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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 1959, when Fidel Castro’s revolutionary army marched on Havana, Cuba and the United States have co-existed as hostile neighbors. On this edition of America Abroad, we examine the possibility for change in Cuban-American relations after Castro’s death. We'll look back at the role Castro played in the Cuban Missile Crisis, revisit the history of US-Cuban relations before and after Fidel Castro's communist regime came to power, and examine the role of the Cuban-American community in the formulation of America’s approach to Cuba. 

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The American story in the Arab-Israeli conflict began in 1947 with the creation and then recognition of the Jewish state. Since then, the United States has been in some way involved in helping to resolve the conflicts between Israel and Palestine in hopes that it would help stabilize the region. The Bush Administration took a different approach: disengagement. America Abroad takes a deeper look at the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and the different approaches to peace in the Middle East. 

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Since the devastation of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, the world has held its breath. For more than six decades, diplomacy, fear and luck have helped humanity avoid another atomic attack. But with North Korea's recent nuclear test and Iran's atomic ambitions, the next members of the 'nuclear club' may also be the world's most dangerous states.

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The days of conventional warfare are numbered and the modern military has to deal with a different kind of warfare: insurgency. What happens when the world's only superpower is faced with insurgents who employ guerrilla tactics? 

Ray Suarez travels to Mexico City to explore Mexican attitudes toward America, and the key issues linking our countries, including immigration, free trade and the war on drugs. We also look back at the history of US-Mexico relations, from the raids of Pancho Villa to the signing of NAFTA, and at the controversial Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986.

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