President Barack Obama announced his choice for the Supreme Court on Tuesday -- Sonia Sotomayor, a federal appeals court judge from New York whose parents came from Puerto Rico. Christopher Sabatini of the Council of the Americas discusses how the story is playing in Latin America.
Archive for May, 2009
Russian President Vladimir Medvedev has begun a massive reform of the country's military, with plans to cut Russia's officer corps from 355,000 to 150,000. While some say reforms will strengthen the military, critics say they will hasten its decline.
The nuclear standoff between North Korea and the rest of the world rose to a frightening new level on Monday as North Korea conducted its second test of a nuclear explosive. Charles Armstrong of Columbia University discusses the military and political significance of the nuclear test.
Afghanistan's President Hamid Karzai, Iran's President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and Pakistan's President Asif Ali Zardari met on Sunday to discuss their nations' potential cooperation on a wide range of issues, from drug trafficking to militant insurgencies. Marvin Weinbaum of the Middle East Institute discusses the summit.
Worldfocus blogger Peter Eisner writes to explore just how different President Obama's policy toward Iran is from the Bush-Cheney policy. Is Obama neglecting diplomatic opportunities?