FROM Uri Friedman
Afghanistan's Upcoming Election Gets a Rap Anthem Afghanistan's presidential elections have seen a decline in voter participation for a lot of reasons. With 70% of the population under 25, rap music is being used to encourage young people to turn out for next months' voting. Artists like Edris Bayan, rapping in Pashto about how voting is a "peace flag" and that you can be a "sword," are encouraging young people to take part in a musical contest, with the ultimate goal of increasing the turnout for next months' presidential elections. )
The Republican Debate and Foreign Policy Last night's televised debate may be the last of its kind before the Republican presidential nomination has been decided. For all their apparent differences, all but one of the candidates agree on one thing: the threat of force to stop Iran from getting an atom bomb. Mitt Romney , Newt Gingrich and Rick Santorum all tried to outdo each other with appeals to the party's most conservative voters. All but Ron Paul called for military action to pre-empt Iran from developing a nuclear weapon.
America's Presidential Campaign through Foreign Eyes The presidential campaign is focused on American voters, but the President is the commander-in-chief and the architect of foreign policy. How does the idea of "European-style socialism" go down in France and Germany? How do Mitt Romney , Newt Gingrich and other Republican hopefuls sound in China, Israel, Iran and other parts of the world?
America's Presidential Campaign through Foreign Eyes A columnist in Germany's Der Spiegel calls the Republican candidates a "club of liars, debtors, betrayers, adulterers, exaggerators, hypocrites and ignoramuses." A French pundit is afraid they'll start new wars and abandon old allies. So how do the Europeans really feel about the campaign? Are the Chinese equally disgusted? What about Israel, Iran and other countries in the Middle East? As we wait for returns from Florida, we sample opinions from various parts of the world. Do foreign observers see much difference between Romney and Gingrich? Would either one be better or worse than Obama or about the same?
Venezuela spirals into economic and political chaos Venezuela, a country whose potential for prosperity is unmatched, finds itself on the verge of civil war. What sustains the repressive government? With time running out, guest host León Krauze looks at what the international community can do to pull the country from the edge of collapse.
What happens when America retreats from the world? Is President Trump taking his "America First" agenda to extremes, withdrawing the country from the international stage on trade and climate change, distancing America from its traditional allies across the Atlantic and even threatening to physically isolate the country through the building of a wall along its southern border? León Krauze guest hosts.
The longest US war: Will Trump send more troops to Afghanistan? The Trump White House is divided over the Pentagon's request for more troops in Afghanistan—where the US has been fighting for the past 16 years. Is there a formula -- either for "victory" or a political settlement? Is there an end in sight for America's longest war?
Will the Senate write a healthcare bill in secret? While Democrats and Republicans argue White House relations with Russia, another question is being decided behind closed doors: who gets help buying health insurance and who doesn't? We hear how the pros and cons are being shrouded in secrecy.