This week Dennis Wholey speaks with Amb. Akbar Ahmed about his new book, The Thistle and the Drone: How America’s War on Terror became a Global War on Tribal Islam. Their conversation focuses on how the United States needs to understand the tribal system within the Middle East, South Asia, and elsewhere before it can be effective in these regions.
In Muscat, Oman, host Dennis Wholey learns about the pillars of Oman’s Foreign Policy and the country’s historic relationship with the United States. Dennis speaks with His Excellency Yusuf bin Alawi bin Abdullah, Minister Responsible for Foreign Affairs and Her Excellency Hunaina Al Mughairy, Ambassador of Oman to the United States.
In part one of this two part interview, Dennis Wholey speaks with the Ambassador of the League of Arab States, Mohammed Al Hussaini Al Sharif. Dennis and the Ambassador discuss the history and importance of the Arab League and explore how it orients towards a variety of issues in the Arab World today.
This week Dennis Wholey discusses the importance of the recent 2012 Nuclear Security Summit which took place in Seoul, South Korea. Guests include Laura Holgate, Senior Director of WMD Terrorism & Threat Reduction from the National Security Council as well as Anne Harrington, Deputy Administrator of Defense Nuclear Nonproliferation, at the National Nuclear Security Administration.
In a timely interview Dennis Wholey speaks with Hussein Hassouna, Ph.D, Ambassador of the League of Arab States to the United States. Ambassador Hassouna explains the mission of the Arab League and discusses the League’s involvement in Syria, Egypt, Israel/Palestine, the surrounding region and the League’s role in the United States.
This week Dennis Wholey discusses the tremendous shifts that have taken place throughout the Middle East as a result of the Arab Spring, with Dr. Marina Ottaway, Former Director and Senior Associate at the Middle East Program at the Carnegie Endowment For International Peace.
This week Dennis Wholey speaks with Ambassador Walter Cutler who served twice as Ambassador to Saudi Arabia, in addition to having served in Tunisia, Zaire (Congo), and as Ambassador-Designate to the Islamic Republic of Iran before diplomatic relations were broken in 1980. Together both men discuss U.S. Saudi relations, Wikileaks, terrorism and other crucial international issues.
Dennis Wholey speaks with Qubad Talabani, who serves as the Representative of the Kurdistan Regional Government of Iraq to the United States. Together Dennis and Mr. Talabani discuss the unique character of the Kurdish people, the region, as well as the importance of Mr. Talabani’s role in the United States.
Dennis Wholey speaks with Dr. James Zogby about his new book “Arab Voices”. Dr. Zogby, who is also President of the Arab American Institute, discusses the need for the west to listen to what the Arab World has to say, and to understand that the lives of people around the world are not as different as many in the west believe.
This week Dennis Wholey speaks with renowned Washington Post columnist, David Ignatius about the recent events in Egypt, Tunisia and the current political climate of the Middle East.
This week on THIS IS AMERICA Dennis Wholey speaks with Richard H. Solomon, Ph.D., President of the United States Institute of Peace. Together they discuss the unique work of the United States Institute of Peace and its important efforts across the globe.
This week on THIS IS AMERICA Dennis Wholey speaks with David E. Sanger, Chief Washington Correspondent at The New York Times. Mr. Sanger explains his unique perspective on the recent disasters in Japan, and the future of the Middle East as it pertains to Iran.
This week on THIS IS AMERICA Dennis Wholey speaks with Mitchell B. Reiss, author of Negotiating With Evil; When to Talk to Terrorists and President of Washington College in Chestertown, Maryland. Their conversation explores the complex task of knowing when and how to talk to terrorist groups.