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When it comes to issues of global human rights, such as aid to Africa, sex-trafficking and religious persecution, America's evangelicals have become passionate activists and a powerful force in Washington.  We explore the influence of evangelicals on US foreign policy and their efforts to promote an international development and human rights agenda.  

With Afghans preparing to vote tomorrow to choose a successor to President Hamid Karzai, America Abroad, DC public radio station WAMU 88.5 and Afghanistan channel TOLOnews connected audiences, along with a panel of experts in Washington and Kabul, for an international town hall.

Participants in both cities debated the future of the US-Afghan relationship, women's rights and education, reconciliation with the Taliban, and regional peace and stability as President Karzai steps down and international forces begin to withdraw from the country.

With oil prices topping $60 a barrel and global demand for oil projected to increase in the coming years, can the United States maintain its standard of living, and its security, in the face of potential dangers to the world's oil supply? America Abroad examines the sources of instability, the possible consequences of a disruption in America's supply of oil, and the plausible alternatives to American dependence on foreign oil. 

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Since September 11th, many observers in the United States and around the world have pointed to the neoconservatives as the leading force behind the Bush Administration's push for war in Iraq, its ambitious effort to spread democracy in the Muslim world and its unabashed use of America's power abroad. America Abroad examines the meaning of neoconservatism, its history and its impact on American foreign policy.

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America's relationship with China is one that has been tested over the years. With the US promoting democracy and China maintaining its Communist regime, theirs is a strange pairing that seems to be made possible primarily through vigorous trade. 

In his presidential inaugural address, George W. Bush called for an "end to tyranny around the world." America Abroad examines the impact of President Bush's words for those inside and outside the government seeking to promote greater democracy and human rights in People's Republic of China. 

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Since the September 11th terrorist attacks, America has ramped up public diplomacy efforts while battling for hearts and minds.  Should the US reach back ot the days of the US Information Agency during World War II?   In this episode of America Abroad, we examine America's international campaign against terrorism in a new kind of war, where successful public diplomacy is as important as military force.   We look at America's image in the world today, the rise of anti-Americanism, and what the US is doing to combat it.  

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America's longstanding, and often close, relationship with Saudi Arabia has come under widespread criticism since the terrorist attacks of September 2001. America Abroad examines the role Saudi Arabia has played in the rise of Islamic terrorism, its influence in the Middle East and its potential role in the war against terrorism. 

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As America draws down troops from Afghanistan, cuts back on military spending and the size of its military, many worry that America’s leadership in the world and ability to protect its allies is eroding. On this edition of America Abroad we travel to Estonia, Japan, and Saudi Arabia to speak with US allies as well as officials and experts in Washington to understand how America’s defense cuts are perceived around the world.

As the 9/11 Commission releases its full report of the circumstances surrounding the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks, America Abroad examines the United States' key 20th-century intelligence failures, including the attack on Pearl Harbor, the fall of the Shah of Iran, and the collapse of the Soviet Union. 

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America Abroad examines the unstable relationship between Pakistan and the United States, how the country has evolved since the partition of 1947, and how the US-Pakistan relationship may change in the wake of 9/11.

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