Ahmad Kamal, Pakistan's former Ambassador to the United Nations, and Hassan Abbas, a former Pakistani government official who is now with the Asia Society, join Edie Magnus for a roundtable on AfPak. They discuss power-sharing with the Taliban, drone strikes along the Afghan border in northwest Pakistan and American foreign policy challenges in the region.
Iran is trying to tackle a rising drug problem, as opium continues to pour into the country from neighboring Afghanistan. Al Jazeera English's Alireza Ronaghi reports that Iranian police have seized over 400 tons of drugs and have lost dozens of police officers in the battle to eliminate drug abuse in Tehran. But some Iranian officials say their efforts are pointless.
As President Obama marks the first anniversary of his inauguration, we review the successes and failures of his foreign policy. Carol Giacomo, a member of The New York Times' editorial board, and David Andelman, editor of the World Policy Journal and former foreign correspondent for The New York Times and CBS News, join Martin Savidge.
Worldfocus contributing blogger Nina Hachigian writes that one unquestionable success of the Obama administration so far has been to turn the page on the failed Bush foreign policy framework, which clung to the belief that the linchpin of American security was for it to remain more powerful than all other countries by a huge, fixed margin.
Although President Obama came to office pledging to make the Middle East a priority, little progress has been made in negotiations between Israel and the Palestinians. Martin Savidge speaks with Daniel Levy and Amjad Atallah, the co-directors of the Middle East Task Force at the New America Foundation about the issue.
Worldfocus producer Mohammad al-Kassim interviews Abdullah Alsaidi, Yemen’s Ambassador to the U.N. They discuss Yemen's battle against al-Qaeda in light of its own internal difficulties, as well as the failed Christmas day bomb attempt by a Nigerian man who had lived in Yemen.
The Samaritan community, numbering around 740 people, is split between Holon, Israel, and Kiryat Luza, near Nablus in the West Bank. Neither Muslim nor Jewish, they have been in the Holy Land for over three millennia. Worldfocus spoke with Benyamin Tsedaka, editor of the Samaritan newspaper and chairman of the Samaritan Medal project.
For the next two weeks, we present "Obama and the World," an in-depth interview series that examines the first year of President Barack Obama's foreign policy. This week's four extended interviews address Iran, Africa, Israel-Palestine and Latin America. And next week we'll look at Afghanistan-Pakistan, China, Russia and the global economy.
Israel and Lebanon have long been competing for the world record in hummus production. The dispute is about who has cultural ownership over the eastern Mediterranean staple. And now, Israel boasts a four-ton hummus batch in the Israeli-Arab town of Abu Ghosh -- nearly doubling the Guinness world record set in Beirut last year. Ben Knight of ABC has more.
Our weekly Worldfocus Radio show analyzes three different ongoing conflicts in Yemen: Houthis in the north, al-Qaeda militants and southern separatists. Martin Savidge hosts Christopher Boucek of the Carnegie Endowment and Sudarsan Raghavan of the Washington Post.