Gideon Rose of Foreign Affairs magazine and Carla Robbins of The New York Times discuss the week's top stories: The escalating war -- and increasing casualties -- in Afghanistan, the U.S. commitment to human rights abroad and Hillary Clinton's role in U.S. foreign policy.
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.
U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton stepped up the pressure on Iran on Wednesday, reminding that country's leaders that they have only a limited amount of time to accept the U.S. offer to begin face-to-face talks. Reginald Dale of the Center for Strategic and International Studies discusses the U.S. position and the likelihood that Iran will respond to Clinton's call.
During a visit to Saudi Arabia, U.S. Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner told some of the country's business leaders to expect what he called a "gradual recovery with more than the usual ups and downs and temporary reversals." Fadel Gheit of Oppenheimer and Company discusses economic overtures to the Middle East.
U.S. President Barack Obama's message in Ghana on Saturday was described as a kind of "tough love," encouraging democracy and at the same time warning African nations they need to take care of themselves. Yaw Nyarko of New York University discusses why Obama chose Ghana and what is at stake for the U.S. in Africa.
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.
The issue of climate change has been a contentious one at the G-8 summit. The major industrialized countries have reached an agreement among themselves to cut greenhouse gases, but a group of developing countries have balked. Michael Novacek of the American Museum of Natural History discusses the implications.