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.
At the annual Culture Festival in Muscat, host Dennis Wholey explores the traditions, heritage, music, art, culture and history of Oman. Dennis talks with the Chairman of Muscat Municipality, His Excellency Sultan bin Hamdoon Al Harthy and the Adviser to His Majesty the Sultan for Cultural Affairs, His Excellency Abdulaziz bin Mohammed Al Rowas.
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.
This week Dennis Wholey speaks with Dr. Dino Patti Djalal, Ambassador of the Republic of Indonesia. Ambassador Djalal explains many aspects of his country, including the fact that Indonesia has the largest Muslim population in the world, the biggest economy in Southeast Asia and a tremendously diverse and complex population.
This week’s program explores the important lessons that we learned throughout 2012 by visiting a variety of interviews from the past year. Past guests from Asia, the Middle East, Latin America, Europe and the United States all explain interesting aspects of their respective cultures and weigh in on the most crucial concerns of the day. Guests include Secretary of Education, Arne Duncan; Prime Minister of Singapore, Lee Hsien Loong; Former Ambassador to the United States from Kazakhstan and current Foreign Minister of Kazakhstan, Erlan Idrissov; Dr. Zbigniew Brzezinski and many more.
This week Dennis Wholey speaks with the world renowned Professor of Islamic Studies at George Washington University, Dr. Seyyed Hossein Nasr. Dr. Nasr explains the fundamental aspects of Islam, the ways in which is it misunderstood and his convictions regarding the role of Islam in the world today.