Domestic Political Agendas and the Iraq Decision

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With Colin Powell-s announcement that the time for diplomacy is over, war in Iraq looms closer than ever. Yet, another lengthy diplomatic battle is yielding winners and losers among the world-s leaders whose own domestic agendas and personal political futures have been affected by the push-and-shove over Iraq. What price will Tony Blair pay in Britain for his strong support of the US? What does France stand to gain for opposing Bush, and what could Jacques Chirac lose if a war ends quickly? Are African leaders who-ve been pressured by both sides stuck in a lose-lose diplomatic nightmare? We look at the political costs and benefits of war with Iraq with a national pollster, the diplomatic editor for Britain-s Independent newspaper, a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and the national director of the South African Institute of International Affairs. Sara Terry guest hosts.
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Host Sara Terry is an award-winning writer and photographer who has written for the Christian Science Monitor, the New York Times, Fast Company, Rolling Stone and the Boston Globe. Her most recent photo-documentary project is Aftermath: Bosnia's Long Road to Peace.

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