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Markos Kounalakis

US Public Radio Series

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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Six decades after the world community vowed "never again" to repeat the horrors of the Holocaust, and 12 years after the genocide in Rwanda, the situation in the Darfur region of Sudan is being called "a genocide in slow motion." Over the past three years, more than 200,000 Sudanese have been killed and over two million have lost their homes. The crisis in the Darfur region of Sudan has reached a level of violence that has forced people to utter the word “genocide” once again.

The 9/11 attacks have raised difficult legal, moral and political questions about what rights should be granted to potential terrorists captured by the United States, and how international laws of war should shape America's behavior in its war on terrorism.  We examine the debate over the tough interrogation methods used at Guantanamo Bay, Abu Ghraib and other prisons. 

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In this era of globalization, an influenza outbreak would require unprecedented cooperation between government and public health officials around the world. America Abroad assesses the current threat posed by avian flu and the current state of global preparedness. 

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When it comes to issues of global human rights, such as aid to Africa, sex-trafficking and religious persecution, America's evangelicals have become passionate activists and a powerful force in Washington.  We explore the influence of evangelicals on US foreign policy and their efforts to promote an international development and human rights agenda.  

With oil prices topping $60 a barrel and global demand for oil projected to increase in the coming years, can the United States maintain its standard of living, and its security, in the face of potential dangers to the world's oil supply? America Abroad examines the sources of instability, the possible consequences of a disruption in America's supply of oil, and the plausible alternatives to American dependence on foreign oil. 

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