Senate’s Committee on Foreign Relations released a 46-page report documenting their concerns with regard to length vacancies of key positions within the State Department, the vetting of nominees for Presidential appointees that have to be confirmed by the Senate and issues of morale under Secretary…
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Middle East Marshall Plan – Corporate interests push to transfer U.S. nuclear technology to Saudi Arabia

This episode builds off of the previous show’s reading of the February 2019 Interim Staff Report for the Committee on Oversight and Reform in the U.S. House of Representatives. Months after the February report, the same House committee released a July 2019 document titled, “Corporate and Foreign Interests Behind White House Push to Transfer U.S.…
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Middle East Marshall Plan – Whistleblowers concern with transfer of nuclear technology to Saudi Arabia

This episode goes back to a February 2019 Interim Staff Report for the Committee on Oversight and Reform in the U.S. House of Representatives. This report is titled, “Whistleblowers Raise Grave Concerns with  Trump Administration’s Efforts to Transfer Sensitive Nuclear Technology to Saudi Arabia.” EXECUTIVE SUMMARY (2:51) Summary of Whistleblower Concerns (9:26) Limitations and Next…
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Turkey’s October 2019 incursion into Syria, Background, and U.S. Relations

This episode focuses on October’s Incursion into Syria and the withdrawal of US troops that was reported on the in media. However, this episode provides a much deeper understanding of the issues in the region and offers information and analysis on five points with regard to Turkey: Turkey’s strategic orientation toward the United States and…
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