Garrick Utley of the State University of New York and Ian Bremmer of the Eurasia Group discuss the week's top stories: The U.S. offensive in Afghanistan, the American pullback in Iraq and unrest in Honduras.
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On Tuesday, American forces pulled out of Iraqi cities and towns and redeployed to military bases. Even as parades celebrated the milestone, a deadly attack took place in the northern city of Kirkuk. Michael O'Hanlon of the Brookings Institution discusses the withdrawal and what it may mean for the future of Iraq.
Susan Chira of The New York Times and Gideon Rose of Foreign Affairs Magazine discuss the week's top stories: As the post-election protests wind down in Iran, the authorities seem to be getting their way, while in Iraq, a new round of violence is sweeping the country as American troops pull back.
In recent days, a series of deadly bombings has killed almost 200 people in Iraq. Michael Wahid Hanna of the Century Foundation discusses whether Iraqi security forces are ready to take control and what role U.S. forces will continue to play in Iraq after the scheduled pullout from cities.
A bombing in the Iraqi town of Bathaa on Wednesday was the latest in a series of attacks in recent weeks -- a wave of violence seen by many as an attempt to destabilize Iraq in advance of a drawback of American troops at the end of this month. John Nagl of the Center for a New American Security discusses the security situation.
Ghassan Shabaneh of Marymount Manhattan College discusses the U.S. military's release of Shiite militant Laith al-khazali, suspected of killing five American soldiers in 2007.
Worldfocus blogger Peter Eisner writes about the legacy of former British prime minister Tony Blair, and examines how religious beliefs played a role in his decision-making in office -- including the decision to invade Iraq.
Richard Haass of the Council on Foreign Relations discusses whether the U.S. will become more involved in Pakistan and compare the strategies and outcomes of the two Iraq wars.
Wednesday marks Barack Obama's 100th day in office. Worldfocus contributing blogger Juan Cole takes a look at how the president has fared in the Middle East, where Obama has attempted to change the tone of U.S. foreign policy -- but not necessarily the substance.