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Big Ideas Podcast: Can Brahimi Negotiate an End to the Syrian War?

Big Ideas explores whether the U.N.-Arab League special envoy for Syria will succeed in the latest peace attempt to settle the conflict in that country. If so, how? Lakhdar Brahimi acknowledges that his appeal for a ceasefire in the 19 months of violence has failed.  Although the government of President Bashar al-Assad and some elements More »

Big Ideas Podcast: Why Aren’t We Calling Syria A Civil War?

The U.N. Secretary General warns of “civil war” in Syria after his observers monitor bloody scenes of conflict in the nation.  British Foreign Secretary William Hague says the alternative to supporting the Kofi Annan Syrian peace accord is “ever increasing chaos in Syria and a descent…into all-out civil war “.  The U.S. government warns More »

Big Ideas Podcast with Susan Yackee: The Legacy Of Khalil Gibran

Khalil Gibran is often called one of the greatest thinkers of all time.  The Lebanese American poet and artist is revered for his insight into the soul of mankind.  On today’s “Big Ideas” we look at the “big ideas” of Gibran.  V-O-A’s Susan Yackee speaks with Professor Suheil Bushrui of the University of Maryland, More »

Big Ideas with Susan Yackee: An International Coalition to Stabilize the Middle East?

What if an international coalition’s presence, even if just on paper, could stabilize the Middle East?  What if somehow Israel become a member of NATO?  We posed these questions to: Yehuda Lukacs, Director of the Center for Global Education and a professor at George Mason University; Christopher Chivvis a political scientist with the RAND More »