Dan Rather of "Dan Rather Reports" and Ian Bremmer of Eurasia Group discuss the week's top stories: U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's trip to Asia, the escalating war in Afghanistan and Vice President Joe Biden's trip to Ukraine and Georgia.
In 2005, Turkish lawmakers made it a crime to insult "Turkish identity." Selma Şevkli, a freelance reporter in Turkey, describes how the country has struggled to carve out a place for minorities and to define its "Türküm," or Turkishness.
The self-governing British territory of Gibraltar has a colorful history, writes Worldfocus blogger Peter Eisner. The outcropping of rock was a strategic fortress for Britain and the Allies during World War II, and today remains a source of tension between Britain and Spain.
The Obama administration has been in overdrive building America's pivotal power relationships with China, Russia and now India, writes Worldfocus blogger Nina Hachigian. But it's one thing to build these relationships -- and it is another for them to work.
During the summer season, scientists had predicted a drop in H1N1 flu cases -- but a different story is unfolding in Britain, where the number of cases is now doubling every week. Andrew Pekosz of Johns Hopkins discusses the rapid spread of H1N1 and efforts to develop a vaccine.
Natalya Estemirova, an acclaimed Russian human rights activist, was kidnapped and murdered in the capital of Chechnya. Rachel Denber of Human Rights Watch's Europe and Central Asia division discusses the killing and the state of human rights in Russia.
Following the G-8 summit in Italy, U.S. President Barack Obama met in Rome with Pope Benedict XVI. The two men greeted each other warmly, with Obama characterizing the meeting positively -- despite their differences over issues like stem cell research and abortion. Reverend Drew Christiansen of "America" magazine discusses the meeting.
James Hoge of Foreign Affairs magazine and Nina Khrushcheva of The New School discuss the U.S. relationship with Russia. That relationship evolved this week as the two countries agreed to deeper cuts in their nuclear arsenals and as President Obama met with his Russian counterpart, Dmitry Medvedev, and with Prime Minister Vladimir Putin.
One of President Obama's goals in his travels to Russia and the G-8 meeting in Italy this week was to undo damage done long ago by former Secretary of Defense Robert McNamara, writes Worldfocus blogger Peter Eisner, and to defuse the drive to war. If you're talking, you're not fighting.