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Markos Kounalakis

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America Abroad is an award-winning documentary radio program distributed by Public Radio International (PRI) and broadcast on public radio stations nationwide. Each month, we take an in-depth look at one critical issue in international affairs and U.S. foreign policy.

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America Abroad Media’s Marvin Kalb and WAMU 88.5’s Kojo Nnamdi host a discussion with senior foreign policy advisors for the Clinton, McCain and Obama campaigns on American foreign policy and the 2008 presidential elections.



Panelists include:

  • Lee Feinstein of Hillary Clinton campaign
  • Richard Danzig of the Barack Obama campaign
  • John Lehman of the John McCain campaign

Fidel Castro’s communist government survived a tight US trade embargo, a tense missile crisis and the collapse of its Soviet patron. Now, after 49 years at the helm, the world’s longest serving political leader has stepped down, handing power to his brother, Raúl. We explore what this change in leadership will mean for the citizens of Cuba, and for Cuba’s relationship with the US. 

Guests on this program include:

Public diplomacy efforts have been overshadowed by American foreign policy in Iraq and Afghanistan in recent years. What is America doing to fix this growing problem and is it too late to make a difference?  This episode of America Abroad looks at how engaging foreign audiences has become a prime focus of the US Department of State.  But there seems to be a disconnect between the government’s message and its target audience. 

America’s high hopes for the United Nations have been tempered by frequent frustration. The UN can be inefficient and bureaucratic, and it doesn’t always follow the will of the United States. And yet, for better or worse, the two continue to work together. 

Guests on this program include:

When the Soviet Union collapsed in the early 1990s, there was a chance for cooperation where there had once been conflict. And for a while it seemed friendship might replace the bitter legacy of the Cold War. But 18 years after the fall of the Berlin Wall, relations between Washington and Moscow are once again icy.

Guests on this program include:

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