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President Joe Biden’s Foreign Policy

March 26, 2021
President Biden is taking a different approach from former President Trump when it comes to foreign policy. The panel also discussed how the U.S. plans to help move a massive cargo ship stuck in the Suez Canal. Peter Baker of The New York Times guest moderates.

The Washington Week Bookshelf: "To Start a War: How the Bush Administration Took America into Iraq"

August 7, 2020
On the Washington Week Extra, New York Times Magazine writer at large and National Geographic contributing writer Robert Draper discusses his latest book, "To Start a War: How the Bush Administration Took America into Iraq.”
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Long-Planned and Bigger Than Thought: Strike on Iran’s Nuclear Program

July 11, 2020
David Sanger, Eric Schmitt, Ronen Bergman | The New York Times
As Iran’s center for advanced nuclear centrifuges lies in charred ruins after an explosion, apparently engineered by Israel, the long-simmering conflict between the United States and Tehran appears to be escalating into a potentially dangerous phase likely to play out during the American presidential election campaign.
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Trump backtracks on a meeting with Venezuela’s Maduro after chorus of criticism

June 23, 2020
Anne Gearan, Seung Min Kim, John Wagner | The Washington Post
President Trump backtracked Monday from remarks that had opened the door to a possible meeting with Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro, whom the Trump administration brands a rapacious dictator and the illegitimate ruler of his country.
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Tensions rise after North Korea blows up liaison office

June 17, 2020
Margaret Brennan | CBS News
North Korea blew up a diplomacy office building in Kaesong, located at the border between North and South Korea. North Korea said those actions were provoked by South Korean activists who had sent leaflets critical of Kim Jong Un across the border.
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Trump officials try to enlist foreign allies in pressure campaign against China over coronavirus response

May 6, 2020
Vivian Salama, Jeremy Diamond, Kevin Liptak | CNN
With the general election just six months away, and the global economy in shambles because of the coronavirus, there is increasing urgency inside the White House and among President Donald Trump's Republican allies to blame China over its failure to stem the spread of the disease early on. Now, there's an effort underway to enlist foreign allies to do the same.
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In India, Trump hails no trade deal as a win

February 25, 2020
Anita Kumar | POLITICO
President Donald Trump will close out his 36-hour trip to India Tuesday without striking a long-coveted trade deal to ease tariffs — but that won’t stop him from selling it as a victory.
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Trump’s India trip mixes politics with policy, and offers the promise of his biggest rally yet

February 22, 2020
Anne Gearan, Seung Min Kim | The Washington Post
President Trump will almost certainly not complete a new U.S.-India trade deal during his two-day visit to the world’s most populous democracy next week. The trophy agreement has been repeatedly postponed amid trade tensions. Instead, the centerpiece of Trump’s brief trip is a massive rally in Trump’s honor that his host, Prime Minister Narendra Modi, has billed as “Namaste Trump.”
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Trump Broke The Law In Freezing Ukraine Funds, Watchdog Report Concludes

January 16, 2020
Ayesha Rascoe | NPR
A federal watchdog concluded President Trump broke a law when he froze assistance funds for Ukraine last year, according to a report unveiled on Thursday. The White House has said previously that it believed Trump was acting within his legal authority.
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