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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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Since the onset of the Iraq War, the US and Turkey have walked a tight rope to maintain their strained relationship. Turkey’s reluctance to allow the US to transport troops through the country and Turkey’s growing annoyance with America’s inaction against rising violence from the PKK, a Kurdish terrorist group now working out of Iraq, have added to the fray. Turkey’s unique history of secularism since the days of famed leader, Kemal Ataturk, is also slowly eroding with the new government.  

Featuring Special Correspondent Mithat Bereket, Host for CNN Turk. 

Democracy promotion has been a pillar of American foreign policy since the founding of the nation. While democracy is an ideal that unites Americans, spreading it around the world has proven difficult and often divisive. Today, America’s efforts to bring freedom to Iraq and Afghanistan have sent democracy promotion’s stock tumbling to an all time low.

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The World Bank has moved from funding massive public works programs to creating education, health and agriculture programs for developing nations. Despite increasing funding to Asia, Africa and Latin America, the World Bank faces many challenges on producing real long-term results.

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A generation has been born without seeing a normalization of relations between the U.S. and Iran since the 1979 Iran Hostage Crisis. AAM examines how the relationship reached this point and looks deeper into Iran’s growing regional influence in the Middle East. A chasm is growing between Shia and Sunni Muslims once again and Iran is seeking to capitalize on the region’s growing anti-American sentiment since the Iraq War. 

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America Abroad Media’s Marvin Kalb and WAMU’s Kojo Nnamdi host a discussion to examine the importance of religion as a factor in the current conflict between the West and the Muslim World.

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