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.
This week Dennis Wholey speaks with the Ambassador of Iceland, Gudmundur Árni Stefánsson. Their conversation explores the unique perspectives of the Icelandic people, Iceland’s economic collapse and recovery, as well as their neutrality and focus on equal rights.
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.
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 speaks with Dr. Rosa Rai Djalal, President of the Muslim Women’s Association. On behalf of her Association, Dr. Djalal explains the difference between religion and culture and that the two are not the same.
THIS IS AMERICA VISITS THE WORLD
ONE MINUTE WORLDVIEW: CYPRUS
This week’s program focuses on the Sultanate of Oman. The country is celebrating its 40th anniversary under the leadership of His Majesty Sultan Qaboos bin Said Al Said who has guided Oman into its current renaissance. In addition to visiting modern and historic sites, Dennis Wholey learns about the country by talking with a variety of guests including The Minister of Information, H.E. Hamed bin Mohammed Al Rashdi and State Council member, Rahila Al Riyamiya.
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 Dennis Wholey visits three historical locations in Southern Europe and the Middle East. The program explores the biblical location of the Pillar of St. Paul in Cyprus, the desert city of Petra in Jordan and the Pyramids of ancient Egypt
This week THIS IS AMERICA visits the Mediterranean island country of the Republic of Cyprus. This program includes interviews with Presidential Commissioner, George Iacovou, the Mayor of the capital city of Nicosia, Eleni Mavrou and visits to historical sites in the capital city. This program is the first installment of a three part series focused on exploring the Republic of Cyprus.
While in the Republic of Cyprus, Dennis Wholey travels to the Troodos mountains to visit 1,000 year old monasteries and churches that are acknowledged as World Heritage Sites by UNESCO. In addition, Dennis Wholey speaks with the following Cypriot leaders; Antonis Paschalides, Minister of Commerce, Industry and Tourism, Andreas Demetriou, Minister of Education and Culture as well as Ambassador Nicholas Emiliou, Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. This program is the second installment of the three part series, THIS IS AMERICA VISITS CYPRUS.
While in the Republic of Cyprus, Dennis Wholey learns about over 2,000 years of history by visiting a variety of locations that range from a Crusader castle built in the 15th century to tombs from the 3rd century B.C. In addition, Dennis Wholey learns about the unique character and history of the Cypriot people from the following guests; His Beatitude Archbishop Chrysostomos II, Tom W. Davis, Ph.D, Director of the Cyprus American Archeological Research Institute, Iaonnis A. Eliades, Director of the Byzantine Museum and Art Gallery. This program is the third installment of the three part series, THIS IS AMERICA VISITS CYPRUS.