Iraq

6:00pm

Sun November 23, 2014
Intelligence Squared U.S. Debates

Intelligence Squared U.S. Debates: Flexing America's Muscles in the Middle East Make Things Worse

Airs Sunday, November 23 at 6 p.m. The disintegration of Iraq, Syria’s ongoing civil war, the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, the promise and peril of the Arab Spring...  What role should America play in the Middle East? For some America’s restraint has been a sign of disciplined leadership. But for others, it has been a sign of diminished strength and influence.  Are we simply recognizing the limitations of our power, or does this embattled region require a bolder, more muscular, American presence? 

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7:37am

Tue October 28, 2014
Commentary

History Matters: Deconstructing the rise of ISIS through the historical lens

Commentator Gary Joiner explains the difference between the acronyms ISIS and ISIL and what the consequences could be in how a terrorist group is referenced.

History Matters is made possible in part by the Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities and Louisiana Cultural Vistas Magazine.

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8:35am

Tue September 9, 2014
Commentary

History Matters: Who are the Kurds?

The U.S. has entered the war against Islamic State fighters, or ISIS, in Iraq with air strikes. Kurds are one of the main Western allies. Commentator Gary Joiner takes a step back to look at the Kurdish people through history.

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6:00pm

Sun July 20, 2014
America Abroad

America Abroad: The Consequences of Shrinking America's Military

Airs Sunday, July 20 at 6 p.m.  The Pentagon has announced plans to shrink the U.S. Military to pre-World War II levels following the end of the war in Iraq and the continued withdrawal from Afghanistan.  On this edition of America Abroad, we hear reaction to a smaller U.S. Military from allies in Asia, Europe, and the Middle East about whether America's ability to advance its interests is compromised. Also, defense experts and military veterans discuss whether a smaller US military would embolden other countries like Russia to test America's willingness to engage.

7:00pm

Tue March 12, 2013
America Abroad

America Abroad: A Decade At War: Afghanistan, Iraq, & Counterinsurgency

Airs Sunday, March 10 at 6 p.m. After a decade of war, we are left to ponder and debate the important lessons of Iraq and Afghanistan. Consensus has hardly been reached on the effectiveness of the war-fighting doctrine known as "counterinsurgency." In this program, we will hear from soldiers, local military personnel and military commanders. In addition, experts discuss and debate the effectiveness of counterinsurgency and the future of warfare.