Asia Trip Puts Hillary Clinton Back on the World Stage
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Hillary Clinton covered a lot of diplomatic ground this week, from new agreements with India to an appearance at a regional conference in Thailand. The Secretary of State also generated some sparks with her comments on Iran and North Korea. Guest host Sara Terry discusses what Clinton accomplished during her week and her agenda for developing US relations in Asia. Does Clinton's high-profile trip mean she's taking a more active role in Washington? Also, President Obama announces a competition for federal education dollars, and the Myanmar military junta's case against Nobel laureate Aung San Suu Kyi is winding down in a courtroom in Rangoon. The trial has sparked international outrage, but will it affect the verdict?
Banner image: Prime Minister Manmohan Singh welcomes Secretary Clinton to his residence on July 20. Photo: State Deaprtment
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Asia Trip Puts Hillary Clinton Back on the World Stage ()
When Secretary of State Hillary Clinton sits down for an hour-long conversation on Meet the Press this weekend, she'll have a lot to talk about. She's just returned from a high-profile week-long trip to Asia that made several headlines: a spat with North Korea, a surprise promise to protect the region if Iran gets nuclear weapons, and a series of agreements with India. What does Clinton's trip signify about her agenda for developing US relationships in the region? What does the trip say about her influence in Washington?
- David Rothkopf: Visiting Scholar, Carnegie Endowment for International Peace
- Teresita Schaffer: former US Ambassador to Sri Lanka
- Barbara Slavin: former Senior Fellow, United States Institute for Peace, @barbaraslavin1
- Ben Smith: Senior Political Reporter, Politico.com
Aung San Suu Kyi's Trial Extended ()
On trial in Myanmar, Aung San Suu Kyi faces up to five years in prison in a case that the international community says is bogus. Lawyers in Rangoon wrapped up their closing arguments today and prosecutors will present theirs on Monday. The Nobel Peace Prize-winner is charged with violating house arrest because an American man swam to her lakeside home earlier this year. The trial has dragged on for more than two months, and a guilty verdict is considered likely. Min Zin, a teaching fellow at the University of California-Berkeley, has worked with Suu Kyi in Burma.
- Min Zin: former journalist in Burma
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