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NOLA Code: GTFP 0600 H1
Program Title: GREAT DECISIONS IN FOREIGN POLICY – 600 series
Program Length: 8/30s
Feeddate/Time: Mondays beginning January 5, 2015 @ 1330 – 1400ET/HD04
Closed Captioned: Yes
Short Description: The acclaimed global affairs series returns this season, featuring 8 half-hour narrated documentaries on the critical global issues facing America today. Narrated by Academy Award nominated actor, David Strathairn.
Featuring nearly 100 guests from the U.S. military’s top brass to ambassadors and leading members of Congress, Great Decisions 2015 episodes examine America’s relationship with Russia, sectarianism driving the conflict in the Middle East, the delicate balance between privacy and security, and much more.
#601 Sphere of Influence: Russia’s Foreign Policy
Putin’s push-back against European expansionism has the West wondering: If Putin’s Russia isn’t afraid to take an aggressive stance against Ukraine’s pivot to the West, what does that mean for the rest of Russia’s neighbors?
#602 The Tradeoff: Privacy in a Digital World
The idea of “privacy” has undergone significant changes in the digital age, as has the idea of privacy “harm.” Concerns about what some see as a U.S. “dragnet” and unwarranted privacy intrusions have compelled other countries to revamp their own privacy protections. Legislation, both at home and abroad, hasn’t kept pace with technological developments, leaving some wondering if privacy as we know it is long dead.
#603 The Great Divide: Sunni vs Shia
From the crisis in Iraq and Syria to the tension between Iran and Saudi Arabia, the struggle between Sunni and Shi‘i groups for dominance is tearing apart the region and shows no signs of abating. How does sectarianism fit into a larger narrative of the Middle East? How have governments manipulated sectarian differences? And finally, what is the U.S. doing about it?
#604 India Rising
Inspired by its “top-down” model for growth, the world’s largest democracy has started taking its cues from China, one of America’s economic rivals. It’s a mindset that led to Modi’s election in 2014, and has signaled the developing economy’s desire for real change. Now, it’s up to the U.S. to determine how to best secure its interests as India asserts itself on the world stage.
#605 The Promise of Africa
Africa is in the midst of an unprecedented transformation. The continent is home to some of the fastest growing economies in the world, and it’s become a draw for foreign investors from across the globe. After the “Obamamania” of 2008 died down, though, the realization that Obama wasn’t going to overturn, or even prioritize, U.S. Africa policy kicked in. How can U.S. policy live up to its promise and values while securing its interests in the region?
#606 Syria: The World’s Largest Refugee Crisis
Syrians have for a century welcomed over a million refugees from Armenia, Palestine, Iraq and other countries around the region. Now, thanks to a multiyear civil war, they are on track to become the source of the world’s largest refugee population in a matter of months. As Jordan, Lebanon, Turkey and other neighbors strive to accommodate the millions of Syrians, the risk of allowing Syrians to become dependent on emergency aid and forming